The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is focused on providing the essential and highest quality environmental information vital to our Nation’s safety, prosperity and resilience. Climate variability and change present society with significant economic, health, safety, and security challenges and opportunities.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting proposals for the 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP).
Each year, CDFA conducts a two-phase competitive solicitation process to award funds to projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of California specialty crops. Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). Review the 2019 Request for Concept Proposals for detailed application instructions.
USDA will award up to $7.5 million in competitive grants to eligible entities through the Farm to School Grant Program in fiscal year (FY) 2019. Each grant helps implement Farm to School programs that increase access to local food in eligible schools, providing students with quality meals at a reasonable cost while also supporting local producers. The Program includes three tracks—Implementation, Planning, and Training. These will support a variety of projects and implementation stages. (DUE Dec. 4, 2018)
The California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development Initiative (CalSEED) is a funding and professional development program for innovators and entrepreneurs working to bring early-stage clean energy concepts to market. CalSEED is a funding initiative of the California Energy Commission.
CalSEED accepts applications during announced application cycles. There will be several award cycles over the next four years.
More information at: http://calseed.fund/
Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) offers non-residential equipment rebates to encourage energy efficiency. Restaurant Refresh makes it easy for restaurants to reduce operating costs and improve facility performance. The program combines enhanced rebates and performance incentives. Enhanced rebates are available for ovens, fryers, dishwashers, boilers, and more. A list of qualified equipment and rebate amounts can be found on the program website. Performance incentives are paid one year after installation.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the availability of approximately $5.5 billion in credit that could finance over $11 billion in water infrastructure projects through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program.
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program (EECLP) provides loans to finance energy efficiency and conservation projects for commercial, industrial, and residential consumers. With the EECLP, eligible utilities, including existing Rural Utilities Service borrowers can borrow money tied to Treasury rates of interest and re-lend the money to develop new and diverse energy service products within their service territories.
The electric program makes insured loans and loan guarantees to nonprofit and cooperative associations, public bodies, and other utilities. Insured loans primarily finance the construction of electric distribution facilities in rural areas. The guaranteed loan program has been expanded and is now available to finance generation, transmission, and distribution facilities.