EDA Planning and Local Technical Assistance Program
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) Planning and Local Technical Assistance Program provides up to $300,000 to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States. Competitive applicants should propose to create and implement regional economic development plans designed to build capacity and guide the economic prosperity and resilience of an area or region. Click the link above for more information, or view the official notice here.
USDA Rural Development Grants
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand announced on January 11th that USDA is seeking grant applications for projects to improve housing, community facilities, and community and economic development in rural areas. These grants include the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant, the Strategic Economic and Community Development Grant, and the Rural Community Development Initiative Grants.
To view the full list of notices and grants available please see the following link: https://www.rd.usda.gov/newsroom/notices-solicitation-applications-nosas.
Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) POWER Grant
The POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) initiative targets federal resources to help communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America’s energy production. The POWER Initiative supports efforts to create a more vibrant economic future for coal-impacted communities by cultivating economic diversity, enhancing job training and re-employment opportunities, creating jobs in existing or new industries, and attracting new sources of investment. Read the RFP and learn more about POWER here.
Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition
The Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition (RAC) is a multi-state coalition comprised of Appalachian Voices, Coalfield Development Corporation, and Rural Action, with technical assistance and added capacity provided by Downstream Strategies. Established in 2017 to promote Innovative Mine Reclamation in Appalachia, our coalition has effectively secured over $15.8 million in AML Pilot funds, leveraging approximately $11.4 million in additional funds. This success has cemented our coalition as a thought leader and indispensable resource for communities in the field. We provide expert resources to Appalachian coalfield communities to identify, develop, and fund innovative reclamation projects while supporting the growth of a regional community of practice and advocating for a more just and equitable implementation of federal funds through AML Pilot. Learn more on the RAC Funding Sources webpage.
Appalachian Beekeeping Collective
We are a nonprofit organization that trains, supports, and provides bees and equipment at no cost to partner beekeepers in economically distressed Appalachian communities. We help our partners produce natural honey (and income) in the “greenest” possible way. Our program provides bees, hive boxes, equipment, education and support for new beekeepers. The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective provides initial bee colonies and materials for free or at reduced cost on an income-based sliding scale. Our educational staff supports our members by teaching them beekeeping skills in classrooms and then through visits to their homes to monitor their progress, building up to more advanced skills over time. Learn more about the program.
Ohio Targeted Brownfield Assessment Program
The Targeted Brownfield Assessment (TBA) program provides property assessment services at no cost to eligible applicants. SABR utilizes either in-house field staff or contractors to perform the requested assistance and the applicant receives a written report of the work performed. Typical services include Phase I environmental site assessment, asbestos surveys, geophysical surveys, and limited or supplemental phase II property assessment. TBA staff will work with applicants to provide the appropriate services to meet their needs. Learn more here.
Ohio Technical Assistance for the Voluntary Action Program
Voluntary Action Program (VAP) grant funding is available to cover costs associated with VAP technical assistance (TA). In general, the volunteer determines the scope of a VAP TA review and what questions or issues are evaluated. Exceptions include EIP or MOA reviews as the scopes for these are set by Ohio EPA policy. Learn more here.
Pennsylvania Industrial Sites Reuse Program
The Pennsylvania Industrial Sites Reuse Program provides grants and low-interest loans for environmental assessments and remediation. The program is designed to foster the cleanup of environmental contamination at industrial sites, thereby bringing blighted land into productive reuse. Learn more and apply here.
VA Brownfields Restoration and Economic Redevelopment Assistance Fund
The Virginia Brownfields Restoration and Economic Redevelopment Assistance Fund provides grants or loans to local governments to promote restoration and redevelopment of brownfield sites and to address environmental problems or obstacles to reuse so these sites can be effectively marketed to new economic development prospects. To learn more and apply, visit the VBAF website.
WV AML Pilot Program Grants
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (WVDEP) Office of Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation (AML) is taking applications for a portion of $25 million in grant funding available for economic development projects. The federal funding is administered by the AML Pilot Program and projects must be located on or adjacent to mine sites that ceased operations prior to the signing of the Surface Mine Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) on Aug. 3, 1977. A map of known AML sites in West Virginia can be found here.
Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center Assessment Fund
The NBAC community-wide assessment program is focused on attracting new business, lodging, and recreational opportunities to West Virginia’s rural riverfront main streets through the redevelopment of industrial legacy sites. Grant funds can and may be used to assess properties throughout NBAC’s legislatively designated 33 counties in West Virginia, with a specific focus on other riverfront downtown districts. Learn more and apply on the NBAC Assessment Fund website.
WV Brownfields Assistance Program
The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Program empowers communities, developers, and stakeholders to assess, cleanup, and sustainably reuse brownfields. WVDEP can provide free guidance and technical assistance throughout the brownfield redevelopment process. Example services WVDEP provides include: review and explain environmental reports; provide technical and programmatical guidance to assess and remediate sites; assist with educating stakeholders and conducting community outreach; introduce similar projects successfully completed throughout the state and country; and identify potential project funding sources. Learn more about specific assistance programs like the Brownfields Revolving Fund, Brownfields Property Assessments, and the Revitalizing the Chemical Valley grant here.