Based in Washington DC, Sustainable Strategies DC provides local governments, non-profits, coalitions, and green technology firms with strategic consulting, federal advocacy, funding support, grants advocacy, issue campaign management, environmental legal services, and other assistance. Our focus areas include community revitalization, sustainable community development, infrastructure investment, environmental and clean energy technologies, clean transportation, brownfields redevelopment, and other sustainability issues.
Led by experienced sustainability advocates and government affairs experts, including CEO Matt Ward and President Andrew Seth, and boosted by strategic alliances with a team of specialized firms, Sustainable Strategies DC will help you obtain the results you seek on sustainable community and green technology issues.
Looking for project funding? Need support for a clean energy or environmental restoration project? Seeking a public or private partner on your infrastructure project? Trying to overcome tough legal, regulatory or environmental policy challenges? Do you need a strategy or assessment of your project's opportunities and how you might navigate the federal process? Want to get something done in Washington, DC? The team at Sustainable Strategies DC has a solid track record of helping organizations create and implement strategies that can help you secure resources for revitalization and tools for success in the green economy. Let us know how we can serve you.
Planning Money Available to Revitalize Distressed Communities
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced the availability of its Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants, which support the development of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans that transform distressed public and assisted housing, while supporting the surrounding neighborhood and improving residents’ health, safety, employment, mobility, and education. HUD anticipates awarding grants of up to $500,000 each. Eligible applicants are public housing authorities, local governments, nonprofits, tribal entities and for-profit developers that apply jointly with a public entity. The deadline for applications is August 12, 2014. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at (202) 261-9881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grants Available to Support Main Street Revitalization
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) HOPE VI Main Street Program provides grants to small communities to assist in the renovation of an historic or traditional central business district. The initiative enables localities to enhance economic development and provide affordable housing in “Main Street” areas. HUD expects to make one award of $500,000 in 2013. Only local governments with a population of 50,000 or less, with fewer than 100 physical public housing units within the jurisdiction (excluding Section 8 Housing Voucher subsidized units), are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is August 18, 2014. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at (202) 261-9881 or email@example.com.
EPA Seeks to Honor Communities for Smart Growth Innovation
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applications for the 13th annual National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. This competition is open to public-sector, private-sector and non-profit entities that have successfully used smart growth principles to improve communities environmentally, socially and economically. EPA will honor communities in four categories: (1) Built Projects; (2) Corridor and Neighborhood Revitalization; (3) Plazas, Parks and Public Places; and (4) Policies, Programs and Plans. In addition, one Overall Excellence winner will be selected from those that apply. Sustainable Strategies DC prepared the City of Dubuque's successful Corridor or Neighborhood Revitalization entry in 2013, and is helping communities get organized to compete this year. The deadline for applications is September 5, 2014. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at (202) 261-9881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resiliency Support Available for Local Governments
The Rockefeller Foundation has announced the second round of the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge, a competition designed to help 100 cities worldwide become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. Selected cities are provided with the resources necessary to build a comprehensive roadmap to resilience, including: (1) Financial and logistical guidance for establishing an innovative new city government position for a Chief Resilience Officer; (2) Support from experts for developing a robust resilience strategy; (3) Access to partners from the private, public and non-profit sectors who can help implement the resilience strategies; and (4) Membership into a global network of member cities who can benefit from each other’s experiences and advice. The deadline for applications is September 10, 2014. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at (202) 261-9881 or email@example.com.
Awards to Honor Communities for Outstanding Health Initiatives
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health Prize is awarded annually to honor outstanding community efforts and partnerships that help people live healthier lives. Up to 10 winning communities will receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their accomplishments celebrated and shared broadly with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally-driven change across the country. The prize honors communities that are committed to not only providing access to good quality care, but also to addressing the barriers to better health by transforming neighborhoods, schools and businesses so that good health flourishes. Six criteria will serve as the lens through which all applicant communities’ submissions are judged throughout the process: (1) Defining health in the broadest possible terms; (2) Committing to sustainable systems changes and policy-oriented long-term solutions; (3) Cultivating a shared and deeply-held belief in the importance of equal opportunity for health; (4) Harnessing the collective power of leaders, partners, and community members; (5) Securing and making the most of available resources; and (6) Measuring and sharing progress and results. The deadline for applications is September 17, 2014. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at (202) 261-9881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grants Available to Conduct Planning for Brownfields Revitalization
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization has announced the availability of $4 million to conduct research, technical assistance and/or training activities to enable the development of an area-wide plan for brownfields assessment, clean up, and subsequent reuse. Brownfield Area-Wide Planning grant-funded activities must be directed to a specific area that is affected by one or more brownfield sites, such as a neighborhood, city block, district, local commercial corridor, or community water front. All grant-funded activities for area-wide planning must be designed to identify reuses for brownfield sites that will meet community health, environmental and economic development goals. Common grant-funded activities include: (1) Conducting research into needed infrastructure improvements, known environmental concerns, economic research and market analysis, and necessary coordination with ongoing planning efforts in the project area; (2) Developing a detailed area-wide plan, including specific strategies for cleanup and reuse and long term implementation strategies; and (3) Technical assistance that builds community capacity for a wide range of project area stakeholders. Applicants can apply for a maximum of $200,000 per proposal. Sustainable Strategies DC has helped a number of communities win Area-Wide Planning grants. The deadline for applications is September 22, 2014. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at (202) 261-9881 or email@example.com.
Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency Funding Available for Indian Tribes
The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the availability of up to $7 million in funding for eligible Indian Tribes, Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations and Tribal Consortia in two topic areas: (1) Installation of clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings; and (2) Deployment of clean energy systems on a community-scale. Projects selected for this opportunity will aim to reduce energy costs and increase energy security of Indian Tribes and tribal members. Major factors for selection include the potential energy savings or clean energy generation resulting from the project, the capacity of the applicant and project participants to accomplish the project objectives, and the level of commitment of the applicant. Eligible applicants must demonstrate the organizational and technical readiness to deploy clean energy systems or efficiency measures, and should also demonstrate the potential for economic and environmental benefits to the Indian Tribe and tribal community. The deadline for applications is October 2, 2014. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at (202) 261-9881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding Available for Innovative Urban Solutions
Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced the availability of $45 million in competitive grants to help cities create teams that use data and other tools to come up with innovative solutions to complex urban problems. The Innovation Delivery Grants program encourages government officials to consider innovation as a process and build innovation teams to stimulate idea generation techniques and promote a structured, data-driven approach to delivering results. Bloomberg Philanthropies tested the Innovation Delivery approach through a multi-year investment in five cities – Altanta, Chicago, Louisville, Memphis, and New Orleans – with great results. In this second round, an eligible city must have a population above 100,000 and be led by a mayor who has at least two years left in office. Competitive applications will effectively explain how innovative problem solving can be implemented within a city’s unique organizational structure to solve challenges ranging from climate impacts to murder reduction, using diverse, data-driven techniques. Grant awards will be in a range up to $1 million for a three-year period. The foundation expects to select 10 to 15 cities to be named by the end of the year. The deadline for applications is October 6, 2014. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at (202) 261-9881 or email@example.com.
Grants Available to Support Economic Development Projects
The Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Economic Development Assistance Program provides grants to support job creation in economically distressed areas of the United States. Public Works investments support the construction or rehabilitation of essential public infrastructure and facilities. EDA grants can also support green economic development, including renewable energy, green building, energy efficiency, and recycling projects. Sustainable Strategies DC has helped localities nationwide secure EDA funding for their community priorities. The deadline for applications is October 17, 2014. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at (202) 261-9881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding Available for Rural Community Development Projects
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the availability of approximately $6 million in competitive grant funds for its Rural Community Development Initiative, which seeks to help rural communities realize their long-term economic development goals. Grants of up to $250,000 can be used for, but are not limited to, the following purposes: (1) Provide technical assistance to develop recipients’ capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development; (2) Develop the capacity of recipients to conduct community development programs; (3) Develop the capacity of recipients to increase their leveraging ability and access to alternative funding sources by providing training and staffing; (4) Develop the capacity of recipients to provide the technical assistance component for essential community facilities projects; (5) Assist recipients in completing predevelopment requirements for housing, community facilities, or community and economic development projects by providing resources for professional services; and (6) Improve recipient’s organizational capacity by providing training and resource material on developing strategic plans, board operations, management, financial systems, and information technology. Eligible applicants are qualified private, nonprofit, and public intermediary organizations proposing to carry out financial and technical assistance programs related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development in rural areas. The deadline for applications is November 12, 2014. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at (202) 261-9881 or email@example.com.
Great Lakes Restoration Funding Available
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) Coastal Program provides technical and financial assistance to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. Projects are developed strategically, in coordination with partners, and with substantial involvement from FWS field biologists. Funding is available to coastal areas within the Great Lakes basin, including parts of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. Project funding ranges from $40,000 to $150,000; approximately $400,000 is available in 2014. Eligible applicants include state, county, city or township governments, special district governments, independent school districts, public and State controlled institutions of higher education, private institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments and organizations, nonprofit organizations, individuals, for profit organizations, and small businesses. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at (202) 261-9881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding Available for Green Infrastructure
Since 2009, states have been required to spend a portion of their Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) dollars on projects that address green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency improvements, or environmentally innovative activities. In FY 2014, Congress and President Obama have provided another $1.45 billion to capitalize the CWSRF program, and mandated that no less than 10 percent of these funds be dedicated to the Green Project Reserve, or approximately $145 million nationwide. The state agencies that administer CWSRF programs have developed different methods to disperse Green Project Reserve dollars. Contact Sustainable Strategies DC for help in navigating how Green Project Reserve dollars are spent in your state. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at (202) 261-9881 or email@example.com.
$750 Million Authorized in FY 2013 for Transportation Loans, Lines of Credit and Loan Guarantees
The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program provides secured loans, lines of credit and loan guarantees for eligible surface transportation projects. Eligible projects include highways, transit and intermodal, passenger rail, and intelligent transportation systems. Generally, the minimum size for TIFIA projects is $50 million ($25 million in rural communities). The recently signed transportation reauthorization legislation - Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) - authorizes $750 million for the TIFIA program in FY 2013, a significant boost above the FY 2012 level of $120 million. Entities wishing to apply for TIFIA credit assistance must first submit a Letter of Interest. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at (202) 261-9881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bonds Available for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects
In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allocated $3.2 billion in bond volume for the Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECB). QECBs are debt instruments that states, local governments and tribes can issue at extremely low rates to fund energy conservation projects, including energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy installations, green community programs, and public education campaigns. Each state received a QECB allocation proportionate to its population, which was subsequently sub-allocated to their largest local governments (cities and counties of 100,000 population or more). While a number of localities have successfully used QECBs, much of the $3.2 billion allocation remains unissued. In most states, cities and counties interested in funding energy projects with QECBs can still tap into unused allocations. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at (202) 261-9881 or email@example.com for additional details.