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.
Download the January 8 Sustainability Funding Webinar
On January 8, Sustainable Strategies DC and Climate Communities hosted a "2015 Sustainability Funding Outlook: Dollars for Local Environmental Initiatives" webinar. Presenters provided an analysis of federal funding opportunities that will be available in 2015, and identified specific cuts of federal program funding. Climate Communities also highlighted philanthropic grant opportunities that will be available this year to support local sustainability initiatives. To download, click here for the archived presentation and click here for a copy of the PowerPoint presentation.
Funding Available for Apprenticeships
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the availability of approximately $100 million in grant funding to support the American Apprenticeship Initiative. This initiative is intended to provide a catalyst in supporting a uniquely American Apprenticeship system that meets our country’s particular economic, industry and workforce needs. American Apprenticeships (also referred to as Registered Apprenticeships) are innovative work-based learning and post-secondary earn-and-learn models that meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (or federally recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies). Approximately $100 million is expected to be available to fund approximately 25 grants. Grant awards will range from $2.5-5 million. The deadline for applications is April 30, 2015. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at (202) 261-9881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grants Available for Pollution Prevention Projects
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Source Reduction Assistance Grants provide funding for projects that reduce or eliminate pollution at the source. Focus areas include pollution prevention projects that: achieve significant and measureable reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and/or energy efficiency through technical assistance to businesses; support more sustainable food manufacturing resulting in reduced greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, hazardous materials generation and use, and/or business costs; and implement state or community-based approaches to hazardous materials source reduction activities that result in reduced generation and use of hazardous materials. EPA anticipates having more than $1.2 million in funding available in 2015. Eligible entities include states, local governments, school districts, institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, and tribes. The deadline for applications is May 28, 2015. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at (202) 261-9881 or email@example.com.
Funding Available for Sustainable Transportation Projects
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is making $500 million available for a seventh round of its Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants to help fund local and state infrastructure projects. DOT evaluates TIGER proposals on criteria that include environmental sustainability, livability and economic competitiveness. Applicants must request no less than $10 million ($1 million minimum in rural areas) and provide at least 20 percent match. The deadline for pre-applications is May 4, 2015; full applications are due June 5, 2015. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at (202) 261-9881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding Available for Community Food Projects
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the availability of its Local Food Promotion Grants and Farmers Market Promotion Grants. The Local Food Promotion Grants provide funding up to $100,000 to increase consumption of locally grown agricultural products. The funding can be used for: training for farmers and farmer’s market managers; advertising and promotion of farmer’s markets; market analysis and planning, customer and producer surveys; and vendor and customer recruitment. The Farmers Market Promotion Grants provide funding up to $100,000 to support new market opportunities for farm operations serving local markets. There are planning and implementation grant opportunities. Planning grants can be used for market research, feasibility studies and business planning. Implementation grants can used for training and technical assistance; outreach and marketing to buyers and consumers; working capital; and non-construction infrastructure improvements to business enterprise facilities or information technology systems. Both applications are due May 14, 2015. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at (202) 261-9881 or email@example.com.
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 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.