Sustainable Strategies DC
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Sustainable Strategies DC is a government affairs & strategic consulting firm helping clients obtain resources for revitalization & tools for success in the green economy.

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.

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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 to Advance Fuel Efficient Vehicle Technologies
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking applications for projects that develop and deploy cutting-edge vehicle technologies that strengthen the clean energy economy. DOE anticipates making awards that range from $350,000 to $4,500,000 to support a wide range of research, development, and demonstration projects that aim to reduce the price and improve the efficiency of plug-in electric, alternative fuel, and conventional vehicles. Topics addressed include: advanced batteries (including manufacturing processes) and electric drive R&D; lightweight materials; advanced combustion engine and enabling technologies R&D; and fuels technologies (dedicated or dual-fuel natural gas engine technologies). DOE will fund cost-shared projects with private industry, national laboratories, and university led-teams. The concept paper deadline is February 26, 2015, and full applications are due April 10, 2015. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at
(202) 261-9881 or andrew.seth@strategiesdc.com.

Funding Available to Build Environmental Stewardship
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the availability of funding to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. The Environmental Education Local Grants Program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques. EPA expects to award three grants from each of the EPA’s 10 Regional Offices, for a total of approximately 30 grants nationwide. Each grant award will be approximately $91,000. The deadline for applications is March 6, 2015. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at
(202) 261-9881 or andrew.seth@strategiesdc.com.

Funding Available for Analysis-Driven, Evidence-Based Policing
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking applications for the FY 2015 Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) grants program. SPI seeks to build upon analysis-driven, evidence-based policing by encouraging state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to develop effective, economical and innovative responses to crime within their jurisdictions. DOJ expects to make up to six awards of up to $700,000 each for projects in two purpose areas: 1) Smart Policing Innovation and 2) Body Worn Camera Problem-Solving Demonstration Program. The deadline for applications is March 9, 2015. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at
(202) 261-9881 or andrew.seth@strategiesdc.com.

Funding Available for Community Food Projects
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the availability of $9 million in funding to assist low-income individuals and communities in developing local and independent food systems through the Community Food Projects grants program. Grants are intended to help eligible, private, non-profit entities in need of a one-time installment of federal assistance to establish and carry out multi-purpose community food projects. Projects are funded from $10,000 to $300,000 and up to 36 months. All grants require a 1:1 match. The deadline for applications is March 17, 2015. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at
(202) 261-9881 or andrew.seth@strategiesdc.com.

Grants Available to Support Drug-Use Prevention
The White House and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provide 5-year grants for up to $125,000 a year to support local community coalitions that are focused on youth drug-use prevention. The Drug Free Communities Support Program has two goals: 1) Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments, to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth, and 2) Reduce substance use among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse. Grants can fund the salary and benefits of coalition staff, training and educational assistance, travel, and prevention efforts that place emphasis on community-based environmental strategies. Contact Sustainable Strategies DC for help in preparing your proposal. The deadline for applications is March 18, 2015. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at
(202) 261-9881 or andrew.seth@strategiesdc.com.

Federal Designation for Communities Expanding Manufacturing
The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced the second round of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) designation competition. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the first twelve communities to receive a designation under IMCP in May 2014. The EDA is seeking to designate up to 12 additional communities for the program, which aligns federal economic development investments behind long-term economic development strategies that help communities attract and expand private investment in the manufacuturing sector and increase international trade and exports. The IMCP designation elevates the chosen communities in consideration for $1.3 billion in federal dollars and assistance from 10 federal departments and agencies. In addition, each designated community will receive a federal liaison and branding promotion as a designated Manufacturing Community to help attract additional private investment and partnerships. In order to earn the designation, communities need to demonstrate the significance of a manufacturing presence in their region and develop strategies to make investments in six areas: 1) workforce and training, 2) advanced research, 3) infrastructure and site development, 4) supply chain support, 5) trade and international investment, 6) operational improvement and capital access. Interested applicants must establish access to the system by completing the eligibility screen by March 12, 2015. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2015. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at
(202) 261-9881 or andrew.seth@strategiesdc.com.

Grants Available to Transform Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Markets
The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking applications for its State Energy Program 2015 Competitive Awards for projects that advance policies, programs, and market strategies that accelerate job creation and reduce energy consumption while achieving energy and climate security for the nation. Up to $5 million will be available in the following two Areas of Interest: 1) State Energy Planning and 2) Innovative Opportunities for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices. Eligibility is restricted to the 50 States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. However, partnerships with local governments to incentivize and/or remove barriers to energy efficiency and renewable energy investments are encouraged. The deadline for applications is June 30, 2015. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at
(202) 261-9881 or andrew.seth@strategiesdc.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 andrew.seth@strategiesdc.com.

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 andrew.seth@strategiesdc.com for additional details.

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