Advance Program

Funding Opportunities

  • Current Funding Opportunities That May Be Of Interest to Advance Areas:
    • Dept. of Agriculture, Ohio Conservation Innovation Grants - USDA grants to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in Ohio.  Projects that improve air quality may be iincluded (such as energy efficiency practices/technologies and others).  Total program funding $150,000 for up to two awards.  Deadline May 1, 2016.
    • Dept. of Energy, Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies - State Energy Strategies - Funds to (1) increase our understanding of technology evolution, soft costs, and barriers to solar deployment, and (2) tackle soft costs and market barrier challenges at the state and regional level by targeting partnerships between states and utilities/electricity sector entities that want to increase solar deployment.  Total program funding $20.9 million for approximately 18 awards ranging between $250,000 to $1.5 million.  Deadline May 2, 2016.
  • Upcoming Funding Opportunities That May Be Of Interest to Advance Areas:
    • Dept. of Energy, Vehicle Technologies Multi-Topic Funding - DOE intends to issue a funding opportunity in June 2016 to (1) develop and demonstrate plug-in or hybrid electric vehicles, (2) develop and demonstrate a direct injection propane engine for on-road vehicles approved for highway use, or (3) develop community-based partnerships between state and local governments and the private sector (e.g., fleets, energy companies, etc.) to reduce dependence on petroleum, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase local fuel diversification, and catalyze the adoption of clean transportation technologies in other communities through sharing of best practices and data.  Estimated total funding is $22.3 million, with individual awards ranging from $1-$5 million. 
    • EPA, Environmental Justice Small Grants Program - EPA anticipates issuing a new RFP to support collaborative partnerships that address local environmental and public health issues in September 2016.
    • Dept. of Energy, Building Energy Codes Program - DOE intends to issue a funding opportunity at the end of 2016 focused on identifying the energy code requirements for commercial buildings that can provide the maximum cost-effective energy and cost savings through increased compliance.  There has been little research on commercial energy codes.  The program will help provide tools and data to assist local governments, utilities, industry, design and construction professionals and other entities with understanding the impact of energy codes and how to most effectively increase energy and cost savings. 
  • - Source to find and apply for federal grants
  • Transportation Funding - Provides links to federal funding sources available to state and local agencies for projects relating to transportation and air quality. Funding sources both within and outside EPA are included.
  • Smart Growth Implementation Assistance – An annual, competitive solicitation open to state, local, regional, and tribal governments (and non-profits that have partnered with a government entity) that want to incorporate smart growth techniques into future development.