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Building Stronger Communities​​

​“Part of Gov. Andy Beshear’s Better Kentucky Plan​ is to use the $6.5 billion allocated through the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) – also known as the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act – to build stronger communities in every corner of the commonwealth. These federal dollars offer unprecedented opportunities to communities, businesses and local governments to make improvements in areas of energy efficiency, forestry, renewable energy, waste management and water. It will let Kentucky make significant progress in reclaiming abandoned mine lands, redeveloping brownfields and capping orphaned oil and gas wells.​”   - Secretary Rebecca Goodman​​

In addition to IIJA/BIL funding, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)​ provides additional state funding opportunities, as well as credits and incentives to consumers and businesses. Funding opportunities below include programs from both IIJA/BIL and IRA. 

"Building a Better Kentucky Weekly Update"  (6/18/2024)​​

Upcoming Dates

​​​See "Funding Opportunities" section for specific program application deadlin​es.

June 26, 2024: KOGA Summit

2nd Annual Kentucky Hydrogen (H2) Summit
For more information or to pre-register, visit the H2 Summit ​e​​v​e​nt​ page​​​​​​​​​​​​​​.​​ ​​​​​

June 26, 2024: JOET Webinar

Discover the National Zero-Emission Freight Corridor Strategy (4:00 - 5:00p ET) ​​
Hosted by the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (JOET). For more information or to pre-register, visit JOET's e​​v​e​nt​​ page​​​​​​​​​​​​​.​​ ​​​​​​

July 9, 2024: U.S. DOE Webinar

American-Made solar Prized Round #8 Informational (2:00 - 3:00p ET) ​​
For more information or to regsiter, visit DOE's e​v​e​nt​ p​age​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​.​​ ​​​​​​​

July 14, 2024: U.S. EPA Webinar

Clean School Bus Series: Battery Overview, Recycling/End-of-Life Options, Warranties (1:00 - 2:00p ET) ​​
For more information or to pre-register, visit EPA's​​ ​event​ page​​​​​​​​​​​​.​​ ​​

Approaching Deadlines...​​​​

See "Funding Opportunities" below for further details on each:

  • June 20 - application, Natural Gas Distribution Infrastructure/Safety..., 693JK324NF0013​
  • June 30 - application, OSG Green Infrastructure Assistance, see Water below for details
  • June 30 - application, Rural Energy for America Pgm (REAP), see Energy Efficiency... below for details​
  • July 1 - expiration, EPA BABA Waiver for EV Chargers, more info
  • July 25 - application, (IRA) Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles, EPA-R-OAR-CHDV-24-06​

​Funding ​Opportuni​​​​ties

Search through the following list of grants and funding opportunities for Kentucky communities, schools, and businesses. Additional information and links to guidance will be posted on this page when they become available, so check back often!

​Energy Efficiency & Resilience​

​Funding Source: Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)
Program Title: Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicle Grants
Purpose:  To incentivize and accelerate the replacement of existing non-Zero Emission Class 6 and 7 heavy-duty vehicles with Zero Emission vehicles
Who Can Apply:  States, municipalities (incl. public school dist.), tribes, non-profit transportation assoc.
​​Deadline: ​ July 25, 2024
Where to Apply: EPA via grants.gov (EPA-R-OAR-CHDV-24-06)
Questions?  ​contact cleanhdvehicles@epa.gov

​Funding Source: IIJA/BIL
Program Title: Appalachian Regional Energy Hub
Purpose: To support projects or activities that will help establish a regional energy hub in Appalachia for hydrogen from natural gas feedstocks
Who Can Apply: LDDs, state/local govt, higher ed., etc.
​​Deadline: ​July 24
Where to Apply: See application guidance
Questions?  ​Contact energyhub@arc.gov

Funding Source: ​Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)
Program Title: Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loans & Grants
Purpose: To provide guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make efficiency improvements
Who can apply: Agricultural producers, small rural businesses
​​Deadlines:  March 31; June 30; Sept. 30
Where to Apply: ​USDA-RD via state energy coordinator
Learn More: IRA REAP webinar recording
Questions? Contact Scott Maas, USDA-RD, 859-224-7319​​​

Funding Source: ​IIJA/BIL
Purpose:  To increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce their total residential energy expenditure and improve their health and safety
Who can apply:  Low-income households 
Deadline:  Ongoing
Where to apply:  Local Community Action Agency​
Questions? Weatherization Assistance ​Program​​​

Federal guidance on the following is forthcoming.  Please check back closer to the identified time period for updates.

​Forestry/Nature and Safety

Funding Source: IIJA/BIL
Program Title: Rural and Municipal Utility Advances Cybersecurity Grant and Technical Assistance Program
Purpose: To deploy advanced cybersecurity technologies for electric utility systems and to increase the participation of eligible entities in cybersecurity threa information sharing programs​
Who Can Apply: Rural, municipal, small investor-owned electric utilities
Deadline:  TBA
Provide Input:  Public comments ​closed 12/19/2022

Funding Source:  IIJA/BIL
Program Title: America the Beautiful Challenge 2024
Purpose:  For new voluntary conservation and restoration projects throughout the U.S.
Who Can Apply:  varies based on grant category
​​Deadline: ​ pre-proposal, April 4; full proposal, July 16
Where to Apply:  NFWF Easygrants system
Questions?  View F​A​Qs​ or contact Rachel.Dawson@nfwf.org​​​​

​Funding Source: IIJA/BIL
Program Title: FY25 Joint Chiefs' Landscape Restoration Partnership
Purpose: To collaborate on projects that mitigate wildfire risk, improve water quality, and restore forest ecosystems
​Who Can Apply: County/state govt, NGOs, utilities, private stakeholders through the local NRCS or Forest Service Office
Deadline: Sept. 13, 2024
Where to Apply: local NRCS or Forest Service Office makes application to National Office
Questions? Contact Clint Cross (FS), 202-205-0995 or Matthew Vandersande (NRCS), 202-690-1588

Federal guidance on the following is forthcoming. Please check back closer to the identified time period for updates.

​Reclamation, Remediation, and Prevention

Funding Source: ​IIJA/BIL
Program Title: Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation Program​
​Purpose: To abate problems caused by historic coal mining (pre-May 18, 1982)
Who Can Apply: registered state vendor contractors
Deadline: See each RFB for deadlines
Where to Apply: Finance Cabinet Vend​or Self Ser​vice Portal
RFB#s: RFB-07-25, Colburn Combs Slide (Perry), 7/10/24 @ 9:30a ET
               RFB-08-25, 23022AMLBAML (Perry), 7/09/24 @ 9:30a ET
               RFB-03-25, Hubert Spence Drainage (Martin), 6/25/24 @ 9:30a ET     
Learn More:  Ky. ​Division of Abandoned Mine Lands​
                         Contractor Workshop Slides​ / Additional Contractor Info​
Questions? Contact James Cable​, 502-564-2141​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Funding Source: IIJA/BIL
Program Title: ​State Orph​aned Well Program​​​
Purpose: To assist in activities related to plugging, remediation and reclaiming orphaned wells on state and private lands
Who can apply: Registered state vendor contractors
Deadline: TBA
Where to apply: Finance Cabinet Vendor Self Service Portal​
RFP#s: TBA
​Important:  Contractor Meeting Slides​
                        DOL Da​vis-Bacon Prevailing Wage Seminars​
Learn More: Kentucky's IIJA Orphan Well Plugging Dashboard
Questions?  Contact Ky. Division of Oil & Gas​, 502-573-0147

​To report orphaned wells in your area, email OrphanWells@ky.gov​. ​​​​​​

Federal guidance on the following is forthcoming.  Please check back closer to the identified time period for updates.

​Renewable Energy

​​​​Funding Source: IIJA/BIL
Program Title: Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI)​ Discrtionary Grant Program ROUND 2
Purpose: To strategically deploy EV charging and other alternative fueling infrastructure projects in urban and rural communities in publicly accessible locations, particularly in underserved and disadvantaged communities
​Who Can Apply: State/local govt; special govt districts; public/state higher education; public housing authorities...
Deadline: Aug. 28, 2024
Where to Apply: grant​s.gov, 6933JJ324NF00017
Questions? email CFIGrants@dot.gov

Program Title: BIL FY23 Electric Drive Vehicle Battery recycling and Second Life Applications​
See "EV Battery Recycling..." under Waste Management below

​Funding Source: Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)
Program Title: Higher Blends Infrastructure Inc​entive Program
Purpose: To increase significantly the sales and use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel by expanding infrastructure for renewable fuels derived from U.S. agricultural products
Who Can Apply: Transportation fueling facilities, fuel distribution facilities
​​Deadline (quarterly): 4:30p ET on ​Mar. 31; Jun. 30; Sept. 30
Where to Apply: USDA Rural Development
Questions? ​Contact Jeff Carpenter, 402-437-5554​​

Funding Source: ​IIJA/BIL
Program Title: Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs (H2Hubs)​
Purpose: To support the development of six (6) to 10 regional clean hydrogen hubs to improve clean hydrogen production, processing, delivery, storage, end use
Who Can A​pply:  State, other industry groups/organizations
Deadline: 2023 deadline has passed
Learn More:  Kentucky Hydrogen Hub Workgroup​
                          DOE's H2Hubs Webinar Recording
Questions?  Kentucky efforts, Kenya Stump​, 502-782-7083​​

Funding Source: ​Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)
Program Title: Low Income Communities Bonus Credits
Purpose: Provides a 10 or 20 percentage point increase to the investment tax credit for qualified solar and wind energy facilities with a maximum net output of less than five megawatts (AC)​
Who Can A​pply:  Applicants investing in certain solar or wind powered electricity generation facilities (​see above link for details)
Deadline: Jun. 27, 2024* after this date, rolling acceptance for 2024 Program Year
Questions?  contact EJBonusSupport@hq.doe.gov​​​

Funding Source: Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)
Program Title:  ​REAP Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans & Grants
See "Rural Energy for America" under Energy Efficiency above


​Funding Source: Other Federal
​Program Title: American-Made Solar Prize Round 8
Purpose: To spur innovations in U.S. solar hardware and software technologies and address challenges to rapid, equitable solar deployment
Who Can Apply: US-based students, professors, small businesses, researchers
Deadline: Sept. 26, 2024
Where to Apply: HeroX prize platform
Learn More: informational webinar, July 9 @ 2:00p ET
Questions? email challenge@nrel.gov

​Waste Management

Program Title: Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling
See "More..." under Energy Efficiency & Resilience above​​​​​​​

​Funding Source: IIJA/BIL
Program Title:  Electric Drive Vehicle Battery Recycling and Second Life Applications
Purpose: For research, development, and demonstration of second-​life applications for electric drive vehicle batteries, as well as technologies and processes for final recycling and disposal of ev batteries.
Who Can Apply:  Higher educ., for-/not-for-profit entities, state/local government, and consortia of these
​​Deadline:FY23 deadline has passed
Where to Apply: DOE via Grants.gov​
Questions?  ​​Contact Mark K. Solomon

​Water

Funding Source: ​IIJA/BIL
Program Title: Clean Water State Revolving Fund
Purpose: To provide financial assistance for wastewater infrastructure, storm water, and non-point source projects
Who can apply: Projects listed on Kentucky's annual Clean Water Intended Use Plan/Priority list
Where to apply: Local Area Development District
Learn More: Division of Water - CWSRF
Questions? See Division of Water SRF Contacts​
                    See also Kentucky Infrastructure Authority

Funding Source: ​IIJA/BIL
Program Title: Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
Purpose: To provide financial assistance to help water systems and states achieve the objectives of the Safe Drinking Water Act (1996)
Who can apply: Public Water Systems
Where to apply: Local Area Development District
Learn More: Division of Wa​ter - DWSRF​
Questions? See Division of Water SRF Contacts
                    See also Kentucky Infrastructure Authority​​​

​Funding Source: IIJA/BIL
Program Title: OSG Green Infrastructure Assistance Program (GIAP)
Purpose: To support rural and disadvantaged communities seeking to use green infrastructure and nature-based solution to address stormwater runoff
Who Can Apply: mucipal entities, priority to rural or disadvantaged​
​​Deadline: ​letter of intent, May 1; application, June 30
Where to Apply: EEC-DOW program portal
Questions?  ​​contact dale.booth@ky.gov

Federal guidance on the following is forthcoming.  Please check back closer to the identified time period for updates.

​Workforce & Environmental Justice​​​

Funding Source: Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)
Program Title: Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grants Program
Purpose: To support community-driven projects that address climate challenges and reduce pollution while strengthening communities through thoughtful implementation
Who Can Apply:  community-based organization (CBO) partnership (2); partnership between CBO and local govt or higher education
Deadline: Nov. 21, 2024 (accepting on a rolling basis, initial awards March 2024)
Where to Apply: EPA via grants.gov (EPA-R-OEJECR-OCS-23-04)
Questions? Contact CCGP@epa.gov

​​​Funding Source: ​IIJA/BIL
​Program Title: DOL Building Pathways to Infrastructure Jobs Grant Program​
Purpose: To fund public-private parthnerships to develop, stregnthen, and scale promising and evicence-based training models in H-1B industries and occupations critical to meet the goals of BIL
Who Can Apply: Higher ed., state/local govt., non-profit/profit, et. al.
Deadline:  2023 deadline closed
Where to Apply:  DOL via grants.gov (FOA​-ETA-23-31)
Questions? Contact Ariam Ferro​​​​​

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