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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"  (2/20/2024)

Upcoming Dates

​​​See "Funding Opportunities" section for specific program application deadlines.​​

Feb. 27, 2024: U.S. Labor Webinar

2024 Prevailing Wage Seminar (11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET) ​​
For more information or to pre-register, visit the DOL's event​ page​​​​​​​​​​​​.​​ ​​​

Feb. 27, 2024: Joint Office of Energy and Transportation Webinar

Curbside EV Charging Strategies (2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET) ​​
For more information or to pre-register, visit the Joint Offi​ce's​ event​ page​​​​​​​​​​​.​​ ​​​​

​​Feb. 27, 2024: U.S. FEMA Webinar

BRIC-DTA Informational Webinar (6:00 - 6:45 p.m. ET) ​​
For more information or to join, visit FEMA's ev​e​nt​ page​​​​​​​​​​​​​.​​ ​​​

Mar. 6, 2024: IWG Webinar

Getting Started: Meeting Communities Where They Are (1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET) ​​
For more information or to pre-register, visit IWG's​ event​ page​​​​​​​​​​​.​​ ​

Approaching Deadlines...​​​​

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

  • Feb. 29- application, READY Local Governments, visit ARC's press release​
  • Feb. (multi-dates) - proposals, AML Reclamation Program RFBs, see Reclamation... below for details
  • Mar. 6 - application, Small Innovative Projects in Solar 2024, DE-FOA-0003308
  • Mar. 8 - application, FY23 Assistance to Firefighters Grant, see Forestry and Safety below for details

​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: IIIJA/BIL
Program Title: All Hazards Energy Resilience Program (RD&D)
Purpose: To advance tools and technologies specifically designed to reduce risks to energy delivery infrastructure from all hazards, including security (cyber, physical) and climate effects.
Who Can Apply: Institutions of higher education; for-profit/non-profit entities; state/local government
​​Deadline: ​March 4 @ 3:00 p.m.​
Where to Apply:  grants.gov, DE-FOA-0003217
Questions?  ​Ruben J. Kerns, Ruben.Kerns@netl.doe.gov​

​Funding Source: Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)
Program Title: Assistance for the Adoption of the Latest or Zero Building Energy Codes
Purpose: 
Who Can Apply: State/Local governments; special district governments
Deadline: ​ April 30
Where to Apply: DOE via Grants.gov (DE-FOA-0003056)
Questions?  ​​Email IRACodes@hq.doe.gov

Funding Source:  ​IIJA/BIL
Program Title:  Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships (GRIP)​
Purpose: ​ To deploy technologies to increase grid reliability and resilience
Who can apply: ​  varies by topic area, includes the following types of domestic entities: state/local government; public utility; electric grid operator; transmission owner; fuel supplier; higher education; non-profit,; for profit; and more
Deadline:  Jan. 12, 2024, concept paper; Apr. 17, 2024, application
Where to apply: ​ DOE's  eXCHANGE (DE-FOA-0003195)
Questions?  Contact FOA3195@netl.doe.gov​​

​Funding Source: Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)
Program Title: EEC's RFP for Energy Efficiency Rebate Program
Purpose: To secure a consultant to assist with stakeholder planning and program development ahead of Kentucky's application for the Energy Efficiency Rebate Program
Who Can Apply: Entities meeting eligibility criteria outlined in RFP
​​Deadline: ​March 11, 3:30p ET
Where to Apply: ​Finance Cabinet Vendor Self Service Portal (RFP-141-2400000148-1)​
Questions? ​Carol Stringer, 502-782-7078​​

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
Program Title: 2023 Clean School Bus Re​bate Program
Purpose: To replace existing school buses with clean and zero-emission (ZE) school buses
Who can apply: Local/state government, public charter school districts, eligible contractors, eligible non-profit transportation associations
Deadline: Feb. 14, 2024 @ 4:00 p.m. ET (revised deadline)
Where to apply: U.S. EPA application portal
Questions?  Visit FAQ ​or contact cleanschoolbus@epa.gov​

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 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: FY2024 National Dam Safety Program​ (NDSP) Fall State Assistance​
Purpose: To reduce risks to life and property associated with dams, increase awareness of the benefits and risks associated with dam infrastructure, and advance the state of practice of dam safety and dam risk management
Who Can Apply: State or territory with an enacted dam safety program
Deadline: Feb. 29, 2024
Where to Apply: FEMA via grants.gov (DHS-24-MT-041-00-99)
Questions?​ Contact FEMA GO Help Desk, 877-585-3242​​

Funding Source: Other
Program Title: FY23 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)
Purpose:  To equip and train emergency personnel
Who Can Apply: fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, State Fire Training Academies
​​Deadline: ​ March 8
Where to Apply: FEMA via Grants.gov (DHS-23-GPD-044-00-98)
Questions?  ​FEMA GO Help Desk, 877-585-3242

Funding Source: Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)
Program Title: Forest Legacy Program
Purpose: ​to encourage the protection of privately owned forest lands through conservation easements or land purchases
Who Can Apply: States may submit up to five projects​
Where to Apply: Contact state coordinator see below
Deadline:  May 20, 2024 (summer deadline)
Questions?​ Contact state coordinator, Chase Terry

Funding Source: IIJA/BIL
Program Title:  FY2024 Fall Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams (HHPD)
Purpose: To provide technical, planning, design and construction assistance in the form of grants for rehabilitation of eligible high hazard potential dams​
Who Can Apply: State or territory with an enacted dam safety program
Deadline: Feb. 29, 2024
Where to Apply: FEMA via grants.gov (DHS-24-MT-041-0​0-98​)
Questions?​ Contact FEMA GO Help Desk, 877-585-3242

​Funding Source: EEC-IRA
Program Title: Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Grant
Purpose: To encourage communities to create and support long-term and sustained urban and community forestry programs throughout Kentucky
Who Can Apply: ​Local government; 501(c)3 non-profits; educational institutions (other organizations must apply in partnership with an eligible organization)
​​Deadline: ​ March 22
Where to Apply: Division of Forestry (Survey at https://arcg.is/1TPPyP​ must be completed in order to receive online application form)
Questions?  ​​Contact Chris Wiedamann, 502-782-3932

​Funding Source: IIJA/BIL
Program Title: Slip-On Tank Units (Pilot Program)
Purpose: To provide financial assistance to acquire slip-on tanker units to establish fleets of vehicles that can be quickly converted to be operated as fire engines
Who Can Apply: local governments providing fire protection/emergency services with a population of 25,000 or less
​​Deadline: ​March 21, statement of interest; June 4, application
Where to Apply: U.S. DOI via Grants.gov (D24AS00253​)
Questions? ​Contact Chelsea Whitten

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-193-24, Sheila Blackburn Slide (Pike), 3/13​/24 @ 10:30a ET
            RFB-191-24, Nyokia Adams Slide Repair (Letcher), 3/12/24 @ 10:30a ET​
            RFB-192-24, Carrie Kidd Slide (Floyd), 3/6​/24 @ 10:30a ET​​
            RFB-180-24, Kevin Calvins (Harlan), 2/27/24 @ 10:30a ET
            RFB-170-24, Crowe Acid Pits (Ohio), 2/28/24 @ 10:30a ET​
Learn More:  Ky. ​Division of Abandoned Mine Lands​
                         Contractor Workshop Slides​ / Additional Contractor Info​
Questions? Contact James Cable​, 502-564-2141​​​​​​​​​

​Funding Source: Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)
Program Title: Air Monitoring and Air Quality Sensors Grants
Purpose: To establish new ambient air monitoring sites, and maintain, operate, or upgrade existing ambient air monitoring networks
Who Can Apply: Air pollution control agencies
​​Deadline:​ April 8
Where to Apply: EPA via grants.gov
Questions? See Q&A document

​Funding Source: IIJA/BIL
Program Title: Carbon Utilization Procurement Grants under BIL Section 40302
Purpose: To reduce GHG emissions by demonstrating several business-as-usual products can be replaced/supplemented with alternatives derived from the utilization of anthropogenic carbon oxides
Who Can Apply: State/local government, public utility or agency
Deadline: ​ April 30
Where to Apply: DOE via Grants.gov (DE-FOA-0002829)
Questions?  ​Contact Jacqulyn M. Wilson, 304-285-4135

​Funding Source: Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)
Program Title: Climate Pollution Reduction Program Implementation Grant - general competition
Purpose:  to implement GHG reduction programs, policies, projects, and measures
Who Can Apply: CPRG planning grant recipients
​​Deadline: ​April 1 @ 11:59P ET
Where to Apply: EPA via Grants.gov (EPA-R-OAR-CPRGI-23-07)
Questions?  visit CPRG website ​or email CPRG@epa.gov

Funding Source: IIJA/BIL
Program Title: State Orphaned 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: ​DOI draft formula guidancepresentation, recording​
Questions?  Contact Ky. Division of Oil & Gas​, 502-573-0147

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

Funding Source: Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)
Program Title: Grant Funding to Address Indoor Air Pollution at Schools
Purpose: To enable low-income, disadvantaged, and Tribal K-12 schools and/or school districts to monitor and reduce GHG emissions and indoor air pollutants through development/adoption of comprehensive indoor air quality management plans
Who Can Apply: ​ States; local government and educational agencies; non-profit organizations, et.al.
Deadline: ​March 19
Where to Apply: EPA via Grants.gov (EPA-R-OAR-APS-24-02)
Questions?  ​Email iaqschools@epa.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: Battery Materials Processing and Battery Manufacturing Grants​
Purpose: To strengthen and secure manufacturing and energy supply chains needed to modernize the nation's energy infrastructure and support a clean, equitable energy transition
Who Can Apply: Institutions of higher education; national laboratores; non-proft/for-profit entities; state/local govt; consortia of prior
Deadline: Jan. 9, concept paper; Mar. 19, full application
Where to Apply: DOE via energy exchange (DE-FOA-0003099)
Questions? DE-FOA-0003099@netl.doe.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 Incentive 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: Nov. 18, 2023* initial deadline, may have rolling deadlines through early 2024
Questions?  contact EJBonusSupport@hq.doe.gov​​

Funding Source: IIJA/BIL
Program Title: Platform Technologies for Transformative Battery Manufacturing​
Purpose: To advance manufacturing platform technologies for next generation battery manufacturing and smart manufacturing for battery production
Who Can Apply: Institutions of higher education; non-proft/for-profit entities; state/local govt
Deadline: Mar. 4, concept paper; May 7, full application
Where to Apply: DOE via energy exchange (DE-FOA-0003236)
Questions? PlatformBatManFOA@ee.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: IIJA/BIL
Program Title: Small Innovative Projects in Solar: Concentrating Solar Power and Photovoltaics (SIPS: CSP & PV) - Annual
Purpose: for innovative research and development that accelerates the large-scale development and deployment of solar technologies
Who Can Apply: higher ed; for/not-for profit entities; state/local govt and tribes
​​Deadline: ​March 6
Where to Apply:  energy exchange (DE-FOA-0003308)​
Questions?  ​ Email SETO.SIPS@ee.doe.gov

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

​Waste Management

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

Funding Source: ​IIJA/BIL
​Program Title: Battery and Critical Mineral Recycling
Purpose: To create innovative and practical approaches to increase the reuse and recycling of batteries
Who Can Apply: Higher ed., govt., non-profit/profit, consortium, et. al.
Deadline:  TBD 2Q 2023
Where to Apply:  DOE via grants.gov
Learn More:  See Notice of Intent
Questions? BIL-Batterymanufacturing@hq.doe.gov​​​

​Funding Source: IIJA/BIL
Program Title: BIL FY23 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:Concept paper, Feb. 7; application, Apr. 19
Where to Apply: DOE via Grants.gov (DE-FOA-0003120)
Questions?  ​​Contact Mark K. Solomon

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

​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
Deadline: TBA
Where to apply: Local Area Development District
Learn More: Division of Water - CWSRF
Questions? Contact Carey Johnson​, 502-782-6990
                    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
Deadline: TBA
Where to apply: Local Area Development District
Learn More: Division of Wa​ter - DWSRF​
Questions? Contact Carey Johnson​, 502-782-6990
                    See also Kentucky Infrastructure Authority

Funding Source:  IIJA/BIL
Program Title: FY2023 Flood Mi​tigation Assistance Grant Program​
Purpose: To reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings insured by the National Flood Insurance Program
Who Can Apply: States, local communities
Deadline:  Feb. 29, 2024 (note: subapplicants have earlier deadlines)
Where to Apply: FEMA GO
Questions?​ Contact Geni Jo Bra​wner, 502-607-5797​, with KyE​M

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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