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Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet

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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​​

Upcoming Dates

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

​​Aug. 10, 2022: EPA Clean School Bus Program Webinar Series...

 "EPA Clean School Bus Program: USDA Rural Electric Cooperatives Infrastructure Funding" (1 p.m. ET) 
For more information or to regsister, visit EPA's Clean School Buses Events page.​​

​​Aug. 16, 2022: DOE Webinar

 "BIL Section 40209 - Advanced Energy Manufacturing & Recycling Grant Program - RFI" (11:30 a.m. ET)
For more information or to regsister, visit DOE's webex Registration page​. ​

​​Aug. 17, 2022: DOE Informational Webinar

 "Grid Services FOA Review" (1:00 p.m. ET)
For more information or to regsister, visit DOE's webex Registration page​. ​

​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​

​Program Title: Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recyling
Purpose: To enable manufacturers to produce or recycle advanced energy technologies
Who can apply: Small-, medium-sized manufacturers in former coal communities
​​Deadline: ​TBA
Initial Step: Submit short form​ for consideration and eligibility
Learn More: DOE Request for Information, comments due 9/16
Questions?  Fact Sheet​ / Visit DOE announcement to learn more

Purpose: To make the nation's school bus fleet cleaner
Who can apply: State/local governments, eligible contractors, nonprofit school transportation associations
Deadline: August 19, 2022
Where to apply: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Questions?    Register for "How to Apply w/Live Q&A"
                       EPA Fact Sheet​EEC/KDE FACT SHEET

Program Title: ​Preventing Outages & Enchancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid​
Purpose: ​To support activities, technologies, equipment, and hardening measures to reduce the likelihood and consequences of disruptive events
Who can apply: ​Electric grid/storage/generator opertors; transmission owner/operator; distribution provider; fuel supplies
Deadline: TBA, late 2022
Where to apply: either EEC or DOE
Questions: ​Contact Kenya Stump​, 502-782-7083

Program Title: Energy Efficiency Improvements and Renewable Energy Improvements at Public School Facilities
Purpose: To make energy efficiency, renewable energy, and alternative fueled vehicle upgrades and improvements at public schools
Who can apply: Consortium of one local education agency and one or more schools, non-profits, for-profits, and community partners
Deadline: TBA, Fall 2022
Where to apply: U.S. Department of Energy
Questions? EEC/KDE FACT SHEET

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

Program Title: Community Wildfire Defense Grant​
Purpose: To develop or revise community wildfire protection plans and carry out projects described in those plans
Who can apply: Communities at risk from wildfire, non-profits, private forest owners, et.al.
Deadline: Oct. 7, 2022
Where to apply: USDA Forest Service via grants.gov (USDA-FS-2022-CWDG-SGSF​)
Questions?  ​Co​ntact Michael Froelich​, 502-782-7159

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

​Reclamation, Remediation, and Prevention

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: TBA, fall 2022
Where to Apply: ​TBA when Requests for Proposals are issued
Learn More:  ​Division of Abandoned Mine Lands​
                         Contractor Workshop Slides​
Questions? Contact Justin Adams​, 606-594-4088​

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, summer 2022
Where to apply: TBA when Requests for Proposals are issued
Important:  Contractor Me​eting, June 1​ - View Slides
                     DOL Da​vis-Bacon Prevailing Wage Seminars​
Questions? Contact Dennis Hatfield​, 502-782-6214 or 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

​Program Title: Clean Energy Demonstration Program on Current and Former Mine Land
​Purpose: ​To demonstrate the technical and economic viability of carrying out clean energy projects on current and former mine land (BIL section 40342)
Who can apply: TBD
Deadline: TBA, 2023
Learn MoreDOE Request for Information
Public comments: due 8/15/2022 to mineland@hq.doe.gov

Title: Electriv Vehicle (EV) Charging and Fueling Grants
​Purpose: To support acquisition and installation of publicly accessible electric vehicle charging or alternative fueling infrastructure, operating assistance (for the first 5 years after installation), acquisition and installation of traffic control devices; two types - community and corridor
Who Can Apply: States, metropolitan planning organizations​, local government, et. al.​    
Deadline: TBA, 2022
Learn More:EV Charging Toolkit​​
Questions? Contact Justin Harrod​, 502-782-5059, KYTC Dept. of Highways​​

Purpose: To support the development of at least four (4) - possibly six (6) to 10 - regional clean hydrogen hubs to improve clean hydrogen production, processing, delivery, storage, end use
Who can apply:  State, other industry groups/organizations
Deadline: TBA, Sept./Oct. 2022
Learn More:  Kentucky Hydrogen Hub Workgroup​
                       DOE Notice of Intent
Questions?  ​Contact Kenya Stump​, 502-782-7083

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

​Waste Management

​​Program Title: Electric Drive Vehicle Battery Recycling and 2nd Life Applications
Purpose: ​To expand an existing program at DOE for research, development, and demonstration of electric vehicle battery recycling and second life appictions for vehicle batteries
Who can apply: higher ed.; national labs; profit/non-profit entities; state/local government; consortia of these
Deadine:  May 31 (concept papers); July 19 (full application)
Where to apply:  U.S. Dept. of Energy (See DE-FOA-0002680)
Questions?  ​Visit Frequently Asked Questions
                    Contact DE-FOA-0002680@netl.doe.gov​

Program Title: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Education and Outreach Grants
Purpose: ​To inform the public about recycling programs, types of materials recycled and/or increase collection while decreasing contamination​
Who can apply: State/local governments, non-profits, public-private partnerships​
Deadline: TBA, late 2022
Where to apply: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Questi​ons? EPA BIL Recycling Fact Sheet​​​​​

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

  • Battery & Critical Mineral Recycling RDD – late 2022
  • Battery & Critical Mineral Recycling State/Local – late 2022
  • Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling – late 2022​​​


​Water

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

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 Water - DWSRF​
Questions? Contact Carey Johnson​, 502-782-6990
                    See also Kentucky Infrastructure Authority

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

  • Flood Mitigation Assistance – fall 2022
  • Gulf Hypoxia Plan Implementation - spring 2022
  • Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations – mid 2022​