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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.

​​​​Nov. 29, 2022: U.S. Dept. of Energy Informational Webinar

 "Grid Resilience Innovation Partnership (GRIP) grant programs information" (2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET) ​​
For more information or to register to attend, visit DOE's event p​age​​​​​.​​

​​​​Nov. 30, 2022: U.S. Dept. of Energy Informational Webinar

 "Transmission Facilitation Program (TFP) information" (1:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET) ​​
For more information or to register to attend, visit DOE's event p​age​​​​​​.​​

Approaching Deadlines...

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

  • Nov. 30 - proposals, Engineer AML Design, See Reclamation, Remediation, Prevention
  • Dec. 15​ - letter of intent, Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling, See Waste Management
  • Dec. 20 - application, 2022 Wood Products Infrastructure Assistance, See Forestry and Safety

​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, 1st quarter 2023
Initial Step: Submit short form​ for consideration and eligibility
Questions?  Fact Sheet​ / Visit DOE announcement to learn more

Program Title: Transmission Facilitation Program
Purpose: To build out new interregional transmission lines across the country
Who Can Apply: ​Entities seeking to carry out a project that constructs, replaces, or upgrades a transmission line that is either >1,000MW for new lines or 500 MW for existing lines or connects microgrids in select states
Deadline:  Phase 1 proposals due Feb. 1, 2023
Where to apply: See DOE Guidance
Learn More: Register for ​DOE Webinar​, Nov. 30 (1 - 3 p.m. ET)
Questions?  DOE Program Fact Sheet​​

Program Title: Grid Innovation Program​
Purpose: To support projects that use innovative approaches to transmission, storage, and distribution infrastructure to enhance grid resilience and reliability
Who Can Apply: States, tribes, territories, local government, public utility commissions
Deadline:  Jan. 13, 2023, concept paper; full application, May 19, 2023
Where to Apply:    DOE FedConnect Site
Learn More: ​Register for ​DOE Webinar​, Nov. 29 (2 - 3 p.m. ET)
Questions? DOE Program Fact Sheet​

Program Title: ​Smart Grid Grants
Purpose: ​To increase the flexibility, efficiency, and reliability of the electric power system
Who can apply: ​Higher education institutions, for-profits, non-profits, state/local government, tribal nations
Deadline: Dec. 16, concept paper; Mar. 17, 2023, full application
Where to apply: DOE FedConnect
Learn More: ​Register for ​DOE Webinar​, Nov. 29 (2 - 3 p.m. ET)
Questions: DOE Program Fact Sheet​

Program Title: Grid Resilience Utility and Indu​stry Grants
Purpose: To modernize the electric grid to reduce impacts from extreme weather and natural disasters
Who Can Apply: ​Electric grid operators, electricity storage operators, electricity generators, transmission owners/operators, distribution providers, and fuel suppliers
Deadline:  Dec. 16, concept papers; Apr. 6, 2023, full application
Where to apply: DOE FedConnect
Learn More: ​Register for ​D​OE Webinar​, Nov. 29 (2 - 3 p.m. ET)
Questions?  DOE Program Fact Sheet​

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, late 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: Rural and Municipal Utility Advances Cybersecurity Grant and Technical Assistance Program
Purpose: To provide grants and technical assistance to eligible entities to protect against, detect, respon to, and recover from cybersecurity threats
Who Can Apply: Rural, municipal, small investor-owned electric utilities
Deadline:  TBA
Provide Input:  Request for Information, public comments ​due 12/19/2022 by 5:00 p.m. ET

Program Title: ​2022 Temporary Bridge Funding Opportunity Program​
Purpose: To support the establishment of temporary bridge rental/loan/cost-share programs to protect water resources adn reduce water quality degradation during forestry-related operations
Who can apply: State governments, Indian Tribes
Deadline: Dec. 20, 2022
Where to apply: USDA via grants.gov (USDA-FS-​TBFO-2022)
Questions? kevin.naranjo@usda.gov​

​Program Title: 2022 Wood Products Infrastructure Assistance Program
Purpose: To establish, reopen, retrofit, expand or improve a sawmill or other wood-processing facility in close proximity to federal or Indian lands that need ecosystem restoration and will generate byproducts
Who Can Apply: For-profits; state/local governments; tribes; school districts; community/non-profits; higher education; special purpose districts
Deadline: Dec. 20, 2022
Where to Apply: Grants.Gov
Learn More:  View informational webinar recording​
Questions?  USDA Forest Service Program FAQ​

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​

Related RFPs: Engineer AML Design, East (RFP-777​) and West (RFP-778); deadline 11/30/2022 @ 2:00 p.m. ET

​Program Title: FY2023 Multipurpose, Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grants​
Purpose: To address sites contaminated by hazardious substances, pllutants, or contaminants and petroleum
Who Can Apply: State/local government, quasi-governmental entities, non-profits
Deadline: Nov. 22, 2022 for all grant types
​Where to Apply: EPA Grants.gov
Questions? Contact, Jerry Minor-Gordon

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: Round 7, TBD ​
Where to apply: Finance Cabinet Vendor Self Service Portal
RFP#s Round 7: TBD
​Important:  Contractor Meeting Slides
                     DOL Da​vis-Bacon Prevailing Wage Seminars​
Questions?  Contact 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

​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 MoreEEC's Response to U.S. DOE's Request for Information
Questions​​? Contact Jay Cunning​ham, 502-564-7192​

Title: Electric 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​​; KY's EV Deployment Plan​
Questions? Contact Justin Harrod​, 502-782-5059, KYTC Dept. of Highways​​

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: concept paper - Nov. 7; application - Ap​r. 7, 2023
Where to Apply: U.S. DOE via eXCHANGE (DE-F​OA-0002779)
Learn More:  Kentucky Hydrogen Hub Workgroup​
Questions?  FOA, contact h2hubs@hq.doe.gov​
​                     Kentucky efforts, 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: Consumer Recycling Education and Outreach Grant Program
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: Notice of Intent, Dec. 15; Full Application, Jan. 16, 2023
Where to apply: ​EPA via grants.gov (EPA-I-OLEM-ORCR-23-02)​
Learn More: Register for EPA webinars​ 1) overview, process (Nov. 30, Dec. 6); 2) procurement, subawards (Dec. 15, 20)
Questi​ons? EPA BIL​ Recycling Fact Sheet​​​​​

​Program Title: Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling (SWIFR) Grant Program
Purpose: To build and transform solid waste infrastructure in the U.S. to equitabley reduce waste and manage materials to achieve a circular economy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create cleaner, resilient, and healtheir communities
Who Can Apply: Political subdivisions of state and territories (e.g. county/city government, special districts, etc.)
Deadline:  Letter of Intent, Dec. 15; Full Application, Jan. 16, 2023
Where to Apply:  EPA via grants.gov (EPA-I-OLEM-ORCR-23-03)
Learn More: Register for ​EPA webinars​ 1) overview of the program and application process (Dec. 5 or 7); 2) procurement and subawards (Dec. 13 or 19)
Questions? SWIFR@epa.gov

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

​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

​Program Title: FY2022 Flood Mitigation 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:  Jan. 27, 2023 (note: subapplicants have earlier deadlines)
Where to Apply: FEMA GO
Questions?​ Contact Geni Jo Brawner, 502-607-5797​, with KyEM

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