Thursday, April 19, 2007
ARC announces grants competition
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced a grants competition this week to assist communities in leveraging renewable energy and energy efficiency resources to revitalize their economies.
ARC expects to provide eight to 10 awards of up to $75,000 each, for a total of $400,000 in awards, to help communities implement these strategies.
Eligible projects should result in the creation of new jobs or businesses in the target communities. Outcomes could include:
This grants program will not provide support for projects that propose to study or plan for future activities. Energy audits will not be supported unless they include implementation of energy efficiency programs.
Non-profit organizations, governmental entities, and public educational institutions located within the ARC region are eligible to apply. Private for-profit organizations are not eligible to apply.
An independent review panel will be convened to evaluate submissions. This panel will include leading energy efficiency and renewable energy organizations, federal, state and local partners. The review panel will forward recommendations to ARC for final approval.
Applications will be evaluated on several criteria, including:
Additional consideration will be provided for projects focusing on ARC designated distressed counties and areas and for projects involving multi-state collaboration.
Deadline for receipt of responses is June 30. Selections will be announced on July 31. For information on submitting an application please go to www.arc.gov/energy.
The Appalachian Regional Commission will also be holding regional workshops on energy efficiency and renewable energy. Updated information on dates and location of these workshops will be posted to the ARC website at www.arc.gov/energy.
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