2009 April 08 SPECIAL EDITION: Stimulus Funds for Energy Projects!
As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the U.S. government has just announced $ 3.2 billion for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. This new program distributes formula grants to states and local governments to help them plan and implement sustainable energy strategies.
Your Community is Eligible to Apply for and Receive this EECBG Funding!
Based on a formula, the federal government will automatically allocate funds to certain communities, while others are eligible to apply directly to the State. EECBG money can be used community-wide and to upgrade government-owned facilities. Eligible activities include:
- Development of community energy strategies
- Funding financial incentives for efficiency improvements by home and business owners
- Building codes and inspections
- Grants to nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies
- Public and civic energy infrastructure projects and energy upgrades
To receive EECBG funds, communities must quickly prepare the mandatory detailed application, which includes the development of a budget, project list, and implementation program. Officials familiar with HUD’s Community Development Block Grant program will notice similarities with the EECBG application, though there are differences.
McKenna has assembled a team to handle EECBG applications, energy planning and program implementation. Specifically, McKenna can help your community by:
- Preparing the required EECBG application g Developing an energy program strategy and budget
- Leveraging public and private funds
- Implementing community projects
To find out whether your community is on the direct recipient list or should begin preparing an application for state EECBG funds, contact your McKenna planner or call us at 888.226.4326.