How Local Governments Can Use Direct Pay on Clean Energy Projects

Source: National League of Cities

The Inflation Reduction Act provides a variety of incentives for clean energy, including tax credits and rebates. For the first time, local governments are positioned to take advantage of these tax credits directly. Learn more.

Free Road Training for Rural Cities 

Top 2022 Infrastructure Takeaways 

What You Need to Know About the Financial Data Transparency Act


How to Connect Mitigation Planning and THIRA/SPR for Increased Resilience 
FEMA has a job aid to help emergency management partners increase resilience and build capabilities when updating hazard mitigation plans, Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (THIRA) and the Stakeholder Preparedness Process (SPR). 
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Local Governments Ramped Up American Rescue Plan Commitments in 2022 
New data from the Treasury provides a fresh look at how large cities and counties are budgeting the second half of their ARPA SLFRF dollars, which were distributed in May. 
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EPA and Army Finalize Rule Establishing Definition of WOTUS  
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers released a new final rule on which waterbodies are federally regulated as “waters of the US” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act. With this final rule, the regulations revert back to those in place in 1985 with key changes, however, to align with recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings. 
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Home Weatherization Programs that Reduce Heating Bills and Meet Climate Targets 
The Inflation Reduction Act outlines several programs starting in 2023 that can help residents with the costs of home weatherization practices.  
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EITC Awareness Day Toolkit – January 27  
For more than 20 years, the NLC Institute for Youth, Education, and Families Institute has supported municipal leaders in advancing their work to help more residents in their communities claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Our EITC Awareness Day Toolkit for local leaders includes a draft press release, a template for emails to partners, a template for a city proclamation, and sample tweets and Facebook posts to raise the visibility of the EITC within your community. 
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Webinar: Equitable Apprenticeships as a Grant Strategy
Jobs for the Future and the U.S. Department of Transportation are hosting a webinar to help transportation agencies implement registered apprenticeship if it’s already part of their project plan and to help potential applicants apply for future DOT grants with strong workforce and labor elements, including registered apprenticeship.  
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End of Month Deadline for Historic Federal Investment in Local Building Energy Codes   
The U.S. Department of Energy released a Funding Opportunity Announcement to support local governments in sustained cost-effective implementation of updated energy codes. The program has an initial deadline of January 31, so local officials will need to act quickly to apply. Here are three key things to know to take advantage of this opportunity.
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Department of Housing and Urban Development Choice Neighborhoods Program.
Closing Date: 1/11/2023
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Department of Labor – Building Pathways to Infrastructure Job Grants Program.
Closing Date: 1/24/2023
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Federal Emergency Management Agency
Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC).
State Closing Date: 1/27/2023 – Local sub-application dates are sooner.
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Department of Energy – Resilient and Efficient Codes Implementation.
Closing Date for Concept Paper: 1/31/2023; Full Application: 3/27/2023 
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Department of LaborYouthBuild Program. 
Closing Date: 2/7/2023 
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Environmental Protection AgencyRecycling Education and Outreach Grants.
Closing Date: 2/15/2023
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Environmental Protection Agency – Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling Grants.
Closing Date: 2/15/2023 
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Department of TransportationRebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE).
Closing Date: 2/28/2023
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National Science Foundation Experiential Learning for Emerging and Novel Technologies (ExLENT) Program.
Closing Date: March 2, 2023 for Beginnings and Pivots tracks only. The second Thursday in September, annually thereafter, for all three tracks.
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Department of Transportation – Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Program.
Closing Date: 3/7/2023
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