*HUD Announces Notice of Funding Availability for the Strong Cities Strong Communities National Resource Network*
HUD recently announced its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Strong Cities Strong Communities National Resource Network (SC2Network). The NOFA competes out approximately $10 million in funding to be awarded to only one entity or a consortium to manage andimplement the SC2 Network. Entities that are eligible to apply are nonprofit organizations, foundations, anchor institutions, for-profitcompanies, or a consortium of these entities with demonstrated ability to raise philanthropic support. Anchor institutions are defined as entitiesthat represent educational institutions, or regional and national organizations that support economic drivers such as in housing, infrastructure,and/or economic and workforce development. The SC2 Network is one of four key components of the Obama Administration’s Strong CitiesStrong Communities (SC2) initiative which provides capacity support and technical assistance to cities facing long-term economic challenges.The SC2 Network is a capacity building program targeted to assisting the nation’s most distressed cities, and will function as a central portal toconnect such places to national and local experts with wide-ranging expertise and skills. The objectives of the programs are as follows:
Provide communities facing long-term economic challenges with easily accessible and comprehensive technical assistance that can helpretool them for future economic growth;
Build capacity in distressed communities by connecting them with philanthropic organizations, non profits, public and private sector entitiesto facilitate long-term partnerships and economic investments;
Develop a set of best practices and policy recommendations that can be disseminated and shared across all communities facing similareconomic challenges; and
Improve the alignment of federal resources as well as strengthen federal and local partnerships.For more information on the SC2 Network, as well as information on how to apply, interested applicants should visit:https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/forms_apps_idx.html.
*Energy Department Awards $130 Million for 66 Energy Technology Projects*
The Energy Department recently announced 66 research projects selected by its Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) toreceive a total of $130 million in funding through its "OPEN 2012" program. ARPA-E seeks out transformational technologies that showfundamental technical promise but are not ready for private-sector investment. The selected projects encompass 11 technology areas in 24states. The OPEN 2012 projects will focus on a wide array of technologies, including advanced fuels, vehicle design and materials, buildingefficiency, grid modernization, renewable power, and energy storage.For example, for the growing market of wind turbine generators and electric vehicle motors, the Electron Energy Corporation in Landisville,Pennsylvania, will develop a technology to manufacture permanent magnets that cost less and are stronger than those available today. Foranother project, the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota, will develop an air-cooled device for power plants that offers lowenvironmental impact and helps maintain water and power efficiency during electricity production.The projects were selected through a merit-based process from thousands of concept papers and hundreds of applications. They are based in24 states, with approximately 47% of the projects led by universities, 29% by small businesses, 15% by large businesses, 7.5% by nationallabs, and 1.5% by non-profits. The announcement brings ARPA-E's total portfolio of projects to about 285, for a total of approximately $770million in awards. For more information, please visit:http://energy.gov/articles/arpa-e-awards-130-million-66-transformational-energy-