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Federal Initiatives and the Funding Behind It! Keep an eye on the ball.

Funding Digest April 7, 2023

Good Morning and Happy April!

As Easter arrives, we see more progress in the realization of identified goals of the Executive Branch. Phenomenal to see the promotion of the Fair Housing Act and progress in creating pathways to industry and jobs by rolling out the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Thrilled to see opportunities in energy, labor, emerging technologies, legal services, product concept design, and solar.

Three opportunities below are sourced from federal sites, with minor formatting and content modifications, for you to review! Always go to the source if you want to be sure. The below is for informational awareness. Due your due diligence and good luck as always!



DOL Building Pathways to Infrastructure Jobs Grant Program

Department of Labor

Employment and Training Administration

Funding Opportunity Number:


Funding Opportunity Title:

DOL Building Pathways to Infrastructure Jobs Grant Program

Funding Instrument Type:


Category of Funding Activity: Employment, Labor, and Training

Expected Number of Awards: 25

CFDA Number(s): 17.268 -- H-1B Job Training Grants

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes

Posted Date: Apr 05, 2023

Current Closing Date for Applications: Jul 07, 2023

Estimated Total Program Funding: $80,000,000

Award Ceiling: $5,000,000

Award Floor: $500,000

The purpose of the DOL Building Pathways to Infrastructure Jobs Grant Program is to fund public-private partnerships to develop, strengthen, and scale promising and evidence-based training models in H-1B industries and occupations critical to meeting the goals of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and to maximize the impact of these investments. 

Applicants must choose one of the following tracks for this grant program: 1) Development Track: Developing and Implementing Local/Regional Worker-Centered Sector Strategy Programs; or 2) Scaling Track: Scaling Effective Worker-Centered Sector Strategy Programs.

  1. The goal of the Development Track is to use promising training models to invest in and establish local/regional partnerships that will implement sector-based training programs across one or multiple infrastructure-related sectors. This track will support equitable participation and growth of worker-centered sector-based training programs, particularly those serving rural and smaller communities and historically marginalized, underrepresented, and underserved populations.

  1. The goal of the Scaling Track is to scale an existing training model to the statewide or national level that has shown demonstrated success in one infrastructure-related sector. This track will invest in statewide and national partnerships that will set the stage to enable support and growth in evidence-based worker-centered sector strategies.

Both tracks require public-private partnerships to develop workforce training programs that incorporate the following core principles into their grant project design to ensure equitable access to quality jobs:

1) strategies for ensuring diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility;

2) career pathways that lead to middle- to high-skilled employment; and

3) worker-centered sector strategies.

To embed a strong worker voice into these grant projects, applicants should engage workers during the initial grant proposal development phase to ensure that worker needs and priorities, and job quality are incorporated into the project design. Applicant Guide, Contact: Ariam Ferro.


Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Phase I

Department of Commerce

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Funding Opportunity Number: 2023-NIST-SBIR-01

Funding Opportunity Title: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Phase I

Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement

Category of Funding

Activity: Science and Technology & Other Research/Development

Expected Number of Awards: 200

CFDA Number(s): 11.620 -- Science, Technology, Business, and/or Education Outreach

Cost Sharing or Matching

Requirement: No

Posted Date: Mar 23, 2023

Current Closing Date for Applications: May 22, 2023

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invites small businesses to submit Phase I research applications under this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Science and technology-based firms with strong research capabilities in any areas listed in Section 9.0 of this NOFO are encouraged to participate.

Applications must sufficiently identify and clearly address a specific NIST technical program area that falls within one of the research areas described in Section 9.0 (see Section 3.02.02(1)) or a NIST-patented technology available for licensing.

Legal Services Corporation Notice of Funding Availability

Legal Services Corporation

Basic Field Grant Awards

3333 K Street NW,

Washington, DC 20007-3522


Visit the LSC website


The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is a federally established and funded organization that funds civil legal aid organizations nationwide and in the U.S. territories. Its mission is to expand access to justice by funding high-quality legal representation for low-income people in civil matters. In anticipation of a congressional appropriation to LSC for Fiscal Year 2024, LSC hereby announces the availability of funding for basic field grants with terms commencing in January 2024. LSC will publish a Request for Proposals (RFP) and seeks applications from interested parties who are qualified to provide effective, efficient, and high-quality civil legal services to eligible clients in the service area(s) of the states and territories identified below. The availability and the exact amount of congressionally appropriated funds, as well as the date, terms, and conditions of funds available for grants for the calendar year 2024, have not yet been determined.


The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) hereby announces the availability of funding for basic field grants with terms beginning in January 2024. LSC seeks grant proposals from interested parties qualified to provide effective, efficient, and high-quality civil legal services to eligible clients in the service area(s) of the states and territories identified below. Interested potential applicants must first file a Pre-Application (formerly Notice of Intent to Compete). After approval by the LSC of the Pre-Application, an applicant can submit an application in response to the RFP, which contains the grant proposal guidelines, content requirements, and selection criteria. The Pre-Application and RFP will open in GrantEase, LSC's grants management system, on or around April 14, 2023. Additional information will be available here.

Listing all key dates for the LSC 2024 basic field grants process, including the deadlines for filing grant proposals, is available here. LSC seeks proposals from:

(1) non-profit organizations that have as a purpose the provision of legal assistance to eligible clients;

(2) private attorneys;

(3) groups of private attorneys or law firms;

(4) state or local governments; and

(5) sub-state regional planning and coordination agencies composed of sub-state areas and whose governing boards are controlled by locally elected officials.

LSC provides grants for three service areas: Basic Field-General, Basic Field-Native American, and Basic Field-Agricultural Worker. Service area descriptions are here. LSC will post all updates and changes to this notice here. Interested parties can visit here for more information.

Competitive funding is available to energy communities through ongoing appropriations, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

The National Community Solar Partnership is a community of solar stakeholders working on expanding access to affordable community solar to every American household by 2025. Partners leverage peer networks and technical assistance resources to set goals and work to overcome persistent barriers to expanding community solar access to underserved communities.

National Community Solar Partners receive access to the full benefits of the Partnership, including:

  • Technical Assistance: Receive tailored support from experts to solve challenges with implementing community solar in either a one-on-one or group setting.

  • Networking: Meet and connect with other partners working on community solar in your area and across the country. Partners may join or start peer-networking groups around specific topics such as financing, program design, and more.

  • Events & Opportunities: Find out about community solar events such as stakeholder convenings, technical webinars, and recognition. Partners often share opportunities, including funding, feedback forums, and outlets for highlighting your work.

  • Resources: Access a curated and regularly updated database of resources on community solar, including case studies, toolkits, research papers, analysis tools, and more.

  • Share Expertise: Share your experiences and ask questions about community solar with other partners in the network.

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