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Karl Kalbacher, PG, TFG Director of Environment, Economics & Grant Services at The Ferguson Group (TFG) will moderate the “Available Grant Funding – Rural Maryland Council” session at the 15th Annual Governor's Grants Conference on  October 21, 2019 in College Park, Maryland at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. This annual Governor's Grants Conference brings together 600 + statewide grant professionals for affordable, targeted professional development to increase capacity for grant awards and compliance.

TFG will also have a display booth at the Conference so be sure to come by a visit! To learn more about the Governor's Grants Conference and to register for the event please click here

Join us For a Brownfields Webinar

Posted on Friday, October 4, 2019
By Gabrielle Bronstein | 0 Comments

TFG will be hosting a comprehensive hour-long webinar on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPAs) Brownfield Grant programs on October 9, 2019 at 2 PM EST. The EPA is expected to release the FY 2020 solicitations for Brownfields during the Fall of 2019.

A brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Brownfields Programs prime communities for economic development through providing funding to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields. The webinar will cover in-depth three specific Brownfields programs:

  • Assessment Grants
  • Cleanup Grants
  • Multipurpose Grants

TFG will help attendees to understand the basis for each program and discuss eligibility requirements, priority projects, and tips for submitting a successful application. The webinar will also cover the recent changes to the Federal Brownfields Law and prepare applicants to make any necessary changes to previously submitted applications.

The webinar will be hosted by Karl Kalbacher, PG, TFG’s Director of Grants, and expert in Brownfield applications.

Click here to register today or contact your client manager for questions.

City of St. Petersburg, FL Wins EPA Clean Fuel Diesel Grant

Posted on Monday, September 30, 2019
By Karl Kalbacher | 0 Comments

TFG is pleased to announce that the City of St. Petersburg, FL EPA was awarded FY 2019 Clean Fuel Diesel grant application.  The City requested grant funding to replace aging diesel-fueled sanitation trucks with compressed natural gas trucks.  The City was initially informed by EPA of their grant award in the amount of $888,235. EPA recently revised their grant award to the City to $1,510,701!  With this additional funding St. Petersburg will be able to accelerate the conversion of the sanitation truck fleet to CNG.  TFG wrote the grant on the City’s behalf.

On September 5, 2019 the Bureau of Reclamation announced awards through the WaterSMART: Small-Scale Water Efficiency Grants program. The program awarded $4.1 million to 63 different projects in multiple states throughout the western United States. 

TFG's David Hoover to Speak at Two Upcoming Broadband Conferences

Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2019
By David Hoover | 0 Comments

David Hoover will be speaking at two conferences in the months ahead and invites you to join him. On September 26, he will be at the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) annual conference in Tampa. On October 30, he will be on a panel at the Broadband Communities (BBC) Summit in Alexandria, VA that will explore the impact of public-private partnerships and broadband deployment. 

Webinar - Get Ready for the 2019 WIFIA Round

Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2019
By Rebecca Bliss | 0 Comments

The Ferguson Group is partnering with eCivis, the National Association of County Administrators (NACA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Silicon Valley Clean Water, and Pinellas County Utilities to offer a comprehensive webinar on the benefits of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program and the upcoming WIFIA selection process. Registration for the webinar, on Tuesday, May 14th at 2 PM EST, can be found here

Bipartisan Bill to Speed Up Post-Disaster Recovery Work

Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2019
By Jennifer Imo | 0 Comments

On May 8th, North Carolina Congressmen G.K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Mark Meadows (NC-11), along with Texas Members Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) and Ted Olson (TX-22) introduced H.R. 2548, the Hazard Eligibility and Local Projects (HELP) Act

Upcoming Webinar: Get Ready for BUILD Grants

Posted on Friday, March 29, 2019
By Gabrielle Bronstein | 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is gearing up to release the FY 2019 solicitation for the highly competitive Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) discretionary grant program. Now is the time to get ahead of the curve and begin preparing your project!

On February 28, 2019, House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) sent a letter to her House colleagues announcing that earmarks, or Congressionally-directed spending, will not be utilized in the FY 2020 Appropriations process. Additionally, the Committee announced FY 2020 subcommittee deadlines for members of Congress to submit FY20 Appropriations and/or Programmatic requests between March 28--April 4, 2019.
On February 21, 2019, the Treasury Department’s Office of Economic Policy published in the Federal Register its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) to invite applications from State and local governments for awards under the Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act (SIPPRA), which was signed into law on February 9, 2018.
Five federal regulatory agencies have approved a long awaited final rule that makes it easier for mortgage lenders to accept private flood insurance policies. The rule is expected to take effect on July 1, 2019.

On January 14, President Trump signed into law the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (H.R. 7279), a bipartisan law that will provide communities across the country with the ability to develop integrated plans to bundle and prioritize important federal stormwater and wastewater standards under the Clean Water Act (CWA), which has the ability to save taxpayers and local governments billions of dollars while upholding important environmental protections.

Upcoming Webinar: Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Grant

Posted on Friday, January 11, 2019
By Heidi Schott | 0 Comments

Now is the time to get prepared! The next round of grant funding under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction (LHR) grant program is quickly approaching with a potential release of the Notice of Funding Opportunity occurring in January or February of 2019. 

Join TFG's LHR webinar, featuring TFG Director of Environment, Economics & Grant Services Karl Kalbacher, PG on January 17, 2019, at 2pm EST. 

Register for the webinar here

DOT awards nearly $1.5 billion in BUILD Transportation Grants

Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018
By Heidi Schott | 0 Comments

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the full list of recipients of $1.475 billion in fiscal year 2018 funding for 91 individual grants under the Department’s BUILD surface transportation grant program (formerly known as TIGER grants).
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to release in the next couple of months Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Brownfields Grants Programs.  As part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, the Brownfields program was reauthorized and funding doubled to $200 million for fiscal years 2019-2023. TFG co-hosted a Brownfields Grant Webinar with eCivis on October 2, 2018; a link to the webinar is here