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  • Writer's pictureJocelyn Thompson

September 30th, 2022

Welcome to the Friday Update from the Federal Funding Hub!

This message shares news and resources so that our region can make the most of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and other federal funding.

Have you seen the state’s new IIJA website? Link below.

News from MSP Cities and Counties

  • Saint Paul: In one of the city's poorest neighborhoods, activists are forming a collective to spur affordable housing development. The county and the city are poised to put in $900,000 using federal American Rescue Plan money to fill that gap.

  • Sherburne County: Great River Regional Library (GRRL), went over the library’s budget in a presentation to the Sherburne County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Sept. 20. GRRL is a six-county library system headquartered in St. Cloud consisting of 32 libraries and one to-go site in Sherburne, Wright, Stearns, Benton, Morrison and Todd counties. The new developments at GRRL, such as an effort to expand internet services in the parking lots of a number of libraries 24/7, including at the libraries in Elk River, Big Lake and Becker. The project is funded by money from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

  • Scott County: Scott County has been allocated $28.9 million in ARPA funding. Scott County created a dashboard of a summary of how ARPA funds are being allocated in accordance with eligibility requirements and in alignment with the County Board’s Strategic Plan.

Minnesota News

  • State IIJA webpage: Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) has launched a central IIJA webpage to help Minnesotans stay up to date with IIJA funding information. The page offers information on the IIJA impacts on Minnesota overall, links to various state agencies' IIJA-focused webpages, and technical assistance and information resources.

  • Metro State: Like institutions of higher education across the country, Metro State received funding through the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) III: The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021. These funds, appropriated by congress, provided direct financial relief to students, and assisted institutions to respond to the conditions of the pandemic.

National ARPA News

  • Affordable Housing: The U.S. Department of the Treasury has updated guidance that expands the use of the American Rescue Plan Act State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds for affordable housing.

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) News

  • IIJA Rollout: House Republicans say the Transportation Department is flouting Congress with how it is managing programs funded by the $1.2 trillion package.

  • Brownfields: The top Democratic and Republican lawmakers on the Senate public works committee signaled bipartisan interest on Wednesday in reworking the federal brownfields program, including helping rural and disadvantaged communities gain access to $1.5 billion in funding for it that is included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

  • National Park Service: The National Park Service is allocating $1.1 million from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) to improve transportation in national parks, while partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to provide visitors with innovative, real-time travel information.

Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) News

  • Energy Infrastructure Permitting: West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin wanted to speed environmental approvals for projects like power plants and pipelines. But he couldn’t muster the votes to tie his proposal to legislation needed to keep the federal government open. In return for getting Manchin to vote in favor of the Inflation Reduction Act, the massive climate, health care and tax law that President Biden signed last month, Schumer agreed to bring up Manchin’s proposal for a vote.

  • Revitalized U.S. Manufacturing: The Inflation Reduction Act is not just historic climate policy, its historic jobs policy, capable of creating an estimated 9 million jobs over the next ten years according to the Blue Green Alliance.

CHIPS Act News

  • Commerce: The U.S. Department of Commerce appointed 24 members to the Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC), an advisory body that will provide guidance to the Secretary of Commerce on a range of issues related to domestic semiconductor research and development in support of CHIPS for America.

  • China: A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday called on President Joe Biden to issue an executive order to boost oversight of investments by U.S. companies and individuals in China and other countries. The proposal was removed from bipartisan legislation to subsidize U.S. semiconductor chips manufacturing and research in a bill approved in August.

Upcoming Webinars

  • Grid Resilience funding opportunities: Commerce will host two informational seminars for entities thinking of applying to one or more of the IIJA Grid Resilience funding opportunities and who want to better understand the processes involved. Registration links to receive meeting invites are linked below.

  • Global Wellness Connections (GWC): Join Global Wellness Connections (GWC) and its partners are inviting you on October 7th from 8:30-10:00 am, and other leaders from across sectors and industries in the five state-Upper Midwest, to the roll-out briefing on the ‘Future of Wellbeing – Minnesota Leading the Way.’ Register here.

  • Join Route Fifty for Follow the Money 5: Fraud, Waste & Abuse! Learn more from industry experts about the potential misuse of these funds and how state/local governments can establish accountability and use these funds properly. While these investments are revolutionary, they also open up opportunities for fraud, waste, and abuse. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act along with the Inflation Reduction Act can provide great service to local governments, but it's also important to ensure these funds are not misallocated. Register here.

  • DOE Virtual workshop to gather information and structure funding opportunity: Stakeholders are invited to participate in an Energy Improvements in Rural or Remote Areas (ERA) workshop. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) has planned three workshops to inform the ERA program in preparation for a future funding opportunity announcement.


  • Great Lakes Federal Grant Navigation Program: NLC (National League of Cities) launched a free grant navigation program called the Great Lakes Federal Grant Navigation Program to assist local government staff with collecting the necessary data and applying for federal grants. Sign up here.

Upcoming Funding Deadlines

Notice of Intent (NOI)

  • The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE): The DOE launched more than $28 Million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for research and development (R&D) projects that will advance and preserve hydropower as a critical source of clean energy. This Notice of Intent (NOI) will offer three funding opportunities this fall to support research, development, and deployment of hydropower, including pumped storage hydropower, which can play a key role in integrating variable renewable energy sources on the electric grid.

Have a great weekend, all!


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