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Funding Opportunities

Below are funding opportunities from external agencies that relate to biodiesel projects or research. Check back here regularly since this list is updated often.

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  • Funding Opportunities with no specific due date:


    Tellabs Foundation: Environment

    Due Date: Contact Meredith Hilt for specific deadline dates.

    Summary:

    The primary focus of the Foundation is to support programs in communities where Tellabs employees live and work. The Foundation focuses its grant-making on direct grants to eligible organizations, generally in the amount of $10,000 and above. Generally, grants will be considered for specific programs, rather than for general operating funds. The three priority funding areas include: education, health and wellness, and environment. For the environment focus area, the Tellabs Foundation supports programs to encourage understanding and the protection of the environment. Grants will be considered primarily to institutions which effectively allocate funds to local and national protection/improvement programs. Grants will also be considered for organizations which protect the environment, particularly in the areas of public health, clean air, clean water, recycling and waste reduction.

    Contact:

    Meredith Hilt
    Tellabs Foundation
    630-798-2506
    meredith.hilt@tellabs.com
    http://www.tellabs.com/about/foundation.shtml


    Illinois Alternate Fuels Rebate Program

    There is no due date for this funding opportunity.

    Summary:

    The Alternate Fuels Rebate Program provides rebates for businesses, local governments, organizations, and individuals in the State of Illinois. Rebates may be issued to any applicant for up to 300 vehicles. There are three types of rebates from which applicants may choose one type of rebate per vehicle: (1) A rebate for the incremental cost of an alternate fuel vehicle purchased from a dealership or similar vendor (Vehicle Rebate), (2) a rebate for the cost of the conversion of an existing vehicle to operate with an alternate fuel (Conversion Rebate), and (3) a rebate for the incremental cost of purchasing alternate fuels (Fuel Rebate). For all rebates, the alternate fuel vehicle, conversion system, or alternate fuel must be purchased from an Illinois company or vendor.

    Eligible fuels for the program include E-85, Biodiesel (at least 20 percent blend or B-20), natural gas, propane, electricity, and hydrogen. To be eligible, a vehicle must be a licensed, on-road vehicle and be able to be legally driven on public roads. Gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles (i.e., Toyota Prius, Toyota Highlander, Honda Civic, Honda Accord, Ford Escape, Mercury Mariner) are not defined as an alternate fuel vehicle and are not eligible for a rebate since these vehicles are refueled with gasoline.

    For more information, visit the Illinois Green Fleets web site.

    Contact:


    Illinois Innovation Challenge Grant Program

    There is no due date for this funding opportunity.

    Summary:

    The purpose of the Innovation Challenge Grant Program is to increase the number of Illinois companies that apply for federal research grants. The federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and its parallel Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program provide over $2 billion a year to small companies developing leading-edge technologies of interest to 11 federal departments and agencies. The Illinois Innovation Challenge Grant Program provides grant writing assistance and matching funds to eligible Illinois technology-based entrepreneurs, innovators and new venture startups to access federal SBIR and STTR funding opportunities. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will match up to fifty-percent of the grant funds awarded through the federal SBIR or STTR phase I grant or contract. The DCEO will issue a letter of support for eligible Illinois businesses that submit grant applications. Please note that the receipt of a support letter is not a guarantee by the DCEO for funding. Only projects that are awarded a SBIR or STTR Phase I grant or contract AND meet the terms of a grant agreement with the DCEO will be funded.

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    MI: Small Business Pollution Prevention Loans Program

    There is no due date for this funding opportunity.

    Summary:

    Michigan businesses with fewer than 500 employees can apply for loans of up to $400,000 with a guaranteed interest rate of not more than 5 percent. The short application helps businesses describe how their projects will eliminate or reduce waste through source reduction; environmentally sound reuse, and/or recycling; including water and energy conservation projects. Loans are available to all private business sectors including farming, manufacturing, retail, and service. For more information, contact the DEQ's Environmental Assistance Center at 800-662-9278, or by e-mail at deq-ead-env-assist@michigan.gov.

    Contact:


    Surdna Foundation: Environment Program

    There is no due date for this funding opportunity.

    Summary:

    A healthy natural environment is the foundation upon which human communities flourish. Today, the environment is at great risk due to the interrelated threats of global climate change, biodiversity loss and unsustainable levels of resource consumption. To address these threats, Surdna's Environment Program has chosen four focus areas where we feel we can make a meaningful contribution in the United States: Biological Diversity and the Human Communities That Depend On It; Realigning Human and Natural Systems; Transportation and Urban/Suburban Land Use; and Energy. Our goals are to prevent irreversible damage to the environment and to promote more efficient, economically sound, environmentally beneficial and equitable use of land and natural resources.

    The Surdna Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations, and generally follows a two-stage application process - letter of inquiry, and full proposal. Because of the large number of requests Surdna receives and the amount of time it takes for an applicant to develop a full grant proposal, applicants are asked to send full proposals only when requested by a Foundation staff member.

    There are no formal deadlines to apply for funding. The Surdna Foundation accepts applications on an ongoing basis. However, grants are approved three times per year: in February, May and September. We need your request three to four months ahead of time for staff review.

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    Technical Assistance Program, Innovation Challenge Grant Program

    There is no due date for this funding opportunity.

    Summary:

    Through the Innovation Challenge Technical Assistance Program the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will work with the Champaign County Economic Development Commission (CCEDC) to obtain services from Science Applications International The purpose of the Innovation Challenge Grant Program is to increase the number of Illinois companies that apply for federal research grants. The federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and its parallel Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program provide over $2 billion a year to small companies developing leading-edge technologies of interest to 11 federal departments and agencies. The Illinois Innovation Challenge Grant Program provides grant writing assistance and matching funds to eligible Illinois technology-based entrepreneurs, innovators and new venture startups to access federal SBIR and STTR funding opportunities.

    Corporation (SAIC) to perform SBIR/STTR-related grant writing and assistance services for technology-based entrepreneurs, innovators and new venture startups to access federal funding opportunities.

    Contact:

    Scott Henkel
    Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
    620 East Adams, Springfield, IL 62701
    217-557-6880
    scott.henkel@illinois.gov
    http://www.illinoisbiz.biz/NR/rdonlyres/1EA0AE7A-557E-4A8C-9784-0ED3F059661E/0/DCEOIC

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