The Climate Action Bootcamp is a unique program that will provide an overview of climate action planning and federal funding opportunities for projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in communities. For cities that are not already a part of a state or regional Climate Pollution Reduction Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the bootcamp will guide cities through the first steps of engaging with relevant partners. The bootcamp will also support cities to explore projects around clean energy, electric vehicles, and building energy efficiency to help meet local climate action goals. The bootcamp will provide an overview of federal grant programs and tax credits under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act to help fund and finance local climate projects. Download the grant summary here.

Bootcamp Structure

Courses

Peer Learning Sessions (Webinars): Interactive sessions featuring Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) on the policy and grant approach, followed by smaller sessions for peer discussions

Coaching Sessions: Smaller sessions that continue to build on specific application questions identified in the peer learning session

Office Hours (Consultant Meetings): Support in the form of designated time slots with our SMEs and your team to address specific questions about your grant application

Support

Navigator Team: Our Navigator team is available to help answer the following kinds of questions:

  • Bootcamp timelines
  • Bootcamp schedules
  • Participation expectations

Our Navigator team for this grant can be reached at: wyoung@nlc.org and mangana@nlc.org.

Prepare for Success

Download a full outline of the bootcamp schedule, goals, and key steps to ensure you are ready to attend the following courses and successfully prepare and submit your grant application.

Modules and Resources

Module 1

Orientation and Bootcamp Overview

Cities will learn about the federal funding landscape maps to city priorities like housing, transportation, and jobs, including 1) an overview of upcoming grant opportunities, 2) how to develop partnerships in your community and 3) aligning your project intent to federal priorities.

View the Module 1 Peer Learning Session
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Module 2

Climate Project Identification and Planning

Cities will develop strategies to engage communities, build upon data, and augment workforce development. Cities will also identify how pursue climate work and funding even without a standalone Climate Action Plan.

View the Module 2 Peer Learning Session
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Additional Resources

Federal Grant Navigation Equity Dashboard
Building a Community Narrative Worksheet
Community Engagement Workbook

Module 3

Climate Project Prioritization and Selection

Cities will prioritize and select a Climate Action project and develop the concept. Cities will also learn how to think about multi-city and regional collaboration and gain skills to huddle internally (or across regional cities) to identify 1-3 possible projects. At this point in the Bootcamp, there will be three paths to choose from: Clean Energy, Clean Vehicles, or Clean Buildings.

View the Module 3 Peer Learning Session
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Additional Resources

Please download a copy of this document for your own use:

Project Prioritization Tool

Path 1: Clean Energy

Path 2: Clean Vehicles

Path 3: Clean Buildings

Module 4

Clean Energy Project Types and Project Design

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Module 4

Clean Mobility Project Types and Project Design for Municipal Fleet Electrification

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Additional Resources

LIH Fleet Data Collection

Module 4

Clean Buildings Project Types and Project Design for Municipal Building Decarbonization, Energy Efficiency, and Building Codes

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Module 5

Project and Program Design for Community-wide Clean Energy Deployment

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Module 5

Clean Mobility Project Types and Project Design for EV Infrastructure, and Community EV Programs

 

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Module 5

Residential and Commercial Building Decarbonization, Affordable Housing, and Building Retrofits

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Module 6

IRA Elective Pay

How Elective Pay plays into clean energy financing and steps for pursuing (NYU Tax Law Center)

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Module 6

Budgeting for Clean Vehicles funding

Project budgeting overview, targeting funding sources, capital stacks, deep dive into grants

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Additional Resources

Budget Narrative Justification Template

Module 6

Budgeting for Clean Buildings project funding

Project budgeting overview, targeting funding sources, capital stacks, deep dive into grants

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Module 7

Budgeting for Clean Energy Projects

Project budgeting overview, targeting funding sources, capital stacks, deep dive into grants

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Module 7

Elective Pay

How Elective Pay plays into clean mobility and steps for pursuing (NYU Tax Law Center) IRA

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Module 7

IRA Elective Pay

How Elective Pay plays into clean buildings and steps for pursuing (NYU Tax Law Center)

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Module 8

Energy and Equity

Using Clean Energy Projects to Drive Co-Benefits and Serve Disadvantaged Communities

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Module 8

Funding Pathways for Clean Vehicles

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Module 8

CPRG Overview and how your project can fit into its efforts

 

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Module 9

Telling your story

Outline and Packaging Your Application

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Module 9

Telling your story

Outline and Packaging Your Application

View the Module 8 Peer Learning Session
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Module 9

Telling your story

Outline and Packaging Your Application

View the Module 9 Peer Learning Session
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Bootcamp Calendar