Nevada City-based The Grant Farm connects Green Energy Professionals with Government Funding
Nevada City, California – The professional grant writers at Nevada City-based The Grant Farm listened intently to President Obama’s speech at Florida Power and Light’s Next Generation Solar Energy Center today, more
NEVADA CITY, Calif. Oct. 14, 2009 – On Wednesday, The Grant Farm announced that $4 million in federal stimulus monies from the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund the Paratransit Bus Hybrid Program (PBHP), a collaborative effort between the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and seven of its regional partners.
This program will put Illinois among the first states in the nation to utilize hybrid buses in mass-scale paratransit operations that primarily serve senior and disabled riders. The grant will fund the removal of 31 older gas- and diesel-powered vehicles and the purchase 31 small-scale hybrid buses.
By replacing the older, inefficient buses with the new hybrid buses, the Paratransit Bus Hybrid Program will:
In partnership with The Transit Resource Center (TRC)-a national transportation consulting firm that has worked with IDOT for more than a decade-the fund development professionals at The Grant Farm constructed, developed and wrote the complex proposal for the TIGGER grant in only ten days. The $4 million award is one of the largest awarded in 2009 under the auspices of the Federal Transit Authority’s TIGGER (Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction) Program.
“The Grant Farm commends the Illinois Department of Transportation for its visionary leadership in developing a pilot program that simultaneously improves the economy and the environment,” says Shawn Garvey, CEO of the Nevada City based firm. “We’re very excited about their success.”
The Grant Farm specializes in identifying public funding partnerships and implementing public fund campaigns for organizations seeking state and federal loans, grants, and tax credits for critical renewable energy projects throughout the United States. Principals at the firm have more than 35 years of combined experience in public funding, technical writing, strategic planning, and advocacy. Since 1995, they have helped raise nearly $200 million in funding for renewable energy, watershed, infrastructure, and conservation work from a variety of public agencies-including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Federal Transit Administration.
The Grant Farm is a member of Sierra Commons, an innovative business community housed at the former site of the Stonehouse Brewery in Nevada City. Sierra Commons is a project of One-Stop Business and Career Center and the Private Industry Council of Butte County.
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The Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp) is a non-profit in the business of supporting the growth of small businesses
through training workshops and small business loans.
Held my first meeting in the Sierra Commons conference room last week. A couple of board members from the Greenhouse School of Music came by to discuss plans for the fledgling website. Mark Potampa joined us as well to offer up some design ideas. It was great to have a spacious comfortable conference room for the meeting.
One of my tasks from the meeting was to implement a newsletter subscription on the Greenhouse site. I considered various approaches and settled on using an email service provider called Vertical Response. They are a full featured email marketing & communication product. The wonderful part is that they offer free service to non-profits!
I found out about Vertical Response on Techsoup.org, a great site to find technology services for non-profits.