US Launches Climate, Energy-focused Funding Competition

Wind turbines. The U.S. government has launched a grants competition targeting climate-focused and energy development initiatives in select Latin American countries. Photo by: Chrishna / CC BY

The U.S. government launched on Tuesday (June 7) a grants competition that targets climate-focused and energy development projects and programs in select Latin American countries.

The competition offers up to $5.5 million worth of grants and is open to U.S.-based nonprofits and public and private U.S.-based universities with demonstrated experience working in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Interested applicants are invited to submit proposals for activities that promote the use of clean energy in Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean and advance cross-border electricity trade and electrical interconnection in Central America and in the Andes region. Proposals for modeling an Andean glacier and water resources monitoring network and promoting information sharing on the potential impact of glacial retreat on water security in the Americas will also be accepted.

The U.S. government expects to choose five winners for the competition, which closes July 1.

This competition is part of the United States’ broader efforts to support the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas, which was launched at the 2009 Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago. ECPA aims to promote regional cooperation on energy efficiency, renewable energy, cleaner fossil fuels, infrastructure, adaptation issues, and sustainable land use, among others.

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