November Newsletter 11, 2009 Volume 1, Issue 6

11, 2009 Volume 1, Issue 6

The Weatherization PLUS Newsletter

Economic Opportunity Studies, Inc.  |

Top Story

Leaders in Energy-Efficiency and Green Community Development Prepare for the Emerging Green Economy at the NCAF-CIF Conference

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Opportunity: Act Now!

Recovery Act Buttons – The American people deserve to know that the Recovery Act funds are being put to good use. Show your community that your work is made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Order customized Recovery Act buttons for your agency staff and contractors to wear proudly in your community. We can insert any message as long as it fits. Below are some examples.


Order your Recovery Act buttons here.

General Motors Partnership – NCAF and GM have announced a partnership giving CAAs and weatherization agencies an exclusive $500 discount on GM vehicles.


Get the details here.

DOE Issues Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Funding Opportunity Announcement – The FOA will use up to $454M in ARRA funds for competitive grants in two areas:

  1. The Retrofit Ramp-up Program provides up to $390.04 million for programs of $5 to $75 million for 8 to 20 awards.
  2. The General Innovation Fund is for competitive grants that are reserved for units of local government and state-recognized tribes not eligible for direct formula grants.

Applications must be received by December 14, 2009.

Click here for the RFP for big community-wide projects


DOE Releases Draft T&TA Plan for Comment; Final Plan Coming Soon



ARRA Recipient Data Is Out



Use Twitter to Keep in Touch with Your Clients, Colleagues, and Partners


The emergence of social networking tools presents a new opportunity for CAAs and weatherizers to keep the conversation going with anyone with an internet connection. Twitter can be a great tool for getting the word out about an event your agency is hosting, or keeping up with what CAAs on the other side of the country are doing, or finding groups in your community to partner with.

And the best part? It’s FREE and EASY TO USE. See our tutorial about getting started on Twitter HERE.

The Newsletter of Economic Opportunity Studies’ Weatherization PLUS Leveraging Partnership Project brings timely information about developments that expand the Weatherization Assistance Program to help your organization take advantage of emerging opportunities. Visit the Weatherization PLUS portal for more information.

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Your name is on a list of federal and state Weatherization Program contacts from WAP conference attendance records. Of course, you may unsubscribe (see below). However, we hope you will help us add the names and addresses of all who may be interested. Our promise: 1) We do not share our list, and, 2) The newsletter will be sent only when there is useful material for weatherizers.

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In This Issue:

» NCAF-CIF Conference
» Opportunities
» T&TA
» ARRA Data
» Twitter Tutorial

Remembering Bob Coard

Bob Coard, one of Community Action’s greatest leaders for over 40 years, passed away on November 3. He was 82 years old. Under Mr. Coard’s leadership, Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) grew into one of the most successful Community Action Associations in the country.


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