RFP – Communicating Housing Needs in Washington State

The Washington State Department of Commerce hereafter called “COMMERCE,” is initiating this Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit proposals from firms interested in participating in a project to assist the Washington State Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) in developing public information products to help local governments (including councils and planning commissions), community members, and associated organizations understand the needs and options for accommodating more housing in their communities, as they work…

Electrification of Transportation Systems (ETS) Grants Round 2 – Now Accepting Applications

Commerce is accepting grant applications for the Clean Energy Fund (CEF) – Electrification of Transportation Systems (ETS) Round 2 Grants program. This grant fund is for the continued transformation of the electric transportation market in Washington State. The Clean Energy Fund 5 Electrification of Transportation Systems Program (ETS) provides grants to Washington local governments and Tribal Governments for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Phase One applications are due on March 6,…

Request for Proposals – Green Electrolytic Hydrogen and Renewable Fuels Recommendations for Deployment in Washington

The purpose of the RFP is to produce a report and recommendations for consideration by the governor and legislature regarding green electrolytic hydrogen and renewable fuels as required in SB 5910 (Chapter 292, Laws of 2022). The report and recommendations should help state decision makers understand the primary opportunities and challenges related to the deployment of hydrogen and renewable fuels as we work to implement the recommendations of the 2021…

2023 HOME & NHTF Notice of Funding Availability

The Department of Commerce is happy to announce a new solicitation for projects seeking capital funding to develop affordable housing in Washington State. $10.8m in funding is available for developing affordable housing projects for those seeking federal capital funding for new multifamily/rental housing projects. We will consider applications for Multifamily/Rental housing projects seeking capital financing from the federal HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) and National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) programs. Applications…

Sole Source Announcement for front-end data collection software

The Department of Commerce (Commerce) intends to award a sole source grant agreement (contract) to Bitfocus, Inc. The contract will be awarded on or about July 1, 2023 and will expire on June 30, 2024. The contract is $373,668.97 for the contract period. This contract provides a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) (Clarity software) for front-end data collection. HMIS is used to collect and manage data gathered while providing housing…

Grant Opportunity – Solar plus Storage for Resilient Communities

Commerce is accepting grant applications for the 2023 Solar plus Storage for Resilient Communities program with up to $35.4 million available. Applications are due by March 23, 2023 at 4:00 pm PT. This opportunity will include two tracks: Track 1: Planning and pre-development grants are available for projects that identify sites, complete community outreach and engagement to identify community needs, complete feasibility studies, or develop cost estimates, specifications, or other…

Community Outreach and Feasibility Consultant Request for Proposals

Commerce is also accepting proposals from service providers who can provide feasibility studies and outreach services to communities interested in developing solar plus battery storage infrastructure to provide backup power for community buildings. Proposals are due at 5:00pm on February 15. Community Outreach and Feasibility Consultant Request for Proposals (RFP) Register for Pre-Proposal Conference: January 31, 2022 from 2:00pm (on Zoom) Timeline Q&A Period: January 13-February 3, 2023 Pre-Proposal Conference:…

Clean Energy Fund (CEF) – Rural Clean Energy Grants

Commerce is now accepting applications for funding from the Rural Clean Energy program. This Clean Energy Fund (CEF) program supports dairy digester bioenergy projects and clean energy research, development and implementation in Washington’s rural communities. Applications are due March 23, 2023. The program provides $4.6 million in clean energy grant funding. There will be one single solicitation with three separate track: Dairy digester bioenergy projects: Approximately $1.8 million is available…

Evergreen Manufacturing Growth Grants – Funding the development of regional cluster acceleration strategies and manufacturing growth

The Evergreen Manufacturing Growth Grants program is designed to increase the number of manufacturing and research and development jobs in Washington State. The $2 million in grants will be awarded to eligible manufacturing and research and development businesses as well as organizations defined as innovation clusters in the funding application. Each grantee will be eligible for a grant between $200,000 and $400,000. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate the availability of…

$75 Million in Small Business and Nonprofit Grants Begin to Arrive: Working Washington Grants – Round 5 and Convention Center Grants Provide Much Needed Relief

$75 Million in Small Business and Nonprofit Grants Begin to Arrive: Working Washington Grants – Round 5 and Convention Center Grants Provide Much Needed Relief

Olympia, WA – The holiday season will be slightly brighter for thousands of Washington small businesses and nonprofits as $75 million in pandemic relief grants start to arrive. Managed by the Washington State Department of Commerce with support from the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA), the Working Washington Grants: Round 5 and Convention Center grants were made possible by the State Legislature. While both grant programs are still actively distributing…