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…

Washington Community Economic Revitalization Board invests more than $10 million in four counties

Washington Community Economic Revitalization Board invests more than $10 million in four counties

State funds will leverage nearly $664 million in private and local investments in projects expected to create 242 family-wage jobs. OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today approved $10 million in low interest loans and $75,000 in grants for economic development and public infrastructure improvements intended to spur business growth and job creation in communities throughout the state. Among the supported projects is a new…

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:…

Intent to Award Sole Source REDI-DEI and Anti-Racism Leadership Development

The Department of Commerce (Commerce) intends to award a sole source grant agreement (contract) to Jabez and Associates doing business as The Edge Advisory Group. The contract will be awarded on or about January 30, 2023, and will expire on June 30, 2023. The contract is $50,000 for the contract period. This contract provides DEI and Anti-Racism leadership and respectful culture development, and planning support to Local Government Division. If…

State survey: Most people say housing is #1 issue

State survey: Most people say housing is #1 issue

Housing costs/rents, homelessness and overall cost of living top list of most important problems facing Washington state in new survey by Department of Commerce and Puget Sound Regional Council OLYMPIA, WA — Housing and homelessness topped a list of 12 issues in a new survey that asked Washington state residents to rank their top two problems facing the state. The Department of Commerce partnered with the Puget Sound Regional Council…