MDA Accepting Applications for Sustainable Communities Mini-Grants

Jackson, Miss. (January 19, 2012) – The Energy Division of the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) is now accepting applications for its Sustainable Communities mini-grants.
The Sustainable Communities program, made available through the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program and administered by MDA, is designed to help municipalities, counties and rural communities incorporate sustainable energy and environmental planning into their plans for long-term growth.
MDA has allotted $50,000 of its SEP funds toward the Sustainable Communities mini-grants. The funds may be used for energy efficiency projects in three categories: programs, buildings and transportation. The maximum grant amount a government entity may receive is $20,000, and the minimum amount is $5,000. Grant funds may not be used for projects already begun or to recover funds already expended.
“I encourage any local government officials interested in helping their communities become more energy-efficient and energy-conscious to apply for one of these mini-grants,” said MDA Energy Division Director Motice Bruce. “We are fortunate to have these resources in place to help Mississippi’s communities plan for the future in an environmentally-friendly way.”
Questions concerning the Sustainable Communities mini-grant program must be submitted in writing to: Mississippi Development Authority, ATTN: Mike McCullough or Lynn Johnson Burris, Sustainable Communities Mini-Grants, FOA#ENO2172012, 501 N. West Street, Suite 1500, Jackson, MS, 39201; via fax to 601.359.5042 (ATTN: Mike McCullough or Lynn Johnson Burris); or via e-mail to Questions must be received by Tuesday, January 26, 2012.

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