June, 15 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Track 1A | Energy Policy in the Pacific Northwest
NAJ Enterprises, LLP | Managing Director
How to Find and Win the New U.S. Government Grants
President Biden signed into law on November 15, 2021 the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that, that includes the establishment of new competitive grants for the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries, as well to support other infrastructure development and innovation. This includes electric vehicle infrastructure, and workforce development and training across the clean energy, transportation and water industries. What are the new grant opportunities, and how does a company find, apply for and position itself to win new funding that is part of the Biden administration’s commitment to address climate change? This presentation will review the new grant programs, existing ones that are pertinent to AEE members and stakeholders, the requirements to apply for them, and how to develop a strategy to apply for U.S. government grants in energy, infrastructure, and innovation. Opportunities and reasons to develop informal and formal strategic partnerships also will be discussed. Finally, there will be an evaluation of which programs have begun to distribute funds and what to expect in the remaining years of President Biden’s first term. This will be both a “how to” for those ready to apply, and a chance to explore opportunities for those who are curious.
Nancy Najarian is a business energy professional with over 20 years’ experience working with U.S. companies to initiate, design, and manage publicly funded projects in the U.S. and developing countries. In support of this work, she manages projects and technical teams, writes technical proposals to win multimillion contracts and grants, and gives presentations on renewable energy, energy efficiency, infrastructure, construction, resiliency and sustainability projects in the U.S. and worldwide. She has advised and consulted to all small, medium and multinational companies, researching private and public funding opportunities, developing and executing strategies to win federal, state and municipal grants. Ms. Najarian also works on policies and programs that support the transition to a clean energy economy, be they at the federal, state or local level. She is a proud member of the Climate & Clean Energy Working Group that recently spearheaded a coalition of 60 Virginian grassroots groups in an ultimately successful effort to pass the Virginia Clean Energy Act, the Solar Freedom Bill, and zero emissions vehicle program (ZEV). Based in Northern Virginia, Ms. Najarian is a member of AEE’s National Capital Chapter and Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership (CWEEL), and is a graduate of New York University and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.