NC Green Business Fund calls for proposals; will disburse $8 million in 2010

“The North Carolina Green Business Fund will hand out more than $8 million in stimulus money as part of an initiative to help small businesses statewide develop and commercialize promising green and alternative energy technologies,” the Triangle Business Journal reports.

The 2010 NC Green Business Fund call for proposals is now open. Deadline for submission of short (750 words or less) pre-proposals is January 19, 2010. Applicants who pass this phase, will be invited to submit a full proposal. The awards are funded through federal stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Awards will be given to innovative projects that focus on the following three areas:
  1. Development and commercialization of the biofuels industry
  2. Development and commercialization of the green building industry, and
  3. Attraction and leverage of private sector investments and entrepreneurial growth in environmentally conscious clean technology and renewable energy products and businesses.

For more information on the program and details about the 2010 grants, see http://www.ncscitech.com/gbf/ and download the PDF file.

The Triangle Business Journal article is at http://triangle.bizjournals.com/triangle/stories/2009/12/21/daily25.html

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About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism.

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