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Western Clean Energy Campaign

Helping western NGOs access COVID-19 funding

We would like to have a webinar that explains CARES Act to NGOs so they can then pursue funding. We expect to reach 30 NGOs with our webinar

Posted April 8, 2020

Background & Context

The Western Clean Energy Campaign and the Just and Equitable Transition Network work to help NGOs across the west ensure a just and equitable transition away from coal for communities and workers. The coalitions and organizations that WCEC supports have deep connections in the communities they work in, many of which were already dealing with the economic impacts ofcoal plant and mine closures. The Covid-19 pandemic has only made matters worse. COVID-19 creates new issues and CARES Act perhaps new resources to address those challenges.

Immediate Problem

Right now, our network of NGOs are looking to us for information about how to help themselves and others in their communites get through the challenges of COVID-19 and the longer term economic transitions facing the communites where they work. They need information now about what CARES Act does and how they can access resources. We are planning a webinar with 2 speakers. One speaker will address the policy issues related to CARES Act for NGOs working on Just Transition. The second speaker--our WeTheAction partner--will explain what NGOs should know about the process for applying for CARES Act funds.

Work & Deliverables

We are looking for a legal expert to participate in a webinar on the CARES Act by providing an overview of the nuts and bolts of applying for CARES Act funds for NGOs and small businesses. Secondly, as a natural follow-up, we also expect our partners organizations will need one-on-one legal assistance as they take what they’ve learned and begin using it to apply for CARES-related funding as part of their efforts to get past the current crisis and smooth the transition to a more resilient future.

Project Plan

Preparation Phase

  • Participate in a call with webinar organizers to review overall webinar agenda and their role

Collaboration Phase

  • Develop a ~20 minute presentation for webinar providing overview of how to apply for CARES Act funds
  • Optional: prepare an FAQ about how NGOs can access CARES Act funds.
  • Preview presentation with webinar organizers
  • Participate in webinar

Wrap Up

  • Share FAQ or other follow up information.
  • Provide guidance on how to work with WeTheAction for individual assistance.

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Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 1-5 hours
  • Training Provided: No
  • Site-Preference: Remote
  • Open to Law Students: No
  • Additional Location Details: Must be done remotely through a webinar--probably Zoom, but perhaps another platform. Ideal would be to have video and be able to share screen for powerpoint or other information.
  • Bar License(s) required: Any Bar License
  • Required Languages: None
  • Required Legal Expertise: Administrative Law, Lending/Finance, Other, Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Deliverables Due: April 15, 2020
  • Mentoring Provided: No
  • Supervision Provided: Yes
Western Clean Energy Campaign

The Western Clean Energy Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works across the Western U.S., mainly by coordinating and facilitating diverse coalitions, to promote and speed the switch from fossil fuel-generated electricity to renewable energy, and to ensure that resources are provided to support a just and equitable transition to communities impacted by the changing energy landscape. We do not have a website, but have this facebook page: Here is a link to the website of our Just and Equitable Transition network: www.westerngrid/wcea/jet

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