Sample Grant Proposal of Low-Income Wind Power Project

Sample Grant Proposal: Low-Income Wind Energy Project 6
Empowerment Zone/Enterprise Community Consideration
As noted above, Washington has the second highest unemployment rate in the nation. Our first
intervention will target Grays Harbor County, where the unemployment rate is 28% higher than
the state as a whole. Other counties targeted because of their high wind resources also have high
unemployment rates:
Klickitat 15.3%
Skamania 10.1%
Yakima 10.0%
(See Figure 4 below.)
Furthermore, in 2002 Yakima was selected as one of 40 Renewal Communities by HUD and
will retain the designation until 2009. “Renewal Community” is a designation added to the
Empowerment Zone/Enterprise Community program (now designated the RC/EZ/EC Initiative)
in 2001. The unemployment rate in Yakima’s Renewal Community (Census Tracts 1, 2, 6 and
15) is 20%. Building a wind farm in Yakima would provide good-paying jobs during the
development process, as well as provide low-cost energy to low-income Yakima households on
completion. Yakima Valley OIC (the CSBG entity in Yakima), and Northwest Community
Action Center (the CSBG entity for other parts of Yakima County) have reviewed this
application and are project partners through the Washington State Community Action
Partnership (WSCAP).
In Pierce County, part of Tacoma is a federal Enterprise Community and was also designated a
Renewal Community in 2002. Unemployment in Tacoma’s Renewal Community is 18 percent,
with 72 percent of the families in the area identified as low-income. Pierce County’s CSBG
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