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Funding Guidance

Federal Funding Opportunities for Local Decarbonization

Navigating federal funding for local climate action and making strategic decisions on how to best pursue opportunities can be overwhelming and challenging. This tool helps local governments prioritize and leverage existing federal funding to advance system-wide energy transition goals—from block grants and technical assistance to competitive grants and loans. Use the filters below to filter available funding sources automatically and focus on the funding sources relevant to your project, goals, and community.

Scope

This tool, Federal Funding Opportunities for Local Decarbonization (FFOLD), focuses on energy sector emissions, including electricity, transportation, buildings, and resilient energy systems. It does not explicitly capture funding for other sustainability solutions. FFOLD focuses on programs for state, local, and tribal entities. Local agencies/authorities generally include cities, counties, towns, public utility providers, transit agencies, airports, ports, and local educational agencies (e.g. school districts).For additional clarifications and definitions, download FFOLD and refer to the Glossary of Terms tab.

Updates

FFOLD will be updated on a quarterly basis until otherwise noted. This version of FFOLD was last updated June 1, 2022.

Equity Considerations

A companion piece to this tool—”Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding“—lists resources to help FFOLD users and broader audiences pursue equitable climate action, project design, and planning.

Methodology

Funding sources were identified and incorporated into this tool based upon two main factors: 1) applicant eligibility for state, local, and tribal entities; and 2) activity eligibility for decarbonization projects and initiatives that are either explicitly described and/or potentially allowed under the programmatic rules and agency guidance. This tool incorporates research and reviews of agency websites, the Federal Register, Grants.gov, and federal legislation. Contact Matthew Popkin (mpopkin@rmi.org) or Alex Dane (alex.dane@wri.org) with any questions or feedback.

Displaying 188 out of 188 Funding Opportunities
New or Existing Program Name Purpose Agency Sub-Department Eligibility Requirements Matching Funding Available Max Award Expected Allocations Average Award Deadline Decarbonization Considerations Equity Considerations Helpful Tips Other Notes Only for Federal Emergency Declaration? Webpage
Existing - Decrease Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration Program The AID Demonstration provides funding for activities eligible for assistance in any phase of a highway transportation project between project planning and project delivery including: planning, financing, operation, structures, materials, pavements, environment, and construction. [062222 - test] Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) This program funds State DOTs, Federal Land Management Agencies, and federally-recognized tribal governments. Metropolitan planning organizations and local governments must apply through the State DOT as a sub-recipient. 20% match required $10,000,000 $1,000,000 100 $100,000 July 1, 2021 (Notice of Intent), September 28, 2021 (Application) The program seeks projects that directly address climate change in addition to the top priority of safety. Applicants are required to provide a brief description of how climate change was considered in the planning stage, and how the project reduces greenhouse gas emissions and supports state or local Climate Action Plans. Consider exploring the use of green cement, focusing on creating dedicated lanes for buses and vanpools, and prioritizing HOV lanes. This could also be used to expand access for hybrid, plug-in, and fully electric vehicles, such as building out HOV lanes to also enable hybrid and electric vehicles or investing in electric vehicle supply equipment to charge electric vehicles at dedicated highway rest stops. Applicants need to submit a brief description of how environmental justice screening tools were employed. The program also seeks rural projects that address deteriorating conditions and disproportionately high fatality rates on rural transportation infrastructure. Competitive projects must be a pilot deployment for the applicant of a proven innovation previously deployed by others. For information on prior awardees, see this map and press release here: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/grants/projects/ https://cms8.fhwa.dot.gov/newsroom/fhwa-provides-56-million-accelerate-innovative-highway-projects-seven-states No https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=334546
Existing - Constant Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Program To make competitive grants for the development of model deployment sites for large scale installation and operation of advanced transportation technologies to improve safety, efficiency, system performance, and infrastructure return on investments. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) Eligible applicants are State or local governments, transit agencies, metropolitan planning organizations (MPO) representing a population of over 200,000, or other political subdivisions of a State or local government (such as publicly owned toll or port authorities), or a multijurisdictional group or consortia of research institutions or academic institutions. 50% match required $60,000,000 $12,000,000 10 $6,000,000 August 23, 2021 Ensuring a more efficient flow of public transit would cut greenhouse gas emissions and encourage transit ridership. Although proposals are not limited to DOT priorities, the DOT is particularly interested in deployment programs and projects that concern (1) climate change and environmental justice impacts; (2) integration of intelligent transportation systems with the Smart Grid and other energy distribution and charging systems; and (3) advanced public transportation systems. Although proposals are not limited to DOT priorities, the DOT is particularly interested in deployment programs and projects that concern (1) racial equity and barriers to opportunity; (2) rural transportation access; and (3) improved access to transportation alternatives, including for underserved populations. Partnership with the private sector or public agencies, including multimodal and multijurisdictional entities, research institutions, organizations representing transportation and technology leaders, or other transportation stakeholders is encouraged. Any application submitted by a sole research or academic institution and that is not part of a consortium will not be considered for selection. N/A No https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=334272
Existing - Increase Air Quality Monitoring Grants (American Rescue Plan Act) To provide grants and activities for air pollution control agencies and for research on air pollution prevention and control. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ambient Monitoring Technology Information Center Eligible entities include state, local, and tribal air pollution control agencies, and community groups. Other potential grantees under statute include other public or nonprofit private agencies, institutions, and organizations. Not required $50,000,000 N/A N/A N/A March 25, 2022 Decarbonization strategies may include air quality monitoring and pollution prevention at sources which are a source of greenhouse gases and criteria air pollutants, including fossil-fuel electric generating sources and industrial facilities. Goals of the grant competition for community air monitoring include those that: 1) expand use of community monitoring advisory groups and other approaches that give the community a voice in the monitoring of their air quality; and 2) build a foundation of trusting relationships and enhanced understanding from which sustainable solutions to community pollution problems can be found. The PM2.5 continuous monitoring grants are designed to support monitoring in and near communities with environmental justice concerns who face disproportionate exposure to these pollutants and health risks, which are also associated with increased vulnerability to COVID-19. For further information on Clean Air Act Sec. 103 and 105 grants, please see the following: https://www.epa.gov/clean-air-act-overview/clean-air-act-title-i-air-pollution-prevention-and-control-parts-through-d https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2021-04/documents/tribal_grants_presentation_0.pdf One-time funding increase from American Rescue Plan Act. Further information released July 7, 2021. The major components of the $50M funding to enhance air monitoring include: a grants competition that will seek proposals from community groups and state, Tribal and local government air agencies; direct awards to air agencies for continuous monitoring of small particles (known as PM2.5 or soot) and other Clean Air Act pollutants; enhanced capacity for short-term community monitoring; and support to administer the funding. It is unclear whether this program will continue past American Rescue Plan Act funding. No https://www.epa.gov/amtic/american-rescue-plan
Existing - Constant Airport Improvement Program (AIP) Discretionary Grants To support public agencies and private owners and entities for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS). Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Eligible projects includes preserving existing airport infrastructure in a safe and functional operational condition; bringing airport facilities into conformity with current federal safety standards; constructing, modifying, or expanding facilities as necessary to meet demonstrated aeronautical demand; enhancing environmental sustainability; and providing a balanced system of airports to meet the roles and functions necessary to support civil aeronautical demand. 5%-30% match required, depending on airport size and type of project $1,500,000,000 $50,000,000 400 $4,000,000 June 30, 2022 (Rolling) FAA is looking to award projects that align with the President's greenhouse gas reduction goals, promote energy efficiency, support fiscally responsible land use and efficient transportation design, support airport development compatible with the use of sustainable aviation fuels and technologies, increase climate resilience, incorporate sustainable pavement and construction materials as allowable, reduce pollution, and direct the benefits of these investments equitably. Specifically, FAA encourages applicants to consider how a proposed project directs benefits of investments in Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) and Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) programs to disadvantaged communities and ensures meaningful public engagement. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ This is for larger projects, as eligible projects must involve more than $25,000 in AIP funds. If you have an eligible project, contact the program to discuss how to move forward. N/A No https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=338072
Existing - IIJA Increase Airport Improvement Program (AIP) Entitlement Grants To support infrastructure projects, including runways and airfields, airport lighting, and airport markings. These funds do not support projects related to airport terminals, equipment, vehicles, or operations. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Funding can be used for any Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) eligible projects except debt service payments. 5%-30% match required, depending on airport size and type of project $1,126,000,000 N/A 857 $1,300,000 February 15, 2022 (Notice of Intent), April 11, 2022 (Final Application) Airports are important transportation hubs and contributors to global emissions, whether directly or indirectly (via the airplanes they service). Airport efficiency upgrades can reduce emissions substantially. AIP-eligible projects include those improvements related to enhancing airport safety, lighting, security, and environmental plans. Planning and environmental studies are also eligible, which may include glare studies for on-site solar energy systems or geothermal system design and implementation. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ This is for larger projects, as eligible projects must involve more than $25,000 in AIP funds. Based on previous awards, grant amounts vary widely from $25,000 to over $30 million. If you have an eligible project, contact the program to discuss how to move forward. Lighting was a common project funding in 2021. The Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport received over $10 million for energy efficiency infrastructure support as part of a major geothermal energy project retrofit. For a complete list of recently funded projects, visit: https://www.faa.gov/airports/aip/2022_aip_grants/ No https://www.faa.gov/airports/aip/
Existing - Constant Area Development Program To invest in two general areas: critical infrastructure and business and workforce development. Critical infrastructure investments mainly include water and wastewater systems, transportation networks, broadband, and other projects anchoring regional economic development. Business and workforce investments primarily focus on entrepreneurship, worker training and education, food systems, leadership, and other human capital development. Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) N/A Applicants must be in an eligible Appalachian county across the 13-state region: https://www.arc.gov/Appalachian-counties-served-by-arc/ 20%-70% match required, depending on economic status of county N/A N/A N/A N/A Rolling ARC project guidelines emphasize the following goals: 1) economic opportunity, 2) ready workforce, 3) critical infrastructure, 4) natural and cultural assets, and 5) leadership and community capacity. Communities should consider projects aligned with their local and ARC strategic goals that reduce emissions, increase community resiliency, and/or create new opportunities for workforce training in a clean energy economy. ARC guidelines specifically highlight that funding can support elements of the project that improve a project's energy efficiency, but communities should think expansively and work with their state representative to incorporate energy local renewable energy, energy storage, building weatherization and electrification, and increased multi-modal access. This program helps communities recover from declines in coal and manufacturing sectors and transition to new industries. In addition, a state may also use a portion of its ARC Area Development allocation to fund job-training and skills development, which could support the growth of a clean energy workforce. The ARC may prioritize its funding and match rates based on levels of economic distress: https://www.arc.gov/match-requirements-for-arc-grants/ Consider whether the project will improve, on a continuing rather than a temporary basis, the opportunities for employment, the average level of income, or the economic and social development of the area served by the project. To receive ARC approval, a project must implement the Development Plan of the Appalachian State in which it is located and it must have been identified by the state in its annual Strategy Statement. For additional information on program priorities and guidelines, visit: https://www.arc.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/ARCProjectGuidelines.pdf No https://www.arc.gov/area-development-program/
New - IIJA Battery Manufacturing and Recycling Grants To support and sustain a North American battery supply chain; to support battery manufacturing and recycling by funding demonstration projects and facility construction. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Eligible uses include demonstration projects, construction of commercial-scale facilities, and retrofit or retooling of existing facilities for battery component manufacturing, advanced battery manufacturing, and recycling. TBA $3,000,000,000 TBA TBA TBA Estimated application opening date 3rd quarter 2022 Increasing the supply of batteries could decrease the cost of battery storage, and more reliable domestic production could reduce price volatility. This could be part of a clean energy economy strategy. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ N/A $3,000,000,000 available until expended No https://www.energy.gov/bil/battery-manufacturing-and-recycling-grants
New - IIJA Battery Material Processing Grants To ensure the United States has a viable battery materials processing industry by supporting demonstration projects and the construction of facilities for processing battery materials. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Eligible uses include demonstration projects, construction of commercial-scale facilities, and retrofit or retooling of existing battery material processing facilities. 20% match required $3,100,000,000 $400,000,000 34 TBA July 1, 2022 Materials processing is a necessary step in manufacturing batteries. Increasing the supply of processed battery materials could decrease the cost of battery-based electricity storage, and more reliable domestic production could reduce price volatility. This could be part of a clean energy economy strategy. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ Letter of intent strongly encouraged by May 27, 2022 $3,100,000,000 available until expended No https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=339950
New BETO Waste Feedstocks and Conversion R&D To (1) support new strategies for energy and resource recovery from waste streams, curbing fugitive methane emissions, air and water quality impacts, odors, etc.; and (2) develop more robust organisms and catalytic processes for the conversion of sustainable feedstocks and intermediates into biofuels and bioproducts. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Broad eligibility for groups, governments, individuals, and consortia of the above, including alllowances for foreign entities. BETO is interested in the following Topic Areas: - TA 1: MSW Feedstock Technologies - TA 2: Robust Microbial Cells - TA 3: Robust Catalytic Processes - TA 4: Community Scale Resource and Energy Recovery from Organic Wastes 20% cost share required $34,500,000 $2,500,000 15-27 total Varies by subtopic Concept Paper due April 18, 2022 Application due June 7, 2022 BETO focuses on developing technologies that convert domestic lignocellulosic biomass and waste resources into affordable low-carbon biofuels and bioproducts that significantly reduce carbon emissions on a life-cycle basis as compared to equivalent petroleum-based products. This program specifically These activities will ultimately aims to improve sustainable fuel production to meet the low-carbon (minimum of 70% decrease in GHGs) and affordable drop-in biofuels and aviation emission reduction goals. Applicants are required to submit a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan that describes the actions the applicant will take to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment, support people from underrepresented groups in STEM, advance equity, and encourage the inclusion of individuals from these groups in the project; and the extent the project activities will be located in or benefit underserved communities. BETO is focusing on applied RD&D to improve the performance and reduce cost of biofuel production technologies and scale-up production systems in partnership with industry. BETO is focused on developing and demonstrating technologies that are capable of producing low-carbon, cost-effective biofuels and co-products by 2030, as well as biofuel production pathways that can deliver at least 70% lower lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions than petroleum. N/A No https://www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/events/doe-beto-fy22-waste-feedstock-and-conversion-funding-opportunity
Existing - Constant Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program To assist in the development, construction and retrofitting of advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals, and biobased products manufacturing facilities. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development The program provides loan guarantees to financial institutions on behalf of a broad range of eligible entities, including individuals, public and private entities, state and local governments, corporations, tribes, farm cooperatives and agricultural associations, National Laboratories, higher education institutions, and public power entities. 20% match required N/A $250,000,000 N/A N/A 2 application cycles each fiscal year. Letter of Intent deadlines: March 2 and September 1 Application deadlines: April 1 and October 1 Clean energy and climate projects that have been impacted by lost tax revenue. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ N/A Decarbonization strategies may include carbon capture and sequestration and other retrofits to reduce emissions at existing biorefineries. No https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/biorefinery-renewable-chemical-and-biobased-product-manufacturing-assistance
Existing - IIJA Increase Brownfields Assessment Grants To evaluate potentially contaminated sites that may need cleanup from prior use. The program offers community-wide assessments for multiple community sites, site-specific grants for an already identified single-site project focus, and assessment coalition grants to increase the capacity of multijurisdictional entities to assess sites in multiple communities. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization All applicants must meet the "threshold criteria" as outlined in the updated notice of funding opportunity. Not required $47,000,000 $200,000 for site-specific grants; $500,000 for community-wide grants; $2,000,000 for state/tribe community-wide grants 78 $602,564 December 1, 2021 Transforming underutilized or abandoned sites in your community into revitalized energy hubs can also spur economic revitalization. These funds can help determine which brownfields and closed landfill sites may be good fits for hosting solar or other renewable energy. The EPA offers explicit guidance for considering such "brightfields" projects: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/are-you-considering-renewable-energy-or-energy-efficient-approaches-your-brownfields A critical part of the program is to ensure that residents living in communities historically affected by economic disinvestment, health disparities, and environmental contamination have an opportunity to reap the benefits from brownfields redevelopment. For example, large brownfield sites can be future hubs for new manufacturing and clean energy jobs and offer opportunities to improve distributional equity where communities were previously neglected. National program priorities tend to change each year, so be sure to tailor your application to the current guidance. The IIJA authorized $1.5 billion in Additional funding over 5 years to scale up EPA's brownfields revitalization program. No https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-assessment-grants
Existing - IIJA Increase Brownfields Cleanup Grants To clean up one brownfield site, or multiple brownfield sites, contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants, contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum), and/or petroleum. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization Applicants must own the site for which they are requesting funding and may submit one Cleanup Grant proposal each competition cycle. 20% match required, with exceptions for non-profits, small governments, and tribes $13,000,000 $650,000 26 $500,000 December 1, 2021 Cleanup grants can help accelerate reuse of brownfield sites, including enhancing site readiness for hosting solar or other renewable energy or other sustainable economic development. Cleaning up contaminated sites of any size often yields immediate environmental and human health, environmental justice benefit, and distributional equity benefits. National program priorities tend to change each year, so be sure to tailor your application to the current guidance. The IIJA authorized $1.5 billion in Additional funding over 5 years to scale up EPA's brownfields revitalization program. No https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-cleanup-grants
Existing - IIJA Increase Brownfields Job Training Grants To deliver Brownfields Job Training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization Eligible entities include states, local governments, land clearance authorities or other quasi-governmental entities, regional councils, redevelopment agencies, tribes, non-profits, etc. Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training be provided to all individuals being trained. Not required $12,000,000 $500,000 25 $480,000 August 2, 2022 Job Training Grants allow nonprofits, local governments, and other organizations to recruit, train, and place unemployed and under-employed residents of areas affected by the presence of brownfields. Through the Program, graduates develop the skills needed to secure full-time, sustainable employment in various aspects of hazardous and solid waste management and within the larger environmental field, including sustainable cleanup and reuse, water quality improvement, chemical safety, and emergency response. These green jobs reduce environmental contamination and build more sustainable futures for communities. Each activity must meet one of the following national objectives for the program: benefit low- and moderate-income persons, prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or address community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community for which other funding is not available. Employers, workforce investment boards (WIBs), community colleges, and community-based organizations provide critical partnerships needed to deliver a successful training program – especially since grant funds may not be used to provide life skills training or social services which can be leveraged through these partnerships. Applicants are not required to inform their target community; however, they are strongly encouraged to do so. Applicants who hold a community meeting, notify the community about the proposed environmental training program prior to submission of an application, and work with and solicit feedback from diverse community constituents about the proposed program prior to submission, typically have stronger applications. Previously known as Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Grants EPA's Program Brochure and Success Stories: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-03/documents/final_ewdjt_tri-fold_brochure_7-30-15_0.pdf Renewable Energy or Energy-Efficient Approaches in Brownfields Redevelopment Fact Sheet: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-08/documents/renewable_energy_or_energy-efficient_approaches.pdf No https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/environmental-workforce-development-and-job-training-ewdjt-grants
Existing - IIJA Increase Brownfields Multipurpose Grants To provide grant funding for a range of eligible purposes, including developing inventories of brownfield sites, prioritizing sites, engaging community stakeholders, conducting assessments, developing cleanup and reuse plans for key sites, conducting cleanup activities, and developing a revitalization plan. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization All applicants must meet the "threshold criteria" as outlined in the updated notice of funding opportunity. 5% match required $8,000,000 $800,000 10 $800,000 October 28, 2020 Transforming underutilized or abandoned sites in your community into revitalized energy hubs can also spur economic revitalization. These funds are meant to be transformative in efficiently addressing multiple stages of project redevelopment. Such funding could help communities inventory and prioritize brownfield sites for hosting renewable energy and develop cleanup plans, if needed, as well as reuse and revitalization plans. Funding could also help plan, assess, cleanup, and reinvent a larger industrial site for new clean energy manufacturing. Large brownfield sites can be future hubs for new manufacturing and clean energy jobs and offer opportunities to improve distributional equity where communities were previously neglected. Funding can be specifically used to conduct community engagement activities. This program has typically been offered every two years, unlike the annually recurring assessment, cleanup, and revolving loan fund grants. These are highly competitive projects geared at sites with the most compelling reuse. EPA's RE-Powering America's Land program offers detailed reports, case studies, and guidance for those looking to deploy renewable energy on brownfields: https://www.epa.gov/re-powering The IIJA authorized $1.5 billion in Additional funding over 5 years to scale up EPA's brownfields revitalization program. No https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-multipurpose-grants
Existing - IIJA Increase Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund To provide seed money to capitalize a revolving loan fund program including loans and subgrants to clean up and remediate sites across a region or community. Revolving loan funds are used to provide no-interest or low-interest loans for eligible brownfield cleanups, subgrants for cleanups, and other eligible programmatic costs necessary to manage the loan fund. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization Recipients must have a strong understanding of real estate financing principles and approaches, including loan underwriting, loan servicing, and credit analysis. Recipients also need to have the ability to market the program on an on-going basis during the performance period of the grant and after the closeout of the RLF Grant. Recipients commit to properly manage funds and program income generated by their program until its official close. Only entities without open RLF cooperative agreements are eligible to apply. 20% match required $8,000,000 $1,000,000 8 $1,000,000 December 1, 2021 These funds are meant to be transformative in efficiently cleaning up multiple sites for reuse. Consider pursuing with intent to reuse and convert of multiple brownfields into brightfields with one bulk procurement, either on a single or multijurisdictional basis. This is an opportunity for communities to take ownership of seed funding to accelerate the long-term revitalization of multiple brownfields. Consider creating regional partnerships to leverage financial, marketing, and program administration experience in order to build capacity for localized loans and subgrants. Using this funding to create new hubs for clean energy manufacturing and jobs and offer opportunities to improve distributional equity where communities were previously neglected. These are highly competitive projects geared at communities with extensive brownfield sites. If structured correctly, these revolving loan fund programs can generate program income from repayment of loans to sustain programs from a few years to decades. If selected, the lead entity will be the grant recipient and must administer the grant, be accountable to EPA for proper expenditure of the funds and be the point of contact for the other coalition members. In addition, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) documenting the coalition’s site selection process must be in place prior to the expenditure of any funds that are awarded. The coalition members should identify and establish relationships necessary to achieve the project’s goal. A process for successful execution of the project’s goal, including a description and role of each coalition member, should be established along with the MOA. The purpose of the MOA is for coalition members to agree internally on the distribution of funds and the mechanisms for implementing the cleanup work. No https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-revolving-loan-fund-rlf-grants
New Build Back Better Regional Challenge - Phase 1 (American Rescue Plan) To provide technical assistance grants to approximately 50-60 regional coalitions across the country and help them develop transformational economic development strategies The 2-phase BBB Regional Challenge aims to grow new regional industry clusters or scale existing ones through planning, infrastructure, innovation and entrepreneurship, workforce development, access to capital, and more. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) Applicants should identify one key coordinating lead institution per regional coalition to lead the concept and projects into the implementation phase, while fostering collaboration and coordinating resources to ensure these investments have the greatest economic impact on our communities, regions, and the nation. Not required $30,000,000 $500,000 50-60 coalitions $500,000 October 19, 2021 Consider strengthening existing sectors or creating new sectors in line with the Biden Administration's priorities and in line with the program guidelines to develop a competitive strategy for regional growth clusters. This is a highly flexible opportunity for coalitions to innovate and redefine their economy. Such strategies could consider regional supply chain enhancements or bringing new energy and sustainability related sectors to your region. This is particularly critical for coal community economies that EDA seeks to support by diversifying away from coal. A strong regional growth cluster will ensure that the proposed projects’ and broader cluster’s benefits are shared across all affected communities, both urban and rural, and provides benefits to existing residents. Although not required, EDA encourages efforts to reach historically excluded populations, BIPOC, and women. EDA invites eligible applicants to form regional coalitions to apply for funding to implement a collection of three to eight distinct but related projects in their region, in coordination with industry and community partners, and aligned around a holistic vision to build and scale a strategic industry cluster. Applicants and coalitions are encouraged to think creatively - similar to the EDA's Build 2 Scale program, but even bigger. EDA will ultimately evaluate projects based on regional impact by measuring, first and foremost, how many projected jobs can be created, retained, and how many new companies and private investments can be attracted. Talk with your EDA representative if preparing an application. Your local office is well-positioned to help ensure you are meeting program criteria and considering strategic regional opportunities. https://eda.gov/contact/ No https://eda.gov/arpa/build-back-better/
New Build Back Better Regional Challenge - Phase 2 (American Rescue Plan) To award transformative investment to 20-30 finalist coalitions identified in Phase 1 and fund their identified projects. The 2-phase BBB Regional Challenge aims to grow new regional industry clusters or scale existing ones through planning, infrastructure, innovation and entrepreneurship, workforce development, access to capital, and more. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) Applicants should identify one key coordinating lead institution per regional coalition to lead the concept and projects into the implementation phase, while fostering collaboration and coordinating resources to ensure these investments have the greatest economic impact on our communities, regions, and the nation. Not required $1,000,000,000 $100,000,000 20-30 coalitions $50,000,000 March 15, 2022 Consider strengthening existing sectors or creating new sectors in line with the Biden Administration's priorities and in line with the program guidelines to develop a competitive strategy for regional growth clusters. This is a highly flexible opportunity for coalitions to innovate and redefine their economy. Such strategies could consider regional supply chain enhancements or bringing new energy and sustainability related sectors to your region. This is particularly critical for coal community economies that EDA seeks to support by diversifying away from coal. A strong regional growth cluster will ensure that the proposed projects’ and broader cluster’s benefits are shared across all affected communities, both urban and rural, and provides benefits to existing residents. Although not required, EDA encourages efforts to reach historically excluded populations, BIPOC, and women. EDA invites eligible applicants to form regional coalitions to apply for funding to implement a collection of three to eight distinct but related projects in their region, in coordination with industry and community partners, and aligned around a holistic vision to build and scale a strategic industry cluster. Applicants and coalitions are encouraged to think creatively - similar to the EDA's Build 2 Scale program, but even bigger. EDA will ultimately evaluate projects based on regional impact by measuring, first and foremost, how many projected jobs can be created, retained, and how many new companies and private investments can be attracted. Talk with your EDA representative if preparing an application. Your local office is well-positioned to help ensure you are meeting program criteria and considering strategic regional opportunities. https://eda.gov/contact/ No https://eda.gov/arpa/build-back-better/
Existing - Increase Build to Scale To develop and support regional tech-based economic development initiatives that accelerate high quality job growth, create more economic opportunities, and support the future of the next generation of industry leading companies Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) Project eligibility specifications vary by program (Venture Challenge, Capital Challenge, and Industry Challenge). 50% match required $45,000,000 $750,000 for Venture Challenge Build $2,000,000 for Venture Challenge Scale 50 $900,000 June 13, 2022 This funding can support the public infrastructure needed to create new or enhance existing programs for clean energy, hydrogen, battery storage, or electric supply chain opportunities. Explore integrating new clean energy and EV supply chain manufacturing hubs/business parks into comprehensive economic development plans as part of your diversification strategy. Where possible, consider whether partnerships with universities, community college, and industry could be leveraged to launch an economic diversification and workforce development strategy to promote and enhance the growth of emerging clean energy industries and retain local talent. This is an opportunity to enhance supply chains, attract new energy and transportation sectors, and provide job training for out of work energy and industry professionals or those looking to transition to clean energy, electrification, and EV supply chain related industries. Unlike many EDA programs, this program does not require eligibility through regional distress criteria. Applicants should still emphasize, if possible, how such funding can be a transformative investment for their community to further technology-based economic development initiatives that accelerate high-quality job growth, create more economic opportunities, and support the future of the next generation of industry-leading companies. Public-private partnerships to accelerate entrepreneurship and company growth are also encouraged to apply. In 2020, Department of Energy partnered with EDA to provide $4 million in funding to pilot the Industry Challenge, which supports entrepreneurship and accelerate company growth within the Blue Economy for the FY20 cycle. View the FY20 Industry Challenge grantees here: https://eda.gov/oie/buildtoscale/industry/2020/ No https://eda.gov/oie/buildtoscale/
Existing - Constant Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities To provide quick, targeted technical assistance to selected communities to contribute environmental and economic sustainability, using a variety of tools that have demonstrated results and widespread application. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Community Revitalization Eligible applicants include local, county, or tribal governments, or nonprofit organizations that have the support of the local government on whose behalf they are applying. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A November 20, 2020 Consider projects and plans that can achieve decarbonization while improving community resiliency. For example, what kinds of street design can encourage walking instead of driving? How to integrate distributed energy resources (DERs) when revitalizing downtowns and existing neighborhoods? Can these deployments demonstrate the benefits of decarbonization measures and raise community awareness? Applicants need to use data to demonstrate the challenge their community faces and describe how this challenge affects low-income, minority, tribal, and/or other communities facing disproportionate environmental or health risks. The letter of interest should also describe plans for engaging traditionally underrepresented communities to ensure equitable access and meaningful engagement. EPA offers 19 tools through this program. Not every tool is offered in every round. Once EPA has used a tool in several communities, the tool will be refined to create a product that any community can use with limited outside assistance. Local governments are encouraged to navigate emerging challenges with existing tools. Past Recipients and Tools can be found here: https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/building-blocks-sustainable-communities-past-recipients-and-tools EPA provides direct assistance through a federal contract; therefore, no funds are transferred to the community. The initial application requires a two-page write-up detailing how the assistance will help the community. After that, EPA will request next step memos and notify applicants of the due. Local governments with ideas should submit their letters of interest to seize the opportunities. No https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/building-blocks-sustainable-communities
New - IIJA Building Codes Implementation for Efficiency and Resilience To enable sustained, cost-effective implementation of updated building energy codes to save customers money on their energy bills. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Eligible Uses: (A) To create or enable State or regional partnerships to provide training and material; (B) to collect and disseminate quantitative data on construction and codes implementation; (C) to develop and implement a plan for highly effective codes implementation, including measuring compliance; (D) to address various implementation needs in rural, suburban, and urban areas; and (E) to implement updates in energy codes. TBA $225,000,000 N/A TBA TBA Expected end of 2022 Municipalities can implement stricter energy codes to reduce emissions from buildings, one of the single largest contributing sectors to climate change. Codes can regulate electric/gas systems, appliances, etc. Energy codes can reduce the amount of gas burned in the home, a health hazard that disproportionately affects underserved groups. Codes can also address update baseline standards that particular impact structures in underserved communities. N/A $225,000,000 in funding available until expended. No https://www.energy.gov/bil/building-codes-implementation-efficiency-and-resilience
Existing - IIJA Increase Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) To invest in and undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks communities face from disasters and natural hazards. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Local governments/municipalities are eligible to apply as sub-applicants to states. Homeowners, business operators, and non-profit organizations cannot apply directly to FEMA but can be included in a sub-application submitted by an eligible sub applicant. Note: Applicants must have a FEMA-approved State, Local, or Tribal Hazard Mitigation Plan by the application deadline and at the time of obligation of grant funds. 25% match required, unless applicant is economically disadvantaged rural community $1,000,000,000 $50,000,000 TBA TBA January 28, 2022 BRIC is designed to advance broad, impactful, flexible, and innovative resiliency solutions that enhance the energy system and access to energy during disasters. Consider deploying battery storage to help convert community facilities into resiliency hubs and protect critical facilities with clean, backup power generation. Combining solar with battery storage can create additional local generation flexibility when grids are compromised. Electric buses are also a key vehicle for deploying resiliency solutions and backup power more flexibly. The FY2021 funding opportunity explicitly adds a new priority to enhance climate resilience and adaptation. BRIC has a priority focus of benefiting disadvantaged communities, defined as those facing conditions including, but not limited to, low income, high and/or persistent poverty, high unemployment/underemployment, racial and ethnic segregation, high housing cost burdens, distressed neighborhoods, disproportionate impacts from climate change, high energy cost burden and low energy access, jobs lost from the energy transition, and limited access to healthcare. Flexible backup power solutions (i.e. local community resiliency hubs) can be deployed to support remote, marginalized residents with limited access to more centralized facilities. State deadlines will vary for sub-applicants to be considered, typically 1-3 months prior to the FEMA deadline. Contact your State Hazard Mitigation Officer (SHMO) to learn about potential state deadline to plan accordingly: https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation/state-contacts New program that succeeds FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation funding. The 2021 BRIC Fact Sheet can be found here: https://www.fema.gov/fact-sheet/notice-funding-opportunity-fiscal-year-2021-building-resilient-infrastructure-and No https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation/building-resilient-infrastructure-communities
New - IIJA Building, Training, and Assessment Centers To establish a competitive grant program to help institutions of higher education establish building training and assessment centers to educate and train building technicians and engineers on implementing modern building technologies. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Eligible entities are state-accredited technical training centers, community colleges, Tribal Colleges or Universities, and local offices of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. TBA $10,000,000 TBA TBA TBA Expected 4th quarter 2022 Skills and knowledge gaps prevent clean energy, efficiency, electrification, and other sustainability solutions from being implemented. By addressing these gaps with specialized education centers, applicants can accelerate deployment of a skilled workforce ready for the clean energy economy. Education can target underserved communities and give people access to high-road jobs in the clean energy economy. Consider designing training programs aimed at re-training workers from fossil fuel industries, if applicable, as well to help with workforce transitions. N/A $1,000,0000 available until expended No https://www.energy.gov/bil/building-training-and-assessment-centers
Existing - Increase Bus and Bus Facilities - Section 3017 (Competitive) To make federal resources available to states and direct recipients to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities including technological changes or innovations to modify low or no emission vehicles or facilities. The competitive Bus and Bus Facilities program includes the Low or No Emission Vehicle Program. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Eligible applicants include designated recipients that allocate funds to fixed route bus operators, states or local governmental entities that operate fixed route bus service, and Indian tribes. Eligible subrecipients include all otherwise eligible applicants and also private nonprofit organizations engaged in public transportation. 20% match required, with exceptions $230,000,000 N/A ~100 $4,100,000 April 12, 2021 Decarbonization strategies may focus on investments that expand transit services in a manner that reduces single passenger vehicle miles traveled, invest in zero-emission vehicles and charging infrastructure, and holistic transportation strategies that emphasize walking, cycling, and public transit connectivity alongside electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure build-out for ride-sharing and vehicle sharing programs. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ N/A N/A No https://www.transit.dot.gov/bus-program
Existing - Increase Bus and Bus Facilities - Section 3017 (Formula) To make federal resources available to states and direct recipients to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities including technological changes or innovations to modify low or no emission vehicles or facilities. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Eligible applicants include designated recipients that allocate funds to fixed route bus operators, states or local governmental entities that operate fixed route bus service, and Indian tribes. Eligible subrecipients include all otherwise eligible applicants and also private nonprofit organizations engaged in public transportation. 20% match required, with exceptions $604,000,000 $40,590,000 125 $1,982,690 TBA FTA encourages applicants to consider significant community benefits related to the environment, including those projects that incorporate low- or no-emission technology or specific elements to address greenhouse gas emissions and climate change impacts. Decarbonization strategies may focus on investments that expand transit services in a manner that reduces single passenger vehicle miles traveled, invest in zero-emission vehicles and charging infrastructure, and holistic transportation strategies that emphasize walking, cycling, and public transit connectivity alongside electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure build-out for ride-sharing and vehicle sharing programs. FTA encourages applicants to consider projects that encourage racial equity in planning and policies, and project investments that either proactively address racial equity and barriers to opportunity, including automobile dependence as a form of barrier, or redress prior inequities and barriers to opportunity. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" document for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ N/A Program funding expires in 2024. There are three components to this program. The first is a continuation of the formula bus program established on under MAP-21. The remaining two components include the bus and bus facilities competitive program based on asset age and condition, and a low or no emissions bus deployment program. A pilot provision allows designated recipients in in urbanized areas between 200,000 and 999,999 in population to participate in voluntary state pools to allow transfers of formula funds between designated recipients during the period of the authorized legislation. No https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grants/busprogram
Existing - Constant Capital Investment Grants Program - Core Capacity Improvement Program To invest in substantial corridor improvements in areas that are at or over capacity (or will be within 10 years). This is a robust project development process not geared at maintaining a state of good repair, rather the focus is on increasing corridor capacity by 10% or more. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Eligible applicants are state and local government agencies, including transit agencies. 20% match required $2,300,000,000 N/A N/A N/A Rolling While this program will fund public transit projects generally, applicants should prioritize projects that will increase ridership, reduce the need for private vehicle use, decrease vehicle miles traveled, and be in coordination with regional transit-oriented development planning. When rail projects are not possible, communities should look to deploying extensive, well-connected bus rapid transit projects that can align with local, regional, and statewide vehicle electrification plans. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ Can be paired with FTA's State of Good Repair funding (Section 5337 SGR Formula Funds). This can fund infrastructure repairs and deferred maintenance while the Core Capacity investments can support increased capacity. To apply, submit a letter to FTA's Office of Planning and Environment. This should be a short letter that stresses project managers, staff, partners, and sponsors; amount of funding being sought and total cost, if known; committed funds to do project development; project schedule, proof that corridor is at capacity or will be in 10 years; and verification that the project will increase capacity by 10%. No https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grant-programs/capital-investments/about-program
Existing - Constant Capital Investment Grants Program - New Starts To fund major investments in new or extended fixed guideway public transit systems, including light rail, heavy rail, commuter rail, streetcar, and bus rapid transit (BRT) projects. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Eligible applicants are state and local government agencies, including transit agencies. Eligible projects are those with a total estimated project cost of $400M or more or that are seeking funding of $150M or more. 40% match required $2,300,000,000 N/A N/A N/A Rolling While this program will fund public transit projects generally, applicants should prioritize projects that will increase ridership, reduce the need for private vehicle use, decrease vehicle miles traveled, and be in coordination with regional transit-oriented development planning. When rail projects are not possible, communities should look to deploying extensive, well-connected bus rapid transit projects that can align with local, regional, and statewide vehicle electrification plans. Criteria air pollutants are often co-pollutants at greenhouse gas emitting sources, including industrial sources and freight transportation hubs. These facilities often have a disproportionate impact on environmental justice communities. N/A N/A No https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grant-programs/capital-investments/about-program
Existing - Constant Capital Investment Grants Program - Small Starts To fund major investments in new or extended fixed guideway public transit systems, including light rail, heavy rail, commuter rail, streetcar, and bus rapid transit (BRT) projects. This may include corridor-based BRT systems. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Eligible applicants are state and local government agencies, including transit agencies. Eligible projects are those with a total estimated project cost of less than $400M. 20% match required $2,300,000,000 $150,000,000 N/A N/A Rolling While this program will fund public transit projects generally, applicants should prioritize projects that will increase ridership, reduce the need for private vehicle use, decrease vehicle miles traveled, and be in coordination with regional transit-oriented development planning. When rail projects are not possible, communities should look to deploying extensive, well-connected bus rapid transit projects that can align with local, regional, and statewide vehicle electrification plans. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ N/A N/A No https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grant-programs/capital-investments/about-program
New - IIJA Carbon Capture Demonstration Projects Programs (Energy Act) To demonstrate substantial improvements in the efficiency, effectiveness, cost, and environmental performance of carbon capture technologies for power, industrial, and other commercial applications. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) Eligible applicants are broad and include: Technology Developers, Industry, Utilities, Universities, National Laboratories, Engineering and Construction firms, State and Local Governments, Tribal, Environmental Groups, and Community Based Organizations. Match required $2,537,000,000 N/A 6 $400,000,000 Expected 4th quarter 2022 Consider projects that have the highest potential for carbon reduction in the region or that can scale nationally. Maximize the carbon capture quantity and efficiency by leveraging existing public-private partnerships and federal resources. Consider prioritizing projects that are located in economically and environmentally distressed communities, maximizing the long-term benefits for residents of the region. Partner with community-based organizations and engage local community during the process of program planning, design and implementation. Of the demonstration projects, 2 shall be designed for natural gas electric generation facilities, 2 for coal electric generation facilities, and 2 for industrial facilities not purposed for electric generation. $500,000,000 are eligible for each of fiscal years 2021 through 2024; and $600,000,000 for fiscal year 2025. No https://www.energy.gov/bil/carbon-capture-demonstration-projects-program
New - IIJA Carbon Reduction Program To reduce transportation emissions via alternative fueling infrastructure, efficiency, electrification, and other planning strategies. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) Eligible projects include traffic monitoring and control facilities; public transportation projects eligible for assistance under section 142 (Public Transportation); off-road trail facilities; advanced transportation and congestion management technologies; infrastructure-based intelligent transportation systems; vehicle-to-infrastructure communications equipment; the replacement of inefficient street lighting and traffic control devices; and development of carbon reduction strategies. 20% match required $1,234,000,000 N/A N/A N/A TBA This program is specifically designed to reduce carbon emissions across a variety of sources, including alternative fuels, the purchase or lease of zero-emissions construction vehicles, port electrification, energy-efficient traffic lights and street lights, bike paths, public transit routes, and/or route shifting. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ N/A For areas of 50,000 or more, a State is required to provide obligation authority (OA). When obligation authority is provided alongside contract authority, the entity in receipt of OA is able to obligate – or spend – the funds designated for their area, versus OA remaining with the state and the state retaining control over project selection. No https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bipartisan-infrastructure-law/crp_fact_sheet.cfm
Existing - IIJA Increase Carbon Storage Validation and Testing / Large-scale Carbon Storage Commercialization Program To expand DOE's Carbon Storage program to fund development of new or expanded commercial large-scale carbon sequestration projects and associated carbon dioxide transport infrastructure, including funding for the feasibility, site characterization, permitting, and construction stages of project development. Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) Eligible projects include the development of new or expanded commercial large-scale carbon sequestration projects and associated carbon dioxide transport infrastructure, including funding for the feasibility, site characterization, permitting, and construction stages of project development. 20% match required $2,500,000,000 TBA TBA TBA Expected 2nd quarter 2022 Leveraging existing Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships and expanding resources to demonstrate and deploy safe underground storage of CO2. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ N/A $2,500,000,000 for FY22-26 No https://www.energy.gov/bil/carbon-storage-validation-and-testing
New - IIJA Carbon Utilization Program To procure and use products derived from captured carbon oxides. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management An eligible entity shall use a grant received under this paragraph to procure and use commercial or industrial products that-- (i) use or are derived from anthropogenic carbon oxides; and (ii) demonstrate significant net reductions in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions compared to incumbent technologies, processes, and products. TBA $310,140,781 TBA TBA TBA TBA Recovering and repurposing carbon reduces the amount of airborne pollution and may help to monetize these emissions reductions. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ N/A The Carbon Utilization Program already exists, primarily as a research program within the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). No https://netl.doe.gov/coal/carbon-utilization
New - IIJA Career Skills Training To pay the Federal share of associated career skills training programs under which students concurrently receive classroom instruction and on-the-job training for the purposes of obtaining an industry-related certification to install energy efficient building technologies. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Grants will be awarded to non-profit partnerships, which may include industry, workforce investment boards, community-based organizations, qualified service and conservation corps, educational institutions, small businesses, cooperatives, State and local veterans’ agencies, and veterans service organizations. 50% match required $10,000,000 N/A TBA TBA Expected 1st quarter 2023 Skills and knowledge gaps prevent clean energy solutions from being deployed. By addressing these gaps with specialized training, applicants can accelerate deployment of energy efficiency building and retrofit programs. Education and career training programs can help underserved communities and give people access to high-road jobs in the clean energy economy. Working with local and regional partner institutions and organizations can help ensure programs support underserved populations seeking employment. N/A N/A No https://www.energy.gov/bil/career-skills-training
Existing - Increase Choice Neighborhoods - Implementation Grants To support those communities that have undergone a comprehensive local planning process and are ready to implement their “Transformation Plan” to redevelop the neighborhood. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Public and Indian Housing The eligible applicant must demonstrate that the proposal targets an eligible housing project and is located in an eligible neighborhood. Eligible applicants include Public Housing Agencies (PHAs), local governments, tribal entities, and nonprofits. 5% match required $150,000,000 $50,000,000 5 $30,000,000 Fall 2022 Consider integrating community solar, building-tied solar and storage for backup power, EV charging infrastructure, nature-based heat island mitigation strategies, and other sustainable solutions that benefit the broader community. For specific housing projects, consider integrating rooftop solar, efficient and electric appliances, weatherization, demand management, and other related distributed energy resources to reduce energy costs and emissions. For community solutions, align the solutions with the priorities of the community. For housing-specific solutions, consider prioritizing the distributed energy resource solutions that have the largest reduction on occupants' energy burden. Use HUD Mapping tool to determine eligible neighborhoods: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/maps/CN/home.html N/A No https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/public_indian_housing/programs/ph/cn/fy22funding
Existing - Increase Choice Neighborhoods - Planning Grants To support the development of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans which focused on directing resources to address three core goals: Housing, People and Neighborhoods. The Transformation Plan will become the guiding document for the revitalization of the public and/or assisted housing units while simultaneously directing the transformation of the surrounding neighborhood and positive outcomes for families. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Public and Indian Housing The eligible applicant must demonstrate that the proposal targets an eligible housing project and is located in an eligible neighborhood. Eligible applicants include Public Housing Agencies (PHAs), local governments, tribal entities, and nonprofits. 5% match required $10,000,000 $500,000 20 $500,000 July 28, 2022 Consider integrating community solar, resilience hubs, building-tied solar and storage for backup power, EV charging infrastructure, nature-based heat island mitigation strategies, and other sustainable solutions that benefit the broader community. For specific housing projects, consider integrating rooftop solar, efficient electric appliances, weatherization, demand management, and other related distributed energy resources to reduce energy costs and emissions. For community solutions, align the solutions with the priorities of the community. For housing-specific solutions, consider prioritizing the distributed energy resource solutions that have the largest reduction on occupants' energy burden. Ensure that your planning grant is optimized by embracing decarbonization and resilience strategies. Effectively implemented planning grants make your community more competitive for the Choice Implementation grants. Use HUD Mapping tool to determine eligible neighborhoods: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/maps/CN/home.html N/A No https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/public_indian_housing/programs/ph/cn/fy22funding
New - IIJA Clean Energy Demonstration Program on Current and Former Mine Land To demonstrate the technical and economic viability of clean energy projects on current and former mines. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) At least 2 projects must be solar. Others projects can be solar, micro-grid, geothermal, direct air capture, fossil fuel generated electricity with carbon capture/utilization/sequestration, energy storage (including pumped storage hydropower and compressed air storage), and advanced nuclear technology. TBA $500,000,000 TBA 5 $100,000,000 Estimated application opening date in 2023. Net impact on greenhouse gas emissions is one prioritization criteria used by the DOE. This is a demonstration project seeking projects that can be deployed and scaled quickly to other mine lands while having large net impacts on reducing greenhouse gas emissions are strong candidates for this demonstration program. Job creation in economically distressed areas or in energy transition communities is one prioritization criteria. Community and worker consultation should be incorporated into any project planning, design, and implementation. "Reasonable expectation of commercial viability", as determined by the Secretary, is one of the project eligibility criteria. Prioritization criteria include: job creation, particularly in economically distressed areas and dislocated workers previously employed in manufacturing, coal power plants, or coal mining; net impact in avoiding or reducing greenhouse gas emissions; lowest levelized cost of generated or stored energy; greatest potential for technological innovation and deployment; and shortest project time from permitting to completion. MINE LAND.—The term ‘‘mine land’’ means— (A) land subject to titles IV and V of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (30 U.S.C. 1231 et seq.; 30 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.); and (B) land that has been claimed or patented subject to sections 2319 through 2344 of the Revised Statutes (commonly known as the ‘‘Mining Law of 1872’’) (30 U.S.C. 22 et seq.) No https://www.energy.gov/bil/clean-energy-demonstration-program-current-and-former-mine-land
New - IIJA Clean Hydrogen Electrolysis Program To establish an R&D, demonstration, commercialization, and deployment program to improve the efficiency, increase the durability, and reduce the cost of producing clean hydrogen using electrolyzers. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Eligible uses include (1) the demonstration of technologies that produce clean hydrogen using electrolyzers; and (2) the validation of information on the cost, efficiency, durability, and feasibility of commercial deployment. TBA $1,000,000,000 TBA TBA TBA Expected 4th quarter 2022 Hydrogen is a potential substitute for carbon-based fuels. Developing clean, effective electrolysis methods are critical for production. Municipalities and local leaders can partner to create regional hydrogen clusters, working in tandem with grant-eligible private entities. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ N/A $1,000,000,000 in funding available until expended. No https://www.energy.gov/bil/clean-hydrogen-electrolysis-program
New - IIJA Clean Hydrogen Manufacturing Recycling Research, Development, and Demonstration Program To support R&D and demonstration projects that advance new clean hydrogen production, processing, delivery, and storage; use equipment manufacturing technologies and techniques; and increase the reuse and recycling of clean hydrogen technologies. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Industry stakeholders are eligible to apply. Local governments are encouraged to partner with the private sector as sub-applicants. TBA $500,000,000 TBA TBA TBA Expected 2nd quarter 2022 Clean hydrogen is a potential substitute for carbon-based fuels. Developing effective production, storage, and recycling methods can help ensure sufficient supply of this resource. Municipalities and local leaders can partner to create regional hydrogen clusters, working in tandem with private entities. The Clean Hydrogen Manufacturing Initiative aims to support domestic supply chains for materials and components, operating in partnership with tribal energy development organizations, Indian Tribes, Tribal organizations, Native Hawaiian community-based organizations, and territories/freely associated States. Preference will be given to projects in economically distressed areas in the major natural gas-producing regions of the United States. N/A $500,000,000 in funding available until expended. No https://www.energy.gov/bil/clean-hydrogen-manufacturing-recycling
New - IIJA Clean School Bus Program To decarbonize school bus fleets by replacing existing school buses with zero-emission buses and alternative fuel-based buses. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) TBA Eligible recipients include: State, local and tribal governmental agencies that are responsible for providing school bus service to one or more public school systems; or purchase of school buses. Eligible expenses include buses, charging units, and electrical panels. Not required $5,000,000,000 $9,375,000 TBA TBA August 19, 2022 Half of the available funding is dedicated for zero-emission school buses and half is for clean school buses. These are defined as follows: a zero-emission school bus is a school bus that produces zero exhaust emission of any air pollutant and any greenhouse gas, and a clean school bus is one that reduces emissions and is operated entirely or in part using an alternative fuel or is a zero-emission bus. EPA is allowed to prioritize applications that will replace buses serving high-need local education agencies, Tribal Schools, and rural or low-income areas to further support Justice40 goals. In addition, EPA will focus education and outreach efforts on underserved communities, including partnering with stakeholders to reach communities that may have never applied for a Federal grant or rebate. For additional information on planning effectively for clean school bus fleets, see this guide here: https://www.wri.org/insights/how-states-can-transition-electric-school-buses The maximum rebate amount per bus is dependent on (1) the bus fuel type, (2) the bus size, and (3) whether the school district to be served by the buses meets one or more prioritization criteria. No https://www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus/school-bus-rebates-clean-school-bus-program#dates
Existing - IIJA Increase CO2 Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (CIFIA) Program & Future Growth Grants To provide secured loans or loan guarantee to projects (of at least $100m) involving common carrier carbon dioxide transportation infrastructure or associated equipment, including pipeline, shipping, rail, or other transportation infrastructure and associated equipment, that will transport or handle carbon dioxide captured from anthropogenic sources or ambient air. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management Loan-eligible projects must be greater than $100M. Grants must (A) attract public or private investment, (B) enable a project to proceed at an earlier date, or (C) reduce the lifecycle costs (including debt service costs) of the project. Future Growth Grants may only pay the costs of any additional flow rate capacity of a carbon dioxide transportation infrastructure asset. 20% match required for Future Growth Grants $600,000,000 Up to 100% of development phase activities; max loan of 80% of total project costs; max loan maturity of 35 years N/A N/A TBA CIFIA will help finance the development of carbon capture, utilization, and storage infrastructure to reduce CO2 emissions. Extracting CO2 directly from the atmosphere has the potential to act as an important tool to achieving a net-zero future, yet utilizing such systems can be costly. Improving technology can help to address the cost issue and further reduce the carbon emissions. DOE will enable geographical diversity in associated projects that capture carbon dioxide from anthropogenic sources or ambient air, with the goal of enabling projects in all major carbon dioxide-emitting regions of the United States. N/A N/A No
Existing - Increase Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership Program To encourage deployment of combined heat and power, waste heat to power, and efficient district energy technologies by providing education and outreach to building, industry, and utility professionals, state and local policymakers, and other individuals and organizations as relevant. Support also includes onsite assessments and engineering support in addition to general informational activities. Redesignates the Clean Energy Application Centers of DOE as the CHP Technical Assistance Program. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, research centers, and other appropriate institutions to ensure the continued operations and effectiveness of the regional CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships. Not required $12,000,000 N/A N/A N/A Rolling, funding expires 2025 Combined heat and power, also known as cogeneration, improves energy efficiency by capturing heat that is otherwise lost during the electric power generation process and uses this heat for heating and cooling services. CHP operates at higher efficiency levels than when heat and electricity are provided separately and may use both fossil and renewable fuels. Decarbonization strategies supported by this program include identifying candidates for the deployment of CHP technologies, hybrid renewable-CHP technologies, biomass CHP, microgrids, and clean energy. Education and outreach activities provided to building, industrial, and electric and natural gas utility professionals; state and local policymakers; and other individuals and organizations with an interest in efficient energy use, local or opportunity fuel use, resiliency, or energy security, microgrids, and district energy. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ Funding will continue to go through ten existing CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships. Local entities with an interest in CHP support and assessments should reach out to their regional contact: https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/chp/chp-taps N/A No https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/chp/chp-taps
Existing - Increase Community Development Block Grants To develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Community Planning and Development CDBG funds may be used for activities that include, but are not limited to: acquisition of real property, relocation and demolition, rehabilitation of residential and non-residential structures, construction of public facilities and improvements, such as water and sewer facilities, streets, neighborhood centers, and the conversion of school buildings for eligible purposes, public services, within certain limits, activities relating to energy conservation and renewable energy resources, provision of assistance to profit-motivated businesses to carry out economic development and job creation/retention activities. Not required FY22 CDBG Formula Grant Allocations by Jurisdiction: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/comm_planning/budget/fy22 Varies by city and state Allocation by formula Varies by city and state Annual Action Plans are typically due in May for next federal fiscal year CDBG funds remain one of the most versatile and well-known funding streams utilized by state and local governments. The ability to acquire, develop, rehabilitate, relocate real property assets in conjunction with eligibility to use funds for energy and renewable energy creates a vital, recurring and dependable source of public funds for physical assets. Local and state program administrators have significant opportunity to influence and guide funding towards: new construction of public facilities that with net-zero energy performance and resilience systems; development and implementation of energy efficiency programs for municipal buildings and more broadly to commercial and residential sectors; investment in clean energy projects serving municipal operations and essential community services; and workforce development and job training programs surrounding community solar and other renewable energy resources A grantee must develop and follow a detailed plan which provides for, and encourages, citizen participation and which emphasizes participation by persons of low- or moderate-income, particularly residents of predominantly low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, slum or blighted areas, and areas in which the grantee proposes to use CDBG funds. Each activity must meet one of the following national objectives for the program: benefit low- and moderate-income persons, prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or address community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community for which other funding is not available. N/A No https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/comm_planning/cdbg#:~:text=The%20Community%20Development%20Block%20Grant,%2D%20and%20moderate%2Dincome%20persons.
New Community Development Block Grants - CV Public Facilities (CDBG-CV) To help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to the direct and indirect effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic and to mitigate future risk. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Community Planning and Development Projects must meet the eligible CDBG activities, CDBG national objectives, and COVID-19 relevance. The term "public facilities" is broadly interpreted under CDBG to include publicly accessible facilities that are owned by public entities or nonprofit organizations such as libraries, community centers, and places where people receive services. Not required Contact your CDBG field representative to understand local administration and availability of funding Varies by state and locality Varies by state and locality N/A N/A Facility energy resiliency is key, and ensuring that power systems can effectively filter air, provide heating, cooling, and lighting, and support medical assistance is essential for effective resiliency. For example, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas and other states faced numerous power outages due to Winter Storm Uri. A lack of reliable electricity, gas, and water forced many residents to congregate more closely to support each other, which limited their ability to effectively social distance. The same would be true for future heat waves and cold spells. CDBG national objectives stress that funding must benefit low- and moderate-income persons, meet community development needs having a particular urgency (urgent need), and aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight. Ensuring that community resiliency hubs are sited in areas that best serve the most vulnerable neighborhoods will be critical, and robust community engagement can help in that planning. Regardless of the national objective met, at least 70% of a grantee’s CDBG-CV funds must be spent on activities that meet the CDBG national objective of benefitting low- and moderate-income people. The proposed project must be designed to prevent, prepare for, or respond to the coronavirus. Grantees must document this relationship, often referred to as the "tieback," by documenting a logical relationship between the benefits of the assisted activity and the effects of the coronavirus. This tieback may relate to the current pandemic and may also relate to mitigating potential future coronavirus pandemic impacts. Applicants should ensure that they are making an effective connection between their facilities' energy resiliency and risk mitigation for COVID-19 or other pandemics and should discuss any questions with their CDBG program contact. The public facilities activity category is generally intended to address the physical costs of improving the facility rather than provide support for operating costs or services that may be provided within the facility. No https://www.hudexchange.info/resource/6324/cdbg-cv-public-facilities-quick-guide/
Existing - Increase Community Development Block Grants - Disaster Recovery To help cities, counties, and states recover from Presidentially-declared disasters. The grants focus on low-income areas, subject to availability of supplemental appropriations. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Community Planning and Development Funds are awarded to state and local governments that become grantees. Those who receive grant money include state agencies, non-profit organizations, economic development agencies, citizens, and businesses. Eligible use of funds can be found here: https://files.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/CDBG-DR-Policy-Guide.pdf Not required Depends on Stafford Act funding Varies by city and state Varies by city and state Varies by city and state As released by Congress enacting the Stafford Act after Federally Declared Disaster. States and local governments have encountered tragic circumstances and the road to recovery is long. Given those circumstances, this adaptive funding resource arrives after the wave of initial FEMA and inter-agency "response" support and provides a longer-term, strategic set of funds for spurring physical investments that prioritize the safety and economic well-being of those most vulnerable in a community. Eligible activities for CDBG-DR can be used for both resilience, recovery and decarbonization of the building, transportation, and power service sectors through infrastructure investments. For example, deploying renewable energy and incorporating energy storage into community facilities and public institutions are suitable measures to maintain reliability. Also, consider establishing local loan loss reserves (possibly in partnership with a local Community Development Financial Institution) to support financing programs for solar energy that are accessible to members of marginalized communities Developing the required Action Plan is a critical step in unlocking CDBG-DR funds for a local government or other qualified recipient (county/state), both procedural and distributional equity emphasis can be and should be employed as stakeholder input is gathered and integrated into the development of the plan and the future use of the CDBG-DR funds within a community. As set forth in HUD guidance, this process encourages local governments and other eligible entities to be proactive and inclusive in implementation. Per HUD's CDBG-DR Guidance, citizen participation is both encouraged and required throughout the CDBG-DR grant process. Each grantee’s Action Plan must include a Citizen Participation Plan which describes how the public will be informed and engaged throughout the grant’s lifecycle. For additional information on planning with equity in mind, check out HUD CDBG-DR's guidance: https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/cdbg-dr/resources/#equity-in-disaster-planning-and-recovery For additional guidance, see HUD's policy guidance and fact sheet for CDBG-DR: https://files.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/CDBG-DR-Policy-Guide.pdf https://files.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/CDBG-DR-Fact-Sheet.pdf To determine eligibility for federal disaster declaration funding, please check FEMA's website at https://www.fema.gov/disasters/disaster-declarations. Yes https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/cdbg-dr/
Existing - Constant Community Facilities Program To develop community facilities that provide essential services to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area. Funds can be used to purchase, construct, and/or improve essential community facilities, buy equipment, or pay necessary project costs. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Eligible entities limited to rural areas including cities, villages, townships, and towns including Federally Recognized Tribal Lands with no more than 20,000 residents according to the latest U.S. Census Data are eligible for this program. 25%-85% match required, depending on population and the median household income of the proposed rural community Unknown N/A N/A N/A Rolling Funding is intended to construct or renovate existing community facilities. Consider focusing on fundamental improvements to the energy efficiency and electrification of existing buildings, including weatherization of support facilities like community centers, schools, libraries, prisons, or transitional housing. Upgrading community facilities with solar plus battery storage can convert such facilities into community resiliency hubs that serve as emergency power centers and cooling centers. Community centers, libraries, schools, town halls, courthouses, and small airports could all serve in this capacity for emergencies. Similarly, consider using this funding to support resiliency through battery storage (as opposed to generators) for public safety operations and other critical facilities. This funding directly helps rural communities that are removed from broader infrastructure systems. Enhancing community facilities to serve multiple purposes, including resiliency, is key as rural communities have less direct access to broader community health and safety services when disasters occur. N/A A list of prior grantees can be found here for 2020 and 2021: https://www.communitydevelopmentgrants.info/GrantDetails.aspx?gid=14925. No https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/community-facilities-direct-loan-grant-program
New Community Project Funding (CPF) To support a broad array of projects for infrastructure and community development. United States Congress U.S. House of Representatives Members of Congress will be allowed to submit 15 qualified, local projects to the Appropriations Committee for consideration of targeted federal funds. Members must provide evidence of community support for the projects, as well as compelling evidence that demonstrates a true need. N/A $7.5 billion for FY22; total funding for both Houses of Congress is limited to no more than 1% of discretionary spending N/A Over 4,000 (including Congressionally Directed Spending) N/A April 30, 2022 Consider tangible, community-supported projects that can substantially advance local climate action plans, such as a new transit hub, public transit system enhancement or extension, or major retrofit and electrification of public schools, public housing, or other community facilities. If resiliency and climate adaptation are of particular necessity, funding could be used to transform a stadium or convention center into a community resiliency hub. Learn more at: https://rmi.org/need-help-advancing-local-climate-action/ The broad flexibility of this funding could be transformative for communities that seek to overcome outdated transportation systems and building stocks, both of which present health and equity concerns. Many households struggle from America's historically car-centric development, where new or enhanced public transit could support non-White or lower income households, which are less likely to own a car, are more likely to commute via public transit, and are more likely to live in denser areas that suffer from greater vehicle pollutants. Communities also suffer from inefficient affordable housing options, where over 31 million households suffer from severe energy burdens. Energy burden rates are 43% higher for Black households than for non-Hispanic White households. Funding will be prioritized for projects that are shovel-ready and planning projects are eligible as well. In this first round of funding, projects were prioritized based on clear demonstrations of community support and compelling need. Coordinate early with your community's congressional delegation to ensure projects are aligned with delegation priorities and community needs. Each project must be for the current fiscal year only and cannot include multiyear funding. Note: Some representatives have abstained from participating in this request process. Check with your representative to confirm their participation and process. The structure is similar to what was previously known as "earmarks," which were discontinued in 2009. As this is new and subject to congressional direction, rules, requirements, and process may evolve each year. Funded projects can be found here: https://appropriations.house.gov/transparency No https://appropriations.house.gov/sites/democrats.appropriations.house.gov/files/Ag%20Request%20Guidance.pdf
Existing - Increase Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) To support most low-carbon transportation modes including public transit, active transportation, electrification, and port and freight pollution mitigation. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) Proposed projects or programs must have a high level of effectiveness in reducing air pollution and be included in the metropolitan planning organization’s (MPO’s) current transportation plan and transportation improvement program (TIP) or the current state transportation improvement program (STIP) in areas without an MPO. Not required $2,536,000,000 Unknown Unknown Unknown Rolling CMAQ supports two important US DOT goals: improving air quality and relieving congestion. Since some congestion relief projects also reduce idling, the negative emissions impacts of "stop and go" driving, and the number of vehicles on the road, they also improve air quality. Based on their emissions reductions, these types of projects are eligible for CMAQ funding. Applicants should consider projects that reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT), encourage multi-modal transportation options, and encourage lower-emitting vehicles. The 2021 IIJA expands eligibility to shared micro-mobility (bikeshares, shared scooter systems, etc.) and heavy- or medium-duty Zero Emission Vehicles. In order to effectively and equitably reduce vehicles on the road, understand which communities lack reasonable and convenient access to transit and multi-modal options. This could include additional collaboration with frontline communities and other stakeholders to address both procedural and distributional equity concerns. The funding flows through state transportation agencies to local governments. Local governments and non-state partners should ensure that state agencies understand local and regional needs. N/A No https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bipartisan-infrastructure-law/cmaq.cfm
New Congressionally Directed Spending To support a broad array of projects for infrastructure and community development. United States Congress U.S. Senate Senators can submit an unlimited number of qualified, local projects to the Appropriations Committee for consideration of targeted federal funds. Members must submit their requests in writing and have no financial stake in awarded projects. N/A $7.5 billion for FY22; total funding for both Houses of Congress is limited to no more than 1% of discretionary spending N/A Over 4,000 (including Community Project Funding) N/A April 30, 2022 Consider tangible, community-supported projects that can substantially advance local climate action plans, such as a new transit hub, public transit system enhancement or extension, or major retrofit and electrification of public schools, public housing, or other community facilities. If resiliency and climate adaptation are of particular necessity, funding could be used to transform a stadium or convention center into a community resiliency hub. Learn more at: https://rmi.org/need-help-advancing-local-climate-action/ The broad flexibility of this funding could be transformative for communities that seek to overcome outdated transportation systems and building stocks, both of which present health and equity concerns. Many households struggle from America's historically car-centric development, where new or enhanced public transit could support non-White or lower income households, which are less likely to own a car, are more likely to commute via public transit, and are more likely to live in denser areas that suffer from greater vehicle pollutants. Communities also suffer from inefficient affordable housing options, where over 31 million households suffer from severe energy burdens. Energy burden rates are 43% higher for Black households than for non-Hispanic White households. Funding will be prioritized for projects that are shovel-ready and planning projects are eligible as well. In this first round of funding, projects were prioritized based on clear demonstrations of community support and compelling need. Coordinate early with your community's congressional delegation to ensure projects are aligned with delegation priorities and community needs. Each project must be for the current fiscal year only and cannot include multiyear funding. Note: Some representatives have abstained from participating in this request process. Check with your representative to confirm their participation and process. This is the first year this congressional program has existed. The structure is similar to what was previously known as "earmarks," which were discontinued in 2009. As this is new and subject to congressional direction, rules, requirements, and process may evolve each year. No https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/congressionally-directed-spending-requests
Existing - Constant Connected Communities To expand DOE’s network of grid-interactive efficient building communities nationwide and demonstrate the ability of groups of buildings and distributed energy resources (DERs) to provide cost effective grid services through demand flexibility and efficiency that maximize use of renewable resources and reduce emissions, while maintaining (if not enhancing) occupant satisfaction and productivity. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Building Technologies Office (BTO), and Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) Municipal and tribal entities are eligible prime recipients. Other organizations, including for-profit entities, non-profits, and educational entities, are eligible as both prime recipients and subrecipients. 30% match required $65,000,000 $7,000,000 10 $6,500,000 March 17, 2021 The Connected Communities funding program selects projects that will demonstrate how groups of buildings combined with other types of distributed energy resources (DERs), such as electric vehicle (EV) charging and photovoltaic (PV) generation, can reliably and cost‐effectively serve as grid assets by strategically deploying efficiency and demand flexibility. Considerations for projects include transforming multi-family buildings in affordable housing developments into grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs) to optimize buildings and distributed energy resources to maintain the comfort of the building occupants, lower utility bills, and reduce grid system costs. Projects focusing on historically underserved neighborhoods to reduce their energy burden and increase community resiliency are encouraged.. Find the full funding opportunity on the EERE Exchange website: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Default.aspx#FoaId9d24afcd-e292-4ea2-a4d3-d36e2b9dd9c7 To learn more about "Connected Communities"-related research, see this resource here: https://connectedcommunities.lbl.gov/ The announcement of funded projects for 2021 can be found here: https://www.energy.gov/articles/doe-invests-61-million-smart-buildings-accelerate-renewable-energy-adoption-and-grid No https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/funding-opportunity-announcement-connected-communities
Existing - Increase Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program To fund projects that improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of intercity passenger and freight rail. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) In general, eligible projects include (1) Deployment of railroad safety technology; (2) Capital projects for intercity passenger rail service; (3) Capital projects that reduce congestion and facilitate ridership; (4) Capital projects that improve short-line or regional railroad infrastructure; (5) Highway-rail grade crossing improvements; (6) Rail line relocation and improvement projects; (7) Regional rail and corridor service development plans and environmental analyses; (8) Enhancement of multimodal connections; (9) Development and implementation of a safety program or institute; (10) Research to advance rail related capital, operations, or safety improvements; and (11) Workforce development and training activities. 20% match required $359,737,500 N/A N/A N/A November 29, 2021 Consistent with Biden-Harris Administration priorities, DOT seeks to fund projects that address climate change impacts and environmental justice. Projects should include components that reduce emissions, promote energy efficiency, increase resiliency, and recycle or redevelop existing infrastructure. DOT encourages applications that would direct resources and benefits towards low-income communities, disadvantaged communities, or communities underserved by affordable transportation. Projects should include components that improve or expand transportation options, and mitigate the safety risks and detrimental quality of life effects that rail lines can have on communities, particularly low-income areas and communities of color. Consistent with the Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (R.O.U.T.E.S.) initiative, DOT seeks rural projects that address deteriorating conditions and disproportionately high fatality rates on rural transportation infrastructure. Accordingly, 25% of funds are available only for rural communities. N/A N/A No https://railroads.dot.gov/grants-loans/competitive-discretionary-grant-programs/consolidated-rail-infrastructure-and-safety-2
New Cooperative Agreement to Facilitate Coordination Between DOE-NE and Energy Communities, Vital Constituencies, and Educational Groups To seek partners that can help NE advance its primary missions of maintaining the current nuclear fleet, developing and deploying advanced nuclear reactor technologies, and tackling spent nuclear fuel storage. These partners will, with an emphasis on environmental justice, work with local energy communities, educational entities, and other constituencies to find opportunities to accomplish the shared mission of utilizing nuclear energy to advance national and international energy, environmental, and economic needs. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) Broad eligibility Not required $480,000 in FY22 $1,600,000 total N/A 2-11 total Program A (Constituency & Community Engagement): $360,000-$600,000 over 2 years Program B (Education Programs): $120,000-$200,000 over 2 years Letter of Intent due June 29, 2022 Application due July 18, 2022 NE aims "to advance nuclear power as a resource capable of contributing toward the nation’s energy supply, environmental, and national security needs." While sometimes contentious, nuclear enegy is a carbon-free method of generating electricity. This program is governed by the J40 Executive Order. NE will "work with partners to reach out to underserved communities that could benefit from nuclear energy projects ensuring that the growth clean energy projects produce is equitably delivered." Program A authorizes applicants to foster engagement [with disadvantaged] energy communities. Program B authorizes applicants to (1) develop policy to support just and equitable deployment of nuclear technology and the siting of spent fuel; (2) synthesize and communicate research allowing communities to better understand and deploy nuclear technologies; and (3) engage with underserved communities to promote an equitable distribution of opportunities in nuclear energy. Applcants will be judged based on Technical and Management Capabilities (50%) and Quality of Proposal (50%). It may be desirable (1) to award a group of organizations which represents a diversity of technical approaches, methods, Applications, and/or market segments; (2) to support complementary and/or duplicative efforts or projects; (3) that different kinds and sizes of organizations be selected for Award in order to provide a balanced programmatic effort and a variety of different technical perspectives; and (4) to award a group of projects with a broad or specific geographic distribution. Awards under this agreement take the form of "cooperative agreements" between DE and constituent groups. No https://govtribe.com/opportunity/federal-grant-opportunity/cooperative-agreement-to-facilitate-coordination-between-doe-ne-and-energy-communities-vital-constituencies-and-educational-groups-defoa0002719
New Coordination of Energy Retrofitting Assistance for Schools (Energy Act) To review federal opportunities and programs for schools and provide streamlined communication and technical assistance for states, local education agencies, local governments and non-profits on developing and financing renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy retrofits. Will include development of a single resource website. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Eligible entities include tribal schools and universities, a postsecondary vocational institution, higher education schools, and schools operated by the Bureau of Indian Education. Not required N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A No new funding opportunities will be available for schools immediately. However, increased federal support for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy retrofit projects at schools is a long-term goal of the coordination effort. Decarbonization strategies at this time may include project planning for future funding opportunities and technical assistance for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy retrofit projects at schools. Consider prioritizing schools and educational institutions that serve disadvantaged students, as appropriate. This may include criteria based on local indoor and outdoor air quality, percentage of students receiving free or reduced lunch, schools in areas with high rates of childhood asthma and other health metrics, and other criteria as appropriate. Long-term goals include more effective use of federal opportunities, partnerships with state and local entities to support the initiation of projects, and technical assistance for States, local educational agencies, and schools to help develop and finance energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy retrofitting projects. This effort is intended to increase the accessibility of existing federal programs for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy retrofitting projects for schools. It will not result in new funding opportunities for schools immediately, but aims to increase coordination, education, and outreach from existing federal programs for schools from the USDA, DOE, Treasury, the IRS, the EPA, and other appropriate federal entities. No https://www.energy.senate.gov/services/files/32B4E9F4-F13A-44F6-A0CA-E10B3392D47A
New Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (American Rescue Plan Act) To provide flexible funds for coronavirus response and for following general purposes: 1. Replacing lost public sector revenue 2. Responding to the far-reaching public health and negative economic impacts of the pandemic 3. Premium pay to essential workers 4. Investments in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure. Department of Treasury Assistance for State, Local, and Tribal Governments Eligible entities include metropolitan cities, counties, non-entitlement units of local government. This includes a carve-out for rural communities. Non-entitlement units (typically population less than 50,000) will receive funding through state government. Not required $130,200,000,000 N/A See helpful tips section for specific links to city and county funding allocations. N/A Eligible state, territorial, metropolitan city, county, and Tribal governments may request their allocation of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds through the Treasury Submission Portal. Local governments designated as non-entitlement units will receive this funding from their applicable state government. Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds are intended to be flexible direct aid to states and local entities to address the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19. Decarbonization is not a stated goal of these funds, but recipients have a large degree of flexibility in fund use within some general parameters (see "Other Notes"). Policymakers looking to use these funds for decarbonization should identify whether there are sustainability programs or projects that have been impacted by the negative economic consequences of COVID-19 (e.g. lost public sector revenue or labor shortages). Decarbonization options with these funds may include: 1. Clean energy and climate projects that have been impacted by lost tax revenue. 2. Job training and workforce development in renewable energy and energy efficiency as part of a broader economic support packages for impacted workers. 3. Energy improvement measures as a part of water and sewer infrastructure upgrades. A broad range of health, housing, educational, and social services are allowed for at-risk and hardest-hit communities. These communities are defined as those within a Qualified Census Tract (QCT) as designated by HUD, Tribal governments, and other populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. When designing programs to address negative economic consequences and impacted workers, consider job training and workforce development in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Note that this funding cannot be used with other funding programs that have federal support. For funding by city, county, and non-entitlement community, see the respective links below: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/fiscalrecoveryfunds-metrocitiesfunding1-508A.pdf https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/fiscalrecoveryfunds_countyfunding_2021.05.10-1a-508A.pdf https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/fiscalrecoveryfunds-nonentitlementfunding1-508A.pdf Ineligible uses include to offset tax cuts and payments for pensions, debt service, legal settlements, or rainy-day funds. General infrastructure spending outside of water, sewer, broadband or to replace lost tax revenue is disallowed. Further information on eligible uses may be found in the Treasury Interim Final Guidance. No https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/coronavirus/assistance-for-state-local-and-tribal-governments/state-and-local-fiscal-recovery-funds
New Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund (American Rescue Plan Act) To provide flexible funds for coronavirus response and for following general purposes: 1. Replacing lost public sector revenue 2. Responding to the far-reaching public health and negative economic impacts of the pandemic 3. Premium pay to essential workers 4. Investments in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure. Department of Treasury Assistance for State, Local, and Tribal Governments Eligible entities include states, tribal governments, and territories. States that have experienced an unemployment increase of at least 2% relative to Feb. 2020 will receive all funds at this time. Other states will receive funds in two tranches, 50% in May 2021 and 50% in May 2022. Tribal governments will receive funds in two payments, in May and June 2021. Not required $219,800,000,000 N/A Allocation for States N/A No application required, first dispersal of funds occurred May 2021 to states Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds are intended to be flexible direct aid to states and local entities to address the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19. Decarbonization is not a stated goal of these funds, but recipients have a large degree of flexibility in fund use within some general parameters (see "Other Notes"). Policymakers looking to use these funds for decarbonization should identify whether there are sustainability programs or projects that have been impacted by the negative economic consequences of COVID-19 (e.g. lost public sector revenue or labor shortages). Decarbonization options with these funds may include: 1. Clean energy and climate projects that have been impacted by lost tax revenue. 2. Job training and workforce development in renewable energy and energy efficiency as part of a broader economic support packages for impacted workers. 3. Energy improvement measures as a part of water and sewer infrastructure upgrades. A broad range of health, housing, educational, and social services are allowed for at-risk and hardest-hit communities. These communities are defined as those within a Qualified Census Tract (QCT) as designated by HUD, Tribal governments, and other populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. When designing programs to address negative economic consequences and impacted workers, consider job training and workforce development in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Note that this funding cannot be used with other funding programs that have federal support. Ineligible uses include to offset tax cuts and payments for pensions, debt service, legal settlements, or rainy-day funds. General infrastructure spending outside of water, sewer, broadband or to replace lost tax revenue is disallowed. Further information on eligible uses may be found in the Treasury Interim Final Guidance. No https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/coronavirus/assistance-for-state-local-and-tribal-governments/state-and-local-fiscal-recovery-funds
New Corps Water Infrastructure Financing Program To support large projects to mitigate flood and/or storm damage, restore environments and aquatic ecosystems, or improve coastal/inland harbor or waterway navigation systems. Note: FY2021 funding is limited to dam safety projects in the National Inventory of Dams owned by non-federal entities. United States Army United States Army Corps of Engineers Key program eligibility will focus on non-Federally-authorized projects and must fall under one of the three WIFIA authorization categories. For more information, see here: https://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Infrastructure/Revolutionize/CWIFP/cwif_prog_eligibility/ 51% match required Up to $950 million in loans N/A N/A N/A TBA Projects which finance the purchase and installation of necessary equipment, materials, and supplies for demonstration of emerging technologies in energy storage or microgrid assistance which will aid reliability. The WIFIA statute authorizes USACE to use up to 25% of its budget authority to provide credit assistance to one or more projects of up to no more than 80% (statutory cap on Federal participation) of the total costs of any given project. USACE will generally use its authority to provide credit assistance for greater than 49% of eligible project costs to projects serving economically-disadvantaged communities that would otherwise not be able to obtain CWIFP credit assistance. This is a federal loan program. Full FAQ : https://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Infrastructure/Revolutionize/CWIFP/cwif_faq/ One pager: https://usace.contentdm.oclc.org/utils/getfile/collection/p16021coll11/id/5013 The Fiscal 2021 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act limits the type of eligible projects to safety projects to maintain, upgrade and repair dams identified in the National Inventory of Dams owned by non-federal entities. While the authorization for the program is broader, current funding is limited to these projects identified in the appropriations act. For the latest information, see the link below: https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/IN/IN11577 No https://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Infrastructure/Revolutionize/CWIFP/cwif_prog_eligibility/
Existing - IIJA Increase Deployment of Technologies to Enhance Grid Flexibility (Smart Grid Investment Grant Program) To fund grid investments that provide flexibility and help quickly rebalance the electrical system, facilitate the aggregation or integration of distributed energy resources, provide energy storage, provide voltage support, and anticipate and mitigate impacts of extreme weather events or natural disasters on grid resilience. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Electricity Eligible applicants include electric utilities, such as investor-owned utilities, municipality-owned utilities; Load serving entities, or load distribution companies, which provide electricity distribution services; Retail distributors or marketers of electricity which sell electricity to consumers; System operators which coordinate, control, and monitor the operation of the electrical power transmission systems within a single state or region; and Manufacturers of appliances and equipment to enable smart grid functionalities. Projects must promote the goal of deployment, including development of component technologies. New program, more information forthcoming. $600,000,000 TBA TBA TBA Expected end of 2022 This program helps to implement the necessary upgrades to the electric grid enabling it to work more efficiently and be more resilient, as well as making it capable to effectively integrate renewable and energy efficient technologies and demand management practices. Applicants should partner with utilities to identify local and regional needs. Applicants should consider partnering with utilities to train a next-generation smart grid workforce. N/A Original program details can be found here: https://www.smartgrid.gov/recovery_act/overview/smart_grid_investment_grant_program.html. IIJA-specific updates are forthcoming. No https://www.energy.gov/bil/deployment-technologies-enhance-grid-flexibility
Existing - Increase Diesel Emissions Reduction Act -Tribal and Insular Areas Grants To achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Eligible entities include tribal governments (or intertribal consortia) and Alaska Native villages, and insular area government agencies, which have jurisdiction over transportation or air quality. Insular areas include the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Not required $5,000,000 $800,000 14 $357,143 July 9, 2021 Consider replacing eligible vehicles to electric engines. These include: school buses; Class 5 – Class 8 heavy-duty highway vehicles; Locomotive engines; marine engines; non-road engines, equipment or vehicles used in construction, handling of cargo (including at ports or airports), agriculture, mining or energy production (including stationary generators and pumps). Consider prioritizing bus fleet electrification that serve disadvantaged communities who historically breathe disproportionately less healthy air. Eligible vehicles for replacement must be fully operational; the participating fleet owner must have owned and operated the vehicle during the 2 years prior to upgrade; the existing vehicle must have at least 3 years of remaining life at the time of upgrade (remaining life is the fleet owner’s estimate of the number of years until the unit would have been retired from service if the unit were not being upgraded or scrapped because of the grant funding); highway usage must have reached 7,000 miles/year during 2 years prior to upgrade; school buses may use mileage from 2019 (due to COVID limitations/restrictions). N/A No https://www.epa.gov/dera/tribal
Existing - Increase Diesel Emissions Reduction Act National Grants To achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Eligible applicants include 1) regional, state, local or tribal agencies/consortia or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality, and 2) nonprofit organizations or institutions that represent or provide pollution reduction or educational services to persons or organizations that own or operate diesel fleets. 55% match required for vehicle or equipment replacement with zero-tailpipe emissions $46,000,000 $4,000,000 80 $575,000 March 16, 2021 Consider replacing eligible vehicles to electric engines. These include: school buses; Class 5 – Class 8 heavy-duty highway vehicles; Locomotive engines; marine engines; non-road engines, equipment or vehicles used in construction, handling of cargo (including at ports or airports), agriculture, mining or energy production (including stationary generators and pumps). Consider prioritizing bus fleet electrification that serve disadvantaged communities who historically breathe disproportionately less healthy air and other vehicles that regularly service communities (garbage, recycling, transit, etc.). Eligible vehicles for replacement must be fully operational; the participating fleet owner must have owned and operated the vehicle during the 2 years prior to upgrade; the existing vehicle must have at least 3 years of remaining life at the time of upgrade (remaining life is the fleet owner’s estimate of the number of years until the unit would have been retired from service if the unit were not being upgraded or scrapped because of the grant funding); highway usage must have reached 7,000 miles/year during 2 years prior to upgrade; school buses may use mileage from 2019 (due to COVID limitations/restrictions). N/A No https://www.epa.gov/dera/national
New - IIJA Direct Air Capture Technologies Prize Competitions (Energy Act) To fund both pre-commercial and commercial Direct Air Capture (DAC) applications. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management Eligible projects are those that demonstrate the technical and commercial viability of technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions released from coal electric generation facilities and natural gas electric generation facilities for commercial deployment. TBA $115,000,000 TBA TBA TBA TBA Extracting CO2 directly from the atmosphere has the potential to act as an important tool to achieving a net-zero future, yet utilizing such systems can be costly. Improving technology can help to address the cost issue and further reduce the carbon emissions. Consider prioritizing projects that are located in economically and environmentally distressed communities, and maximizing the long-term benefits for residents of the region. N/A $115,000,000 for FY 22-25, including $100,000,000 for DAC commercial prize and $15,000,000 for DAC pre-commercial prize. Eligible facilities may be awarded up to $180 per ton of CO2 captured and stored. No
Existing - Constant Disaster Recovery Supplemental Funding To help communities and regions devise and implement long-term economic recovery strategies through a variety of non-construction and construction projects. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) Projects must be in areas where a Presidential declaration of a major disaster was issued under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act as a result of natural disasters occurring in the calendar year 2018, and tornadoes and floods occurring in the calendar year 2019. Minimum match of 20%, varying based on level of economic distress $587,000,000 N/A N/A N/A Rolling Projects must address local and/or regional economic development needs and priorities. When aligning decarbonization strategies with economic development needs, consider planning to rebuild/enhance public transit system resiliency and access to major commercial centers and emerging economic hubs; providing weatherization and energy storage solutions to enhance the resiliency of grocery stores, shops, and other businesses to reduce interruptions to business operations; and adapting large commercial areas (i.e. shopping malls) into resiliency hubs/shelters with on-site solar and energy storage. EDA also funds strategic planning grants to develop, update, or refine a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) to alleviate long-term economic deterioration or other economic disruptions. This is an opportunity for communities to update how energy and transportation systems are supporting the goods, services, and jobs of the region. Communities in transition due to closing industries, major technological changes, or repeated disasters can use this funding to reduce burdens on historically marginalized communities especially. Focusing clean energy solutions like solar plus storage on localized grocery stores and other shops can help support businesses and residents during future disasters. EDA encourages the submission of applications based on long-term, regionally oriented, coordinated and collaborative economic development or redevelopment strategies that foster economic growth and resilience. EDA will regard applications that are substantively supported by such strategies as more competitive, while applications for rebuilding damaged infrastructure that are not demonstrably supported by or otherwise related to a long-term plan for economic growth and resilience will not be considered competitive. Reaching out to EDA regional contacts can help ensure that your project is eligible for funding and in line with EDA regional priorities. To determine eligibility for federal disaster declaration funding, please check FEMA's website at https://www.fema.gov/disasters/disaster-declarations. Yes https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=eda%20disaster%20supplemental
Existing - Increase Disaster Relief Fund (American Rescue Plan Act) To carry out the purposes of the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) for costs associated with major disaster declarations. Through the DRF, FEMA can fund authorized federal disaster support activities as well as eligible state, territorial, tribal, and local actions such as providing emergency protection and debris removal. The DRF also funds: 1. The repair and restoration of qualifying disaster-damaged public infrastructure 2. Hazard mitigation initiatives 3. Financial assistance to eligible disaster survivors 4. Fire Management Assistance Grants for qualifying large forest or grassland wildfires Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Eligibility is determined by a federal disaster declaration. Cost share determined by major disaster declaration, typically 75%, although that has changed to 100% for COVID-19 related disasters $50,000,000,000 N/A N/A N/A Rolling A broad range of disaster recovery and climate resilience projects may be considered in Disaster Recovery Funds. Consider projects that build long-term resiliency and climate adaptation while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and/or sequestering carbon. This may include natural infrastructure and ecosystem restoration in flood-prone areas; renewable energy and energy storage investments that may be used for critical infrastructure during a disaster; and wildfire hazard mitigation activities. Consider prioritizing equity throughout the disaster recovery process, including planning and investments in at-risk communities. Deadlines are determined by the disaster. Eligible entities should contact their local FEMA contacts to understand what limitations or time constraints exist for eligible funding. The Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) is an appropriation against which FEMA can direct, coordinate, manage, and fund eligible response and recovery efforts associated with domestic major disasters and emergencies that overwhelm State resources pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. To determine eligibility for federal disaster declaration funding, please check FEMA's website at https://www.fema.gov/disasters/disaster-declarations. Yes https://www.fema.gov/about/reports-and-data/disaster-relief-fund-monthly-reports
New - IIJA Discretionary Grant Program for Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (Community Charging) As part of the Electric Vehicle Charging and Refueling Infrastructure Program at least 50% of this funding must be used for a community grant program "Community Charging" where priority is given to projects that expand access to EV charging and alternative fueling infrastructure within rural areas, low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, and communities with a low ratio of private parking spaces. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) Eligible applicants include state or political subdivision of a State, Metropolitan Planning Organization, Local government, Special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function, Indian Tribe, Territory. TBA $1,250,000,000 TBA TBA TBA TBA Community grants are focused on the installation of electric vehicle charging and alternative fuel in locations on public roads, schools, parks, and in publicly accessible parking facilities. Funding is prioritized for rural areas, low-and moderate-income neighborhoods, and communities with low ratios of private parking, or high ratios of multiunit dwellings. N/A N/A No https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2021-25868/p-15
New - IIJA Discretionary Grant Program for Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (Corridor Charging) To strategically deploy publicly accessible electric vehicle charging infrastructure and other alternative fueling infrastructure along designated alternative fuel corridors. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) Eligible applicants include state or political subdivision of a State, Metropolitan Planning Organization, Local government, Special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function, Indian Tribe, Territory. TBA $1,250,000,000 TBA TBA TBA TBA Eligible projects under Corridor Charging component of the program umbrella specifically call out fossil-based technologies. Additional FHA guidance and clarification may be useful in understanding if competitive funds will prioritize the deployment of publicly accessible EV charging infrastructure and hydrogen over alternatives like propane and natural gas for fueling infrastructure in designated alternative fuel corridors. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ N/A N/A No https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2021-25868/p-15
New Drivers and Environmental Impacts of Energy Transitions in Underserved Communities To engage in community-driven research that will address the drivers and environmental impacts of energy transitions in underserved communities. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) N/A Nonprofit institutions/organizations, public and private institutions of higher education, and hospitals located in the U.S. and its territories or possessions; state and local governments; Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments; and U.S. territories or possessions are eligible to apply. Not required $10,000,000 $1,125,000 6 N/A April 28, 2022 The program seeks to address the following research areas: 1) Understanding how air quality, the environment, and public health in underserved communities might be improved through the transformations of the energy sector; 2) approaches or strategies to ensure that energy transitions provide air quality benefits and reduce environmental risks while meeting the energy and mobility needs of underserved communities; 3) Understanding how socioeconomic, cultural, behavioral, institutional, and systems factors drive individual and household decisions and impact decision-making regarding the adoption of renewable energy sources, energy-efficient technologies and building modifications, and new transportation modes in underserved communities;and 4) Identifying and evaluating potential multi-pollutant and/or multi-sectoral approaches to achieve climate, air quality, and other environmental goal. For purposes of this competition and the evaluation of applications, “underserved communities” refers to populations sharing a particular characteristic, as well as geographic communities, that have been systematically denied a full opportunity to participate in aspects of economic, social, and civic life, including people of color, low income, rural, tribal, indigenous, and other populations that may be disproportionately impacted by environmental harms and risks. N/A In addition to regular awards, this solicitation includes the opportunity for early career awards. The purpose of the early career award is to fund research projects smaller in scope and budget by early career PIs. No https://www.epa.gov/research-grants/drivers-and-environmental-impacts-energy-transitions-underserved-communities
New Economic Adjustment Assistance (American Recue Plan) To plan, build, innovate, and put people back to work through construction or non-construction projects designed to meet local needs. This flexible program supports a wide range of technical, planning, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and public works and infrastructure projects. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) States, local governments (including cities, townships, counties), special district governments (e.g. public utilities), federally recognized tribal governments, nonprofits, institutions of higher education. 20% match required, though EDA has discretion to fund up to 100% $500,000,000 $10,000,000 250 $2,000,000 Rolling, early application recommended by March 31, 2022 The NOFO includes the following consideration for climate and resiliency, broadly defined: "The extent to which the project is resilient to future pandemics or other sudden and severe economic dislocations, as defined in section A.4 (e.g., closures of major local employers, climate change), and resilience is integrated into the project scope of work;". Accordingly, decarbonization options may include workforce training and development for 1) industries impacted by climate change and 2) industries and major local employers impacted by the energy transition. Explore integrating new clean energy and EV supply chain manufacturing hubs/business parks into regional economic development plans. Where possible, consider whether partnerships with universities or community colleges could be leveraged to launch an economic diversification and workforce development strategy to promote and enhance the growth of emerging clean energy industries and retain local talent. The NOFO includes the following consideration for equity: " The extent to which the application articulates a plan for ensuring that the project’s benefits are shared across all affected communities. Although not required, EDA encourages efforts to reach historically underserved areas, rural areas, minority populations, and women." Unlike with past EDA grant programs, applications that provide more match may be more competitive. This is the EDA's most flexible funding program under the American Rescue Plan. No https://eda.gov/arpa/economic-adjustment-assistance/
Existing - Increase Economic Adjustment Assistance Program - Assistance to Coal Communities To produce multiple economic and workforce development outcomes for workers and communities negatively impacted by changes in the coal economy, such as promoting regional economic growth and diversification, new job creation, and reemployment opportunities for displaced coal economy workers. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) There is no pre-defined list of impacted coal communities. Projects must be consistent with the region’s current Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) or equivalent EDA-accepted regional economic development strategy that meets EDA’s CEDS or strategy requirements. Minimum match of 20%, varying based on level of economic distress $200,000,000 N/A N/A N/A Rolling, early application recommended by March 31, 2022 This funding can support the public infrastructure needed to create new or enhance existing programs for clean energy or EV supply chain opportunities. Explore integrating new clean energy and EV supply chain manufacturing hubs/business parks into regional economic development plans. Where possible, consider whether partnerships with universities or community colleges could be leveraged to launch an economic diversification and workforce development strategy to promote and enhance the growth of emerging clean energy industries and retain local talent. This is an opportunity to enhance supply chains, attract new energy and transportation sectors, and provide job training for out of work energy and industry professionals or those looking to transition to clean energy and EV supply chain related industries. This is particularly critical for communities in transition from being heavily reliant on coal. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the EDA representative listed for their applicable State in Section G of this NOFO before submitting an application to EDA to clarify technical matters involving their project, its alignment with EDA’s mission and Investment Priorities, and all other relevant publicly available information relating to general technical matters. Due to the extraordinary level of interest in EDA’s CARES Act Recovery Assistance there has been an unusually high volume of applications received. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their applicable EDA Regional Office representatives to discuss their needs and availability of funds. Prospective applicants can find current contact information for EDA Regional Office staff at https://www.eda.gov/contact/. No https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=321695
Existing - Increase Economic Adjustment Assistance Program - Nuclear Closure Communities To support communities impacted by closures of nuclear power plants throughout the United States have had a significant impact on the economic foundations of surrounding communities through sudden job losses and a reduction to the local tax base. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) Projects must meet the NCC Special Need eligibility criterion in Section C.3.b.k. NCC funds may be used to make awards for any activity eligible for an award under EAA, including but not limited to early-stage strategic planning activities, public works (construction) investments, and economic diversification initiatives. Minimum match of 20%, varying based on level of economic distress $13,500,000 $2,000,000 for implementation; $350,000 for planning N/A N/A Rolling, early application recommended by March 31, 2022 This funding can support the public infrastructure needed to create new or enhance existing programs for clean energy or EV supply chain opportunities. Explore integrating new clean energy and EV supply chain manufacturing hubs/business parks into regional economic development plans. This is an opportunity to enhance supply chains, attract new energy and transportation sectors, and provide job training for out of work energy and industry professionals or those looking to transition to clean energy and EV supply chain related industries. This is particularly critical for communities in transition from being heavily reliant on nuclear plants. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the EDA representative listed for their applicable State in Section G of this NOFO before submitting an application to EDA to clarify technical matters involving their project, its alignment with EDA’s mission and Investment Priorities, and all other relevant publicly available information relating to general technical matters. Due to the extraordinary level of interest in EDA’s CARES Act Recovery Assistance there has been an unusually high volume of applications received. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their applicable EDA Regional Office representatives to discuss their needs and availability of funds. Prospective applicants can find current contact information for EDA Regional Office staff at https://www.eda.gov/contact/. No https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=321695
Existing - Increase Economic Adjustment Assistance Program (including CARES ACT funding) To help communities experiencing or anticipating economic dislocations to plan and implement specific solutions to leverage their existing regional economic advantages to support economic development and job creation. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) Projects must be consistent with the region’s current Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) or equivalent EDA-accepted regional economic development strategy that meets EDA’s CEDS or strategy requirements. Minimum match of 20%, varying based on level of economic distress $1,500,000,000 States receive no less than $3,000,000 N/A N/A Rolling This funding can support the public infrastructure needed to create new or enhance existing programs for clean energy or EV supply chain opportunities. Explore integrating new clean energy and EV supply chain manufacturing hubs/business parks into regional economic development plans. Where possible, consider whether partnerships with universities or community colleges could be leveraged to launch an economic diversification and workforce development strategy to promote and enhance the growth of emerging clean energy industries and retain local talent. This is an opportunity to enhance supply chains, attract new energy and transportation sectors, and provide job training for out of work energy and industry professionals or those looking to transition to clean energy and EV supply chain related industries. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the EDA representative listed for their applicable State in Section G of this NOFO before submitting an application to EDA to clarify technical matters involving their project, its alignment with EDA’s mission and Investment Priorities, and all other relevant publicly available information relating to general technical matters. Due to the extraordinary level of interest in EDA’s CARES Act Recovery Assistance there has been an unusually high volume of applications received. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their applicable EDA Regional Office representatives to discuss their needs and availability of funds. Prospective applicants can find current contact information for EDA Regional Office staff at https://www.eda.gov/contact/. No https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=321695
New - IIJA Electric Drive Vehicle Battery Recycling and Second-Life Applications Program To improve the recycling rates and second-use adoption rates of electric vehicle batteries; to optimize the design and adaptability of electric vehicle batteries to make electric vehicle batteries more easily recyclable; to establish alternative supply chains for critical materials that are found in electric vehicle batteries; to reduce the cost of manufacturing, installation, purchase, operation, and maintenance of electric vehicle batteries; to improve the environmental impact of electric vehicle battery recycling processes. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, National Laboratories, nonprofit and for-profit private entities, state and local governments, and consortia of these entities. 20% match required $60,000,000 $12,000,000 8 $7,500,000 Concept paper by May 31, 2022 Full application by July 19, 2022 Battery recycling would reduce the need for carbon-intensive battery manufacturing and increase the supply of useable batteries, thereby enabling widespread electrification. In awarding grants under the Secretary shall give priority to projects that are located in geographically diverse regions of the United States and support the development or demonstration of projects in economically distressed areas. To better understand potential pathways for battery second use, check out NREL's ongoing research: https://www.nrel.gov/transportation/battery-second-use.html DOE highlights two key topic areas: 1. Advanced Materials Separation, Scale-Up, and Reintegration for Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling for the Battery Supply Chain 2. Second Use Scale-Up Demonstration Projects No https://energycommunities.gov/funding-opportunity/bil-opportunity-electric-drive-vehicle-battery-recycling-and-second-life-applications-2/
Existing - Increase Electric Infrastructure Loan & Loan Guarantee Program To finance the construction of electric distribution, transmission, and generation facilities, including system improvements and replacement required to furnish and improve electric service in rural areas, as well as demand-side management, energy conservation programs, and on-grid and off-grid renewable energy systems. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Check with a General Field Representative (GFR) to determine whether the proposed service area qualifies as rural. Funds may be used to finance: - Maintenance, Upgrades, Expansion, Replacement of distribution, sub transmission and headquarters (service, warehouse) facilities - Energy efficiency - Renewable energy systems Not required Loan Guarantees up to 100% None 25 $45,700,000 Rolling Consider utilizing this loan guarantee program for financing rural on-grid and off-grid renewable energy systems, smart meters for demand-side management, and building electrical upgrades for electrification. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ N/A N/A No https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/electric-infrastructure-loan-loan-guarantee-program
New - IIJA Electric or Low-Emitting Ferry Pilot Program To purchase electric or low-emitting ferries and the electrification of or other reduction of emissions from existing ferries. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) At least one grant will serve the State with the largest number of Marine Highway System miles, and one grant will serve a bi-State ferry service (A) with an aging fleet; and (B) whose development will propose to advance the state of the technology toward increasing the range and capacity of zero emission power source ferries. TBA $50,000,000 TBA TBA TBA TBA This program explicitly intends to reduce emissions from ferries and ferry fleets. Ferries provide transportation options to people in communities separated by water, and to people without personal automobiles. Ferries can be an important element of equitable, multimodal transit systems. N/A N/A No
Existing - Increase Emergency Management Performance Grants (American Rescue Plan Act) To provide state, local, tribal and territorial emergency management agencies with the resources required for implementation of the National Preparedness System and works toward the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation. The EMPG’s allowable costs support efforts to build and sustain core capabilities across the prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery mission areas. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Eligible entities include state, local, tribal and territorial emergency management agencies. 50% match required $100,000,000, in addition to funds previously made available ($355,100,000 for FY21). N/A 56 FY 2021 Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program Fact Sheet with Formula May 14, 2021 The EPMG program focuses on all-hazards emergency preparedness and is designed to build and sustain core capabilities. Power equipment is an allowable equipment expense. Decarbonization strategies may include disaster preparedness projects that include energy storage systems and microgrids that incorporate carbon-free generating resources. EPMG Program grants may be used to foster whole community preparedness. Examples given in the Preparedness Grants Manual including planning with stakeholders who may face particular challenges in the aftermath of a disaster, such as seniors and those with access and functional needs. The FY21 NOFO may be viewed here: https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/FEMA_FY2021-EMPG-NOFO_02-19-21.pdf More information on eligible activities may be found in the Preparedness Grants Manual: https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/manual Emergency Management Performance Grants are allocated to 50 states and 6 other entities according to a formula. State emergency management authorities may then hold competitive sub-grant award process. It is unclear whether the additional EPMG funding made available through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 will be distributed in a similar fashion. An EPMG application must submit a work plan and consult with the FEMA regional manager to ensure the plan addresses state and regional priorities. To determine eligibility for federal disaster declaration funding, please check FEMA's website at https://www.fema.gov/disasters/disaster-declarations. Yes https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/emergency-management-performance
Existing - Constant Emergency Relief Program To assist public transit operators in the aftermath of an emergency or major disaster. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Eligible recipients include states, territories, and FTA direct recipients affected by major declared disasters, or in states in which the Governor has declared an emergency related to COVID-19. 20% match required, for COVID-19 related disasters, per March 13, 2020 announcement No additional authorizations have been made. However, the March 13, 2020 order expands the eligible uses for formula funds. N/A N/A N/A N/A When possible, projects should focus less on retrofits of dirty diesel equipment and more on new zero-emission equipment. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ The Emergency Relief Program does not have annual or permanent authorizations. Past authorizations for the program have been made by Congress following disasters. A March 13, 2020 announcement expanded project eligibility and allows all transit providers in states where the Governor has declared an emergency related to COVID-19 to use their federal formula funds for operating expenses in addition to capital expenses, and permits operating expenses to be covered at an 80 percent federal share rather than 50 percent. An FY2020 Emergency Relief Docket was also created through which transit providers can request relief from FTA administrative and statutory requirements. Yes https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grant-programs/emergency-relief-program
New - IIJA Energy Auditor Training Grant Program (State Energy Program) To provide grants to eligible States to train individuals to conduct energy audits or surveys of commercial and residential buildings to build the clean energy workforce, save customers money on their energy bills, and reduce pollution from building energy use. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Eligible states will have a demonstrated need for assistance for training energy auditors. Funds may cover any costs associated with individuals being trained or certified to conduct energy audits by the State or a State-certified third-party training program. Funds may also pay the wages of a trainee during the period in which they receive training and certification. TBA $40,000,000 $2,000,000 TBA TBA TBA Well-trained energy auditors are necessary to identify opportunities for energy and emissions reductions and to verify that retrofits are successful. Training programs can focus on underserved communities, providing people with high-road jobs in an evolving, in-demand field. Consider working with existing workforce training, labor, and community college programs. Maximum funding of $2,000,000 is limited on a per state basis. N/A No https://www.energy.gov/bil/energy-auditor-training-grant-program
Existing - IIJA Increase Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program To directly invest in projects that develop, promote, implement, and manage energy efficiency and conservation, including clean energy. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Cities, towns and villages with a population of at least 35,000 are eligible to apply; at a minimum, the ten largest cities in each state, including Puerto Rico, regardless of population, are eligible to apply; all other cities, villages, and towns can apply for EECBG funds through their state. TBA $550,000,000 TBA TBA TBA TBA Consider using funds to enhance or enable innovative energy financing strategies that spread project costs out over time or capture additional incentives. These may be more complex, but can often extend the impact - bill savings and energy savings were at least 2X higher in the original EECBG program than other efforts when EECBG funds were utilized for more ambitious and/or "complex" financial incentive programs. EECBG can help provide technical assistance to assist disadvantaged communities who lack the capacity or resources to put forward competitive applications. For additional information on past program use, how EECBG funding was used to accelerate partners, and case studies, check out: http://www.usmayors.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/0227-report-eecbgsurvey.pdf EECBG was first passed in 2007, amended with the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009, and expired in 2016. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) of 2021 recapitalizes the program and expands upon previous eligibility. $550,000,000 in funding available until expended. No https://www.energy.gov/eere/wipo/energy-efficiency-and-conservation-block-grant-program
New - IIJA Energy Efficiency Materials Pilot Program To fund a pilot program for materials (including products, equipment, or systems) that result in a reduction in use by a nonprofit organization of energy or fuel. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Eligible entities include 501(c)3 non-profits. Priority will be given to applicants based on (A) the energy savings achieved; (B) the cost effectiveness of the use of energy-efficiency materials; (C) an effective plan for evaluation, measurement, and verification of energy savings; and (D) the financial need of the applicant. TBA $50,000,000 $200,000 TBA TBA Expected 1st quarter 2023 The program helps to deploy energy-efficient materials in non-profit buildings. These projects may demonstrate the success of energy efficient materials, encouraging adoption in surrounding buildings. Non-profits are often unable to pay for such capital improvements on their own. Supported non-profits may include community organizations in underserved areas. N/A Performance-based evaluation criteria include (A) energy savings; (B) cost-effectiveness of materials used; (C) plans for evaluation, measurement, and verification of energy savings; and (D) financial need. $50,000,000 in funding available until expended No https://www.energy.gov/bil/energy-efficiency-materials-pilot-program
New - IIJA Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Fund Capitalization Grant Program (State Energy Program) To capitalize and establish a revolving loan fund under which states shall provide loans and grants supporting energy efficiency projects. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) 40% of capitalization grants will be allocated, by formula, to states eligible for funding under the State Energy Program. 60% will be allocated to the 15 states with highest per-capita residential and commercial sector energy consumption or the highest annual per capita energy-related carbon emissions. N/A $250,000,000 $15,000,000 TBA TBA Expected 4th quarter 2022 Many of the programs funded through this program (namely, energy audits) are essential to ensure that retrofits are needed and that retrofits are effective. A State that receives a capitalization grant may use up to 25% of funds to provide grants or technical assistance to eligible entities. Eligible entities include businesses with fewer than 500 employees and low-income owners of residential buildings. N/A $250,000,000 in funding available until expended. No https://www.energy.gov/bil/energy-efficiency-revolving-loan-fund-capitalization-grant-program
New Energy Storage Demonstration and Pilot Grant Program To research and develop large-scale energy storage systems. There will be at least three demonstration projects. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) Eligible entities include a State Energy Office, an Indian Tribe or tribal organization, an institution of higher education, an electric utility (including IOUs, POUs, and rural electric cooperatives), and a private energy storage company. Not required $355,000,000 N/A 3 $118,333,333 Expected 3rd quarter 2022 Each project under this new energy storage grant program must meet at least one objective out of the program’s list of objectives. These objectives include: energy storage services that improve the reliability, resiliency, and optimization of transmission or distribution system operation; to supply energy at peak periods and to reduce peak loads; to integrate renewable energy resource production; to enable the use of stored energy in forms other than electricity to support the natural gas system and other industrial processes; to integrate fast charging of electric vehicles; and to improve energy efficiency. To reduce peak loads of homes and businesses and increase the feasibility of microgrids (grid-connected or islanded mode). See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ While no matching funds are required, priority will be given to those leveraging non-federal funding. Consider projects that have the potential to scale up in the nation and explicitly address the intermittent supply risks of renewable energy resources. This is part of the larger Energy Storage System Research, Development, and Deployment Program established under the better energy storage technology section of the Act. The intent is for the Secretary to enter into agreements with at least three demonstration projects by Sep. 30, 2023. Funding expires in 2025. No https://www.energy.gov/bil/energy-storage-demonstration-and-pilot-grant-program
New Energy Storage Technology and Microgrid Assistance Program (Energy Act) To provide grants to eligible entities for technical assistance on evaluating, designing, and demonstrating energy storage technology and demonstration projects that utilize energy from renewables. Department of Energy (DOE) N/A Eligible entities include rural electric cooperatives, public utilities, or other political subdivisions of a state that sell or otherwise use electrical energy to provide electric services for customers, or a non-profit working with at least 6 of these entities. 20% match required $15,000,000 N/A N/A N/A New program, deadline unknown. Consider projects that reduce the peak loads of homes and businesses and increase the feasibility of microgrids (grid-connected or islanded mode) or that reduce the overall peak loads of the locality and businesses and increase the feasibility of microgrids. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ See bill text for eligible uses of grants and technical assistance. These include feasibility studies, implementation of strategies to overcome storage barriers (including financial, contracting, siting, and permitting barriers), to perform detailed engineering and cost-benefit analysis, to purchase and install equipment for emerging technologies, and to obtain technical assistance from other experts. This is a new program and the Secretary will be setting program guidelines in the coming months. Funding for this program expires in 2025. No https://rules.house.gov/sites/democrats.rules.house.gov/files/BILLS-116HR133SA-RCP-116-68.pdf
New Energyshed: Exploring Place-Based Generation To invest in innovative research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) projects that accelerate the large-scale development and deployment of renewable energy to support an equitable transition to a decarbonized electricity system by 2035 and net-zero emissions economy by 2050. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Eligible applicants include 1) individuals; 2) domestic for-profit entities, educational institutions, nonprofits; 3) state, local, and tribal governments; 4) foreign entities. 20% match required $10,000,000 $5,000,000 2-5 $2,500,000 August 1, 2022 Successful projects are expected to show the impacts and tradeoffs of developing locally-derived clean energy generation under a range of future scenarios, including increasing EV charging needs and future heating electrification. Consider partnering with underrepresented groups to understand the needs of underserved communities and developing tools to address the renewable energy gap. Engage multiple stakeholders to address gaps in diversity, equity, inclusion, and various considerations described in the FOA. To help a broad set of stakeholders understand the implications and participate in the development of locally-based energy generation in their community, these tools should be accessible and easy-to-use to a wide array of stakeholders that are not necessarily electric power system experts. N/A N/A No https://www.energy.gov/eere/funding-opportunity-announcement-energyshed-exploring-place-based-generation
Existing - Increase Enhanced Mobility of Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities - Section 5310 To assist private, non-profit, and public transportation operators in meeting the transportation needs of older adults and people with disabilities when the transportation service provided is unavailable, insufficient, or inappropriate to meeting these needs. The program aims to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation service and expanding transportation mobility options. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) States and designated recipients are direct recipients; eligible subrecipients include private nonprofit organizations, states or local government authorities, or operators of public transportation. Rural areas and small urban areas should review program guidelines for different process. 20% match required for capital projects; 50% required for operating assistance $289,080,000 Varies by state Varies by state Varies by state Varies by state This program funds a number of capital and operating expenses, including new buses, vans, accessible taxis, ride-sharing, and vanpooling. Consider integrating electric vehicles and charging equipment to support needed services and routes for eligible activities when starting or scaling a program to avoid costly replacements and upgrades in the future. Consider integrating the goals of this program into any broader local or regional vehicle electrification planning to ensure that this funding is not only part of that strategy but also efficiently leverages existing operations, structures, and programs. See eligible activities: https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grants/enhanced-mobility-seniors-individuals-disabilities-section-5310 This program is intended to support increased accessibility and mobility for older adults and people with disabilities. Projects in rural areas have a designated carve out of 20% of funding. A new discretionary grant pilot program was added to this program totaling $3.5 million. This pilot program is intended to focus on financing innovative projects for the transportation disadvantaged. Funds are apportioned among the states by a formula which is based on the number of seniors and people with disabilities in each state according to the latest available U.S. Census data. Unlike most federal programs, matching funds can come from other Federal (non-DOT) funds. This can allow local communities to implement programs with 100% federal funding. For more information, see this program fact sheet: https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grants/enhanced-mobility-seniors-people-disabilities-fact-sheet-section-5310 No https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grants/enhanced-mobility-seniors-individuals-disabilities-section-5310
Existing - Increase Environmental Justice Grants (American Rescue Plan Act) To provide grants, contracts and other agency activities that identify and address disproportionate environmental or public health harms and risks in minority populations or low-income populations under designated sections of environmental statutes. These include: Sec. 103(b) of the Clean Air Act Sec. 1442 of the Safe Drinking Water Act Sec. 104(k)(7)(A) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 Sec.791 - Sec.797 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Varies Eligibility determined under relevant statutes. Projects include: air quality research and grants to air pollution control agencies; safe drinking water research and grants to states, local entities, and other operators of publicly owned water systems; brownfields remediation and revitalization; and Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding. New program, more information forthcoming. $50,000,000 $75,000 for Environmental Justice Small Grants. Unknown for other programs, monitor for further information. 100 for Environmental Justice Small Grants. Unknown for other programs, monitor for further information. $750 for Environmental Justice Small Grants. Unknown for other programs, monitor for further information. June 1, 2021 for Environmental Justice Small Grants. Monitor for Notice of Funding Opportunities for other programs. The American Rescue Plan Act allocated an additional $50 million in funding to EPA to be used for existing programs that identify and address environmental justice issues. On June 25, 2021, EPA announced the funding breakdown for this $50M. These include: $16.65 million for EJ grants, including the State EJ Cooperative Agreement Awards, EJ collaborative problem-solving, and EJ Small Grants; $7 million for a tailored use of DERA for electric school buses; $5 million for brownfield sites redevelopment; $4.85 million for children's health issues, including funding for Children's Healthy Learning Environments Grant and Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units; and $2.15 million for programs to build community capacity to address air and water issues in underserved communities. Specialized technical assistance will help align school reopening investments with clean air and neighborhood cooling shelter needs and promote equitable resilience and revitalization. Decarbonization options within these programs may include electrifying school bus fleets and renewable energy project development on brownfields and at other public facilities. Addressing environmental justice and the disproportionate burden of pollution on low-income and communities of color is the primary goal of these additional EPA funds. Some of the programs have formalized community engagement mechanisms, and community involvement should be emphasized in all phases of the project, including project prioritization, planning, design, and implementation. A request for applications from April 2021 for the Environmental Justice Small Grants component of this funding may be viewed here: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2021-04/documents/ejsg_2021_rfa_amendment_4.21_0.pdf One-time funding increase from American Rescue Plan Act, monitor for further agency guidance. No https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-announces-50-million-fund-environmental-justice-initiatives-under-american-rescue
New Environmental Justice Small Grant (EJSG) Program To improve the environment and public health conditions of low-income communities and communities of color through the advancement of racial equity and environmental justice Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Environmental Justice Eligible entities include non-profits, territories, tribal governments, and tribal organizations Not required $7,300,000 $75,000 100 $73,000 June 1, 2021 This funding includes special consideration tracks: priority programs include (1) Public Education, Training, Emergency Planning, and/or Investigations on Impacts of COVID-19 on Underserved Communities and Vulnerable Populations; and (2) Projects addressing Climate, Disaster Resiliency, and/or Emergency Preparedness. Consider exploring avenues to integrate clean energy opportunities such public education, training, surveys and studies, experiments, or demonstration projects incorporating green infrastructure. To address these multiple crises, this announcement places emphasis on projects focusing on COVID-19 impacts, as well as climate and disaster resiliency. Additionally, EPA is emphasizing projects addressing diesel pollution in underserved communities living near ports and railyards as part of EPA’s Ports Initiative (see details further described in this solicitation). Finally, to promote equitable accessibility to EPA grant funding and to assist small entities, approximately half of the total available funding under this announcement is intended to be reserved for small non-profit organizations with 10 or fewer full-time employees subject to the quality of applications received and other relevant considerations. Determine which program – the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program (EJSG) or the EJ Collaborative Problem Solving Program (EJCPS) which is issued separately – to apply for. Be aware, an applicant can receive a grant under only one of these programs – not both – so you need to carefully consider which one to apply for. While you are not prohibited from applying for both, you can only receive an award under one of them. In short, EJCPS funding under the other competition is designed for organizations that are more established and familiar with federal grants, while EJSG funding is designed for organizations that are: 1) more recently established and/or just starting out, 2) have smaller staffs and operating budgets, and/or 3) have never received a federal grant before. No https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=331855
Existing - IIJA Increase Federal Lands Transportation Program To improve the transportation infrastructure owned and maintained by Federal Lands Management Agencies. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) The program focuses on improving Federal lands transportation facilities (FLTFs) that are located on, adjacent to, or provide access to Federal lands. The FLTFs must be owned and maintained by the Federal government and must be included in the national FLTF inventory. Not required $421,965,000 $20,000,000 N/A N/A TBA The program seeks, in part, to reduce auto congestion and related emissions. The IIJA requires entities carrying out FLTF projects to consider designs that minimize climate effects like runoff and heat generation. While funding for this program focuses on Federal facilities, these facilities need not be located on Federal land. Local governments may benefit from improvements to facilities that are "on a public road within or adjacent to, or that provide access to, Federal lands open to the public" or integrate into other transportation systems managed by state or local entities. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ In evaluating an application, the Secretary shall consider the extent to which the programs support performance management, including (i) the transportation goals of (I) a state of good repair of transportation facilities (II) a reduction of bridge deficiencies; and (III) an improvement of safety; (ii) high-use Federal recreational sites or Federal economic generators; and (iii) the resource and asset management goals of the Secretary of the respective Federal land management agency. N/A No https://highways.dot.gov/federal-lands/programs/transportation
New - IIJA Federal Share Flexibility Pilot Program To give up to 10 States additional flexibility to determine the Federal share on a project, multiple-project, or program basis for projects under any of the following funded under the National Highway Performance Program, the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program, the Highway Safety Improvement Program, the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program National Highway Freight Program, the Carbon Reduction Program, and the PROTECT grant program. Department of Transportation (DOT) N/A All states are eligible for this program. Not required N/A N/A 10 N/A TBA This pilot program allows participating states to reduce cost sharing requirements for various decarbonization programs offered by DOT, shifting up to 100% of project costs to the federal government. This pilot program could encourage less-resourced states to participate in DOT decarbonization programs, not just those that can afford cost matches. Based on the programs referenced, US territories and Tribal governments may be eligible to apply, but that should be confirmed with the administrators and/or Secretary prior to proceeding. N/A N/A No
New - IIJA Future of Industry Program and Industrial Research and Assessment Centers To identify opportunities for optimizing energy efficiency and environmental performance at manufacturing and other industrial facilities; to fund a grant program to fund upgrades for small- and medium-sized manufacturers that have been recommended in an assessment from an IAC or CHP TAP. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) An eligible entity is a small- or medium-sized manufacturer that has had an energy assessment completed by an industrial research and assessment center; a DOE Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership jointly with an industrial research and assessment center; or a third-party assessor that provides an assessment equivalent to an assessment described in subparagraph (A) or (B), as determined by the Secretary. 50% match required $400,000,000 $300,000 TBA TBA TBA Programs can equip student trainees to optimize energy efficiency at industrial facilities, decreasing carbon emissions. Education can target underserved communities and give workers access to high-road manufacturing jobs in clean energy. Interested parties should work with the private sector to prioritize the siting of research assessment centers in underserved communities. N/A $400,000,000 in funding available until expended. No
New Geothermal Heat Pumps and Direct Use Research and Development (Energy Act) To improve the understanding of geothermal heat pumps and the direct use of geothermal energy and to increase the energy efficiency, lower the cost, increase the use, and improve and demonstrate the effectiveness of geothermal heat pumps and the direct use of geothermal energy. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office Eligible entities include state, local, and Tribal governments, institutions of higher education, nonprofit entities, National Laboratories, utilities, and for-profit companies. Not required Unknown N/A N/A N/A New program, deadline unknown. A new program of research, development, and demonstration for geothermal heat pumps and the direct use of geothermal energy. Applicable areas may include but are not limited to: the use of geothermal energy for building-scale energy storage; and the use of geothermal energy as a grid management resource or seasonal energy storage; the heating of districts, neighborhoods, communities, large commercial or public buildings, and industrial and manufacturing facilities. Priority may be given to economically distressed areas as described in section 301(a) of the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3161(a)). N/A The Secretary may give priority to proposals that apply to large buildings, commercial districts, and residential communities that are located in economically distressed areas and areas that the Secretary determines to have high economic potential for geothermal district heating based on the report, ‘GeoVision: Harnessing the Heat Beneath our Feet’ published by the Department in 2019, or a successor report. No https://rules.house.gov/sites/democrats.rules.house.gov/files/BILLS-116HR133SA-RCP-116-68.pdf
New Good Jobs Challenge (American Rescue Plan) To build and strengthen regional workforce training systems and sectoral partnerships that bring together employers who have hiring needs with other key entities to train workers with in-demand skills that lead to good-paying jobs. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) States, local governments (including cities, townships, counties), special district governments (e.g. public utilities), federally recognized tribal governments, nonprofits, labor unions, institutions of higher education. Not required (depends on economic impact and distress) $500,000,000 $25,000,000 50 $10,000,000 January 26, 2022 The NOFO includes the following consideration for climate and resiliency, broadly defined: "The extent to which the project is resilient to future pandemics or other sudden and severe economic dislocations, as defined in section A.4 (e.g., closures of major local employers, climate change), and resilience is integrated into the project scope of work;". Accordingly, decarbonization options may include workforce training and development for 1) industries impacted by climate change and 2) industries and major local employers impacted by the energy transition. Explore integrating new clean energy and EV supply chain manufacturing hubs/business parks into regional economic development plans. Where possible, consider whether partnerships with universities or community colleges could be leveraged to launch an economic diversification and workforce development strategy to promote and enhance the growth of emerging clean energy industries and retain local talent. Projects will be more competitive if applicants articulate a plan for ensuring that the project’s benefits are shared across all affected communities and the extent to which the application demonstrates the capacity to account for the unique needs of historically underserved populations and areas. EDA also encourages systems and partnerships to address populations with labor market barriers such as persons with disabilities, at-risk youth, individuals in recovery, individuals with past criminal records including justice‑impacted and reentry participants, and veterans. EDA is looking to fund within the following phases: System Development, Program Design, and Program Implementation. Applicants are strongly encouraged to work with EDA regarding methods of encouraging outside leveraging of funds. EDA has further determined that due to the pervasive nature of the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, any project that would address those impacts by creating or retaining jobs or increasing the economic diversity or resiliency of a region is eligible for funding. For example, an infrastructure project that creates new jobs in a region is responsive to the requirement that the funds be spent to respond to “economic injury as a result of coronavirus.” Program is designed to support the needs of an applicant’s identified regional workforce system through a single integrated award. EDA will make awards to either the System Lead Entity of a regional workforce system or the Backbone Organization of a sectoral partnership as the lead applicant. No https://eda.gov/arpa/good-jobs-challenge/
New - IIJA Grants for Energy Efficiency Improvements and Renewable Energy Improvements at Public School Facilities To make energy efficiency, renewable energy, and alternative fueled vehicle upgrades and improvements at public schools. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Eligible entities include local educational entities; nonprofit, for-profit, and community organizations that have the knowledge and capacity to assist with energy improvements. See notes for more information on eligible project types. TBA $500,000,000 TBA TBA TBA Expected 3rd quarter 2022 Eligible projects include energy efficiency (envelope, HVAC, lighting, controls, etc.), ventilation, renewable energy, alternative vehicles, and alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure improvements. Electric vehicles should be prioritized over other alternative fuel sources such as propane. Schools and their project partners should evaluate current emission profiles associated with their building stock, electricity use and generation sources, and student transportation and prioritize projects with the greatest greenhouse gas mitigation potential. Rural schools and schools that serve a high percentage of students receiving a free and reduced price lunch are prioritized. Projects which improve building performance and energy efficiency may also improve indoor air quality. When evaluating school bus and student transportation projects, replacing older diesel buses which were manufactured prior to updated EPA regulations will have greater impacts on both greenhouse gas and conventional air pollutant emissions for students, workers, and surrounding communities. Secretary shall give priority to an eligible entity— (A) that has renovation, repair, and improvement funding needs; (B)(i) that, as determined by the Secretary, serves a high percentage of students, including students in a high school in accordance with paragraph (2), who are eligible for a free or reduced price lunch under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.); or (ii) the partnering local educational agency of which is designated with a school district locale code of 41, 42, or 43 [indicating rural locations], as determined by the National Center for Education Statistics in consultation with the Bureau of the Census; and (C) that leverages private sector investment through energy-related performance contracting. Eligible projects include projects that result in a direct reduction in school energy costs; leads to an improvement in teacher and student health, including indoor air quality and achieves energy savings; involves the installation of renewable energy technologies; installs alternative fueled vehicle infrastructure on school grounds for exclusive use of school buses or the general public; the purchase or lease of alternative fueled vehicles to be used by a school. No https://www.energy.gov/bil/grants-energy-efficiency-and-renewable-energy-improvements-public-school-facilities
Existing - Constant Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns Grant Program To help communities develop and implement plans that reduce stormwater runoff, increase the number and size of green spaces in urban areas, improve the health of local streams and the Chesapeake Bay, and enhance quality of life and community livability. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) EPA Region 3 & Chesapeake Bay Trust Funding can be applied anywhere in the Chesapeake Bay watershed portion of EPA Region 3 (excluding New York). Not required $490,000 Implementation: $100,000 Greening urban areas: $50,000 Planning and design: $30,000 6 $81,667 March 3, 2022 Consider enhancing urban and suburban tree canopies, especially where heat islands and flooding are more common. Trees can be strategically deployed to help cool pavement and buildings alike, reducing energy needs in particularly hot areas. Another strategy to mitigate both heat islands and flooding could be to deploy solar canopies on large parking surfaces as a part of a water catchment system, which would not only generate clean electricity but could be strategically designed to redirect rainfall into bioswales and other stormwater retention areas. Check out this example in Brooklyn, NY: https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/showcase-projects/whole-foods-market-brooklyn-third-and-3rd Cooling communities that historically have hosted a disproportionate amount of heat-absorbing surface with fewer investments in greenery and parks can advance local equity and improve quality of life, especially during intense periods of heat. In many non-white neighborhoods, there has consistently been a lack of investment in green space and tree canopies. The NYTimes examined how racist housing policies continues to impact heat islands throughout the country: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/08/24/climate/racism-redlining-cities-global-warming.html Up to $15,000 for conceptual plans, up to $30,000 for engineered designs, up to $100,000 for implementation projects, up to $50,000 for community greening projects, up to $20,000 for white papers. Since 2010, the G3 Partnership has awarded 60 grants to Mid-Atlantic communities. These grants have infused over $4.9 million into green initiatives and resulted in over $9 million in G3 Projects. For additional information and case studies, visit: https://www.epa.gov/G3/g3-grant-fact-sheets No https://cbtrust.org/grants/green-streets-green-jobs-green-towns/
Existing - Constant H2 at Scale Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Eligible project topic areas may vary by year. In 2020, there were 6 eligible topic areas for projects, which can be viewed here: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=h2 Yes, match required $64,000,000 $9,000,000 21 $3,047,619 Summer 2021 Consider industry, university, and/or utility partnerships that can collaboratively support pilot deployments of hydrogen-based technologies. Major use cases may include heavy manufacturing, large vehicles (freight, trucks, buses, etc.), and energy storage. Note that funding can be used to support training and workforce development for emerging hydrogen technologies. Consider for whom and where such programs could be developed to increase access to or build on local university or community college training programs already. Prior to applying for funding, consider forming a task force or regional group focused on aligning the most promising use cases for hydrogen deployment and with local climate action plans. Previous recipients were predominantly private companies or universities. 2021 funding solicitation has not yet been announced, but you can find the selected recipients from 2020 here: https://www.energy.gov/sites/default/files/2020/07/f76/hfto-h2-at-scale-new-markets-foa-selections-for-release.pdf No https://www.energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/h2scale
Existing - Constant Hazard Mitigation Grant Program To reduce vulnerability of communities, promotes individual and community safety and resiliency, lessens response and recovery needs, results in safer communities. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Local governments are eligible to apply as sub applicants to states. Primary applicants must have a FEMA-approved mitigation plan. Typically, 25% match required Subject to a sliding scale formula based on the estimated total cost of disaster assistance. N/A N/A N/A Within 12 months of the date of the presidential major disaster declaration. HMGP may fund a range of projects to mitigate risk. To enhance energy system resiliency, consider prioritizing building retrofits for weatherization or adding solar plus battery storage at critical facilities and community hubs as well as building out localized energy storage and/or microgrid facilities in partnership with utilities to reduce the risk of failure. Undergrounding transmission and distribution system wiring can also reduce the risk of electric failure and reduce the reliance on generators. If certain pockets of your community are repeatedly impacted by natural disasters, consider prioritizing flexible backup power generation solutions like solar plus battery storage at community hubs closer to the more vulnerable populations. States with enhanced mitigations plans can qualify for up to 20% of the cost/assistance needed, not to exceed $35.3 billion. Contacting the State Hazard Mitigation Officer (SHMO), or equivalent representative for a respective tribal government (federally recognized) or territory can be helpful in choosing which hazards pose the greatest threat and determining the best strategy for mitigation. For local governments, please contact your State Hazard Mitigation Officer to learn about the applicant’s priorities, deadlines, and additional requirements. To determine eligibility for federal disaster declaration funding, please check FEMA's website at https://www.fema.gov/disasters/disaster-declarations. Yes https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation/hazard-mitigation
Existing - IIJA Increase Hazardous Substance Superfund Remediation EPA's Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of the nation’s most contaminated lands. To protect public health and the environment, the Superfund program focuses on making a visible and lasting difference in communities, ensuring that people can live and work in healthy, vibrant places. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM) Environmental Protection Agency enters contracts and interagency agreements to conduct work at Superfund sites. Environmental Protection Agency can also award Superfund cooperative agreements with states, tribes, or local governments to lead or support work in the Superfund program. TBA $3,500,000,000 TBA TBA TBA TBA Transforming underutilized or abandoned Superfund sites in your community into clean energy hubs can also spur economic revitalization. These funds can help determine which brownfields and closed landfill sites may be good fits for hosting solar or other renewable energy. The EPA offers explicit guidance for considering such "brightfields" projects: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/are-you-considering-renewable-energy-or-energy-efficient-approaches-your-brownfields More than one in four Black and Hispanic Americans live within 3 miles of a Superfund site. No community deserves to have contamination near where they live, work, pray and go to school. With this funding, communities living near many of the most serious uncontrolled or abandoned releases of contamination will finally get the protections they deserve. N/A $3,500,000,000 in funding available until expended. No https://www.epa.gov/infrastructure/cleanup-revitalization-and-recycling-investments
New Healthy Homes and Weatherization Cooperation Demonstration Program To support demonstrations in up to 5 communities that are served by both a HUD-funded LHC program and a DOE-funded WAP to demonstrate the potential advantages of the coordination of home intervention services. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes Applicants must not have any outstanding civil rights matters, have an LHC program with a HUD grant that is active until October 1, 2022 or longer, have two years of experience conducting lead hazard control and healthy homes interventions with HUD grant support, have maintained a minimum of YELLOW designation for the last two Quarterly Reports in 2019, and have a weatherization program that is a current DOE Weatherization Assistance Program grantee. Not required $5,000,000 $1,000,000 5 $1,000,000 August 17, 2021 Consider prioritizing building electrification efforts (i.e., induction stovetops and heat pumps for space and water heating) that overlap with both energy conservation measures and health improvements by decreasing indoor air pollution from natural gas combustion. Consider addressing the disparities in both energy burden and indoor air quality by prioritizing building electrification. Direct subsidization is likely required given the upfront cost premiums of building electrification. N/A Program funding expires in 2024. No https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/spm/gmomgmt/grantsinfo/fundingopps/fy21_hhweatherization
New - IIJA Healthy Streets Program To deploy cool and/or porous pavements and to expand tree cover. to mitigate urban heat islands, improve air quality, and reduce the extent of impervious surfaces, storm water runoff and flood risks, and heat impacts to infrastructure and communities. Department of Transportation (DOT) TBA Eligible applicants include states, local governments, and metropolitan planning organizations (MPO), tribal governments, and nonprofits. 20% match required $100,000,000 $15,000,000 N/A N/A TBA Enhancing tree canopies can help mitigate heat islands and reduce energy needs during high temperatures. Tree canopy can also create a comfortable environment to encourage people to walk and bicycle to avoid carbon emissions. Funding can be used to conduct an assessment of urban heat islands effect and design and implement tree canopy plans for communities and neighborhoods. Grants will be prioritized for low-income or disadvantaged communities. Propose projects that can maximize the benefits by engaging the local community and/or partnering with community-based organizations. This joint UNEP/RMI handbook for local governments can guide planners with examples and best practices: https://rmi.org/insight/sustainable-urban-cooling-handbook/ $500,000,000 in funding eligible over five years. No
Existing - Constant High Energy Cost Grants (Assistance to High Energy Cost Communities) To assist energy providers and other eligible entities in lowering energy costs for families and individuals in areas with extremely high per-household energy costs (275% of the national average or higher). United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Eligible areas must demonstrate annual average household energy cost exceeding 275% of the national average under benchmarks. The program finances the acquisition, construction or improvement of facilities serving eligible communities as well as equipment, materials, activities, land, right of way acquisition, professional expenses, engineering, and permitting for electric generation, transmission, and distribution facilities. This includes a carve-out for eligible tribal communities. Not required $10,000,000 $3,000,000 10 $1,000,000 July 6, 2021 Consider renewable facilities such as solar, wind, hydropower or biomass electric power generation water or space heating process heating and power or backup or emergency power generation or energy storage technology, including generation equipment installed on consumer premises water or space heating process heating and power. Also consider efficiency improvements and conservation measures (i.e. weatherization of residences and community facilities) and programs that encourage the use of energy-saving appliances and devices. This program helps to offset extremely high household energy costs in areas where local conditions cause energy costs to exceed 275% of the national average. This type of assistance increases economic opportunity and the quality of life in rural communities nationwide by maintaining a seamless electric network for all Americans, regardless of where they live. N/A N/A No https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/high-energy-cost-grants
Existing - Increase Highway Safety Improvement Program To reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads, including non-State-owned public roads and roads on tribal lands. The program requires a data-driven, strategic approach to improving highway safety on all public roads that focuses on performance. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) Funds are distributed to each state. Funded projects must be consistent with the State's strategic highway safety plan (SHSP). Most eligible activities are infrastructure-safety related. Up to 10% of funding can be used to fund certain non-infrastructure activities and behavioral safety projects, such as educational campaigns about traffic safety and enforcement activities. 10% match required $3,111,500,000 N/A N/A N/A N/A While this program will fund safety projects generally, applicants should prioritize projects that will decrease the need for private vehicles on the road and increase transit ridership, promote carpooling and ridesharing, and be in coordination with regional transit-oriented development planning. Communities should look to deploy extensive, convenient, well-connected bus rapid transit projects that can align with local, regional, and statewide vehicle electrification plans. In order to effectively and equitably improve road safety, understand which communities lack reasonable and convenient access to transit and multi-modal options. This could include additional collaboration with frontline communities and other stakeholders to address both procedural and distributional equity concerns. N/A $15,557,600,000 are available over 5 years. No https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/hsip/
Existing - Constant HOME Investment Partnerships Program To provide formula grants to states and localities to fund a wide range of activities including building, buying, and/or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or homeownership or providing direct rental assistance to low-income people. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) N/A Participating jurisdictions may choose among a broad range of eligible activities, using HOME funds to provide home purchase or rehabilitation financing assistance to eligible homeowners and new homebuyers; build or rehabilitate housing for rent or ownership; or for "other reasonable and necessary expenses related to the development of non-luxury housing." 25% match required Varies States receive no less than $3,000,000 Varies by state Varies by state Rolling Consider integrating rooftop solar, efficient electric appliances, weatherization, demand management, and other related distributed energy resources to reduce energy costs and emissions when building new and/or rehabilitating current affordable housing. Consider prioritizing the distributed energy resource solutions that have the largest reduction on occupants' energy burden. The program's formula allocation considers the relative inadequacy of each jurisdiction's housing supply, its incidence of poverty, its fiscal distress, and other factors. States are automatically eligible for HOME funds and receive either their formula allocation or $3 million, whichever is greater. Local jurisdictions eligible for at least $500,000 under the formula ($335,000 in years when Congress appropriates less than $1.5 billion for HOME) also can receive an allocation. N/A No https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/comm_planning/home
Existing - Decrease Housing Preservation Grants To repair or rehabilitate housing owned or occupied by low- and very-low-income rural citizens. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Applicants must have the necessary background and experience with proven ability to perform the responsibility of repair and rehabilitation of low-income housing. This program includes carve-outs for eligible tribal communities. Not required $15,150,000 $50,000 160 $94,688 July 19, 2021 Consider reviewing state LIHEAP eligible use guidelines. While energy bill assistance will remain the priority, consider whether energy efficiency improvements (particularly of furnace, water heater, or AC replacement) could be further expanded. Focus on improvements that will create safer, more efficient living environments by replacing old wiring, improving insulation, and installing high efficiency heating and cooling systems, including heat pumps. Not only will this improve the health and safety of the house, but it will help low-income households save money with more energy efficiency. Program is exclusively for low-income families and households in rural and tribal communities. N/A To assist with any inquiries and/or resources in your area, please see the Rural Development State Office for your state. No https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333826
Existing - Increase Hydroelectric Efficiency Improvement Incentives To provide incentives for improvements to hydroelectric facilities that increase their efficiency by at least 3%. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Eligible applicants include any owners or operators of hydroelectric facilities at existing dams. Eligible projects include capital improvements to the facilities that are directly related to improving the efficiency. 70% match required $75,000,000 $5,000,000 N/A N/A Expected mid-2023 Consider improvements that increase the efficiency and resilience of facilities, if possible. Other options may include the potential to co-locate other renewable energy sources at hydroelectric facilities. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ N/A N/A No https://www.energy.gov/eere/water/section-243-hydroelectric-efficiency-improvement-incentives-program
Existing - Increase Hydroelectric Production Incentives To provide funding for projects adding hydroelectric power generating capabilities to existing dams and other water infrastructure. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Any owner or authorized operator of a hydroelectric generation facility may apply for incentive payments for net electric energy generated by and sold from its operation during the eligibility window, which began on October 1, 2005, and concludes on September 30, 2027. Not required $7,000,000 $1,000,000 N/A N/A February 10, 2022 Consider maximizing the utilization of existing structures to minimize the impact on the environment. Hydropower can provide a major source of reliable power to the grid as more variable renewable resources come online. Hydroelectric facilities should be supported with regard to up- and downstream communities, as well as natural ecosystems and neighborhoods that might be (dis)affected by generation activities. Planning and engagement should be conducted to clearly communicate and/or mitigate potential negative impacts that would disproportionally affect underserved communities. More information can be found here: https://www.energy.gov/sites/default/files/2021-12/section-242-guidance-for-fy21-solicitation.pdf The incentive is $0.018/kWh in 2005 dollars. The IIJA authorizes the appropriation of $125 million for the program. No https://www.energy.gov/eere/water/section-242-hydroelectric-production-incentive-program
New Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize To support ongoing and/or proposed activities related to climate and clean energy that support, build trust, and strengthen relationships and partnerships with disadvantaged communities. Specifically, this prize seeks to enable and enhance business and technology incubation, acceleration, and other community-based and university-based entrepreneurship and innovation in climate and clean energy technologies. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Office of Economic Impact and Diversity (ED) The intent of this program is to boost national competitiveness; individuals participating in talent recruitment programs are not eligible to compete. Not required $2,500,000 $200,000 (Phase 1) 10 $200,000 (Phase 1) February 25, 2022 This prize is intended to enable clean energy and climate innovation, and to create/increase participation in clean energy and climate-smart jobs. Workforce training could cover identifying energy efficiencies and greenhouse gas inventories, renewable energy manufacturing, and deployment. Prizes will help identify and fund activities that will help disadvantaged communities become aware of, apply to, or otherwise secure DOE funding (or other federal, state, local government, private, or non-profit funding. Prizes will enable the development of replicable clean energy transitions that deliver just and equitable benefits to disadvantaged communities in support of the government's Justice40 goals. Prizes also target colleges and universities that serve large populations of students underrepresented in STEM, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), community colleges, and undergraduate institutions, as well as formerly incarcerated individuals and youth transitioning out of foster care. Applicants must seek to foster grassroots innovation and equitable clean energy deployment with activities focusing on community-centric networks and bottom-up solutions, based on the needs of communities involved. Successful organizations will not necessarily need to have expertise in “deep tech” support and incubation and/or in working with large research institutions but should demonstrate strong community ties and serve as bridges between DOE and innovators with whom DOE has not previously engaged. Additionally, DOE seeks to support clean energy grassroots innovation from disciplines beyond science and engineering. This may include siting, financing, and community ownership of clean energy and climate solutions at the local or state level. Competitors are encouraged to form multidisciplinary teams while developing their concept. The HeroX platform provides a space where parties interested in collaboration can post information about themselves and learn about others who are also interested in competing in this contest. This is a new program and is split into two phases. Phase 2 will be open to the winners of Phase 1 roughly 12 months after winners are announced. Phase 2 will offer a total of $500,000 In bonus prizes to further develop Phase 1 activities. Program rules for Phase 1 can be found here: https://americanmadechallenges.org/inclusiveenergyinnovation/docs/rules/Inclusive_Energy_Innovation_Prize_Official_Rules.pdf No https://americanmadechallenges.org/inclusiveenergyinnovation/
Existing - Increase Indian Energy Program To promote Indian tribal energy development, efficiency, and use; reduce or stabilize energy costs; enhance and strengthen Indian tribal energy and economic infrastructure relating to natural resource development and electrification; and bring electrical power and service to Indian land and the homes of tribal members. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs Eligible entities include an Indian tribe, intertribal organization, tribal energy development organization, or land located in a census tract in which the majority of residents are Natives (as defined under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act) or enrolled members of a federally recognized Tribe or village. Yes, 50% match typically required, tribal organizations may qualify for as low as a 10% match $30,000,000 N/A N/A $451,696 Rolling Consider prioritizing renewable energy development projects, building efficiency, and distributed renewable energy resources, and battery storage. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ N/A Reauthorizes the previously lapsed program at an increased amount (from $20M to $30M annually) for FY 2021-2025. No https://www.energy.gov/indianenergy/office-indian-energy-policy-and-programs
New Indigenous Communities Program (American Rescue Plan) To develop and execute economic development projects that indigenous communities need to recover from the pandemic and to create the conditions for economic growth in indigenous communities and to accelerate economic recovery from the pandemic. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) Only eligible for Indian Tribes, a consortium of Indian Tribes, or other public or private non-profit entities serving Native Hawaiians, Native Pacific Islanders of Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau. Not required $100,000,000 $5,000,000 50 $2,000,000 April 19, 2022 Example projects in the NOFO include foundational economic infrastructure projects, such as energy, road, water, and wastewater infrastructure (including community water facilities). Consider focusing on fundamental improvements to the efficiency and electrification of existing buildings, including weatherization of support facilities like community centers, schools, or housing. Upgrading community facilities with solar plus battery storage can convert such facilities into community resiliency hubs that serve as emergency power centers and cooling centers. Community centers, libraries, schools, and small airports could all serve in this capacity for emergencies. Similarly, consider using this funding to support resiliency through battery storage (as opposed to generators) for public safety operations and other critical facilities. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ N/A EDA plans on funding construction and non-construction projects that cost between approximately $500,000 and $5,000,000 under this NOFO. No https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=334764
Existing - Increase Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) To fund transportation projects of national and regional significance that are in line with the Biden Administration’s principles for national infrastructure projects that result in good-paying jobs, improve safety, apply transformative technology, and explicitly address climate change and racial equity. Department of Transportation (DOT) Build America Bureau Multi-state or multijurisdictional groups of public entities can apply as well as metropolitan planning organizations that serve an urbanized area. All applications should directly support projects of regional or national significance. Eligible INFRA project costs may include: reconstruction, rehabilitation, acquisition of property (including land related to the project and improvements to the land), environmental mitigation, construction contingencies, equipment acquisition, and operational improvements directly related to system performance. 40% match required $889,000,000 Large projects must request a minimum of $25 million. Small projects must request a minimum of $5 million. N/A N/A May 23, 2022 This program is intended to upgrade the nation's freight transportation infrastructure and include components that reduce emissions, promote energy efficiency, incorporate electrification or zero-emission vehicle infrastructure, increase resiliency, and recycle or redevelop existing infrastructure. Consider projects that electrify freight operations and transport or create/enhance charging networks for light- and heavy-duty trucks. USDOT has added two new evaluation criteria: 1) climate change and environmental justice and 2) racial equity and reducing barriers to opportunity. It will also consider whether the project is located in a federally designated community development zone, including qualified Opportunity Zones, Empowerment Zones, Promise Zones, or Choice Neighborhoods. In addition, at least 25% of the funds provided must be used for projects located in rural areas. New consideration has been given to project labor agreements and local hiring as important aspects of economic vitality and innovative project delivery. The innovation criterion has also been expanded to include technology such as vehicle-to-infrastructure communications and electrification. The FY 2021 INFRA competition continues to focus on themes of supporting economic vitality, leveraging federal funding, innovation, and performance and accountability, in addition to the two new criteria. No https://www.transportation.gov/buildamerica/financing/infra-grants/infrastructure-rebuilding-america
New Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility Partnership Grants To improve access to public transportation by building partnerships among health, transportation, and other service providers. This program provides competitive funding to support innovative projects for the transportation disadvantaged that will improve the coordination of transportation services and non-emergency medical transportation services. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Eligible applicants must be eligible recipients and subrecipients of the Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program: (1) designated recipients, (2) states and local governmental authorities; (3) private nonprofit organizations, and (4) operators of public transportation. 20% match required $3,500,000 N/A 10 $350,000 December 6, 2021 Increasing public transportation ridership will reduce the number of personal automobiles on the road and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Consider coordinating programs with community resilience hubs and other support networks in preparation of extreme weather events. Funds awarded will finance innovative capital projects for the transportation-disadvantaged, with the goal to improve the coordination of transportation services and non-emergency medical transportation services for underserved groups. N/A N/A No https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grants/grant-programs/access-and-mobility-partnership-grants
Existing - Constant Land and Water Conservation Fund To fund state and tribal governments for the acquisition and development of public parks and other outdoor recreation sites. Department of Interior (DOI) National Park Service (NPS) Funding is provided to state and tribal governments to administer localized matching grant programs. All projects must be aligned with the priorities listed in their respective state's recreation plan (sometimes called a SCORP), which address the demand for and supply of recreation resources (local, state, and federal) within a state and identify needs and new opportunities for recreation improvements. 50% required unless otherwise specified Varies by state Varies by state Varies by state N/A Varies by state This funding is particularly used to support parks, land conservation, open space, and recreation. When possible, these funds can be optimized if building new trail connections that serve as both recreational assets as well as connections to existing transportation networks. Consider whether such funding makes sense to increase access with multi-modal options, offer new last-mile connectivity options for public transit users, or support expansions to pedestrian and bicycle trail networks (or build new ones where none previously existed). Additional focus on enhancing urban and suburban tree canopies could help mitigate heat islands. Trees can be strategically deployed to help cool pavement and buildings alike, reducing energy needs in particularly hot areas. Another strategy to mitigate both heat islands could be to deploy solar canopies over large recreational areas to offer shade and generate clean electricity for communities. Multi-modal accessibility to other transit options is particularly critical to ensure last-mile connections exist especially for currently disconnected, marginalized, and/or underserved communities. Consider how this funding can enhance last-mile connectivity options for those relying on public transit to increase safety and accessibility of continued commutes via transit. Each state has its own priorities and selection criteria (tailored to its own particular needs and unique opportunities), and because individual States make the decisions, in effect, about which projects will receive LWCF grants, the first step for potential applicants is to contact the cooperating State office to find out about local application deadlines, state priorities, and selection criteria. N/A No https://www.nps.gov/subjects/lwcf/planningprojects.htm
Existing - Increase Land and Water Conservation Fund Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program To enable urban communities to create new outdoor recreation spaces, reinvigorate existing parks, and form connections between people and the outdoors in economically underserved communities. Projects should support locally led, voluntary conservation and restoration efforts that address the nature and climate crises, improve equitable access to the outdoors, and strengthen the economy. Department of Interior (DOI) National Park Service (NPS) The lead state agency may submit on behalf of themselves or another eligible sub-recipient. Eligible sub-recipients (i.e., project sponsors) include state agencies, local units of government (state political subdivisions such as cities, counties, and special-purpose districts such as park districts), and federally recognized Indian Tribes. For a project to be eligible the sub-recipient must: Represent a jurisdiction of at least 50,000 people, AND Be situated within or contiguous with the geographic boundary of one of the 497 Urbanized Areas (UA) delineated by the Census Bureau. 50% match required $150,000,000 $5,000,000 100 $1,500,000 September 24, 2021, but each state process/deadline will vary Types of projects: a. Acquisition. These include the acquisition of land and waters or partial rights to them. There must also be public access, however, access may be controlled, but not prohibited. b. Development. These include the development of certain outdoor recreation activities and support facilities needed by the public for the recreation use of an area. c. Combination. Two general types of multiple-purpose projects are eligible for assistance: a. Projects in which a specifically designated portion of the multiple-purpose area or facility will be used primarily for outdoor recreation and/or outdoor recreation support, e.g., picnicking facilities adjacent to a new public reservoir. b. Projects that will provide identifiable outdoor recreation benefits as a whole as opposed to specific segments of it. I.e., a water impoundment that will be constructed primarily for flood control might also have important recreation benefits. Consider the aforementioned project ideas, outdoor facilities, and public spaces access, to be constructed and obtained sustainably and with clean energy. Multi-modal accessibility to other transit options is particularly critical to ensure last-mile connections exist especially for currently disconnected, marginalized, and/or underserved communities. Consider how this funding can enhance last-mile connectivity options for those relying on public transit to increase safety and accessibility of continued commutes via transit. Each state has its own priorities and selection criteria (tailored to its own particular needs and unique opportunities), and because individual States make the decisions, in effect, about which projects will receive these grants. The first step for potential applicants is to contact the cooperating State office to find out about local application deadlines, state priorities, and selection criteria. Ensuring your project aligns with State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) will be key to a competitive application at both the state and federal levels. In 2021, the Department of Interior opened the ORLP grant program to more communities by removing the cap on the number of proposals states can submit on behalf of local jurisdictions and by increasing the maximum grant from $1 million to $5 million. No https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333434
New Local Energy Action Program (Communities LEAP) Pilot Initiative To provide energy-burdened, low-income communities with (a) historic ties to the fossil fuel economy or (b) environmental justice concerns with technical assistance to identify clean energy pathways and advance existing clean energy plans. Department of Energy (DOE) N/A All applicants, including tribal nations and territories must have 30% of the community population classified as low-income and high or severe energy burden (median spending of household income on energy bills ≥6%). Not required N/A N/A 24-36 $533,333 December 15, 2021 (Registration period to apply closes); December 17, 2021 (Application deadline) LEAP participants will receive support jointly offered by five DOE offices to pursue local energy action plans that focus on one or more of the following opportunities: 1) creating pathways for large-scale clean energy project planning and infrastructure; 2) evaluating the ability to use microgrids to increase community resilience; 3) creating job opportunities in fossil fuel communities or those home to heavy industries; 4) planning for clean transportation investments; 5) improving building energy efficiency; and 6) enhancing investments in the nation’s clean energy supply chain and improving the energy performance and reducing the cost of industrial manufacturing. This opportunity is specifically open to low-income, energy-burdened communities that are also experiencing either direct environmental justice impacts, or direct economic impacts from a shift away from historical reliance on fossil fuels. Communities will apply for technical assistance under either the Launch Track or the Accelerate Track. The Launch Track is for communities that are confident of their desire to pursue a clean energy transition but are in need of assistance to identify the specific energy pathway or pathways that will lead to clear economic, environmental, and other community-wide benefits. Communities that have already developed an existing clean energy-related economic development Roadmap, strategic plan, or similar document that demonstrates a commitment to clean energy-related economic development should apply under the Accelerate Track. Participating DOE offices include the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Electricity (OE), Policy (OP), Indian Energy (IE), Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM), and Economic Impact and Diversity (ED). View full Opportunity Announcement here: https://www.energy.gov/sites/default/files/2021-09/U.S.%20DOE%20Communities%20LEAP%20Opportunity%20Announcement%209.15.21.pdf No https://www.energy.gov/communitiesLEAP/communities-leap
New Low GHG Vehicle Technologies Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment To develop and accelerate the charging infrastructure and drastically reduced GHG emissions in support of Administration goals. This FOA is interested in electric vehicle community partner demonstration projects and electric vehicle workplace charging projects. Department of Energy (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office Project must include PEVs and charging infrastructure in underserved communities and multi-family housing and/or curbside charging providing PEV charging opportunities for residents without access to dedicated off-street parking 50% match required for community EV charging; 20% match required for EV workplace charging $24,000,000 $6,666,667 3-6 $4,000,000 July 12, 2021 Consider mapping out current EV charging infrastructure to best understand where gaps exist, especially in consideration of lower-income census tracts. Consider partnering with frontline community-based organizations to understand the needs of the community and align on the best approach to community EV charging. A concept note was due by May 13th, 2021 in this application cycle. Check for future applications if a concept note is due as part of the process 2-3 months in advance of the official deadline. N/A No https://www.netl.doe.gov/node/10645
Existing - Increase Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) (American Rescue Plan Act) To provide assistance to low-income households for home energy heating and cooling costs. Federal grants provided to states, territories, and tribal governments. These entities set program guidelines and work with local providers to implement services. These program guidelines include income limits and what services may qualify (e.g., direct bill assistance with heating and cooling, weatherization, furnace or AC replacement). Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Community Services Eligible projects include income limits that are set federally (must target households with incomes no greater than 150% of the federal poverty guidelines of 60% of the state median income), beyond this state grantees set program guidelines. These program guidelines include income limits and what services may qualify (e.g., direct bill assistance with heating and cooling, weatherization, furnace or AC replacement). There is also a carve-out for tribal communities. Not required $4,500,000,000 N/A HHS allocates LIHEAP funding to states according to a formula. FY 2021 Second Release of LIHEAP Block Grant Funds to States and Territories under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 No application required The primary purpose of LIHEAP is to assist to low-income households in covering home heating and cooling costs. LIHEAP programs are determined by the state, but generally cover direct bill assistance for home heating and cooling costs and certain low-cost energy efficiency measures. Within this program intent, decarbonization strategies may include measures that reduce household energy consumption, including additional energy efficiency improvements, water heater or furnace replacements, or educational materials that may be developed and distributed to LIHEAP recipients. According to federal LIHEAP guidelines, state grantees must target benefits to households with low incomes. They must cap LIHEAP income-eligibility at (1) no more than the greater of 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG) or 60 percent of the State Median Income; and (2) no less than 110 percent of FPG. They must also give higher benefits to households with the greatest home energy need in relation to household income and number of household members. Grantees also must target benefits to households with members who are elderly, disabled, and/or a young child. The target population of LIHEAP are households who struggle to cover home energy and cooling costs and those with large energy burdens. Beyond these guidelines, state grantees may choose to incorporate other equity metrics. Where appropriate, policymakers may consider the indoor and outdoor air quality improvements that may be associated with reduced energy usage, as well as historic levels of investment in different areas. These may be determined by fuel type, building age, renter/owner status that may contribute to the energy efficiency gap, and other factors. Funds expire in September 2022, so be sure to pursue these while funding lasts. FY 2021 Second Release of LIHEAP Block Grant Funds to States and Territories under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (P.L. 116-260) may be viewed here: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ocs/COMM_LIHEAP_Second%20Funding%20ReleaseDCLAttachment%201_StatesTerrs_FY2021.pdf A 2020 HHS Report to Congress on LIHEAP may be viewed here: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ocs/rpt_liheap_congressional_request_for_formula_analysis_fy2020_final.pdf A 2019 Congressional Research Service report on the LIHEAP formula may be viewed here: https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL33275.pdf No https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ocs/low-income-home-energy-assistance-program-liheap
Existing - IIJA Increase Low or No Emissions Vehicle Program (Low-No) To support the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities such as recharging, refueling, and maintenance facilities. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Eligible applicants include designated recipients of FTA grants under the Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula program, States, local governmental authorities, and Indian Tribes. Proposals for funding projects in rural (non-urbanized) areas may be submitted as part of a consolidated State proposal. 10-15% match required $1,100,000,000 N/A 400-500 expected due to 10X increase in funding annually TBA May 31, 2022 Examples of zero-emission bus technologies include, but are not limited to, hydrogen fuel-cell buses and battery-electric buses.​ The Low-No Program will support workforce training to ensure that diesel mechanics and other transit workers are not left behind in the transition to new technology. In 2021, DOT funded $180 million across 49 awards. The program has 10X increased in funding for 2022 and subsequent years, so expect more awards per year as well. Selected projects can be found here: https://www.transit.dot.gov/about/news/us-department-transportation-announces-182-million-grants-expand-low-or-no-emission $5,624,550,890 in funding available until expended. No https://www.transit.dot.gov/notices-funding/low-or-no-emission-and-grants-buses-and-bus-facilities-competitive-programs-fy2022
Existing - IIJA Increase Maintaining and Enhancing Hydroelectricity Incentives To incentivize owners and operators of hydroelectric facilities for capital improvements related to maintaining and enhancing hydroelectricity generation by improving grid resiliency, improving dam safety, and environmental improvements. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) An eligible hydroelectric facility must be (1) a project licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; or constructed, operated, or maintained pursuant to a permit or valid existing right-of-way granted prior to June 10, 1920, or a license granted pursuant to the Federal Power Act; (2) placed into service before enactment of [the IIJA]; and (3) compliant with all applicable Federal, Tribal, and State requirements (or will be compliant as a result of proposed capital improvements). 70% match required $553,600,000 $5,000,000 TBA TBA TBA Hydroelectric power generation is ostensibly renewable and can, in certain areas, be a substitute for carbon-based electricity. Optimized generation facilities can generate more power with less waste. Hydroelectric facilities should be supported with regard to up- and downstream communities, as well as natural ecosystems and neighborhoods that might be (dis)affected by generation activities. Planning and engagement should be conducted to clearly communicate and/or mitigate potential negative impacts that would disproportionally affect underserved communities. N/A $553,600,000 in funding available until expended. No https://www.energy.gov/bil/maintaining-enhancing-hydroelectricity-incentives#:~:text=Description%3A%20The%20Maintaining%20%26%20Enhancing%20Hydroelectricity%20Incentives%20%E2%80%93,through%20Gid%20Resilience%2C%20Dam%20Safety%2C%20and%20Environmental%20Improvements.
New - IIJA Methane Reduction Infrastructure To fund programs to plug, remediate, and reclaim orphaned wells on Federal, State, and Tribal lands. Department of Energy (DOE) TBA In general, States and Tribal governments may use funds (i) to plug, remediate, or reclaim orphaned wells; (ii) remediate soil and restore native species habitat degraded by orphaned wells or well facilities/infrastructure; (iii) remediate land adjacent to orphaned wells and decommission or remove well facilities/infrastructure; (iv) provide an online public accounting of the cost of plugging, remediation, and reclamation; or (v) identify undocumented orphaned wells. States may use funds to (vi) track methane, other gas, and contaminated water associated with orphaned wells; and (vii) address disproportionate burdens on disadvantaged communities. TBA $4,425,000,000 $25,000,000 per state TBA TBA TBA Methane is a significantly more potent greenhouse gas than CO2. Unplugged gas wells leak methane into the air until they are remediated. Addressing these orphan wells can reduce greenhouse gasses substantially. Many orphaned wells are in disadvantaged communities, exposing residents to pollution and other health hazards. Plugging wells would have disproportionate health benefits for these communities, which might also benefit economically if local residents are hired to do the work. This program specifically allows states to use funds to address the disproportionate health and environmental burdens on communities of color, low-income communities, and Tribal and indigenous communities. Various grant types exist within this program. Applicants are encouraged to study guidelines closely. $4,425,000,000 in funding available until expended. No
New Micro-grid and Integrated Micro-grid Systems Program To promote the development of integrated micro-grid systems for isolated communities and micro-grid systems to increase the resilience of critical infrastructure. Focus on micro-grid systems owned or operated by isolated communities, rural electric co-operatives, and municipal governments. Department of Energy (DOE) N/A Eligible entities include states, Indian Tribes, regional entities and regulators, local units of government, institutions of higher education, and private sector entities. Yes, match required $15,000,000 $500,000 20 $750,000 New program, deadline unknown. Decarbonization strategies may include increased use of carbon-free generating sources and energy storage systems in microgrids, reduction of reliance on fossil-fuel-based generating sources including diesel, and projects which increase community resilience to disasters. For purposes of this section, the term ‘‘isolated community’’ means a community that is powered by a stand-alone electric generation and distribution system without the economic and reliability benefits of connection to a regional electric grid. Additional emphasis is given for isolated communities exposed to extreme weather conditions and high energy costs, including electricity, space heating and cooling, and transportation. Policymakers may consider prioritizing communities that 1) experience frequent service interruptions and reliability concerns, particularly those that are related to disasters including but not limited to wildfires, floods, and hurricanes; and 2) communities in which a large share of households face a high energy burden. Consider also incorporating local workforce training, development, and retention as part of this program. For purposes of this section, the term ‘‘integrated micro-grid system’’ means a micro-grid system that— (A) comprises generation from both conventional and renewable energy resources; and (B) may use grid-scale energy storage In carrying out the program, the DOE Secretary shall consider the capacity of the local workforce to operate, maintain, and repair a integrated micro-grid system as well as opportunities to improve that capacity. Funding expires in 2025. No https://www.energy.senate.gov/services/files/32B4E9F4-F13A-44F6-A0CA-E10B3392D47A
Existing - Constant Multipurpose Grants To address important environmental priorities under existing statutes, such as advancing environmental justice and tackling climate change, including development and enforcement of regulations requiring that sources of contamination clean up and remediate affected areas; pre-cleanup and pre-remediation activities such as site assessment and sampling; and public outreach for site-specific work. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) N/A Eligible recipients are generally state agencies that carry out the federally funded environmental programs. There is a 15% funding carve-out for rural communities. Not required $10,000,000 N/A N/A N/A July 9, 2021 While this program is not explicitly focused on reducing emissions for energy-systems, states and tribes could still plan, assess, survey, and conduct other activities to advance renewable energy siting on brownfields and other site preparation or cleanup activities that can accelerate the reuse of important community sites for renewable energy, energy storage, transit centers, or vehicle charging hubs. Cleaning up contaminated sites of any size often yields immediate environmental and human health, environmental justice benefit, and distributional equity benefits. This year, EPA seems to be prioritizing using funds to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). States who submit workplans or workplan amendments consistent with the multipurpose grant guidance and approved by their respective EPA Region will receive the full amount for which they are eligible. No https://www.epa.gov/grants/multipurpose-grants-states-and-tribes
New - IIJA National Electric Vehicle Formula Program To deploy EV charging infrastructure and establish a new Joint Office of Energy and Transportation within USDOT and DOE. Additional funds will be used to build and deploy EV charging infrastructure and establish an interconnected network to facilitate data collection, access, and reliability. Department of Transportation (DOT), Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) Eligible projects include acquisition and installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure; (2) proper operation and maintenance of electric vehicle charging infrastructure; and (3) data sharing about electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Projects may include electric vehicle charging infrastructure installed on any public road or in other publicly accessible locations. 20% match required $5,000,000,000 Varies by state TBA TBA Expected 4th quarter 2022 By expanding access to public EV charging infrastructure, these programs aim to promote EV purchases and ownership and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For community grants, projects in rural areas and low- and moderate-income neighborhoods and communities will be prioritized. N/A N/A No https://afdc.energy.gov/laws/12744
New - IIJA National Highway Performance Program (NHPP) To support the condition and performance of the National Highway System (NHS), construction of facilities on the NHS, and progress toward targets established in States' NHS asset management plans. Recent updates aim to increase NHS resilience to sea level rise, extreme weather events, flooding and other natural disasters. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) NHPP funds may be used for a project on an "eligible facility"; that is a project, part of a program of projects, or an eligible activity supporting progress toward national performance goals for improving infrastructure condition, safety, congestion reduction, system reliability, or freight movement on the NHS. Projects must be identified in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)/Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and be consistent with the Long-Range Statewide Transportation Plan and the Metropolitan Transportation Plan(s). 20% match required; 10% match required for interstate projects $148,000,000,000 N/A TBA TBA TBA NHPP projects can help traffic flow more efficiently and reduce vehicle congestion, thereby reducing emissions. Applicants should prioritize projects that will repair existing roads (promote a state of good repair), decrease the need for private vehicles on the road and increase transit ridership, promote carpooling and ridesharing, and coordinate with regional transit-oriented development planning. Highway expansions should be avoided - research has shown that expanding highways only induces additional demand and does little to mitigate overall traffic. Funds can also be used for community resilience to climate disasters, including natural infrastructure to mitigate the risk of recurring damage or the cost of future repair from extreme weather events, flooding, or other natural disasters. In order to effectively and equitably improve road performance, understand which communities lack reasonable and convenient access to transit and multi-modal options. This could include additional collaboration with frontline communities and other stakeholders to address both procedural and distributional equity concerns. The IIJA recently amended NHPP to provide for (1) the undergrounding of public utility infrastructure carried out in conjunction with a project otherwise eligible under this section; (2) resiliency improvements on the National Highway System, including protective features described in subsection (k)(2); and (3) the implementation of activities to protect segments of the National Highway System from cybersecurity threats. Applicants are encouraged to speak to these new priorities. From the State's NHPP apportionment, 2% is to be set aside for State Planning and Research (SPR). A new NHPP pilot program allows up to 10 states each year to determine the Federal share on a project, multiple-project, or program basis for eligible projects. No https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bipartisan-infrastructure-law/docs/national_highway_performance_program.pdf
Existing - Decrease National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) Impact Grant Program To help mitigate adverse impacts related to oil and gas development within the NPR-A. Denali Commission Alaska Division of Community and Regional Affairs Municipalities must be in Alaska, within the National Petroleum Reserve, and demonstrate present or foreseeable future impact from oil or gas exploration, production, or transportation activities in the NPR-A. Not announced $9,100,000 N/A 15 $606,667 November 15, 2021 (recurring annually on this date) This is broad funding for a range of capital and operational needs. Past recipients have received funding for energy efficiency improvements, building upgrades and retrofits, fleet improvements, job training programs, and renovations of municipal and community facilities. For new construction or renovations, consider all-electric construction, high efficiency systems, and including on-site clean energy systems to support facility operations and reduce long-term fuel costs and resource consumption. As required by Alaska Statute, priority is given to those communities experiencing or will experience the most direct or severe impact from oil and gas development. Expected number of allocations based upon FY2021 projects recommended for funding. Prior years have funded between 3 and 30 projects. For information on prior awardees, see here: https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/Portals/4/pub/NPR-A%20Grant/2021%20National%20Petroleum%20Reserve%20-%20Alaska%20(NPR-A)%20Report.pdf No https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/dcra/GrantsSection/NPR-AlaskaImpactMitigationGrant.aspx
Existing - IIJA Increase Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects (NSFLTP) Program To provide funding for the construction, reconstruction, and rehabilitation of nationally-significant projects within, adjacent to, or accessing Federal and tribal lands. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) In general, 50% of funds shall be reserved for eligible Federal land and Federal land access transportation facilities. 50% shall be reserved for eligible projects on tribal transportation facilities (as defined in section 101(a) of title 23, United States Code). At least one eligible project shall be in a unit of the National Park System with not less than 3 million annual visitors. N/A $68,750,000 N/A N/A N/A TBA Funds can be used to promote public transit in, or in areas with access to, Federal and Tribal lands. To take full advantage of this opportunity, applicants should think expansively about how their community connects to nearby Federal and Tribal land(s) and whether their transportation facilities may thus be eligible for upgrades. Funds can be used to create transit connections for Tribal communities and support rural areas in or adjacent to Federal land. Funds can also be used to upgrade facilities in these underserved areas that might be in a state of disrepair. This funding is geared towards larger projects. The NSFLTP Program provides discretionary funding for projects that have an estimated construction cost of at least $25 million. Construction projects with an estimated cost equal to and exceeding $50 million receive priority consideration in the selection process. This program may be closed. FHWA last issued 2 awards totalling a combined $73M in 2020 which are available here: https://highways.dot.gov/federal-lands/programs/significant/fiscal-year-2020-awards No https://highways.dot.gov/federal-lands/programs/significant
Existing - IIJA Increase Nationally Significant Multimodal Freight and Highway Program (NSMFHP) To fund freight and highway projects that (1) Improve safety, efficiency, and reliability of the movement of freight and people; (2) Generate economic benefits and competitiveness; (3) Reduce highway congestion and bottlenecks; (4) Improve connectivity between modes of freight transportation; (5) Enhance the resiliency of critical highway infrastructure and protect the environment; (6) Improve roadways vital to national energy security; (7) Address the impact of population growth on the movement of people and freight, and (8) Mitigate negative impacts on communities. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) Eligible projects include (1) Highway freight projects on the National Highway Freight Network; (2) Highway or bridge projects on the National Highway System (3) Freight intermodal or freight rail projects; (4) Transportation infrastructure projects necessary to facilitate direct intermodal interchange, transfer, or access into or out of freight facilities, and (4) Railway-highway grade crossings or grade separation projects. 40% match required; 20% match required from non-Federal funds $1,200,000,000 N/A TBA TBA TBA Projects that improve the efficiency of freight travel reduce carbon emissions. Projects can also improve the resilience of freight infrastructure to climate change and extreme weather events. IIJA increases the minimum amount (from 10% to 15%) that the Secretary shall reserve for small projects, as defined by NSMFHP, and requires that not less than 30% of funds reserved for small projects be used for certain projects in rural areas. IIJA sets aside $150,000,000 per year of NSMFHP funds for a pilot program that prioritizes applications offering the greatest non-Federal share of project costs. No https://www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/docs/NSFHP%20Fact%20Sheets%20with%20Letterhead_v2.pdf
New - IIJA New Energy Demonstration Projects To establish the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations to appropriate funds across various energy sources, including clean hydrogen, carbon capture and storage, advanced nuclear reactors, industrial emissions control, etc. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) New program; details forthcoming. TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA New program, guidance forthcoming. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ N/A N/A No
Existing - Increase Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) To support economic diversity, enhanced job training and re-employment opportunities, create jobs in existing or new industries, and attract new sources of investment in communities affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries. Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) N/A Applicants must be in an eligible Appalachian county across the 13-state region: https://www.arc.gov/Appalachian-counties-served-by-arc/ 20%-70% match required, depending on economic status of county $238,000,000 $1,500,000 293 $812,287 April 4, 2022 POWER grants help communities deploy projects to support new supply chains, clean energy manufacturing, and workforce training. Workforce development programs are not one-size-fits-all, and POWER offers communities in the Appalachian region the opportunity to create regionally and locally tailored training. Consider using planning funding to build partnerships that can accelerate the development of trained contractors for deep efficiency and electrification retrofits for commercial and residential buildings. Recent POWER grant awardees have included projects for sustainable jobs, solar energy training and deployment, bike trail networks, HVAC and electrical engineering skills training, and other energy, economic diversification, and workforce development-related initiatives. This program helps communities recover from declines in coal and manufacturing sectors and transition to new industries. The ARC may prioritize its funding and match rates based on levels of economic distress: https://www.arc.gov/match-requirements-for-arc-grants/ Partnerships that leverage existing educational programs or industry collaborations are heavily encouraged. Regional consortia and public-private partnerships are viewed particularly favorably and also highlight a range of strengths and non-federal leverage. Consider inviting ARC staff to participate in specific roundtables or community events with your regional team to get their input directly as you build momentum for funding support. In FY2021, letters of intent were due March 5, 2021. Prospective applicants should contact their state offices to understand interim deadlines for future solicitations. For a list of FY2020 recipients, visit: https://www.arc.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/POWER-Award-Summaries-by-State-as-of-October-2020-UPDATED-1.13.2021.pdf No https://www.arc.gov/arcs-power-initiative/
New Passenger Ferry Grant Program To support existing passenger ferry service, establish new ferry service, and to repair and modernize ferry boats, terminals, and related facilities and equipment. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Applicants must be designated recipients or eligible direct recipients of Section 5307 funds. Eligible projects are capital projects for the purchase, construction, replacement, or rehabilitation of ferries, terminals, related infrastructure, and related equipment. Projects are required to support a passenger ferry service that serves an urbanized area and may include services that operate between an urbanized area and non-urbanized areas. Match required $38,000,000 N/A 30 $1,266,667 October 5, 2021 This program explicitly intends to reduce emissions from ferries and ferry fleets. $4 million is available only for low or zero-emission ferries or ferries using electric battery or fuel cell components and the infrastructure to support such ferries. Ferries provide transportation options to people in communities separated by water, and to people without personal automobiles. Ferries can be an important element of equitable, multimodal transit systems. If an applicant does not currently have an active Urbanized Area Formula Program grant with FTA, the applicant is encouraged to contact the FTA Ferry Program manager for assistance with determining if it is eligible to receive funds under the Ferry Program. N/A No https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=335139
Existing - Constant Pilot Program for Transit Oriented Development Planning To conduct comprehensive planning that supports economic development and ridership, fosters multimodal connectivity and accessibility, improves transit access for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, engages the private sector, identifies infrastructure needs, enables mixed-use development near transit stations, and addresses climate change, challenges facing environmental justice populations, and racial equity and barriers to opportunity. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) An applicant must be the project sponsor of an eligible transit capital project or be the land use planning authority in the project corridor of an eligible transit capital project. Evidence of a partnership between these two types of entities will be required unless the applicant has both responsibilities. 20% cost share required $13,160,021 N/A 22 $598,183 July 25, 2022 Consider projects that reimagine holistic transportation strategies that emphasize walking, cycling, and public transit connectivity alongside electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure build-out for ride-sharing and vehicle sharing programs. Plan new TOD projects to integrate with existing regional transit and trail systems for better connectivity between nearby neighborhoods and transit hubs. This is an opportunity address both procedural equity in the planning process as well as distributional equity in terms of access to transportation networks. These planning grants can help accelerate efforts to support areas of persistent poverty and increase connectivity for historically marginalized communities. Competitive projects should be transformative in nature and cover an entire transit capital project corridor, rather than involve planning for individual station areas or only a small section of the corridor. N/A No https://www.transit.dot.gov/notices-funding/pilot-program-transit-oriented-development-planning-fy2022-notice-funding
Existing - Constant Planning and Local Technical Assistance Program To support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas by creating and implementing regional economic development plans to build capacity and guide prosperity and resilience. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) Requirements vary by the two programs in this opportunity: the planning program and the local assistance program. Note that eligible applicants for Partnership Planning awards are limited to EDA-designated District Organizations and Indian Tribes; other entities are not eligible for Partnership Planning awards. 50% required with exceptions for regions of economic distress $33,000,000 for planning grants; $10,000,000 for local technical assistance program $300,000 320-450 planning grants; 30-50 local assistance grants $70,000 for planning grants; $100,000 for local assistance grants Rolling This assistance can help communities create tangible strategies to prepare for new supply chains, clean energy manufacturing, and workforce training. Consider using planning funding to build partnerships that can accelerate the development of trained contractors for deep efficiency and electrification retrofits for commercial and residential buildings. This is an opportunity to enhance supply chains, attract new energy and transportation sectors, and provide job training for out of work energy and industry professionals and/or those looking to transition to clean energy and EV supply chain related industries. EDA also makes Short-Term and State Planning awards for economic development planning activities that guide the eventual creation and retention of high-quality jobs, particularly for the unemployed and underemployed in the Nation’s most economically distressed regions. Under the Planning program, EDA makes Partnership Planning, Short-Term Planning, and State Planning awards to eligible recipients to create and implement regional economic development plans designed to build capacity and guide the economic prosperity and resiliency of an area or region. More specifically, EDA makes Partnership Planning investments to designated planning organizations (i.e., District Organizations) serving EDA-designated Economic Development Districts and to Indian Tribes to facilitate the development, implementation, revision, or replacement of Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS), which articulate and prioritize the strategic economic goals of recipients’ respective regions. Under the Local Technical Assistance program, EDA makes awards to strengthen the capacity of local or State organizations, institutions of higher education, and other eligible entities to undertake and promote effective economic development programs through projects such as feasibility studies, impact analyses, disaster resiliency plans, and project planning. N/A No https://www.eda.gov/files/programs/eda-programs/FY21-23-Planning-and-LTA-NOFO_FINAL.pdf
Existing - IIJA Increase Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) To improve facilities within, or outside of and directly related to operations of or an intermodal connection to, coastal seaports, inland river ports, and Great Lakes ports. Department of Transportation (DOT) Maritime Administration Eligible applicants include a port authority, a commission or its subdivision or agent under existing authority, a State or political subdivision of a State or local government, a Tribal government, a public agency or publicly-chartered authority established by one or more States, a special purpose district with a transportation function, a multistate or multijurisdictional group of entities, or a lead entity described above jointly with a private entity or group of private entities. 20% match required $234,310,000 $11,250,000 for small projects; large projects do not have this cap TBA TBA July 25, 2022 PIDP grants can improve port infrastructure, including intermodal connections, or reduce or eliminate pollutants and greenhouse gas emission. This program focuses on infrastructure enhancements that directly impact port operations. Consider projects that support freight and port vehicle fleet electrification, port resiliency with battery storage, and major efficiency retrofits to reduce the energy intensity of port operations. PIDP program priorities have been updated to include a focus on improving racial equity and access to opportunity, mitigating or reducing the effects of climate change in addition to the goals of improving the safety, efficiency and reliability of the movement of goods. Consider clean energy and transportation upgrades that would reduce localized emissions and impact to neighboring communities. In addition to updated program priorities, the applicants should still focus on how their projects would improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of the movement of goods, support economic vitality, and leverage federal funding. Additional information and guidance on the Maritime Administration's new priorities of climate change, environmental justice, and racial equity can be found here: https://www.epa.gov/ports-initiative No https://maritime.dot.gov/PIDPgrants
New - IIJA Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid To support activities, technologies, equipment, and measures meant to reduce the likelihood and consequences of electric grid damage in the face of extreme weather events. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Electricity Eligible recipients include: Electric Grid Operators, Electricity Storage Operators, Electricity Generators, Transmission Owners and Operators, Distribution Providers, Fuel Suppliers, States, Tribes. This program includes $2.5 billion in matching grants for industry and $2.5 billion in formula grants for states and American Indian tribes. Match required for industry grants $5,000,000,000 TBA TBA TBA TBA Consider activities that are supplemental to existing grid resilience efforts, reduce the risk of power lines causing a wildfire, or reduce the likelihood and consequences of disruptive events. It is still to be determined in detail to what extent this program will include microgrids, battery storage, and distributed energy resources as eligible uses of funds. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ This Program falls under a broader DOE Initiative "Building a Better Grid (which includes multiple federal funding streams). For more information, see: https://www.energy.gov/oe/articles/building-better-grid-initiative N/A No https://www.energy.gov/bil/preventing-outages-and-enhancing-resilience-electric-grid-grants
New - IIJA Prioritization Process Pilot Program To establish a prioritization process pilot program to support data-driven approaches to transportation planning, that, on completion, can be evaluated for public benefit. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) Eligible entities include States and metropolitan planning organizations serving populations over 200,000. Grants may fund the development and implementation of publicly accessible, transparent prioritization processes to assess and score projects based on locally determined priorities, and to use such evaluations to inform the selection of projects to include in transportation plans. TBA $10,000,000 $2,000,000 TBA TBA TBA Local priorities often include decarbonization, reducing emissions, and/or reducing congestion and improving air quality. Pilot programs can prioritize emissions reductions and the inclusion of decarbonization metrics in DOT programs. Where "local priorities" include equitable transportation for underserved communities, pilot programs can prioritize equity and normalize the inclusion of equity metrics in DOT programs. N/A N/A No
Existing - Increase Private Activity Bonds (PABs) To provide private developers and operators with access to tax-exempt interest rates, thereby lowering the cost of capital and enhancing the investment prospects for transportation infrastructure. Department of Transportation (DOT) Build America Bureau Projects must concern qualified Highway or Surface Freight Transfer Facilities. These generally include surface transportation projects, international bridge/tunnel projects, and rail-to-truck/truck-to-rail freight transfer facilities governed by Title 23, U.S. Code. N/A $30 billion in exempt facility bonds N/A N/A N/A Rolling Any surface transportation project which receives Title 23 assistance is qualified to benefit from private activity bonds. Because projects that receive TIFIA credit assistance are Title 23 projects, this means that TIFIA projects are also eligible to receive this tax-exempt bonding authority. This provision therefore extends eligibility to TIFIA-assisted public transportation, intercity bus or rail facilities and vehicles, including vehicles and facilities owned by Amtrak, public freight rail facilities or private facilities providing public benefit for highway users, and intermodal freight transfer facilities. Together TIFIA and private activity bonds should provide substantial incentives for private equity investment in highway and freight projects. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ In making application to the Department, applicants should note that there are no specific standards, beyond those set forth in applicable laws or regulation, that apply to the consideration of the applications. The intent is to provide maximum flexibility in the Secretary's award of the $15 billion bonding authority. The Department is particularly concerned that once it makes an allocation, tax-exempt facility bonds are issued in timely fashion. Hence, if the schedules agreed upon in the final allocation action are not met, the allocation may be withdrawn. The program is designed to spur private investment. Applicants must pass private activity bond legislation supporting the Government's desire for increased private investment in U.S. transportation infrastructure. A copy of the passed resolution is required with the application, though it may be contingent on receipt of DOT funds. No https://www.transportation.gov/buildamerica/financing/private-activity-bonds
New - IIJA Program Upgrading Our Electric Grid and Ensuring Reliability and Resiliency To coordinate and collaborate with electric sector owners and operators to demonstrate innovative approaches to transmission, storage, and distribution infrastructure to harden and enhance resilience and reliability and demonstrate new approaches to enhance regional grid resilience. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) Eligible entities include states, combinations of states, Indian Tribes, unites of local government, and public utility commissions. 20% match required $1,000,000,000 for Energy Infrastructure Federal Financial Assistance; $200,000,000 for Rural and Remote Areas TBA TBA TBA Expected 3rd quarter 2022 The shift from fossil fuels to electricity hinges on a reliable electric grid, making grids resilient to disaster, and upgrading grids with modern technology to help improve service reliability, reduce costs, and encourage electrification. Poorer, historically marginalized communities are more vulnerable to grid outages. Resilient power grids can minimize disruptions in these communities. N/A N/A No https://www.energy.gov/bil/program-upgrading-our-electric-grid-and-ensuring-reliability-and-resiliency
New - IIJA Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation (PROTECT) Competitive Program To improve the resiliency of transportation infrastructure, including community resilience and evacuation route grants, and at-risk coastal infrastructure grants. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) Eligible applicants for the competitive portion of the PROTECT program include: state (or political subdivision of a State), MPO, local government, special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function, Tribe, Federal land management agency (applying jointly with State(s)); Different eligibilities apply for at-risk coastal infrastructure grants. TBA $1,400,000,000 TBA TBA TBA TBA The PROTECT Formula Program will support planning, resilience improvements, community resilience and evacuation routes, and at-risk coastal infrastructure. The extent to which eligible use of funds include projects like the utilization of renewable energy, energy storage, and microgrids for resilience ends is still "to be determined" at this time. Consider opportunities to enhance resiliency of multi-modal transit and rail. This is an opportunity to integrate how states and local public agencies conduct comprehensive planning and make investments for decarbonization, resilience, and energy justice and equity objectives. Consider using DOT's new mapping tool "Identifying Transportation Disadvantaged Census Tracts" https://usdot.maps.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/d6f90dfcc8b44525b04c7ce748a3674a First round of funds apportioned in December 2021. However, funding not distributed due to the continuing resolution. No
New - IIJA Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation (PROTECT) Formula Program To improve the resiliency of transportation infrastructure, including community resilience and evacuation route grants, and at-risk coastal infrastructure grants. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) States are designated recipients for formula allocations of the PROTECT program TBA $7,300,000,000 TBA TBA TBA TBA The PROTECT Formula Program will support planning, resilience improvements, community resilience and evacuation routes, and at-risk coastal infrastructure. The extent to which eligible use of funds include projects like the utilization of renewable energy, energy storage, and microgrids for resilience ends is still "to be determined" at this time. Consider opportunities to enhance resiliency of multi-modal transit and rail. This is an opportunity to integrate how states and local public agencies conduct comprehensive planning and make investments for decarbonization, resilience, and energy justice and equity objectives. Consider using DOT's new mapping tool "Identifying Transportation Disadvantaged Census Tracts" https://usdot.maps.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/d6f90dfcc8b44525b04c7ce748a3674a Pending under Continuing Resolution No
Existing - Increase Public Works Program To leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities, including those negatively impacted by changes to the coal economy and nuclear power plant closures. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) Projects must be consistent with the region’s current Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) or equivalent EDA-accepted regional economic development strategy that meets EDA’s CEDS or strategy requirements. Minimum match of 20%, varying based on level of economic distress $118,500,000 $3,000,000 80-150 $1,400,000 Rolling This funding can support the public infrastructure needed to create new or enhance existing programs for clean energy or EV supply chain opportunities. Explore integrating new clean energy and EV supply chain manufacturing hubs/business parks into regional economic development plans. Where possible, consider whether partnerships with universities or community colleges could be leveraged to launch an economic diversification and workforce development strategy to promote and enhance the growth of emerging clean energy industries and retain local talent. This is an opportunity to enhance supply chains, attract new energy and transportation sectors, and provide job training for out of work energy and industry professionals or those looking to transition to clean energy and EV supply chain related industries. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the EDA representative listed for their applicable State in Section G of this NOFO before submitting an application to EDA to clarify technical matters involving their project, its alignment with EDA’s mission and Investment Priorities, and all other relevant publicly available information relating to general technical matters. Due to the extraordinary level of interest in EDA’s CARES Act Recovery Assistance there has been an unusually high volume of applications received. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their applicable EDA Regional Office representatives to discuss their needs and availability of funds. Prospective applicants can find current contact information for EDA Regional Office staff at https://www.eda.gov/contact/. No https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=321695
New - IIJA Pumped Storage Hydropower Wind and Solar Integration and System Reliability Initiative To provide financial assistance to eligible entities to carry out project design, transmission studies, power market assessments, and permitting for a pumped storage hydropower project to facilitate the long-duration storage of intermittent renewable electricity. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Eligible entities include electric utilities (investor-owned, municipally-owned, and cooperatives), State Energy Offices, Tribes, institutes of higher education, or consortium thereof. 50% match required $10,000,000 N/A N/A N/A Secretary shall enter into agreement not later than September 30, 2023. Pumped-storage hydropower (PSH) is a long-duration storage option that can help integrate intermittent renewable energy sources and currently accounts for 95% of utility-scale storage in the United States. This demonstration project focuses on wind and solar integration. Projects which can be scaled to other wind and solar projects or demonstrate lower energy consumption and reduce environmental impacts may improve decarbonization outcomes. One project eligibility criteria is that the project must be able to store electricity generated by renewable electricity projects on Tribal land. Applicants who are not Tribal entities should closely coordinate with Tribal partners and ensure Tribal voices are included throughout the project design process. N/A To be eligible for financial assistance, a project shall—(i) be designed to provide not less than 1,000 megawatts of storage capacity;(ii) be able to provide energy and capacity for use in more than 1 organized electricity market;(iii) be able to store electricity generated by intermittent renewable electricity projects located on Tribal land; and (iv) have received a preliminary permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. No https://www.energy.gov/bil/pumped-storage-hydropower-wind-and-solar-integration-and-system-reliability-initiative
Existing - Constant Railroad Rehabilitation & Improvement Financing (RRIF) To provide direct loans and loan guarantees to finance development of railroad infrastructure. Funding may help to acquire, improve, or rehabilitate intermodal or rail equipment or facilities; develop or establish new intermodal or railroad facilities; or reimburse planning and design expenses related to the activities above. Department of Transportation (DOT) Build America Bureau Eligible borrowers include railroads, state and local governments, government-sponsored authorities and corporations, limited option freight shippers that intend to construct a new rail connection, and joint ventures that include at least one of the preceding. N/A $35 billion in loans and loan guarantees N/A N/A N/A Rolling Eligible activities include a variety of rail transportation infrastructure improvements. Eligible activities have historically included Transit Oriented Development (until September 30, 2021). See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ States may use PROTECT Formula Program funds to conduct resilience planning, strengthen and protect evacuation routes, and increase the resilience of surface transportation infrastructure from the impacts of sea level rise, flooding, wildfires, extreme weather events, and other natural disasters. Highway, transit, and certain port projects are eligible. Expedited, low-cost loans are available for short-line and regional railroads. Eligible borrowers include Class II & III Railroads, Commuter Railroads, and Joint Ventures. No https://www.transportation.gov/buildamerica/financing/rrif
Existing - IIJA Increase RAISE Discretionary Grants Program To support investments in surface transportation projects that promote safety, accessibility, mobility, and economic redevelopment Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Eligible applicants include State, local, Tribal, and U.S. territories' governments, including transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other political subdivisions of State or local governments. Multiple States or jurisdictions may submit a joint application and should identify a lead applicant as the primary point of contact and also identify the primary recipient of the award. 20% match required, unless in a community that is rural , historically disadvantaged, or facing persistent poverty as defined by DOT $1,425,000,000 $25,000,000 95 $15,000,000 April 22, 2022 Consider projects that build new, extend existing of, or enhance service capability of public transit systems. These grants can be transformational for underserved communities or less accessible corridors. Public transit - from rail to bus - has the greatest potential for long-term emissions reductions, supporting local revitalization and redevelopment, and encouraging mode-shifting from private vehicles to shared mobility. For greatest impact, consider multi-modal projects that include complete streets, new trails or extend existing trails, and enhanced or new connections with transit hubs. For electric vehicle projects, consider focusing on integrating electric charging networks on key corridors across regions or communities to facilitate EV adoption. These integrated corridors encourage broader use and scaling of EVs. For greatest impact, ensure alignment with or building upon your state's Beneficiary Mitigation Plan and VW settlement funding priorities. DOT now seeks to fund projects that considered climate change and environmental justice in the planning stage and were designed with specific elements to address climate change impacts, with at least 40% of resources and benefits impacting low-income, disadvantaged, and/or underserved or overburdened communities. Proposals should heavily consider distributional equity considerations including where current transportation system gaps exist and which communities are either underserved or less connected to existing infrastructure. Unlike FY 2021, all projects, including planning projects, have minimum award amounts; the minimum award for urban projects is $5 million and the minimum award for rural projects is $1 million Competitive projects will have at least 30% of local match (unless in a community that is rural, historically disadvantaged, or facing persistent poverty as defined by DOT), with greater consideration to those with higher match and alignment with DOT priorities. The RAISE program was previously known as DOT's TIGER and BUILD programs. Those programs have been directly replaced by RAISE. In 2021, DOT awarded 63 capital grants with approximately $1 billion in funding. See prior awards from the 2021 RAISE solicitation at: https://www.transportation.gov/policy-initiatives/raise/raise-2021-awarded-projects No https://www.transportation.gov/RAISEgrants
Existing - IIJA Increase RAISE Discretionary Grants Program - Planning To support planning, preparation, or design— for example environmental analysis, feasibility studies, and other preconstruction activities—of eligible surface transportation capital projects. This can also support the development of master plans, comprehensive plans, corridor plans, and/or risk assessments. Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Eligible applicants include State, local, Tribal, and U.S. territories' governments, including transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other political subdivisions of State or local governments. Multiple States or jurisdictions may submit a joint application and should identify a lead applicant as the primary point of contact and also identify the primary recipient of the award. 20% match required, unless in a community that is rural , historically disadvantaged, or facing persistent poverty as defined by DOT $75,000,000 $25,000,000 30 $2,500,000 April 22, 2022 RAISE planning grants can help communities accelerate their climate action plans and prioritize new and enhanced multi-modal connections, transit hub upgrades, and new transit corridors altogether can help reduce dependence on private vehicles, and in turn, emissions. Consider which transportation-related climate action priorities are most transformative and use this funding to initiate planning, design, and community engagement to advance key local projects. This is an opportunity address both procedural equity in the planning process as well as distributional equity in terms of access to transportation networks. RAISE planning grants can help accelerate efforts to support areas of persistent poverty. Unlike FY 2021, all projects, including planning projects, have minimum award amounts; the minimum award for urban projects is $5 million and the minimum award for rural projects is $1 million Competitive projects will have at least 30% of local match (unless in a community that is rural, historically disadvantaged, or facing persistent poverty as defined by DOT), with greater consideration to those with higher match and alignment with DOT priorities. The RAISE program was previously known as DOT's TIGER and BUILD programs. Those programs have been directly replaced by RAISE. In 2021, DOT awarded 27 planning grants. See prior awards from the 2021 RAISE solicitation at: https://www.transportation.gov/policy-initiatives/raise/raise-2021-awarded-projects No https://www.transportation.gov/RAISEgrants
New - IIJA Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program To restore community connectivity by removing, retrofitting, or mitigating highways or other transportation facilities that create barriers to community connectivity, including to mobility, access, or economic development. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) Eligible use of grant funding includes: greater than $5 million for capital construction projects, including the removal and replacement of eligible facilities as well as planning grants for planning under $2 million. TBA $1,000,000,000 TBA TBA TBA Expected 2nd quarter 2022 The program has the potential to increase pedestrian mobility and bridge barriers to services, employment, and public transit access. Increasing mobility options and transit access can decrease community emissions, encourage transit use, and support multi-modal connectivity. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ N/A N/A No https://www.transportation.gov/grants/reconnecting-communities#:~:text=The%20program's%20funds%20can%20support,mobility%2C%20access%2C%20or%20economic%20development
New - IIJA Reduction of Truck Emissions at Port Facilities To coordinate and provide funding to test, evaluate, and deploy projects that reduce port-related emissions from idling trucks, including through the advancement of port electrification and improvements in efficiency, focusing on port operations, including heavy-duty commercial vehicles, and other related projects. Department of Transportation (DOT) TBA New program; details forthcoming. 20% match required $80,000,000 TBA TBA TBA TBA This program explicitly aims to reduce port-related emissions from idling trucks, including through the advancement of port electrification and improvements in efficiency. Besides providing grants, the Secretary is called to conduct studies on the reduction of port emissions, including recommendations for workforce development and training opportunities with respect to port electrification. These opportunities could be directed toward underserved communities. N/A N/A No
New - IIJA Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs To develop at least 4 regional clean hydrogen hubs that: 1) Demonstrably aid the achievement of the clean hydrogen production standard developed; 2) Demonstrate the production, processing, delivery, storage and end-use of clean hydrogen, and; 3) Can be developed into a national clean hydrogen network to facilitate a clean hydrogen economy. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) Hydrogen hubs would need to demonstrate all components including the production, processing, delivery, storage, and end-use of clean hydrogen. Clean hydrogen is defined as hydrogen produced with a carbon intensity equal to or less than 2 kilograms of carbon dioxide (CO2)-equivalent produced at the site of production per kilogram of hydrogen produced. 50% match required $8,000,000,000 $1,250,000,000 4 $1,000,000,000 Expected in September/October 2022 Consider working with universities, research institutes, and private sectors to develop regional clean hydrogen hubs to demonstrate hydrogen production from renewable energy and other low-carbon energy sources. Check DOE Hydrogen Shot Request for Information (RFI) results to learn more about diverse resources, end-uses, and impact potential in various regions. If in a region with abundant natural gas resources, consider how hydrogen production can bring cleaner energy in a more efficient way and other long-term benefits. Priority may be given to hydrogen hubs that are likely to create opportunities for skills training and long-term employment for the greatest number of residents of the region. Consider how these new jobs can bring positive impacts to disadvantaged communities. Some potential factors include the number/percentage of workers hired from disadvantaged groups, the income level change of the region, etc. According to the IIJA Act, at least 1 regional clean hydrogen hub needs to demonstrate hydrogen production from fossil fuels, at least 1 from renewable energy, and at least 1 from nuclear energy. Besides, at least 1 regional hub shall demonstrate the end-use of clean hydrogen in the electric power generation sector, 1 in the industrial sector, 1 in the residential and commercial heating sector, and 1 in the transportation sector. It is also required that at least 2 hydrogen hubs be located in the regions of the United States with the greatest natural gas resources. The notice of intent (NOT) to issue a FOA can be found here: https://oced-exchange.energy.gov/Default.aspx?Search=hydrogen%20hubs&SearchType= More information can be found here: https://www.energy.gov/sites/default/files/2021-12/h2iq-12082021.pdf No https://www.energy.gov/bil/regional-clean-hydrogen-hubs
New - IIJA Regional Direct Air Capture Hubs To fund projects that contribute to the development of 4 regional DAC hubs. Hubs must have the potential to be developed into a regional or interregional carbon network to facilitate sequestration or carbon utilization, and must have the capacity to capture and sequester, utilize, or sequester and utilize at least 1 MMT CO2 annually. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management Industry stakeholders and developers are eligible to apply. Local governments are encouraged to partner with the private sector as sub-applicants. TBA $3,500,000,000 TBA 4 $875,000,000 Spring 2022 Consider implementing projects that are located in a region with existing carbon-intensive fuel production or industrial capacity; or carbon-intensive fuel production or industrial capacity that has retired or closed in the preceding 10 years. Consider prioritizing projects that are located in economically distressed communities, and designing projects that would create long-term employment to the greatest number of residents of the region. At least 2 hubs must be located in economically distressed communities in regions with high levels of coal, oil or natural gas resources. N/A N/A No https://www.energy.gov/bil/four-regional-clean-direct-air-capture-hubs
Existing - Constant Regional Forest Economy Partnership Program To assist rural communities, institutes of higher education and research, and economic development organizations in their efforts to transition the forest-based industry and its workforce to a focus on new technologies and viable business models across the 4-state region of Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. Northern Border Regional Commission N/A Applicants must be in an eligible county across the 4-state region: Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. 20-50% match required, depending on county economic status (0% local match accepted in FY21 if constrained by COVID-19) $4,000,000 $1,000,000 5 $800,000 Expected 3rd quarter 2022 Program focuses on forest industry and associated workforce development. This includes new technology and innovations that seek to find new uses for forest products and evolve traditional forest economy business models into those that can create sustainable future commercial markets and opportunities. Decarbonization options may include, where appropriate, carbon sequestration and offset projects, use of biomass/wood products for energy and heat, and improvements to energy efficiency and resilience of forest industrial operations, downstream businesses, and related operations. The Commission is required to annually assess the level of socioeconomic distress among the counties in its service area. Counties are designated as either Distressed, Transitional, or Attainment. “Distressed” counties are those that “have high rates of poverty, unemployment, or outmigration” and “are the most severely and persistently economic distressed and underdeveloped.” The NBRC is required to allocate 50% of total Appropriations to projects in counties falling within this designation. Commission grants within Distressed Counties only require a 20% match. Unlike other NBRC programs, this program emphasizes the regional significance of a project and its context within the broader regional economy. Applicants should state whether (and if so, how) the project is complementary to a comprehensive regional plan, and/or statewide economic development priorities. Past projects also include conversion of former mill sites into industrial parks and business incubators, construction of workforce housing, adaptive reuses of historic properties, and upgraded facilities to support forestry businesses. For more information on prior awardees, see here: https://www.nbrc.gov/userfiles/files/2021_RFEP_Documents/Regional%20Forest%20Economy%20Partnership%20Awards.pdf No https://www.nbrc.gov/content/RFEP_2021
Existing - Constant Regional Infrastructure Accelerator Demonstration Program To expedite delivery of transportation infrastructure projects at the local and regional level by providing technical resources and funding planning and development activities through the Bureau’s loan programs and other innovative financing methods, including public-private partnerships. Department of Transportation (DOT) Build America Bureau Eligible applicants include a state, multi-state or multi-jurisdictional group, municipality, county, a special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function including a port authority, a tribal government or consortium of tribal governments, MPO, regional transportation planning organization (RTPO), Regional Transportation Commission, or a political subdivision of a State or local government, or combination of two or more of the foregoing. N/A $5,000,000 $5,000,000 5 $1,000,000 April 11, 2022 DOT will consider the extent to which the project incorporates considerations of climate change, resilience, and environmental justice in the planning stage and in project delivery, such as through incorporation of specific design elements that address climate change impacts. Consider exploring the use of green cement, focusing on creating dedicated lanes for buses and vanpools, and prioritizing HOV lanes. This could also be used to expand the electric vehicle infrastructure network. DOT will consider the extent to which the project: (i) Increases transportation choices and equity for individuals; (ii) expands access to essential services for communities across the United States, particularly for underserved or disadvantaged communities; (iii) improves connectivity for citizens to jobs, health care, and other critical destinations, or (iv) proactively addresses racial equity and barriers to opportunity, through the planning process or through incorporation of design elements. If applicable, applicants are encouraged to describe how activities proposed in their application would address the unique challenges facing rural transportation networks, and how the project will address the challenges faced by individuals and underserved communities in rural areas. N/A N/A No https://www.transportation.gov/buildamerica/financing/tifia/regional-infrastructure-accelerators-program
Existing - Decrease Regional Integrated Science and Assessments (RISA) To build relationships to help local decision-makers and researchers collaborate on adapting to climate change. Department of Commerce Climate Program Office (CPO) Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, international organizations, and state, local and Indian tribal governments. Federal agencies or institutions are not eligible to receive Federal assistance under this notice. N/A $5,860,000 $1,180,000 30 $195,333 January 18, 2022 Through regionally-focused and interdisciplinary research and engagement teams, RISA expands the Nation's capacity to adapt and become resilient to extreme weather events and climate change. RISA teams accomplish their work through applied and co-developed research and partnerships with communities. Applicants are encouraged to find opportunities for science to solve problems for disadvantaged groups. N/A A central tenet of the RISA program is that learning about climate adaptation and resilience is facilitated by and sustained across a wide range of experts, practitioners, and the public. As such, the RISA program supports a network of people, prioritizing wide participation in learning by doing, learning through adapting, and managing risk with uncertain information. No https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=335881
New Renewable Energy Projects (Energy Act) To fund renewable energy demonstration projects, including enhanced geothermal systems, wind energy, and solar energy. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) New program; details forthcoming. TBA $264,000,000 TBA TBA TBA TBA Funding will directly supporting demonstration projects for renewable energy technologies specified. More details are forthcoming. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ N/A N/A No
New Renewables Advancing Community Energy Resilience (RACER) Program To advance solar and solar-plus-storage technologies that support resilience of electric power systems and the communities they support. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Applicants may apply as individuals or as program teams/consortia. Projects must focus on at least one of five areas: [1] Photovoltaics (PV), [2] Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power (CSP), [3] Systems Integration, [4] Manufacturing and Competitiveness, or [5] Soft Costs. Projects must improve affordability, reliability, and domestic benefit of solar technologies on the electric grid. 20-50% match required $25,000,000 $3,000,000 15 $1,666,667 May 26, 2022 DOE is focused on 3 program topic areas directly: 1) Innovative Community-Based Energy Resilience Planning (Up to $1 million each) The development of energy resilience plans via robust multi-stakeholder participa-tion/collaboration; where appropriate, opportunities must be identified for solar-plus-storage deployment 2) Automation Strategies for Rapid Energy Restoration (Up to $3 million each) The development and demonstration of robust sensors/communication technologies that enable rapid identification of assets to re-energize a power system after an extreme event, including design/integration of automation procedures assisted by distributed solar 3) Innovative Solutions to Increase the Resilience and Hardening of PV Power Units (Up to $3 million each) Innovative approaches to PV system hardening, utilizing novel sensors, communications strategies, and data analytics to increase generation-side hardware resilience Under all topics of this FOA, teams that include multiple partners are preferred over applications that include a single organization. Teams are encouraged to include representation from diverse entities, such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) or Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), or through linkages with Opportunity Zones. To facilitate the formation of teams, DOE's Solar Energy Technologies Office is providing a forum where interested parties can add themselves to a Teaming Partner List, which allows organizations that may wish to apply to the FOA but not as the prime applicant, to express interest to potential partners. The application involves two-phases: 1) a short Concept Paper due first; 2) a full application due July 25th, about 2 months after the Concept Paper deadline. Details for what to include in each phase can be found in DOE's Funding Opportunity Announcement. Cost-Share Guidance: For R&D projects (Topic Areas 1-3), at least 20% of total allowable costs must come from non-federal sources unless otherwise allowed by law. For demonstration and commercial application projects (Topic Areas 2-3), at least half of to-tal allowable costs must come from non-federal sources unless otherwise allowed by law. No https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/articles/funding-notice-renewables-advancing-community-energy-resilience-racer
Existing - Increase Rural Development Disaster Assistance To support single-family housing, multi-family housing, community facilities, and communities facing additional repairs and recovery due to emergencies. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Varies by subprogram, with carve-outs for eligible tribal communities. Not required Varies by subprogram Varies by subprogram N/A N/A Rolling Criteria air pollutants are often co-pollutants at greenhouse gas emitting sources, including industrial sources and freight transportation hubs. These facilities often have a disproportionate impact on environmental justice communities. Optimal use of this funding would include repairing facilities damaged by natural disasters with a focus on upgrading the resiliency of facilities to reduce future risk to structure and people. Ensuring that repairs and replacements are weatherized and efficient will reduce risks in the future during extreme weather. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ N/A N/A No https://www.rd.usda.gov/page/rural-development-disaster-assistance
Existing - Constant Rural Energy for America Program Energy Audit & Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants To assist agricultural producers and rural small businesses in eligible rural areas for energy audits, renewable energy technical assistance, and renewable energy site assessments. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Assistance must be provided to agricultural producers and rural small businesses. Rural small businesses must be located in eligible rural areas. This restriction does not apply to agricultural producers. Be sure to review the program guidance for eligible and ineligible use of funds: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-energy-america-program-energy-audit-renewable-energy-development-assistance Not required Unknown $100,000 Unknown $100,000 January 31, 2023 Grants are provided for energy audits, renewable energy technical assistance, and site assessments for renewable energy. These investments can also help lower energy costs for small businesses and agricultural producers. This is funding that governments and partners can use to accelerate adoption of renewable energy at agricultural and business sites. Rural small businesses must be located in eligible rural areas. However, this restriction does not apply to agricultural producers. Guaranteed Loans are accepted on a continuous application cycle. No https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-energy-america-program-energy-audit-renewable-energy-development-assistance
New Rural Energy Savings Program To provide loans to rural utilities and other companies who provide energy efficiency loans to qualified consumers to implement durable cost-effective energy efficiency measures. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development RUS makes loans to entities that provide or propose to provide the retail electric service needs of rural areas, or the power supply needs of distribution borrowers under the terms of power supply arrangements satisfactory to RUS, or eligible program purposes including energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy storage or energy conservation measures and related services, improvements, financing, or relending. This program also supports eligible tribal communities. N/A N/A Up to 20 years at a 0% interest rate Up to 5% interest rate for relending to end users qualified consumers, for up to 10 years Applications for this program will be accepted on a first come first serve basis until the depletion of available funding. N/A Applications open as of May 20, 2022; applications accepted on a first come, first serve basis until funding is depleted Funds may be used for the purpose of implementing energy efficiency measures to decrease energy use or costs for rural families and small business. Program is designed to support rural communities in terms of residential and commercial energy needs. This funding reduces energy burdens of families and small businesses. The CFR announcement of funding opportunity from December 15, 2020 may be viewed here: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-12-15/pdf/2020-27576.pdf N/A No https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-energy-savings-program
New - IIJA Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program To improve and expand the surface transportation infrastructure in rural areas, increasing connectivity, improving safety and reliability of the movement of people and freight, generating regional economic growth, and improving the quality of life. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) This program funds a variety of highway, bridge, and tunnel projects; integrated mobility management systems; transportation demand management systems; and on-demand mobility services. 20% match required, except for projects on the Appalachian Development Highway System $400,000,000 TBA TBA TBA May 23, 2022 Surface transportation projects can help traffic move more efficiently, reduce traffic congestion, and reduce carbon emissions. Applicants should consider how surface highway projects, specifically, can reduce the number of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and encourage public transit. Rural communities often lack access to centers of opportunity. This program will provide better connections for rural residents, as well as access to jobs. Applications should address economic development and job creation challenges, contribute to geographic diversity among grant recipients, and improve access to emergency care, essential services, healthcare providers, or drug and alcohol treatment and rehabilitation resources. Planning should occur with rural communities at the table. In 2022, the Rural Surface Transportation grant program funding was made available under the combined Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) that allowed applicants to use one application to apply for up to three separate discretionary grant opportunities. Applications are additionally asked to address the state of good repair of existing highway, bridge, and tunnel facilities; the capacity or connectivity of the surface transportation system and mobility for residents of rural areas; recreational and tourism opportunities; innovative project delivery approaches or incorporate transportation technologies; and coordinated efforts to address broadband infrastructure needs. No https://www.transportation.gov/grants/rural-surface-transportation-grant
New - IIJA Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant Program To support local efforts to prevent death and serious injury on roads and streets, often referred to as "Vision Zero" plans. Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of the Secretary Eligible projects must develop a comprehensive safety action plan; conduct planning, design, and development activities for projects and strategies identified in a comprehensive safety action plan; carry out projects and strategies identified in a comprehensive safety action plan. 20% match required $1,000,000,000 $50,000,000 300 $3,333,333 September 15, 2022 While this program will fund safety projects generally, applicants should prioritize projects that will decrease the need for private vehicles on the road and increase transit ridership, promote carpooling and ridesharing, and be in coordination with regional transit-oriented development planning. Communities should look to deploy extensive, convenient, well-connected bus rapid transit, cycling, and pedestrian projects that can align with local, regional, and statewide vehicle electrification plans. In order to effectively and equitably improve road safety, understand which communities lack reasonable and convenient access to transit and multi-modal options. This could include additional collaboration with frontline communities and other stakeholders to address both procedural and distributional equity concerns. 40% of funds will be awarded for the development of comprehensive safety action plans. Proposals are expected to significantly reduce or eliminate transportation-related fatalities and serious injuries involving various road users; demonstrate engagement with a variety of public and private stakeholders; adopt innovative technologies or strategies to promote safety; employ low-cost, high-impact strategies that can improve safety over a wider geographical area; ensure equitable investment in the safety needs of underserved communities; and include evidence-based projects or strategies. $5,000,000,000 in funding available until expended. No https://www.transportation.gov/SS4A
New Scale-Up of Integrated Biorefineries and Greenhouse Gas Reduction in First Generation Ethanol Production (Scale-Up+) To support high-impact technology RD&D to accelerate the bioeconomy and, in particular, the production of low-carbon fuels for the aviation, marine, rail, and long-haul trucking industries; to strengthen current first generation (Gen-1) corn ethanol production facilities by reducing their overall carbon footprint. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Broad eligibility for groups, governments, individuals, and consortia of the above, including alllowances for foreign entities. BETO is interested in the following Topic Areas: - TA 1: Pre-Pilot Scale-Up of Integrated Biorefineries - TA 2: Pilot Scale-Up of Integrated Biorefineries - TA 3: Demonstration Scale-Up of Integrated Biorefineries - TA 4: Gen-1 Corn Ethanol Emission Reduction 20-50% cost share, depending on subtopic $59,000,00 $100,000,000 4-20 total Varies by subtopic Concept Paper due July 8, 2022 Application due September 9, 2022 BETO focuses on developing technologies that convert domestic lignocellulosic biomass and waste resources into affordable low-carbon biofuels and bioproducts that significantly reduce carbon emissions on a life-cycle basis as compared to equivalent petroleum-based products. By reducing cost and technicl risk, BETO helps the industry deploy commercial-scale integrated biorefineries and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from hard-to-decarbonize sectors, such as the aviation industry. This FOA will support the Biden Administration’s new action items to produce 3 billion gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) per year and reduce aviation emissions by 20% by 2030 towards unlocking the potential for a fully zero-carbon aviation sector by 2050. Applicants are required to submit a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan that describes the actions the applicant will take to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment, support people from underrepresented groups in STEM, advance equity, and encourage the inclusion of individuals from these groups in the project; and the extent the project activities will be located in or benefit underserved communities. BETO is focusing on applied RD&D to improve the performance and reduce cost of biofuel production technologies and scale-up production systems in partnership with industry. BETO is focused on developing and demonstrating technologies that are capable of producing low-carbon, cost-effective biofuels and co-products by 2030, as well as biofuel production pathways that can deliver at least 70% lower lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions than petroleum. N/A No https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Default.aspx?Search=DE-FOA-0002638
Existing - Constant Section 108 Loan To provide communities a source of financing for economic development, housing rehabilitation, public facilities, and large-scale physical development projects. This is the loan guarantee provision of the CDBG Program allowing communities to leverage portions of their CDBG funds for federally guaranteed loans large enough to pursue physical and economic revitalization projects capable of redeveloping entire neighborhoods. Financing infrastructure with Section 108 Loans Section 108 loans may be used to finance the construction, reconstruction, relocation, clearance, or installation of public facilities including street, sidewalk, and other site improvements that are part of the overall project. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Community Planning and Development CDBG funds may be used for activities that include, but are not limited to: acquisition of real property, relocation and demolition, rehabilitation of residential and non-residential structures, construction of public facilities and improvements, such as water and sewer facilities, streets, neighborhood centers, and the conversion of school buildings for eligible purposes, public services, within certain limits, activities relating to energy conservation and renewable energy resources, provision of assistance to profit-motivated businesses to carry out economic development and job creation/retention activities. Borrower is required to secure the loan by pledging current and future CDBG allocations to repay and secure the loan. Current Availability of Section 108 Financing - CDBG Entitlement and State Grantees: https://www.hudexchange.info/resource/5197/current-availability-of-section-108-financing-cdbg-entitlement-and-state-grantees/ Loan amount can be up to 5X the CDBG annual allocation Varies by municipality and state Varies by municipality and state In parallel to CDBG funding cycle Section 108's unique flexibility and range of applications make it one of the most potent and important public investment tools that HUD offers to state and local governments. It is often used to catalyze private economic activity in underserved areas in cities and counties across the nation or to fill a financing gap in an important community project. The program's flexible repayment terms also make it ideal for layering with other sources of community and economic development financing including, but not limited to, New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC), Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), and Opportunity Zone equity investments. Consider utilizing these funds to influence decarbonization across the power, buildings, and transportation sectors for clean energy and efficiency programs, building retrofits and weatherization, and multi-modal transportation projects that will enhance the safety, resiliency, and air quality of communities. The project must benefit low-moderate income communities and census tracts. The HUD CPD Map Tool may be used to identify low-income census tracts along with other demographic information. One of the best uses of the Section 108 Program is to provide gap financing for projects that promote business growth and create jobs. Visit the Consolidated Plan Process, Grant Programs, and related HUD programs pages for more information. Before considering borrowing against your community's CDBG allocation, discuss current uses of such funds with your local or state administrators of CDBG funding. If already carved out for different purposes, this may not be a viable option. Like CDBG, each activity must meet one of the following national objectives for the program: benefit low- and moderate-income persons, prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or address community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community for which other funding is not available. For more information on the HUD Section 108 Loan Guarantee process and typical timelines, see: https://files.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/Overview-HUD-Section-108-Loan-Guarantee-Process-and-Typical-Associated-Timelines.pdf No https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/comm_planning/section108
Existing - Increase Section 5307 for Urbanized Areas To make federal resources available to urbanized areas and to governors for transit capital and operating assistance in urbanized areas and for transportation-related planning. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Governors, responsible local officials, and publicly owned operators of transit services shall designate a recipient to apply for, receive, and dispense funds for urbanized areas. The governor or governor's designee acts as the designated recipient for urbanized areas between 50,000 and 200,000. For urbanized areas with 200,000 in population and over, funds are apportioned and flow directly to a designated recipient selected locally to apply for and receive Federal funds. For urbanized areas under 200,000 in population, the funds are apportioned to the governor of each state for distribution. 20% match required $31,475,000,000 N/A Table 3: FY 2021 Section 5307 and 5340 Urbanized Area Formula Appropriations | FTA (dot.gov) N/A N/A Decarbonization strategies may focus on investments that expand transit services in a manner that reduces single passenger vehicle miles traveled, invest in zero-emission vehicles and charging infrastructure, and holistic transportation strategies that emphasize walking, cycling, and public transit connectivity alongside electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure build-out for ride-sharing and vehicle sharing programs. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ Note that $26.1 billion of this funding is from the American Rescue Plan and may not be recurring in future years. N/A No https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grants/urbanized-area-formula-grants-5307
Existing - Increase Section 5311 for Rural Areas To provide capital, planning, and operating assistance to states to support public transportation in rural areas with populations of less than 50,000, where many residents often rely on public transit to reach their destinations. The program also provides funding for state and national training and technical assistance through the Rural Transportation Assistance Program. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Eligible recipients include states and federally recognized Indian Tribes. Subrecipients may include state or local government authorities, nonprofit organizations, and operators of public transportation or intercity bus service. 20% match required $1,005,000,000 N/A FY 21 Section 5311 and 5340 Rural Area Formula Apportionments N/A N/A Decarbonization strategies may focus on investments that expand transit services in a manner that reduces single passenger vehicle miles traveled, invest in zero-emission vehicles and charging infrastructure, and holistic transportation strategies that emphasize walking, cycling, and public transit connectivity alongside electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure build-out for ride-sharing and vehicle sharing programs. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ N/A Note that $276 million is from the American Rescue Plan and may not be recurring annually. Program funding expires in 2023. No
New - IIJA Secure Geologic Storage Permitting To fund the permitting of wells for the geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide and creates a grant program for states to establish their own Class VI permitting programs to ensure rigorous and efficient CO2 geologic storage site permitting. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Underground Injection Control New program; details forthcoming. TBA $75,000,000 TBA TBA TBA TBA This will become increasingly important as carbon capture and storage technologies become more commonly deployed. Local governments should pay attention to their state's processes for permitting wells for geologic sequestration. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ N/A No https://www.epa.gov/uic/class-vi-wells-used-geologic-sequestration-carbon-dioxide
New Smart Energy and Water Efficiency Pilot Program (Energy Act) To award grants to eligible entities to demonstrate unique, advanced, or innovative technology-based solutions that will improve the net energy balance of water, wastewater, and water reuse systems and improve energy-water conservation. Department of Energy (DOE) N/A Eligible entities include utilities, municipalities, water districts, Indian Tribes or Alaska Native villages, or any authority that provides water, wastewater, or water reuse services. Not required $15,000,000 N/A 3 to 5 $5,000,000 to $3,000,000 New program, deadline unknown. Consider projects which reduce the energy demand of water and wastewater systems, including through increased efficiency or fuel-switching from fossil-fuel-based sources to carbon-free sources. Consider prioritizing projects that will help improve local air pollution associated with critical water infrastructure. This includes wastewater treatment plants and other energy-intensive water infrastructure. Selection criteria will be based on 1) energy and cost savings, 2) the uniqueness, commercial viability, and reliability of the technology, 3) the degree to which the project integrates next-generation sensors software, analytics, and management tools, 4) anticipated cost-effectiveness of savings, 5) replicability, 6) whether the project will be completed in 5 years or less; and other factors. At this point, no application deadline is provided, but the Secretary must make selections within one year. No https://rules.house.gov/sites/democrats.rules.house.gov/files/BILLS-116HR133SA-RCP-116-68.pdf
Existing - Constant Solar Energy Innovation Network (SEIN) To assemble multi-stakeholder teams that research and share solutions to real-world challenges associated with solar energy adoption. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) administers the program and, with other expert partners, provides technical assistance and facilitation support to identify local and regional impacts of team projects, formulate and test innovations, and validate new ideas. The third round of SEIN will focus on efforts to overcome barriers to equitable adoption of solar in underserved communities Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy and Technologies Office Not listed. Not required $5,500,000 $200,000 Unknown $200,000 June 15, 2021 Consider implementing projects that accelerate innovative distributed energy resources, such as rooftop solar, energy storage, EV charging, demand-side management, and heat pumps for space and water heating. Consider prioritizing no-money down, immediate cost savings solutions to overcome financial barriers and partnering with frontline community-based organizations to overcome clean energy educational barriers facing underserved communities. N/A Over the course of 15 to 18 months, teams receive direct funding, analytical support from NREL and other expert partners, and facilitation support. Through coordinated engagement at four multi-day working sessions, teams work together to identify local and regional impacts, formulate and test innovations, and validate new models. No https://www.nrel.gov/solar/solar-energy-innovation-network.html
Existing - Constant SolSmart Program To help cities, counties, and regional organizations across the nation streamline processes that make it faster and easier to deploy solar energy, attract investment, and lower energy costs for families and businesses. DOE is expanding the program to incorporate new solar-related technologies and respond to the evolving needs of local governments. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy and Technologies Office Eligible entities include municipalities, counties, and regional organizations in the United States. Not required N/A N/A N/A N/A Rolling Consider implementing the necessary strategies to achieve SolSmart Gold to accelerate the implementation of solar and solar-related technologies in your community. Consider prioritizing the designation criteria related to accelerating solar and solar-related technologies in low-and moderate-income communities. N/A No https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-technical-assistance
Existing - Constant State Economic & Infrastructure Development Investment Program To fund economic development and infrastructure projects throughout designated counties in its 4-state service area of Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. Revolving loan funds may be used to fund workforce development and job training. Northern Border Regional Commission N/A Applicants must be in an eligible county across the 4-state region: Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. 20-50% match required, depending on county economic status $23,200,000 $1,000,000 (infrastructure projects); $350,000 (all other projects) 44 $527,273 Mandatory LOI: April 22, 2022 Full application: June 3, 2022 The program specifically highlights basic infrastructure construction and repair (efficiency retrofits, weatherization, sustainable building design, etc.), renewable energy infrastructure, and transportation infrastructure, including roads, bus stations, terminals, and refueling/charging stations. For workforce development projects, consider integrating new clean energy and EV supply chain manufacturing into regional economic development strategies. Where possible, consider whether partnerships with universities or community colleges could be leveraged to launch an economic diversification and workforce development strategy to promote and enhance the growth of emerging industries and retain local talent. The Commission is required to annually assess the level of economic and demographic distress among the counties in its service area. Counties are designated as either Distressed, Transitional, or Attainment. “Distressed” counties are those that “have high rates of poverty, unemployment, or outmigration” and “are the most severely and persistently economic distressed and underdeveloped.” The NBRC is required to allocate 50% of it total Appropriations to projects in counties falling within this designation. Commission grants within Distressed Counties only require a 20% match. To increase competitiveness, align projects with state economic development plans and NBRC’s Five Year Strategic Plan, linked here: https://www.nbrc.gov/content/strategic-plan NBRC investment funds originate from the Federal Government but are approved by the Federal Government’s NBRC representative (Federal Co-Chair) and the Governors of the four states. The NBRC partnership is aided by recognized Local Development Districts (LDD) that assist with technical assistance, provide information on complimentary funding opportunities for projects, and ensure consistency with administration of projects that are funded. No https://www.nbrc.gov/content/economic-infrastructure-development-investments
Existing - IIJA Increase State Energy Program To enhance energy security, advance state-led energy initiatives, and maximize the benefits of decreasing energy waste. SEP emphasizes the state’s role as the decision maker and administrator for program activities within the state that are tailored to their unique resources, delivery capacity, and energy goals. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Eligibility for the award is restricted to states applying for formula grant financial assistance under SEP. Interested municipalities, local agencies, and non-profits should contact their state energy offices to learn more about how to access funding. 20% match required $500,000,000 Varies by state Varies by state N/A Rolling This funding can be a catalytic force in developing enabling mechanisms that can drive decarbonization strategies and projects at the local level and across multiple sectors. Consider developing and implementing financing mechanisms for institutional retrofits; loan program and management; energy savings performance contracting; comprehensive residential programs for homeowners; transportation programs that accelerate the use of alternative fuels; and renewable programs that remove barriers and support supply-side and distributed renewable energy. Where appropriate, consider retrofitting existing facilities including schools that may be part of a community resiliency hub strategy to include efficiency, weatherization, and energy storage. A broad range of health, housing, educational, and social services can be sought for marginalized communities. There is great potential to pursue energy justice by pursuing public education, participant inclusion, collaboration, and transparency in decision-making process; and retrofitting project/community solar to increase renewable energy and reduce burdens. The program can advance innovative initiatives that include scalable financing programs (e.g., Loan Loss Reserves, Revolving Loan Funds, and Interest Rate Buy-Down Programs) as well as emerging programs focused on equity and frontline community end-beneficiaries. SEP Program Fact Sheet 2021: https://www.energy.gov/sites/default/files/2021/01/f82/SEP-fact-sheet_2021.pdf $500,000,000 in funding available until expended. No https://www.energy.gov/eere/wipo/state-energy-program-guidance
New - IIJA State Manufacturing Leadership To facilitate access to high-performance computing resources for small and medium manufacturers and provide assistance to small and medium manufacturers to implement smart manufacturing technologies and practices. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Eligible uses include (1) facilitating access to high-performance computing resources for small and medium manufacturers; and (2) providing financial assistance to small and medium manufacturers to implement smart manufacturing technologies and practices. 30% match required $50,000,000 $2,000,000 TBA TBA Expected 4th quarter 2022 Resources could be allocated to small- and medium-sized manufacturers of clean energy or clean vehicle technologies and systems. To emphasize equity, resources could be directed to small- and medium-sized manufacturers in target demographics. Applications will be scored based on technical merit, innovation, and impact; research approach, workplan, and deliverables; academic and private sector partners; and alternate sources of funding. $50,000,000 in funding available until expended. No
Existing - IIJA Increase State of Good Repair Grants To provide capital assistance for the maintenance, replacement, and rehabilitation projects of rail and bus systems to help transit agencies maintain assets in a state of good repair. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) Eligible recipients are state and local government authorities in UZAs with fixed guideway and high intensity motorbus systems in revenue service for at least seven years. State of Good Repair Grants funds are available for capital projects that maintain a fixed guideway or a high intensity motorbus system in a state of good repair. 20% match required $21,640,412,832 TBA TBA TBA March 7, 2022 Ensuring quality public transit incentivizes ridership and a shift away from personal automobilies. Repaired vehicles may be fitted with electric or other fuel-efficient technologies. Public transit disproportionately benefits racial minorities and other vulnerable populations. Ensuring quality transit options can, among other things, help these communities access jobs and economic opportunities. Evaluation criteria include the size of the rail system; the amount of funds available to the applicant; the age and condition of the rail rolling stock that has exceeded or will exceed the useful service life of the rail rolling stock in the 5-year period following the grant; and whether the applicant has identified replacement of the rail vehicles as a priority in the investment prioritization portion of the transit asset management plan of the recipient pursuant to part 625 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations (or successor regulations). This is a formula fund. DOT has a second, $1.5 billion competitive grant fund. Funding is available during the year of apportionment and the three years following. No https://www.transit.dot.gov/regulations-and-guidance/asset-management/state-good-repair
Existing - Increase States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP) To support and improve regional economic development opportunities by supporting basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, workforce development and business development with an emphasis on entrepreneurship. Delta Regional Authority N/A Applicants must be in one of the 252 counties and parishes across 8 states served by the Delta Regional Authority. To see the region map, click here: https://dra.gov/about-dra/map-room/ 10% match required for Business Development or Workforce Development funding $18,930,599 Varies by state N/A N/A June 5, 2022 (LDD); June 19, 2022 (DRA) Consider focusing on fundamental improvements to the efficiency and electrification of existing buildings, including weatherization of support facilities like community centers, schools, or housing. Upgrading community facilities with solar plus battery storage can convert such facilities into community resiliency hubs that serve as emergency power centers and cooling centers. To encourage entrepreneurship, explore integrating new clean energy and EV supply chain manufacturing hubs/business parks into regional economic development plans. Where possible, consider whether partnerships with universities or community colleges could be leveraged to launch an economic diversification and workforce development strategy to promote and enhance the growth of emerging clean energy industries and retain local talent. DRA evaluates distressed populations and county areas when allocating funding to each state. It is possible for infrastructure projects in distressed counties/parishes to receive 100% project funding. Under federal law, at least 75% of DRA funds must be invested in economically distressed counties and parishes. All SEDAP projects should support one or more strategic DRA goals: 1) improved workforce competitiveness; 2) strengthened infrastructure; and/or 3) increased community capacity. Competitiveness of applications will also be increased if any local match or leverage is able to be provided, even if not required. For more information on the program, see here: https://dra.gov/images/uploads/content_files/StatesEconomicDevelopmentAssistanceProgram2021(SEDAP).pdf No https://dra.gov/funding-programs-states-economic-development/states-economic-development-assistance-program/
New Statewide Planning, Research, and Networks (American Rescue Plan) To develop coordinated statewide plans for economic development and data, tools, and institutional capacity to evaluate and scale evidence-based economic development efforts, including through communities of practice and provision of technical assistance among existing and new EDA grantees. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) Eligibility is broad for this opportunity. Yes $31,000,000 $6,000,000 20 $1,550,000 May 24, 2022 This NOFO seeks to build regional economies for the future through two primary avenues: a) Statewide Planning and b) Research and Networks. For States negatively impacted by the downturn in the coal economy, EDA expects that the plans developed under this activity will specifically address the economic effects of the transition away from coal and expansion or creation of industry clusters to support affected communities. Applicants should consider supply chains growth in sustainable manufacturing, clean energy, and electric vehicles. Through Research and Communities of Practice awards, EDA will fund data, tools, and institutional capacity for analyzing the needs of persistent poverty communities and formulating strategies to decrease economic disparities, facilitating coordination with Tribes or other indigenous communities and other planning efforts that intersect with the Tribes’ interests and are supported by impacted Tribal communities, and cataloging state innovation and entrepreneurship assets including mechanisms to access capital and equity financing to support business development and expansion and gaps in access to capital for underserved rural and urban communities. N/A N/A No https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=334728
New - IIJA Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Technology (SMART) Grants To fund demonstration projects that incorporate innovative transportation technologies or uses of data, including coordinated automation, connected vehicles, and intelligent sensor-based infrastructure. Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of the Secretary A SMART grant may be used to carry out a project that demonstrates at least one of the following: (i) coordinated automation, (ii) connected vehicles, (iii) Intelligent, sensor-based infrastructure, (iv) systems integration, (v) commerce delivery and logistics, (vi) leveraging use of innovative aviation, (vii) smart grids, (viii) smart technology traffic signals. TBA $100,000,000 TBA TBA TBA TBA Smart transportation technologies can help manage congestion, increase the efficiency of vehicular travel, and help strategically site traffic management and vehicle charging infrastructure based on use and demand. Applicants should consider pairing SMART grants with other infrastructure funding to improve whole systems. DOT will consider geographical diversity among grant recipients, including the need for balancing the needs of rural communities, midsized communities, and large communities. N/A N/A No
Existing - IIJA Increase Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBGP) The Surface Transportation Block Grant Program promotes flexibility in state and local transportation decisions and provides flexible funding to best address state and local transportation needs. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) The Surface Transportation Block Grant Program is available for the roughly 1 million miles of Federal-aid highways, for bridges on any public road, and for transit capital projects. 20% match required; 10% match required for interstate projects $18,000,000 TBA TBA TBA TBA Surface transportation projects can help traffic move more efficiently, reduce traffic congestion, and reduce carbon emissions. Applicants should consider how surface highway projects, specifically, can reduce the number of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and encourage public transit. Surface transportation projects can target deficient infrastructure in underserved communities, providing local jobs in the process. N/A N/A No https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/specialfunding/stp/160307.cfm
New - IIJA Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative To carry out on-site technical assessments to identify opportunities for (1) maximizing the energy efficiency of industrial processes and cross-cutting systems; (2) preventing pollution and minimizing waste; (3) improving efficient use of water in manufacturing processes; and (4) conserving natural resources. Following these assessments, the initiative aims to carry out a joint government-industry partnership program to implement recommendations. Department of Energy (DOE) TBA New program; details forthcoming. TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA Technical assessments provided through this program can help optimize industrial processes to reduce carbon emissions and other waste. These solutions are relatively low-cost and may be economically beneficial for the industrial partners involved. Local governments/authorities should consider directing these federal-industry partnerships to achieve local decarbonization goals. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ N/A N/A No
Existing - Constant Title 17 Innovative Energy Loan Guarantee Program (Title 17) To eliminate gaps in commercial financing for energy projects in the United States that utilize innovative technology to reduce, avoid, or sequester greenhouse gas emissions. LPO can help finance catalytic, replicable, and market-ready renewable energy and efficient energy technologies with $4.5 billion of available loan guarantees. LPO can provide first-of-a-kind projects and other high-impact, energy-related ventures with access to debt capital and flexible financing that private lenders cannot provide. Department of Energy (DOE) Loans Program Office Eligible projects must satisfy all four of the following basic eligibility requirements: Innovative Technology, Greenhouse Gas Benefits, Located in the United States, and Reasonable Prospect of Repayment. Not required $4,500,000,000 Unknown Unknown Unknown Rolling Consider utilizing loan guarantees to finance advanced grid integration, energy storage, on-site and off-site renewable energy, and electrification and energy efficiency improvements in residential and commercial buildings. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ N/A N/A No https://www.energy.gov/lpo/renewable-energy-efficient-energy-projects-loan-guarantees
New - IIJA Transmission Facilitation Program To facilitate the construction of electric power transmission lines and related facilities; to provide loans to applicants attempting to construct or replace transmission lines, increase the capacity of existing transmission lines, or incorporate isolated grids into a larger transmission, telecommunications, or infrastructure network. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Electricity Eligible electric power transmission lines must be greater than 1,000 MW for new lines, upgrades to existing lines (or new lines in existing corridors) must be greater than 500 MW. Eligible entities are any entities seeking to carry out an eligible project (see Other Notes). See details for cost recovery and capacity contract term requirements $2,550,000,000 N/A $2.5 billion in borrowing authority, $50M for administration ($10M per year) N/A TBA This program is aimed at facilitating transmission capacity expansion. DOE will enter into capacity contracts for transmission capacity (capped at 50% of line capacity and 40-year terms). These may be with third parties, for which a competitive solicitation must occur, or as public-private partnerships. Local governments interested in transmission capacity projects in order to integrate renewable energy or increase system resiliency may choose to participate either as a partner in a capacity contract, or in related planning activities. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ Eligible projects include: (A) to construct a new or replace an existing eligible electric power transmission line; (B) to increase the transmission capacity of an existing eligible electric power transmission line; or (C) to connect an isolated microgrid to an existing transmission, transportation, or telecommunications infrastructure corridor located in Alaska, Hawaii, or a territory of the United States. Note that related facilities do not include generation facilities or facilities used to distribute electricity locally. No https://www.energy.gov/oe/articles/transmission-facilitation-program
Existing - Constant Transmission Infrastructure Program (TIP) To leverage federal funds and attract private and other non-federal co-investment to support the development of critical transmission and related infrastructure to expand and modernize the electric grid. Department of Energy (DOE) Western Area Power Administration ​Prospective utility-scale transmission and/or related projects must have at least one terminus in WAPA's 15-state service territory; demonstrate a reasonable expectation of repayment; facilitate the delivery of clean energy; not adversely impact system reliability or operations; serve the public interest. Not required $3,250,000,000 Typical TIP loan financings can range from $40 million to $1 billion N/A Varies by project need Rolling This is a unique federal program aimed at modernizing the electrical grid in the western U.S. The program's primary goal is to leverage federal funds and attract private and other non-federal co-investment to support the development of critical transmission and related infrastructure to advance and support the deployment of utility-scale renewable energy projects.​ WAPA lists multiple projects that have received support from environmental stakeholders and other regional transmission and energy partners. For projects of this magnitude that impact regional, if not, interstate energy transmission, ensuring that the planning process includes key local and regional stakeholders is critical to success. While this program is flexible in terms of the applicant, typically energy developers, private investors, and a combination of state and federal agencies partner together to expand transmission opportunities. Costs will vary based on the complexity of the project. Prospective applicants to review past and present projects here: https://www.wapa.gov/transmission/TIP/Pages/projects.aspx No https://www.wapa.gov/transmission/TIP/Pages/AboutTIP.aspx
Existing - IIJA Increase Transportation Alternatives / Enhancement Programs (TA Set-Aside) To support multi-modal transportation systems, including pedestrian and bicycle facilities, projects that increase access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, recreational trail projects, safe routes to school projects; and projects for planning, designing, or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former divided highways. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) Varies by state Varies by state 10% set-aside from Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBGP) Varies by state Varies by state N/A Varies by state When possible, these funds can be optimized if building new connections to existing transportation networks. Consider whether such funding makes sense to increase access with multi-modal options, offer new last-mile connectivity options for public transit users, or support expansions to pedestrian and bicycle trail networks (or build new ones where none previously existed). TAP/TEP funding can greatly increase regional accessibility, especially for currently disconnected, marginalized, and/or underserved communities. Consider how this funding can enhance last-mile connectivity options for those relying on public transit to increase safety and accessibility of continued commutes via transit. Check if your state offers sub-programs within the Transportation Alternatives Program, including the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) to see if a more specialized subset of funding would be more applicable to your project. The FAST Act eliminates the MAP-21 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and replaces it with a set-aside of Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) program funding for transportation alternatives (TA). These set-aside funds include all projects and activities that were previously eligible under TAP, encompassing a variety of smaller-scale transportation projects such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities, recreational trails, safe routes to school projects, community improvements such as historic preservation and vegetation management, and environmental mitigation related to stormwater and habitat connectivity. No https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/transportation_alternatives/
Existing - Constant Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) Program To provide credit assistance for qualified projects of regional and national significance, filling market gaps and leveraging substantial private co-investment through supplemental, subordinate investment in critical improvements to the nation's transportation system. Department of Transportation (DOT) Build America Bureau Eligible applicants include state governments, state infrastructure banks, private firms, special authorities, local governments, and transportation improvement districts. Projects must have a minimum anticipated cost of $10-50 million (depending on project type) and a dedicated loan repayment source. Credit assistance limited to 33% of reasonably anticipated eligible project costs N/A N/A N/A N/A Rolling Eligible programs include Intelligent Transportation Systems, Intermodal Connectors, Transit Vehicles and Facilities, Intercity Buses and Facilities, Transit Oriented Development, and more. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ TIFA intends to facilitate projects with significant public benefits, encourage new revenue streams and private participation, fill capital market gaps for secondary/subordinate capital, and limit Federal exposure by relying on market discipline. The granter intends to be a flexible, "patient" investor willing to take on investor concerns about investment horizon, liquidity, predictability and risk. Smaller projects can apply through the streamlined "TIFIA Lite" program. For this: Borrower should be (1) a public or publicly-sponsored entity; (2) experienced with debt financing, such as prior TIFIA, RRIF, or commercial loans; and (3) willing to accept the terms of the standard TIFIA loan agreement template with little to no negotiation. Projects should be (1) shovel-ready with all permits and licensing completed; (2) given an investment grade rating from a nationally-recognized agency; and (3) posess a loan repayment source in the form of a general obligation pledge, dedicated tax revenue pledge, or government appropriations. No https://www.transportation.gov/buildamerica/financing/tifia
New Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation - Competitive Grants (American Rescue Plan) To help communities that have been hardest hit by challenges facing the travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation sectors to invest in infrastructure, workforce or other projects to support the recovery of the industry and economic resilience of the community in the future. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) Eligibility is broad for this opportunity. Yes $240,000,000 $10,000,000 150 $1,600,000 February 10, 2022 Enhancing resilience in the travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation sectors in the face of the pandemic, especially in light of the ongoing impacts of a changing climate, is a multi-dimensional effort emphasizing engagement and support from all aspects of the community, including economic development practitioners. This program can support upgrades/retrofits to existing travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation infrastructure as well as new infrastructure projects that lead to long-term increases in tourist activity. Also consider improving the connectivity of outdoor recreational assets such as trails to increase access to other community facilities and transit hubs. Projects that would support economic diversification in communities overly reliant on the travel and tourism industry are permitted, but projects that directly support the industry are preferred and will be prioritized. N/A N/A No https://eda.gov/arpa/travel-tourism/
New Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation - State Tourism Grants (American Rescue Plan) To help states quickly invest in marketing, infrastructure, workforce, and other projects to rejuvenate safe leisure, business and international travel. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) EDA will send governors, the mayor of DC, and other applicable territory leaders or their designees a formal invitation to apply. Not required $510,000,000 N/A N/A N/A 60 days after receiving invitation Enhancing resilience in the travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation sectors in the face of the pandemic, especially in light of the ongoing impacts of a changing climate, is a multi-dimensional effort emphasizing engagement and support from all aspects of the community, including economic development practitioners. This program can support upgrades/retrofits to existing travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation infrastructure as well as new infrastructure projects that lead to long-term increases in tourist activity. Also consider improving the connectivity of outdoor recreational assets such as trails to increase access to other community facilities and transit hubs. States can spend awards themselves and/or competitively subaward funds to eligible designees. Projects surrounding workforce training, economic diversification and development, and technical assistance are encouraged to equitably build capacity for those hit hardest within the industry. N/A Non-competitive. Contact your state to learn how this will be allocated. No https://eda.gov/arpa/travel-tourism/
Existing - Constant Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program (TELGP) To provide partial loan guarantees to support economic opportunities to tribes through energy development projects and activities. LPO provides borrowers access to capital, flexible financing, and expert project support to help reinvigorate, advance, and transform America’s energy infrastructure. Department of Energy (DOE) Loans Program Office Eligible borrowers must be a federally recognized tribe or a tribal energy development organization with majority tribal ownership and control. The project can involve a single site or distributed portfolio. Projects employing commercial technology are preferred. Not required $2,000,000,000 Up to 90% of the unpaid principal and interest due on any loan for energy development. Unknown Unknown Rolling Consider utilizing partial loan guarantees to finance large clean energy projects, such as off-site renewable energy projects, transmission infrastructure, and EV charging infrastructure. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ N/A TELGP’s specialized expertise is in large-scale energy projects and loans that exceed $25 million. No https://www.energy.gov/lpo/tribal-energy-loan-guarantee-program
Existing - IIJA Increase Tribal High Priority Projects Program To reinstate and provide funding for the Tribal High Priority Projects program. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) Eligible entities must be federally-recognized Tribal governments. Eligible projects must be highest-priority, emergency, or disaster related projects N/A $11,250,000 $1,000,000 N/A N/A TBA While this program will fund safety projects generally, applicants should prioritize projects that will decrease the need for private vehicles on the road and increase transit ridership, promote carpooling and ridesharing, and be in coordination with regional transit-oriented development planning. Communities should look to deploy extensive, convenient, well-connected bus rapid transit projects that can align with local, regional, and statewide vehicle electrification plans. High priority projects may center on disaster recovery and can be implemented with long-term climate resiliency in mind. This program provides the necessary Federal support to help Tribal governments implement top priorities, namely recovery from disasters. N/A N/A No
Existing - Increase Tribal Transit Program - Competitive To provide funding to federally recognized Indian tribes to provide public transportation services on and around Indian reservations or tribal land in rural areas. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Only federally recognized tribes are eligible recipients under the Tribal Transit Program. However, tribes which are not federally recognized remain eligible to apply to the state as a subrecipient for funding under the State's apportionment. 10% match required typically, except for FY21 with no cost share required $8,752,896 $25,000 cap on planning grant awards 60 $145,882 May 25, 2022 Decarbonization strategies may focus on investments that expand transit services in a manner that reduces single passenger vehicle miles traveled, invest in zero-emission vehicles and charging infrastructure, and holistic transportation strategies that emphasize walking, cycling, and public transit connectivity alongside electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure build-out for ride-sharing and vehicle sharing programs. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ The FY21 NOFO may be viewed here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/05/27/2021-11197/fy-2021-competitive-funding-opportunity-public-transportation-on-indian-reservations-program-tribal In FY 2020, the program received applications for 30 eligible projects requesting a total of $9.4 million. Twenty-five projects were funded at a total of $7.7 million. No https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=338127
Existing - Constant Tribal Transit Program - Formula To provide funding to federally recognized Indian tribes to provide public transportation services on and around Indian reservations or tribal land in rural areas. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Only federally recognized tribes are eligible recipients under the Tribal Transit Program. However, tribes which are not federally recognized remain eligible to apply to the state as a subrecipient for funding under the State's apportionment. Not required $35,823,941 N/A 125 $286,592 N/A Decarbonization strategies may focus on investments that expand transit services in a manner that reduces single passenger vehicle miles traveled, invest in zero-emission vehicles and charging infrastructure, and holistic transportation strategies that emphasize walking, cycling, and public transit connectivity alongside electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure build-out for ride-sharing and vehicle sharing programs. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ N/A N/A No https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grants/tribal-transit-formula-grants-5311c1b
Existing - Increase Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Program To provide technical, financial, research and educational services for communities to conserve, restore, and enhance urban forests. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) United States Forest Service Eligible applicants include non-profits, educational institutions of higher learning, local governments, municipalities, tribal organizations, and state organizations representing multi-state or national proposals. 50% match required $1,000,000 $500,000 5 $200,000 April 8, 2022 Consider enhancing urban and suburban tree canopies, especially where heat islands and flooding are more common. Urban forestry needs to be strategically deployed and well managed to help reduce energy use, mitigate disasters and promote human health. It is important to include and/or address underserved communities and their needs. The Council seeks to fund proposals that clearly broaden the base of participation through the involvement of such non-traditional partnerships and the inclusion of underserved communities with applicable local, state and/or national urban forestry contacts. Applicants should consider multi-year projects and other sources of funds, which may include other Federal cooperative conservation sources. While other Federal dollars or technical support may contribute to the project, they may not be used to match these Federal grant program dollars. Each year, grant categories vary. All grant categories align with one or more of the goals in the National Ten Year Urban and Community Forestry Action Plan (2016-2026). See this resource here: https://urbanforestplan.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/FinalActionPlan_Complete_11_17_15.pdf The grant review process takes about nine months to a year to review the proposals once they are received. In addition to research and tool development projects led by educational institutions of higher learning, selected grant proposals also include network development to achieve a broader impact across multiple cities with the intention to replicate the program in the future. Selected Grant Proposals of 2020 can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/urban-forests/ucf/2020-nufrigp No https://www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/urban-forests/ucf
Existing - Constant Volkswagen Settlement Mitigation Funding To support cleaner and/or electric vehicles (trucks, buses, light duty vehicles, etc.) and charging infrastructure that reduce NOx emissions consistent with each state's beneficiary mitigation plan. This funding comes from EPA's 2016 settlement for $14.7 billion with Volkswagen, a portion of which is allocated directly to states to distribute. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Enforcement Varies by state N/A Varies by state, but total mitigation trust amounts to $2,900,000,000 Up to 100% of a project for governmental entities Varies by state Varies by state Varies by state Funding may be used to support the scrapping of older vehicles as defined, the replacement of an existing engine (repowering), or the purchasing of new diesel or alternate fueled (CNG, propane, hybrid, etc.) engines and vehicles. Consider prioritizing the replacement of aging, less efficient vehicles in your bus or truck fleet. Electric vehicle supply equipment/ charging infrastructure associated with new all-electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles is eligible as well. School and other transit buses could serve as both grid and resilience assets (both during and after their operating life) because of the predictability of their operations combined with significant downtime. Such buses could include vehicle-to-grid technology allowing them to support the regional electricity system by storing and injecting energy into the power grid when not in use. The full list of eligible projects can be found here: https://www.vwcourtsettlement.com/wp-content/uploads/documents/DOJ/Approved%20Appendix%20D-2.pdf Local governments and communities should carefully consider the environmental justice implications of electric vehicle deployment and use, including which bus routes are electrified and where charging infrastructure is located. Interested applicants should check with their state to understand the phases and schedules of implementation. Each state is at a different point of implementation consistent with their beneficiary mitigation plan. The percentage of each project that can be funded through the Trust are categorized into two different rates: government-owned and non-government owned. Governments can fund up to 100% of a project through the trust, whereas non-government entities can fund up to 75% of a project, depending on the category and type of engine replacement (diesel, alternate fuel, all- electric, etc). A “government” is defined in the Settlement as “a state or local government agency (including a school district, municipality, city, county, special district, transit district, joint powers authority, or port authority)... and a tribal government or native village.” No https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DEEP/air/mobile/VW/20190313ModifiedStateBeneficiaryTrustAgreementeffectiveApril122019pdf.pdf
New Voluntary State, Regional, and Local Electricity Distribution Planning To provide assistance to States, regional organizations, and electric utilities to facilitate the development of State, regional, and local electricity distribution plans by (1) conducting a resource assessment and analysis of future demand and distribution requirements; (2) developing open-source tools for State, regional, and local planning and operations. Department of Energy (DOE) N/A Eligible entities include states, regional reliability entities, and other distribution asset owners and operators. Not required $175,000,000 N/A N/A N/A New program, deadline unknown. No funding is associated with this effort. Upon request, eligible entities may receive technical assistance from the DOE on electricity planning. Such assistance may be valuable to plan for increased renewable energy resources and integration of distributed generation assets and electric vehicles and associated charging infrastructure. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ This assistance is by request of the Secretary of Energy. Communities and eligible entities should consult with senior local leadership, Congressional delegations, and/or their governor to make the case and generate support for such a request. $175 million annually for FY 21-25 is authorized to be appropriated for this and 4 other sections. Program expires 2025. No https://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml;jsessionid=EACFBA8133D8234BC507CD09138BAE00?req=owner&f=treesort&fq=true&num=2280&hl=true&edition=prelim&granuleId=USC-prelim-title43-section498
New - IIJA Wastewater Efficiency Grant Pilot Program To assist 15 publicly owned treatment works (POTW) to create or improve waste-to energy systems. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) TBA Eligible applicants include owners or operators of POTW. Grant awards can include sludge collection systems, anaerobic digesters, methane capture or transfer, and other emerging technologies that transform waste to energy. TBA $20,000,000 $4,000,000 N/A N/A TBA Consider deployment of methane capture and transfer technology to increase renewable energy supply. Improve the efficiency of waste-to-energy systems to reduce carbon emissions from waste treatment. Local communities should be engaged with the deployment of waste-to-energy systems and be informed of potential impacts. Consider how the new system can benefit local communities, especially those disadvantaged groups. Potential positive impacts include air quality improvement, clean energy supply increase, new job opportunities, etc. N/A $100,000,000 are available for FY2022 through FY2026. No
Existing - Increase WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants To support projects that conserve and use water more efficiently; increase the production of hydropower; mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict; and accomplish other benefits that contribute to water supply reliability in the western United States. Department of Interior (DOI) Bureau of Reclamation An eligible applicant is a state, Indian tribe, irrigation district, water district, or other organization with water or power delivery authority. Applicants must also be located in the Western US or Territories, specifically: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands. 50% required $42,000,000 $5,000,000 35 $1,200,000 July 28, 2022 This program specifically funds projects that increase the reliability of water supply and/or the use of hydropower in managing and delivering water. Note that other types of renewable energy projects, including large-scale solar, wind, and geothermal projects, are ineligible through this program. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ Applicants proposing hydropower development may wish to contact the Program Coordinator listed in Section G, Agency Contacts, prior to the application deadline to discuss the requirements listed above. This program was formerly known as USBR's Challenge Grants program. No https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=339953
Existing - Increase Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) To reduce energy costs for low-income households by increasing the energy efficiency of the homes while ensuring the resident’s health and safety. It is the nation’s single largest residential whole-house energy efficiency program. The reauthorization provides funding through FY 2025 and expands to include renewable energy services and technologies as part of eligible technologies. Also includes a separate competitive grant for WAP innovation and enhancement programs (capped at $2M per award). Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) WAP provides core program funding to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Native American Tribes, and the five U.S. territories—American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands—through formula grants. Once DOE awards the grants, the states, tribes, and territories contract with roughly 700 local organizations nationwide that consists of community action agencies, other nonprofits, and local governments. N/A $350,000,000 N/A for formula funding; $2 million for WAP innovation and enhancement funds. N/A N/A New program, deadline unknown. This is a reauthorization of the WAP program that increases funding under the existing block grant program, expands the eligible technology list to include renewable energy technologies, and provides separate competitive grants for WAP program enhancement and innovation. Decarbonization strategies may include weatherization of units occupied by low-income households; installation of renewable energy at units occupied by low-income households; and workforce training for WAP contractors. Policymakers may consider this time to review their existing WAP programs from an equity lens. This includes in procedural processes and program design, distributional impacts and outreach to households and communities, and in contractor selection. Contractor optimization and expanded training and workforce development opportunities is a source of focus for program enhancement within the bill. This includes language prioritizing the hiring and retention of employees who are from the community in which the assistance is being provided, and from communities or groups that are underrepresented in the home energy performance workforce, including religious and ethnic minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals who are socioeconomically disadvantaged. N/A Of note, the Administration's FY22 Proposed Budget for WAP includes: $400M in formula grants and training to support the completion of ~50,000 low-income residential energy retrofits “down payment on the American Jobs Plan goal to retrofit 2 million homes; and establishment of a new Weatherization Readiness Fund ($21M) to enhance the pipeline of low-income homes in need of structural repairs to be ready for traditional energy retrofit servicing. Program expires in 2025. No https://www.energy.gov/eere/wap/weatherization-assistance-program
New Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) Community Scale Pilot Project (CSPP) To support "community-scale" initiatives on weatherization improvement of low-income housing. Projects can focus on 1) a cluster of single-family houses in a neighborhood or community; 2) two or more small multifamily buildings; or 3) a large multifamily building. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Eligible applicants include WAP grantees or subgrantees. N/A $1,500,000 N/A N/A N/A March 1, 2022 Decarbonization strategies may include weatherization of units occupied by low-income households, and installation of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies at units occupied by low-income households. Applicants need to clearly describe how diversity, equity and inclusion goals are integrated in the project and how work will benefit underserved communities. The proposal is required to demonstrate a focus on equitable accessibility and/or distribution of program allocations to disadvantaged communities. Demonstrate replicable project design that can be used by the larger WAP N/A No https://www.energy.gov/eere/wap/articles/weatherization-memorandum-085-wap-community-scale-pilot-project-cspp-grant
Existing - Increase Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) Enhancement & Innovation (E&I) program To scale up residential weatherization efforts in DOE WAP-eligible buildings. Funding supports demonstration projects that have the potential to be scaled nationally, enhance the benefits realized by underserved communities, and ensure an equitable transition to a clean-energy economy. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Eligible applicants include WAP grantees, subgrantees, and other nonprofit entities. N/A $18,600,000 $2,000,000 16 $1,162,500 February 3, 2022 (Concept paper); March 28, 2022 (Full application) Eligible activities include the installation of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency technologies, including home energy management systems and smart devices. Applicants need to clearly describe how the project will benefit underserved communities and how the benefit will be measured. Collaboration with community-based organizations is highly recommended to enhance community partnerships. For "workforce development" proposal, consider how to recruit, hire, train, retain and support employees in their career development who are individuals from the community in which assistance is provided and from underrepresented groups in the home energy performance and energy efficiency workforce such as: minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, opportunity youth, returning citizens, and individuals who are socioeconomically disadvantaged. While no matching funds are required, more competitive proposals will leverage a range of federal or non-federal funding, financial contributions, volunteer labor, in-kind donations, and other resources provided by partner organizations. The extent to which such applicant will utilize partnerships with existing WAP Grantees, Subgrantees, and regional coordination is listed as one of the selection factors. Municipal governments are welcome to coordinate with any of the prime applicants and develop an application in a sub-applicant role. A maximum of 15% of the E&I award may be used for planning, management, and administration. No https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/FileContent.aspx?FileID=7c2f798a-b4ef-49c5-9a21-b3ffec829aef
Existing - Constant Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities To demonstrate the alignment of regionally driven, comprehensive approaches to addressing economic distress and the necessary workforce development activities to ensure dislocated and other workers in the regions are capable of succeeding in current and future job opportunities. This program focused on serving communities in the Appalachian and Delta regions. Department of Labor (DOL) Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC); Delta Regional Authority (DRA) Eligible individuals served under this grant include dislocated workers, new entrants to the workforce, and incumbent workers. Applicants are encouraged to incorporate strategies that achieve economic opportunity and address historical inequities. ​ Not required $29,200,000 $1,500,000 30 $973,333 July 21, 2021 These grants help communities create tangible strategies to prepare for new supply chains, clean energy manufacturing, and workforce training. Consider using planning funding to build partnerships that can accelerate the development of trained contractors for deep efficiency and electrification retrofits for commercial and residential buildings. Workforce development programs are not one-size-fits-all, and WORC offers communities in the Appalachian and Delta regions opportunities to create regionally and locally tailored training. Successful long-term economic growth strategies build upon bottom-up, community-led plans that promote economic resilience and maximize regional strengths. The WORC Initiative grants take a long-term view toward assisting eligible communities, including those energy communities that currently or historically have had a high concentration of employment in energy extraction and related industries, in diversifying their economies by investing in developing a skilled workforce through training and other approaches that aligns with local strategies developed by regional partners. Partnerships that leverage existing educational programs or industry collaborations are heavily encouraged. Regional consortia and public-private partnerships are viewed particularly favorably and also highlight a range of strengths and non-federal leverage. Consider inviting DOL staff to participate in specific roundtables or community events with your regional team to get their input directly as you build momentum for funding support. ARC and DRA will provide technical assistance to prospective applicants in their regions, as well as assistance and support to grantees throughout the life of the program. No https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333025
  • The AID Demonstration provides funding for activities eligible for assistance in any phase of a highway transportation project between project planning and project delivery including: planning, financing, operation, structures, materials, pavements, environment, and construction. [062222 - test]
  • To make competitive grants for the development of model deployment sites for large scale installation and operation of advanced transportation technologies to improve safety, efficiency, system performance, and infrastructure return on investments.
  • To provide grants and activities for air pollution control agencies and for research on air pollution prevention and control.
  • To support public agencies and private owners and entities for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS).
  • To support infrastructure projects, including runways and airfields, airport lighting, and airport markings. These funds do not support projects related to airport terminals, equipment, vehicles, or operations.
  • To invest in two general areas: critical infrastructure and business and workforce development. Critical infrastructure investments mainly include water and wastewater systems, transportation networks, broadband, and other projects anchoring regional economic development. Business and workforce investments primarily focus on entrepreneurship, worker training and education, food systems, leadership, and other human capital development.
  • To support and sustain a North American battery supply chain; to support battery manufacturing and recycling by funding demonstration projects and facility construction.
  • To ensure the United States has a viable battery materials processing industry by supporting demonstration projects and the construction of facilities for processing battery materials.
  • To (1) support new strategies for energy and resource recovery from waste streams, curbing fugitive methane emissions, air and water quality impacts, odors, etc.; and (2) develop more robust organisms and catalytic processes for the conversion of sustainable feedstocks and intermediates into biofuels and bioproducts.
  • To assist in the development, construction and retrofitting of advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals, and biobased products manufacturing facilities.
  • To evaluate potentially contaminated sites that may need cleanup from prior use. The program offers community-wide assessments for multiple community sites, site-specific grants for an already identified single-site project focus, and assessment coalition grants to increase the capacity of multijurisdictional entities to assess sites in multiple communities.
  • To clean up one brownfield site, or multiple brownfield sites, contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants, contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum), and/or petroleum.
  • To deliver Brownfields Job Training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field.
  • To provide grant funding for a range of eligible purposes, including developing inventories of brownfield sites, prioritizing sites, engaging community stakeholders, conducting assessments, developing cleanup and reuse plans for key sites, conducting cleanup activities, and developing a revitalization plan.
  • To provide seed money to capitalize a revolving loan fund program including loans and subgrants to clean up and remediate sites across a region or community. Revolving loan funds are used to provide no-interest or low-interest loans for eligible brownfield cleanups, subgrants for cleanups, and other eligible programmatic costs necessary to manage the loan fund.
  • To provide technical assistance grants to approximately 50-60 regional coalitions across the country and help them develop transformational economic development strategies The 2-phase BBB Regional Challenge aims to grow new regional industry clusters or scale existing ones through planning, infrastructure, innovation and entrepreneurship, workforce development, access to capital, and more.
  • To award transformative investment to 20-30 finalist coalitions identified in Phase 1 and fund their identified projects. The 2-phase BBB Regional Challenge aims to grow new regional industry clusters or scale existing ones through planning, infrastructure, innovation and entrepreneurship, workforce development, access to capital, and more.
  • To develop and support regional tech-based economic development initiatives that accelerate high quality job growth, create more economic opportunities, and support the future of the next generation of industry leading companies
  • To provide quick, targeted technical assistance to selected communities to contribute environmental and economic sustainability, using a variety of tools that have demonstrated results and widespread application.
  • To enable sustained, cost-effective implementation of updated building energy codes to save customers money on their energy bills.
  • To invest in and undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks communities face from disasters and natural hazards.
  • To establish a competitive grant program to help institutions of higher education establish building training and assessment centers to educate and train building technicians and engineers on implementing modern building technologies.
  • To make federal resources available to states and direct recipients to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities including technological changes or innovations to modify low or no emission vehicles or facilities. The competitive Bus and Bus Facilities program includes the Low or No Emission Vehicle Program.
  • To make federal resources available to states and direct recipients to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities including technological changes or innovations to modify low or no emission vehicles or facilities.
  • To invest in substantial corridor improvements in areas that are at or over capacity (or will be within 10 years). This is a robust project development process not geared at maintaining a state of good repair, rather the focus is on increasing corridor capacity by 10% or more.
  • To fund major investments in new or extended fixed guideway public transit systems, including light rail, heavy rail, commuter rail, streetcar, and bus rapid transit (BRT) projects.
  • To fund major investments in new or extended fixed guideway public transit systems, including light rail, heavy rail, commuter rail, streetcar, and bus rapid transit (BRT) projects. This may include corridor-based BRT systems.
  • To demonstrate substantial improvements in the efficiency, effectiveness, cost, and environmental performance of carbon capture technologies for power, industrial, and other commercial applications.
  • To reduce transportation emissions via alternative fueling infrastructure, efficiency, electrification, and other planning strategies.
  • To expand DOE's Carbon Storage program to fund development of new or expanded commercial large-scale carbon sequestration projects and associated carbon dioxide transport infrastructure, including funding for the feasibility, site characterization, permitting, and construction stages of project development.
  • To procure and use products derived from captured carbon oxides.
  • To pay the Federal share of associated career skills training programs under which students concurrently receive classroom instruction and on-the-job training for the purposes of obtaining an industry-related certification to install energy efficient building technologies.
  • To support those communities that have undergone a comprehensive local planning process and are ready to implement their “Transformation Plan” to redevelop the neighborhood.
  • To support the development of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans which focused on directing resources to address three core goals: Housing, People and Neighborhoods. The Transformation Plan will become the guiding document for the revitalization of the public and/or assisted housing units while simultaneously directing the transformation of the surrounding neighborhood and positive outcomes for families.
  • To demonstrate the technical and economic viability of clean energy projects on current and former mines.
  • To establish an R&D, demonstration, commercialization, and deployment program to improve the efficiency, increase the durability, and reduce the cost of producing clean hydrogen using electrolyzers.
  • To support R&D and demonstration projects that advance new clean hydrogen production, processing, delivery, and storage; use equipment manufacturing technologies and techniques; and increase the reuse and recycling of clean hydrogen technologies.
  • To decarbonize school bus fleets by replacing existing school buses with zero-emission buses and alternative fuel-based buses.
  • To provide secured loans or loan guarantee to projects (of at least $100m) involving common carrier carbon dioxide transportation infrastructure or associated equipment, including pipeline, shipping, rail, or other transportation infrastructure and associated equipment, that will transport or handle carbon dioxide captured from anthropogenic sources or ambient air.
  • To encourage deployment of combined heat and power, waste heat to power, and efficient district energy technologies by providing education and outreach to building, industry, and utility professionals, state and local policymakers, and other individuals and organizations as relevant. Support also includes onsite assessments and engineering support in addition to general informational activities. Redesignates the Clean Energy Application Centers of DOE as the CHP Technical Assistance Program.
  • To develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons.
  • To help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to the direct and indirect effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic and to mitigate future risk.
  • To help cities, counties, and states recover from Presidentially-declared disasters. The grants focus on low-income areas, subject to availability of supplemental appropriations.
  • To develop community facilities that provide essential services to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area. Funds can be used to purchase, construct, and/or improve essential community facilities, buy equipment, or pay necessary project costs.
  • To support a broad array of projects for infrastructure and community development.
  • To support most low-carbon transportation modes including public transit, active transportation, electrification, and port and freight pollution mitigation.
  • To support a broad array of projects for infrastructure and community development.
  • To expand DOE’s network of grid-interactive efficient building communities nationwide and demonstrate the ability of groups of buildings and distributed energy resources (DERs) to provide cost effective grid services through demand flexibility and efficiency that maximize use of renewable resources and reduce emissions, while maintaining (if not enhancing) occupant satisfaction and productivity.
  • To fund projects that improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of intercity passenger and freight rail.
  • To seek partners that can help NE advance its primary missions of maintaining the current nuclear fleet, developing and deploying advanced nuclear reactor technologies, and tackling spent nuclear fuel storage. These partners will, with an emphasis on environmental justice, work with local energy communities, educational entities, and other constituencies to find opportunities to accomplish the shared mission of utilizing nuclear energy to advance national and international energy, environmental, and economic needs.
  • To review federal opportunities and programs for schools and provide streamlined communication and technical assistance for states, local education agencies, local governments and non-profits on developing and financing renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy retrofits. Will include development of a single resource website.
  • To provide flexible funds for coronavirus response and for following general purposes: 1. Replacing lost public sector revenue 2. Responding to the far-reaching public health and negative economic impacts of the pandemic 3. Premium pay to essential workers 4. Investments in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure.
  • To provide flexible funds for coronavirus response and for following general purposes: 1. Replacing lost public sector revenue 2. Responding to the far-reaching public health and negative economic impacts of the pandemic 3. Premium pay to essential workers 4. Investments in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure.
  • To support large projects to mitigate flood and/or storm damage, restore environments and aquatic ecosystems, or improve coastal/inland harbor or waterway navigation systems. Note: FY2021 funding is limited to dam safety projects in the National Inventory of Dams owned by non-federal entities.
  • To fund grid investments that provide flexibility and help quickly rebalance the electrical system, facilitate the aggregation or integration of distributed energy resources, provide energy storage, provide voltage support, and anticipate and mitigate impacts of extreme weather events or natural disasters on grid resilience.
  • To achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas.
  • To achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas.
  • To fund both pre-commercial and commercial Direct Air Capture (DAC) applications.
  • To help communities and regions devise and implement long-term economic recovery strategies through a variety of non-construction and construction projects.
  • To carry out the purposes of the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) for costs associated with major disaster declarations. Through the DRF, FEMA can fund authorized federal disaster support activities as well as eligible state, territorial, tribal, and local actions such as providing emergency protection and debris removal. The DRF also funds: 1. The repair and restoration of qualifying disaster-damaged public infrastructure 2. Hazard mitigation initiatives 3. Financial assistance to eligible disaster survivors 4. Fire Management Assistance Grants for qualifying large forest or grassland wildfires
  • As part of the Electric Vehicle Charging and Refueling Infrastructure Program at least 50% of this funding must be used for a community grant program "Community Charging" where priority is given to projects that expand access to EV charging and alternative fueling infrastructure within rural areas, low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, and communities with a low ratio of private parking spaces.
  • To strategically deploy publicly accessible electric vehicle charging infrastructure and other alternative fueling infrastructure along designated alternative fuel corridors.
  • To engage in community-driven research that will address the drivers and environmental impacts of energy transitions in underserved communities.
  • To plan, build, innovate, and put people back to work through construction or non-construction projects designed to meet local needs. This flexible program supports a wide range of technical, planning, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and public works and infrastructure projects.
  • To produce multiple economic and workforce development outcomes for workers and communities negatively impacted by changes in the coal economy, such as promoting regional economic growth and diversification, new job creation, and reemployment opportunities for displaced coal economy workers.
  • To support communities impacted by closures of nuclear power plants throughout the United States have had a significant impact on the economic foundations of surrounding communities through sudden job losses and a reduction to the local tax base.
  • To help communities experiencing or anticipating economic dislocations to plan and implement specific solutions to leverage their existing regional economic advantages to support economic development and job creation.
  • To improve the recycling rates and second-use adoption rates of electric vehicle batteries; to optimize the design and adaptability of electric vehicle batteries to make electric vehicle batteries more easily recyclable; to establish alternative supply chains for critical materials that are found in electric vehicle batteries; to reduce the cost of manufacturing, installation, purchase, operation, and maintenance of electric vehicle batteries; to improve the environmental impact of electric vehicle battery recycling processes.
  • To finance the construction of electric distribution, transmission, and generation facilities, including system improvements and replacement required to furnish and improve electric service in rural areas, as well as demand-side management, energy conservation programs, and on-grid and off-grid renewable energy systems.
  • To purchase electric or low-emitting ferries and the electrification of or other reduction of emissions from existing ferries.
  • To provide state, local, tribal and territorial emergency management agencies with the resources required for implementation of the National Preparedness System and works toward the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation. The EMPG’s allowable costs support efforts to build and sustain core capabilities across the prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery mission areas.
  • To assist public transit operators in the aftermath of an emergency or major disaster.
  • To provide grants to eligible States to train individuals to conduct energy audits or surveys of commercial and residential buildings to build the clean energy workforce, save customers money on their energy bills, and reduce pollution from building energy use.
  • To directly invest in projects that develop, promote, implement, and manage energy efficiency and conservation, including clean energy.
  • To fund a pilot program for materials (including products, equipment, or systems) that result in a reduction in use by a nonprofit organization of energy or fuel.
  • To capitalize and establish a revolving loan fund under which states shall provide loans and grants supporting energy efficiency projects.
  • To research and develop large-scale energy storage systems. There will be at least three demonstration projects.
  • To provide grants to eligible entities for technical assistance on evaluating, designing, and demonstrating energy storage technology and demonstration projects that utilize energy from renewables.
  • To invest in innovative research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) projects that accelerate the large-scale development and deployment of renewable energy to support an equitable transition to a decarbonized electricity system by 2035 and net-zero emissions economy by 2050.
  • To assist private, non-profit, and public transportation operators in meeting the transportation needs of older adults and people with disabilities when the transportation service provided is unavailable, insufficient, or inappropriate to meeting these needs. The program aims to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation service and expanding transportation mobility options.
  • To provide grants, contracts and other agency activities that identify and address disproportionate environmental or public health harms and risks in minority populations or low-income populations under designated sections of environmental statutes. These include: Sec. 103(b) of the Clean Air Act Sec. 1442 of the Safe Drinking Water Act Sec. 104(k)(7)(A) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 Sec.791 - Sec.797 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005
  • To improve the environment and public health conditions of low-income communities and communities of color through the advancement of racial equity and environmental justice
  • To improve the transportation infrastructure owned and maintained by Federal Lands Management Agencies.
  • To give up to 10 States additional flexibility to determine the Federal share on a project, multiple-project, or program basis for projects under any of the following funded under the National Highway Performance Program, the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program, the Highway Safety Improvement Program, the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program National Highway Freight Program, the Carbon Reduction Program, and the PROTECT grant program.
  • To identify opportunities for optimizing energy efficiency and environmental performance at manufacturing and other industrial facilities; to fund a grant program to fund upgrades for small- and medium-sized manufacturers that have been recommended in an assessment from an IAC or CHP TAP.
  • To improve the understanding of geothermal heat pumps and the direct use of geothermal energy and to increase the energy efficiency, lower the cost, increase the use, and improve and demonstrate the effectiveness of geothermal heat pumps and the direct use of geothermal energy.
  • To build and strengthen regional workforce training systems and sectoral partnerships that bring together employers who have hiring needs with other key entities to train workers with in-demand skills that lead to good-paying jobs.
  • To make energy efficiency, renewable energy, and alternative fueled vehicle upgrades and improvements at public schools.
  • To help communities develop and implement plans that reduce stormwater runoff, increase the number and size of green spaces in urban areas, improve the health of local streams and the Chesapeake Bay, and enhance quality of life and community livability.
  • To reduce vulnerability of communities, promotes individual and community safety and resiliency, lessens response and recovery needs, results in safer communities.
  • EPA's Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of the nation’s most contaminated lands. To protect public health and the environment, the Superfund program focuses on making a visible and lasting difference in communities, ensuring that people can live and work in healthy, vibrant places.
  • To support demonstrations in up to 5 communities that are served by both a HUD-funded LHC program and a DOE-funded WAP to demonstrate the potential advantages of the coordination of home intervention services.
  • To deploy cool and/or porous pavements and to expand tree cover. to mitigate urban heat islands, improve air quality, and reduce the extent of impervious surfaces, storm water runoff and flood risks, and heat impacts to infrastructure and communities.
  • To assist energy providers and other eligible entities in lowering energy costs for families and individuals in areas with extremely high per-household energy costs (275% of the national average or higher).
  • To reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads, including non-State-owned public roads and roads on tribal lands. The program requires a data-driven, strategic approach to improving highway safety on all public roads that focuses on performance.
  • To provide formula grants to states and localities to fund a wide range of activities including building, buying, and/or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or homeownership or providing direct rental assistance to low-income people.
  • To repair or rehabilitate housing owned or occupied by low- and very-low-income rural citizens.
  • To provide incentives for improvements to hydroelectric facilities that increase their efficiency by at least 3%.
  • To provide funding for projects adding hydroelectric power generating capabilities to existing dams and other water infrastructure.
  • To support ongoing and/or proposed activities related to climate and clean energy that support, build trust, and strengthen relationships and partnerships with disadvantaged communities. Specifically, this prize seeks to enable and enhance business and technology incubation, acceleration, and other community-based and university-based entrepreneurship and innovation in climate and clean energy technologies.
  • To promote Indian tribal energy development, efficiency, and use; reduce or stabilize energy costs; enhance and strengthen Indian tribal energy and economic infrastructure relating to natural resource development and electrification; and bring electrical power and service to Indian land and the homes of tribal members.
  • To develop and execute economic development projects that indigenous communities need to recover from the pandemic and to create the conditions for economic growth in indigenous communities and to accelerate economic recovery from the pandemic.
  • To fund transportation projects of national and regional significance that are in line with the Biden Administration’s principles for national infrastructure projects that result in good-paying jobs, improve safety, apply transformative technology, and explicitly address climate change and racial equity.
  • To improve access to public transportation by building partnerships among health, transportation, and other service providers. This program provides competitive funding to support innovative projects for the transportation disadvantaged that will improve the coordination of transportation services and non-emergency medical transportation services.
  • To fund state and tribal governments for the acquisition and development of public parks and other outdoor recreation sites.
  • To enable urban communities to create new outdoor recreation spaces, reinvigorate existing parks, and form connections between people and the outdoors in economically underserved communities. Projects should support locally led, voluntary conservation and restoration efforts that address the nature and climate crises, improve equitable access to the outdoors, and strengthen the economy.
  • To provide energy-burdened, low-income communities with (a) historic ties to the fossil fuel economy or (b) environmental justice concerns with technical assistance to identify clean energy pathways and advance existing clean energy plans.
  • To develop and accelerate the charging infrastructure and drastically reduced GHG emissions in support of Administration goals. This FOA is interested in electric vehicle community partner demonstration projects and electric vehicle workplace charging projects.
  • To provide assistance to low-income households for home energy heating and cooling costs. Federal grants provided to states, territories, and tribal governments. These entities set program guidelines and work with local providers to implement services. These program guidelines include income limits and what services may qualify (e.g., direct bill assistance with heating and cooling, weatherization, furnace or AC replacement).
  • To support the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities such as recharging, refueling, and maintenance facilities.
  • To incentivize owners and operators of hydroelectric facilities for capital improvements related to maintaining and enhancing hydroelectricity generation by improving grid resiliency, improving dam safety, and environmental improvements.
  • To fund programs to plug, remediate, and reclaim orphaned wells on Federal, State, and Tribal lands.
  • To promote the development of integrated micro-grid systems for isolated communities and micro-grid systems to increase the resilience of critical infrastructure. Focus on micro-grid systems owned or operated by isolated communities, rural electric co-operatives, and municipal governments.
  • To address important environmental priorities under existing statutes, such as advancing environmental justice and tackling climate change, including development and enforcement of regulations requiring that sources of contamination clean up and remediate affected areas; pre-cleanup and pre-remediation activities such as site assessment and sampling; and public outreach for site-specific work.
  • To deploy EV charging infrastructure and establish a new Joint Office of Energy and Transportation within USDOT and DOE. Additional funds will be used to build and deploy EV charging infrastructure and establish an interconnected network to facilitate data collection, access, and reliability.
  • To support the condition and performance of the National Highway System (NHS), construction of facilities on the NHS, and progress toward targets established in States' NHS asset management plans. Recent updates aim to increase NHS resilience to sea level rise, extreme weather events, flooding and other natural disasters.
  • To help mitigate adverse impacts related to oil and gas development within the NPR-A.
  • To provide funding for the construction, reconstruction, and rehabilitation of nationally-significant projects within, adjacent to, or accessing Federal and tribal lands.
  • To fund freight and highway projects that (1) Improve safety, efficiency, and reliability of the movement of freight and people; (2) Generate economic benefits and competitiveness; (3) Reduce highway congestion and bottlenecks; (4) Improve connectivity between modes of freight transportation; (5) Enhance the resiliency of critical highway infrastructure and protect the environment; (6) Improve roadways vital to national energy security; (7) Address the impact of population growth on the movement of people and freight, and (8) Mitigate negative impacts on communities.
  • To establish the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations to appropriate funds across various energy sources, including clean hydrogen, carbon capture and storage, advanced nuclear reactors, industrial emissions control, etc.
  • To support economic diversity, enhanced job training and re-employment opportunities, create jobs in existing or new industries, and attract new sources of investment in communities affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries.
  • To support existing passenger ferry service, establish new ferry service, and to repair and modernize ferry boats, terminals, and related facilities and equipment.
  • To conduct comprehensive planning that supports economic development and ridership, fosters multimodal connectivity and accessibility, improves transit access for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, engages the private sector, identifies infrastructure needs, enables mixed-use development near transit stations, and addresses climate change, challenges facing environmental justice populations, and racial equity and barriers to opportunity.
  • To support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas by creating and implementing regional economic development plans to build capacity and guide prosperity and resilience.
  • To improve facilities within, or outside of and directly related to operations of or an intermodal connection to, coastal seaports, inland river ports, and Great Lakes ports.
  • To support activities, technologies, equipment, and measures meant to reduce the likelihood and consequences of electric grid damage in the face of extreme weather events.
  • To establish a prioritization process pilot program to support data-driven approaches to transportation planning, that, on completion, can be evaluated for public benefit.
  • To provide private developers and operators with access to tax-exempt interest rates, thereby lowering the cost of capital and enhancing the investment prospects for transportation infrastructure.
  • To coordinate and collaborate with electric sector owners and operators to demonstrate innovative approaches to transmission, storage, and distribution infrastructure to harden and enhance resilience and reliability and demonstrate new approaches to enhance regional grid resilience.
  • To improve the resiliency of transportation infrastructure, including community resilience and evacuation route grants, and at-risk coastal infrastructure grants.
  • To improve the resiliency of transportation infrastructure, including community resilience and evacuation route grants, and at-risk coastal infrastructure grants.
  • To leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities, including those negatively impacted by changes to the coal economy and nuclear power plant closures.
  • To provide financial assistance to eligible entities to carry out project design, transmission studies, power market assessments, and permitting for a pumped storage hydropower project to facilitate the long-duration storage of intermittent renewable electricity.
  • To provide direct loans and loan guarantees to finance development of railroad infrastructure. Funding may help to acquire, improve, or rehabilitate intermodal or rail equipment or facilities; develop or establish new intermodal or railroad facilities; or reimburse planning and design expenses related to the activities above.
  • To support investments in surface transportation projects that promote safety, accessibility, mobility, and economic redevelopment
  • To support planning, preparation, or design— for example environmental analysis, feasibility studies, and other preconstruction activities—of eligible surface transportation capital projects. This can also support the development of master plans, comprehensive plans, corridor plans, and/or risk assessments.
  • To restore community connectivity by removing, retrofitting, or mitigating highways or other transportation facilities that create barriers to community connectivity, including to mobility, access, or economic development.
  • To coordinate and provide funding to test, evaluate, and deploy projects that reduce port-related emissions from idling trucks, including through the advancement of port electrification and improvements in efficiency, focusing on port operations, including heavy-duty commercial vehicles, and other related projects.
  • To develop at least 4 regional clean hydrogen hubs that: 1) Demonstrably aid the achievement of the clean hydrogen production standard developed; 2) Demonstrate the production, processing, delivery, storage and end-use of clean hydrogen, and; 3) Can be developed into a national clean hydrogen network to facilitate a clean hydrogen economy.
  • To fund projects that contribute to the development of 4 regional DAC hubs. Hubs must have the potential to be developed into a regional or interregional carbon network to facilitate sequestration or carbon utilization, and must have the capacity to capture and sequester, utilize, or sequester and utilize at least 1 MMT CO2 annually.
  • To assist rural communities, institutes of higher education and research, and economic development organizations in their efforts to transition the forest-based industry and its workforce to a focus on new technologies and viable business models across the 4-state region of Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont.
  • To expedite delivery of transportation infrastructure projects at the local and regional level by providing technical resources and funding planning and development activities through the Bureau’s loan programs and other innovative financing methods, including public-private partnerships.
  • To build relationships to help local decision-makers and researchers collaborate on adapting to climate change.
  • To fund renewable energy demonstration projects, including enhanced geothermal systems, wind energy, and solar energy.
  • To advance solar and solar-plus-storage technologies that support resilience of electric power systems and the communities they support.
  • To support single-family housing, multi-family housing, community facilities, and communities facing additional repairs and recovery due to emergencies.
  • To assist agricultural producers and rural small businesses in eligible rural areas for energy audits, renewable energy technical assistance, and renewable energy site assessments.
  • To provide loans to rural utilities and other companies who provide energy efficiency loans to qualified consumers to implement durable cost-effective energy efficiency measures.
  • To improve and expand the surface transportation infrastructure in rural areas, increasing connectivity, improving safety and reliability of the movement of people and freight, generating regional economic growth, and improving the quality of life.
  • To support local efforts to prevent death and serious injury on roads and streets, often referred to as "Vision Zero" plans.
  • To support high-impact technology RD&D to accelerate the bioeconomy and, in particular, the production of low-carbon fuels for the aviation, marine, rail, and long-haul trucking industries; to strengthen current first generation (Gen-1) corn ethanol production facilities by reducing their overall carbon footprint.
  • To provide communities a source of financing for economic development, housing rehabilitation, public facilities, and large-scale physical development projects. This is the loan guarantee provision of the CDBG Program allowing communities to leverage portions of their CDBG funds for federally guaranteed loans large enough to pursue physical and economic revitalization projects capable of redeveloping entire neighborhoods. Financing infrastructure with Section 108 Loans Section 108 loans may be used to finance the construction, reconstruction, relocation, clearance, or installation of public facilities including street, sidewalk, and other site improvements that are part of the overall project.
  • To make federal resources available to urbanized areas and to governors for transit capital and operating assistance in urbanized areas and for transportation-related planning.
  • To provide capital, planning, and operating assistance to states to support public transportation in rural areas with populations of less than 50,000, where many residents often rely on public transit to reach their destinations. The program also provides funding for state and national training and technical assistance through the Rural Transportation Assistance Program.
  • To fund the permitting of wells for the geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide and creates a grant program for states to establish their own Class VI permitting programs to ensure rigorous and efficient CO2 geologic storage site permitting.
  • To award grants to eligible entities to demonstrate unique, advanced, or innovative technology-based solutions that will improve the net energy balance of water, wastewater, and water reuse systems and improve energy-water conservation.
  • To assemble multi-stakeholder teams that research and share solutions to real-world challenges associated with solar energy adoption. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) administers the program and, with other expert partners, provides technical assistance and facilitation support to identify local and regional impacts of team projects, formulate and test innovations, and validate new ideas. The third round of SEIN will focus on efforts to overcome barriers to equitable adoption of solar in underserved communities
  • To help cities, counties, and regional organizations across the nation streamline processes that make it faster and easier to deploy solar energy, attract investment, and lower energy costs for families and businesses. DOE is expanding the program to incorporate new solar-related technologies and respond to the evolving needs of local governments.
  • To fund economic development and infrastructure projects throughout designated counties in its 4-state service area of Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. Revolving loan funds may be used to fund workforce development and job training.
  • To enhance energy security, advance state-led energy initiatives, and maximize the benefits of decreasing energy waste. SEP emphasizes the state’s role as the decision maker and administrator for program activities within the state that are tailored to their unique resources, delivery capacity, and energy goals.
  • To facilitate access to high-performance computing resources for small and medium manufacturers and provide assistance to small and medium manufacturers to implement smart manufacturing technologies and practices.
  • To provide capital assistance for the maintenance, replacement, and rehabilitation projects of rail and bus systems to help transit agencies maintain assets in a state of good repair.
  • To support and improve regional economic development opportunities by supporting basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, workforce development and business development with an emphasis on entrepreneurship.
  • To develop coordinated statewide plans for economic development and data, tools, and institutional capacity to evaluate and scale evidence-based economic development efforts, including through communities of practice and provision of technical assistance among existing and new EDA grantees.
  • To fund demonstration projects that incorporate innovative transportation technologies or uses of data, including coordinated automation, connected vehicles, and intelligent sensor-based infrastructure.
  • The Surface Transportation Block Grant Program promotes flexibility in state and local transportation decisions and provides flexible funding to best address state and local transportation needs.
  • To carry out on-site technical assessments to identify opportunities for (1) maximizing the energy efficiency of industrial processes and cross-cutting systems; (2) preventing pollution and minimizing waste; (3) improving efficient use of water in manufacturing processes; and (4) conserving natural resources. Following these assessments, the initiative aims to carry out a joint government-industry partnership program to implement recommendations.
  • To eliminate gaps in commercial financing for energy projects in the United States that utilize innovative technology to reduce, avoid, or sequester greenhouse gas emissions. LPO can help finance catalytic, replicable, and market-ready renewable energy and efficient energy technologies with $4.5 billion of available loan guarantees. LPO can provide first-of-a-kind projects and other high-impact, energy-related ventures with access to debt capital and flexible financing that private lenders cannot provide.
  • To facilitate the construction of electric power transmission lines and related facilities; to provide loans to applicants attempting to construct or replace transmission lines, increase the capacity of existing transmission lines, or incorporate isolated grids into a larger transmission, telecommunications, or infrastructure network.
  • To leverage federal funds and attract private and other non-federal co-investment to support the development of critical transmission and related infrastructure to expand and modernize the electric grid.
  • To support multi-modal transportation systems, including pedestrian and bicycle facilities, projects that increase access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, recreational trail projects, safe routes to school projects; and projects for planning, designing, or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former divided highways.
  • To provide credit assistance for qualified projects of regional and national significance, filling market gaps and leveraging substantial private co-investment through supplemental, subordinate investment in critical improvements to the nation's transportation system.
  • To help communities that have been hardest hit by challenges facing the travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation sectors to invest in infrastructure, workforce or other projects to support the recovery of the industry and economic resilience of the community in the future.
  • To help states quickly invest in marketing, infrastructure, workforce, and other projects to rejuvenate safe leisure, business and international travel.
  • To provide partial loan guarantees to support economic opportunities to tribes through energy development projects and activities. LPO provides borrowers access to capital, flexible financing, and expert project support to help reinvigorate, advance, and transform America’s energy infrastructure.
  • To reinstate and provide funding for the Tribal High Priority Projects program.
  • To provide funding to federally recognized Indian tribes to provide public transportation services on and around Indian reservations or tribal land in rural areas.
  • To provide funding to federally recognized Indian tribes to provide public transportation services on and around Indian reservations or tribal land in rural areas.
  • To provide technical, financial, research and educational services for communities to conserve, restore, and enhance urban forests.
  • To support cleaner and/or electric vehicles (trucks, buses, light duty vehicles, etc.) and charging infrastructure that reduce NOx emissions consistent with each state's beneficiary mitigation plan. This funding comes from EPA's 2016 settlement for $14.7 billion with Volkswagen, a portion of which is allocated directly to states to distribute.
  • To provide assistance to States, regional organizations, and electric utilities to facilitate the development of State, regional, and local electricity distribution plans by (1) conducting a resource assessment and analysis of future demand and distribution requirements; (2) developing open-source tools for State, regional, and local planning and operations.
  • To assist 15 publicly owned treatment works (POTW) to create or improve waste-to energy systems.
  • To support projects that conserve and use water more efficiently; increase the production of hydropower; mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict; and accomplish other benefits that contribute to water supply reliability in the western United States.
  • To reduce energy costs for low-income households by increasing the energy efficiency of the homes while ensuring the resident’s health and safety. It is the nation’s single largest residential whole-house energy efficiency program. The reauthorization provides funding through FY 2025 and expands to include renewable energy services and technologies as part of eligible technologies. Also includes a separate competitive grant for WAP innovation and enhancement programs (capped at $2M per award).
  • To support "community-scale" initiatives on weatherization improvement of low-income housing. Projects can focus on 1) a cluster of single-family houses in a neighborhood or community; 2) two or more small multifamily buildings; or 3) a large multifamily building.
  • To scale up residential weatherization efforts in DOE WAP-eligible buildings. Funding supports demonstration projects that have the potential to be scaled nationally, enhance the benefits realized by underserved communities, and ensure an equitable transition to a clean-energy economy.
  • To demonstrate the alignment of regionally driven, comprehensive approaches to addressing economic distress and the necessary workforce development activities to ensure dislocated and other workers in the regions are capable of succeeding in current and future job opportunities. This program focused on serving communities in the Appalachian and Delta regions.
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