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America’s Federal Funding Opportunities and Resources for Decarbonization

This tool is primarily intended to streamline state, local, non-profit, and community efforts to increase understanding of eligible funding, tax credits, and other incentives relevant to your project, goals, and community. The tool focuses on decarbonization efforts, including electricity, transportation, buildings, and resilient energy systems. It does not exhaustively capture federal resources for other topics. Use the filters below to sort available funding sources automatically and focus on the funding sources relevant to your project, goals, and community. Then use the compare feature to select up to 4 programs most relevant to review side-by-side.

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New Rural Energy Pilot Program (REPP)
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To increase access to renewable energy in rural communities. Funds can be used to support: (1) Community energy planning, capacity building, and technical assistance; (2) Community efficiency and weatherization; and (3) Installation and equipping of community-scale renewable energy technologies and systems United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Rural Development Eligible entities include private entities, state and local entities, Tribal entities, and municpalities and other public bodies. 20% cost share required $10,000,000 $2,000,000 N/A N/A July 18, 2022 Energy efficiency and weatherization activities are often considered a "no-regret" investment when it comes to decarbonization. Consider bundling energy efficiency and weatherization programs with any renewable energy projects to maximize outcomes. Consider utilizing funding to engage disadvantaged communities that would not usually have an opportunity to benefit from local clean energy programs. Energy efficiency and weatherization programs, community solar programs, and the community energy planning process can all be tailored to include disadvantaged communities. Priority is given to distressed and high energy-burden communities, in which households spend a greater proportion of their income on energy costs compared to the average U.S. household. Under the REPP, funds will be awarded to assist Rural Energy Community Partnerships (RECP) to establish and develop clean energy communities through the deployment of community-scale distributed energy technologies, innovations and solutions. Funding is available until spent; it is unclear if USDA will issue an another solicitation for applications. https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/energy-programs/rural-energy-pilot-program
  • To increase access to renewable energy in rural communities. Funds can be used to support: (1) Community energy planning, capacity building, and technical assistance; (2) Community efficiency and weatherization; and (3) Installation and equipping of community-scale renewable energy technologies and systems
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