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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 - IRA 179D: Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Deduction
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To provide a tax deduction to some building owners and tenants who place in service energy efficient commercial building property (EECBP) or energy efficient commercial building retrofit property (EEBRP). Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Beginning January 1, 2023, the deduction is available to: - Owners of qualified commercial buildings - Designers of EECBP/EEBRP installed in buildings owned by specified tax-exempt entities, including certain government entities, Indian tribal governments, Alaska Native Corporations, and other tax-exempt organizations N/A The deduction is the lesser of: 1) The cost of the installed property; 2) The savings per square foot calculated as: $0.50 per square foot for a building with 25% energy savings, plus $0.02 per square foot for each percentage point of energy savings above 25%, up to a maximum of $1.00 per square foot for a building with 50% energy savings. The deduction is 5 times the base amount if the project meets prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements. $5/sq. ft. Uncapped N/A N/A Under the Inflation Reduction Act, energy savings must be measured against the latest ASHRAE standard affirmed by the Secretary of Treasury at least 4 years before the property is placed in service. EECBP and EEBRP must be installed on or in a qualified building as part of the interior lighting systems; the heating, cooling, ventilation, and hot water systems; or the building envelope. Beginning in 2023, if local prevailing wages are paid and apprenticeship requirements are met, an increased maximum deduction applies. The maximum amount increases to 5 times the savings per square foot amount. Governmental and other tax exempt entities should consult with contracted design teams or prospective teams to indicate their interest in leveraging energy efficient designs for buildings they own and maintain. One way to indicate preference or requirement is through requests for qualifications (RFQs) or requests for proposals (RFPs) issued by the entity seeking bids that would intend to leverage this deduction. Under the Inflation Reduction Act, energy savings must be measured against the latest ASHRAE standard affirmed by the Secretary of Treasury at least 4 years before the property is placed in service. For buildings that begin construction on or after January 1, 2023, and have energy efficient property placed in service on or after January 1, 2027, ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2019 applies. No https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/energy-efficient-commercial-buildings-deduction
New - IRA 30C: Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit
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To provide a tax credit for installing qualified vehicle refueling and recharging property in your home or business. Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service (IRS) To qualify for the credit, refueling property must be used to store or dispense clean-burning fuel. Beginning January 1, 2023, the Inflation Reduction Act expands qualified property to include charging stations for 2- and 3-wheeled vehicles (for use on public roads) and bidirectional charging equipment (vehicle-to-grid or V2G) N/A The credit for qualified refueling property subject to depreciation equals 6% with a maximum credit of $100,000 for each single item of property Up to $100,000 or 6% of project costs Uncapped for 10 years N/A N/A This tax credit can be utilized by non-profit entities like municipalities that are working on fleet electrification. Local governments and Tribal communities can also highlight this tax credit for local businesses, landlords, and residents to encourage the private sector deployment of refueling and recharging infrastructure. Qualifying property for businessess are limited to property placed in service within low-income communities or non-urban census tracts. Tax-exempt entities can leverage these credits through a new mechanism known as "elective" or "direct" pay. To learn more about how these tax credits work for entities with and without tax liability, check out our Funding Guidance here: https://cityrenewables.org/funding-guidance/understanding-available-incentives/tax-credits-for-renewable-energy/ See IRA guidance here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/treasury-irs-issue-guidance-on-the-qualified-alternative-fuel-vehicle-refueling-property-credit See guidance on satisfying the geographical requirements here: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-24-20.pdf No https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/alternative-fuel-vehicle-refueling-property-credit
New - IRA 45/45Y: Clean Electricity Production Tax Credit
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To provide a tax credit for the production of clean electricity. 45 is applicable for facilities producing electricity before 2025. 45Y is a technology-neutral tax credit for production of clean electricity starting in 2025. Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Solar, wind, georthermal, and closed loop biomass before 2025 and facilities generating electricity for technologies with zero greenhouse gas emissions after 2025 N/A 2.75 cents/kW, inflation adjusted Bonus of .3 cents/KW for domestic content Bonus of .3 cents/KW for energy communities N/A Uncapped for 10 years N/A Phase-out starts the later of (a) 2032 or (b) when U.S. greenhouse gas emissions from electricity are 25% of 2022 emissions or lower Only electricity that has zero greenhouse gas emissions may qualify for 45Y Credit decreased by 5X for projects that do not meet the prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements. An additional 0.275 cents/kWh credit is added for projects meeting certain domestic content requirements for steel, iron, and manufactured products. An additional 0.275 cents/kWh credit is added if the facility is located in an energy community. See more on the bonuses here: https://cityrenewables.org/funding-guidance/understanding-available-incentives/leveraging-energy-transition-adders/ Tax-exempt entities can leverage these credits through a new mechanism known as "elective" or "direct" pay. To learn more about how these tax credits work for entities with and without tax liability, check out our Funding Guidance here: https://cityrenewables.org/funding-guidance/understanding-available-incentives/tax-credits-for-renewable-energy/ Section 13703 offers an additional tax deduction for facilities or property qualifying for this tax credit. These facilities or property will be treated as a 5-year property for purposes of cost recovery; meaning, they will be able to deduct from their taxable income the depreciating value of their business assets, such as equipment, faster than the value actually declines. In practical terms, qualifying facilities or property will be able to take bigger deductions—leaving them with lower taxable income—in the earlier years of a clean energy investment. Solar now qualifies for the first time Entities can only elect the ITC (48) or the PTC (45). For more information on the tax credits and which to select, see this resource from DOE: https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/federal-solar-tax-credits-businesses No https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/federal-solar-tax-credits-businesses
Existing - IRA Increase 45Q: Credit for Carbon Oxide Sequestration
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To encourage and support the carbon oxide sequestration at industrial facilities. Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service (IRS) To be eligible, a taxpayer must (i) own an industrial facility at which carbon capture equipment is placed in service, (ii) capture not less than 500,000 metric tons of qualified CO2 during the taxable year at such industrial facility, and (iii) physically or contractually ensure that the qualified CO2 is securely stored in a geologic formation. N/A N/A N/A Uncapped for 10 years $12-36 per metric ton of qualified carbon oxide captured and sequestered; $60-$180 per metric ton if Prevailing Wage and Apprenticeship (PWA) requirements met December 31, 2032 Carbon sequestration is the process of capturing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere with the goal of reducing global climate change. The extension of this tax credit will help decarbonize the industry and contribute to the development of carbon capture technology. If a new carbon oxide sequestration facility is planned, consider engaging with community members in the early stage to address challenges and concerns through open conversations. Local governments may consider working with the facility owners to leverage such economic development opportunities to develop a carbon capture workforce. Tax-exempt entities can leverage these credits through a new mechanism known as "elective" or "direct" pay. To learn more about how these tax credits work for entities with and without tax liability, check out our Funding Guidance here: https://cityrenewables.org/funding-guidance/understanding-available-incentives/tax-credits-for-renewable-energy/ Industrial facility refers to a facility that produces a CO2 stream from a fuel combustion source, a manufacturing process, or a fugitive CO2 emission source that, absent capture and disposal, would otherwise be released into the atmosphere as industrial emission of greenhouse gas. An industrial facility does not include a facility that produces CO2 from CO2 production wells at natural CO2-bearing formations. No https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/about-form-8933
New - IRA 45U: Zero-Emission Nuclear Power Production Credit
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To provide tax credits for electricity produced at a qualified nuclear power facility. Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Facilities eligible for the 45J advanced nuclear production tax credit are not eligible for the 45U credit. N/A 0.3 cents/kWh, inflation adjusted after 2024 N/A Uncapped for 10 years N/A Not available for tax years beginning after 12/31/32 Must be zero carbon electricity produced at the nuclear facility. A 5 times multiplier is available if prevailing wage requirement is met for workers doing alteration or repair at the facility. Tax-exempt entities can leverage these credits through a new mechanism known as "elective" or "direct" pay. To learn more about how these tax credits work for entities with and without tax liability, check out our Funding Guidance here: https://cityrenewables.org/funding-guidance/understanding-available-incentives/tax-credits-for-renewable-energy/ Credit amount phases down depending on the amount of energy produced and the gross receipts of the nuclear power facility. https://energycommunities.gov/funding-opportunity/zero-emission-nuclear-power-production-credit-26-u-s-code-%C2%A4-45u/
Existing - IRA Increase 45V: Clean Hydrogen Production Tax Credit
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To encourage and support the development of clean hydrogen projects. Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service (IRS) To qualify the tax credit, hydrogen needs to be produced through a process that results in a lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions rate of not greater than 4 kilograms of CO2e per kilogram of hydrogen. The qualified clean hydrogen production facility needs to be owned by the taxpayers. N/A $0.60/kg for projects producing hydrogen with less than 0.45 kg CO2e/kg H2$0.20/kg for projects producing hydrogen with between 0.45 - 1.5 kg CO2e/kg H2$0.15/kg for projects producing hydrogen with between 1.5 - 2.5 kg CO2e/kg H2$0.12/kg for projects producing hydrogen with between 2.5-4 kg CO2e/kg H2 Projects that meet apprenticeship and prevailing wage requirements multiply credit amount by 5. $3/kg H2 Uncapped for 10 years N/A December 31, 2032 Clean hydrogen has a high potential to help decarbonize multiple hard to abate sectors, including heavy vehicles, industrial processes, and power sector. See here for more information: https://rmi.org/we-need-hydrogen-but-not-for-everything/ If a new clean hydrogen production facility is planned, consider engaging with community members in the early stage to address challenges and concerns through open conversations. Local governments may consider working with the facility owners to leverage such economic development opportunities to build a clean hydrogen workforce. Tax-exempt entities can leverage these credits through a new mechanism known as "elective" or "direct" pay. To learn more about how these tax credits work for entities with and without tax liability, check out our Funding Guidance here: https://cityrenewables.org/funding-guidance/understanding-available-incentives/tax-credits-for-renewable-energy/ Proposed guidance can be found here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2023/12/26/2023-28359/section-45v-credit-for-production-of-clean-hydrogen-section-48a15-election-to-treat-clean-hydrogen No https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2023/12/26/2023-28359/section-45v-credit-for-production-of-clean-hydrogen-section-48a15-election-to-treat-clean-hydrogen
New - IRA 45W: Credit for Qualified Commercial Clean Vehicles
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To provide a tax credit for businesses and tax-exempt organizations that buy a qualified commercial clean vehicle. Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Credit for light, medium, and heavy-duty EVs purchased for commercial use or lease. To qualify, a vehicle must be subject to a depreciation allowance, with an exception for vehicles placed in service by a tax-exempt organization and not subject to a lease. For additional requirements, see "Other Notes" N/A The maximum credit is $7,500 for qualified vehicles with gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWRs) of under 14,000 pounds and $40,000 for all other vehicles. Credit is the lesser value of 30% of the vehicles cost up to $7,500 or $40,000 depending on vehicle weight Uncapped for 10 years N/A N/A This tax credit can be utilized by non-profit entities like municipalities that are working on fleet electrification. There is no limit on the number of credits your business can claim. For businesses, the credits are nonrefundable, so you can't get back more on the credit than you owe in taxes. Local governments and Tribal communities can also highlight this tax credit for local businesses, landlords, and residents to encourage the private sector deployment of refueling and recharging 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/ Tax-exempt entities can leverage these credits through a new mechanism known as "elective" or "direct" pay. To learn more about how these tax credits work for entities with and without tax liability, check out our Funding Guidance here: https://cityrenewables.org/funding-guidance/understanding-available-incentives/tax-credits-for-renewable-energy/ The vehicle must also: Be made by a qualified manufacturer as defined in IRC 30D(d)(1)(C); Be for use in your business, not for resale; Be for use primarily in the United States; Not have been allowed a credit under sections 30D or 45W. In addition, the vehicle must either be: Treated as a motor vehicle for purposes of title II of the Clean Air Act and manufactured primarily for use on public roads (not including a vehicle operated exclusively on a rail or rails); or mobile machinery as defined in IRC 4053(8) (including vehicles that are not designed to perform a function of transporting a load over a public highway). The vehicle or machinery must also either be a plug-in electric vehicle that draws significant propulsion from an electric motor with a battery capacity of at least: 7 kilowatt hours if the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is under 14,000 pounds (15 kilowatt hours if the GVWR is 14,000 pounds or more); or a fuel cell motor vehicle that satisfies the requirements of IRC 30B(b)(3)(A) and (B). https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/commercial-clean-vehicle-credit
New - IRA 45X: Advanced Manufacturing Production Credit
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To provide a production tax credit for domestic manufacturing of components for solar and wind energy, inverters, battery components, and critical minerals. Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Available for Domestic manufacturers of components of solar, wind, batteries, and inverters, as well as refiners, prodicers miners etc of specific critical minerals. N/A Varies by component N/A Uncapped for 10 years N/A Available until 2032 Accelerating the development of domestic manufacturing will help increase the deployment of clean energy technologies broadly, as many programs, including tax credits for electric vehicles and renewable energy, require or strongly incentivize domestic content. Training a domestic workforce will be critical for domestic manufacturing of these technologies. Consider working with regional economic development commissions and other community-based organizations to determine the most equitable local and regional partnerships. Tax-exempt entities can leverage these credits through a new mechanism known as "elective" or "direct" pay. To learn more about how these tax credits work for entities with and without tax liability, check out our Funding Guidance here: https://cityrenewables.org/funding-guidance/understanding-available-incentives/tax-credits-for-renewable-energy/ Cannot claim 45X credit for property produced at facilities that received the Inflation Reduction Act 48C credit. https://www.irs.gov/credits-and-deductions-under-the-inflation-reduction-act-of-2022
New - IRA 45Z: Clean Fuel Production Credit
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To provide a tax credit for domestic production of clean transportation fuels, including sustainable aviation fuels. Fuels with less than 50 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent per million British thermal units (CO2e per mmBTU) qualify as clean fuels eligible for credits. Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Producers must be registered in the United States to qualify. N/A $0.20/gallon for non-aviation fuel and $0.35/gallon for aviation fuel, multiplied by the carbon dioxide “emissions factor” of the fuel. Inflation adjusted after 2024 N/A Uncapped for 10 years N/A Applicable to fuel produced after December 31, 2024 and used or sold before December 31, 2027 Fuels with less than 50 kilograms of CO2e per mmBTU qualify as clean fuels. Credit is 5 times the base amount ($1/gallon for non-aviation fuel, $1.75 gallon for aviation fuel, multiplied by the emissions factor) for facilities meeting prevailing wage and registered apprenticeship requirements. Tax-exempt entities can leverage these credits through a new mechanism known as "elective" or "direct" pay. To learn more about how these tax credits work for entities with and without tax liability, check out our Funding Guidance here: https://cityrenewables.org/funding-guidance/understanding-available-incentives/tax-credits-for-renewable-energy/ N/A https://www.irs.gov/credits-and-deductions-under-the-inflation-reduction-act-of-2022
New - IRA 48(e), 48E(h): Low-Income Communities Bonus Credit
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To further incentivize to the Clean Electricity Investment Tax Credit for small-scale solar and wind facilities on Tribal land and in low-income communities. Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Eligible facilities are solar and wind facilities with a maximum net output of less than 5 MW, including associated energy storage technology. N/A 1.8 GW of allocations annually Bonus of 10% for projects placed in a low-income community or on Tribal land. Bonus of 20% if projects that are part of certain federally-subsidized housing programs or that offer at least 50% of the financial benefits of the electricity produced to low-income households. 360 N/A February 29, 2024 (Program Year 2023) The program prioritizes the following goals: increasing adoption of and access to renewable energy facilities in underserved and environmental justice communities, encouraging new market participants, and providing substantial benefits to underserved communities and individuals who have been historically marginalized from economic opportunities and overburdened by environmental impacts. The program includes specific annual carve-outs for Tribal communities as well. Low income communities can be identified using the DOE's CEJST Map: https://www.energy.gov/diversity/justice40-initiative#:~:text=The%20CEJST%20tool%20was%20designed,United%20States%20as%20disadvantaged%20communities. Direct Pay is eligible for this credit for tax-exempt entities. To learn more about how these tax credits work for entities with and without tax liability, check out our Funding Guidance here: https://cityrenewables.org/funding-guidance/understanding-available-incentives/tax-credits-for-renewable-energy/ This bonus requires an application by the taxpayer. Applications begin October 19, 2023. All applications recieved by November 18, 2023 will be treated as received on the same date and a lottery will determine which applications are reviewed first (projects owned by tax-exempt entities, Tribal communities and environmental justice communties, which go the front of the review line). Rolling applications after November 18, 2023 if there is remaining capacity in the category. If there is remaining capacity in the category on October 19, 2024 then capacity rolls over to the next year, but cannot be rolled over mulitple years"; Additional Guidance on Low-Income Communities Bonus Credit Program (https://www.energy.gov/diversity/low-income-communities-bonus-credit-program) No https://www.energy.gov/justice/low-income-communities-bonus-credit-program
New - IRA 48/48E: Clean Electricity Investment Tax Credit
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To provide a tax credit for facilities that generate clean electricity. 48 is applicable to facilities that generate clean electricity before 2025. 48E is a technology-neutral tax credit for investment in facilities that generate clean electricity starting in 2025. Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Eligible technologies include fuel cell, solar, geothermal, small wind, energy storage, biogas, microgrid controllers, combined heat and power properties before 2025 and any resource with an estimated net greenhouse gas emissions rate of zero after 2025 N/A Up to 30% of eligible project costs. If project does not meet prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements, the credit is only worth 6% of the tax basis. Note that projects less than 1MW do not need to meet prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements to still earn 30% of the tax basis. 70% Uncapped for 10 years N/A Available for projects that begin construction or are placed in service after December 31, 2024. Tax credit 48 available for projects that begin construction or are put in servie before 2025. Updates in the IRA provide greater opportunities to utilize this tax credit. Consider under-utilized properties like brownfields for new clean energy projects to take advantage of bonus credits. Additionally, consider pairing energy storage with any of your energy projects to increase community resiliency and the scale of your project. Pairing this tax credit with bonus adders like the Energy Communities and Low-Income Communities bonuses by siting clean energy projects in applicable locations can reduce the cost of the overall project and provide additional benefits to disadvantaged communities. Learn more about these bonus adders here: https://cityrenewables.org/funding-guidance/understanding-available-incentives/leveraging-energy-transition-adders Tax-exempt entities can leverage these credits through a new mechanism known as "elective" or "direct" pay. To learn more about how these tax credits work for entities with and without tax liability, check out our Funding Guidance here: https://cityrenewables.org/funding-guidance/understanding-available-incentives/tax-credits-for-renewable-energy/ See the latest IRS guidance on ITC here: https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/jy1920 Learn more about tax credits for renewable energy here: https://cityrenewables.org/funding-guidance/understanding-available-incentives/tax-credits-for-renewable-energy/ Entities can only elect the ITC (48) or the PTC (45). For more information on the tax credits and which to select, see this resource from DOE: https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/federal-solar-tax-credits-businesses For projects <1 MW, entities do not have to meet the prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements No https://energycommunities.gov/funding-opportunity/clean-electricity-investment-tax-credit-26-u-s-code-%c2%a4-48e/
Existing - Constant 48C: Advanced Energy Project Credit
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To provide a tax credit for investments in advanced energy projects that fall under three sub-types: (1) Clean Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Projects, (2) Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Projects, and (3) Critical Material Projects, each with their own guidance and definitions. Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Available a project that (1) re-equips, expands, or establishes an industrial or manufacturing facility for the production or recycling of a range of clean energy equipment and vehicles; (2) re-equips an industrial or manufacturing facility with equipment designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 percent; or (3) re-equips, expands, or establishes an industrial facility for the processing, refining, or recycling of critical materials. N/A $10,000,000,000 None for Round 1 While there is no limit to the number of recipients, there is a funding cap N/A August 3, 2023 (Concept Papers - Round 1); Applications for Round 2 are expected in Fall 2023 - Winter 2023/2024 To qualify as an eligible greenhouse gas emissions reduction project, an entity must install technology in an industrial or manufacturing facility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20%. 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/ Tax-exempt entities can leverage these credits through a new mechanism known as "elective" or "direct" pay. To learn more about how these tax credits work for entities with and without tax liability, check out our Funding Guidance here: https://cityrenewables.org/funding-guidance/understanding-available-incentives/tax-credits-for-renewable-energy/ 48C had been enacted in 2009 but was fully allocated after the 2nd allocation round in 2013. The Inflation Reduction Act provides $10 billion of allocations, directs a minimum share to energy communities, and expands eligibility to new types of projects. See common themes in issues in concept paper feedback here: https://www.irs.gov/pub/newsroom/48c-round-1-concept-paper-themes-and-issues.pdf No https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/businesses/advanced-energy-project-credit
Existing - Increase Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization (AMLER) Program
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To explore and implement strategies that return legacy coal mining sites to productive uses through economic and community development. The AMLER Program supports local investment opportunities that provide for sustainable long-term rehabilitation of coalfield economies. Department of the Interior Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement States and federally recognized Indian Tribes with approved reclamation plans under section 405 of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) to accelerate the remediation of abandoned mine land (AML) sites with economic and community development end uses. Not required $135,000,000 $29,347,000 Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia are each allocated $29.347 million; Alabama, Ohio, and Virginia are each allocated $11.739 million; while the Navajo Nation, Hopi Tribe, and Crow Tribe are each allocated $3.913 million. n/a Funding is allocated by Congress in the annual appropriations law. Contact your state or tribal AML program for deadlines. Reclamation projects must also include an economic and community development nexus. This can be demonstrated either in a project that incorporates economic and community development in the project itself or in a reclamation project that creates conditions for future economic and community development that occurs post-reclamation. Economic development can be measured in jobs created, businesses created or served, communities served, and more. State and Tribal programs encourage applicants to leverage other public and private resources or to provide in-kind contributions, to demonstrate project viability and broader stakeholder buy-in. For example: AMLER $ + Private $; AMLER $ + AML $; AMLER $ + Bipartisan Infrastructure Law AML $; AMLER $ + ARC $; AMLER $ + EDA $; AMLER $ + USDA $ No https://www.osmre.gov/programs/reclaiming-abandoned-mine-lands/amler
Existing - Decrease Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration Program
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To support 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. 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% cost share required $12,500,000 $1,000,000 100 $100,000 April 16, 2024 (Letter of Intent); May 28, 2024 (Full 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.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/grants/
New Advance the National Clean Hydrogen Strategy
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To fund research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) projects that advance affordable hydrogen production, transport, storage, and utilization to enable decarbonization and revenue opportunities across multiple sectors. Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office Eligible applicants include Institutions of Higher Education, Non-profits, States, Local Governments, and Tribes. The projects should fall under one of the following topics: (1) Components for Hydrogen Fueling of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles, (2) Standardized Hydrogen Refueling Station of the Future, (3) Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Powered Port Equipment, (4) Enabling Permitting and Safety for Hydrogen Deployment, (5) Equitable Hydrogen Technology Community Engagement. 0-50%, varies by topic $59,000,000 $10,000,000 17-32 N/A January 26, 2024 (Concept Paper); March 22, 2024 (Full Application) Projects must advance technologies that will facilitate the use of clean hydrogen will support the goal of net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. The FOA encourages the participation of underserved communities and underrepresented groups. N/A Funding is distributed by topic: (1) $10,000,000, (2) $30,000,000, (3) $10,000,000, (4) $6,000,000, (5) $3,000,000. No https://www.energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/hydrogen-and-fuel-cell-technologies-office-funding-opportunities
New Advanced Battery R&D Consortium
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To drive innovation that can lead to the deployment of clean energy technologies. Specifically, it will ensure relevance and responsiveness to the needs of electric vehicle manufacturers via working with, and through a consortium, that brings together a significant fraction of the major manufacturers of electric drive vehicles in the U.S., to manage pre-competitive, vehicle-related Research and Development in advanced battery technology, with substantial involvement by the Department of Energy. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) Eligible domestic institutions include institutions of higher education; For-profit entities; Non-profit entities, including those registered as 501(c)(5); and State and local, and tribal governments. 20% cost share required $60,000,000 $60,000,000 1-2 $30,000,000 - $60,000,000 September 8, 2023 This program is designed to form partnerships between public and private sector to accelerate battery R&D for electric vehicles. 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 awardee consortium/consortia are encouraged to include automobile manufacturers that are commercializing or intend to commercialize EVs. Participation in the consortium by other organizations including National Laboratories, materials suppliers, universities, and independent research organizations is permitted but not required. The primary purpose of this consortium will be to fund and manage research to design, develop, build, and test EV battery technology with enhanced performance (low temperature, fast charge, more abuse tolerant), EV batteries using predominantly or solely earth abundant materials, beyond Li ion cell technology, development and use of earth abundant and domestically available energy storage materials, and more cost positive recycling processes, all of which have the potential of meeting or exceeding DOE’s light, medium, and heavy duty EV battery cost and performance targets. Where appropriate, the consortium will iterate and/or develop new battery targets. United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) in Southfield, MI was selected for an award. No https://www.energy.gov/articles/biden-harris-administration-announces-192-million-advance-battery-recycling-technology
Existing - Constant Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Program (ATCMTD)
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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% cost share 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. For an overview of deployed projects, see: https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/fhwahop23063/fhwahop23063.pdf No https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/fastact/factsheets/advtranscongmgmtfs.cfm?_gl=1*nudy5*_ga*NzU1MjcyNTQyLjE3MDY3NDMwODM.*_ga_VW1SFWJKBB*MTcwNjc0MzA4Mi4xLjEuMTcwNjc0MzE4MC4wLjAuMA..
New - IIJA Advancing Equity through Workforce Partnerships
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To support the development of workforce programs and partnerships that will facilitate the continued deployment of solar energy technologies, while supporting an inclusive workforce with opportunities for career advancement, including through union memberships. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Eligibility for this program is unrestricted. Projects should primarily relate to solar deployment and related careers for installation, system design, operations and maintenance (O&M), electrical work, project management, sales, and business operations. Not required $10,000,000 $1,500,000 16 $625,000 September 20, 2022 (Concept Paper); December 6, 2022 (Full Application) This program should help meet national, state, and local decarbonization goals by ensuring the adequate provision of solar services. Having a better trained workforce enables greater clean energy adoption. Areas of interest include: apprenticeship readiness (pre-apprenticeship) or apprenticeship partnerships; community-led training partnerships; and/or clean energy sector partnerships. This program can help build an economic ecosystem in solar. By specifically centering career advancement and labor protections, including unions, this program can ensure the "high-road" labor conditions needed to help disadvantaged workers build stable livelihoods. Learn more here: https://emeraldcities.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/workforce-guide_4.12.21_form.pdf Proposals focused on solar manufacturing and other equipment will be considered, but are not expected to be the primary area of focus for the funding program. Applicants should use the Concept Papers part of the application process to develop their initial proposal and get feedback from DOE. SETO strongly encourages teaming among multiple stakeholders across academia, industry, National Laboratories, community-based organizations (CBOs), unions, and all technical disciplines. Teams that include multiple partners are preferred over applications that include a single organization. See the list of FY2023 awards here: https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/advancing-equity-through-workforce-partnerships-funding-program No https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/articles/funding-notice-advancing-equity-through-workforce-partnerships
Existing - IIJA Increase Airport Improvement Program (AIP)
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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% cost share required, depending on airport size and type of project $1,500,000,000 N/A N/A Varies July 14, 2023 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/2023_aip_grants No https://www.faa.gov/airports/aip/
New - IIJA Airport Terminal Program (ATP)
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To provide competitive funds for airport terminal development projects that address aging infrastructure in America's airports, including energy efficiency upgrades and on-site rail access. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Eligible airports include those operated by authorities, cities, territories and tribes within the national air transportation system. The first $1 billion in grants can fund projects that will replace aging facilities, improve energy efficiency and increase or improve access to passengers with disabilities and historically disadvantaged populations. Projects that relocate, reconstruct, repair or improve an airport-owned air traffic control tower are also eligible. 5%-20% cost share required, depending on airport size $970,000,000 $49,000,000 (max award in FY23) 100 $9,700,000 October 16, 2023 The program is specifically intended to support on-airport rail access, projects that increase capacity and passenger access, projects that replace aging infrastructure, improving energy efficiency of systems and plant facilities, and achieving LEED accreditation standards. Two of the core review criteria focus on ADA accessibility improvements and benefiting historically disadvantaged communities. 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/ Criteria for FY24 applications include 1) increase capacity and passenger access; 2) replace aging infrastructure; 3) achieve ADA compliance and expand accessibility; 4) improve airport access for historically disadvantaged populations; 5) improve energy efficiency, including upgrading environmental systems, upgrading plant facilities, and achieving LEED accreditation standards; 6) improve airfield safety through terminal relocation; and 7) encourage actual and potential competition. Applicants are encouraged to submit projects that meet as many of the above criteria as possible, but do not need to meet all criteria to be considered. Large hub airports will receive up to 55% of the total funding; medium hub airports will receive up to 15% of the total funding; and small hub airports will receive up to 20% of the total funding. At least 10% of the total funding will go to non-hub and non-primary airports. Approximately $1 billion will be available per year, for Fiscal Years 2023-2026. See the previous awardees here: https://www.faa.gov/bil/airport-terminals No https://www.faa.gov/bil/airport-terminals
New American-Made Upskill Prize for the Solar Manufacturing Workforce
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A competition designed to accelerate the expansion of the domestic solar manufacturing workforce and equip workers with the skills necessary to revitalize the domestic solar manufacturing supply chain. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Eligible applicants include private entities (for-profits and nonprofits); nonfederal government entities such as states, counties, tribes, and municipalities; and academic institutions. All teams must be led by a U.S.-based PV manufacturer or a U.S.-based training organization. N/A $5,000,000 $500,000 N/A N/A May 21, 2024 (rolling) A strong U.S.-based workforce is key to a successful and just clean enery transition. The prize incentivizes partnerships between U.S. manufacturers and training organizations, aiming to attract new individuals, especially from lower-income and disadvantaged communities, to careers in solar manufacturing with job-ready training programs. The aim of this prize is to encourage partnerships between manufacturers and training organizations, in order to ensure the long-term growth and resilience of a solar manufacturing workforce that can meet the needs of the domestic solar industry, while also enabling individuals from lower-income and disadvantaged communities to enter the clean energy workforce. Consider how to recruit, hire, train, retain, and support employees who are from the community where manufacturing is taking place. Successful applicants should note that the proposed workforce development plan is not dependent on new, pending, or proposed federal, state, or local government legislation, resolutions, appropriations, measures, or policies. Competitors can apply and win more than once. No https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/american-made-upskill-prize-solar-manufacturing-workforce
Existing - Constant Area Development Program (ADP)
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To invest in two general areas: critical infrastructure and business and workforce development. Critical infrastructure investments mainly include water and wastewater systems, energy, transportation, 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% cost share required, depending on economic status of county N/A Varies Varies Varies 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/resource/application-guidance-by-project-type/ No https://www.arc.gov/area-development-program/
New - IRA Assistance for Latest and Zero Building Energy Code Adoption
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To help adopting and implementating residential building codes that meet/exceed the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code, commercial building codes that meet/exceed ANSI/ASHRAE/IES standard 90.1-2019 ("Latest Building Energy Codes") and building codes that meet/exceed the zero energy provisions in the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code, or equivalent ("Zero Energy Codes"). Department of Energy (DOE) State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP) Eligible recipients include States and units of local government with the authority to adopt building codes. Not required $400,000,000 for states formula funding, $530 million for competitive funding N/A N/A Varies by state For states and territories: January 31, 2024 (Letter of Intent). For competitive funding: February 9, 2024 (Concept Paper); April 30, 2024 (Full Application) This program helps states and local governments improve their building energy codes to increase efficiency and enforce cutting-edge standards. Building affordable housing and decarbonizing buildings should work synergistically by leveraging codes, energy efficiency, and funding strategies. Updating building energy codes can enhance energy efficiency, reduce energy burdens, address split incentive situations between tenants and landlords, and make everyday living expenses more affordable for all. Learn more here: https://newbuildings.org/energy-efficiency-and-equity/ N/A $1,000,000,000 is available through FY29 ($330,000,000 for Latest Building Energy Codes; $670,000,000 for Zero Energy Codes) No https://www.energy.gov/scep/technical-assistance-adoption-building-energy-codes
Existing - Constant Assistance to High Energy Cost Communities
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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 October 31, 2023 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
New - IIJA Battery Manufacturing and Recycling Grants
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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 Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC) 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 $300,000,000 19-41 N/A January 9, 2024 (Concept Paper); March 19, 2024 (Full Application) 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 local or regional 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/ If interested, check the NOI here: https://infrastructure-exchange.energy.gov/Default.aspx#FoaId2d9be433-3fa4-452c-ae61-79e45ae3c675 N/A No https://www.energy.gov/bil/battery-manufacturing-and-recycling-grants
New - IIJA Battery Material Processing Grants
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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 Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC) The program is seeking commercial-scale projects on lithium separation from domestic sources, domestic recovery of battery critical minerals (non-lithium), and domestic processing of battery material precursors. 50% cost share required $1,500,000,000 $300,000,000 8-18 N/A January 9, 2024 (Concept Paper); March 19, 2024 (Full Application) 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. Applicants are required to submit a Community Benefits Plan, which will account for 20 percent of the technical merit review of proposals. 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 See the Round I selections and fact sheets here: https://www.energy.gov/mesc/bipartisan-infrastructure-law-battery-materials-processing-and-battery-manufacturing-recycling No https://www.energy.gov/mesc/battery-materials-processing-grants
New BETO Waste Feedstocks and Conversion R&D
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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 Varies by subtopic April 18, 2022 (Concept Paper); June 7, 2022 (Full Application) 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. 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
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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% cost share required N/A $250,000,000 N/A N/A March 1, 2024 (Letter of Intent); April 1, 2024 (Full Application) This program generally supports two types of projects – biorefineries, and biobased product manufacturing 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 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
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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 (OBLR) All applicants must meet the "threshold criteria" as outlined in the updated notice of funding opportunity. Not required $80,500,000 Varies by type of assessment grant 98 $821,429 November 13, 2023 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. There are 3 different types of assessment grants. Review each type to determine which is most relevant to your community or project: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=343486 https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=343466 https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=343484 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
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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 (OBLR) Applicants must own the site for which they are requesting funding and may submit one Cleanup Grant proposal each competition cycle. Not required $60,000,000 $2,000,000 40 $1,500,000 November 13, 2023 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 (JT) Grants
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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 (OBLR) 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 24 $500,000 August 2, 2023 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 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. Entities that were awarded a FY23 Brownfields Job Training Grant are not eligible to apply for a FY24 Brownfields Job Training Grant. Note this was 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 (MP) Grants
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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 (OBLR) All applicants must meet the "threshold criteria" as outlined in the updated notice of funding opportunity. Not required $14,000,000 $800,000 17 $823,529 November 13, 2023 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 EPA requests that, if applicable, the applicant describe how the reuse of the priority site(s) will facilitate renewable energy from wind, solar, or geothermal energy; or will incorporate energy efficiency measures. For more information on clean energy reuse options, check out EPA's RE-Powering America's Lands initiative. No https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-multipurpose-grants
Existing - IIJA Increase Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF)
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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 (OBLR) 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. Not required $10,000,000 $1,000,000 10 $1,000,000 Supplemental grant request due March 15, 2024 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. $60 million in supplemental funding is available for entities that have an open Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund grant. See here for application details: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/fy-2024-availability-supplemental-funds-eligible-brownfields-revolving-loan-fund-grants No https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-revolving-loan-fund-rlf-grants
Existing - Increase Build to Scale (B2S)
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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% cost share required $50,000,000 $750,000 for Venture Challenge Build $2,000,000 for Venture Challenge Scale $400,000 for Capital Challenge Form $750,000 for Capital Challenge Deploy 50 $1,000,000 July 28, 2023 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/
New - IIJA Building Codes Implementation for Efficiency and Resilience
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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) Relevant state agencies are eligible to apply. Examples include state building code agencies, state energy offices, or Tribal energy offices. In addition, partnerships are eligible entities, which must include a state agency, and one or more entities like local building code agencies, codes and standards developers, associations of builders and design and construction professionals, local and utility energy efficiency programs, consumer, and energy efficiency and environmental advocates, etc. 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. Not required $45,000,000 $10,000,000 10-30 $2,250,000 January 31, 2023 (Concept Paper); March 27, 2023 (Full Application) 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. Updating building energy codes can enhance energy efficiency, reduce energy burdens, address split incentive situations between tenants and landlords, and make everyday living expenses more affordable for all. 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.Learn more here: https://newbuildings.org/energy-efficiency-and-equity/ See selections here: https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/articles/meet-btos-newest-projects-support-more-resilient-and-efficient-building $225,000,000 in funding available until expended. No https://www.energycodes.gov/RECI
Existing - Constant Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT)
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To provide funds to research, develop, and validate technologies with the potential to significantly advance building decarbonization. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) Eligible appliants include states, local governments, Indian tribes, nonprofit entities and institutions of higher education. There are four topic areas in 2024 BENEFIT FOA: 1) Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning and Water Heating; 2) Innovative, Replicable, and Low-Cost Roof and Attic Retrofits; 3) Building Resilience and Capacity Constraints; and 4) Commercial Lighting Retrofit Advancements. 20% cost share required $30,000,000 $2,000,000 12-26 $1,500,000 December 18, 2023 (Concept Paper); March 5, 2024 (Full Application) This program calls for new technologies that can speed the decarbonization of significant building segments and ensure emissions reductions also reduce customer energy burdens. Consideration of embodied and end-of-life emissions will strengthen applications, and some topic areas may explicitly require it. 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 groups underrepresented 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. The FOA has the joint priority of making buildings more resilient, providing benefits to grid operators during periods of peak electricity demand and building occupants during grid outages and extreme weather events. The 2024 BENEFIT FOA supports the Affordable Home Energy Shot™—one of eight Energy Earthshot™ initiatives DOE has launched—which will reduce the cost of decarbonizing affordable housing by at least 50% while lowering residents’ energy bill by at least 20% within a decade. Topics in the FOA will lead to innovations that provide whole-home integrated solutions for the equitable decarbonization of affordable housing units the Earthshot calls for. No https://energycommunities.gov/funding-opportunity/buildings-energy-efficiency-frontiers-innovation-technologies-benefit-2024/#:~:text=The%202024%20BENEFIT%20FOA%20will,manufacturing%20processes%2C%20and%20easier%20installation.
Existing - IIJA Increase Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)
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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% cost share required, unless applicant is economically disadvantaged rural community or in community disaster resilience zones $1,000,000,000 $50,000,000 N/A N/A February 29, 2024 BRIC is designed to advance broad, impactful, flexible, and innovative resiliency solutions that enhance the energy system and access to energy during disasters. For FY 2023, the priorities for the program are to incentivize natural hazard risk reduction activities that mitigate risk to public infrastructure and disadvantaged communities; incorporate nature-based solutions including those designed to reduce carbon emissions; enhance climate resilience and adaptation; and increase funding to applicants that facilitate the adoption and enforcement of the latest published editions of building codes. BRIC encourages hazard mitigation projects that meet multiple program priorities. 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 In addition to project selections, the BRIC Program offers non-financial Direct Technical Assistance (DTA). Read more here: https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation/building-resilient-infrastructure-communities/direct-technical-assistance. Awardees are eligible to recieve FEMA-subsidized, low-carbon construction materials. Read more at https://www.fema.gov/grants/policy-guidance/low-carbon-goals. For past program details, see here: https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation/building-resilient-infrastructure-communities/after-apply/fy-2021-subapplication-status No https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation/building-resilient-infrastructure-communities
New - IIJA Building, Training, and Assessment Centers (BTAC)
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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 State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP) 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 May 25, 2023 (Concept Paper); July 31, 2023 (Full Application) 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 $10,000,000 available until expended Selected recipients of award: https://www.energy.gov/mesc/industrial-assessment-centers-iac-expansion-and-building-training-and-assessment-centers-btac No https://www.energy.gov/bil/building-training-and-assessment-centers
Existing - Increase Bus and Bus Facilities - Section 3017 (Competitive)
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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% cost share required, with exceptions $469,445,424 $46,944,542 50 $9,388,908 April 13, 2023 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/ For past program details and awards, see here: https://www.transit.dot.gov/bus-program Recipients are permitted to use up to 0.5% of their requested grant award for workforce development activities eligible under federal public transportation law (49 U.S.C. 5314(b)) and an additional 0.5% for costs associated with training at the National Transit Institute. For applicants proposing projects related to zero-emission vehicles for either program, 5% of the requested federal award must be used for workforce development activities. No https://www.transit.dot.gov/bus-program
Existing - Increase Bus and Bus Facilities - Section 5339 (Formula)
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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% cost share required, with exceptions $633,000,000 for FY24 N/A 56 $11,000,000 N/A 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/ The formula portion of the grant program provides each state and territory a minimum allocation ($4 million to states and $1 million to territories), with the remaining funds distributed according to population and service levels. 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
New - IRA Capacity Building for Repurposing Energy Assets
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To help local communities create a roadmap toward repurposing existing energy assets. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) This effort focuses on energy asset transformation opportunities for assets retiring between 2009 and 2032. Example energy asset includes fossil fuel power plants, coal mines, and oil/gas well lands. The re-issuance of this initiative expands the eligibility for communities to partner with eligible entities including Community Colleges, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Minority Serving Institutions; Local economic development entities; Community based organizations and non-governmental organizations; Local elected officials from municipalities (e.g. mayors’ offices); Labor unions and labor-management organizations; Organizations that represent workers in energy communities; and Workforce development entities involved in administering the public workforce system. Not required $2,700,000 $100,000 35 $80,000 April 18, 2024 (Full Application) Target assets can be repurposed for renewable electricity generation. If applicable, a biomass/waste facility with the carbon capture and storage is also an option to consider. Ensuring appropriate training to retain or build a workforce that can be employed or reemployed in high-quality jobs should be part of project plan and is key to good job creation if the asset will be repurposed for a sustainable future. More information on training as part of a community benefits plan strategy can be found here: https://www.energy.gov/infrastructure/about-community-benefits-plans. Community-based government or nongovernmental organizations need to dedicate a staff member whose primary responsibility is coordination and planning the productive and sustainable repurposing of an existing energy asset(s), especially emphasizing workforce development. Target assets can also be repurposed for non-energy options, such as manufacturing, metal/mineral processing and recovery of rare elements, cultural redevelopment, industrial parks, etc. See the list of the previously selected projects here: https://www.energy.gov/fecm/articles/doe-invests-800000-workforce-development-opportunities-energy-communities-across No https://www.energy.gov/fecm/funding-notice-capacity-building-repurposing-energy-assets
Existing - Constant Capital Investment Grants Program (CIG) - Core Capacity Improvement Program
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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% cost share 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 (CIG) - New Starts
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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% cost share 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 (CIG) - Small Starts
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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% cost share required $4,600,000,000 $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/ See current projects here: https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grant-programs/capital-investments/current-capital-investment-grant-cig-projects From FY22 to FY26, $4,600,000,000 are available for CIG per year for projects in three categories: New Starts, Small Starts, and Core Capacity. No https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grant-programs/capital-investments/about-program
New - IIJA Carbon Capture Demonstration Projects Programs (CCDPP, Energy Act)
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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. 50% cost share required $1,700,000,000 Varies by topic area 6 $283,333,333 March 28, 2023 (Letter of Intent); May 23, 2023 (Full Application) 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. Selected recipients list: https://www.energy.gov/oced/carbon-capture-demonstration-projects-selections-award-negotiations No https://www.energy.gov/bil/carbon-capture-demonstration-projects-program
New - IIJA Carbon Capture Large-Scale Pilots
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To support carbon capture large-scale pilot projects at industrial facilities not purposed for electric generation, and at coal or natural gas electric generation facilities. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, non-profit entities, for-profit entities, Tribal Nations, states, and local governments. 30% cost share required $820,000,000 $6,000,000 10 $82,000,000 April 5, 2023 (Concept Paper); July 7, 2023 (Full Application) Carbon capture large-scale pilot projects will benefit entities intending to commercialize and deploy integrated carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects. Successful execution of these pilots can help to accelerate CCS deployment to achieve our climate goals while achieving other societal objectives. Also, this FOA further allows development of these technologies in different industrial and hard-to-decarbonize sectors. It is key to integrate equity and justice, community and labor engagement, and quality jobs into technology development from the beginning. The lack of meaningful engagement with community stakeholders, Tribes, and labor unions might lead to delays or cancellations of carbon capture projects. DOE will prefer applications that propose transformational technologies with documented potential to achieve greater than 90% carbon capture efficiency during the proposed large-scale pilot project, and applications that propose carbon capture technologies that have already achieved Technology readiness level (TRL) 6. $820,000,000 is available for 4 project phases, up to 78 months. Phase 1 will focus on detailed plan and front-end engineering design studies and expect to last for 18 months. See the list of awardees here: https://www.energy.gov/oced/carbon-capture-large-scale-pilot-projects-selections-award-negotiations No https://www.energy.gov/oced/carbon-capture-large-scale-pilot-programs
Existing - IIJA Increase Carbon Dioxide Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Program (CIFIA) Future Growth Grants
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To provide secured loans or loan guarantee to projects 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) Loan Programs Office (LPO) 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% cost share required for Future Growth Grants $2,100,000,000 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 Expected Q4 2023 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 Additional information on the program can be found here: https://www.energy.gov/lpo/carbon-dioxide-transportation-infrastructure-finance-and-innovation-program No https://www.energy.gov/fecm/notice-intent-issue-funding-opportunity-carbon-dioxide-transportation-infrastructure-finance
New - IIJA Carbon Reduction Program (CRP)
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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% cost share required $1,283,000,000 N/A N/A N/A November 15, 2023 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/ Implementation guidance can be found here: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/sustainability/energy/policy/crp_guidance.pdf 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 Program
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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) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) There are four areas of interest under this FOA: site characterization and permitting; NEPA, FEED studies, and storage field development plan only; construction; and storage complex feasibility. 20-50% cost share required, depending on area of interest $2,250,000,000 Up to $195,000,000, depending on area of interest 40-110 N/A February 20, 2024 Leveraging existing Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships and expanding resources to demonstrate and deploy safe underground storage of CO2. To ensure all projects center on communities, applicants are required to submit Community Benefits Plans detailing how the project will advance quality jobs, environmental justice, and community partnership throughout project development. 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 See the list of previous awards under the Past Awardees section here: https://www.energy.gov/fecm/funding-notice-bipartisan-infrastructure-law-carbon-storage-validation-and-testing No https://www.energy.gov/fecm/funding-notice-bipartisan-infrastructure-law-carbon-storage-validation-and-testing
New - IIJA Carbon Utilization Procurement Grants (CUP)
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To help offset 50% of the costs to states, local governments, and public utilities or agencies to procure and use products developed through the conversion of captured carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide emissions. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) Eligible prime applicants include states, local governments and public utilities or agencies. Institutions of higher education, for-profit entities, non-profit entities, state and local governmental entities, and Tribal Nations can participate as subrecipients. 50% cost share required $50,000,000 $500,000 100 $500,000 April 30, 2024 This opportunity can encourage recipients to leverage their buying power and institute procurement preferences to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by supporting the procurement and use of carbon conversion products derived from anthropogenic carbon oxide emissions. Applicants are required to submit the Community Benefits Discussion that describes how the project will support community benefits including job quality and equity. This should include a description of the overall approach to community benefits; community and labor engagement; job quality; diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility; and Justice40. N/A N/A No https://www.energy.gov/fecm/funding-notice-bipartisan-infrastructure-law-carbon-utilization-procurement-grants
New - IIJA Carbon Utilization Program (CUP)
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To procure and use products derived from captured carbon oxides. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) 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 Expected Q4 2023 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://www.energy.gov/fecm/carbon-utilization-program
New - IIJA Career Skills Training
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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% cost share required $10,000,000 TBA TBA TBA February 27, 2024 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 - Constant Catalyst Program
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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. At least 20% cost share required, depending on project location $50,000,000 $3,000,000 (infrastructure projects); $500,000 (all other projects) N/A N/A Round 1: March 15, 2024 (Pre-Application) May 3, 2024 (Application, by Invitation) Round 2: September 6, 2024 (Pre-Application) October 18, 2024 (Application, by Invitation) 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 NBRC's investment priorities specifically include projects that adapt to changing climate conditions and extreme weather events. The NBRC's priorities include projects that provide benefits to or demonstrate meaningful engagement with communities who have been under-represented in past NBRC investments. Underinvested communities include rural communities (population less than 5,000), communities of color, and tribal communities. The Catalyst Program will prioritize funding for projects that demonstrate both readiness and projected direct impacts on the region’s economy and communities. All projects must be consistent with the economic development goals of the region and advance a combination of NBRC and member state strategic investment principles. The Catalyst Program will run two funding rounds with$30 million available in Round 1 and $20 million available in Round 2 in 2024. 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/Catalyst
New - IIJA Charging and Fueling Program Discretionary Grants - Community Program
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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. 20% cost share required $350,000,000 $15,000,000 N/A N/A May 30, 2023 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 See the list of awards here: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/cfi/grant_recipients/ No https://www.transportation.gov/rural/grant-toolkit/charging-and-fueling-infrastructure-grant-program
New - IIJA Charging and Fueling Program Discretionary Grants - Corridor Program
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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. 20% cost share required $350,000,000 $1,000,000 N/A N/A May 30, 2023 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 See the list of awards here: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/cfi/grant_recipients/ No https://www.transportation.gov/rural/grant-toolkit/charging-and-fueling-infrastructure-grant-program
Existing - Increase Choice Neighborhoods - Implementation Grants
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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 (PIH) 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, and tribal entities. The owner of the target HUD-assisted housing (e.g., nonprofit or for-profit developer) can be a co-applicant. 5% cost share required $256,000,000 in total, including up to $10M for Supplemental Grants $50,000,000 ~6 awards, plus 5 Supplemental Grants $41M per award, $2M for each Supplemental Grant awardee December 11, 2023 (Implementation Grants); March 4, 2024 (Supplemental Grants) 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 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 See previous grantees here: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/public_indian_housing/programs/ph/cn/grantees No https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/public_indian_housing/programs/ph/cn
Existing - Increase Choice Neighborhoods - Planning Grants
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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 (PIH) 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% cost share required $10,000,000 $500,000 20 $500,000 June 6, 2023 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 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 See the list of recipients in FY22 here: https://www.hud.gov/press/press_releases_media_advisories/HUD_No_22_258 No https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/spm/gmomgmt/grantsinfo/fundingopps/fy23_choice
New Clean Bus Planning Awards
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To provide school and transit bus fleets with free technical assistance to develop comprehensive and customized fleet electrification transition plans. Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Transportation (DOT) Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (Joint Office) Eligible applicants include 1) State and local governmental entities providing bus service, including public school districts and charter schools; 2) Private school bus fleets with an active contractual agreement to serve a public school district; 3) Nonprofit school transportation associations; 4) Tribes, tribal organizations, or tribally controlled schools responsible for the purchase of school buses or providing school bus service for a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)-funded school; and 5) Direct or designated recipients of FTA grants, including state and local governmental authorities, and tribes. Not required N/A N/A N/A N/A Rolling Establishing a zero-emission transition plan is the first step in creating an economically and environmentally sound fleet for school districts and transit agencies. The planning process helps to serve as a foundation and reference point for zero-emission bus deployment and prepare fleets for electrification. The program may also help fleets pursue federal funding for bus electrification, including the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA’s) Clean School Bus Program and the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA’s) Low or No Emission (Low-No) Grant Program. NREL strongly encourages applications from fleets that meet one or more of the following prioritization criteria: 1) (School bus) fleets domiciled or operated in a prioritized school district as recognized under EPA's Clean School Bus Program; 2) Fleets domiciled or operates in a rural (non-urbanized) area as defined by FTA's Low-No Grant Program; 3) Fleets operated by tribal entities recognized by and eligible for funding and services from the BIA; 4) Fleets domiciled or operated in a disadvantaged community, as designated in the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool (CEJST). Active program participants are generally expected to include (but are not limited to) fleet managers; representatives responsible for fleet budget decisions, procurement of vehicles, and/or sustainability; facilities managers at potential charging locations; and other key leadership/subject matter experts and decision makers. CBPA is not an incentive program, and fleets do not receive direct funding—rather, selected applicants will be allocated technical assistance resources by NREL. NREL anticipates that final electrification transition plans and presentation of those plans will occur within 6 months from the selection date. Fleets receiving a transition plan also have the option to request deployment assistance. Approved deployment assistance will begin after the final plan and presentation. The deployment assistance will be available for a period not to exceed 3 years. No https://driveelectric.gov/clean-bus-planning-awards
New - IRA Clean Communities Investment Accelerator
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To support hub nonprofits that will provide funding and technical assistance to specific industry networks of public, quasi-public, not-for-profit, and nonprofit community lenders, supporting the goal that every community in the country has access to the capital they need to deploy clean technology projects in their homes, small businesses, schools, and community institutions. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (OGGRF) Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations that is designed to provide capital, leverage private capital, and provide other forms of financial assistance for the rapid deployment of low- and zero-emission products, technologies, and services. Not required $6,000,000,000 N/A 2-7 N/A October 12, 2023 The three priority project categories are distributed energy generation and storage, net zero-emissions buildings, and zero-emissions transportation. Consider how to provide financial assistant to integrated efforts, such as using distributed energy generation and storage to supply electricity for buildings and EV charging stations. Applications must include a program budget that allocates at least 40% of grant funds for the purposes of providing financial assistance in low-income and disadvantaged communities. Consider partnering with community-based organizations to develop strategies and plans to improve community engagement and streamline project deployment. N/A The National Clean Investment Fund and Clean Communities Investment Accelerator will work in tandem to deploy much-needed capital for clean technologies into communities across the country. The National Clean Investment Fund will create centralized, long-term financing institutions with the scale required to transform financial markets, while the Clean Communities Investment Accelerator will build the capacity of community lenders to draw on that capital to catalyze deployment of projects in communities all across the country—especially in communities that have long faced barriers accessing capital and that most need the benefits of clean technology projects. https://www.epa.gov/greenhouse-gas-reduction-fund/clean-communities-investment-accelerator
New - IIJA Clean Energy Demonstration Program on Current and Former Mine Land
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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. Other projects can be solar, microgrid, 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. 50% cost share required $450,000,000 $150,000,000 5 $90,000,000 August 31, 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/oced/CEML#:~:text=Clean%20Energy%20Demonstration%20Program%20on%20Current%20and%20Former%20Mine%20Land,-Office%20of%20Clean&text=The%20Clean%20Energy%20Demonstration%20Program,abandoned%20or%20inactive)%20mine%20land.
New Clean Energy to Communities Program (C2C)
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To connect local governments, tribes, electric utilities, and community-based organizations with national laboratory experts and customized, cutting-edge analysis to achieve clean energy systems that are reflective of local and regional priorities. Programs include In-Depth Partnerships, Peer-Learning Cohorts, and Expert Match. Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Community teams for in-depth partnerships must be composed of local governments, community-based organizations, and utilities; eligibility for other programs varies, but is generally open to local governments and their partners. Not required N/A N/A 6 for In-Depth Partnerships; ~100 for Peer-Learning Cohorts; ~200 for Expert Matches N/A October 31, 2023 for January launch cycle, May 8, 2024 for July Launch cycle This program offers a variety of techincal assistance programs to help communities explore and implement climate solutions using NREL data and expertise. In-Depth partnerships offer special focus for rural communities. Peer Learning Cohorts help participants refine engagement approaches, integrating community engagement into planning, prioritizing equitable communitywide outcomes, and broadening accountability structures and tracking equitable implementation. The Expert Match program emphasizes programs of "disadvantaged status," with the definition left up to applicants to define. To receive email updates about the C2C program, complete and submit the sign-up form: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=fp3yoM0oVE-EQniFrufAgNt_3wZP-x5Ctr39GcXU8J5UQU8zQ09LMjI4OE85OVRGUzJMT1ZRNlhaWS4u N/A No https://www.nrel.gov/state-local-tribal/clean-energy-to-communities.html
New - IRA Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles
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To support the adoption and deployment of zero-emission Class 6 or Class 7 heavy-duty vehicles. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) TBA Grants and rebates are provided to cover up to 100% of costs for 1) replacing non-zero-emission vehicles with zero-emission vehicles; 2) purchasing, installing, operating, and maintaining required infrastructure; 3) workforce development and training; and 4) planning and technical activities. TBA $1,000,000,000 N/A N/A N/A Expected 2024 Consider replacing current transit buses, garbage trucks, and other utility vehicles with zero-emission vehicles. Consider prioritizing projects in nonattainment areas or communities where residents are historically disproportionally impacted by air pollution. For workforce development and training activities, consider partnering with community-based organizations and adopting strategies that help develop and maintain the local workforce. Find more information about nonattainment areas here: https://www.epa.gov/green-book Potential applicants can prepare for this funding now by conducting an assessment of municipal fleets and develop a phased replacement plan for different vehicle types depending on their retirement timeline, available funding opportunities, etc. EPA invites manufacturers, fleets, ports, municipalities, school districts, utilities, and other stakeholders with zero-emission technology experience or understanding to respond to this RFI, by June 5, 2023. Note: This is not the application solicitation. $600,000,000 is available until September 30, 2031. Additional $400,000,000 is reserved for nonattainment areas. No https://www.epa.gov/inflation-reduction-act/clean-heavy-duty-vehicle-program
New - IIJA Clean Hydrogen Electrolysis Program
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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) There are 3 main topics for this program: Topic 1: Low Cost, High-Throughput Electrolyzer Manufacturing, Topic 2: Electrolyzer Component and Supply Chain Development, Topic 3: Advanced Electrolyzer Technology and Component Development. 50% cost share required for Topic 1, 20% for Topics 2 and 3 $1,000,000,000 $50 million for Topic 1, $10 million for Topic 2, $5 million for Topic 3 TBA TBA July 19, 2023 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/ Recipients must apply with an industrial partner. $1,000,000,000 in funding available until expended. No https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Default.aspx#FoaIda9a89bda-618a-4f13-83f4-9b9b418c04dc
New - IIJA Clean Hydrogen Manufacturing and Recycling Program
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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. Varies by topic area $280,000,000 $50,000,000 14-24 N/A April 19, 2023 (Concept Paper); July 19, 2023 (Full Application) 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://energycommunities.gov/funding-opportunity/clean-hydrogen-manufacturing-recycling-and-electrolysis/
New - IRA Clean Ports Program
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To support the purchase and installation of zero-emission equipment and technology at ports, and the development of port climate action plans, with a focus on ports in nonattainment areas. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) TBA Eligible activities include 1) purchasing or installing zero-emission port equipment or technology for use at, or to directly serve, one or more ports; 2) conducting any relevant planning or permitting in connection with the purchase or installation of such zero-emission port equipment or technology; and 3) developing qualified climate action plans. There are two separate competitive grants under the Clean Ports Program. Up to 20% $3,000,000,000 $500,000,000 (technology deployment competition); $3,000,000 (planning competition) 32 - 90 awards (technology deployment competition); 50 - 70 awards (planning competition) N/A May 28, 2024 A detailed strategic plan is required to establish goals, implementation strategies, and accounting and inventory practices to reduce emissions, and describe how the applicants have implemented or will implement measures to enhance the resiliency of the ports. Applicants are required to outline strategies to collaborate with, communicate with, and address potential effects on low-income and disadvantaged near-port communities and other stakeholders that may be affected by the implementation of the plan. Find more information about nonattainment areas here: https://www.epa.gov/green-book EPA invites manufacturers, fleets, ports, municipalities, school districts, utilities, and other stakeholders with zero-emission technology experience or understanding to respond to this RFI, by June 5, 2023. Note: This is not the application solicitation. $2,250,000,000 is available until September 30, 2027. Additional $750,000,000 is available for nonattainment areas. No https://www.epa.gov/inflation-reduction-act/clean-ports-program
New - IIJA Clean School Bus Grant Program
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To decarbonize school bus fleets by replacing existing school buses with zero-emission buses and alternative fuel-based buses. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) 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 $400,000,000 $9,375,000 TBA TBA August 22, 2023 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 For a list of past awardees, see here: https://www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus/clean-school-bus-program-awards 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/clean-school-bus-program-grants
New - IIJA Clean School Bus Rebate Program
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To replace existing school buses with clean, zero-emission models. Rebate applications can request funds for replacing up to 25 buses. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) 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 $500,000,000 $345,000 Varies by bus type, size, and service area Varies by bus type, size, and service area February 14, 2023 Funding is available to dispose of old, diesel-powered buses, and replace them with electric school buses. Charging infrastructure must also be accounted for and installed. The more efficient the bus is, the larger the rebate. The following school districts receive priority consideration: 1. High-need school districts and low-income areas (see limitations in the guidance), 2. Rural school districts identified with NCES locale code “43-Rural: Remote”, 3. Bureau of Indian Affairs-funded school districts, and 4. School districts that receive basic support payments for children who reside on Indian land. The rebate application is "quick and simple" and the selection process is based on a lottery system The program guidance and application process differ from prior EPA school bus rebate programs, so please review the detailed Program Guide before proceeding. In the 2023 CSB Rebate Program, EPA funding can be used for costs associated with workforce training for drivers, mechanics, electricians, and other essential personnel. No https://www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus/school-bus-rebates-clean-school-bus-program
Existing - Decrease Climate Adaptation Partnership (CAP)/Regional Integrated Science and Assessments (RISA)
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To support collaborative research and community engagement projects that improve climate adaptation planning and action through the three competitions: 1) improving engagement methods for coastal resilience planning; 2) assessing tradeoffs and co-benefits for complex decision-making in communities facing coastal inundation and/or inland flooding; 3) identifying complex interactions between social infrastructure and wildfire risks to improve community adaptive capacity. Department of Commerce Climate Program Office (CPO) For FY24, CAP is soliciting applications for a maximum of one new team in each of the following regions: Upper Northeast (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, western Massachusetts, upstate New York), and Southeast (Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida). Not required N/A Up to $1,100,000 per year 2 N/A October 30, 2023 (Letter of Intent); February 5, 2024 (Full Application) When developing plans to address climate adaptation needs, low-carbon measures are recommended. For example, instead of deploying propane-fueled generators, consider bundling solar and storage to supply power for key infrastructure during extreme weather events. Utilize relevant data and tools to provide information for community stakeholders and develop outreach and education materials. Proposals should incorporate the principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion into their applications. The agency emphasizes the importance of working with community partners to ensure they are involved in and benefit from the proposed project. Projects must identify at least one community partner and ensure adequate resources, including financial resources, are available to enable their full participation, including project scoping work. A minimum of $200,000 within the total budget must be set aside to directly fund community-based organizations or local governments serving under-resourced frontline communities. CAP Teams are expected to last for 5 years. 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://cpo.noaa.gov/climate-program-office-cpo-climate-adaptation-partnerships-program-fy2024/
New - IRA Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) - Implementation
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To implement GHG reduction programs, policies, projects, and measures identified in a Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) developed under a CPRG planning grant. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) Only entities that directly received a CPRG planning grant are eligible to apply for an implementation grant. Not required $4,300,000,000 for general competition; $300,000,000 for Tribes and territories $500,000,000 for general competition; $25,000,000 for Tribes and territories 115 for general competition; 100 for Tribes and territories $37,400,000 for general competition; $3,000,000 for Tribes and territories April 1, 2024 (general); May 1, 2024 (Tribes and territories) This program is designed to implement ambitious measures that will achieve significant cumulative GHG reductions by 2030 and beyond, achieve substantial community benefits, and pursue innovative policies and programs that are replicable and can be “scaled up” across multiple jurisdictions. The NOFO specifically encourages applicants to consider projects that stimulate transformation toward a decarbonized economy and demonstrate approaches that are replicable to unlock opportunities for even greater emissions reductions. Consider prioritizing projects that are located in economically and environmentally distressed communities and maximize the long-term benefits for residents of the region. Local governments are encouraged to integrate community benefits into project scopes and milestones. The NOFO specifically calls out the goal to pursue measures that will achieve substantial community benefits (such as reduction of criteria air pollutants (CAPs) and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs)), particularly in low-income and disadvantaged communities as well as projects that incorporate high labor standards, emphasize job quality, and support equitable workforce development. EPA will not award multiple grants to implement the same measure in the same location; therefore, communication and coordination between entities that may be considering applying to fund similar measures should occur prior to applications being submitted. Because the State of Florida, State of Iowa, Commonwealth of Kentucky, and State of South Dakota declined to participate in the planning grant phase of this program, no state agencies, departments, or other executive branch-level offices in those 4 states can be eligible applicants for the CPRG implementation grant phase. Similarly, no local government office or air pollution control agency within those 4 states is eligible to apply under this NOFO, except for those municipalities and air agencies covered by PCAPs developed for the following MSAs: 1. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL Metro Area 2. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metro Area 3. Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford, FL Metro Area 4. Jacksonville, FL Metro Area 5. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL Metro Area 6. Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA Metro Area 7. Cedar Rapids, IA Metro Area 8. Iowa City, IA Metro Area 9. Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN Metro Area 10. Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area 11. Bowling Green, KY Metro Area 12. Rapid City, SD Metro Area https://www.epa.gov/inflation-reduction-act/cprg-implementation-grants
New - IRA Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) - Planning
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To (1) tackle damaging climate pollution while supporting the creation of good jobs and lowering energy costs for families, (2) accelerate work to address environmental injustice and empower community-driven solutions in overburdened neighborhoods, and (3) deliver cleaner air by reducing harmful air pollution in places where people live, work, play, and go to school. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) Funding is available for states (including District of Columbia and Puerto Rico), local governments, territories, and Tribal communities. Entities included in, or covered by, such plans will be eligible to apply for implementation funding. Not required $250,000,000 N/A N/A $3,000,000 for state planning; $1,000,0000 for metropolitan statistical area (MSA) planning March 31, 2023 (states); April 28, 2023 (MSAs) Planning grant recipients can use funding to design climate action plans that incorporate a variety of measures to reduce GHG emissions from across their economies in 6 key sectors (electricity generation, industry, transportation, buildings, agriculture/natural and working lands, and waste management). Consider prioritizing projects that are located in economically and environmentally distressed communities and maximize the long-term benefits for residents of the region. Local governments are encouraged to integrate community benefits into project scopes and milestones. Municipal departments/agencies are encouraged to work together to develop comprehensive emission reduction plans. Consider leveraging private investment to expand efforts. EPA encourages eligible entities to develop or, where applicable, revise their existing climate plans consistent with programmatic priorities. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact EPA prior to submitting applications. EPA will award planning grants in July-August 2023.  https://www.epa.gov/inflation-reduction-act/climate-pollution-reduction-grants#CPRGProgramGuidance
New - IRA Climate Ready Workforce for Coastal States, Tribes, and Territories Competition
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To assist communities in coastal and Great Lakes states and territories so they may form partnerships that train workers and place them into jobs that enhance climate resilience. Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) This opportunity is open to state, tribal, territorial and local governments, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations in coastal states or territories. Not required $50,000,000 $10,000,000 10-20 $3,333,333 November 30, 2023 (Letter of Intent); February 13, 2024 (Full Application) Applicants can use funds to develop or fill "good jobs that enhance climate resilience" in multiple ways. Examples of such jobs include heat-health outreach specialists/assistants, nurses, and home health coordinators, crews that can address coastal erosion using nature-based solutions, grant managers who can help solicit, write and manage grants to improve climate resilience in underserved communities, transportation analysts, water resource planners, resilience landscape technicians, and environmental inspectors. NOAA heavily prioritizes efforts to reach individuals from historically underserved communities, to benefit disadvantaged communities, and to remove barriers that prevent members of communities with environmental justice concerns involving decision-making process. Developing a strong collaboration network with various partners is essential to optimize the impact. It takes time to build a collaboration. Interested applicants are encouraged to engage with potential partners as soon as possible. Cost sharing is not required for this competition. However, cost sharing, leveraged funds, and in-kind support will make projects more competitive. https://seagrant.noaa.gov/CRW
Existing - Increase Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership Program (CHP TAP)
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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 (AMO) 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
New Communities Sparking Investment in Transformative Energy (C-SITE)
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To support implementation of municipally- or Tribal-led high-impact clean energy projects in disadvantaged communities, energy communities, small- and medium-sized jurisdictions, and Tribal communities. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP) Eligible prime recipients for this FOA are restricted to local governments or Tribal governments representing ANY of the following kinds of communities: 1. Disadvantaged communities; 2. Energy communities; 3. Small- and medium-sized jurisdictions 5% cost share required $18,000,000 $3,600,000 5-20 N/A May 31, 2024 Consider pairing this funding opportunity with newly available tax credits and incentives to expand the potential scope and scale of your project. The money saved by utilizing this funding opportunity could go toward other decarbonization opportunities. For example, resilience hub and microgrid projects can be expanded beyond energy resiliency into food or land resiliency. This funding opportunity explicitly requires proposed projects to assist disadvantaged communities, energy communities, small- and medium-sized jurisdictions, or Tribal communities. Strong applications will be informed by community-identified priorities and build on existing plans. Appendix C in the FOA provides examples of projects that may be funded through this award. N/A No https://www.energy.gov/scep/local-government-energy-program
New - IRA Community Change Grants Program
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To support partnerships of community-based organizations (CBOs) to implement pollution reduction, workforce development, and community engagement projects. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights (OEJECR) Partnerships of two or more CBOs, or a CBO plus a local government, Federally-recognized Tribe, or higher education institution is eligible to apply. N/A $2,000,000,000 $20,000,000 (track 1); $3,000,000 (track 2) 170 Community-Driven Investments for Change: $10-20 million; Meaningful Engagement for Equitable Governance: $1-3 million November 21, 2024 (rolling) Consider leveraging this opportunity to boost investments in low- and zero-emission and resilient technologies and related infrastructure in disadvantaged communities. Example projects include developing community solar, upgrading fossil-fuel-based heating equipment to electric heat pumps, deploying electric vehicle charging networks, etc. If projects are to focus on residential buildings, consider how to integrate weatherization and panel upgrades into the scope of work. These activities can help lower the energy demand and facilitate residents to get access to more funding opportunities for home upgrades, such as the weatherization assistance program (WAP). All projects must benefit disadvantaged communities. In addition to helping disadvantaged communities get one-time support, consider how to design projects to create a bigger impact in the long term. For example, leveraging this opportunity to develop the local workforce that supports the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants. When building partnerships and developing applications, keep in mind two of the core objectives: 1) Provide holistic investments for communities facing legacy pollution, the acute impacts of climate change, and/or disinvestment to support their multifaceted community-driven projects to catalyze meaningful, lasting positive change on the ground; and 2) Invest in strong cross-sectoral collaborations with partners that bring a robust history of and commitment to working within communities with environmental and climate justice concerns. EPA is considering awards under two separate tracks: "– Community-Driven Investments for Change" and "Meaningful Engagement for Equitable Governance". See the NOFO for additional information. No https://www.epa.gov/inflation-reduction-act/inflation-reduction-act-community-change-grants-program
Existing - Increase Community Development Block Grants - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR)
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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. No https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/cdbg-dr/
Existing - Increase Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
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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 $3,330,000,000 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. See here for FY23 allocations: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/comm_planning/budget/fy23 HUD has published a Proposed Rule which would enable much needed revisions and updates to the requirements governing the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Indian CDBG (ICDBG) programs. See here for more details: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2024/01/10/2024-00039/submission-for-community-development-block-grant-program-consolidated-plans-and-indian-community No https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/comm_planning/cdbg#:~:text=The%20Community%20Development%20Block%20Grant,%2D%20and%20moderate%2Dincome%20persons.
New Community Energy Innovation Prize (CEIP)
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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), Office of Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office (AMMTO) Eligibility for the "Clean Energy Ecosystem" and "Manufacturing Ecosystem" tracks include private entities, states, counties, tribes, municipalities, academic institutions, and individuals. For the "Collegiate Track", teams must be made up of an academic institution, eligible students, and a community partner that meets the requirements as detailed in the official prize rules. Within each track, there are three phases participants can compete in. Not required $7,490,000 $1,500,000 92 N/A November 3, 2023 (Collegiate Track); February 2, 2024 (Clean Energy Ecosystem & Manufacturing Ecosystem Tracks) 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. In accordance with the Justice40 initiative, the goals of the Community Energy Innovation Prize support capacity building, innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development related to clean energy and climate for disadvantaged communities in the following areas: 1. Academic Programs: Enable clean energy and climate innovation, and entrepreneurship programming and capabilities at colleges and universities that serve large populations of students underrepresented in STEM, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), community colleges, and undergraduate institutions. 2. Workforce Development: Create or increase participation in clean energy and climate-smart job training and job placement/hiring, including programs that target participation from disadvantaged communities, formerly incarcerated individuals/returning citizens, and youth transitioning out of foster care. 3. Clean Energy Technology: Foster grassroots innovation ecosystems and/or deployments related to a just and equitable clean energy economy through activities focusing on community-centric networks and bottom-up solutions for sustainable development, based on the needs of the 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. See the HeroX platform for additional details and competition rules: https://americanmadechallenges.org/challenges/communityenergyinnovation/docs/CEI-Official-Prize-Rules.pdf This competition is the successor to the Community Clean Energy Coalition Prize and the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize. Previous winners of the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize competition can be found here: https://www.energy.gov/eere/articles/doe-announces-inclusive-energy-innovation-prize-winners No https://americanmadechallenges.org/challenges/communityenergyinnovation
Existing - Constant Community Facilities Program (CF)
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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% cost share 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 Geothermal Heating and Cooling Design and Deployment
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To support the formation of U.S. community coalitions that will develop, design, and install community geothermal heating and cooling systems. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Eligibility for this program is unrestricted, though applicants are anticipated to be U.S. community coalitions. Minimum 20% cost share required $13,000,000 $10,000,000 10 $1,300,000 October 11, 2022 Community-scale geothermal heating and cooling systems can help deploy clean technologies and reduce reliance on gas heating in a more cost-effective way. In areas where such systems are feasible, geothermal systems are an incredibly efficient means of regulating building temperatures while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Geothermal systems can effectively regulate building temperatures and remove gas from indoor use, thereby creating safer living/working conditions. This program tasks community stakeholders with deploying these technologies, ensuring a more equitable distribution of program benefits. Learn more about feasibility and considerations here: https://www.nrel.gov/climate-neutral/assets/pdfs/ghp_screening_21oct03.pdf Learn more on system cost comparisons here: https://aeclinic.org/publicationpages/2021/01/13/inflection-point-when-heating-with-gas-costs-more Installed technologies should supply at least 25% of the overall heating (and cooling) demand in communities where current fuel use to heat (and cool) homes and/or businesses increases greenhouse gas emissions. No https://www.energy.gov/eere/geothermal/community-geothermal-heating-and-cooling-design-and-deployment
New Community Power Accelerator Prize
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To fast-track the efforts of new, emerging, and expanding solar developers and co-developers to learn, participate, and grow their operations to support multiple successful community solar projects. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Competitors should be community solar (co)developers interested in expanding staff and operations and incorporating meaningful benefits into multiple community solar projects, either through an existing project portfolio of at least 1 MW or with plans to develop at least 1 MW of community solar. Not required $10,000,000 $400,000 25 $400,000 Register by October 4, 2023 for second round competition Local governments can pitch this program to non-profit and private partners involved in developing community solar. Doing so can help power these entities with clean energy, meet public energy goals, and develop the local solar market. For particularly innovative project that enhance and expand upon current community solar models, consider Community Solar+ strategies: https://rmi.org/introducing-community-solar-the-next-generation-of-community-solar/ Consider accelerating community solar in areas where disadvantaged entities are likely to recoup the benefits (e.g., energy savings, clean power, reduced pollution, brownfield reuse, etc.). These cash prizes will enable mission-aligned developers to expand their staff and operations and design and deploy multiple community solar projects. The projects will use replicable business models and prioritize equitable access to expand community solar and drive new capital to community solar across the country. See the list of Phase 1 winners here: https://www.energy.gov/communitysolar/community-power-accelerator-prize-round-1, See the list of Phase 2 winners here: https://www.energy.gov/communitysolar/community-power-accelerator-prize-round-2 No https://www.energy.gov/communitysolar/community-power-accelerator-prize
Existing - Decrease Community Project Funding (CPF)
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To support a broad array of projects for infrastructure and community development to meet local and regional needs. United States Congress U.S. House of Representatives Members of Congress may submit 15 qualified local projects to be considered by the Appropriations Committee. Among other requirements, Members must identify the "federal nexus" authorizing each project and demonstrate each project's merit and community support. For-profit entities and commemorative projects are ineligible for CPF. Each project must be for the current fiscal year only and cannot include multiyear funding. Varies No more than 0.5% of discretionary spending N/A N/A N/A Varies by committee, but typically in late March each year. Requests are typically sought months sooner by Congressional offices. While not explicitly oriented toward clean energy and climate action, CPF is a general source of funding that may be used to advance such projects. Accordingly, you have ample leeway to use CPF to meet your city’s needs. Projects funded in recent years include floating solar, heat pump campaigns, solar workforce training, and community cooling. To learn more about these examples, check out: https://cityrenewables.org/funding-guidance/understanding-available-funding/community-project-funding-for-local-climate-action/ This flexible program can help transform communities and create broad economic opportunity. Consult disadvantaged and vulnerable community groups to ensure your funding is allocated most equitably. While planning projects are eligible for funding, CPF prioritizes projects that are "shovel-ready" and "shovel-worthy." Coordinate early with congressional representatives to ensure that projects are aligned with their priorities, as well as community needs. Given the current political leadership in the House of Representatives, applicants may benefit by framing their projects as tangible, community-supported, and rational from a cost-benefit perspective. For additional insights into this process, check out: https://rmi.org/need-help-advancing-local-climate-action/ CPF is similar to "earmarks," which were discontinued in 2009. This program is subject to congressional direction, rules, requirements, and process may evolve each year. For example, the Republican majority substantially redesigned the program for FY24. Note: Some representatives have abstained from participating in this request process. Check with your representative to confirm their participation and process. Funded projects can be found here: https://appropriations.house.gov/fiscal-year-2024-member-request-guidance No https://appropriations.house.gov/fiscal-year-2024-member-request-guidance
New Community-Led Tidal and Current Energy Planning and Development
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To support at least one tidal or current energy planning and execution project in the United States, preferably led by a community-based organization or local/municipal government entity. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) This FOA will encourage potential applicants to form partnerships with utilities, academia; state, regional, and Tribal governments; community‐based organizations; and technology developers. 20% cost share required $62,000,000 $15,000,000 1 N/A July 2023 One key goal of Topic Area 2 is to "optimize the partnership and engagement model for community‐driven tidal or current energy installation projects, which encompasses Tribal governments and multiple stakeholders including community representatives, project developers, technology developers, utility representatives, state, or local, government, and permitting bodies, among others." DOE expects the selected project to act as a template for future projects. Tidal and current energy site development with strong community engagement will be central to this FOA. Teaming arrangements are strongly encouraged. Consider workforce development and equitable siting practices as you develop an application. N/A This funding listing is related to "Topic Area 2" in the program FOA. The purpose of Topic Area 1 is to support a tidal or current site development project led by a project/site developer in the U.S., rather than a community-based organization or governmental entity. https://www.energy.gov/eere/water/articles/proposed-funding-opportunity-expanded-10-million-support-community-led-tidal
Existing - Increase Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ)
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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 $2,539,000,000 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
Existing - Constant Congressionally Directed Spending
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To support a broad array of projects for infrastructure and community development to meet local and regional needs. United States Congress U.S. Senate Members of Congress may submit 15 qualified local projects to be considered by the Appropriations Committee. Among other requirements, Members must demonstrate each project's community support. For-profit entities and commemorative projects are ineligible for CPF. Each project must be for the current fiscal year only and cannot include multiyear funding. Varies No more than 1% of discretionary spending N/A N/A N/A Varies by committee, but typically in April each year. Requests may be sought sooner by Congressional offices. While not explicitly oriented toward clean energy and climate action, CPF is a general source of funding that may be used to advance such projects. Accordingly, you have ample leeway to use CPF to meet your city’s needs. Projects funded in recent years include floating solar, heat pump campaigns, solar workforce training, and community cooling. To learn more about these examples, check out: https://cityrenewables.org/funding-guidance/understanding-available-funding/community-project-funding-for-local-climate-action/ This flexible program can help transform communities and create broad economic opportunity. Consult disadvantaged and vulnerable community groups to ensure your funding is allocated most equitably. While planning projects are eligible for funding, CPF prioritizes projects that are "shovel-ready" and "shovel-worthy." Coordinate early with congressional representatives to ensure that projects are aligned with their priorities, as well as community needs. For additional insights into this process, check out: https://rmi.org/need-help-advancing-local-climate-action/ CPF is similar to "earmarks," which were discontinued in 2009. This program is subject to congressional direction, rules, requirements, and process may evolve each year. For example, the Republican majority substantially redesigned the program for FY24. Note: Some representatives have abstained from participating in this request process. Check with your representative to confirm their participation and process. Funded projects can be found here: https://appropriations.house.gov/fiscal-year-2024-member-request-guidance No https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/fy-2024-appropriations-requests-and-congressionally-directed-spending
New Cooperative Agreement to Facilitate Coordination Between DOE-NE and Energy Communities, Vital Constituencies, and Educational Groups
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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 June 29, 2022 (Letter of Intent); July 18, 2022 (Full Application) 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 energy 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)
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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 Cross-Sector Technologies Funding Opportunity
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To drive improvements in energy, materials, and production efficiency and to accelerate decarbonization across the industrial sector. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) This FOA will award funding in three topic areas: "1. Electrification of Industrial Heat", "2. Efficient Energy Use in Industrial Systems", and "3. Decarbonizing Organic Wastewater and Wet Waste Treatment". For topics 1 and 2, eligible prime applicants include institutions of higher education, for-profit entities, and nonprofit entities. State, local, and tribal government entities are eligible to participate as a subrecipient. For topic 3, a waste facility must be either the prime or subrecipient. 20% of the total project R&D costs; 50% of the total allowable costs for demonstration and commercial application projects $38,000,000, divided between 3 topic areas $5,000,000 for topic areas 1 and 2, $2,500,000 for topic area 3 3-8, depending on topic area N/A December 18, 2023 (Concept Paper); March 20, 2024 (Full Application) The FOA lists several "Areas of Interest". For Topic 1, AOIs are electrotechnologies and industrial heat pumps. Topic 2 AOIs are advanced membrane separations and industrial heat exchangers. Both of these topics state that proposals must establish cross-sectoral relevance of the proposed technology. To support the goal of building a clean and equitable energy economy, projects funded under this FOA are expected to (1) advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA); (2) contribute to energy equity; and (3) invest in America’s workforce. To ensure these objectives are met, applications must include a Research and Development Community Benefits Plan (R&D Community Benefits Plan) that addresses the three objectives stated above. N/A N/A No https://www.energy.gov/eere/iedo/fy24-cross-sector-technologies-funding-opportunity-announcement?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
New Decarbonization of Water Resource Recovery Facilities
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To fund research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities to decarbonize the entire life cycle of Water Resource Recovery Facilities (WRRFs). Two topic areas are the decarbonization of WRRF unit processes and reducing overall greenhouse GHG emissions from WRRFs. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Eligible applicants include WRRF partners (municipal utilities, tribal councils, regional sanitary authorities, or other governmental entities with direct responsibility for organic waste treatment and management), for-profit entities, non-profit entities, and state, local, and tribal government entities. Eligible funding subrecipients include National Laboratories, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), institutions of higher education, and federal agencies and instrumentalities (other than DOE). 20-50% cost share required, depending on subtopic $23,000,000 Up to $2,500,000 for projects decarbonizing WRRF unit processes; up to $4,000,000 for projects reducing overall GAG emissions from WRRFs 4-5 awards for projects decarbonizing WRRF unit processes; 3 awards for projects reducing overall GAG emissions from WRRFs $3,000,000 January 27, 2023 (Concept Paper); April 3, 2023 (Full Application) This program focuses on the decarbonization of the water treatment sector and requires GHG reductions of 50% minimum assessed at the unit process level, or 25% minimum assessed at the overall plant level. Local governments can leverage this fund to replace the aging aerations with more energy-efficient models or upgrade the traditional sludge handling methods with novel processes. A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan is required for each application. Consider prioritizing water treatment facilities located in underserved communities to bring the benefits of decarbonization to local residents. Consider partnering with students, researchers, and staff in Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to provide employment and/or educational opportunities for underrepresented students or groups. MSIs include Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Institutions, etc. N/A The awards will be issued as cooperative agreements with a period of performance of three to five years. https://www.energy.gov/eere/amo/water-resource-recovery-facilities-funding-opportunity
Existing - Increase Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) National Grants
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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% cost share required for vehicle or equipment replacement with zero-tailpipe emissions $115,000,000 $4,000,000 80 $1,437,500 December 1, 2023 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). EPA anticipates awarding a total of approximately $115 million under this NOFO: $58 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 funding and $57 million in FY 2023 funding, subject to the availability of funds, the quantity and quality of applications received, and other considerations. No https://www.epa.gov/dera/national
Existing - Constant Disaster Recovery (DR) Supplemental Funding
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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 cost share 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. No https://www.eda.gov/funding/funding-opportunities/fiscal-year-2023-disaster-supplemental
Existing - Increase Disaster Relief Fund (DRF, American Rescue Plan Act)
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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. No https://www.fema.gov/about/reports-and-data/disaster-relief-fund-monthly-reports
New Distributed Energy Systems Demonstrations
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To support demonstrations that de-risk technologies needed to manage variable generation; control flexible loads; and integrate energy storage, electric vehicle (EV) charging, and other facilities into the U.S. transmission and distribution grids. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) OCED anticipates funding commercial-scale projects that demonstrate approaches that integrate grid-edge renewable and distributed energy systems with broader energy networks. These projects will seek to demonstrate reliable operations and system-wide value in the context of distribution grids with high levels of variable renewable generation and flexible load assets. 50% cost share required $50,000,000 $25,000,000 4 $12,500,000 December 13, 2023 (Concept Paper); April 15, 2024 (Full Application) This program seeks to tackle the challenges of demonstrating reliable system operations within larger systems using more diverse flexible energy assets at a higher proportion of peak load than has been widely demonstrated in the past. From the NOI: Flexible aggregated systems in multiple configurations, including Virtual Power Plants (VPP) could provide value to the grid operator in terms of energy, capacity, and reliability services, and value to the asset owners through avoided integration costs and/or lower energy costs. To support the goals of building a clean and equitable energy economy, DOE anticipates supporting projects that define a robust Community Benefits Plan, including: • Supporting meaningful community and labor engagement; • Investing in America’s workforce and support good jobs; • Advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility; and, • Contributing to the President’s goal that 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal investments flow to disadvantaged communities (the Justice40 Initiative). N/A N/A No https://energycommunities.gov/funding-opportunity/distributed-energy-systems-demonstrations/
New Drivers and Environmental Impacts of Energy Transitions in Underserved Communities
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To engage in community-driven research that will address the drivers and environmental impacts of energy transitions in underserved communities. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Science Advisor, Policy and Engagement (OSAPE), Office of Research and Development (ORD), Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program 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. See awardees here: https://www.epa.gov/research-grants/drivers-and-environmental-impacts-energy-transitions-underserved-communities-grants 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 (EAA, American Recue Plan)
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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% cost share required, though EDA has discretion to fund up to 100% $500,000,000 $10,000,000 250 $650,000 (ranging from $150,000 to $2,500,000) Rolling, early application recommended 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. Previous awardee fact sheet: https://www.eda.gov/sites/default/files/2022-11/Economic-Adjustment-Assistance-Fact-Sheet.pdf No https://eda.gov/arpa/economic-adjustment-assistance/
Existing - Increase Economic Adjustment Assistance Program (EAA) - Assistance to Coal Communities (ACC)
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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 cost share of 20%, varying based on level of economic distress $48,000,000 $30,000,000 N/A $500,000 to$3 million for implementation projects and from $100,000 to $350,000 for planning activities TBA 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
New - IIJA Electric Drive Vehicle Battery Recycling and Second-Life Applications Program
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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. Applications should fall within 1 of 2 topics: (1) Improving the economics of transportation, dismantling, and preprocessing of electric drive vehicle batteries, (2) Recycling of electric drive vehicle battery accessory components. 20% - 50%, vary by topic area $37,000,000 $8,000,000 5-11 $4,625,000 February 7, 2024 (Concept Paper); April 19, 2024 (Full Application) Battery recycling would repurpose existing materials and increase the supply of usable batteries, 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://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Default.aspx#FoaIdb32526c2-af4b-4e13-a37f-e9a1250287d6
Existing - Increase Electric Infrastructure Loan & Loan Guarantee Program (LGP)
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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
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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) Eligible applicants under this program are any eligible recipient of 5307 or 5311 funding, including the entity that operates ferry service that serves the State with the largest number of Marine Highway System miles and bi-State ferry services. 20% cost share required $50,000,000 N/A 7 $7,142,857 Expected Q4 2023 or Q1 2024 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. The Federal government will cover 85% (additional 5%) of the cost of leasing or purchasing a Clean Air Act (CAA) or Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ferry. Past recipients can be viewed here: https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grants/grant-programs/fta-ferry-grant-program-2022-selected-projects 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. No https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grants/grant-programs/electric-or-low-emitting-ferry-pilot-program-iija-ss-71102
New - IRA Electric Vehicle Charger Reliability and Accessibility Accelerator
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To repair or replace existing, publicly accessible chargers that are listed as “temporarily unavailable” because they are broken or non-operational. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) Eligible applicants include only State DOTs and local governments. Under this NOFO, eligible broken and non-operational chargers will be limited to those listed in the Alternative Fuels Station Locator, which is maintained by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) through its Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC). 20% cost share required $100,000,000 N/A N/A N/A November 13, 2023 Repairing or replacing broken and non-operational chargers helps maintain the functionality of EV charger networks, which is key to facilitate the adoption of more EVs. Applicants should consider ensure disadvantaged communities benefit from upgraded charging infrastructure. Consider using the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool to prioritize and sequence projects to maximize benefits to disadvantaged communities: https://screeningtool.geoplatform.gov/en/#3/33.47/-97.5 Whenever possible, applicants are encouraged to submit applications that include multiple locations to streamline the application process and review. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications with their contractors or subgrant recipients identified to the extent allowable under their procurement requirements. In addition, applicants are also strongly encouraged to work directly with site hosts and current owners or operators to ensure viability of the project. See here for additional policy context for this grant: https://highways.dot.gov/newsroom/biden-harris-administration-making-100-million-available-improve-ev-charger-reliability No https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=350190
Existing - Increase Emergency Management Performance Grants (EMPG, American Rescue Plan Act)
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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 or territorial governments (the State Administrative Agency [SAA] or the state’s Emergency Management Agency [EMA]). Recipients must ensure and maintain adoption and implementation of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Non-territorial recipients must belong to, be located in, or act as an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) temporary member state. 50% cost share required $355,100,000 N/A 56 0.25%-0.75% of total funding May 18, 2023 The EPMG program focuses on all-hazards emergency preparedness and is designed to build and sustain core capabilities. Consider resilience hubs and resilience facilities with solar and storage equipment, which is an allowable equipment expense. Decarbonization strategies may include disaster preparedness projects that include battery storage systems and microgrids with 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 accessibility and functional needs. The FY23 NOFO may be viewed here: https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/emergency-management-performance/fy-23-nofo#submission 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. 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. No https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/emergency-management-performance
Existing - Constant Emergency Relief Program (ERP)
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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. 10% cost share required $212,301,048 N/A N/A N/A November 2, 2023 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. An additional $212.3 million has been made available for disaster relief from disasters in 2017, and 2020-2022 No https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grant-programs/emergency-relief-program
New - IRA Empowering Rural America (New ERA)
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To provide loans and other financial assistance for electric cooperatives to achieve emissions reductions through the purchase or deployment of renewable energy, or to make energy efficiency improvements to existing electric generation or transmission systems. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Eligible recipients include electric cooperatives, particularly those serving predominantly rural areas, and its subsidiaries. 75% cost share required for grants $9,700,000,000 $970,000 N/A N/A September 15, 2023 (Letter of Intent) The program prioritizes emissions reductions rather than requiring the use of specific technologies. For example, you can seek funding for renewable and zero-emission systems that eliminate aging, obsolete, or expensive infrastructure. You can also change your purchased-power mixes to support cleaner portfolios, manage stranded assets, and boost your transition to clean energy. When building new renewable energy systems, consider designing local workforce development initiatives (i.e. solar training), developing programs that lower income residents and small businesses could subscribe to in order to reduce their energy burden (i.e. community solar), and adequately compensating those communities where new projects are being sited. Applications will be scored and ranked on the greatest reduction in cost-per-unit measure of greenhouse gases. Projects must be reliable, resilient (able to recover quickly following an unexpected disruption), and affordable. The cost of unit of reduction will be considered. Funding is available until 2031. https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/electric-programs/empowering-rural-america-new-era-program
New Energizing Rural Communities Prize
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To support individuals and organizations to develop partnership plans or innovative financing strategies to help rural or remote communities improve their energy systems and advance clean energy demonstration projects. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) This prize challenge is currently in Phase 2 - only winners of Phase 1 are eligible. Not required $15,000,000 $200,000 30 $200,000 July 12, 2024 The focus of this prize emphasizes implementation and/or demonstration of clean energy projects as well as strategies to access capital or to develop community ownership models to finance clean energy demonstration projects in rural or remote areas. 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 Energizing Rural Communities Prize has two tracks, both following a two-phase timeline: The Partner track—with a $10 million cash prize pool—will support plans to connect rural or remote communities to government funding, technical assistance, or a network of partners that can help implement clean energy demonstration projects. The Finance track—with a $5 million cash prize pool—will support plans to access capital or to develop community ownership models to help finance clean energy demonstration projects in rural or remote areas. Funding is for implementation of proposed partnership or finance plans from Phase 1. See Phase 1 winners here: https://americanmadechallenges.org/challenges/rural-energy/results No https://americanmadechallenges.org/challenges/rural-energy
New - IIJA Energy Auditor Training Grant Program (State Energy Program)
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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) There are two topic areas: Commercial Energy Auditors and Residential Energy Auditors. 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. Not required $36,000,000 $2,000,000 20-30 $1,440,000 March 28, 2024 (Concept Paper); June 28, 2024 (Full Application) 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. Applicants can submit one submission for each topic area, which means one Concept Paper per Topic and one Full Application per Topic Area is allowed. However, an eligible State may not be awarded more than $2,000,000 cumulatively in Grant funding. N/A No https://www.energy.gov/bil/energy-auditor-training-grant-program
New Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Competitive Program
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To directly invest in projects that develop, promote, implement, and manage energy efficiency and conservation, including clean energy. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP) Eligible entities include only those US local governments and Indian Tribes that are ineligible for the EECBG formula grant. Not required $8,800,000 $2,000,000 10 to 20 $586,667 June 5, 2023 (Concept Paper); August 7, 2023 (Full Application) 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 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 See past awardees here: https://www.energy.gov/scep/energy-efficiency-and-conservation-block-grant-eecbg-program-competitive-awards No https://www.energy.gov/scep/energy-efficiency-and-conservation-block-grant-program-competitive-funding-announcement
Existing - IIJA Increase Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG)
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To directly invest in or provide technical assistance vouchers for 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 for this formula funding; 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 or technical assistance through their state. Not required $550,000,000 Varies All eligible recipients of formula funding Varies by municipality Pre-Application Information Sheet and State and territory applications are due ASAP. Full applications for local governments and Tribal communities are due by April 30, 2024. 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. As an alternative to traditional grants, DOE will providing Local and Tribal governments with the option to apply for vouchers to receive technical assistance and/or equipment rebates. Vouchers provide a streamlined application process with fewer administrative requirements and allow Local and Tribal governments to take advantage of customized technical expertise or get reimbursed for eligible equipment. Eligible entities may choose to use a voucher or a grant, but not both. Voucher applicants do NOT need to follow the grant application process. More information about voucher applications has been released! See the EECBG Program Formula Grant Application Hub for the Voucher Handbook and Voucher Application Templates. For more information on the Biden Administration's current approach for EECBG, see this October 2023 announcement: https://www.energy.gov/articles/biden-harris-administration-announces-30-million-clean-energy-funding-28-state-local-and 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 No https://www.energy.gov/eere/wipo/energy-efficiency-and-conservation-block-grant-program
New - IIJA Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Capitalization Grant Program (State Energy Program)
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To provide capitalization grants to states to establish a revolving loan fund under which the state shall provide loans and grants for energy efficiency audits, upgrades, and retrofits to increase energy efficiency and improve the comfort of buildings. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP) Eligible uses include residential and commercial energy audits, upgrades, and retrofits. 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. Not required $250,000,000 N/A N/A N/A April 2023 Many of the programs funded through this program (namely, energy audits) are essential to ensure that retrofits are necessary and 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 No https://www.energy.gov/bil/energy-efficiency-revolving-loan-fund-capitalization-grant-program
New Energy Efficient Transformer Rebates
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To provide rebates for the replacement of a qualified energy inefficient transformer with a qualified energy efficient transformer. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC) Eligible entities include industrial or manufacturing facility owners, commercial building owners, multifamily building owners, utilities, or energy service companies. Not required $10,000,000 N/A N/A N/A December 8, 2023 Rebates are available for the replacement of a qualified energy inefficient transformer with a qualified energy efficient transformer to enhance the efficiency and efficacy of the energy system. 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/ Rebate payments will be calculated as follows: $2 per Watt multiplied by the difference between the core loss of the qualified energy inefficient transformer and the core loss of the qualified energy efficient transformer. Note applications must be received by December 8, 2023, though rebates are available until December 13, 2023. https://doerebates.my.site.com/rebates/s/transformer-rebates-information
New - IIJA Energy Future Grants (EFG)
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To provide financial and technical assistance to support innovative – novel or early action – clean energy planning to benefit disadvantaged communities. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP) Eligible applicants are local governments, states, territories, and tribes. Example topic areas include transportation, power sector, and buildings. Not required $27,000,000 $500,000 50 $540,000 November 10, 2023 Example projects include those 1) support the reduction of the energy intensity or greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, 2) scale innovations in the power sector through distributed energy delivery models that emphasize demand flexibility and expand the use of zero-carbon fuels, clean energy siting, or procurement strategies, and 3) develop innovative solutions for building retrofit programs or performance standards to drive resilience, electrification, and decarbonization in the building sector. All selected projects need to benefit disadvantaged communities. Communities are considered disadvantaged if they are in census tracts that meet the thresholds for at least one of the categories of burden (climate change, energy, workforce, water and wastewater, transportation, health, housing, legacy pollution) and are low-income, or are located on land belonging to Federally Recognized Tribes. It is suggested that applicants include at least 3-4 or more of these governmental partners (e.g., a state and three cities in the states, several cities in a region, and a city and multiple tribes, etc.) in their applications. Applicants are encouraged to partner to form multijurisdictional teams and with community-based organizations (CBOs), academia, utilities, and/or non-profit entities. DOE will award $37 million in funding in two phases. Phase 1: $27 million over 12-18 months in this funding opportunity. Phase 2: $10M over 2 years in a future funding opportunity (Successful Phase 1 awardees will compete for awards of up to $1 million). No https://energycommunities.gov/funding-opportunity/energy-future-grants-efg-creating-a-community-led-energy-future/
New Energy Improvements in Rural or Remote Areas
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To help deploy community-driven clean energy solutions in rural and remote areas across the country. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, for-profit and non-profit organizations, state, local governments, and Tribal Nations, incorporated and unincorporated consortia. Not required $50,000,000 $5,000,000 10-100 $909,091 July 13, 2023 (Pre-Application); October 12, 2023 (Full Application) This program will fund projects that advance one or more of the following resilient clean energy objectives: Improving overall cost-effectiveness of energy generation, transmission, or distribution systems; Siting or upgrading transmission and distribution lines; Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from energy generation in rural or remote areas; Providing or modernizing electric generation facilities; Developing microgrids; and, Increasing energy efficiency. Rural communities are often left behind in energy transition conversations. Particularly with projects that require siting within a community, it is important to engage relevant groups early and provide residents with appropriate opportunities to weigh in on project decisions that impact their communities. 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/ If awarded, this grant could be prepared with recent IRA tax incentives to further reduce the cost of a clean energy installation. Additionally, the inclusion of energy efficiency in the eligible projects means that applicants could take advantage of the benefits of energy efficiency upgrades to reduce carbon emissions, even where clean energy projects and transmission upgrades are less politically feasible. $200,000,000 appropriated annually for fiscal years 2022 through 2026 (to remain available until expended) See past awardees here: https://www.energy.gov/oced/energy-improvements-rural-or-remote-areas-selections-award-negotiations No https://www.energy.gov/oced/grant-funding-notice-energy-improvements-rural-or-remote-areas#:~:text=Community-driven%20clean%20energy%20projects%20of%20at%20least%20%24500%2C000,energy%20generation%20in%20a%20rural%20or%20remote%20community.
New - IRA Energy Infrastructure Reinvestment Program
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To provide loans to retool, repurpose, or replace electric or fossil fuel energy infrastructure that has ceased operations, or to enable operating infrastructure to avoid, reduce, utilize or sequester air pollutants or greenhouse gas emissions. Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO) Projects must: Retool, repower, repurpose, or replace legacy energy infrastructure; OR enable operating energy infrastructure to avoid, reduce, utilize or sequester air pollutants or GHGs Eligible energy infrastructure is a facility, and associated equipment, used for: the generation or transmission of electricity; OR the production, processing, and delivery of fossil fuels, fuels derived from petroleum, or petrochemical feedstocks. Not required $5,000,000,000 in credit subisdy and up to $250,000,000 in loan authority through FY2026 N/A N/A Minimum project loans are expected to be at least $100,000,000 Rolling - Request a pre-application consultation if you are interested: https://www.energy.gov/lpo/request-pre-application-consultation The EIR reinvests in energy communities while reducing carbon emissions. The EIR will support the low-carbon transition of a broad range of projects — any type of energy infrastructure related to electricity generation and transmission, as well as all fossil fuels and petrochemicals. The program has the potential to help decarbonize not just the electricity sector, but the entirety of fossil infrastructure in this country, both through replacing polluting sources with cleaner alternatives, and through reducing pollution in harder-to-abate sectors. The equitable and cost-effective transition to a cleaner grid requires retooling and repurposing of outdated facilities with prime location and capacity, which are often located in or near LMI communities and communities of color. The reduction of air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions from previously and currently operating facilities in these communities is a significant part of the Justice40 Initiative. Moreover, the transition from coal to clean energy risks devastating communities historically reliant on the jobs and economic activity brought by investment and dependence on fossil fuels. Leaving coal miners, plant operators, and their surrounding communities without recourse is unjust and will not lead to a sustainable and equitable transition. Learn more about how your community or utility could consider leveraging this program here: https://rmi.org/important-clean-energy-policy-youve-never-heard-about/ Potential applicants with projects that could be eligible for the EIR program and are currently further along in development should become familiar with certain requirements applicable to all loans and loan guarantees issued under Title 17. These requirements can be found in the Title 17 Innovative Clean Energy (section 1703) solicitation here: https://www.energy.gov/sites/default/files/2022-04/DOE-LPO_Innovative_Clean_Energy_Loan_Guarantee_Solicitation_18Apr22.pdf No https://www.energy.gov/lpo/energy-infrastructure-reinvestment
New Energy Storage Demonstration and Pilot Grant Program
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To research and develop large-scale energy storage systems that improve the security, reliability, efficiency, optimization, and stability of the grid, including the integration of renewable energy, microgrids, energy storage, and vehicle charging. 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. Local governments and community based organizations are eligible recipients too. Not required $355,000,000 N/A 3 $118,333,333 Expected Q3 2023 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 Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) Pilot Demonstrations
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To support competitively selected pilot projects that collectively demonstrate enhanced geothermal systems in different geologic settings, using a variety of development techniques and well orientations. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Eligible entities include institutions of higher education, for-profit entities, non-profit entities, state and local governmental entities, and Tribal Nations. Foreign entities, incorporated consortia, and unincorporated consortia are also eligible to apply. 20% cost share required $83,000,000 $25,000,000 4 to 9 $11,857,143 Dates for the second round of funding - under Topic Area 4 only - will be announced soon This program will support Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) pilot projects that collectively demonstrate EGS in different geologic settings, using a variety of development techniques and well orientations, at sites where subsurface characterization or geothermal energy integration analysis has been conducted. Geothermal resources can be found nationwide and represent vast domestic energy potential; however, only a fraction of this potential has been realized due to technical and non-technical barriers that constrain industry growth. 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 technology developments targeted in this FOA are intended to increase geothermal power production in the U.S. in the near-term from areas surrounding existing geothermal fields (Topic Area 1) while facilitating new opportunities for widespread power (or power with cascaded heat production) in the future from regions where heat is present, yet no geothermal energy production exists (i.e., Topic Areas 2, 3, 4). DOE has identified 4 topic areas for the pilots: (1) EGS Proximal Pilot Demonstrations; (2) EGS Green Field Pilot Demonstrations; (3) Superhot/Supercritical EGS Pilot Demonstrations; and (4) Eastern-US EGS Pilot Demonstration See the first round of selections, announced Feberuary 13, 2024 here: https://www.energy.gov/eere/geothermal/funding-notice-enhanced-geothermal-systems-egs-pilot-demonstrations No https://www.energy.gov/eere/geothermal/funding-notice-enhanced-geothermal-systems-egs-pilot-demonstrations
Existing - Increase Enhanced Mobility of Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities - Section 5310
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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% cost share 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 - IRA Increase Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program (EJCPS)
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To help eligible organizations build collaborative partnerships with other stakeholders (e.g., local businesses and industry, local government, medical service providers, academia, etc.) to develop solutions to environmental or public health issue(s) at the community level. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights (OEJECR) Eligible organizations include community-based nonprofit organizations (CBOs) or CBO partnerships. CBOs with 5 or fewer full-time employees are eligible for the Small Community-based Nonprofit Set Aside. Not required $30,000,000 $500,000 for general awards; $150,000 for Small Community-based Nonprofit Set Aside 50 general awards; 33 awards for Small Community-based Nonprofit Set Aside $10,000 for general awards; $4,500 for Small Community-based Nonprofit Set Aside April 14, 2023 Applications must propose one of the following: (1) community-led air and other pollution monitoring, prevention, and remediation, and investments in low- and zero-emission and resilient technologies and related infrastructure and workforce development that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants; (2) mitigating climate and health risks from urban heat islands, extreme heat, wood heater emissions, and wildfire events; (3) climate resiliency and adaptation; (4) reducing indoor toxics and indoor air pollution; or (5) facilitating engagement of marginalized communities in Local, State and Federal public processes, such as advisory groups, workshops, and rulemakings. This program specifically aims to empower CBOs from marginalized communities. Applications may focus on facilitating engagement of marginalized communities in Local, State and Federal public processes, such as advisory groups, workshops, and rulemakings. N/A See 2023 selectees here: https://www.epa.gov/system/files/documents/2023-10/2023-the-environmental-justice-collaborative-problem-solving-ejcps-program-project-summaries_0.pdf No https://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/environmental-justice-collaborative-problem-solving-cooperative-agreement-5
Existing - IRA Increase Environmental Justice Government-to-Government Program (EJG2G)
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To support government activities that lead to measurable environmental or public health impacts in communities disproportionately burdened by environmental harms. Model EJG2G programs should leverage existing resources to develop processes or tools that integrate environmental justice considerations into governmental decision-making at all levels. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights (OEJECR) Eligible applicants include States, territories, Tribal governments, and local governments in partnership with a community-based nonprofit organization. Not required $70,000,000 $20,000,000; $10,000,000 for certain entities 70 $1,000,000 April 14, 2023 This program specifically aims to achieve measurable and meaningful environmental and/or public health results in communities. Consider using it to coordinate between governments to build toward common climate goals and reduce redundant or conflicting efforts. This program specifically aims to (1) build broad and robust, results-oriented partnerships, particularly with community-based nonprofit organizations (CBO) within disproportionately impacted areas; (2) pilot activities in specific communities that create transferable models, which can be expanded or replicated in other geographic areas, and; (3) strengthen the development and implementation of meaningful approaches to achieve environmental justice. N/A This program was formerly known as EPA's State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program (SEJCA). FY23 recipients here: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/biden-harris-administration-announces-nearly-128-million-environmental-justice No https://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/environmental-justice-government-government-program
Existing - IRA Increase Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Grantmaking program (EJ TCGM)
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To reduce barriers to the federal grants application process communities face and increase the efficiency of the awards process for environmental justice grants. Eligible activities include but are not limited to project development, blueprints for construction or cleanup projects, schematics, and technical development, work to get permits in place directly related to an environmental project, smaller land purchases and acquisitions, implementation of project plans, and public outreach and education. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights (OEJECR) Eligible applicants are community-based nonprofit organizations and partnerships with them. Note that there are both grantmaker awards and subrecipients of grants. Eligible subrecipients include non-profit organizations, community-based organizations, Tribal governments, Native American organizations, local governments, institutions of higher education, territories, and Freely Associated States. Not required $550,000,000 $50,000,000 11 $50,000,000 June 30, 2023 Grants can be used to plan community-wide residential home retrofit projects that promote energy-efficient homes to help residents save energy bills, lower carbon emissions, and live healthier lives. Besides, consider using this grant to plan cleanup projects and help transition brownfields to brightfields: developing community solar farms to supply clean energy to the community. This opportunity will help transform disadvantaged and underserved communities into healthy, thriving communities capable of addressing the environmental and public health challenges they have historically faced, as well as current and future challenges. Applications are required to describe how the proposed project will ensure the process to be accessible to underserved communities, communities in urban, remote and rural areas, and community stakeholders with the highest degree of burden and capacity constraints. EPA will make awards to up to 11 Grantmakers that coordinate nationwide coverage to provide support and funding opportunities to Eligible Subrecipients. Subgrants include: Phase I assessment proejcts up to $150,000, Phase II planning projects up to $250,000, and Phase III development projects up to $350,000. Subgrant applications will be posted in Fall 2024. EPA plans to award approximately 10 Regional Grantmaker awards and one nationwide award to a National Grantmaker who will provide coordination services for the Regional Grantmakers and fill gaps in coverage. Applicants can submit up to two applications as long as each application is for a different Geographic Area, which can be a EPA Region or National Geographic Area. See selected applications here: https://www.epa.gov/system/files/documents/2023-12/2023-environmental-justice-thriving-communities-grantmaking-program-selectees.pdf No https://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/environmental-justice-thriving-communities-grantmaking-program
New Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Grant Program
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To fund capital projects that reduce the state of good repair backlog, improve performance, or expand or establish new intercity passenger rail service, including privately operated intercity passenger rail service. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) The NOFO lists all eligible uses, but generally funding is eligible to be used for the repair or rehabilitation of intercity rail service assets, projects to improve or establish new intercity rail, and the planning process related to these projects. 20% cost share required $13,545,450,000 N/A N/A N/A March 7, 2023 Intercity rail reduces traffic congestion, emissions, and vehicle miles traveled within a city. Keeping equipment and infrastructure up to date can make the broader system more effective and more efficiently move people and goods around. The presence of effective and well-maintained public transit is fundamental to reducing barriers for disadvantaged communities to access public resources. Consider siting new intercity rail stations where they are accessible to underserved areas, and include prospectively impacted communities in planning and visioning. There are separate NOFOs and funding allocations for projects that are in the Northeast Corridor and those that are not. See past awardees here: https://railroads.dot.gov/federal-state-partnership-intercity-passenger No https://railroads.dot.gov/federal-state-partnership-intercity-passenger
Existing - Increase Forest Economy Program (FEP)
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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% cost share required, depending on county economic status $7,000,000 $1,000,000 N/A N/A March 15, 2024 (Pre-Application); May 3, 2024 (Full Application, by invite only) 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. Formerly the Regional Forest Economy Partnership Program (RFEP). Past projects 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/FEP
New Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) Studies for Production of Critical Minerals and Materials from Coal-Based Resources
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To help build facilities that produce rare earth elements and other critical minerals and materials from domestic coal-based resources. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) Topic Area 1: FEED Study Based on AACE Class 3 Cost Estimate Targeting an Intermediate Scale Facility (on the order of 30-100 t MREO/MRES per year) Topic Area 2: FEED Study Based on AACE Class 3 Cost Estimate Targeting a Demonstration Scale Facility (1-3 t MREO/MRES per day) 20% cost share required $32,000,000 $4,000,000 for Topic Area 1; $8,000,000 for Topic Area 2 6 $5,333,333 September 11, 2023 From the FOA: "The Facility, in whole, will be designed to operate in an environmentally benign manner, being compliant with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations with respect to emissions, waste treatment, and disposal." 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 funding opportunity announcement seeks to tap this unconventional resource to help build a domestic supply chain critical to the U.S. economy, clean energy, and national security. The program funds research, development, and demonstration projects that support the development of intermediate- and/or demonstration-scale facilities for domestic production and refining of rare earth elements and other critical minerals across the country. Eligible applicants include individuals, institutions of higher education, for-profit entities, non-profit entities, state and local government entities, and tribal nations. See list of awardees here: https://www.energy.gov/articles/biden-harris-administration-invests-17-million-strengthen-nations-critical-minerals-supply No https://www.energy.gov/fecm/funding-notice-bipartisan-infrastructure-law-front-end-engineering-and-design-feed-studies
New - IRA Fueling Aviation’s Sustainable Transition (FAST)
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To provide competitive grants for eligible entities to carry out projects that produce, transport, blend, or store sustainable aviation fuel (FAST-SAF), or develop, demonstrate, or apply low-emission aviation technologies (FAST-Tech). Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Eligible recipients include state or local governments, air carriers, airport sponsors, institutions of higher education or research, entities involved with sustainable aviation fuels or low-emission aviation technologies, and non-profits with experience in sustainable aviation fuels or low-emission aviation technologies. 25% cost share (10% cost share if recipient is a small-hub or non-hub airport) $244,530,000 for FAST-SAF; $46,530,000 for FAST-Tech Up to $300,000 for FAST-SAF Tier 1, $20,000,000 for FAST-SAF Tier 2, and $10,000,000 for FAST-Tech N/A N/A December 4, 2023 SAF achieves at least a 50% lifecycle greenhouse gas remissions reduction in comparison with petroleum-based jet fuel. This program could help accelerate decarbonization efforts at municipally-operated airports and encourage transitions to more sustainable fuels and aircraft electrification technologies. 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.faa.gov/newsroom/biden-harris-administration-announces-nearly-300-million-projects-reduce-carbon-pollution
New Funding Opportunity in Support of the Hydrogen Shot and a University Research Consortium on Grid Resilience
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To fund R&D projects that (1) leverage the HydroGEN program to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen, (2) develop/validate sensor technologies for monitoring and measuring hydrogen losses, (3) establish/validate the potential for novel, materials-based hydrogen transport and storage technologies, and (4) improve hydrogen fuel cells for use in heavy-duty transportation. This program also seeks to (5) establish a university research consortium to help implement grid resilience programs and advance needed investments. Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HTFO) Primary applicants may include states, tribal governments, local governments, non-profits, for-profit businesses, educational institutions, and individuals. Only U.S. universities may apply as prime recipients for Topic 5. Minimum 20% cost share required $60,500,000 $20,000,000 27 $2,240,741 September 23, 2022 (Concept Paper); December 1, 2022 (Full Application) New hydrogen technologies can benefit "hard-to-decarbonize" sectors such as aviation and heavy-duty transport. This program aims to advance the affordable production, transport, storage, and utilization of clean hydrogen to enable decarbonization and revenue opportunities across multiple sectors. Topic areas include projects that will develop technologies for solar fuels created by harvesting sunlight, improve hydrogen-emissions detection and monitoring, demonstrate higher-density and lower-pressure hydrogen storage technologies, and lower the costs and enhance the durability of hydrogen fuel cells for medium- and heavy-duty transportation applications. As part of the application, applicants are required to describe how diversity, equity, and inclusion objectives will be incorporated in the project. DOE envisions multiple financial assistance awards in the form of cooperative agreements, with the period of performance being approximately two to four years. DOE encourages applicant teams that include stakeholders within academia, industry, and national laboratories across multiple technical disciplines. Teams are also encouraged to include representation from diverse entities such as minority-serving institutions or through linkages with Opportunity Zones. See the list of FY2023 awards here: https://www.energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/selections-funding-opportunity-support-hydrogen-shot-and-university-research#:~:text=Contact%20Us-,Selections%20for%20Funding%20Opportunity%20in%20Support%20of%20the%20Hydrogen%20Shot,Research%20Consortium%20on%20Grid%20Resilience&text=On%20May%2022%2C%202023%2C%20the,storing%2C%20and%20deploying%20clean%20hydrogen. No https://www.energy.gov/articles/doe-announces-60-million-advance-clean-hydrogen-technologies-and-decarbonize-grid
New - IRA Green and Resilient Retrofit Program Comprehensive (GRRPC)
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To provide funding to properties with the highest need for climate resilience and utility efficiency upgrades, regardless of prior development or environmental retrofit experience. Awardees will have access to support in commissioning property assessments to plan a redevelopment that meets the property’s specific needs as well as GRRP retrofit objectives. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Office of Housing, Office of Multifamily Housing Programs, Office of Recapitalization Eligible recipients generally include owners or sponsors of federally assisted housing properties. 50% cost-share required for Cost-Share Items, 75% cost-share required for High Impact GRRP-Paid Items $1,470,000,000 $20,000,000 per property or $80,000 per unit 300 $4,900,000 There are four application review periods, with application deadline of August 31, 2023, November 30, 2023, February 28, 2024, and May 30, 2024 This program focuses on innovative energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions reductions, green and healthy housing measures, renewable energy generation, use of building materials with lower embodied carbon, and climate resilience investments. This program can be used to increase the resilience and efficiency of affordable housing properties, reducing bills and risk for low-income residents. Applicants are required to submit a narrative demonstrating how the proposed projects will benefit persons or communities or color and how it will advance racial equity. N/A N/A https://www.hud.gov/GRRP/comprehensive
New - IRA Green and Resilient Retrofit Program Elements (GRRPE)
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To support proven and meaningful climate resilience and utility efficiency measures in projects that are already in the process of a recapitalization transaction. Examples of eligible Elements investments include, but are not limited to, installation of electric HVAC heat pumps, Energy Star windows, fire resistant roofs and clean energy generation systems. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Office of Housing, Office of Multifamily Housing Programs, Office of Recapitalization Eligible recipients generally include owners or sponsors of federally assisted housing properties. Not required $140,000,000 $750,000 per property or $40,000 per unit 200 $700,000 There are four application review periods. The deadlines are June 29, 2023, September 28, 2023, March 28, 2024, and July 31, 2024 This program is a flexible resource for decarbonizing affordable housing properties to improve health, safety, and efficiency of structures. Eligible investments include energy and water efficiency improvement, renewable energy installation, activities that can reduce resident exposure to health risks and environmental hazards, etc. This program can be used to increase the resilience and efficiency of affordable housing properties, reducing bills and risk for low-income residents. Applicants are required to submit a narrative demonstrating how the proposed projects will benefit persons or communities or color and how it will advance racial equity. N/A N/A No https://www.hud.gov/GRRP/elements
New - IRA Green and Resilient Retrofit Program Leading Edge (GRRPL)
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To provide funding for ambitious retrofit activities to achieve an advanced green certification. Leading Edge awards complement the existing financing strategy, allowing projects to reach the highest standards of utility efficiency and climate resilience and be recognized under programs like LEED and PHIUS. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Office of Housing, Office of Multifamily Housing Programs, Office of Recapitalization Eligible recipients generally include owners or sponsors of federally assisted housing properties. Not required $400,000,000 $10,000,000 per property or $60,000 per unit 100 $4,000,000 There are four application review periods, with application deadline of July 31, 2023, October 31, 2023, January 31, 2024, and Apri 30, 2024 The owner must be pursuing net zero green certifications with respect to the property. Such certifications include 1) National Green Building Standard Green: Gold or Emerald, with Green+ Net Zero Energy or Resilience designation, 2) Passive House (PHIUS+) ZERO or ZERO REVIVE, 3) Passive House Institute EnerPHit, 4) LEED v4 Gold or Platinum, with LEED Zero Carbon or LEED Zero Energy designation, 5) LEED v4.1 Multifamily or Multifamily Core+Shell Silver or higher, with Zero Energy or Zero Carbon designation, 6) Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Multifamily, with renewable energy capacity sufficient to offset expected annual energy consumption, etc. This program can be used to increase the resilience and efficiency of affordable housing properties, reducing bills and risk for low-income residents. Applicants are required to submit a narrative demonstrating how the proposed projects will benefit persons or communities or color and how it will advance racial equity. N/A N/A https://www.hud.gov/GRRP/leadingedge
Existing - Constant Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) Grant Program
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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 Eligible projects are within the Chesapeake Bay watershed portions of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, and Virginia. This grant program prioritizes the planning, engineering design, and/or implementation of green street/green infrastructure projects. Not required $1,800,000 Varies by track N/A N/A March 7, 2024 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 To determine if a project site is in the Chesapeake Bay watershed see the online map at https://cbtrust.org/g3. 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/
New - IIJA Grid Innovation Program - Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships (GRIP) Program
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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) Grid Deployment Office (GDO) & Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) Eligible entities include states, combinations of states, Indian Tribes, unites of local government, and public utility commissions. 50% cost share required $1,820,000,000 $250 million in general, $1 billion for projects that deploy significant transmission investments 4-40 $180,000,000 January 12, 2024 (Concept Paper); April 17, 2024 (Full Application) 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. Historically marginalized communities are more vulnerable to grid outages. Consider demonstration projects that showcase adaptive microgrids, or reliable and resilient system operations utilizing high levels of distributed renewable generation and energy storage in these communities to minimize disruptions. N/A N/A No https://www.energy.gov/gdo/grid-innovation-program
New Grid Resilience State/Tribal Formula Grant Program
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To strengthen and modernize America’s power grid against wildfires, extreme weather, and other natural disasters that are exacerbated by the climate crisis by providing funding to states, terrioriteis and tribes. Department of Energy (DOE) Grid Deployment Office (GDO) The program will distribute funding to states, territories, and federally recognized Indian tribes, including Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Alaska Native Village Corporations, over five years based on a formula that includes factors such as population size, land area, probability and severity of disruptive events, and a locality’s historical expenditures on mitigation efforts. The states, territories, and tribes will then award these funds to a diverse set of projects, with priority given to efforts that generate the greatest community benefit providing clean, affordable, and reliable energy. 15% match required for states and Indian tribes, 100% match required for sub-grantees with exceptions $561,800,000 $4.3 million in first two years N/A N/A April 17, 2024 This year, the U.S. has already incurred $15 billion in extreme climate-related disaster costs, underscoring the urgent need to strengthen the grid to deliver dependable power supply to Americans. States, territories and tribes are instructed to give the money efforts that generate the greatest community benefit providing clean, affordable, and reliable 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/ See FY2023 awardees here: https://www.energy.gov/articles/biden-harris-administration-announces-125-million-grid-resilience-grants-states-and-tribal Over the next five years, the Grid Resilience State and Tribal Formula Grants will distribute a total of $2.3 billion to States, Territories, and federally recognized Tribes, including Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Alaska Native Village Corporations, based on a formula that includes factors such as population size, land area, probability and severity of disruptive events, and a locality’s historical expenditures on mitigation efforts. No https://www.energy.gov/gdo/grid-resilience-statetribal-formula-grant-program
New - IIJA Grid Resilience Utility and Industry Grants - Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships (GRIP) Program
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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) Grid Deployment Office (GDO) & Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) Eligible recipients for the competitive program include: electric grid operators, electricity storage operators, electricity generators, transmission owners or operators, distribution providers, and fuel suppliers. 50% cost share required in general, 1/3 cost share required for small utilities $918,000,000 in total; 30% of the total funding will be set aside for small utilities. Either the total of the applicant's last three years of resilience investments or $100 million, whichever is lower 10-20 $91,800,000 Concept paper due 1/12/2024 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. Eligible uses include, but are not limited to, weatherization technologies and equipment, undergrounding of electrical equipment, relocation of power lines, and use or construction of distributed energy resources like microgrids and battery storage. Historically marginalized communities are often more vulnerable to grid outages. Consider building microgrids, new distribution lines, and/or upgrading existing transmission infrastructure to minimize the disruptions in these communities. 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 Small utilities are defined as entities that sell no more than 4,000,000 MWh of electricity per year. No https://www.energy.gov/gdo/grid-resilience-utility-and-industry-grants
Existing - Constant Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)
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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% cost share 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. Awardees are eligible to recieve FEMA-subsidized, low-carbon construction materials. Read more at https://www.fema.gov/grants/policy-guidance/low-carbon-goals. To determine eligibility for federal disaster declaration funding, please check FEMA's website at https://www.fema.gov/disasters/disaster-declarations. No https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation/hazard-mitigation
New Healthy Homes and Weatherization Cooperation Demonstration Program
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To support demonstrations in up to 9 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 (OLHCHH) Only current holders of an active DOE Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) grant, WAP subgrant (not a contract or partnership) or a HUD Healthy Homes Production (HHP) grant (not an HHP sub-grantee, contract, or partnership) are eligible to apply for this HHWCD grant program. Not required $9,000,000 $1,000,000 9 $1,000,000 October 31, 2023 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. This program offers 2 points for Minority Serving Institutions. N/A Program funding expires in 2024. No https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/cfo/gmomgmt/grantsinfo/fundingopps/FY23_HHWCD
New - IRA Heat Pump Defense Production Act Program
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To accelerate the growth of domestic production capability of electric heat pumps by creating new or additional domestic heat pump production capability and/or transition an existing production capability to heat pump production. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC) Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, for-profit and non-profit organizations, state, local governments, and Tribal Nations, and domestic incorporated consortia. 50% cost share required $250,000,000 $50,000,000 6-20 $20,000,000 May 19, 2023 (Concept Paper); August 1, 2023 (Full Application) Heat pumps transfer heat rather than generate heat, which make it efficient to provide comfortable temperatures for heating and cooling homes and businesses in all climates, especially when homes are well insulated, and can also provide more efficient water heating. Heating and cooling buildings, homes, offices, schools, hospitals, military bases, and other critical facilities drive more than 40% of all U.S. energy consumption. Because heat pumps transfer heat rather than generate heat, this technology efficiently provides comfortable temperatures for heating and cooling homes and businesses in all climates, especially when homes are well insulated, and can also provide more efficient water heating. If a new heat pump production facility is planned, consider training and hiring a local workforce, to ensure the local community can benefit from the economic development opportunity. If an existing non-heat pump manufacturing facility is to transition to a heat pump production plant, consider how to ensure the current employees can benefit from the transition by offering training and employment opportunities for them. This is primarily for manufacturing and workforce development. Eligible projects will: 1) Construct new commercial-scale facilities or expand existing facilities to create new or additional domestic production capability 2) Retool or retrofit existing commercial-scale facilities to transition manufacturing from non-heat pump HVAC systems and/or water heating equipment to produce electric heat pump materials, heat pump components, and heat pump systems  3) Invest in America's clean energy manufacturing workforce by providing good-paying, union jobs N/A https://www.energy.gov/articles/biden-harris-administration-announces-250-million-accelerate-electric-heat-pump
New Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP)
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To increase the sales and use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel by expanding the infrastructure for renewable fuels derived from U.S. agricultural products. The program is also intended to encourage a more comprehensive approach to market higher blends by sharing the costs related to building out biofuel-related infrastructure. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Rural Development Intended recipients include transportation fueling and distribution facilities, including fueling stations, convenience stores, hypermarket fueling stations, fleet facilities (including rail and marine), terminals, depots, etc. Minimum 50% cost share required (not to exceed $5,000,000) $100,000,000 $5,000,000 200 $500,000 Four deadlines: September 30, 2023; December 31, 2023; March 31, 2024; June 30, 2024, and September 30, 2024 Ethanol and biofuels may reduce the emissions intensity of fuels and may act as a bridge to 100% clean and renewable substitutes to oil and gas. The expansion of biofuel infrastructure, as facilitated by HBIIP, broadens the availability of renewable fuels like E15, E85, and B20, and helps American families save money at the pump while reducing carbon emissions and harmful tailpipe pollution This program helps enable rural communities to be part of the transition to clean energy and clean fuels. N/A See the first round of selections here: https://www.rd.usda.gov/media/file/download/usda-rd-nr-hbiip-chart-06262023pdf No https://www.rd.usda.gov/HBIIP
New - IRA Home Efficiency Rebate Program (State Energy Program)
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To help State Energy Offices develop and implement HOMES programs rebating homeowners and aggregators undertaking whole-house, energy-saving retrofits. States may use up to 20% of funds for administrative purposes. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP) States must create a plan for providing rebates to consumers for increasing their energy savings by more than 20%. States must include a plan for community engagement, home assessments, funding for low-income households, data collection and evaluation and delivering rebates to eligible applicants. Not required $4,300,000,000 through FY31 $8,000 per rebate recipient N/A N/A January 31, 2025 This program provides a unique opportunity to pay for whole-house efficiency retrofits. 20-35% building-wide savings triggers a rebate up to $2,000/unit or 50% of project costs, whichever is less (increased to $4,000 and 80%, respectively, for LMI households). 35%+ building-wide savings triggers a rebate up to $4,000 or 50% of project costs, whichever is less (increased to $8,000 and 80%, respectively, for LMI households). This program can be used to increase the efficiency of low-income households, reducing bills, and providing weatherization that can improve the health and comfort of eligible residents. States may increase the maximum rebate amount available to low-income households, upon approval from DOE. Local governments should work with State Energy Offices to ensure rebate funds are seamlessly disbursed and able to be blended with existing non-federal incentive programs. This program cannot be combined with other federal rebate programs but it can be combined with 25C, the home efficiency tax credit. No https://www.energy.gov/scep/home-energy-rebate-program
New - IRA Home Electrification and Appliance Rebate Program (State Energy Program)
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To help State Energy Offices develop and implement programs in which eligible, income-qualified electrification projects will be rebated at the point of sale. States may use up to 20% of funds for administrative purposes. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP) Eligible purchases include heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, heat pump dryers, electric stoves/ranges/ovens, electric load service center upgrades, insulation, air sealing, ventilation, and electric wiring. This program covers 100% of project costs (up to $14,000) for low-income households and 50% (up to $14,000) for moderate-income households. Not required $4,275,000,000 through FY31 $14,000 per rebate recipient N/A N/A January 31, 2025 (Full Funding Application) May 31, 2024 (Early Administrative Funding) This program funds a variety of rebates on electric appliances and efficient building materials that can be combined with existing programs to increase the market for efficient electric technologies. Eligible appliances include heat pump water heaters, heat pump for heating and cooling, electric stoves, cooktops, range oven, heat pump clothes dryer. Eligible building materials include electric load service center, insulation, air sealing, ventilation, and electric wiring. This program can be used to increase the efficiency of low-income households, reducing bills, and providing weatherization that can improve the health and comfort of eligible residents. This program is income-qualified, such that those making 80-150% of AMI are rebated up to 50% of project costs and those making less than 80% of AMI are rebated up to 100%. This program cannot be combined with other federal rebate programs but it can be combined with 25C, the home efficiency tax credit. Early administrative funding is available for SEOs to begin planning their programs. SEOs are eligible to recieve up to 2.5% of their total allocations. This program cannot be combined with other federal rebate programs but it can be combined with 25C, the home efficiency tax credit. No https://www.energy.gov/scep/home-energy-rebate-programs
Existing - Constant HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)
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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) Community Planning and Development 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% cost share 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 - Increase Housing Preservation Grants (HPG)
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To repair or rehabilitate housing owned or occupied by low- and very-low-income rural citizens; to assist rental property owners and cooperative housing complexes in repairing and rehabilitating units made available to 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 $18,500,000 $50,000 100-150 $148,000 June 5, 2023 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. To assist with any inquiries and/or resources in your area, please see the Rural Development State Office for your state. Eligible expenses include repairing or replacing electrical wiring, foundations, roofs, insulation, heating systems and water/waste disposal systems; handicap accessibility features; labor and materials; administrative expenses etc. $2.5 million of this funding is reserved for disaster assistance. Eligible areas include rural areas and towns with 20,000 or fewer people, and Federally Recognized Tribal lands. Check addresses here: http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/ No https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/single-family-housing-programs/housing-preservation-grants
Existing - Increase Hydroelectric Efficiency Improvement Incentives
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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% cost share required $75,000,000 $5,000,000 N/A N/A June 20, 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/ The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law states that payments shall not exceed 30% of the costs of the applicable capital improvement. A single qualified hydroelectric facility, including pumped storage hydropower, may only receive one incentive payment from this program within a single fiscal year, and that payment shall not exceed $5 million. N/A No https://www.energy.gov/eere/water/section-243-hydroelectric-efficiency-improvement-incentives-program
Existing - Increase Hydroelectric Production Incentives
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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 $125,000,000 N/A N/A N/A Expected Spring 2024 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/2023-03/Section-242-Guidance-for-FY23_3.22.23.pdf More information can be found here: https://www.energy.gov/sites/default/files/2023-03/Section-242-Guidance-for-FY23_3.22.23.pdf See list of last year's recipients here: https://www.energy.gov/sites/default/files/2023-12/120823%20DOE_GDO_Updated_Hydroelectric_Production_Incentives_242_Fact_Sheet.pdf" No https://www.energy.gov/gdo/section-242-hydroelectric-production-incentive-program
Existing - Increase Indian Energy Program
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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. 50% cost share required, tribal organizations may qualify for as low as a 10% cost share $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
Existing - IIJA Increase Industrial Assessment Center Programs at Trade Schools, Community Colleges, and Union Training Programs
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To establish new Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) at community colleges, trade schools, and union training programs, as well as to create new Building Training and Assessment Centers (BTACs) at institutions of higher education, including Tribal colleges and universities. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC) Projects must focus on smart manufacturing, energy management systems, sustainable manufacturing, information technology advancements for supply chain analysis, logistics, system monitoring, industrial and manufacturing processes, and other purposes. Eligible recipients include Institutions of Higher Education, Community Colleges, Trade Schools, Or Union Training Programs. There are 37 Industrial Assessment centers where funds must be allocated. Not required $24,000,000 $100,000 - $200,000 for Track 1, $500,000 - $2,000,000 for Track 2, and $4,000,000 - $7,000,000 for Track 3 N/A N/A May 16, 2024 This program seeks to train workers in long term ,good paying union jobs in the new low-carbon economy. The four roadmap pillars of this program are energy efficiency, industrail electrification, low carbon fuels, feedstocks, and energy sources, and Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage. IACs and BTACs will be expected to work together with DOE, labor unions, and industry to ensure that the training provided offers access for students, apprentices, and other trainees (and particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds and disadvantaged communities) to credentials along existing and emerging clean energy pathways supporting high-quality jobs and safe, healthy, and inclusive workplaces. Applications should detail how diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility objectives (DEIA) will be incorporated into the project. Applicants will apply to one of three tracks: 1. One-year initial planning and capacity building awards of up to $200,000 each for institutions to plan how they will establish a future IAC (with the intent to apply for a Track 2 award in 2025), 2. Three-year execution and scale awards of $500,000-$2,000,000 for existing career training programs to become an IAC, and 3. Three-year consortia and cohort awards of $4,000,000-$7,000,000 for facilitated groups of colleges, state systems, multi-local union projects, apprenticeship intermediaries, and their IAC-eligible partners to establish several IACs at once. See previous selectees here: https://www.energy.gov/mesc/industrial-assessment-centers-iac-expansion-and-building-training-and-assessment-centers-btac No https://www.energy.gov/mesc/industrial-research-and-assessment-centers
New Industrial Demonstrations Program
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To fund projects that focus on the highest emitting and hardest to abate industries where decarbonization technologies can have the greatest impact: iron and steel, cement and concrete, chemicals and refining, food and beverage, paper and forest products, aluminum, other energy-intensive manufacturing industries and cross-cutting technologies. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) Recipients may inlcude Technology Developers, Industry, Manufacturers, Universities, National Laboratories, Engineering and Construction firms, State and Local Governments, Environmental Groups, and Community Based Organizations. Projects must achieve emissions reduction in high emissions industrial materials production processes. 50% cost share required $6,300,000,000 Depends on topic, maximum ranges from $75,000,000 to $500,000,000 22-65 N/A April 21, 2023 (Concept Paper); August 11, 2023 (Full Application) To qualify, projects must achieve emissions reductions, leverage smart manufacturing technologies and principles, digital manufacturing technologies, and advanced data analytics, leverage the principles of sustainable manufacturing to minimize the potential negative environmental impacts, and/or increase the energy efficiency of industrial processes. DOE will prioritize projects with complete community benefits plans that have been tailored through substantial engagement with local and regional stakeholders, as well as labor unions and Tribal Nations across the project lifecycle, supporting environmental justice and economic opportunity for local communities. Read FAQ on concept paper feedback here: https://www.energy.gov/oced/industrial-demonstrations-program-notifications N/A No https://www.energy.gov/oced/industrial-demonstrations-program
Existing - Increase Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA)
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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% cost share required $3,000,000,000 Large projects must request a minimum of $25 million. Small projects must request a minimum of $5 million. N/A N/A August 21, 2023 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. See 2023 - 2024 awards here: https://www.transportation.gov/grants/mpdg-Program/MPDGFY23-24/INFRA-Awards, See 2023 - 2024 awards here: https://www.transportation.gov/grants/mpdg-Program/MPDGFY23-24/INFRA-Awards No https://www.transportation.gov/buildamerica/financing/infra-grants/infrastructure-rebuilding-america
New Innovating Distributed Embedded Energy Prize (InDEEP)
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To encourage innovation in the design and engineering of distributed embedded energy converter technology to generate new, precommercial materials for wave energy conversion. Phase II will challenge innovators to demonstrate their concepts at the transducer level. Teams will build and laboratory test a single DEEC at the benchtop scale. Department of Energy (DOE) Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) The competition is open to private entities (for-profits and nonprofits), non-federal government entities such as states, counties, tribes, and municipalities, academic institutions, and individuals. Individuals can compete alone or as a group. N/A $1,200,000 (Phase II) $80,000 (Phase II) 15 (Phase II) $80,000 (Phase II) May 7, 2024 (Phase II) This prize competition aims to accelerate the development of wave energy technologies, an underutilized resource. Submissions will be scored on 4 categories: Team Characteristics & Excellence (25%); Innovation Process (25%); Viability of the Concept (40%); and Planned Development for Phase II (10%) As part of the submission, competitors are required to describe how diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) objectives will be incorporated in the project. Specifically, competitors should describe how they 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. The DEI objectives should also detail whether project activities will be located in or provide benefits to underserved communities. The plan should consider positive and/or negative impacts that the work could have on communities in the near and long term and describe strategies to evaluate and/or mitigate these. Prizes are awarded over 3 phases: Phase I is 20 winners receiving $300,000; Phase II is 15 winners receiveing $750,000 in prizes; and Phase III is 5 winners receiving $1.25 million in prizes. The Prize Administrator must conclude that all the following statements are true when applied to a submission to be considered: (1) satisfy laws of physics; (2) use ocean wave energy; (3) generate electricity using the domain of DEEC-Tec; and (4) show promise of eventually having high techno-economic potential. See Phase I winners here: https://americanmadechallenges.org/challenges/indeep/results No https://americanmadechallenges.org/challenges/indeep/
New Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility (ICAM) Partnership Grants
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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 for underserved groups. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Only capital funds are available. Eligible applicants are entities eligible as direct or designated recipients of FTA’s Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disability Formula Program, including: State departments of transportation, local governmental entities that operate a public transportation service, or their eligible subrecipients that have the authority and technical capacity to implement a regional or statewide cost allocation pilot. Private entities that provide shared-ride on-demand service to the general public on a regular basis are operators of public transportation and are therefore eligible subrecipients. 20% cost share required with exceptions $4,700,000 N/A N/A $235,000 February 13, 2024 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. Vehicles used for public transportation are eligible for purchase under ICAM including electric and hybrid vehicles. If purchasing new vehicles is needed, consider using electric and hybrid vehicles to alleviate the carbon emissions for the specified targeted disadvantaged community. Applicants should use CEJST as the primary tool to identify disadvantaged communities (Justice40 communities). Applicants are strongly encouraged to supplement their use of the CEJST by employing the USDOT Equitable Transportation Community (ETC) Explorer to understand how their community or project area is experiencing disadvantage related to lack of transportation investments or opportunities. For more information on FY21 awardees: https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grants/fy21-innovative-coordinated-access-mobility-project-selections An additional $4.8 million is authorized for FY 2024 and FTA may award additional funding that is made available to the program prior to the announcement of project selections. No https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grants/grant-programs/access-and-mobility-partnership-grants
New Innovative DEsigns for high-performAnce Low-cost HVDC Converters (IDEAL HVDC)
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To invest in research and development to support continued innovation and cost reduction for high-voltage direct current (HVDC) voltage source converter (VSC) transmission systems. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO), Office of Electricity (OE) More information forthcoming, but based on the notice of intent, institutions of higher education may be eligible applicants. 20% cost share required $10,000,000 $3,300,000 3-4 $2,800,000 November 13, 2023 (Concept Paper); Februrary 5, 2024 (Full Application) HVDC can increase the power grid’s capacity to receive, transmit, and deliver energy more efficiently than existing solutions. HVDC transmission can improve grid resilience, security, and operation flexibility. It can also accommodate the integration of renewable energy to reach the nation’s goal of carbon neutrality and help reduce the cost of transmitting electricity over long distances. 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/ Learn more about the HVDC CORE initiative here: https://www.energy.gov/oe/hvdc-cost-reduction-core-initiative?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery N/A No https://www.energy.gov/oe/hvdc-cost-reduction-core-initiative?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
Existing - Constant Innovative Energy Loan Guarantee Program (Title 17)
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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 and support clean energy deployment and energy infrastructure reinvestment in the United States. 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 (LPO) 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 N/A N/A N/A 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/ Detailed program guidance is available here: https://www.energy.gov/lpo/articles/program-guidance-title-17-clean-energy-program N/A No https://www.energy.gov/lpo/renewable-energy-efficient-energy-projects-loan-guarantees
New Innovative Water Power Technologies Program
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To support promising, potentially high-impact water power research ideas from minority-serving colleges and universities. Department of Energy (DOE) Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) Researchers from minority-serving colleges and universities, especially new entrants or those who have not recently worked with the WPTO, are eligible to apply. Areas of interest include new and innovative ideas to advance marine energy, and hydrologic and/or hydropower systems modeling for climate resilience. Not required $1,200,000 N/A 4-6 $200,000 - $300,000 September 12, 2023 (Concept Paper); October 13, 2023 (Full Application) WPTO seeks to better understand opportunities to innovate marine energy and hydropower. The goal is to make them more environmentally sustainable, increase energy storage capacity, serve the penetration of renewable energy in the grid, and modernize the industry. Besides, consider projects advancing hydrologic and/or hydropower systems modeling to better understand the impact of changing climate and weather patterns on water and power management. This opportunity is exclusively for minority-serving colleges and universities. Researchers whose work has robust and deep ties to their communities and will be able to leverage those ties in their projects are particularly encouraged to apply. Besides, WPTO is expanding opportunities to realize the unique value proposition for smaller-scale marine energy systems within the blue economy. Such advancement can help power microgrids in remote coastal communities, including those currently dependent on fossil fuels. This opportunity also includes an open topic that seeks ideas for research and development activities that more broadly support objectives outlined in WPTO’s Multi-Year Program Plan. If interested, check here: https://www.energy.gov/eere/water/multi-year-program-plan N/A https://www.energy.gov/eere/water/articles/new-funding-available-seed-water-power-research-minority-serving-institutions
New Installation Noise Reduction and Reliable Moorings for Offshore Wind and Marine Energy
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To improve the reliability of moorings for floating offshore wind and marine energy systems and reduce the noise associated with foundation installation of fixed-bottom offshore wind energy structures. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO), Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO), and the Department of Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) More information forthcoming, but based on the notice of intent, institutions of higher education may be eligible applicants. TBA $16,400,000 $5,000,000 9-16 $1,312,000 November 9, 2023 (Concept Paper) This opporutnity will support responsible development of offshore renewable energy by funding research to reduce risk and improve environmental compatibility of U.S. offshore wind energy and marine energy deployments. 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/ If interested, check the NOI published here: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Default.aspx?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery#FoaIdf5ca2088-2170-42c5-a28e-68c4e8707668 $6.4 million for projects to improve the reliability of moorings for floating offshore wind energy and marine energy systems and $10 million for projects to reduce the noise associated with the installation of fixed-bottom offshore wind energy projects. No https://www.energy.gov/eere/wind/articles/funding-notice-installation-noise-reduction-and-reliable-moorings-offshore-wind
Existing - Constant Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
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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% cost share 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 (LWCF) Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program
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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. Eligible sub-recipients 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% cost share required $192,000,000 $10,000,000 30 $6,400,000 April 30, 2024 These projects must support the acquistion and/or development of outdoor recreational activities and faciliites. 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.also be public access, however, access may be controlled, but not prohibited. Projects must be directly located in communities that are low-income and lack adequate parks or other outdoor recreation spaces. Priority will be given to projects that engage members of the targeted economically disadvantaged community in all aspects of the development and implementation the project. 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://lwcfcoalition.org/orlp
Existing - Increase Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) (American Rescue Plan Act)
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To provide assistance to low-income households for home energy heating and cooling costs. 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 (OCS) 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 $3,700,000,000 N/A N/A N/A Funding has been allocated to eligible entities for FY23 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. See program timeline here: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ocs/policy-guidance/liheap-grantee-deadlines 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)
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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. 10-20% cost share required $1,221,350,117 N/A 110 $11,103,183 April 13, 2023 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. FTA will give priority consideration to projects that support the Justice40 initiative. Applicants may use DOT’s Transportation Disadvantaged Census Tracts (arcgis.com) tool to identify whether the project impact area encompasses disadvantaged communities: https:// usdot.maps.arcgis.com/apps/ dashboards/ d6f90dfcc8b44525b04c7ce748a3674a. In 2022, DOT funded $1.6 billion across 150 awards. Selected projects can be found here: https://www.transit.dot.gov/1800buses $5,624,550,890 in funding available until expended. Projects selected: https://www.transit.dot.gov/about/news/biden-harris-administration-announces-nearly-17-billion-help-put-better-cleaner-buses No https://www.transit.dot.gov/lowno
New - IRA Low-Carbon Transportation Materials Grants
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To reimburse or provide incentives for the use of construction materials and products that have substantially lower levels of embodied greenhouse gas emissions. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) Reimbursement or incentive are only available for a project on a Federal-aid highway, a tribal transportation facility, a Federal lands transportation facility, or a Federal lands access transportation facility. Not required $1,200,000,000 N/A N/A At least $22 million per State DOT that submits an application June 10, 2024 Low carbon materials and products must be used in projects funded by the grant. DOT seeks to fund activities that reduce GHG emissions from materials used in the transportation sector. Consider utilizing low-carbon materials to address potential localized emissions impacts on low-income and disadvantaged communities and other stakeholders that may be affected by the construction of highways or transportation facilities. N/A FHWA anticipates at least $22 million will be made available to each State DOT that addresses the eligible application factors and subfactors outlined in the RFA. Remaining funds available from the pool of $1.2 billion may be distributed equally among State DOTs that submit acceptable applications, not to exceed the amount requested in the State DOT's application. FHWA does not have a limit on maximum award size. More information on the Notice of Funding Opportunity for non-State applicants will be posted on Grants.gov in the coming months. No https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/lowcarbon/funding.cfm
Existing - IIJA Increase Maintaining and Enhancing Hydroelectricity Incentives
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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 owner or authorized operator of an existing facility that is licensed or has received an exemption from licensing from FERC pursuant to the Federal Power Act or is a hydroelectric project 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 prior to November 15, 2021, may apply for incentive payments for maintaining and enhancing its facility. 70% cost share required $553,600,000 $5,000,000 N/A N/A June 22, 2023 (Letter of Intent); October 6, 2023 (Full Application) Hydroelectric power generation can, in certain areas, provide carbon-free baseload power for communities. 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. If interested, check the application guidance here: https://www.energy.gov/sites/default/files/2023-06/247-Final-Guidance_Modification_0001-0007_6-13-23.pdf $553,600,000 in funding available until expended. No https://www.energy.gov/gdo/section-247-maintaining-and-enhancing-hydroelectricity-incentives
New Marine Energy University Foundational R&D
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To fund research related to marine energy and offshore wind. Marine energy is inclusive of energy from waves, tides, currents, and/or ocean thermal gradients. Department of Energy (DOE) Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO), Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) Domestic institutions of higher education, including minority serving institutions, are eligible to apply. Not required $14,500,000 $1,000,000 33 $200,000 - $1,000,000 Concept paper due February 20, 2024, full application due April 22, 2024 Marine energy and floating offshore wind are abundant, geopgraphically diverse, and complementray to other renewable energy sources. Undergraduate senior design and/or research project development can come from a range of disciplines. Consider projects exploring the acceptance and adoption of marine energy in remote coastal communities, especially those currently dependent on fossil fuels, and developing strategies to engage communities in marine energy utilization. Unlike many other programs, this program allows applicants to propose activities that address the needs of the marine energy industry not covered by outlined topic areas. WPTO will consider applications in the areas of wave energy, tidal energy, or ocean thermal energy as well as an open topic area where applicants can propose activities that address the needs of the marine energy industry not covered by other topic areas. This program includes the following topic areas: 1) Open-Source Marine Energy Converter (MEC) Test Platforms to Produce Open-Source Data, 2) Sustainable & Scalable Offshore Wind, Marine Energy, and Aquaculture, 3) Undergraduate Senior Design and/or Research Project Development, and 4) Open No https://www.energy.gov/eere/water/funding-notice-marine-energy-university-foundational-rd
Existing - Increase Materials, Operation, and Recycling of Photovoltaics (MORE PV)
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To support multi-stakeholder collaborations to reduce material usage, improve installation quality and resilience of PV systems, and address handling of PV systems at the end of life. The FOA calls for diverse teams to assess impact of the developed technologies on all the life stages of PV systems in terms of energy use, cost, and environmental impact. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy and Technologies Office (SETO) There are two topic areas for funding. Topic area 1 is called MORE Connection: Connecting PV Materials, Design, Installation, Performance, and End of Life and it is specifically focused on the design of PV systems Topic Area 2 is called Solar Partnership to Advance Recycling and Circularity (Solar PARC). Teams from institutions of higher education, for-profit entities, non-profit entities, state and local government, and Tribal entities are encouraged to apply. 0-20% cost share required depending on topic area $20,000,000 $2-4 million for topic area 1, $8 million for topic area 2 3-6 projects for Topic area 1, 1 project for topic area 2 Depends on topic area September 13, 2023 (Concept Paper); November 28, 2023 (Full Application) The focus of this FOA is to support technology improvements to reduce material use, optimize system design and operation, and minimize waste with a holistic view of all the stages of PV lifecycle—from the material needs and installation to operation and end of life. In this way, this program can reduce the impact of manufacturing PVs, and can increase the production of PVs simultaneously. Prime recipients must be Institutions of higher education; For-profit entities; Nonprofit entities; or State and local governmental entities and Indian Tribes. DOE is compiling a "Teaming Partner List" to facilitate the formation of project teams for this FOA. The Teaming Partner List allows organizations that may wish to participate on a project to express their interest to other applicants and explore potential partnerships. N/A https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/articles/funding-notice-materials-operation-and-recycling-photovoltaics-more-pv
New - IRA Methane Emissions Reduction Program
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To provide financial and technical assistance to accelerate the reduction of methane and other greenhouse gas emissions from petroleum and natural gas systems. The statute also establishes a waste emissions charge for applicable facilities that report more than 25,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent per year (to the petroleum and natural gas systems source category of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program) and that exceed statutorily specified waste emissions thresholds. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) States, Counties, Cities/Townships, Special Districts, Territories, Tribal Governments (federally recognized), Tribal Governments (other than federally recognized), Public Higher Education Institutions, Private Higher Education Institutions, Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status, Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) Status, Small Businesses, Businesses (other than small businesses), and Individuals all may qualify Not required $350,000,000 $101,554,542 $30 $11,666,667 October 10, 2024; additional funding expected in 2024 May be used for a variety of activities to reduce methane emissions including providing funding for financial and technical assistance for preparing and submitting greenhouse gas reports, monitoring methane emissions, and reducing methane and other greenhouse gas emissions from petroleum and natural gas systems, including improving and deploying equipment to reduce emissions, supporting innovation, permanently shutting in and plugging wells, mitigating health effects in low income and disadvantaged communities, improving climate resiliency, and supporting environmental restoration. 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/ Methane leaks across the supply chain increase the emissions of natural gas by releasing a highly potent greenhouse gas. Unintentional releases of methane into the atmosphere come from the malfunctioning of gas field equipment like well pads, valves, and compressor stations. Catastrophic failures, like well blowouts can pump hundreds of tons of methane into the atmosphere for weeks or months. The same goes for gas pipelines. Learn more here to inform your application and project: https://rmi.org/reality-check-natural-gas-true-climate-risk/ The program specifies that at least $700 million must be used for activities at marginal conventional wells. No https://www.epa.gov/inflation-reduction-act/methane-emissions-reduction-program
New - IRA National Clean Investment Fund
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To fund national nonprofit clean financing institutions capable of partnering with the private sector to provide accessible, affordable financing for clean technology projects. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (OGGRF) Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations that is designed to provide capital, leverage private capital, and provide other forms of financial assistance for the rapid deployment of low- and zero-emission products, technologies, and services. Not required $13,970,000,000 $13,970,000,000 3 $4,656,666,667 October 12, 2023 The three priority project categories are distributed energy generation and storage, net zero-emissions buildings, and zero-emissions transportation. Consider how to provide financial assistant to integrated efforts, such as using distributed energy generation and storage to supply electricity for buildings and EV charging stations. Applications must include a program budget that allocates at least 40% of grant funds for the purposes of providing financial assistance in low-income and disadvantaged communities. Consider partnering with community-based organizations to develop strategies and plans to improve community engagement and streamline project deployment. N/A The National Clean Investment Fund and Clean Communities Investment Accelerator will work in tandem to deploy much-needed capital for clean technologies into communities across the country. The National Clean Investment Fund will create centralized, long-term financing institutions with the scale required to transform financial markets, while the Clean Communities Investment Accelerator will build the capacity of community lenders to draw on that capital to catalyze deployment of projects in communities all across the country—especially in communities that have long faced barriers accessing capital and that most need the benefits of clean technology projects. https://www.epa.gov/greenhouse-gas-reduction-fund/national-clean-investment-fund
New - IIJA National Electric Vehicle Formula Program
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To 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% cost share required $5,000,000,000 Varies by state N/A N/A Funding will be immediately available for State DOTs to obligate for eligible expenses upon the approval of their Plans by FHWA each year. 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. Plans will need to be updated on an annual basis to reflect the State DOT funding Plans for that fiscal year. During the planning process, local governments can be actively engaged with State DOTs to reflect their needs and share good practices with other stakeholders. Check the 5-year NEVI funding by state here: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bipartisan-infrastructure-law/evs_5year_nevi_funding_by_state.cfm Check all state plans here: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/nevi/ev_deployment_plans/ No https://afdc.energy.gov/laws/12744
Existing - IIJA Extended National Highway Freight Program
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To improve the condition and performance of the National Highway Freight Network (NHFN) and ensure the network provides the foundation for the United States to compete in the global economy. One goal is “to reduce the environmental impacts of freight movement on the National Highway Freight Network." Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) NHFP funds may be used for projects that contribute to the efficient movement of freight on the National Highway Freight Network (NHFN) and that are identified in a freight investment plan included in a freight plan of the State. 80% federal share, with some exceptions $1,429,000,000 Varies by project N/A N/A Varies by state As one goal of the goals of the NHFP is to reduce the environmental impact of the freight movement along the National Highway Freight Network, EV charging infrastructure and infrastructure planning are eligible projects. FHWA works with states to ensure NHFP funds are used for projects that proactively address racial equity, workforce development, economic development, and remove barriers to opportunity, including automobile dependence in both rural and urban communities as a barrier to opportunity or to redress prior inequities and barriers to opportunity. N/A NHFP funds are apportioned to states per the ratio established in IIJA: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bipartisan-infrastructure-law/funding.cfm. No https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/documents/NHFP_Implementation_Guidance.pdf?_gl=1*tay8gn*_ga*MjE1MjUyMTY1LjE3MDI5MzQzMjM.*_ga_VW1SFWJKBB*MTcwNDQ4MzQ0Ni40LjEuMTcwNDQ4OTU2NC4wLjAuMA..
New - IIJA National Highway Performance Program (NHPP)
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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% cost share required; 10% for interstate projects $148,000,000,000 Varies by state N/A N/A NHPP funds are available for obligation for a period of 3 years after the last day of the FY for which the funds are authorized 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 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/specialfunding/nhpp/
Existing - Decrease National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) Impact Grant Program
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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. TBA $9,100,000 N/A 15 $606,667 November 15, 2023 (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 Program (NSFLTP)
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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. 10% cost share required $88,290,000 $44,145,000 4 $22,072,500 November 6, 2023 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. Additionally, the program is intended to support the creation of good-paying jobs with the free and fair choice to join a union and the incorporation of strong labor standards and workforce programs, in particular registered apprenticeships and labor management partnerships in project planning stages and program delivery. This funding is geared towards larger projects. The NSFLTP Program provides discretionary funding for projects that have an estimated construction cost of at least $12.5 million. Construction projects with an estimated cost equal to and exceeding $50 million receive priority consideration in the selection process. See the program selections here: https://highways.dot.gov/federal-lands/programs/significant No https://highways.dot.gov/federal-lands/programs/significant
New - IRA Neighborhood Access and Equity Grant Program (NAE)
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To support neighborhood equity, safety, and affordable transportation access with competitive grants to reconnect communities divided by existing infrastructure barriers, mitigate negative impacts of transportation facilities or construction projects on disadvantaged or underserved communities, and support equitable transportation planning and community engagement activities. There are three types of grants: Community Planning Grants, Capital Construction Grants, and Regional Partnerships Challenge Grants. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) Eligible applicants include states, local governments, territories, and metropolitan planning organizations (MPO), and Tribal governments. Nonprofit organizations or institutions of higher education must have entered into a partnership with an eligible entity above and be applying for planning and capacity building activities in disadvantaged or underserved communities. 20% cost share required, except for projects in disadvantaged or underserved communities $135,000,000 for planning; $1,000,000,000 for construction N/A 100 N/A September 28, 2023 When connecting divided communities, consider more protected, resilient transit stops, EV charging infrastructure, safe and secure bicycle parking, and incorporating nature-based heat island mitigation strategies to make walking, cycling, and using public transit safer, more connected, and more sustainable. Funding reserved for economically disadvantaged communities are for communities that are 1) economically disadvantaged, underserved, or located in an area of persistent poverty; 2) have entered or will enter into a community benefits agreement with representatives of the community, 3) have an anti-displacement policy, a community land trust, or a community advisory board in effect; or 4) has demonstrated a plan for employing residents in the area impacted by the activity or project proposed. This is a combined funding opportunity for the Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program (RCP) and the Neighborhood Access and Equity Program (NAE). Applicants can apply for one but if they meet the requirements for both, they can be considered for both programs. $1,893,000,000 is available until September 30, 2026. Additional $1,262,000,000 is available for economically disadvantaged communities. $50,000,000 is available for technical assistance. If interested, connect with your local FHWA office to learn more about the program. No https://www.transportation.gov/grants/rcnprogram/about-neighborhood-access-and-equity-grant-program
New - IRA NOAA Climate Resilience Regional Challenge
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To develop collaborative approaches to achieving resilience in coastal regions. Proposed projects should address risk reduction, regional collaboration, and equity, and build enduring capacity for adaptation. Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, govenrment agencies, tribes, and non-profits Not required $575,000,000 $75,000,000 Tier 1 20-25 applicants & Tier 2 = 15 applicants Tier 1 = $1,000,000 & Tier 2 = $25,000,000-$50,000,000 August 23, 2023 (Letter of Intent); February 13, 2024 (Full Application, only if invited) These grants are focused on addressing risk reduction, regional collaboration for community resiliency, and equity, and build enduring capacity for adaptation in the face of climate change. Applicants may wish to consider how to communicate risk with marginalized, underserved, and underrepresented communities. 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/ NOAA technical assistance is available for organizations applying for and receiving a grant. Many technical assistance options are available, including data, tools, training, and access to NOAA expertise. Visit the technical assistance page to learn more: https://coast.noaa.gov/funding/ira/resilience-challenge/technical-assistance.html N/A https://coast.noaa.gov/funding/ira/resilience-challenge/
New Ocean-Based Climate Resilience Accelerators
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To fund accelerator programs that support small businesses and entrepreneurs commercialize ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes-based climate solutions. Note that 'ocean' is inclusive of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes areas. Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Eligible applicants include US-based for-profit organizations (corporations, partnerships, joint ventures), academic institutions, cooperative institutes, nonprofit organizations, tribal governments or organizations. Not required $100,000,000 Phase 1 = up to $250,000 over 9 months & Phase 2 = up to $10,000,000 over 4 years. 15 TBA September 11, 2023 (Phase 1); July 31, 2024 (Phase 2) The ocean-based climate resilience accelerator proposed theme areas include ocean renewable energy, coastal and ocean carbon sequestration monitoring and accounting, hazard mitigation and coastal resilience, ecosystems services, including change detection, change analysis, and change adaptation/mitigation. One of the criteria for Phase 1 review will be how the applications describe diversity and inclusion within the lead organization as well as how those principles will be infused into the cohort selection. Applicants should assume this will be a criterion for the Phase 2 awards as well. A detailed breakdown of the theme areas/topics can be found here: https://ioos.noaa.gov/about/governance-and-management/inflation-reduction-act/accelerators/ N/A No https://ioos.noaa.gov/about/governance-and-management/inflation-reduction-act/accelerators/
New Operation and Planning Tools for Inverter-Based Resource Management and Availability for Future Power Systems (OPTIMA)
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To address emerging challenges and opportunities for grid planning and operation engineers and technicians arising from the power system’s transition to variable renewable energy sources and inverter-based power electronic grid interfaces. It will prioritize projects that develop new state-of-the-art planning and operations tools to enable solar energy to be more optimally and reliably integrated and utilized within the electric power grid. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy and Technologies Office (SETO) There are three topic areas: Topic Area 1: Planning Tools for Future Power Systems, Topic Area 2: Variability Management in Grid Operations, Topic Area 3: Rapid System Health and Risk Assessment Tools for Grid Operators. Teams from institutions of higher education, for-profit entities, non-profit entities, state and local government, and Tribal entities are encouraged to apply. 20-50% cost share required depending on project type $30,000,000 Topic area 1 will be $2-2.5 million, topic area 2 will be $2.5-3.5 million, topic area 3 will be $2.5-4 million Topic area 1 will be 3-4 projects, topic area 2 will be 3-4 projects, topic area 3 will be 3-5 projects Depends on topic area June 12, 2023 (Concept Paper); September 14, 2023 (Full Application) There are three priority research areas for this grant program: planning tools for future power systems, variability management in grid operations, and rapid system health and risk assessment tools for grid operators. All of these areas will help grids deal with an increase in intermittent renewable power in coming decades. Projects funded under this FOA are expected to (1) advance diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA); (2) contribute to energy equity; and (3) invest in America’s workforce. To ensure these objectives are met, applications must include a Community Benefits Plan that addresses the three objectives DOE is compiling a "Teaming Partner List" to facilitate the formation of project teams for this FOA. The Teaming Partner List allows organizations that may wish to participate on a project to express their interest to other applicants and explore potential partnerships. N/A https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/articles/funding-notice-operation-and-planning-tools-inverter-based-resource-management
New - IIJA Orphaned Well Site Plugging, Remediation, and Reclamation Program Phase 1 Formula Grant
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To monitor, track, plug, remediate, and reclaim orphaned wells State-owned or privately-owned land Department of the Interior Orphaned Wells Program Office States must have submitted an LOI by December 2021 to be considered for Phase 1 formula funding. Not required $658,037,849 $79,673,757 26 $25,000,000 December 31, 2023 Funding can be used to measure and track emissions of methane and other gases associated with orphaned wells Funding can be used to identify and address any disproportionate burden of adverse human health or environmental effects of orphaned wells on communities of color, lowincome communities, and Tribal and indigenous communities. Funding must be used within 5 years. There are 3 types of grants for states under the Orphaned Well Program: (1) initial grants, (2) formula grants, and (3) performance grants. Initial grants have already been distributed. No https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/state-formula-grant-guidance-07.07.2023.pdf
Existing - Decrease Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER)
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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/ Minimum 20% cost share required $65,000,000 $1,500,000; $2,500,000 for broadband projects; $50,000 for planning N/A N/A March 8, 2023 (Letter of Intent); April 19, 2023 (Full Application) POWER grants help communities develop new supply chains, clean energy manufacturing, and workforce training. Consider using planning funding to build partnerships to train contractors for deep efficiency and electrification retrofits for commercial and residential buildings. Recent 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. FY2022 awards can be found here highlighting a wide range of workforce, decarbonization, and resiliency goals: https://www.arc.gov/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/POWER-Award-Summaries-by-State-as-of-December-2022.pdf FY2023 awards: https://www.arc.gov/news/arc-awards-nearly-54-million-to-advance-economic-diversification-in-appalachias-coal-impacted-communities/ No https://www.arc.gov/grants-and-opportunities/power/#:~:text=The%20Partnerships%20for%20Opportunity%20and%20Workforce%20and%20Economic,to%20the%20changing%20economics%20of%20America%E2%80%99s%20energy%20production.
New Passenger Ferry Grant Program (PFGP)
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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. 20% $50,100,000 N/A 7 $7,157,143 July 17, 2023 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. For Fiscal Year 2023, $50.1 million is available, of which $5 million is set -aside specifically for low- or zero-emission ferries and related facilities/equipment. See the list of 2023 recipients here: https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grants/grant-programs/fta-ferry-grant-program-2023-selected-projects No https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grants/grant-programs/passenger-ferry-grant-program-section-5307h
Existing - Constant Pilot Program for Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Planning
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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 $13,460,978 N/A 22 $611,863 October 10, 2023 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. See the list of previous awardees here: https://www.transportation.gov/rural/grant-toolkit/pilot-program-transit-oriented-development-tod-planning No https://www.transportation.gov/rural/grant-toolkit/pilot-program-transit-oriented-development-tod-planning
Existing - Constant Planning and Local Technical Assistance Program (LTA)
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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% cost share 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 through FY23 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/funding/programs/local-technical-assistance
New - IIJA Pollution Prevention Grant: Environmental Justice in Communities
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The purpose of the Pollution Prevention Grant: Environmental Justice in Communities is to provide technical assistance to businesses (e.g., information, training, expert advice) on source reduction, also known as pollution prevention (P2). Grantees must demonstrate that the project will improve human health and the environment in disadvantaged communities by implementing P2 approaches. P2 approaches can help businesses reduce the use and release of hazardous substances that can harm human health and the environment while also saving money by reducing their resource use, expenditures, waste and liability costs. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) Eligible applicants include States, state entities (colleges and universities recognized as instrumentalities of the state), the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the U.S., and federally recognized Tribes and intertribal consortia. Not required $8,000,000 $1,200,000 18 $100,000 - $800,000 June 6, 2023 Carbon dioxide and other GHGs are a form of pollution along with other hazardous substances and chemical exposures. Through this grant process, disadvantaged communities and other communities that are affected by all types of pollution will benefit. Because P2 approaches can decrease harmful chemical exposures and impacts on human health and the environment in disadvantaged communities, EPA views these grants as a component of President Biden's Justice40 initiative, which established a goal for 40 percent of the overall benefits of certain Federal investments flow to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved and overburdened by pollution. This program's grant funding cycle is every two years. See past awardees here: https://www.epa.gov/p2/summary-pollution-prevention-and-source-reduction-assistance-grant-awards No https://www.epa.gov/p2/pollution-prevention-grant-environmental-justice-communities
New - IIJA Pollution Prevention Grant: Environmental Justice Through Safer and More Sustainable Products
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To provide pollution prevention (P2) technical assistance to businesses (e.g., information, training, expert advice) in order to improve human health and the environment in disadvantaged communities by increasing the supply, demand and use of safer and more sustainable products. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) Eligible applicants include States, state entities (colleges and universities recognized as instrumentalities of the state), the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the U.S., and federally recognized Tribes and intertribal consortia. Not required $8,000,000 $1,200,000 25 $100,000 - $800,000 June 20, 2023 Applicants are strongly encouraged, but not required, to develop partnerships where they can strengthen their ability to provide P2 technical assistance to businesses in disadvantaged communities. Identifying the appropriate partnerships can help expand and amplify your impact in communities you might not have been able to otherwise. EPA is issuing this grant solicitation requesting applications for P2 projects that address environmental or public health concerns in disadvantaged communities. For the purposes of this grant, a community can be characterized by a particular geographic area and/or by the relationships among members with similar interests and can be characterized as part of a broader national or regional community where organizations can be focused on the needs of urban, rural, and/or tribal areas, workers, displaced workers, children with high levels of lead, asthmatics, subsistence fishers, and other similar groups. This program's grant funding cycle is every two years. N/A https://www.epa.gov/p2/pollution-prevention-grant-environmental-justice-through-safer-and-more-sustainable-products
Existing - IIJA Increase Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP)
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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% cost share required except for rural or small port projects $450,000,000 N/A N/A N/A April 30, 2024 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. According to the 2023 NOFO, DOT seeks to fund projects that reduce emissions in the transportation sector, enable the deployment of clean energy including offshore wind, incorporate evidence-based climate resilience measures and features, reduce the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from the project materials, and avoid adverse environmental impacts, to air or water quality, wetlands, and endangered species, and address the disproportionate negative environmental impacts of transportation on disadvantaged communities. 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. THE FY 2023 NOFO includes updated selection considerations pertaining to: Climate Change and Sustainability; Equity and Justice40; and Workforce Development, Job Quality, and Wealth Creation. Applicants who are planning to re-apply using materials prepared for prior competitions should ensure that their FY 2023 PIDP application fully addresses the statutory merit criteria and selection considerations in the FY 2023 NOFO and that all relevant information is up to date. For funding awarded under the BIL, there is no minimum award size. For all projects funded under the FY 2023 Appropriations Act, the minimum PIDP award size is $1 million. Therefore, to compete for the full amount of funding available, funding requests should be at least $1 million. No more than 25% of the available funds can be awarded for projects in any one State. 25% of the available funds is reserved for small projects at small ports. In FY2023, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) appropriated $450 million to the PIDP. An additional $212,203,512 was made available to the program under the FY2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act, resulting in a total of $662,203,512 in FY 2023 PIDP grant funding. Check the list of previous grant awardees here: https://maritime.dot.gov/PIDPgrants, Check the list of previous grant awardees here: https://maritime.dot.gov/PIDPgrants No https://maritime.dot.gov/PIDPgrants
New - IRA Powering Affordable Clean Energy (PACE)
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To forgive up to 60% of loans for renewable energy projects that use wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal, or biomass, as well as for renewable energy storage projects. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) The PACE program is available to eligible applicants that generate electricity for resale to residents in both rural and nonrural areas. However, at least 50% of the population served by your proposed renewable energy project must live in communities with populations under 20,000. Not required $1,000,000,000 $100,000,000 N/A Minimum loan is $1,000,000 September 29, 2023 (rolling) Energy storage projects related to a renewable energy project is an eligible use of funding. Adding energy storage to a project can reduce peak demand and provide community resiliency benefits that a standalone renewable energy project is unable to. The program supports designated energy communities, disadvantaged communities, distressed communities, and Tribal communities. Siting proposed projects in eligible IRA bonus adder locations can reduce the overall cost of a project, provide clean energy and economic benefits to a disadvantaged community, and support broader community goals. Always ensure that impacted communities are provided opportunities to engage with the project development and implementation process. Projects must be based on bankable power purchase agreements (PPAs) or through a financial guarantee that ensures the financial feasibility of the project. Energy must be sold for resale to eligible off-takers which can include both utility and non-utility customers. The technologies used must be commercially available. Note: This is NOT related to programs often called PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) in many states. Provided the project is otherwise financially feasible, loan terms are the shorter of: 35 years; the useful life of the equipment financed; the term of the PPA; or the term of any leased real property. https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/electric-programs/powering-affordable-clean-energy-pace-program
New - IIJA Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid (Competitive)
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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) Grid Deployment Office (GDO) & Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) Eligible recipients for the competitive program include: electric grid operators, electricity storage operators, electricity generators, transmission owners or operators, distribution providers, and fuel suppliers. 50% cost share required in general, 1/3 cost share required for small utilities $918,000,000 in total; 30% of the total funding will be set aside for small utilities Either the total of the applicant's last three years of resilience investments or $100 million, whichever is lower 10 in total; Approximately 3 awards will made to small utilities $91,800,000 Second round of funding expected in Q1 of FY24 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. Eligible uses include, but are not limited to, weatherization technologies and equipment, undergrounding of electrical equipment, relocation of power lines, and use or construction of distributed energy resources like microgrids and battery storage. Historically marginalized communities are often more vulnerable to grid outages. Consider building microgrids, new distribution lines, and/or upgrading existing transmission infrastructure to minimize the disruptions in these communities. 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 Small utilities are defined as entities that sell no more than 4,000,000 MWh of electricity per year. No https://www.energy.gov/bil/preventing-outages-and-enhancing-resilience-electric-grid-grants
New - IIJA Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid (Formula)
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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) Grid Deployment Office (GDO) States and tribal nations are eligible for the formula grant program. Eligible entities for the subgrants include electric grid operators, electricity storage operators, electricity generators, transmission owners or operators, distribution providers, fuel suppliers, and any other relevant entities as determined by the Secretary of Energy. 15% cost share required for states and tribal nations; additional cost share requirements apply to sub-awardees $459,000,000 N/A N/A N/A May 31, 2023 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. Eligible uses include, but are not limited to, weatherization technologies and equipment, undergrounding of electrical equipment, relocation of power lines, and use or construction of distributed energy resources like microgrids and battery storage. Historically marginalized communities are often more vulnerable to grid outages. Consider building microgrids, new distribution lines, and/or upgrading existing transmission infrastructure to minimize the disruptions in these communities. N/A N/A No https://www.energy.gov/bil/preventing-outages-and-enhancing-resilience-electric-grid-grants
New - IIJA Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation (PROTECT) Discretionary Program
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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. 20% cost share required $848,000,000 N/A N/A N/A August 18, 2023 The PROTECT Formula Program will support planning, resilience improvements, community resilience and evacuation routes, and at-risk coastal infrastructure. 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 Up to $45 million is available for Planning Grants; up to $638 million is available for Resilience Improvement Grants; up to $45 million is available for Community Resilience and Evacuation Route Grants; and up to $120 million is available for At-Risk Coastal Infrastructure Grants. https://www.transportation.gov/rural/grant-toolkit/promoting-resilient-operations-transformative-efficient-and-cost-saving
New - IIJA Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation (PROTECT) Formula Program
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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 20% cost share required $1,403,000,000 Varies by state N/A N/A N/A 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 N/A No https://www.transportation.gov/rural/grant-toolkit/promoting-resilient-operations-transformative-efficient-and-cost-saving
Existing - Increase Public Works Program (PWP)
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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 20% cost share required, varying based on level of economic distress $121,500,000 $3,000,000 80-150 $1,400,000 (ranging from $600,000 to $5 million) 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.transportation.gov/rural/grant-toolkit/public-works-program#:~:text=General%20Grant%20Program%20Information,including%20business%20and%20job%20growth.
New Puerto Rico – Energy Resilience Fund
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To support residential rooftop solar and battery storage installations and offer consumer protection and education resources in Puerto Rico. Through this deployment-focused funding, DOE aims to incentivize the installation of roughly 30,000–40,000 residential solar and battery systems. Department of Energy (DOE) Grid Deployment Office (GDO) - Topic Area 1 (Third-Party Residential Rooftop Solar PV and Battery Storage Deployment): domestic for-profit entity solar companies are eligible to apply; - Topic Area 2 (Community-Sponsored Residential Rooftop Solar PV and Battery Storage Deployment): domestic nonprofit entities and energy cooperatives are eligible to apply; - Topic Area 3 (Beneficiary Education, Training, and Consumer Protection): domestic nonprofit entities, educational institutions, State and local governmental entities, and for-profit entities are eligible to apply. 5% cost share required for Topic Areas 1-2, Not required for Topic Area 3 $450,000,000 $5,000,000 - $200,000,000, varies by Topic Area 8-18 $34,615,385 September 18, 2023 Solar and battery systems will help lower the energy burden, enhance community resilience, and also contribute to emission reduction. In addition to solar installation, funding can be used to make a household "solar ready", including roof repair, home rewiring, and communications. Qualified beneficiaries of the systems installed by selected partners will include very low-income, single-family households that are either located in areas that have a high percentage of very low-income households and experience frequent and prolonged power outages or contain a family member with an energy-dependent disability, such as individuals who need electric wheelchairs for mobility or those that use at-home dialysis machines. N/A See awarded recipients here: https://www.energy.gov/articles/doe-announces-over-13-million-connect-more-puerto-rico-communities-residential-solar-and No https://www.energy.gov/gdo/puerto-rico-energy-resilience-fund
New - IIJA Pumped Storage Hydropower (PSH) Wind and Solar Integration and System Reliability Initiative
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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% cost share required $10,000,000 $10,000,000 1 $6,000,000 November 17, 2022 (Letter of Intent); December 15, 2022 (Full Application) 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)
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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. Not required $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
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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% cost share required, unless in a community that is rural ,historically disadvantaged, or facing persistent poverty as defined by DOT No more than $2.3 billion, including at least $115 million for planning projects $25,000,000 N/A N/A February 28, 2024 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. For capital grants, the minimum award is $5 million in urban areas and $1 million in rural areas. No more than 15% of the RAISE grants may be awarded to projects in a single state. Therefore, the maximum amount that can be awarded to any single state is $345 million. The FY23 RAISE grants come from two funding sources: FY23 Appropriations Act and BIL funding. Grants awarded under BIL funding may not be greater than $25 million. Grants awarded under FY 2023 Appropriations Act funding may not be greater than $45 million. Therefore, grant requests greater than $25 million will be considered only for FY 2023 Appropriations Act funding. In order to be considered under the full funding amount available of $2.3 billion, the grant request may not exceed $25 million. To evaluate the induced Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) and emissions impacts of highways, check RMI's SHIFT calculator for more information: https://shift.rmi.org. The RAISE program was previously known as DOT's TIGER and BUILD programs. Those programs have been directly replaced by RAISE. See prior awards from the 2022 RAISE solicitation at: https://www.transportation.gov/policy-initiatives/raise/raise-2022-awards No https://www.transportation.gov/RAISEgrants
Existing - IIJA Increase RAISE Discretionary Grants Program - Planning
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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% cost share required, unless in a community that is rural ,historically disadvantaged, or facing persistent poverty as defined by DOT At least $115 million $25,000,000 N/A N/A February 28, 2024 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. There is no minium award amount for planning grants. To evaluate the induced Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) and emissions impacts of highways, check RMI's SHIFT calculator for more information: https://shift.rmi.org. The RAISE program was previously known as DOT's TIGER and BUILD programs. Those programs have been directly replaced by RAISE. See prior awards from the 2023 RAISE solicitation at: https://www.transportation.gov/policy-initiatives/raise/raise-2023-awards No https://www.transportation.gov/RAISEgrants
New Recompete Pilot Program
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To create and connect people to good jobs in persistently distressed communities and create renewed economic opportunity in communities that have for too long been forgotten. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) This NOFO is for Phase 2 of the Recompete Pilot Program. Only Recompete Finalists selected in Phase 1 are eligible for this round of funding. Not required $200,000,000 $50,000,000 for Local Labor Market applications and $20,000,000 for Local Communities applications 4-8 N/A April 25, 2024 The NOFO lists multiple ideas for areas to potentially focus on, including: "Critical enabling infrastructure (e.g., brownfield redevelopment, workforce training centers near workers)". Consider workforce training opportunities for the next generation of skilled labor in renewable energy development and construction, energy audits, energy efficiency and electrification installation, and EV charging deployment and maintenance. Workforce transition and development is a key aspect of a just energy transition. A renewable energy workforce development program could provide disadvantaged with good paying, long-term job prospects. N/A See eligible applicants, or Phase 1 winners, here: https://www.eda.gov/funding/programs/recompete-pilot-program/2023 No https://www.eda.gov/funding/programs/recompete-pilot-program
New - IIJA Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods Grant Program (RCN)
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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. Also, to develop anti-displacement policies and community benefit agreements. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) To fund planning activites and capital construction, as well as technical assistance, to restore community connectivity through the removal, retrofit, mitigation, or replacement of eligible transportation infrastructure facilities. 20% cost share for planning; 50% cost share for construction (other non-RCP federal funds may be used up to 80% federal share) $50,000,000 for planning; $148,000,000 for construction $100,000,000 50 N/A September 28, 2023 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. DOT will prioritize technical assistance to economically disadvantaged communities and anticipates focusing on recipients that demonstrate need as underserved, overburdened, and disadvantaged communities. 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 a combined funding opportunity for the Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program (RCP) and the Neighborhood Access and Equity Program (NAE). Applicants can apply for one but if they meet the requirements for both, they can be considered for both programs. MInimum award sizes include $2,000,000 for planning grants and $5,000,000 for construction grants. DOT will provide technical assistance for grantees and potential grantees under the RCN Program, including through the forthcoming Reconnecting Communities Institute (RCI)12 launching later in 2023. No https://www.transportation.gov/grants/rcnprogram/about-rcp#:~:text=The%20program%27s%20funds%20can%20support,mobility%2C%20access%2C%20or%20economic%20development
New Reducing Agricultural Carbon Intensity and Protecting Algal Crops (RACIPAC)
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To enable the sustainable use of domestic biomass and waste resources, such as agricultural residues and algae, to produce low-carbon biofuels and bioproducts. Funding will focus on two topic areas: Climate-Smart Agricultural Practices for Low-Carbon Intensity Feedstocks, and Algae Crop Protection. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Eligible entities include institutions of higher education, for-profit entities, non-profit entities, state and local governmental entities, and Tribal Nations. Foreign entities, incorporated consortia, and unincorporated consortia are also eligible to apply. 20% cost share required $25,500,000 $5,000,000 7 to 9 $3,187,500 March 20, 2023 (Concept Paper); May 16, 2023 (Full Application) Bioenergy technologies can enable a transition to a clean energy economy, create high quality jobs, support rural economies, and spur innovation in renewable energy and chemicals production – the bioeconomy. The activities funded by BETO through this opportunity support DOE’s investment in the production of biofuels and bioproducts; innovation and growth in agricultural industries; the development and deployment of bioenergy technologies; and the achievement of an economy-wide net-zero emissions by 2050. 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/ Only applicants who have submitted an eligible Concept Paper will be eligible to submit a Full Application. N/A https://www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/articles/doe-announces-255-million-improve-biofuels-and-bioproducts
New - IIJA Reduction of Truck Emissions at Port Facilities
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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) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) Eligible applicants for RTEPF Grant Program funds are entities that 1) have authority over, operate, or utilize port facilities and/or intermodal port transfer facilities, 2) have authority over areas within or adjacent to ports and intermodal port transfer facilities, or 3) will test and/or evaluate technologies that reduce truck emissions at port facilities and/or intermodal port transfer facilities. 20% cost share required $160,000,000 None 35 $4,571,429 June 26, 2023 The primary goal of the RTEPF Grant Program as identified in BIL Section 11402(a)(1) is 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. 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 https://www.transportation.gov/rural/grant-toolkit/reduction-truck-emissions-port-facilities
New - IIJA Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs (H2Hubs)
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To develop 6-10 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% cost share required $8,000,000,000 $1,250,000,000 4 $1,000,000,000 April 7, 2023 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. DOE offers Community Benefits Plan guidance on community and labor engagement, workforce investments, diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility,and Justice40, which is available here: https://www.energy.gov/oced/regional-clean-hydrogen-hubs 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. See latest recipients here: https://www.energy.gov/oced/regional-clean-hydrogen-hubs-selections-award-negotiations No https://www.energy.gov/bil/regional-clean-hydrogen-hubs
New Regional Conservation Partnership Program
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To advance partner-driven solutions to conservation on agricultural land. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Proposed projects must generate conservation benefits by addressing specific natural resource objectives in a State/multistate area or address one or more primary resource concerns within an NRCS-designated critical conservation area (CCA). Not required $500,000,000 $25,000,000 N/A N/A August 18, 2023 Climate-smart agriculture is listed as a priority for the 2023 RCPP applications. Consider co-locating renewable energy with active agricultural land, such as agrivoltaics that strategically leverage solar panels to increase shade and reduce water consumption on-site. For additional information, see here: https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/articles/potential-agrivoltaics-us-solar-industry-farmers-and-communities 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/ At least four weeks prior to the application deadline, and before starting an application in the RCPP portal or grants.gov, eligible entities interested in applying to RCPP are advised to request a meeting with the appropriate NRCS State RCPP coordinator(s). For 2023 awardees, see here: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs-initiatives/rcpp-regional-conservation-partnership-program/regional-conservation No https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs-initiatives/rcpp-regional-conservation-partnership-program
New - IIJA Regional Direct Air Capture (DAC) Hubs
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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 Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) Industry stakeholders and developers are eligible to apply. Local governments are encouraged to partner with the private sector as sub-applicants. TBA $700,000,000 TBA 4 $175,000,000 February 17, 2023 (Letter of Intent); March 13, 2023 (Full Application) 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 Awardee press release: https://www.energy.gov/articles/biden-harris-administration-announces-12-billion-nations-first-direct-air-capture No https://www.energy.gov/oced/DACHubs
Existing - Constant Regional Infrastructure Accelerator (RIA) Demonstration Program
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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. Not required $24,000,000 N/A 6-10 $2,000,000 - $4,000,000 range expected May 30, 2023 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.  This FY 2023 Program NOFO updates the FY 2022 NOFO to further reflect this Administration's priorities for creating good-paying jobs, improving safety, applying transformative technology, and explicitly addressing climate change and advancing racial equity. Therefore, the Bureau added transit-oriented development (TOD) as an additional point of consideration under the Transformative Projects criterion to clarify how the long-term project outcomes should align with the Administration's priorities in a competitive application. Awardee press release: https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/us-department-transportation-advances-americas-infrastructure-expanded-regional No https://www.transportation.gov/buildamerica/financing/tifia/regional-infrastructure-accelerators-program
New - IIJA Renew America's Schools Grant
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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. Minimum 5% cost share required $80,000,000 $15,000,000 20-100 $7,420,000 Second round forthcoming in FY24 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 - Increase Renewable Energy Siting through Technical Engagement and Planning (R-STEP) program
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To support the creation of new, or the expansion of existing, state-based programs or initiatives that improve renewable energy siting processes at the state and local levels. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Technology Transitions (OTT), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO), Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO), and ENERGYWERX Eligible activities include but are not limited to: 1) engaging with local governments and communities to identify renewable energy siting and planning priorities, 2) hiring and subcontracting to expand technical capacity and leverage experts in the region or state, 3) developing state-specific resources that could improve siting practices and outcomes for local communities and the renewable energy industry, and 4) conducting trainings and workshops with local governments to improve technical understanding of renewable energy siting. N/A $10,000,000 $2,000,000 5-7 $1,666,667 November 3, 2023 Large-scale renewable energy facilities are essential to decarbonize the grid and have a high potential to help reduce the emissions in communities where these facilities are located. This program is focused on helping State and local governments embrace critical roles in facilitating and approving large-scale renewable energy facilities even when they may not always have the resources, time, or expertise to plan proactively for future deployment of large-scale renewable energy facilities or to address siting barriers. Collaboratives should consist of cross-disciplinary teams with an understanding of local community needs and a variety of expertise relevant to planning for and siting large-scale renewable energy facilities. Collaboratives could include but are not limited to state energy offices, Governors’ offices, Extension offices, universities, non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, and other organizations. DOE also recommends that teams include organizations familiar with the needs of local communities in the state, organizations with experience providing educational or technical assistance services to local communities on technical subjects, and organizations with technical expertise on renewable energy siting topics (e.g., environmental impacts, tax policies, land use, zoning ordinance development). DOE highly encourages state energy offices (or equivalent state agencies) to participate or lead applications. Please note that DOE will not select more than one application from a single state. There are no restrictions on regional or multi-state Collaboratives. However, applicants should carefully consider and discuss the challenges associated with the variability in permitting processes, community needs, and deployment targets between the states of interest. Renewable energy siting refers to a complex series of decision-making processes and actions that determine the location and design of new wind, solar, storage, or other renewable energy facilities. https://www.energy.gov/eere/renewable-energy-siting-through-technical-engagement-and-planning
New Renewables Advancing Community Energy Resilience Program (RACER)
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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% cost share 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. See the selections here: https://www.energy.gov/articles/doe-announces-43-million-support-clean-energy-transition-communities-across-country No https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/articles/funding-notice-renewables-advancing-community-energy-resilience-racer
New Ride and Drive Electric
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To address challenges to achieving an equitable clean transportation future. Anticipated topic areas include: 1) Enhancing EV Charging Resiliency, 2) Community-Driven EV Charging Deployment Benefits Planning, Implementation, and Tracking in Underserved Communities, 3) Workforce Development, 4) Increasing Commercial Capacity for Testing and Certification of High-Power EV Chargers, and 5) Validating High-Power EV Charger Real-World Performance and Reliability. Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Office of Energy and Tranportation (Joint Office) Eligible applicants include educational institutions, incorporated consortia, local government, Tribal governments, non-profits, private sector, states, and unincorporated consortia. TBA $51,000,000 $4,000,000 40 $100,000 August 25, 2023 For projects aiming to enhance EV charging resiliency, local governments may consider partnering with electric utilities to equip EV charging networks with on-site energy storage, microgrids, and portable power/charging services to ensure the continuity of EV charging services during intermittent power outage periods. To achieve equitable access and opportunity in electrification, local governments should proactively work with community-serving organizations and understand how to maximize benefits for underserved and disadvantaged communities related to the deployment of EV charging infrastructure. For workforce development projects, project teams should take proactive steps to encourage broader participation among Women, Black, Latino, Asian American Pacific, Indigenous, and other underrepresented groups in the development of those workforces. Prospective applicants should anticipate a concept paper phase for future solicitations in order to be eligible for full application consideration. See here for additional information on the federal government's commitment to electrified transportation: https://driveelectric.gov/ https://energycommunities.gov/funding-opportunity/joint-office-of-energy-and-transportation-ride-and-drive-electric-fiscal-year-2023-funding-opportunity-announcement/
New - IIJA Rural and Tribal Assistance Pilot Program
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To support early-stage development for rural and tribal infrastructure projects by providing grants for new staff or procurement of expert firms for legal, technical, and financial services. Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of the Secretary Entities eligible for award include rural local governments or political subdivisions, states, Tribes, and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. A project is considered rural if it is not in a Census Bureau 2020 designated urban area or it is in a Census Bureau 2020 designated urban area with a population of 150,000 or less. Not required $3,400,000 $360,000 N/A N/A First-come, first-served basis This opportunity can be used for a wide range of financial, technical, and legal services. Consider using this to plan for sustainable transportation infrastructure projects. Grants can be used to conduct feasibility studies and perform preliminary engineering and design, which will help the community secure further funds for the project implementation. Grants can also be used to get cost-benefit analyses, procurement support and funding application assistance. DOT’s Strategic Goals are Safety, Economic Strength and Global Competitiveness, Equity, Climate and Sustainability, Transformation, and Organizational Excellence. Applicants are encouraged to reflect these values in work and include consideration of the extent to which the proposed project may address the unique challenges rural and tribal communities face relative to these goals. This program is to support planning-phase activities for projects reasonably expected to be eligible for certain USDOT credit and grant programs. Consider how to leverage this program to better prepare for future grant applications. $1.6 million of Program funds ($800,000 from each Fiscal Year until FY2026) will be set aside for grants to tribal entities. See the application dashboard here: https://www.transportation.gov/sites/buildamerica.dot.gov/files/2023-11/20231128_RuralTribal_ApplicantDashboard.pdf See the list of awardees here: https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/us-department-transportation-advances-transportation-solutions-underserved No https://www.transportation.gov/buildamerica/RuralandTribalGrants
Existing - Increase Rural Development Disaster Assistance
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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
New - IRA Rural Energy for America Program
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To help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption and helps meet the Nation's critical energy needs. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Rural Development Funding can be used for the development of a renewable energy system or an energy efficiency improvement project. 25-50% cost share required, varying by project types $1,050,000,000 $1,000,000 N/A N/A There are 6 quarterly cycles to spend this funding by September 30, 2024 Projects which develop or retrofit a renewable energy system that produces zero greenhouse gas emissions will be eligible for up to 50% federal grant share. Biomass and biogas projects are eligible for up to 25% federal grant share instead. Projects located in a disadvantaged community or a distressed community will obtain 15 points in the application review process. To determine if your project is located in a Disadvantaged Community or a Distressed Community, please use the following USDA look-up map: https://ruraldevelopment. maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/ index.html?id=4acf083be4c44bb7864 d90f97de0c788. N/A If interested, contact your State Rural Development Energy Coordinator to discuss your project and ask any questions about the application process: https://www.rd.usda.gov/media/file/download/rbs-stateenergycoordinators.pdf https://www.rd.usda.gov/inflation-reduction-act/rural-energy-america-program-reap
Existing - Constant Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Energy Audit & Renewable Energy Development Assistance (EA/REDA) Grants
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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, 2025 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 - IRA Rural Energy for America Program Technical Assistance Grant
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To provide technical assistance to Agricultural Producers and Rural Small Businesses applying to REAP. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Rural Development REAP TAG funds can be used for a wide variety of activities including recruitment of Renewable Energy or energy efficiency projects, identification of electrical engineering services, preparation of REAP applications for Agency financial assistance, as well as preparing reports and assessments necessary to request financial assistance. Not required $21,250,000 $500,000 N/A N/A March 21, 2024 Renewable energy has a high potential to make energy more affordable and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in rural areas. Consider using this opportunity to develop a renewable energy systems, like wind and solar. Using renewable energy technologies and resources and improving the energy efficiency of the operations will help producers and small businesses lower energy costs. Priorities will be given to applicants assisting distressed or disadvantaged communities Priorities will be given to applicants pursuing projects using underutilized technologies or seeking grants under $20,000. Some states are eligible for a maximum award of $250,000 while others are eligible for $500,000. If interested, contact your State Rural Development Energy Coordinator to discuss your project and ask any questions about the application process: https://www.rd.usda.gov/media/file/download/rbs-stateenergycoordinators.pdf No https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/energy-programs/rural-energy-america-technical-assistance-grant-program
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
New Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP)
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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. Not required 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
Existing Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) Grants
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To grant assistance to create and augment high-wage jobs, accelerate the formation of new businesses, support industry clusters and maximize the use of local productive assets in eligible low-income rural areas. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Eligible applicants are rural jobs accelerator partnerships with expertise in delivering economic and job training programs 20% $2,000,000 $2,000,000 April 1, 2024 The Rural Business Cooperative Service (BRCS) Administrator may award points for projects that advance identified Rural Development Key Priorities, including "Addressing Climate Change and Environmental Justice". Funds can be used to: Build or support a business incubator facility; Provide worker training to assist in the creation of new jobs; Train the existing workforce with skills for higher-paying jobs; Develop a base of skilled workers and improve their opportunities to obtain high-wage jobs in new or existing local industries. The RISE program is enacted through the 2018 Farm Bill, which expires in FY 2023. The program continuity is subject to the new Farm Bill expected from Congress by the end of 2023. No https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/business-programs/rural-innovation-stronger-economy-rise-grants#overview
New - IIJA Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program
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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% cost share required, except for projects on the Appalachian Development Highway System $650,000,000 At least 90% of awards must be at least $25,000,000 26 $25,000,000 August 21, 2023 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 2023, the Rural Surface Transportation grant program funding was made available under the combined Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant program. 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. FY23 - FY24 awardees: https://www.transportation.gov/grants/rural-surface-transportation-grant/rural-surface-transportation-program-2023-2024-award-fact No https://www.transportation.gov/grants/rural-surface-transportation-grant
New - IIJA Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Grant Program
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To support planning, infrastructure, behavioral, and operational initiatives to prevent death and serious injury on roads and streets involving all roadway users, often referred to as "Vision Zero" plans. This program includes Planning and Demonstration Grant, and Implementation Grants. Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of the Secretary Eligible projects include (a) developing a comprehensive safety action plan; (b) conducting planning, design, and development activities for projects and strategies identified in a comprehensive safety action plan; and (c) carrying out projects and strategies identified in a comprehensive safety action plan. For Implementation Grants, activities must include element (c). 20% cost share required $1,177,213,000 $10,000,000 for Planning Grants; $25,000,000 for Implementation Grants 500 $2,354,426 July 10, 2023 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. Here's a more detailed breakdown to get a sense of reasonable application requests. For Planning and Demonstration Grants, award amounts will be based on estimated costs, with an expected minimum of $100,000 and an expected maximum of $10,000,000 for all applicants. The Department expects larger award amounts for a metropolitan planning organization (MPO), an application comprised of a multijurisdictional group of entities that is regional in scope (e.g., a multijurisdictional group of counties, a council of governments and cities within the same region), or those who are conducting activities in a large geographic area. The Department will consider applications with funding requests under the expected minimum award amount. For Implementation Grants, DOT expects the minimum award will be $2,500,000 and the maximum award will be $25,000,000. DOT reserves the right to make Implementation Grant awards less than the total amount requested by the applicant. 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. See the list of 2023 awards here: https://www.transportation.gov/grants/ss4a/2023-awards No https://www.transportation.gov/SS4A
New Scale-Up of Integrated Biorefineries and Greenhouse Gas Reduction in First Generation Ethanol Production (Scale-Up+)
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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 $59,000,000 $100,000,000 4-20 Varies by subtopic July 8, 2022 (Concept Paper); September 9, 2022 (Full Application) 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
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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
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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% cost share 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
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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% cost share 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 https://www.transit.dot.gov/rural-formula-grants-5311
New - IIJA Secure Geologic Storage Permitting
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To fund the permitting of wells for the geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide and creates a grant program for states, Tribes, and territories 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 Eligibility of this program is restricted to states, Tribes, and territories. TBA $50,000,000 N/A N/A N/A March 20, 2023 (Letter of Intent) 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. Applicants must demonstrate how environmental justice and equity considerations will be incorporated into their Class VI UIC primacy programs. Primacy program commitments may include identifying communities with potential environmental justice concerns, enhancing public involvement, appropriately scoped environmental justice assessments, enhancing transparency throughout the permitting process and minimizing adverse effects associated with permitting actions. N/A N/A No https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-announces-availability-50-million-support-states-and-tribes-developing-programs
New - IIJA Silicon Solar Manufacturing, and Dual-Use Photovoltaic Incubator
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To fund research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) to demonstrate innovations in domestic manufacturing for the silicon solar supply chain, and develop innovative new products for dual-use photovoltaics (PV). Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) The proposed prime recipient must be a domestic, for-profit entity. Institutions of higher education, non-profit entities, states, local governments and tribal nations are eligible to participate as subrecipients. 20-75% depending on topic area $45,000,000 $10,000,000 5-12 $5,294,118 September 27, 2023 (Concept Paper); November 14, 2023 (Full Application) This program aims for low cost and high quality solar systems by strengthening critical domestic manufacturing and supply chains to maximize the benefits of the clean energy transition. Applicants are strongly encouraged to team with multiple stakeholders, including for-profit entities with institutions representing diverse entities such as, but not limited to, Tribal communities; minority-serving institutions (MSI), including historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) and other minority institutions; minority business enterprises; minority-, woman-, and veteran-owned businesses; entities located in an underserved community or through linkages with Opportunity Zones. Consider working with regional economic development commissions and other community-based organizations to determine the most equitable local and regional partnerships. N/A N/A https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/articles/funding-notice-bipartisan-infrastructure-law-silicon-solar-manufacturing-and
Existing - IIJA Increase Smart Grid Grants (GRIP)
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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 (OE) 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. 50% cost share required $1,080,000,000 $50 million, except (a) Projects that aggregate multiple utility service territories: $100 million (b) Projects that deploy advanced conductors for transmission line capacity improvement at scale: $250 million 25-40 $33,750,000 January 12, 2024 (Concept Paper); April 17, 2024 (Full Application) 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 This program falls under the broader Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships (GRIP) Program. See more at: https://www.energy.gov/gdo/grid-resilience-and-innovation-partnerships-grip-program No https://www.energy.gov/gdo/smart-grid-grants
New Solar Ambassador Prize - Phase 1
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To assist DOE in identifying, engaging, and assisting with intake processing of qualifying households for residential solar and battery storage installations. This is a complementary program supporting the Topic Area 1 under the Puerto Rico - Energy Resilience Fund. Department of Energy (DOE) Grid Deployment Office (GDO) Community-based organizations, nonprofits, and for-profit entities with an existing presence in Puerto Rico are eligible to apply to become Solar Ambassadors. Not required $300,000 N/A 20 $15,000 September 25, 2023 Solar and battery systems will help lower the energy burden, enhance community resilience, and also contribute to emission reduction. Using this funding, community-based organizations are expected to educate homeowners about the Energy Resilience Fund program and the resilience and cost savings benefits of solar and storage. Applicants need to demonstrate an ability to perform local, in-person outreach and community engagement to ensure that federal funding reaches the intended most vulnerable residents in a Last Mile community in Puerto Rico. Last Mile Community is a group of individuals living in geographic proximity (such as a census tract) that experience the most frequent power outages and/or the longest power outages. To identify Puerto Rico Last Mile Communities, check the interactive map here: https://www.herox.com/solarambassador/resource/1394 Phase 2 will open in November 2023, with a performance deadline of March 6, 2024. In Phase 2, Ambassadors selected in Phase 1 will implement their proposed plan and assist households to complete their household intake application. See Phase 1 selections here: https://www.energy.gov/gdo/solar-ambassador-prize No https://www.energy.gov/gdo/solar-ambassador-prize
New - IIJA Solar and Wind Grid Services and Reliability Demonstration
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To demonstrate the capability of large-scale solar and wind plants to provide grid services to the bulk power grid and improve grid reliability. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Wind and solar energy replace fossil fuels as a source of electricity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the process. Reliability improvements will improve not only the provision of electricity, but also the perception of wind and solar as dependable power sources. Minimum 20% cost share required $26,000,000 $5,600,000 9 $2,888,889 September 15, 2022 (Concept Paper); November 17, 2022 (Full Application) Reliability improvements will complement the deployment of clean energy sources. Projects in this funding opportunity will support the development of controls and methods for inverter-based resources like solar and wind to provide the same grid services as traditional generation. The research activities resulting from this funding opportunity will help increase the reliability of energy systems, which will help meet the Biden administration’s goals for achieving a decarbonized electricity sector by 2035. 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/ Under all topics, 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, and well as with relevant labor unions where appropriate. This program has two Topic Areas: (1) Wind and Solar Grid Services Design, Implementation, and Demonstration - To develop full-scale demonstration projects that seamlessly integrate renewable generation with other large-scale or aggregated distributed energy resource (DER) technologies to provide ancillary (grid) services and improve reliability. (2) Protection of Bulk Power Systems with High Contribution from Inverter-Based Resources - To develop a better understanding of how protection systems will operate under very-high IBR scenarios through advancements in modeling and simulation cap. See past awardees here: https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-and-wind-grid-services-and-reliability-demonstration-funding-program No https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/articles/funding-notice-solar-and-wind-grid-services-and-reliability-demonstration
New Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies 4 (SEEDS 4)
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To invest in innovative social science research that generates actionable insights to improve large-scale solar (LSS) siting processes and outcomes for host communities—particularly those that are disadvantaged—and the solar industry. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, for-profit entities, nonprofit entities, state and local governmental entities, and tribal governments. 20% cost share required $7,000,000 $2,500,000 4-6 N/A January 30, 2024 (Concept Paper); March 15, 2024 (Full Application) While there are no explicit decarbonization considerations related to community acceptance of solar deployment, this FOA will fund research that will increase compatibility of new solar projects and the communities they are sited in, hopefully leading to an increase in LSS deployment in your community and others. Often, communities, residents, and developers have unequal access to information and knowledge of large-scale solar siting processes. This inequality can lead to inequitable outcomes for landowners and communities that stand to benefit from development on their land. When developing proposals, consider including research around the environmental justice impacts of LSS siting and ensuring that landowners and communities are adequately compensated for producing energy for others. SETO seeks proposals for projects that examine how siting practices, defined as interventions or actions executed during LSS siting by one or more stakeholders, affect outcomes. Outcomes of interest include:community acceptance or opposition; permitting and land use decisions, predictability, and timeliness; and community impacts (including meaningful benefits, burdens, and equity and procedural and distributional justice). N/A No https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/articles/funding-notice-solar-energy-evolution-and-diffusion-studies-4-seeds-4?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
New - IRA Solar for All
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To spur the deployment of residential distributed solar energy and catalyze transformation in markets serving low-income and disadvantaged communities. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (OGGRF) States, municipalities, Tribal governments, or eligible nonprofit recipients are eligible to apply. Eligible nonprofit recipients are those nonprofit organizations designing to provide capital, leverage private capital, and provide other forms of financial assistance for the rapid deployment of low- and zero-emission products, technologies, and services. Not required $7,000,000,000 $400,000,000 60 $116,666,667 July 31, 2023 (Notice of Intent due for states, August 14, 2023 for territories, municipalities, and eligible nonprofit recipients); August 28, 2023 (Notice of Intent for Tribal governments); October 12, 2023 (Full Application) To enhance the impact of decarbonization, consider creating financial programs that combine clean energy projects with energy efficiency improvements, including weatherization and electrification measures. Local governments are also encouraged to collaborate with community-based organizations on public education about clean energy, zero-emission technology, and energy efficiency improvements. In addition to providing financial support and other incentives to help low-income households get access to residential rooftop and residential-serving community solar energy, consider establishing workforce training programs that enable underserved communities to participate in the economic opportunity created by the energy transition. For additional guidance, see this memo on Developing an Impactful Solar for All Proposal, which provides a high-level summary of the Solar for All program, summarizes program strategy considerations, and offers technical and pragmatic insights for key EPA evaluation criteria to inform strong, impactful Solar for All applications. Here is the link: https://rmi.org/developing-an-impactful-solar-for-all-proposal/ The award size can depend on the total population of disadvantaged census tracts identified by the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool (CEJST) in the geography the program will cover. Check the CEJST here: https://screeningtool.geoplatform.gov/ https://www.epa.gov/greenhouse-gas-reduction-fund/solar-all
Existing - Constant Solar Technical Assistance
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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 (SETO) Eligibility may vary as this includes multiple technical assistance programs for nonprofit and for-profit organizations, state and local governments, and other entities that are working to address barriers and improve access to solar energy. Not required N/A N/A N/A N/A Rolling Consider implementing projects that accelerate innovative distributed energy resources, such as rooftop solar, energy storage, and demand-side management. Consider prioritizing the designation criteria related to accelerating solar and solar-related technologies in low-and moderate-income communities. This assistance includes the following programs: SolSmart, SolarApp+, the National Community Solar Partnership, the Solar Energy Innovation Network, the Interconnection Innovation E-XChange, and the Grid Modernization Initiative Technical Assistane for State Utility Regulators. N/A https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-technical-assistance
New State Energy Financing Institution (SEFI)-Supported Projects
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To provide loans and loan guarantees for large-scale projects that decrease greenhouse gas emissions without necessarily using an innovative technology, so long as they receive qualifying funding from a SEFI (e.g., a state green bank or other qualifying state entities) and fall into one of the categories of eligible projects under Title 17 https://www.energy.gov/lpo/articles/t17-downloadable-handout-sefi-supported-projects Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO) Projects must receive meaningful support from an approved State Energy Financing Institution (SEFI), reduce GHG emissions, have a reasonable prospect of repaying the loan, and use one or more of the following technologies: Renewable energy systems; Advanced fossil energy technology; Hydrogen fuel cell technology; Advanced nuclear energy; Carbon capture and sequestration technologies; Efficient electrical generation, transmission, and distribution; Efficient end-use energy technologies; Production facilities for the manufacture of fuel-efficient vehicles or parts of those vehicles; Pollution control equipment; Oil refineries; Energy storage technologies; Industrial decarbonization technologies; Supply of critical minerals. See here for what qualifies as meaningful support: https://www.energy.gov/lpo/state-energy-financing-institutions-sefi-supported-projects. At least 20% $40,000,000,000 Varies by project N/A N/A September 30, 2026 The SEFI program established through IIJA and IRA significantly expands the types of large-scale decarbonization projects that are eligible for federal financing through Title 17. Now, so long as they receive meaningful state support, projects no longer have to use an "innovative" technology to be eligible. These loans and loan guarantees can be used to support decarbonization technologies across a wide array of sectors. LPO provides a non-exhaustive list of examples, including energy efficiency upgrades and electrification of single-family residences, community solar projects, facilities related to decarbonized industrial products, construction of high-quality, energy-efficient, housing, and financing of energy efficient and grid-interactive appliances. As part of the Community Benefits Plan required through the application process, applicants are expected to complete community engagement to identify areas of potential social, economic, and environmental benefits while developing mitigation strategies for any possible community harms. Borrowers will be expected to report on these factors throughout the project lifetime. LPO has advised that projects are usually at least $100 million qualify for SEFI financing. Borrowers can also stack federal tax incentives. A non-exhaustive list of approved SEFIs can be found here: https://www.energy.gov/lpo/state-energy-financing-institution-sefi-toolkit No https://www.energy.gov/lpo/state-energy-financing-institutions-sefi-supported-projects
Existing - IIJA Increase State Energy Program (SEP)
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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% cost share required $500,000,000 Varies by state Varies by state N/A FY23 funding has been distributed, check with your state office 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. See FY23 allocations here: https://www.energy.gov/sites/default/files/2023-03/Final%20PY23%20Formula%20Allocations.pdf No https://www.energy.gov/eere/wipo/state-energy-program-guidance
New State Manufacturing Leadership
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To support States in accelerating the deployment of smart manufacturing and high-performance computing technologies across the small- and medium-sized manufacturing firm (SMM) base. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC) This program provides financial assistance in support of State programs to (1) provide assistance to SMMs to implement smart manufacturing technologies and practices and (2) facilitate access to high performance computing (HPC) resources for SMMs. 30% cost share required $46,000,000 $2,000,000 20 - 25 $1,000,000 - $2,000,000 May 30, 2023 Smart manufacturing technologies identify opportunities for optimizing energy management, energy productivity, and energy efficiency. Employing these technologies allows SMMs to monitor energy use of the facility and equipment, use predictive modeling to test out alternative processes, and make improvements that increase performance and productivity—all while creating energy savings. 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 See program selections here: https://www.energy.gov/mesc/state-manufacturing-leadership-program-selections No https://www.energy.gov/mesc/state-manufacturing-leadership-sec-40534
Existing - IIJA Increase State of Good Repair (SGR) Grants
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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 states, local government authorities, or other public entities in urbanized areas with fixed guideway and/or high-intensity motorbus systems in revenue service for at least seven full federal fiscal years prior to the beginning of the federal fiscal year of the apportionment. 20% cost share required $4,183,665,069 N/A N/A Varies N/A 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. Funding is available during the year of apportionment and the three years following and is broken down by jurisdiction here: https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/apportionments/table-11-fy-2023-section-5337-state-good-repair-full-year No https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grants/state-good-repair-grants-5337
New - IRA State-Based Home Energy Efficiency Contractor Training Grants (State Energy Program)
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To help State Energy Offices to train, test, and certify residential energy efficiency and electrification contractors. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP) Eligible recipients include States involved for training on installation of home energy efficiency and electrification improvements. Not required $200,000,000 through FY31 N/A N/A Varies by state January 31, 2024 This program is designed to increase the quantity and quality of contractors needed to install carbon-reducing technologies like heat pumps. Such contractors are currently in short supply, and qualified, informed contractors can help accelerate the transition to more efficient, electric, and renewable technologies - and a clean energy economy overall. State may use amounts received to: 1) Reduce the cost of training contractor employees; 2) Provide testing and certification of contractors trained and educated under a State program developed and implemented pursuant to subsection (a); and 3) Partner with nonprofit organizations to develop and implement a State program pursuant to subsection States administrative costs may not exceed 10%. This program may be used to create good, long-term jobs in clean energy. Program implementers may consider prioritizing job training programs for low-income and otherwise disadvantaged communities. N/A Funds include $150,000,000 formula grants, and up to $40,000,000 to be distributed to states through a competitive process. No https://www.energy.gov/scep/state-based-home-energy-efficiency-contractor-training-grants
Existing - Increase States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP)
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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% cost share required for Business Development or Workforce Development funding $18,930,599 Varies by state N/A N/A June 23, 2023 (LDD); July 9, 2023 (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)
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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. Not required $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. For Research and Communities of Practice awards, applications that propose matching share may be considered more competitive in the evaluation process. N/A No https://www.eda.gov/arpa/research
New Strategies to Increase Hydropower Flexibility
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To help strengthen hydropower’s ability to support an electric grid with an increasing amount of variable renewable energy resources. Department of Energy (DOE) Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) Eligible applicants include states, local governments, Indian tribes, nonprofit entities and institutions of higher education. There are three topic areas: 1) hybridized hydropower demonstration, 2) technologies to increase flexibility, and 3) operational flexibility. 50% cost share required for topic area 1, 20% for topic area 2 and 3 $4,000,000 for topic areas 1 and 2 respectively, and $1,500,000 for topic area 3 Varies by topic area 4-7 N/A February 1, 2024 (Concept Paper); April 25, 2024 (Full Application) Reduction of power system GHG emissions is one of the three broad goals for all topic areas. Specifically for topic area 1, applicants are encouraged to explore the combinations of wind, solar, and hydropower. Other than generation profiles, sharing interconnection rights or infrastructure, or doubling up on required space, can help reduce combined costs. One interesting example is the potential for floating solar photovoltaics to rest on hydropower reservoirs. Consider locating the project in disadvantaged communities to maximize the local benefits. Such benefits might include but are not limited to strengthening energy resilience and providing training and green job opportunities to local students and residents. Applicants are required to submit a Community Benefits Plan (CBP) that addresses how the project can (1) advance diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA); (2) contribute to energy equity; and (3) invest in America’s workforce. N/A N/A No https://www.energy.gov/eere/water/articles/funding-notice-strategies-increase-hydropower-flexibility?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
New - IIJA Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Technology (SMART) Grants
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To fund planning and prototyping 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. Not required for Phase I $50,000,000 for Phase I grants in FY2023; $50,000,000 is anticipated in FY2024 for Phase II grants $2,000,000 30 $1,666,667 October 10, 2023 Smart transportation technologies can help manage congestion, increase the system efficiency of vehicular travel, and help strategically site traffic management and vehicle charging infrastructure based on use and demand. DOT priorities include improving resilience to climate change impacts, increasing energy efficiency, and reducing congestion and/or air pollution, including greenhouse gases. DOT will consider geographical diversity among grant recipients, including the need for balancing the needs of rural communities, midsized communities, and large communities. DOT explicitly notes that Collaborative Applications are an option. Eligible entities may choose to collaborate across different regions or geographies on projects with similar characteristics, addressing similar problems and with similar technologies, potentially sharing common resources such as partnerships with industry, nonprofits, academic institutions, or community foundations. N/A No https://www.transportation.gov/grants/SMART
New Sunny Awards for Equitable Community Solar
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To recognize community solar projects and programs that employ or develop best practices to increase equitable access to the meaningful benefits of community solar for subscribers and their communities. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy and Technologies Office (SETO) The Team Lead must be able to receive payments that are legally made from the U.S. in U.S. dollars or designate a team member that can. To receive prize money, the Team Lead must be a member of the National Community Solar Partnership. Projects must have been energized and subscribed for at least 6 months prior to nomination in order to be eligible. Not required $200,000 $10,000 50 $4,000 July 14, 2023 Community solar is any solar project or purchasing program in which the benefits of a solar project flow to multiple customers such as individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and other groups, within a certain geographic area. Community solar projects and programs can vary significantly in their structure, implementation, and benefits they provide. Consider best practices discussed in Community Solar+ when designing and planning projects: https://rmi.org/introducing-community-solar-the-next-generation-of-community-solar/ Given the challenges of realizing a just energy transition within the confines of a climate crisis, community solar models can provide additional value streams that benefit both the community and the grid — encouraging a more equitable future. Learn more here: https://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy21osti/79548.pdf There are two Innovation Categories: Community Engagement and Impact. Prize awards vary: $2,500 each for Finalist Awards, $5,000 each for Meaningful Benefits or Engagement Awards, $10,000 each for Grand Price Awards For more details on competition eligibility, see here: https://americanmadechallenges.org/challenges/sunnyawards/docs/Sunny_Awards_Official_Prize_Rules.pdf See 2022 Sunny Awards Winners here: https://www.energy.gov/communitysolar/2022-sunny-awards-equitable-community-solar See 2023 Sunny Awards Winners here: https://www.energy.gov/communitysolar/2023-sunny-awards-equitable-community-solar No https://www.energy.gov/communitysolar/2023-sunny-awards-equitable-community-solar
Existing - IIJA Increase Superfund Technical Assistance Grant Program (TAG)
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To provide funding to community groups to contract their own technical advisor to interpret and explain technical reports, site condi­tions, and EPA’s proposed cleanup proposals and decisions. EPA's Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of the nation’s most contaminated lands. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM) Eligible recipients include groups incorporated to address the impacts of a Superfund site on members' health, economic wellbeing, or environmental enjoyment. EPA is authorized to award only one TAG at a time for each Superfund site. Minimum 20% cost share required N/A Initial funding of $50,000, with optional future funding N/A N/A Letters of intent accepted on rolling basis by EPA Regional Coordinators 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, play, 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 support they deserve to reconsider the future of these sites. This program is specifically designed to ensure more equitable participation in Superfund planning, helping community groups interpret and explain site reports and conditions, as well as proposed cleanup plans and decisions. The EPA identifies ideal TAG recipients, including (1) community groups or citizens’ associations formed because Superfund site issues, (2) groups of individuals actively involved at the Superfund site, including all the affected individuals and groups who joined in applying for the TAG, and (3) consortia of groups with community concerns about the Superfund site and its effects on the surrounding area. For more information on EPA's RE-Powering America's Lands program, see here: https://www.epa.gov/re-powering/re-powering-tracking-matrix https://www.epa.gov/superfund/technical-assistance-grant-tag-program
Existing - IIJA Increase Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBGP)
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To provide flexible funding that can preserve and improve the conditions and performance on any Federal-aid highway, bridge and tunnel projects on any public road, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and transit capital projects, including intercity bus terminals. 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% cost share required; 10% cost share required for interstate projects $14,394,000,000 Varies by state Varies by state N/A N/A 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/bipartisan-infrastructure-law/stbg.cfm
New Tech Hubs Program, Phase 1
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To drive regional technology- and innovation-centric growth by strengthening a region’s capacity to manufacture, commercialize, and deploy critical technologies. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) Only consortia are eligible to apply for investment assistance under this NOFO. An eligible consortium must include one or more of each of the following: (i) institutions of higher education; (ii) State, territorial, local, or Tribal governments or other political subdivisions of a State; (iii) industry groups or firms in relevant technology, innovation, or manufacturing sectors; (iv) economic development organizations or similar entities focused primarily on improving science, technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, or access to capital; and (v) labor organizations or workforce training organizations. 20% cost share required $15,000,000 $500,000 20 $750,000 August, 15, 2023 The NOFO lists 10 key focus areas for applicants to select from. One of those listed is directly related to community decarbonization: (9) Advanced energy and industrial efficiency technologies, such as batteries and advanced nuclear technologies, including, but not limited to, for the purposes of electric generation. Consider including minority- and woman-owned organizations in your consortium during your application. 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 NOFO is for Phase 1 of the program. Applicants can apply for "Tech Hub" designation, a Strategy Development grant, or both in this phase. The Phase 2 NOFO is upcoming and will be an opportunity for consortia to apply for an Implementation grant. The Tech Hubs Program seeks to ensure that the industries of the future—and their good jobs—start, grow, and remain in the United States. https://www.eda.gov/funding/funding-opportunities/tech-hubs-program-phase-1
New - IRA Transitioning Tribal Colleges and Universities to Clean Energy
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To support the planning and deployment of clean energy projects and curriculum. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs DOE will only consider applications from (1) Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs); and (2) on whose campus(es) the proposed project(s) will be located. 10% cost share required $15,000,000 $250,000 for Topic Area 1, $4,000,000 for Topic Area 2 10-25 Topic Area 1: $100,000 - $250,000Topic Area 2: $250,000 - $4,000,000 July 27, 2023 Projects are intended to promote energy development, efficiency, and use; reduce or stabilize energy costs; strengthen energy and economic infrastructure for natural resource development and electrification; and bring electric power and service. Energy efficiency measures are an eligible use of available funding. Pairing clean energy deployment with energy efficiency measures is a great way to utilize funding to the fullest extent, minimize energy costs, and reduce carbon emissions. 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/ “Clean Energy” for purposes of this FOA, means (1) energy efficiency or (2) renewable energy, where "energy efficiency” means efficient energy use, or to reduce the amount of energy required to provide products and services through “energy efficiency measures” (see definition below) and “renewable energy” is power generated from sources that are constantly being replenished, including, but are not limited to, bioenergy, geothermal energy, hydrogen, hydropower, marine energy, solar energy, and wind energy. See the list of awardees here: https://www.energy.gov/articles/us-department-energy-announces-3-million-transition-tribal-colleges-and-universities-clean No https://energycommunities.gov/funding-opportunity/transitioning-tribal-college-and-universities-to-clean-energy-2023/
New - IIJA Transmission Facilitation Program (TFP)
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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 (OE) 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 February 1, 2023 for Part I; 45 days from invitation to apply for Part II 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/gdo/transmission-facilitation-program-0
New - IRA Transmission Facility Financing
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To provide direct loans to non-federal borrowers for the construction or modification of electric transmission facilities. Department of Energy (DOE) Grid Deployment Office (GDO) Eligible non-federally owned transmission facilities must be designated to be necessary in the national interest by the Secretary of the DOE according to the transmission studies conducted every 3 years under Section 216(a) of the Federal Power Act of 2005 in concert with affected States and Tribes. Not required $2,000,000,000 through FY2030 N/A N/A N/A TBA The transition away from fossil fuels to a carbon-free grid requires significant investments in transmission facilities to move electricity generated from large renewable power sources (particularly hydro and wind) to distribution networks. In addition, large-scale renewables typically require specific natural resources (solar and wind), which means that electricity may have to be transported further from the site of generation than with fossil fuels. The construction of large-scale transmission projects is necessary to facilitate the connection of distant renewable energy sources to communities, and advocates including the Center for American Progress have long called for removing barriers to interregional collaboration, and minimizing disruption to communities with the construction of new transmission lines. Economic development activities in the areas surrounding these projects should support those affected communities, and move towards the White House Justice40 goals. Learn more here: https://www.americanprogress.org/article/advancing-equity-grid-modernization/ N/A Transmission facilities determined necessary in the national interest are set by the criteria listed in section 216(a) of the Federal Power Act. No https://www.energy.gov/gdo/transmission-facility-financing
Existing - Constant Transmission Infrastructure Program (TIP)
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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-infrastructure-program-tip/
New - IRA Transmission Siting and Economic Development Grants Program
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To support transmission siting authorities on siting impact analyses, examination of alternate siting corridors, participation in regulatory proceedings in another jurisdiction, actions that may shorten the approval or permitting process, or economic development activities for communities affected by the siting of the project. Department of Energy (DOE) Grid Deployment Office (GDO) "Siting Authority" refers to State, local, or tribal entities with authority to make a final decision regarding siting, permitting, or regulatory status of a covered project. "Covered transmission projects" include high-voltage interstate or offshore electricity transmission lines, that operate at a minimum of (interstate) 275 kilovolts (AC or DC) or (offshore) 200 kilovolts (AC or DC). 50% cost share required for specific activities $760,000,000 $10,000,000 for siting and permitting awards, $50,000,000 for economic development awards 14 - 40 awards for siting and permitting, 4 - 40 awards for economic development N/A October 31, 2023 (Concept Papers); April 5, 2024 (Full Application) Siting processes for transmission facilities can significantly delay large-scale projects if not properly regulated. This grant funding available for transmission siting creates specific incentives to speed up the process, and ease the siting and permitting process for State, local, and tribal siting authorities. The construction of large-scale transmission projects is necessary to facilitate the connection of distant renewable energy sources to communities, and advocates including the Center for American Progress have long called for removing barriers to interregional collaboration, and minimizing disruption to communities with the construction of new transmission lines. Economic development activities in the areas surrounding these projects should support those affected communities, and move towards the White House Justice40 goals. Learn more here: https://www.americanprogress.org/article/advancing-equity-grid-modernization/ Community-based projects can include: Energy investments such as resilient microgrids, renewable power integration, or electric vehicle charging infrastructure; support for essential community facilities for public safety, healthcare, education, and improved transit; or encouraging community togetherness by investing in community centers and creating green spaces; and support for a growing workforce with job training and apprenticeship programs. Final decisions on the siting or permitting of the covered transmission project must be made not later than 2 years after the date on which the grant is provided. Economic development funds may only be released after the approval or commencement of construction of the covered transmission project. https://www.energy.gov/gdo/transmission-siting-and-economic-development-grants-program
Existing - IIJA Increase Transportation Alternatives / Enhancement Programs (TA Set-Aside)
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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 Program (STBG) 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 Program (TIFIA)
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To provide credit assistance for Transit Oriented Development (TOD), or 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. Credit assistance limited to 49% 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. Transit Oriented Development (TOD) projects are those that improve or construct public infrastructure that are either (1) located within walking distance to public transportation, or (2) for economic development, including commercial and residential development,(a) that incorporate private investment; (b) that are physically or functionally related to a passenger rail station 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. Interest does not accrue until proceeds are drawn, flexible amortization, up to 35 year repayment period, deferrable for five years after substantial project completion and no pre-payment penalty. 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/TIFIA49
New Tribal Climate Resilience Annual Awards Program
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To support Tribal climate resilience planning and strategy implementation. Department of Interior (DOI) Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Category 1: Planning awards are designed to support the development of climate change considerations into formal planning documents, vulnerability assessments, and the development of data analysis efforts including supplementary monitoring. Category 2: Implementation awards are designed to support application of on-the-ground, shovel-ready activities that already have a completed plan in place and are identified in official Tribal planning document(s). Not required $120,000,000 $250,000 for Category 1; $4,000,000 for Category 2 N/A N/A October 13, 2023 The solicitation lists a number of potential uses for funding, but allows flexibility and creativity in proposals. With a focus on resiliency and climate adaptation, consider including renewable energy paired with energy storage for energy independence and energy resilience. 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/ For those familiar with prior iterations of this program, note that the award categories and requirements have changed. Please review the 2023 TCR Annual Awards solicitation for 2023 here: https://www.bia.gov/sites/default/files/dup/inline-files/rfp_fy23_tribal_climate_resilience.pdf TCR will make available approximately $120 million in funding for Tribes and tribal organizations to address the unique impacts of climate change affecting vulnerable tribal communities. This is by far the largest amount of annual funding made available in the history of the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Tribal Climate Resilience Annual Awards Program. https://www.bia.gov/service/tcr-annual-awards-program
New - IRA Tribal Electrification Program
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To provide financial and technical assistance to Tribes to increase the number of Tribal homes with zero-emissions electricity. Department of Interior (DOI) Office of the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs Eligible applicants are Indian Tribes and Tribal Organizations, as defined in 25 U.S.C. 5304(e), including Tribal Consortia and Alaska Native Corporations. Not required $145,000,000 $20,000,000 5-50 $5,272,727 August 17, 2023 (Pre-Application); September 30, 2023 (Full Application) When designing a project, select the best source of clean energy that tailors to each Tribal community, including new electrification technologies and energy efficient systems. Preference will go to Tribes with higher poverty, and/or Tribes with fewer resources and less expertise to develop electrification projects at community or individual home levels. Higher levels of poverty is defined as having an average combined household income that does not exceed 150% of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Poverty Income Guidelines (published annually in January) (25 CFR 256.9-.11). This funding can be used as a match. If planning for an integrated project involving other elements such as battery storage, consider braiding this funding with other programs to achieve a bigger impact. The program requires that electricity is to be provided “to unelectrified Tribal homes through zero-emissions energy systems” and for “transitioning electrified Tribal homes to zero-emissions". The grant process aims to balance this zero-emissions requirement with the need to connect unelectrified homes to existing power grids. The BIA is working to establish funding criteria to balance these two considerations – options may be to define zero-emissions to include a netting option where energy efficient measures resulting in. https://www.bia.gov/service/electrification
Existing - Constant Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program (TELGP)
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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 (LPO) 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. For FY22, TELGP has undergone a series of changes based on feedback from Tribal communities. See here for more: https://www.energy.gov/lpo/articles/lpo-improves-access-tribal-energy-projects-updated-solicitation No https://www.energy.gov/lpo/tribal-energy-loan-guarantee-program
Existing - IIJA Increase Tribal High Priority Projects Program (THPP)
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To provide funding for: 1. Any Indian Tribe or governmental subdivision of an Indian Tribe whose annual allocation of funding under the Tribal Transportation Program is insufficient to complete the highest priority project of the Indian Tribe or governmental subdivision of an Indian Tribe; or 2. Any Indian Tribe that has an emergency or disaster with respect to a transportation facility included on the national inventory of Tribal transportation facilities under section 202(b)(1) of Title 23, United States Code. 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 Not required $9,000,000 $1,000,000 N/A N/A June 14, 2023 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 Prior awardees can be found here: https://highways.dot.gov/sites/fhwa.dot.gov/files/images/FY%202022-2023%20Funding%20Priority%20List%20%28Final%29.pdf No https://highways.dot.gov/federal-lands/programs-tribal/high-priority-projects
New - IIJA Tribal Orphaned Wells Program
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Tribal Implementation Grants: To plug, remediate and reclaim orphaned well sites on the Indian Tribe’s respective trust or restricted lands.  Program Development Grants: Funds are available to assist Tribes in the development or administration of a Tribal program to carry out any activities associated with plugging, remediating, and/or reclaiming orphaned well sites on the Indian Tribe’s respective trust or restricted lands.  “In Lieu Of” Funding:  Tribes have the option to request the Department to administer and carry out plugging, remediation and reclamation activities on the Tribe’s behalf.  Department of the Interior (DOI) Orphaned Wells Program Office Eligible Indian Tribes include those where orphaned wells are located on the federally recognized Indian Tribe’s respective trust or restricted lands. Not required TBD TBD TBD TBD Expected in early Spring, 2024 If funding will be used to plug, remediate, and reclaim orphaned wells, included in the application must be the methodology to be used to measure and track methane and other gases associated with orphaned wells, including how the Tribe will confirm the effectiveness of plugging activities in reducing or eliminating such emissions. Applications must include training programs, registered apprenticeships, and local and economic hire agreements for workers the Tribe intends to conduct or fund in well plugging or site remediation. They must also include plans the Tribe has to support opportunities for all workers, including workers underrepresented in well plugging or site remediation, to be trained and placed in good-paying jobs directly related to the project. N/A N/A No https://www.doi.gov/tribal-orphaned-wells-program#:~:text=The%20Bipartisan%20Infrastructure%20Law%20provides,lieu%20of%E2%80%9D%5D%20the%20Tribe.
Existing - Increase Tribal Transit Program (TTP) - Competitive
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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. Additionally, applicants must provide service in a rural area with a population of less than 50,000. Not required $8,935,753 $25,000 cap on planning grant awards N/A N/A June 26, 2023 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 FY23 NOFO may be viewed here: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2023-03-28/pdf/2023-06378.pdf In FY2023, the program received applications for 41 eligible projects requesting a total of $20 million. 22 Tribes were funded at a total of $9,912,656 FY2023 awardees can be found here: https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grants/grant-programs/fiscal-year-2023-tribal-transit-project-selections No https://www.transit.dot.gov/tribal-transit
Existing - Constant Tribal Transit Program (TTP) - Formula
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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 Program (UCF)
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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% cost share required; cost share wavers available for proposals that deliver 100% of benefits to disadvantaged communities $1,000,000,000 $50,000,000 N/A N/A June 1, 2023 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. Specific eligible uses of funding are listed in the NOFO: https://www.fs.usda.gov/sites/default/files/UCF-IRA-NOFO-04122023.pdf See RMI's report, "Growing to Its Potential", for more on the climate benefits of urban nature: https://rmi.org/insight/growing-to-its-potential/ This program specifically aims to (1) increase equitable access to urban tree canopy and associated human health, environmental and economic benefits in disadvantaged communities, (2) broaden community engagement in local urban forest planning, and (3) improve community and urban forest resilience to climate change, pests and storm events through best management and maintenance practices. 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. USDA will fund projects for a preiod of 5 years. 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 FY2023 awardees can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/urban-forests/ucf/2023-grant-funding No https://www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/urban-forests
New Vehicle Technologies Office Program Wide Funding Opportunity
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To advance research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) in several areas critical to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, including: reduction of weight and cost of batteries, reduction in life cycle emissions of advanced lightweight materials, reduced costs and advanced technologies for both on- and off-road vehicle charging and infrastructure, innovative public transit solutions, and training to increase deployment of these technologies among diverse communities. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Eligible entities include institutions of higher education, for-profit entities, non-profit entities, state and local governmental entities, and Tribal Nations. Foreign entities, incorporated consortia, and unincorporated consortia are also eligible to apply. Up to 50% cost share required for specific activities $100,500,000 $7,000,000 37-63 $2,010,000 June 26, 2023 (Concept Paper); August 11, 2023 (Full Application) The Notice of Intent identifies 12 likely areas of interest that could be included in the eventual FOA. Funding may be available for areas of interest that are particularly relevant to local governments: Area of Interest 8: Mobility System Approaches Supporting Public Transportation Area of Interest 9: Reducing Soft Costs of Electric Vehicle Infrastructure to Enable Widespread Deployment Area of Interest 10: Addressing Critical Workforce Training Needs for Transportation Electrification Area of Interest 11: Consumer Education for Electric Vehicle Charging Consider engaging disadvantaged communities to ensure that the benefits of the transition to electric vehicles can felt by all. Ensure that EV infrastructure, incentives, and other programs are easy to access. Additionally, the transition to electric vehicles could be supported by a local workforce development program. More information on what this funding will support is forthcoming. Vehicle demonstration and validation in real world environments is required. If proposed battery storage systems are part of an effort supporting electric transportation, then they may qualify. It is the prospective applicant’s responsibility to make the determination if their proposed project meets the requirements identified in the FOA/specific Area of Interest. Submitting such strategies in the concept paper will result in an agency recommendation regarding your proposed project. N/A https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Default.aspx?Search=DE-FOA-0002893&SearchType=
Existing - Constant Volkswagen (VW) Settlement Mitigation Funding
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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 Not required 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. 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 full list of eligible projects can be found here: https://www.vwcourtsettlement.com/wp-content/uploads/documents/DOJ/Approved%20Appendix%20D-2.pdf 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
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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=D7BE72233683EB447B470C8E7F7D6025?path=&req=owner&f=treesort&fq=true&num=2341&hl=true&edition=prelim
New VTO Technology Integration (TI) Funding Opportunity
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To address outreach, education, technical assistance, workforce training, and other innovative demonstration or deployment projects that advance the mission of an affordable, equitable, and decarbonized transportation system. Department of Energy (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, nonprofit and for-profit entities, state and local governments entities and federally recognized Indian Tribes. There are three topic areas: (1) Clean Cities Outreach, Engagement, and Technical Assistance; (2) Training on Zero Emission Vehicle and Infrastructure Technologies for Critical Emergency Response Workers; and (3) Clean Transportation Demonstration and Deployment. Not required for topic areas 1 and 2; 50% cost share required for topic area 3. $15,000,000 in total, $5,000,000 for each topic area $1,000,000 for topic areas 1 and 3; $2,500,000 for topic area 2 Varies by topic area Varies by topic area March 12, 2024 (Concept Paper); April 30, 2024 (Full Application) Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. This funding opportunity will advance decarbonization of the transportation sector by funding innovative approaches to address pressing transportation efficiency and equity needs. Where possible, applicants are encouraged to align proposed project activities with the U.S. National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization: https://www.transportation.gov/priorities/climate-and-sustainability/us-national-blueprint-transportation-decarbonization This funding opportunity seeks to encourage the participation of underserved communities and underrepresented groups. Applicants are highly encouraged to include individuals from groups historically underrepresented in STEM on their project teams. Further, Minority Serving Institutions, Minority Business Enterprises, Minority Owned Businesses, Woman Owned Businesses, Veteran Owned Businesses, or entities located in an underserved community that meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply as the prime applicant or participate on an application as a proposed partner to the prime applicant. The Selection Official may consider the inclusion of these types of entities as part of the selection decision. VTO highly encourages project teams that include one or more Clean Cities coalitions. For topic area 1, project teams must include at least two DOE-designated Clean Cities coalition. See more details here: https://cleancities.energy.gov/coalitions/locations/ N/A No https://www.energy.gov/eere/vehicles/articles/funding-notice-fiscal-year-2024-technology-integration-funding-opportunity?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
New Waste-to-Energy Technical Assistance for Local Governments
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To address knowledge gaps, specific challenges, decision-making considerations, planning, and project implementation strategies related to waste-to-energy. Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) All U.S. municipalities and counties in the lower 48 states, Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories, as well as tribal governments, are eligible for WTE technical assistance at no cost. Entities representing multiple municipalities are also eligible as well as airport authorities and municipal utilities authorities. Not required N/A N/A N/A N/A April 14, 2023 This program offers techincal assistance to help communities navigate the waste-to-energy sector and make more informed decisions using NREL data and expertise. Waste-to-energy plants can be an important part of a local decarbonization strategy, but it is important to engage impacted communities to ensure disadvantaged communities are not negatively impacted by new plants. A community does not have to have an existing or planned waste resource or energy recovery project to be eligible. Communities in the strategic planning phase when it comes to these waste streams are eligible and encouraged to apply. See past recipients here: https://www.nrel.gov/bioenergy/waste-to-energy-technical-assistance.html No https://www.nrel.gov/bioenergy/waste-to-energy-technical-assistance.html
New - IIJA Wastewater Efficiency Grant Pilot Program
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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 through FY2026. No https://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?req=granuleid:USC-prelim-title33-section1302&num=0&edition=prelim
Existing - Increase WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants 
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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. Group 1: smaller on the ground projects that take up to 2 years to complete Group 2 and 3: Larger projects that may take up to 3 years to complete 50% cost share required Up to $50 million $500,000 for Group 1 $2,000,000 for Group 2 $5,000,000 for Group 3 40-50 $1,200,000 Period 1: February 22, 2024 Period 2: October 30, 2024 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.usbr.gov/watersmart/weeg/
Existing - Increase Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
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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. 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. Not required TBA The adjusted average cost per dwelling unit (ACPU) is capped at $8,497 for the program year 2024 56 Varies by state and territory TBA 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 As of Feb 2024, WAP is operating under a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) for FY 2024. DOE’s primary aim is to ensure there are no gaps in service for their Weatherization network. Per WPN 24-1, Program Year 2024 Weatherization Grant Application, for planning purposes, until a final full year FY 2024 budget is passed and signed by the President, Grantees should develop Grantee Plans using the same funding level as the Program Year (PY) 2023 Appropriated Funds outlined in WPN 23-2. No https://www.energy.gov/eere/wap/weatherization-assistance-program
Existing - Increase Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) - Enhancement & Innovation Program (E&I)
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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.  Not required $25,000,000 $2,000,000  13-17 $1,666,667 August 31, 2023 (Concept Paper); January 5, 2024 (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. Past awardees can be found here: https://www.energy.gov/scep/wap/weatherization-assistance-program-enhancement-and-innovation-selections No https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/FileContent.aspx?FileID=7c2f798a-b4ef-49c5-9a21-b3ffec829aef
Existing - Decrease Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC)
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To fund grants that support create economic mobility, address historic inequities for marginalized communities of color and other underserved and underrepresented communities, and produce high-quality employment outcomes for workers who live or work in the Appalachian, Delta, and Northern Border regions, enabling them to remain and thrive in these communities. Department of Labor (DOL) Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC); Delta Regional Authority (DRA); Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) 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 $11,600,000 $2,900,000 7 $1,657,143 May 10, 2023 These grants help communities create tangible strategies to prepare for new supply chains, clean energy manufacturing, and workforce training. For example, 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 eligible regions opportunities to create regionally and locally tailored training. The purpose of the WORC Initiative is to fund grants that support create economic mobility, address historic inequities for marginalized communities of color and other underserved and underrepresented communities, and produce high-quality employment outcomes for workers who live or work in the Appalachian, Delta, and Northern Border regions, enabling them to remain and thrive in these communities.  The WORC Initiative is designed to address persistent economic distress by aligning community-led economic and workforce development strategies and activities to ensure long-term economic resilience and enable workers in the regions to succeed in current and future job opportunities.  ETA plans to prioritize the selection of applicants that identify their current capacity with regard to longitudinal administrative databases as Launch Point 2 and after those, prioritize applicants that have never received a Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) grant. Applicants that previously received three or more WDQI grants are ineligible to apply. 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. See the awards by awards by state here: https://www.arc.gov/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/WORC-Award-Summaries-by-State-as-of-September-2023.pdf No https://www.arc.gov/workforce-opportunity-for-rural-communities-worc/
  • To provide a tax deduction to some building owners and tenants who place in service energy efficient commercial building property (EECBP) or energy efficient commercial building retrofit property (EEBRP).
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  • To provide a tax credit for installing qualified vehicle refueling and recharging property in your home or business.
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  • To provide a tax credit for the production of clean electricity. 45 is applicable for facilities producing electricity before 2025. 45Y is a technology-neutral tax credit for production of clean electricity starting in 2025.
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  • To encourage and support the carbon oxide sequestration at industrial facilities.
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  • To provide tax credits for electricity produced at a qualified nuclear power facility.
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  • To encourage and support the development of clean hydrogen projects.
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  • To provide a tax credit for businesses and tax-exempt organizations that buy a qualified commercial clean vehicle.
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  • To provide a production tax credit for domestic manufacturing of components for solar and wind energy, inverters, battery components, and critical minerals.
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  • To provide a tax credit for domestic production of clean transportation fuels, including sustainable aviation fuels. Fuels with less than 50 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent per million British thermal units (CO2e per mmBTU) qualify as clean fuels eligible for credits.
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  • To further incentivize to the Clean Electricity Investment Tax Credit for small-scale solar and wind facilities on Tribal land and in low-income communities.
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  • To provide a tax credit for facilities that generate clean electricity. 48 is applicable to facilities that generate clean electricity before 2025. 48E is a technology-neutral tax credit for investment in facilities that generate clean electricity starting in 2025.
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  • To provide a tax credit for investments in advanced energy projects that fall under three sub-types: (1) Clean Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Projects, (2) Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Projects, and (3) Critical Material Projects, each with their own guidance and definitions.
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  • To explore and implement strategies that return legacy coal mining sites to productive uses through economic and community development. The AMLER Program supports local investment opportunities that provide for sustainable long-term rehabilitation of coalfield economies.
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  • To support 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.
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  • To fund research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) projects that advance affordable hydrogen production, transport, storage, and utilization to enable decarbonization and revenue opportunities across multiple sectors.
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  • To drive innovation that can lead to the deployment of clean energy technologies. Specifically, it will ensure relevance and responsiveness to the needs of electric vehicle manufacturers via working with, and through a consortium, that brings together a significant fraction of the major manufacturers of electric drive vehicles in the U.S., to manage pre-competitive, vehicle-related Research and Development in advanced battery technology, with substantial involvement by the Department of Energy.
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  • 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.
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  • To support the development of workforce programs and partnerships that will facilitate the continued deployment of solar energy technologies, while supporting an inclusive workforce with opportunities for career advancement, including through union memberships.
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  • 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.
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  • To provide competitive funds for airport terminal development projects that address aging infrastructure in America's airports, including energy efficiency upgrades and on-site rail access.
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  • A competition designed to accelerate the expansion of the domestic solar manufacturing workforce and equip workers with the skills necessary to revitalize the domestic solar manufacturing supply chain.
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  • To invest in two general areas: critical infrastructure and business and workforce development. Critical infrastructure investments mainly include water and wastewater systems, energy, transportation, 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.
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  • To help adopting and implementating residential building codes that meet/exceed the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code, commercial building codes that meet/exceed ANSI/ASHRAE/IES standard 90.1-2019 ("Latest Building Energy Codes") and building codes that meet/exceed the zero energy provisions in the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code, or equivalent ("Zero Energy Codes").
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  • 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).
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  • To support and sustain a North American battery supply chain; to support battery manufacturing and recycling by funding demonstration projects and facility construction.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • To assist in the development, construction and retrofitting of advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals, and biobased products manufacturing facilities.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • To enable sustained, cost-effective implementation of updated building energy codes to save customers money on their energy bills.
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  • To provide funds to research, develop, and validate technologies with the potential to significantly advance building decarbonization.
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  • To invest in and undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks communities face from disasters and natural hazards.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • To help local communities create a roadmap toward repurposing existing energy assets.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • To demonstrate substantial improvements in the efficiency, effectiveness, cost, and environmental performance of carbon capture technologies for power, industrial, and other commercial applications.
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  • To support carbon capture large-scale pilot projects at industrial facilities not purposed for electric generation, and at coal or natural gas electric generation facilities.
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  • To provide secured loans or loan guarantee to projects 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.
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  • To reduce transportation emissions via alternative fueling infrastructure, efficiency, electrification, and other planning strategies.
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  • 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.
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  • To help offset 50% of the costs to states, local governments, and public utilities or agencies to procure and use products developed through the conversion of captured carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide emissions.
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  • To procure and use products derived from captured carbon oxides.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • To strategically deploy publicly accessible electric vehicle charging infrastructure and other alternative fueling infrastructure along designated alternative fuel corridors.
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  • To support those communities that have undergone a comprehensive local planning process and are ready to implement their “Transformation Plan” to redevelop the neighborhood.
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  • 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.
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  • To provide school and transit bus fleets with free technical assistance to develop comprehensive and customized fleet electrification transition plans.
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  • To support hub nonprofits that will provide funding and technical assistance to specific industry networks of public, quasi-public, not-for-profit, and nonprofit community lenders, supporting the goal that every community in the country has access to the capital they need to deploy clean technology projects in their homes, small businesses, schools, and community institutions.
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  • To demonstrate the technical and economic viability of clean energy projects on current and former mines.
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  • To connect local governments, tribes, electric utilities, and community-based organizations with national laboratory experts and customized, cutting-edge analysis to achieve clean energy systems that are reflective of local and regional priorities. Programs include In-Depth Partnerships, Peer-Learning Cohorts, and Expert Match.
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  • To support the adoption and deployment of zero-emission Class 6 or Class 7 heavy-duty vehicles.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • To support the purchase and installation of zero-emission equipment and technology at ports, and the development of port climate action plans, with a focus on ports in nonattainment areas.
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  • To decarbonize school bus fleets by replacing existing school buses with zero-emission buses and alternative fuel-based buses.
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  • To replace existing school buses with clean, zero-emission models. Rebate applications can request funds for replacing up to 25 buses.
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  • To support collaborative research and community engagement projects that improve climate adaptation planning and action through the three competitions: 1) improving engagement methods for coastal resilience planning; 2) assessing tradeoffs and co-benefits for complex decision-making in communities facing coastal inundation and/or inland flooding; 3) identifying complex interactions between social infrastructure and wildfire risks to improve community adaptive capacity.
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  • To implement GHG reduction programs, policies, projects, and measures identified in a Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) developed under a CPRG planning grant.
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  • To (1) tackle damaging climate pollution while supporting the creation of good jobs and lowering energy costs for families, (2) accelerate work to address environmental injustice and empower community-driven solutions in overburdened neighborhoods, and (3) deliver cleaner air by reducing harmful air pollution in places where people live, work, play, and go to school.
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  • To assist communities in coastal and Great Lakes states and territories so they may form partnerships that train workers and place them into jobs that enhance climate resilience.
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  • 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.
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  • To support implementation of municipally- or Tribal-led high-impact clean energy projects in disadvantaged communities, energy communities, small- and medium-sized jurisdictions, and Tribal communities.
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  • To support partnerships of community-based organizations (CBOs) to implement pollution reduction, workforce development, and community engagement projects.
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  • To help cities, counties, and states recover from Presidentially-declared disasters. The grants focus on low-income areas, subject to availability of supplemental appropriations.
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  • To develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • To support the formation of U.S. community coalitions that will develop, design, and install community geothermal heating and cooling systems.
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  • To fast-track the efforts of new, emerging, and expanding solar developers and co-developers to learn, participate, and grow their operations to support multiple successful community solar projects.
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  • To support a broad array of projects for infrastructure and community development to meet local and regional needs.
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  • To support at least one tidal or current energy planning and execution project in the United States, preferably led by a community-based organization or local/municipal government entity.
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  • To support most low-carbon transportation modes including public transit, active transportation, electrification, and port and freight pollution mitigation.
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  • To support a broad array of projects for infrastructure and community development to meet local and regional needs.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • To drive improvements in energy, materials, and production efficiency and to accelerate decarbonization across the industrial sector.
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  • To fund research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities to decarbonize the entire life cycle of Water Resource Recovery Facilities (WRRFs). Two topic areas are the decarbonization of WRRF unit processes and reducing overall greenhouse GHG emissions from WRRFs.
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  • To achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas.
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  • To help communities and regions devise and implement long-term economic recovery strategies through a variety of non-construction and construction projects.
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  • 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
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  • To support demonstrations that de-risk technologies needed to manage variable generation; control flexible loads; and integrate energy storage, electric vehicle (EV) charging, and other facilities into the U.S. transmission and distribution grids.
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  • To engage in community-driven research that will address the drivers and environmental impacts of energy transitions in underserved communities.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • To purchase electric or low-emitting ferries and the electrification of or other reduction of emissions from existing ferries.
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  • To repair or replace existing, publicly accessible chargers that are listed as “temporarily unavailable” because they are broken or non-operational.
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  • 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.
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  • To assist public transit operators in the aftermath of an emergency or major disaster.
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  • To provide loans and other financial assistance for electric cooperatives to achieve emissions reductions through the purchase or deployment of renewable energy, or to make energy efficiency improvements to existing electric generation or transmission systems.
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  • To support individuals and organizations to develop partnership plans or innovative financing strategies to help rural or remote communities improve their energy systems and advance clean energy demonstration projects.
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  • 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.
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  • To directly invest in projects that develop, promote, implement, and manage energy efficiency and conservation, including clean energy.
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  • To directly invest in or provide technical assistance vouchers for projects that develop, promote, implement, and manage energy efficiency and conservation, including clean energy.
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  • To provide capitalization grants to states to establish a revolving loan fund under which the state shall provide loans and grants for energy efficiency audits, upgrades, and retrofits to increase energy efficiency and improve the comfort of buildings.
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  • To provide rebates for the replacement of a qualified energy inefficient transformer with a qualified energy efficient transformer.
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  • To provide financial and technical assistance to support innovative – novel or early action – clean energy planning to benefit disadvantaged communities.
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  • To help deploy community-driven clean energy solutions in rural and remote areas across the country.
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  • To provide loans to retool, repurpose, or replace electric or fossil fuel energy infrastructure that has ceased operations, or to enable operating infrastructure to avoid, reduce, utilize or sequester air pollutants or greenhouse gas emissions.
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  • To research and develop large-scale energy storage systems that improve the security, reliability, efficiency, optimization, and stability of the grid, including the integration of renewable energy, microgrids, energy storage, and vehicle charging.
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  • To support competitively selected pilot projects that collectively demonstrate enhanced geothermal systems in different geologic settings, using a variety of development techniques and well orientations.
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  • 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.
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  • To help eligible organizations build collaborative partnerships with other stakeholders (e.g., local businesses and industry, local government, medical service providers, academia, etc.) to develop solutions to environmental or public health issue(s) at the community level.
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  • To support government activities that lead to measurable environmental or public health impacts in communities disproportionately burdened by environmental harms. Model EJG2G programs should leverage existing resources to develop processes or tools that integrate environmental justice considerations into governmental decision-making at all levels.
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  • To reduce barriers to the federal grants application process communities face and increase the efficiency of the awards process for environmental justice grants. Eligible activities include but are not limited to project development, blueprints for construction or cleanup projects, schematics, and technical development, work to get permits in place directly related to an environmental project, smaller land purchases and acquisitions, implementation of project plans, and public outreach and education.
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  • To fund capital projects that reduce the state of good repair backlog, improve performance, or expand or establish new intercity passenger rail service, including privately operated intercity passenger rail service.
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  • 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.
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  • To help build facilities that produce rare earth elements and other critical minerals and materials from domestic coal-based resources.
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  • To provide competitive grants for eligible entities to carry out projects that produce, transport, blend, or store sustainable aviation fuel (FAST-SAF), or develop, demonstrate, or apply low-emission aviation technologies (FAST-Tech).
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  • To fund R&D projects that (1) leverage the HydroGEN program to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen, (2) develop/validate sensor technologies for monitoring and measuring hydrogen losses, (3) establish/validate the potential for novel, materials-based hydrogen transport and storage technologies, and (4) improve hydrogen fuel cells for use in heavy-duty transportation. This program also seeks to (5) establish a university research consortium to help implement grid resilience programs and advance needed investments.
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  • To provide funding to properties with the highest need for climate resilience and utility efficiency upgrades, regardless of prior development or environmental retrofit experience. Awardees will have access to support in commissioning property assessments to plan a redevelopment that meets the property’s specific needs as well as GRRP retrofit objectives.
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  • To support proven and meaningful climate resilience and utility efficiency measures in projects that are already in the process of a recapitalization transaction. Examples of eligible Elements investments include, but are not limited to, installation of electric HVAC heat pumps, Energy Star windows, fire resistant roofs and clean energy generation systems.
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  • To provide funding for ambitious retrofit activities to achieve an advanced green certification. Leading Edge awards complement the existing financing strategy, allowing projects to reach the highest standards of utility efficiency and climate resilience and be recognized under programs like LEED and PHIUS.
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  • 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. 
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  • 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.
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  • To strengthen and modernize America’s power grid against wildfires, extreme weather, and other natural disasters that are exacerbated by the climate crisis by providing funding to states, terrioriteis and tribes.
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  • 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.
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  • To reduce vulnerability of communities, promotes individual and community safety and resiliency, lessens response and recovery needs, results in safer communities.
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  • To support demonstrations in up to 9 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.
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  • To accelerate the growth of domestic production capability of electric heat pumps by creating new or additional domestic heat pump production capability and/or transition an existing production capability to heat pump production.
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  • To increase the sales and use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel by expanding the infrastructure for renewable fuels derived from U.S. agricultural products. The program is also intended to encourage a more comprehensive approach to market higher blends by sharing the costs related to building out biofuel-related infrastructure.
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  • To help State Energy Offices develop and implement HOMES programs rebating homeowners and aggregators undertaking whole-house, energy-saving retrofits. States may use up to 20% of funds for administrative purposes.
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  • To help State Energy Offices develop and implement programs in which eligible, income-qualified electrification projects will be rebated at the point of sale. States may use up to 20% of funds for administrative purposes.
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  • 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.
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  • To repair or rehabilitate housing owned or occupied by low- and very-low-income rural citizens; to assist rental property owners and cooperative housing complexes in repairing and rehabilitating units made available to low- and very low-income rural citizens.
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  • To provide incentives for improvements to hydroelectric facilities that increase their efficiency by at least 3%.
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  • To provide funding for projects adding hydroelectric power generating capabilities to existing dams and other water infrastructure.
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  • 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.
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  • To establish new Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) at community colleges, trade schools, and union training programs, as well as to create new Building Training and Assessment Centers (BTACs) at institutions of higher education, including Tribal colleges and universities.
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  • To fund projects that focus on the highest emitting and hardest to abate industries where decarbonization technologies can have the greatest impact: iron and steel, cement and concrete, chemicals and refining, food and beverage, paper and forest products, aluminum, other energy-intensive manufacturing industries and cross-cutting technologies.
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  • 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.
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  • To encourage innovation in the design and engineering of distributed embedded energy converter technology to generate new, precommercial materials for wave energy conversion. Phase II will challenge innovators to demonstrate their concepts at the transducer level. Teams will build and laboratory test a single DEEC at the benchtop scale.
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  • 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 for underserved groups.
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