Clean Energy to Communities Program (C2C) - American Cities Climate Challenge
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Clean Energy to Communities Program (C2C)

Federal Agency


National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)


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.

Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements

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.

Decarbonization Considerations

This program offers a variety of techincal assistance programs to help communities explore and implement climate solutions using NREL data and expertise.

Equity Considerations

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.

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Other Notes


Deadline (Announced or Anticipated)

May 17, 2023 (In-Depth Partnerships); May 8, 2023 (Peer-Learning Cohorts); Rolling (Expert Match)

Funding Available


Max Award Amount


Expected Allocations

4-5 (In-Depth Partnerships); ~100 (Peer-Learning Cohorts); ~200 (Expert Match)

Average Award (Estimated)


Matching Funds

Not required

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