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Community-Led Tidal and Current Energy Planning and Development

Federal Agency


Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)


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.

Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements

This FOA will encourage potential applicants to form partnerships with utilities, academia; state, regional, and Tribal governments; community‐based organizations; and technology developers.

Decarbonization Considerations

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.

Equity Considerations

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.

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Other Notes

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.

Deadline (Announced or Anticipated)

July 2023

Funding Available


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Matching Funds

20% cost share required

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