Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG)
Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)
To directly invest in projects that develop, promote, implement, and manage energy efficiency and conservation, including clean energy.
Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements
Cities, towns and villages with a population of at least 35,000 are eligible to apply; at a minimum, the ten largest cities in each state, including Puerto Rico, regardless of population, are eligible to apply; all other cities, villages, and towns can apply for EECBG funds through their state.
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. Further instructions on how to apply for vouchers will be forthcoming. Voucher applicants do NOT need to follow the grant application process. For additional information on past program use, how EECBG funding was used to accelerate partners, and case studies, check out: http://www.usmayors.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/0227-report-eecbgsurvey.pdf
EECBG was first passed in 2007, amended with the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009, and expired in 2016. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) of 2021 recapitalizes the program and expands upon previous eligibility. $550,000,000 in funding available until expended.