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Training for Residential Energy Contractors Competitive Grants

Federal Agency


Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP)


To help State Energy Offices to train, test, and certify residential energy efficiency and electrification contractors.

Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements

Eligible recipients include States involved for training on installation of home energy efficiency and electrification improvements. This FOA includes two topic areas: 1) Training Small Contractor Firms and 2) Innovative, Effective, and Equitable Workforce Development Programs.

Decarbonization Considerations

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%.

Equity Considerations

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. Applications must include a Community Benefits Plan. Applicants are encouraged to submit Community and Labor Partnership Documentation from established labor and community-based organizations that demonstrate the applicant’s ability to achieve the goals as outlined in the Community Benefits Plan.

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Other Notes

Funds include $150,000,000 formula grants, and up to $40,000,000 to be distributed to states through a competitive process.

Deadline (Announced or Anticipated)

June 7, 2024 (Letter of Intent); July 12, 2024 (Full Application)

Funding Available


Max Award Amount


Expected Allocations

0 - 30

Average Award (Estimated)


Matching Funds

Not required

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