Funding Resources

Taking local action on climate change and clean energy is hard enough. Let us help you identify ways to pay for it.

The opportunities below are a curated list of open, upcoming and past opportunities relevant to local climate and energy practitioners that can help them advance fair and equitable climate change and energy practices.

This database defaults to showing active opportunities first. Please use the filter functions to the right to find the open or upcoming funding opportunity that works for you.

Climate Pollution Reduction Grants
Application Status: Available
Deadline: April 1, 2024
Pre-Application Deadline: Optional NOI Due February 1, 2024
Source: US EPA

The Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) program provides grants to states, local governments, tribes, and territories to develop and implement plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollution. This two-staged grant program provided funding of $250 million for noncompetitive planning grants, and $4.6 billion for competitive implementation grants.

The Climate Pollution Reduction Grants Program: Implementation Grants General Competition – applications were due by April 1, 2024, with an optional notice of intent to apply due by February 1, 2024.

The Climate Pollution Reduction Grants Program: Implementation Grants Competition for Tribes and Territories – applications are due by May 1, 2024, with an optional notice of intent to apply due by March 1, 2024.

Total Funding: $4.6 billion
Award Amount: $2 million - $500 million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government
How to Apply: Through Grants.gov
Categories: GHG Reduction
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program
Application Status: Available
Deadline: April 30, 2024
Pre-Application Deadline: If your entity has not yet submitted the Pre-Award Information Sheet, please do so as soon as possible.
Source: US DOE

New: Local government and tribal full applications are due by April 30, 2024

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program is designed to assist states, local governments, and Tribes in implementing strategies to reduce energy use, to reduce fossil fuel emissions, and to improve energy efficiency.

Formula Grant Application Hub

The EECBG Program Formula Grant Application is now open for eligible entities!

EECBG Technical Assistance Opportunities

A variety of technical assistance resources for communities implementing EECBG Grant Program projects.

Total Funding: $430 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Tribal Government
Previous program opportunities: The competitive grant for this program closed in August, 2023
Categories: Energy Efficiency
California Automated Permit Processing Program (CalAPP)
Application Status: Available
Deadline: May 1, 2024
Source: California Energy Commission

To meet its clean energy goals, California needs new renewable and storage resources, including rooftop solar and storage projects. Per the 2021 Senate Bill 100 Joint Agency Report, achieving 100% clean electricity in California requires an acceleration of the development of rooftop solar projects. CalAPP funding is intended to encourage cities and counties to further enhance permitting processes and accelerate processing and turnaround time, particularly regarding plan review.

Total Funding: $20 million
Award Amount: $40,000 to $100,000
Eligible Entities: Local Governments
Categories: Renewable Energy & Storage
Inflation Reduction Act – Community Change Grants Program
Application Status: Available
Deadline: November 21, 2024
Source: US EPA

EPA’s new Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grants program (Community Change Grants) will invest $2 billion dollars in Inflation Reduction Act funds to fund community-driven projects that address climate challenges and reduce pollution while strengthening communities through thoughtful implementation. These grants will enable communities and their partners to overcome longstanding environmental challenges and implement meaningful solutions to meet community needs now and for generations to come.

These programs will address the diverse and unique needs of disadvantaged communities by:

  1. Reducing and preventing pollution;
  2. Building resilience to climate change and mitigating current and future climate risks;
  3. Enhancing meaningful involvement in government processes related to environmental and climate
    justice;
  4. Expanding access to high-quality jobs and economic opportunity through workforce development;
    and
  5. Bolstering community strength by ensuring that local residents receive the benefits of investments
    and have the opportunity to build on them for current and future generations.

Applications are now open and will be accepted on a rolling basis through November 21, 2024.

Total Funding: $2 Billion
Award Amount: $1 Million - $20 Million
Grant Period: May/June 2024 is the anticipated start of period of performance for initial selections.
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Tribal Government, CBOs, Nonprofits
Categories: Environmental Justice, Workforce Development
Active Transportation Program (ATP)
Application Status: Available
Deadline: June 17, 2024
Source: California Transportation Commission

The purpose of ATP is to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation by achieving the following goals:

  • Increase the proportion of trips accomplished by biking and walking.
  • Increase safety and mobility for non-motorized users.
  • Advance the active transportation efforts of regional agencies to achieve Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction goals, pursuant to SB 375 (of 2008) and SB 341 (of 2009).
  • Enhance public health.
  • Ensure that disadvantaged communities fully share in the benefits of the program.
  • Provide a broad spectrum of projects to benefit many types of active transportation users.
Total Funding: $123 Million
Award Amount: Various Minimum Awards
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Resilient and Efficient Codes Implementation
Application Status: Available
Deadline: June 6, 2024
Pre-Application Deadline: April 5, 2024
Source: US Economic Development Association

This FOA is intended to support a broad range of energy code activities and outcomes and will ensure the many known and quantifiable benefits of energy codes become a reality across the United States. This FOA seeks applications with project teams ready to advance building energy codes within a particular region, state, or local jurisdiction, and aims to achieve the following:

  • Developing the next-generation workforce
  • Facilitating energy code updates
  • Improving energy code compliance
  • Advancing new and innovative codes approaches and tools
  • Increasing equity in codes and planning
Total Funding: $90 Million
Award Amount: $500,000 - $10 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies
Previous program opportunities: The last round of this program announced 27 awards in July 2023
Categories: Energy Efficiency
Community Energy Reliability and Resilience Investment (CERRI) Program
Application Status: Available
Deadline: July 12, 2024
Source: California Energy Commission

NEW: Pre-Application Workshop on April 11th, 2024 from 10am-1pm

The intent of this solicitation is to invest in projects that increase the electric reliability and resiliency of communities in California by reducing outage frequency, duration, magnitude, and associated community impacts, while bolstering California’s workforce and promoting equity.

The CERRI Program is designed to prioritize projects that will generate the greatest community benefit by reducing the likelihood and consequences of electrical system outages. As such, projects that are close to shovel-ready, have initiated the environmental review process, or leverage otherwise stranded assets or existing infrastructure will be scored favorably.

Total Funding: $64 Million
Award Amount: $4 - $25.5 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government
Categories: Energy Resilience, Workforce Development
Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) Grants
Application Status: Available
Deadline: April 1, 2024
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) Grant Program offered 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.

RISE grant funds could 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, or Develop a base of skilled workers and improve their opportunities to obtain high-wage jobs in new or existing local industries.

Award Amount: $500,000 - $2 Million
Grant Period: 4 years
Eligible Entities: Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government, Nonprofits
Notable Requirements: Must serve low-income rural areas
How to Apply: Applications are submitted through https://www.grants.gov
Previous program opportunities: The previous application window closed in April, 2024
Categories: Economic Development, Workforce Development
Public Participation (PP) Grant Account
Application Status: Available
Deadline: June 20, 2025
Source: California Public Utilities Commission

The Public Participation Grant Account begun accepting applications on September 8, 2023. Please refer to the PP Grant Account Application Coversheet and Instructions below.

The Public Participation (PP) Grant Account is intended to remove financial and capacity-based barriers to participation while creating a flexible and accessible process to apply for and receive compensation. Eligible organizations are compensated for their time up to a maximum of $15,000 for participating in day-to-day CPUC activities that drive and influence policy decisions.

Total Funding: $3.1 Million
Award Amount: $15,000
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Tribal Government, CBOs, Nonprofits
Categories: Partnerships
Clean Energy Access Grant Account
Application Status: Available
Deadline: April 30, 2024
Opens: March 1, 2024
Source: California Public Utilities Commission

The Clean Energy Access (CEA) Grant Account will award grants up to $500,000 for work that will address access to or education about the CPUC Microgrid Incentive Program (MIP)Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP)Technology and Equipment for Clean Heating Initiative (TECH).

Due to the highly technical nature of the SGIP, MIP, and TECH, the CPUC will provide technical assistance for applicants as well as for grantees. A Clean Energy Subject Matter Expert (SME) will provide technical assistance based on the needs of the Tribe’s or CBO’s community.

Total Funding: $15.6 Million
Award Amount: $500,000
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Tribal Government, CBOs, Nonprofits
Categories: Partnerships
Assistance for Latest and Zero Building Energy Code Adoption
Application Status: Available
Deadline: Full Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until September 30, 2025
Pre-Application Deadline: Letter of Intent (LOI) to Reserve Funds due November 21, 2023
Source: US DOE
Total Funding: $400 Million
Eligible Entities: State Agencies
How to Apply: Submit your LOI via email.
Categories: Energy Efficiency
Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships (GRIP) Program
Application Status: Available
Deadline: April 17, 2024
Pre-Application Deadline: January 12, 2024
Source: US DOE

This is the second round funding opportunity of the Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships (GRIP) Program for Fiscal Years 2024 and 2025. Successful projects will deploy Federal funding to  maximize grid infrastructure deployment at-scale and leverage private sector and non-federal public capital to advance deployment goals. Concept papers are a required first step in the application process and are due at 5:00 p.m. ET on January 12, 2024.

Total Funding: $3.9 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government, Private Entities
Previous program opportunities: In October, 2023, DOE announced the awards for the previous round.
Categories: Infrastructure, Partnerships
Low-Carbon Transportation Materials Grants Program
Application Status: Available
Deadline: June 10, 2024
Source: US DOT FHA

The request for applications for state-applicants are currently open for the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) established the Low-Carbon Transportation Materials (LCTM) Grants program to reimburse or provide incentives to eligible recipients for the use, in projects, of construction materials and products that have substantially lower levels of embodied greenhouse gas emissions associated with all relevant stages of production, use, and disposal as compared to estimated industry averages of similar materials or products as determined by the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The program also will help transportation agencies:

  • Develop specifications for collecting documentation of a materials embodied greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Develop or update technical specifications to allow for use of materials, products, and strategies that result in lower embodied carbon materials.
  • Establish a process identify, verify, and use materials with lower levels of embodied greenhouse gas emissions;

The request for applications for non-state applicants will become available later in 2024.

Total Funding: $2 Billion
Award Amount: Min. $22 Million for State-Awardees
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Infrastructure
Power At Sea Prize – Concept Phase
Application Status: Available
Deadline: July 26, 2024
Source: US DOE

The Power at Sea Prize aims to nurture innovative technologies that utilize the power inherent in the ocean to enable sustainable and responsible use of resources, better prediction and tracking of tropical storms, better monitoring of aquaculture for food security in coastal communities, greater understanding of the ocean’s role in climate change mitigation, and more.

The Power at Sea Prize is structured to support competitors through the early stages of developing a new system, subsystem, or component from original conception to teaming to a testable stage of initial development.

Total Funding: $200,000
Award Amount: Cash Prize of up to $10,000 for 20 teams.
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government, CBOs, Nonprofits, Individuals, Private Entities
Categories: Renewable Energy & Storage
Charging Infrastructure for Government Fleets
Application Status: Available
Deadline: April 30, 2024
Source: California Energy Commission

NEW: Deadline Extended: April 30th, 2024

The California Energy Commission’s (CEC’s) Clean Transportation Program has announced the availability of up to $30 million in competitive grant funds for projects that will provide electric vehicle charging infrastructure for light-duty government fleets. The purpose of the Charging Infrastructure for Government Fleets Solicitation is to:

  • Support electrification of government fleets in California by providing reliable and readily accessible electric vehicle charging infrastructure dedicated for these fleets.
  • Support local government goals of sustainability and/or climate action plans.
  • Reduce vehicle emissions in disadvantaged and/or low-income communities.
Total Funding: $30 Million
Award Amount: Up to $6 Million
Eligible Entities: Public Agencies, Private Entities
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Grid-Supportive Transportation Electrification
Application Status: Available
Deadline: April 12, 2024
Source: California Energy Commission

NEW: Application Deadline extended to April 12th, 2024

The purpose of this solicitation is to fund technology demonstration and deployment projects that support the approved Electric Program Investment Charge 2021–2025 (EPIC 4) Investment Plan’s strategic objective to increase the value proposition of distributed energy resources to customers and the grid. This solicitation’s research topics fall under the EPIC 4 Transportation Electrification Initiative.

Total Funding: $21 Million
Award Amount: $1.5 - $4 Million
Eligible Entities: Public Agencies, Private Entities
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Port Infrastructure Development Program
Application Status: Available
Deadline: May 10, 2024
Opens: February 16, 2024
Source: Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration

The FY 2024 Port Infrastructure Development Program is a competitive solicitation in funding eligible projects for the purpose of improving the safety, efficiency, or reliability of the movement of goods through ports and intermodal connections to ports.

Total Funding: $450 Million
Award Amount: Up to $450 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government, Private Entities
Categories: Energy Efficiency
Grants for Medium and Heavy-Duty Vehicle and Equipment Replacement Projects
Application Status: Available
Deadline: April 11, 2024
Source: Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Over $90 million in incentive funding was offered to assist businesses and public agencies in reducing their emissions through vehicle and equipment upgrades and installation of supporting zero-emission infrastructure.

Total Funding: $90 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Private Entities
Notable Requirements: Applicants must first ensure they are within the geographical eligible area.
How to Apply: Directly on site.
Previous program opportunities: This program last closed on April 11, 2024
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Geothermal Grant and Loan Program
Application Status: Available
Deadline: May 3, 2024
Source: California Energy Commission

NEW! Deadline Extended: May 3rd, 2024, 11:59pm

The purpose of this solicitation is to award grants to fund projects focused on geothermal energy and lithium recovery from geothermal brine that support local jurisdictions and private entities to advance the geothermal sector and related activities per Public Resource Code (PRC) Sections 3800-3827 and California Code of Regulations (CCR) Sections 1660-1665. Under no circumstances will loans be issued under this solicitation.

Total Funding: $23 Million
Award Amount: $3 - $9 Million
Eligible Entities: Public Agencies, Private Entities
Categories: Renewable Energy & Storage
Vehicle Technologies Office Funding for Clean Transportation Deployment and Demonstration
Application Status: Available
Deadline: April 30, 2024
Pre-Application Deadline: March 12, 2024
Source: US DOE

This FOA seeks applications 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.

Total Funding: $15 Million
Award Amount: $500,000 - $2.5 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, State Agencies, Tribal Government, Nonprofits, Private Entities
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Program
Application Status: Available
Deadline: April 25, 2024
Source: US DOT

The Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Program (49 U.S.C. 5339(b)) makes 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. Funding is provided through formula allocations and competitive grants. 

Total Funding: $390 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, State Agencies, Tribal Government
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Low- or No-Emission Program
Application Status: Available
Deadline: April 25, 2024
Source: US DOT

The Low or No Emission competitive program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses as well as acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities.

Total Funding: $1.11 Billion
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, State Agencies, Tribal Government
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Communities Sparking Investment in Transformative Energy (C-SITE)
Application Status: Available
Deadline: May 31, 2024
Source: US DOE

This proram will support eligible local governments and Tribes to implement projects that provide direct community benefits, spark additional investments, meet community-identified priorities, and build local capacity. Community benefits may include creation of local economic opportunities for workers, workforce measures and agreements, community revitalization, lowered energy burdens, increased access to renewable energy, improved air quality, increased public participation in energy decision-making processes, and improved quality of life for local residents.

Total Funding: $18 Million
Award Amount: $900,000 - $3.6M
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Tribal Government
Categories: Renewable Energy & Storage
Virtual Power Plant Approaches for Demand Flexibility (VPP-FLEX)
Application Status: Available
Deadline: July 1, 2024
Source: California Energy Commission

This solicitation supports the Electric Program Investment Charge 2021-2025 Investment Plan’s (EPIC 4 Investment Plan) strategic objective to “Increase the Value Proposition of Distributed Energy Resources to Customers and the Grid.”[1] The purpose of this solicitation is to fund demonstrations of community-based virtual power plant (VPP) approaches and demonstrations of innovative energy management systems (EMS) in commercial buildings with the goal of increasing demand flexibility.

Total Funding: $21 Million
Award Amount: $1 - $5 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Private Entities
Categories: Energy Resilience
Clean Ports Program: Zero-Emission Technology Deployment Competition
Application Status: Available
Deadline: May 28, 2024
Source: US EPA

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 provides EPA with $3 billion to fund zero-emission port equipment and infrastructure as well as climate and air quality planning at U.S. ports. This new funding program will build on EPA’s Ports Initiative that helps our nation’s ports, a critical part of our infrastructure and supply chain, address public health and environmental impacts on surrounding communities.

EPA has announced two separate Notices of Funding Opportunities to disburse the allocated $3 billion – the Zero-Emission Technology Deployment Competition AND the Climate and Air Quality Planning Competition.

Total Funding: $2.8 Billion
Award Amount: $150 - $500 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Tribal Government, Private Entities
How to Apply: Apply via Grants.gov
Categories: GHG Reduction
Clean Ports Program: Climate and Air Quality Planning Competition
Application Status: Available
Deadline: May 28, 2024
Source: US EPA

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 provides EPA with $3 billion to fund zero-emission port equipment and infrastructure as well as climate and air quality planning at U.S. ports. This new funding program will build on EPA’s Ports Initiative that helps our nation’s ports, a critical part of our infrastructure and supply chain, address public health and environmental impacts on surrounding communities.

EPA has announced two separate Notices of Funding Opportunities to disburse the allocated $3 billion – the Zero-Emission Technology Deployment Competition AND the Climate and Air Quality Planning Competition.

Total Funding: $150 Million
Award Amount: $200,000 - $3 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Tribal Government, Private Entities
How to Apply: Apply via Grants.gov
Categories: GHG Reduction
Upskill Prize for the Solar Manufacturing Workforce
Application Status: Available
Deadline: May 21, 2024

The American-Made Upskill Prize for the Solar Manufacturing Workforce (Upskill Prize) is a $5 million prize designed to accelerate the expansion of the U.S. solar manufacturing workforce and equip workers with the skills necessary to revitalize the domestic solar manufacturing supply chain. This prize targets various facets of the U.S. solar photovoltaics (PV) module supply chain, addressing critical workforce needs.

Total Funding: $5 Million
Award Amount: $500,000
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Nonprofits, Private Entities
Categories: Workforce Development
Local Government Building Decarbonization Challenge
Application Status: Available
Deadline: May 20, 2024
Source: California Energy Commission

This is a competitive grant solicitation. The CEC announces the availability of up to $4,070,070 to provide grants to local governments, which will be awarded for eligible project activities including the following:

  • Community building decarbonization planning.
  • Municipal building decarbonization planning.
  • Advancing municipal operations to support building decarbonization.
  • Developing local codes, ordinances, and voluntary decarbonization measures.
  • Building decarbonization related workforce development activities.

Grant awards will prioritize rural, low-income, and disadvantaged communities. This solicitation can be referred to as the Local Government Building Decarbonization Challenge (LGBDC).

Total Funding: $4 Million
Award Amount: $250,000 - $400,000
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies
Categories: Energy Efficiency
Clean Energy to Communities Program: In-Depth Partnerships
Application Status: Available
Deadline: June 14, 2024
Opens: April 1, 2024
Source: DOE, NREL

NEW: Register for an informational webinar on April 18 @ 10am

Through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Energy to Communities (C2C) program, NREL offers in-depth technical partnerships that support communities in developing secure, reliable, resilient, equitable, and affordable clean energy systems.

These partnership teams work alongside national laboratory staff to apply robust modeling and analysis tools and conduct hardware-in-the-loop demonstration of solutions adapted to the community’s unique conditions and contexts. This multiyear partnership allows local decision makers to evaluate and test potential scenarios and strategies in their energy transition before full technology deployment, thereby lowering risks to implementation.

Total Funding: Expected to award 2-4 teams
Award Amount: $500,000 in subcontracting funding and $3,500,000 of technical assistance
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, CBOs, Private Entities
How to Apply: Through Sam.gov
Categories: Partnerships
Solar and Wind Interconnection for Future Transmission (SWIFTR)
Application Status: Available
Deadline: June 28, 2024
Pre-Application Deadline: April 17, 2024
Source: DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) and Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) announced the Solar and Wind Interconnection for Future Transmission (SWIFTR) funding opportunity, which will provide up to $10 million to develop new analytical tools and approaches that will accelerate the reliable interconnection of renewable energy into the electrical grid.

SWIFTR projects will facilitate the secure and reliable integration of solar energy, wind energy, and energy storage systems into the nation’s electrical grid and the transition to an equitable decarbonized electrical system by 2035.

Total Funding: $10 Million
Award Amount: $1 - $2.5 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, State Agencies, Tribal Government, Nonprofits, Private Entities
How to Apply: Submit a Teaming Request through EERE eXCHANGE
Categories: Renewable Energy & Storage
Renew America’s Schools PRIZE to Cooperative Agreement
Application Status: Available
Deadline: June 13, 2024
Source: DOE

DOE launched the $500 million Renew America’s Schools Program to promote the implementation of clean energy improvements at K-12 public schools across the country. This first-of-its-kind investment, funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), aims to help school communities make energy upgrades that will decrease energy use and cost, improve indoor air quality, and foster healthier learning environments.

The 2024 Renew America’s Schools Prize consists of three phases. During Phase 1, competitors will build teams and curate lists of at least 10 schools and school facilities that demonstrate compelling need and eligibility for investment. Phase 1 winners will earn a cash prize of $300,000 and move on to Phases 2 and 3, during which they will enter into and execute Cooperative Agreements with DOE.

Total Funding: $180 Million
Award Amount: $300,00 for Phase 1
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, State Agencies, Tribal Government, Nonprofits, Private Entities
Categories: Energy Efficiency
Clean Energy to Communities Program: Peer-Learning Cohorts
Application Status: Available
Deadline: April 30, 2024
Source: NREL

Clean Energy to Communities (C2C) offers peer-learning cohorts to advance local clean energy goals. Cohorts are funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and managed by NREL with support from the World Resources Institute.

Peer-learning cohorts are multicommunity engagements that convene regularly for approximately 6 months to exchange strategies and best practices, learn in a collaborative environment, and workshop policy or program proposals, action plans, or strategies to overcome challenges around a common clean energy transition topic.

Total Funding: No direct funding will be made available for participants. However, cohort facilitators may help identify funding opportunities if participants are interested.
Grant Period: Cohorts will begin July 2024.
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Tribal Government, CBOs, Private Entities
Categories: Partnerships
Vehicle Technologies Office – Clean Transportation Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment
Application Status: Available
Deadline: June 24, 2024
Pre-Application Deadline: May 2, 2024
Source: DOE

This grant solicitation is for projects that will advance research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) critical to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector.

Topic areas in the Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 R&D funding opportunity include:

  • Next-generation phosphate-based cathodes.
  • Advancing the state of the art for sodium-ion batteries.
  • Developing concepts for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions from off-road vehicles such as construction, agriculture, mining, and forestry vehicles.
  • Developing and deploying vehicle-to-everything technologies that can lead to meaningful savings at the vehicle and transportation system level.
  • Developing high-performance, domestically produced electrical steels (E-steels) for use in electrified powertrains.
  • Addressing critical cybersecurity needs for smart and secure electric vehicle charging.
Total Funding: $45.8 Million
Award Amount: $1 - $5 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government, CBOs
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Adaptation Planning Grant Program
Application Status: Available
Deadline: May 20, 2024
Source: Governor's Office of Planning and Research

This program provides funding to help fill local, regional, and tribal planning needs, provides communities the resources to identify climate resilience priorities, and supports the development of a pipeline of climate resilient infrastructure projects across the state.

Total Funding: $9.5 Million
Award Amount: $100,000 - $650,000
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Tribal Government, CBOs, Nonprofits
Categories: Energy Resilience, Workforce Development
National Infrastructure Project Assistance (Mega) program
Application Status: Available
Deadline: May 6, 2024
Source: US DOT

The Mega Program (the National Infrastructure Project Assistance program) supports large, complex projects that are difficult to fund by other means and likely to generate national or regional economic, mobility, or safety benefits.

The Mega program invests in large, complex projects that are difficult to fund by other means and are likely to generate national or regional economic, mobility, or safety benefits. Eligible projects include highway, bridge, freight, port, passenger rail, and public transportation projects of national or regional significance. Per the law, 50% of funds are available for projects above $500 million in total cost, and 50% are available for projects between $100 million and $500 million in total cost. 

Total Funding: $1.7 Billion
Award Amount: No min. or max. awards
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) program
Application Status: Available
Deadline: May 6, 2024
Source: US DOT

The INFRA program awards competitive grants to multimodal freight and highway projects of national or regional significance to improve the safety, accessibility, efficiency, and reliability of the movement of freight and people in and across rural and urban areas.  Eligible projects will improve safety, generate economic benefits, reduce congestion, enhance resiliency, and hold the greatest promise to eliminate supply chain bottlenecks and improve critical freight movements. 

Total Funding: $2.7 Billion
Award Amount: Min. $5 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Rural Surface Transportation Grant Progam
Application Status: Available
Deadline: May 6, 2024
Source: US DOT

While smaller communities receive grants from a wide number of grant programs, including Mega and INFRA, the Rural program is dedicated specifically to projects in rural areas.  Eligible projects for Rural grants include highway, bridge, and tunnel projects that help improve freight, safety, and provide or increase access to agricultural, commercial, energy, or transportation facilities that support the economy of a rural area. 

Total Funding: $780 Million
Award Amount: $25 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, State Agencies, Tribal Government
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Extreme Heat and Community Resilience Program
Application Status: Available
Deadline: May 7, 2024
Source: Governor's Office of Planning and Research

This program funds and supports local, regional, and tribal efforts to reduce the impacts of extreme heat. The Extreme Heat and Community Resilience Program coordinates the state’s efforts to address extreme heat and the urban heat island effect.

Total Funding: $20 Million
Award Amount: $100,000 - $4 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Tribal Government, CBOs, Nonprofits, Private Entities
Categories: Energy Resilience, Workforce Development
Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project
Application Status: Available
Deadline: July 10, 2024
Source: US DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP) works alongside remote and island communities seeking to transform their energy systems and increase energy resilience. Island and remote communities have unique physical features that fundamentally shape what energy options they have available. For many of these communities, access to resilient, affordable, sustainable, and clean energy resources is a priority. ETIPP helps communities to assess and advance the solutions that best meet their needs. 

Award Amount: $50,000
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Tribal Government, CBOs, Private Entities
Categories: Energy Resilience
Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP)
Application Status: Ongoing
Source: California Public Utilities Commission

The CPUC’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) offers rebates for installing energy storage technology at both residential and non-residential facilities. These storage technologies include battery storage systems that can function during a power outage.

Eligible Entities: Individuals
Categories: Renewable Energy & Storage
Building Initiative for Low-Emissions Development (BUILD)
Application Status: Ongoing
Source: California Energy Commission

The Building Initiative for Low-Emissions Development (BUILD) Program is designed to provide technical assistance and incentives for new all-electric low-income residential buildings that reduce GHG emissions.

Award Amount: $2 million maximum
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Tribal Government, Nonprofits, Private Entities
How to Apply: Complete an Incentive Application: https://www.energy.ca.gov/programs-and-topics/programs/building-initiative-low-emissions-development-program-build/build
Categories: Energy Efficiency
Making Our Homes More Efficient: Clean Energy Tax Credits for Consumers
Application Status: Ongoing
Source: Internal Revenue Services

Homeowners, including renters for certain expenditures, who purchase energy and other efficient appliances and products. Fill out IRS Form 5695, following IRS instructions, and include it when filing your tax return. Include any relevant product receipts. Consumers can claim the same or varying credits year after year with new products purchased, but some credits have an annual limit.

Eligible Entities: Individuals
Categories: Energy Efficiency
CA Clean Mobility Options Voucher Program
Application Status: Ongoing
Source: California Air Resources Board

The Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program (CMO) is making $1 million in voucher funding available to eligible applicants and communities to conduct Community Transportation Needs Assessments. The vouchers, worth up to $100,000 each, help underserved communities identify and address their transportation challenges; increase residents’ awareness on clean transportation; educate community members about zero-emission mobility options such as car sharing, bike sharing, and other unique transportation modes; and prepare residents to share input on preferred solutions. Additionally, a set-aside of at least $200,000 is available to eligible tribal governments. The application window opens at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on November 2, 2022, and vouchers will be awarded on a first‑come, first-served basis.

Total Funding: $1 million
Award Amount: $100,000
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Tribal Government, Nonprofits
Notable Requirements: Located in a 535-designated disadvantaged community or AB 1550 designated low-income community or within a tribe
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Cost Share for Federal Clean Energy Funding Opportunities
Application Status: Ongoing
Source: California Energy Commission

To provide cost share funding to applicants that apply for and receive one of the following: An award under an eligible federal Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and meet the requirements of this solicitation, or follow-on funding from the U.S. DOE to continue research from PON-14-308, GFO-18-902, or this GFO and the proposed project meets the requirements of this solicitation.

Total Funding: $20 million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Tribal Government, Nonprofits, Individuals, Private Entities
Categories: Renewable Energy & Storage
Community Microgrid Enablement Program (CMEP)
Application Status: Ongoing
Source: PG&E

If your community is seeking critical facility energy resilience for extreme weather, Public Safety Power Shutoff events or other events, PG&E’s Community Microgrid Enablement Program can help. Through Enhanced Technical Support and cost offsets for certain distribution system upgrades, CMEP can assist your community in taking its resilience ideas from concept to reality.

Eligible Entities: Local Governments
Categories: Renewable Energy & Storage
Technical Assistance for the Adoption of Building Energy Codes
Application Status: Ongoing
Source: Department of Energy

Grants to States or units of local governments with code making authority to adopt updated building energy codes, zero energy codes, or equivalent codes or standards.

Funding awards will support states and local jurisdictions in adopting, implementing, and enforcing the latest model, zero energy codes, or equivalent codes and standards, improving residential and commercial new construction and retrofits, and transitioning the building stock to more efficient, decarbonized buildings for all.  

Total Funding: $1 Billion
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government
Categories: Energy Efficiency
Infrastructure State Revolving Fund (ISRF) Program
Application Status: Ongoing
Source: California iBank

The Infrastructure State Revolving Fund (ISRF) Program is authorized to directly provide low-cost public financing to state and local government entities.

ISRF financing is available in amounts ranging from $50,000 to $25 million with loan terms for the useful life of the project up to a maximum of 30 years.

A few examples of ISRF financed projects include water and wastewater treatment plant upgrades or construction, venue or airport construction or street repair and upgrades.

Eligible applicants must be located in California and include any subdivision of a local government, including cities, counties, special districts, assessment districts, joint powers authorities and nonprofit organizations sponsored by a government entity.

Please note, while ISRF financing is available for many types of projects, housing is not allowed per our legislative statute.

Award Amount: $1 Million - $65 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies
How to Apply: Complete an Intake Form
Categories: Infrastructure
California Electric Homes Program (CalEHP)
Application Status: Ongoing
Source: California Energy Commission

The California Electric Homes Program (named in statutes as the Building Initiative for Low-Emissions Development Program Phase 2 by Assembly Bill 137) provides incentives for the construction of all-electric market-rate residential buildings and installation of energy storage systems to encourage deployment of near-zero-emission building technologies.

The California Electric Homes Program provides technical assistance and financial incentives to residential developers and builders constructing new, market-rate homes with all-electric appliances and equipment. The program supports all-electric new construction practices, drives energy savings, and supports California’s advanced energy efficiency policy goals.

Eligible Entities: Public Agencies, Tribal Government, Nonprofits, Individuals, Private Entities
Categories: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy & Storage
Zero-Emission Transit, School and Shuttle Buses
Application Status: Ongoing
Source: California Air Resources Board

The VW Mitigation Trust has $130 million in funds to replace older, high-polluting transit, school, and shuttle buses with new battery-electric or fuel-cell buses. Replacing an older bus with a zero-emission bus eliminates particulate matter and other pollutants that impact children and residents riding the buses, as well as residents throughout California communities. During the project’s 10-year period, approximately 425 vehicles will be replaced with an incentive amount of up to $400,000 per vehicle.

Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Tribal Government
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
California Endowment Fund
Application Status: Ongoing
Source: California Endowment Fund

By empowering the work of nonprofit organizations and government entities through grant-making, we’re striving towards a state that is a healthier place to live, free from social inequality and racial injustice; one that can become a model for the rest of the nation.

Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Nonprofits
How to Apply: By Invitation Only
Categories: Environmental Justice
GoGreen Affordable Multifamily Energy Financing
Application Status: Ongoing
Source: California Public Utilities Commission

GoGreen Multifamily offers a variety of financing options, including leases, equipment financing agreements and energy service agreements. It also leverages and complements existing rebates and incentives from other sources and integrates with state-administered multifamily energy incentive programs.

Eligible Entities: Public Agencies, Private Entities
How to Apply: Contact available financing institutions
Categories: Energy Efficiency
California Ibank
Application Status: Ongoing
Source: California iBank

In recent years, IBank’s programs have financed more than $3 billion in green projects, including, but not limited to, green bonds to replenish the state’s Clean Water and Drinking Water Fund, loan guarantees for climate entrepreneurs, and municipal lending for climate-smart wastewater management infrastructure.

Financing options include:

  • Green Municipal Loans & Green Bonds for ClimateSmart Infrastructure
  • Credit Enhancements & Venture Capital Investment for Climate Entrepreneurs and Investors
  • Debt Financing to Scale Climate Solutions

Project types include Clean Energy Transmission Projects that increase access to zero-carbon resources through new clean energy transmission infrastructure. Projects may include (but are not limited to):

  • Clean energy transmission project infrastructure
  • Other necessary technical elements of transmission infrastructure, such as environmental planning, permitting, and pre-construction costs for projects
Eligible Entities: Public Agencies, Private Entities
How to Apply: Complete Intake Forms on IBank site.
Categories: Infrastructure
CDBG: Community Development Block Grant Programs
Application Status: Ongoing
Source: Housing and Urban Development

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program supports community development activities to build stronger and more resilient communities. To support community development, activities are identified through an ongoing process. Activities may address needs such as infrastructure, economic development projects, public facilities installation, community centers, housing rehabilitation, public services, clearance/acquisition, microenterprise assistance, code enforcement, homeowner assistance, etc. 

Eligible Entities: Public Agencies, Private Entities
Categories: Infrastructure
Community Facility and Environmental Infrastructure Loans
Application Status: Ongoing
Source: Rural Community Assistance Corporation

RCAC’s Loan Fund is a financial resource for rural communities. The Loan Fund fills financing gaps and serves in unconventional markets. RCAC offers loans for affordable housing development, environmental infrastructure, community facilities and small businesses in rural locations.

Eligible Entities: Public Agencies, Nonprofits, Private Entities
Notable Requirements: Projects must be located in rural areas with populations of 50,000 or less.
How to Apply: Apply directly on site.
Categories: Infrastructure
Energy Conservation Assistance Act – Zero to Low Interest Loans
Application Status: Ongoing
Source: California Energy Commission

The California Energy Commission’s Energy Conservation Assistance Act (ECAA) offers zero-interest rate loans to public schools and 1 percent rate loans to public entities and California Native American Tribes. Loans finance , energy efficiency and energy generation projects, energy storage systems, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Lighting and lighting control systems
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment
  • On-site clean energy generation, such as photovoltaic systems
  • Building envelope and insulation
  • Energy storage systems
  • Electric vehicle infrastructure used to power public fleets
Award Amount: Up to $5 Million
Grant Period: Loans must be repaid from energy cost savings or other legally available funds within a maximum of 20 years.
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Tribal Government, Nonprofits, Private Entities
Categories: Energy Efficiency
Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC)
Application Status: Ongoing

President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law on Tuesday, August 16, 2022. One of the many things this act accomplishes is the expansion of the Federal Tax Credit for Solar Photovoltaics, also known as the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). This credit can be claimed on federal income taxes for a percentage of the cost of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system.

Those who install a PV system between 2022 and 2032 will receive a 30% tax credit. Energy storage devices that have a capacity rating of 3 kilowatt hours or greater are included.

Award Amount: 30% tax credit on the cost of a solar system
Eligible Entities: Individuals
How to Apply: Claimed on federal income taxes
Categories: Energy Efficiency
Federal Solar Tax Credits for Businesses
Application Status: Ongoing

There are two tax credits available for businesses and other entities like nonprofits and local and tribal governments that purchase solar energy systems. Generally, project owners cannot claim both the ITC and the PTC for the same property:

  • The investment tax credit (ITC) is a tax credit that reduces the federal income tax liability for a percentage of the cost of a solar system that is installed during the tax year.
    • The production tax credit (PTC) is a per kilowatt-hour (kWh) tax credit for electricity generated by solar and other qualifying technologies for the first 10 years of a system’s operation. It reduces the federal income tax liability and is adjusted annually for inflation.

Solar systems that are placed in service in 2022 or later and begin construction before 2033 are eligible for a 30% ITC or a 2.75 ¢/kWh PTC if they meet labor requirements issued by the Treasury Department or are under 1 megawatt (MW) in size.

Award Amount: 30% Investment Tax Credit or a 2.75 ¢/kWh
Grant Period: Available through 2035
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Tribal Government, Nonprofits
How to Apply: File on your Federal Income Tax
Categories: Energy Efficiency
Low Carbon Fuel Standard Credits
Application Status: Ongoing
Source: California Air Resouces Board

Low carbon fuels below the benchmark generate credits, while fuels above the CI benchmark generate deficits. Credits and deficits are denominated in metric tons of GHG emissions. Providers of transportation fuels must demonstrate that the mix of fuels they supply for use in California meets the LCFS carbon intensity standards, or benchmarks, for each annual compliance period. A deficit generator meets its compliance obligation by ensuring that the amount of credits it earns or otherwise acquires from another party is equal to, or greater than, the deficits it has incurred.

There are three ways to generate credits in the LCFS: fuel pathways, projects, and capacity-based crediting.

Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies
How to Apply: Directly on site
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Rural Energy for America Program Energy Audit & Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants
Application Status: Ongoing
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

This program assists rural small businesses and agricultural producers by conducting and promoting energy audits and providing Renewable Energy Development Assistance (REDA).

The 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. Assistance provided must consist of:

  • Energy audits.
  • Renewable energy technical assistance.
  • Renewable energy site assessments.
Award Amount: $100,000
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government
Notable Requirements: Assistance must be provided to agricultural producers and rural small businesses.
Previous program opportunities: Applications for this program were due January 2023
Categories: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy & Storage
Communities First Fund Rapid Response Fund
Application Status: Ongoing
Deadline: Until funds are exhausted
Source: Communities First Fund

CFF’s Rapid Response Fund was created to shift philanthropic practices by distributing responsive resources in a timely way that prioritizes the humanity of black and brown people, the frontline organizations they may lead, and the grassroots organizations that may be accountable to them. To realize this vision, the CFF Rapid Response Fund will provide rapid response funding to support organizations’ or coalitions’ needs to position themselves or others to respond to infrastructure crises, movement moments, and time sensitive federal funding notices or rulemaking that require rapid mobilization. 

Total Funding: $1 Million
Award Amount: $10,000 - $100,000
Eligible Entities: Public Agencies, Nonprofits
Categories: Environmental Justice
Microgrid Incentive Program -SCE
Application Status: Future
Pre-Application Deadline: November 30, 2023Opens: July 10, 2024
Source: Southern California Edison

California’s investor-owned utilities (Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas and Electric, and Southern California Edison) are preparing to launch a new program to help provide clean, local energy to communities that need it most. The Microgrid Incentive Program (MIP) is a competitive grant program providing $200M in funding to communities facing outages, power shutoffs, and other events driven by climate change.

Reach out to SCE  for consultation requests by November 30, 2023 ahead of the July 10, 2024 application open date.

Total Funding: $83.34 Million
Award Amount: $1 Million - $14 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, CBOs
How to Apply: Email MicrogridIncentiveProgram@sce.com and request the Initial Resilience Consultation
Categories: Renewable Energy & Storage
Grid Innovation Program
Application Status: Future
Opens: Q1 of 2024
Source: US DOE - Grid Deployment Officef

The Grid Innovation Program, also known as the Program Upgrading Our Electric Grid and Ensuring Reliability and Resiliency, is designed to provide federal financial assistance to governmental entities 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 to demonstrate new approaches to enhance regional grid resilience, implemented through states by public and rural electric cooperative entities on a cost-shared basis.

Total Funding: $5 Billion
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government
Categories: Infrastructure
Equitable Building Decarbonization Program
Application Status: Future
Opens: No expected open date is available at this time
Source: California Energy Commission

The goals of the Equitable Building Decarbonization Program are to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in homes and advance energy equity. The Direct Install Program provides decarbonization retrofits to low- and moderate-income households. The Statewide Incentive Program incentivizes the increased adoption of low-carbon technologies.

In addition to reducing GHG emissions, the Equitable Building Decarbonization Program will strive to encourage resiliency to extreme heat, improve indoor air quality, improve energy affordability, provide electric grid support, and increase payment of prevailing wage to the implementing workforce.

Guidelines have been published as of October 17, 2023.

Categories: Energy Efficiency
Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid Grants
Application Status: Future
Opens: Q1 of 2024
Source: US DOE

The Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid Grants program is split between $2.5 billion in matching grants for industry, also known as the Grid Resilience Utility and Industry Grants, and $2.3 billion in formula grants for States and Tribes, also known as the Grid Resilience State and Tribal Formula Grant Program.

Grid Resilience State and Tribal Formula Grants – Applications for the first two years of funding are due May 31, 2023 for States and Territories and August 31, 2023 for Tribes.

Grid Resilience Utility and Industry Grants – Applications for the first round of funding closed on April 6, 2023. The second round of funding is anticipated to be released in Q1 of FY24.

Total Funding: $5 Billion
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies
Previous program opportunities: The first round of funding closed on April 6, 2023.
Categories: Energy Resilience
Microgrid Incentive Program – PG&E
Application Status: Future
Pre-Application Deadline: December 31, 2023Opens: July 10, 2024
Source: CPUC

Senate Bill 1339 (enacted in 2018) directed the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), in consultation with the California Energy Commission (CEC) and California Independent System Operator (CAISO), to develop policies related to microgrids throughout California. In April 2023, the CPUC approved a $200 million Microgrid Incentive Program (MIP) to support the development of clean Community Microgrids in DVCs. Communities, local and tribal governments, and community-based organizations (CBOs) that are eligible for the MIP can request funding to support the critical energy needs of vulnerable populations most likely to be impacted by grid outages.

Reach out PG&E for consultation requests by December 31, 2023 ahead of the July 10, 2024 application open date.

Total Funding: $87.2 Million
Award Amount: $1 Million - $14 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Tribal Government
Categories: Renewable Energy & Storage
Power At Sea Prize – Develop Phase
Application Status: Future
Deadline: May 1, 2025
Opens: August 1, 2024
Source: US DOE

The Power at Sea Prize aims to nurture innovative technologies that utilize the power inherent in the ocean to enable sustainable and responsible use of resources, better prediction and tracking of tropical storms, better monitoring of aquaculture for food security in coastal communities, greater understanding of the ocean’s role in climate change mitigation, and more.

The Power at Sea Prize is structured to support competitors through the early stages of developing a new system, subsystem, or component from original conception to teaming to a testable stage of initial development. This phase is a continuation of the Power At Sea Prize – Concept Phase.

Total Funding: $1.5 Million
Award Amount: Up to $75,000 for up to 20 teams
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government, CBOs, Nonprofits, Individuals, Private Entities
Categories: Renewable Energy & Storage
Decarbonizing Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Systems in Large Buildings
Application Status: Past
Deadline: October 20, 2023
Source: California Energy Commission

The purpose of this solicitation was to fund applied research and development projects that develop decarbonization solutions for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in large commercial buildings with an emphasis on technology advancements, energy efficiency, replicability, and use of ultra-low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants.

Total Funding: $20 Million Total
Award Amount: $1-$6 Million
Grant Period: 2024-2029
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Private Entities
How to Apply: Grant Solicitation System (GGS)
Previous program opportunities: Solicitations for this grant closed on October 20, 2023
Categories: Energy Efficiency
Powering Affordable Clean Energy (PACE) Program
Application Status: Past
Deadline: September 29, 2023
Source: US Department of Agriculture

The goal of the PACE Program is to support clean, affordable energy growth across America. The PACE Program provides loans to eligible entities, with varying levels of loan forgiveness, for Projects that generate and/or store electricity from RER.

Total Funding: $1,000,000,000
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Tribal Government, Nonprofits
Categories: Renewable Energy & Storage
Community Power Accelerator Prize – Round 2
Application Status: Past
Deadline: October 4, 2023
Source: Department of Energy

Round 2 of the American-Made Community Power Accelerator Prize: Accessing Capital to Deploy Equitable Community Solar launched in July 2023. The $10 million prize from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is designed 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. The goal of this prize is to expand a robust ecosystem of community solar project developers that incorporate meaningful benefits into projects across the United States.

Total Funding: $10 million
Award Amount: $50,000 to $400,000
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, CBOs, Nonprofits, Private Entities
Previous program opportunities: Round 2 closed applications on October 4th, 2023
Categories: Renewable Energy & Storage
Energy Improvement in Rural or Remote Areas (ERA) Fixed Award Grant Program
Application Status: Past
Deadline: October 26, 2023
Source: Department of Energy

DOE’s Energy Improvements in Rural or Remote Areas (ERA) Program is managed by the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED). OCED has provided financial investment, technical assistance, and other resources to advance clean energy demonstrations and energy solutions that benefit rural and remote communities. ERA aimed to fund clean energy projects with three specific goals:

  1. Fund energy projects in rural areas for cost reduction, improved access, resilience, and environmental benefits.
  2. Back innovative rural energy systems with climate-resilient tech, resilient business models, financing, and community engagement.
  3. Foster clean energy knowledge, capacity, and self-reliance in rural America.
Total Funding: $200 million appropriated annually
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government, CBOs, Nonprofits, Private Entities
Previous program opportunities: $200,000,000 is appropriated annually for fiscal years 2022 through 2026 (to remain available until expended). The 2023 application window has closed as of October 25, 2023.
Categories: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy & Storage
Community Energy Innovation Prize
Application Status: Past
Deadline: February 2, 2024
Source: Department of Energy

The $7.49 million Community Energy Innovation Prize was the successor of two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) prizes related to community-based clean energy innovation: the Community Clean Energy Coalition Prize and the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize.

The goals of this new combined prize were to support community-based organizations, the private sector, nonfederal government entities, and collegiate teams in developing and carrying out activities related to clean energy that enable business and technology incubation and acceleration as well as other community-based capacity building, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Total Funding: $7.49 million
Award Amount: $15,000 to $100,000
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, CBOs, Private Entities
How to Apply: HeroX
Previous program opportunities: Applications for this program closed February 2, 2024.
Categories: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy & Storage
California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program – Golden State Priority Project
Application Status: Past
Deadline: December 12, 2023
Source: California Energy Commission

The California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP) offered incentives for the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure at publicly accessible sites throughout California.

Award Amount: Up to $100,000 per active connector
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Tribal Government, Nonprofits, Private Entities
Notable Requirements: Funding is only available for sites in disadvantaged community (DAC) or low-income community (LIC) census tracts.
Previous program opportunities: The application window last closed December 12, 2023
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund – Solar for All Program
Application Status: Past
Deadline: October 12, 2023
Pre-Application Deadline: August 14, 2023
Source: US EPA

Through this competition, Solar for All will award up to 60 grants to states, territories, Tribal governments, municipalities, and nonprofits to expand the number of low-income and disadvantaged communities primed for residential solar investment—enabling millions of low-income households to access affordable, resilient, and clean solar energy.

Total Funding: $7 Billion
Award Amount: $25 to $400 million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government, Nonprofits
Previous program opportunities: This program closed their applications on October 12, 2023.
Categories: Renewable Energy & Storage
The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program
Application Status: Past
Source: US EPA

The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program provides financial assistance to eligible organizations working to address local environmental or public health issues in their communities.  The program assists recipients in building 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.

Total Funding: $30 million
Award Amount: $150,000 to $500,000
Eligible Entities: CBOs
Previous program opportunities: 1st request for applications closed April, 2024
Categories: Environmental Justice
The Environmental Justice Government-to-Government Program
Application Status: Past
Source: US EPA

The Environmental Justice Government-to-Government (EJG2G) program provides funding at the state, local, territorial, and tribal level 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. Formerly known as EPA’s State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program (SEJCA), this program has been renamed to better reflect the spectrum of entities eligible for this funding.

The EJG2G program goals are to:

  1.  Achieve measurable and meaningful environmental and/or public health results in communities;
  2. build broad and robust, results-oriented partnerships, particularly with community-based nonprofit organizations (CBO) within disproportionately impacted areas;
  3. pilot activities in specific communities that create transferable models, which can be expanded or replicated in other geographic areas and;  
  4. strengthen the development and implementation of meaningful approaches to achieve environmental justice.
Total Funding: $70 million
Award Amount: Up to $1 million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, State Agencies, Tribal Government, CBOs
Previous program opportunities: 1st request for applications closed in April, 2023
Categories: Environmental Justice
Buildings Upgrade Prize (BuildingsUp)
Application Status: Past
Opens: October 2023 (Phase 2 expected)
Source: US Department of Energy Building Technologies Office

Upgrading existing buildings to efficiently run on clean energy will help address climate change.  Building upgrades may include transitioning to efficient electric equipment, including heat pumps and heat pump water heaters, and improving building efficiency through measures such as insulation and air sealing. Together, efforts will help reduce carbon emissions and energy costs, while improving indoor air quality and occupant comfort.

Developed by the U.S. Department of Energy Building Technologies Office (BTO), Buildings UP aims to build capacity to rapidly and equitably transform U.S. buildings. Teams will submit innovative concepts to leverage the billions of dollars available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), utility rebate programs, and many other funding sources, capitalizing on this once-in-a-generation opportunity to equitably transform a wide variety of buildings across diverse geographies. As teams progress through the prize, they will receive cash prizes and technical assistance to help bring their ideas to life. 

Total Funding: $22 million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Tribal Government, CBOs, Nonprofits, Private Entities
Categories: Energy Efficiency
Clean Energy to Communities Program
Application Status: Past
Source: US DOE

Through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Energy to Communities (C2C) program, NREL offers in-depth technical partnerships that support communities in developing secure, reliable, resilient, equitable, and affordable clean energy systems.

Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Tribal Government, CBOs, Nonprofits
Previous program opportunities: Program ran in 2023
Categories: Renewable Energy & Storage
Transformative Climate Communities Program (TCC)
Application Status: Past
Source: California Strategic Growth Council

The Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Program empowers the communities most impacted by pollution to choose their own goals, strategies and projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution.

Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, CBOs, Nonprofits
Previous program opportunities: Round 5 applications were due August, 2023
Categories: GHG Reduction
Rural Energy Pilot Program
Application Status: Past
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Rural Energy Pilot Program (REPP) grant offers financial assistance for rural communities to further develop renewable energy. Eligible applicants to this program are Rural Energy Community Partnerships as defined in the REPP Notice of Funding Opportunity, Federal Register Notice.

Award Amount: Maximum $2 million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government, Nonprofits
Previous program opportunities: program application period closed July, 2022
Categories: Renewable Energy & Storage
California Schools Healthy Air, Plumbing, and Efficiency Program (CalSHAPE)
Application Status: Past
Deadline: March 31, 2024
Source: California Energy Commission

The California Schools Healthy Air, Plumbing, and Efficiency Program (CalSHAPE) provided funding to upgrade heating, air conditioning, and ventilation (HVAC) systems in public schools and replaces noncompliant plumbing fixtures and appliances that fail to meet water efficiency standards.

Eligible Entities: Public Agencies
Previous program opportunities: This program last closed applications on March 31, 2024
Categories: Energy Efficiency
Clean Transportation Program Rural Electric Vehicle (REV) Charging
Application Status: Past
Source: California Energy Commission

The purpose of this solicitation was to demonstrate replicable and scalable business and technology models that can deploy electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to serve rural EV drivers; support travel by rural EV drivers, provide EV charging access in rural areas, provide support and maintenance services to ensure reliable and readily accessible chargers, engage local rural communities and businesses to promote EV adoption.

Total Funding: $4.8 million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Tribal Government, CBOs, Nonprofits
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Reliable, Equitable, and Accessible Charging for multi-family Housing (REACH)
Application Status: Past
Source: California Energy Commission

The purpose of this solicitation was to demonstrate replicable and scalable business and technology models for large-scale deployment of EV charging infrastructure capable of maximizing access and EV travel for MFH residents. Proposed projects must include charger installations that will benefit and be used by MFH residents within disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, or a combination of both (see Definitions of Key Words, Section V.A.), and Applicants are encouraged to pursue installations for affordable housing.

Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Tribal Government, Nonprofits, Individuals, Private Entities
Previous program opportunities: Version 2 of this program closed August, 2023
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
American Rescue Plan Act Build Back Better Regional Challenge
Application Status: Past
Source: US Economic Development Association

The $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge (PDF) is the marquee of EDA’s American Rescue Plan programs that aims to boost economic recovery from the pandemic and rebuild American communities, including those grappling with decades of disinvestment.

On September 2nd, 2020 the Biden-Harris Administration announced awards for 21 regional coalitions that were finalists in the Build Back Better Regional Challenge (BBBRC). This $1 billion grant competition, created through the American Rescue Plan Act, challenged communities to identify a set of interconnected investments that, together, could transform their local economy, expand economic opportunity and competitiveness, and create thousands of good jobs.

BBBRC awardees each received between $25 million and $65 million to fund 123 individual strategic projects to advance economic strategies benefiting 24 states. This federal funding was matched by more than $300 million of local investment and leveraged support from over 450 private sector and 27 labor unions or workers organizations.

Total Funding: $1 Billion
Award Amount: $25 Million - $65 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies
Categories: Economic Development
Regional Climate Collaborative (RCC)
Application Status: Past
Deadline: December 6, 2023
Pre-Application Deadline: September 6, 2023
Source: California Energy Commission

The Regional Climate Collaboratives (RCC) Program was a new capacity building grant program for under-resourced communities in California. Administered by the Strategic Growth Council, RCC enabled community-rooted and cross-sectoral partners to deepen their relationships and develop the processes, plans, and projects that will drive and sustain climate action.

Total Funding: $8.5 Million
Award Amount: $500,000 - $1.75 Million
Grant Period: 36 Months
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Tribal Government, CBOs, Nonprofits, Private Entities
Previous program opportunities: This round closed December 6, 2023.
Categories: Partnerships
Vehicle-to-Building Technologies for Resilient Backup Power
Application Status: Past
Source: California Energy Commission

The purpose of this solicitation is to fund applied research and technology demonstration and deployment projects that accelerate development of technologies allowing individual or fleets of plug-in electric vehicles to power homes or buildings during electricity outages or intentional islanding events.

Total Funding: $19.5 Million
Award Amount: $2-4 Million
Eligible Entities: Public Agencies, Tribal Government, Nonprofits
Notable Requirements: At least 25% of available Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) technology demonstration and deployment funding must be allocated to project sites located in, and benefiting, disadvantaged communities; and an additional minimum 10% of funds must be allocated to projects sites located in and benefiting low-income communities.
Previous program opportunities: This deadline for this funding opportunitiy was January 2022
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Low-Income Weatherization Program, Multi-Family Housing Administrator
Application Status: Past
Deadline: July 13, 2022
Source: California Dept. of Community Services and Development

LIWP was an energy efficiency and renewable energy generation program administered by the Department of Community Services and Development (CSD). LIWP consisted of several program components, including the Multi-Family Energy Efficiency and Renewables Component (Multi-Family Component), and was one of California’s Climate Investments funded by State Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds. The LIWP Multi-Family Program Administrator provided technical assistance, project monitoring, and inspection of energy efficiency measures and solar photovoltaics installed in multi-family dwellings and common areas at qualifying properties to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. The Administrator also disbursed incentives to property owners upon satisfactory completion of scopes of work.

Total Funding: $14,250,000
Grant Period: 9/1/2022 - 8/31/2025
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Tribal Government, CBOs, Nonprofits, Private Entities
Categories: Energy Efficiency
Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) – Catalyst Program
Application Status: Past
Deadline: September 30, 2023
Source: Governor's Office of Planning and Research

The CERF was created to promote a sustainable and equitable recovery from the economic distress of COVID-19 by supporting new plans and strategies to diversify local economies and develop sustainable industries that create high-quality, broadly accessible jobs for all Californians. Specifically, the Community Economic Resilience Fund Program (CERF) would support communities and regional groups in producing regional roadmaps for economic recovery and transition that prioritize the creation of accessible, high-quality jobs in sustainable industries.

Total Funding: $182 Million
Grant Period: May 2024-September 2026
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Tribal Government
How to Apply: Each region's Fiscal Agent can apply during this closed solicitation, and must register for the System for Award Management (SAM)
Categories: Economic Development, Workforce Development
Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities
Application Status: Past
Source: FEMA

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) will support states, local communities, tribes and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards.

The BRIC program guiding principles are supporting communities through capability- and capacity-building; encouraging and enabling innovation; promoting partnerships; enabling large projects; maintaining flexibility; and providing consistency.

Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government
Notable Requirements: As part of FEMA’s commitment to the Justice40 Initiative to instill equity as a foundation of emergency management, FEMA prioritized and selected project subapplications which includes tribes, Economically Disadvantaged Rural Communities and other disadvantaged communities.
Previous program opportunities: the last round of this program was in 2022
Categories: Energy Resilience, Infrastructure
Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) Grants
Application Status: Past
Source: California Department of Housing and Community Development

REAP 2.0 was a flexible program that accelerated progress towards our state housing goals and climate commitments through a strengthened partnership between the state, its regions, and local entities. REAP 2.0 funds were intended to accelerate infill housing development, reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT), increase housing supply at all affordability levels, affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH), and facilitate the implementation of adopted regional and local plans to achieve these goals.

Total Funding: $600 Million
Grant Period: Funds must be encumbered by June 2024, and fully expended by June 30, 2026
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Tribal Government
Previous program opportunities: The last deadline to submit a legally binding agreement for the Higher Impact Transformative allocation was March 31st, 2023
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Renewables Advancing Community Energy Resilience (RACER)
Application Status: Past
Source: US Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) Renewables Advancing Community Energy Resilience (RACER) was a $33 million funding program supporting projects that enabled communities to use solar and solar-plus-storage to prevent disruptions in power caused by extreme weather and other events, and to rapidly restore electricity if it goes down.

DOE announced the RACER funding opportunity on April 12, 2022 and announced the selection of 20 projects on November 2, 2022.

Total Funding: $33 Million
Award Amount: $250,000 - $3 Million
Eligible Entities: Public Agencies, State Agencies, Nonprofits, Private Entities
Previous program opportunities: Awardees were announced on November 2, 2022
Categories: Energy Resilience, Renewable Energy & Storage
ICLEI USA Action Fund
Application Status: Past

ICLEI USA has partnered with non-governmental organizations in U.S. cities to develop and implement highly visible and replicable local climate action projects that are data-driven, impactful, and action-oriented.

ICLEI USA provided three awards of $1,000,000 to U.S. non-governmental organizations to take further local climate action by funding projects that are data-driven, highly replicable, and action-oriented. Through the ICLEI USA Action Fund, ICLEI USA aims to accelerate local climate action by reducing the effects of climate change by helping cities reduce their emissions and become more resilient.

Total Funding: $3 Million
Award Amount: $1 Million
Grant Period: Funds must be spent and projects completed by January 15, 2024
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies
Previous program opportunities: Awards were announced on September 16, 2022
Categories: Energy Efficiency
Economic Adjustment Assistance Program
Application Status: Past
Source: US Department of Commerce

The U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program invested $500 million in American Rescue Plan funding to help plan, build, innovate, and put people into quality jobs in hundreds of communities across the nation. As part of the suite of EDA American Rescue Plan programs, the EAA program is funding 256 grantees that will implement projects in 48 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia to address some of the most pressing economic development challenges in their communities. As a result, these projects are estimated by applicants to garner over $11 billion in private investment and create and retain over 64,000 jobs.

Total Funding: $500 Million
Award Amount: $100,000 - $10 million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government, Nonprofits
Previous program opportunities: This NOFO closed March, 2023
Categories: Workforce Development
Good Jobs Challenge
Application Status: Past
Source: US Economic Development Association

On August 3, 2022, EDA announced awards to 32 industry-led, worker-centered training partnerships and systems across the country, which will impact 31 states and Puerto Rico. These workforce partnerships are providing tangible opportunities and security for American workers and connecting employers with the trained workforce they need to grow and maintain competitive economies.

Total Funding: $500 Million
Award Amount: $100,000 - $10 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government
Previous program opportunities: Awardees were announced on August 3, 2022
Categories: Workforce Development
IDEAL ZEV Workforce Pilot
Application Status: Past
Source: California Energy Commission

The California Energy Commission’s (CEC’s) Clean Transportation Program (formerly known as the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) funded projects that will provide workforce training and development that support zero-emission vehicles (ZEV), ZEV infrastructure, and ZEV-related commercial technologies in California.

Projects demonstrated community and employer engagement and a path toward ZEV jobs in the State. The Inclusive, Diverse, Equitable, Accessible, and Local (IDEAL) ZEV Workforce Pilot focuses investments on and provides benefits to priority communities.

Total Funding: $6.8 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Tribal Government, CBOs, Nonprofits, Private Entities
How to Apply: This program closed December 2021
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Workforce Development
Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Planning Grant Program
Application Status: Past
Source: Southern California Gas Company

In 2023, SoCalGas will award grants up to $50,000 through a competitive process. An advisory panel of planning and sustainability experts will select the winning applications from across Southern and Central California. Local governments and tribal communities that are participating in climate vulnerability assessments, climate adaptation and resiliency plans, emergency management, or updating their local hazard mitigation plans to address climate adaptation are eligible to apply. Local governments and tribal communities seeking funding to implement already-approved climate adaptation initiatives are also eligible to apply.

Grant Period: Projects must commence in 2024 or 2025 and be 85% completed by December 31, 2025
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Tribal Government
Previous program opportunities: The deadline for proposals was June 2, 2023
Categories: Energy Resilience
Building Decarbonization and Energy Efficiency Compliance Strategies Development
Application Status: Past
Source: California Energy Commission

The purpose of this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was to select a prime contractor to lead a team of professional architectural and engineering consultants to provide technical support for evaluating and implementing strategies to advance decarbonization of residential and nonresidential buildings and to increase Energy Code compliance.

Eligible Entities: Public Agencies, Private Entities
Previous program opportunities: Submission Deadline was March 01, 2022
Categories: Energy Efficiency
Charge! Program
Application Status: Past
Source: Bay Area Air Quality Management District

The Charge! Program provided grant funding to offset the cost of purchasing and installing new publicly accessible (multi-unit dwelling located projects are not subject to public accessibility requirements) chargers for light-duty electric vehicles (EVs) at workplaces, destinations, transit parking locations, along transportation corridors, and at multi-unit dwelling facilities. The goal of the Charge! Program is to rapidly expand access to EV charging stations to help achieve the Bay Area’s EV-adoption goals of 90 percent of the overall vehicle fleet by 2050. As of the end of 2020, there were more than 210,000 EVs registered to Bay Area drivers. This program has been funded through the Air District’s Transportation Fund for Clean Air Regional Fund and Mobile Source Incentive Fund which provides grants to improve air quality within the nine-county Bay Area by reducing emissions of pollutants from on-road vehicles, and may include additional funding sources as available.

Total Funding: $5 Million
Award Amount: $250,000 - $1 Million
Eligible Entities: Public Agencies, Nonprofits, Individuals, Private Entities
Previous program opportunities: The FY '23 Rank List was issued September 19, 2023. The FY '22 Rank List was issued June 8th, 2022
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Community Air Grants
Application Status: Past
Source: California Air Resources Board

AB 617 seeks to ensure that all Californians benefit equitably from our State’s air quality and climate efforts, especially those who live in the areas of California most severely impacted by air pollution. The Air Grants Program aim is to provide support for community-based organizations to participate in the AB 617 process, and to build capacity to become active partners with government to identify, evaluate, and ultimately reduce air pollution and exposure to harmful emissions in their communities.

The Community Air Grants Program (Program) received a number of competitive applications, and the 2022 Community Air Grant (Cycle 4) applications are still under review. The Program has updated the grant process timeline and CARB now plans to announce grant award selection in October 2023. Grant terms are still expected to start in Fall 2023.

Eligible Entities: Public Agencies, CBOs
Previous program opportunities: Grant Award Selections estimated for October 2023
Categories: GHG Reduction
The Next EPIC Challenge: Reimagining Affordable Mixed-Use Development in a Carbon-Constrained Future
Application Status: Past
Deadline: September 22, 2023
Source: California Energy Commission

The purpose of this solicitation is to fund a design-build competition that will challenge multi-disciplinary project teams to design and build a mixed-use development – using cutting-edge energy technologies, tools, and construction practices – that is affordable, equitable, emissions-free, and resilient to climate change impacts and extreme weather events.

Total Funding: $48 million
Award Amount: $1,000,000
Eligible Entities: Public Agencies, Nonprofits, Individuals, Private Entities
Previous program opportunities: Applications for the Design Phase ended December 1, 2021. Application Materials for the Build Phase was September 22, 2023.
Categories: Energy Efficiency, GHG Reduction
Enhanced Air Quality Monitoring For Communities
Application Status: Past
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

On November 3, 2022, EPA announced the selection of 132 air monitoring projects in 37 states to receive $53.4 million in funding to enhance air quality monitoring in communities across the United States with environmental and health outcome disparities stemming from pollution and the COVID-19 pandemic. With monies made available through the American Rescue Plan of 2021 (ARP) and Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA), EPA is funding projects from community-based nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, and Tribal governments to conduct air monitoring in communities, particularly in communities that are underserved and historically marginalized.

Total Funding: $20 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government
Previous program opportunities: Previous awards were announced November 3, 2022
Categories: GHG Reduction
Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA)
Application Status: Past
Deadline: December 1, 2023
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EPA was authorized under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) to offer funding assistance to accelerate the upgrade, retrofit, and turnover of the legacy diesel fleet.

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.

All application packages must have been submitted electronically to EPA through Grants.gov no later than Friday, December 1, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. (ET) to be considered for funding.

Total Funding: $115 Million
Award Amount: $1.5 Million - $4 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, State Agencies, Tribal Government, Nonprofits
How to Apply: Through Grants.gov
Previous program opportunities: This program ended on December 1, 2023.
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Clean School Bus Program: Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA)
Application Status: Past
Deadline: February 14, 2024
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

With funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, EPA’s Clean School Bus (CSB) Program provides $5 billion over five years (FY 2022-2026) to replace existing school buses with zero-emission and low-emission models. Under the Program’s first funding opportunity, the 2022 CSB Rebates, EPA solicited applications for zero-emission and low-emission school buses and awarded up to $965 million to fund school bus replacements at nearly 400 schools.

Total Funding: $500 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Tribal Government, Nonprofits
Previous program opportunities: The 2024 Rebate program closed February 14, 2024
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Early Career: Drivers and Environmental Impacts of Energy Transitions in Underserved Communities
Application Status: Past
Source: US Environmental Protection Agency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, sought applications proposing community-engaged research that will address the drivers and environmental impacts of energy transitions in underserved communities. For purposes of this competition and the evaluation of applications, “underserved communities” referred 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.

Total Funding: $10 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Nonprofits
Previous program opportunities: This solicitation closed on April 28, 2022
Categories: Workforce Development
Sustainable Transportation Equity Project (STEP)
Application Status: Past
Deadline: November 3, 2023
Pre-Application Deadline: September 8, 2023
Source: California Air Resources Board

STEP funds a variety of clean transportation and supporting projects, such as public transit and shared mobility services, active transportation infrastructure, land use planning and housing policy, workforce development, and clean transportation planning and education. Funded projects work together within low-income and disadvantaged communities to increase transportation equity. Funded projects are designed and implemented with community residents to address community needs, reducing GHG emissions and vehicle miles traveled while increasing access to key destinations and services.

Total Funding: $32.65 million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Tribal Government, CBOs
Previous program opportunities: Program request for applications closed on November 3, 2023.
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Workforce Development
Natural Gas Research Program
Application Status: Past
Source: California Energy Commission

The California Energy Commission’s Gas Research and Development (R&D) Program invests in technologies and solutions that help the gas sector support California’s energy and environmental goals. 

These projects are geared toward improving entrepreneurial support; resiliency, health, and safety; building decarbonization; gas system decarbonization; industrial and agricultural innovation; and transportation in California.

While no solicitations are currently active, new funding opportunities may arise in the future.

Total Funding: $20 Million/Year
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government, Private Entities
Categories: Energy Efficiency
Office of Insular Affairs Energizing Insular Communities (EIC) Program
Application Status: Past
Source: US Department of the Interior

The Energizing Insular Communities (EIC) program (formerly called the Empowering Insular Communities program) provides grant funding for sustainable energy strategies that mitigate climate change, reduce reliance and expenditures on imported fuels, develop and utilize domestic energy sources, and improve the performance of energy infrastructure and overall energy efficiency in the territories. This program is intended to support the Secretary’s priority to utilize our natural resources by ensuring American energy is available to meet security and economic needs.

Eligible Entities: Local Governments
Notable Requirements: Demonstrate that project can be accomplished within 24-36 months
How to Apply: Through Grants.gov
Previous program opportunities: Last award date was September 1, 2022
Categories: Energy Efficiency
Pollution Prevention Grant: Source Reduction Assistance Grants
Application Status: Past
Deadline: April 15, 2024
Source: US EPA

EPA funds Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) grants to support research, investigation, experiments, surveys, study, demonstration, education and training using source reduction approaches (also known as P2 or pollution prevention).

EPA is particularly interested in projects that promote practical source reduction practices, tools, and training on P2 approaches to measurably improve human and environmental health by reducing the use of hazardous substances, reducing toxic pollutants, reducing resource use (e.g., water and energy) and reducing expenditures and liability costs to businesses, non-profit organizations and/or communities. 

This grant is funded by regular P2 appropriations.

Total Funding: $1.1 Million
Award Amount: $40,000 - $240,000
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government, Nonprofits
Previous program opportunities: Previous request for applications closed April 15, 2024. This grant is offered every 2 years.
Categories: GHG Reduction
Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Discretionary Grant Program
Application Status: Past
Deadline: February 28, 2024
Source: US Department of Transportation

RAISE grants was a competitive basis, per statute, for planning or constructing surface transportation infrastructure projects that will improve safety; environmental sustainability; quality of life; mobility and community connectivity; economic competitiveness and opportunity including tourism; state of good repair; partnership and collaboration; and innovation.

Total Funding: $1.5 Billion
Award Amount: $1 Million - $25 Million
Eligible Entities: Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government
How to Apply: Apply through Grants.gov
Previous program opportunities: Previous awards announced June 28, 2023
Categories: Infrastructure
Renewable Energy Agricultural Program
Application Status: Past
Source: California Energy Commission

The California Energy Commission’s Renewable Energy for Agriculture Program (REAP) has offered grants that encourage the installation of renewable energy technologies serving agricultural operations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Tribal Government, Nonprofits, Private Entities
Previous program opportunities: A solicitation was released in January 2019 and awardees were announced in April 2019.
Categories: Renewable Energy & Storage
Equity, Engagement, and Education Grant Account
Application Status: Past
Deadline: October 31, 2023
Source: California Public Utilities Commission

The Equity, Engagement, and Education Grant Account Cycle 1 is now open from September 8 to October 31, 2023. Please refer to the EEE Grant Account Application Coversheet and Grant Guidelines, both located on the right sidebar under Applicant Resources.

The Equity, Engagement, and Education (EEE) Grant Account will award grants up to $200,000 for the purpose of building CBO, Tribal, and community capacity to understand and engage with CPUC decision-making processes.

Total Funding: $9.7 Million
Award Amount: $200,000
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Tribal Government, CBOs, Nonprofits
Categories: Partnerships
Renewable Energy Siting through Technical Engagement and Planning (RSTEP)
Application Status: Past
Deadline: November 3, 2023
Opens: September 12, 2023
Source: US DOE

On September 12, 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) opened submissions for a $10 million funding and technical assistance program that supports 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. DOE anticipates awarding approximately five to seven state-based collaboratives up to $2 million each. Collaboratives will also benefit from tailored technical assistance and peer-learning opportunities.

Interested applicants can join R-STEP Office Hours on October 11 between 1-2 pm ET

Total Funding: $10 Million
Award Amount: $2 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government, Nonprofits
Previous program opportunities: This opportunity closed on November 3, 2023.
Categories: Renewable Energy & Storage
Charging and Refueling Infrastructure for Transport in CALifornia Provided Along Targeted Highway Segments (CRITICAL PATHS)
Application Status: Past
Deadline: December 8, 2023
Pre-Application Deadline: Questions Deadline: October 13, 2023Opens: September 26, 2023
Source: California Energy Commission

This solicitation was to provide up to $20 million to support Medium- and Heavy- Duty infrastructure along designated corridors for both electric and fuel cell electric vehicles. Designated corridors were provided through the efforts of the Clean Transportation Commission mandated by Senate Bill 671.

Total Funding: $20 Million
Award Amount: $5 Million - $20 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Tribal Government
Previous program opportunities: This program closed on December 8, 2023
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Displaced Oil and Gas Worker Fund (DOGWF) Grant for Program Year 2023-24
Application Status: Past
Deadline: November 13, 2023
Pre-Application Deadline: Optional NOI deadline of October 25, 2023
Source: Employment Development Department of State of California

The Employment Development Department, in coordination with the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA), announced the availability of up to $36.5 million from the State of California General Fund for the Displaced Oil and Gas Workers Fund (DOGWF) Intermediary grant opportunity for PY 23-24.

The principal goal of this SFP was to research, design, and implement projects that facilitate the Just Transition of Oil and Gas workers away from their current or former occupations into High Road career pathways in industries that are more economically and environmentally sustainable.

Total Funding: $36.5M
Award Amount: $2 - $12 Million
Eligible Entities: Public Agencies, CBOs, Nonprofits
Previous program opportunities: Applications for this program closed November 13, 2023
Categories: Workforce Development
Energy Efficiency and Load Flexibility in Industrial and Commercial Cold Storage Facilities
Application Status: Past
Deadline: February 2, 2024
Source: California Energy Commission

The purpose of this solicitation was to demonstrate and deploy advanced energy efficiency and load reduction technologies in industrial and commercial cold storage facilities. The goals were to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enable load-shifting capabilities to benefit the grid, and gather real-world energy data to help existing and planned cold storage and refrigeration facilities reduce energy use and costs.

Total Funding: $10 Million
Award Amount: $500,000 - $3.5 Million
Eligible Entities: Public Agencies, Private Entities
How to Apply: Please see the How to Apply document available on the CEC website at: https://www.energy.ca.gov/media/1654
Previous program opportunities: Applications for this program closed February 2, 2024.
Categories: Energy Efficiency, Energy Resilience
Career Skills Training Program
Application Status: Past
Deadline: February 27, 2024
Source: US DOE

The Career Skills Training Program was designed to provide grants to pay the Federal share of career skills training programs under which students concurrently receive classroom instruction and on-the-job training for the purpose of obtaining an industry-related certification to install energy efficient building technologies. 

Grant Period: Four Years
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Nonprofits
How to Apply: Through Infrastructure eXCHANGE
Previous program opportunities: This program closed February 27, 2024
Categories: Workforce Development
Energy Future Grants
Application Status: Past
Deadline: November 10, 2023
Source: US DOE

The Energy Future Grants (EFG) provided $27 million in financial assistance and technical assistance to support local, state, and tribal government-led partnership efforts that will advance clean energy program innovation. EFG sought to enhance energy affordability and access for communities, ensuring the broad benefits of a clean energy economy—including heath, economic development and jobs and emissions reductions—flow to disadvantaged communities. 

Total Funding: $27 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Tribal Government, CBOs
How to Apply: Through S3 eXCHANGE Website
Previous program opportunities: The previous program round closed applications on November 10, 2023.
Categories: Renewable Energy & Storage
Communities Local Energy Action Program (LEAP)
Application Status: Past
Deadline: December 14, 2023
Source: US DOE

The DOE Communities LEAP (Local Energy Action Program) aims to facilitate sustained community-wide economic and environmental benefits primarily through DOE’s clean energy deployment work. This opportunity is specifically open to low-income, energy-burdened communities that are also experiencing either direct environmental justice impacts, or direct economic impacts from a shift away from historical reliance on fossil fuels. Under Communities LEAP, DOE matches selected communities with technical assistance providers who assist them with bringing their clean energy planning and economic development vision to life.

Total Funding: $18.75 Million
Grant Period: Approximately 12-18 months
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Tribal Government, CBOs
Categories: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy & Storage
Electric Vehicle Charger Reliability and Accessibility Accelerator
Application Status: Past
Deadline: November 13, 2023
Source: US Department of Transportation

The Biden-Harris Administration has set a goal of building a convenient, affordable, reliable, equitable, and Made-in-America electric vehicle (EV) charging network along the Nation’s highways and within our communities. In alignment with this goal, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (“Bipartisan Infrastructure Law” or “BIL”), included the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program as the first major Federal funding program that focuses on a nationwide deployment of EV charging infrastructure.

Total Funding: $100 Million
Grant Period: 12 Months
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, State Agencies
How to Apply: Through Grants.gov
Previous program opportunities: Applications for this program closed November 13, 2023
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Research Partnership on Climate Change and Transportation
Application Status: Past
Deadline: November 27, 2023
Source: US Department of Transportation

U.S. DOT sought to fund a climate and transportation research center that would advance research to support Administration efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, incorporate evidence-based climate resilience and adaptation measures and features, reduce the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from the project materials, 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.

Total Funding: $2.5 Million
Award Amount: $2.5 Million
Grant Period: 3 Years
Eligible Entities: Public Agencies, Nonprofits, Private Entities
How to Apply: Through Grants.gov
Previous program opportunities: This program closed on November 27, 2023
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Innovative DEsigns for high-performAnce Low-cost HVDC Converters (IDEAL HVDC)
Application Status: Past
Deadline: February 5, 2024
Pre-Application Deadline: November 14, 2023
Source: US DOE

This FOA sought applications for innovative designs of HVDC VSC systems to reduce costs and promote adoption of the technology across the United States. Target areas for VSC design innovation under this FOA included, but were not limited to, increasing the power capacity of the converter, increasing the distance power can travel on the grid, decreasing the size of the converter substation, and increasing the lifespan of the system.  

Total Funding: $10 Million
Award Amount: $2.5 Million - $3.3 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, State Agencies, Nonprofits, Private Entities
How to Apply: Through EERE eXCHANGE
Previous program opportunities: Applications for this program closed February 5, 2024
Categories: Renewable Energy & Storage
Infill Infrastructure Grant Program
Application Status: Past
Deadline: December 20, 2023
Source: California Department of Housing and Community Development

The objective of the IIG program was to promote infill housing development by providing financial assistance for Capital Improvement Projects that are an integral part of, or necessary to facilitate the development of affordable and mixed income housing.

Under the Program, grants were available as gap funding for infrastructure, Factory-Built Housing components, and Adaptive Reuse necessary for specific residential or mixed-use infill developments.

Eligible costs included the construction, Rehabilitation, demolition, relocation, preservation, acquisition, or other physical improvements of the following (not a complete list:

  • Parks or Open Space
  • Water, sewer, or other utility service improvements (including internet and Electric Vehicle (EV) infrastructure), including relocation of such improvements.
  • Transit Station Structured Parking spaces required to replace existing parking spaces displaced by construction of new housing identified in the application.
  • Transit linkages and facilities, including, but not limited to, related access plazas or pathways, and bus and transit shelters.
  • Facilities that support pedestrian or bicycle transit, including bike lanes, crosswalk improvements, and pedestrian scaled lighting.
Total Funding: $90 Million
Award Amount: $500,000 - $7.5 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Nonprofits, Private Entities
Notable Requirements: Must meet their definition of a "small community," namely a county that has fewer than 250,000 residents.
Previous program opportunities: Round 11 Closed on December 20, 2023
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC) Prize Round 3
Application Status: Past
Deadline: February 9, 2024
Source: US DOE

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Technology Transitions (OTT), EPIC Round 3 was a $4 million competitive funding program for the nation’s most innovative incubators supporting energy startups. EPIC Round 3 awarded cash prizes and a three-year cooperative agreement to regional incubator teams that submited the most creative and impactful plans, then implement those plans to develop strong programming, connections, and support for energy startups and entrepreneurs. 

Total Funding: $4 Million
Award Amount: Up to 20 competitors will win $150,000 each, with a chance for a cooperative agreement up to $1 Million, and finally nominees will be awarded for a $100,000 prize.
Eligible Entities: Public Agencies, Nonprofits, Private Entities
Previous program opportunities: Round 2 held $4 Million, and winners were announced July 2023.
Categories: Renewable Energy & Storage
California’s National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program
Application Status: Past
Deadline: January 26, 2024
Source: California Energy Commission

In 2023 The California Energy Commission (CEC) announced the availability of up to $40,500,000 in grant funds for projects that would strategically deploy high-powered direct current fast charger (DCFC) electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and establish an interconnected network to facilitate data collection, access, and reliability.

Total Funding: $40.5 Million
Award Amount: $2.4 Million - $12.15 Million
Eligible Entities: Private Entities
Notable Requirements: Charging stations must be installed along specific corridors stated in the application manual.
How to Apply: Use the new Energy Commission Agreement Management System (ECAMS) portal on the CEC solicitation.
Previous program opportunities: The last application period closed January 26, 2024.
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Small Communities, Big Challenges – Rural Environmental Public Health Needs Prize Competition
Application Status: Past
Deadline: January 31, 2024
Source: US EPA

The goal of this Competition was for local governments to identify innovative and effective ways to holistically engage rural communities around environmental health issues and to identify any associated barriers to better protecting human health. Local governments that participate in the Competition had needed to demonstrate their innovative strategies for engaging rural communities and present collaboratively identified findings from these engagements through a brief engagement strategy report and a short video.

Total Funding: $250,000
Award Amount: $25,000
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Tribal Government
How to Apply: Send your submission via email to SCBCCompetition@epa.gov
Previous program opportunities: This program closed applications on January 31, 2024
Categories: Environmental Justice
Communities in Charge Level 2 EV Charger Funding
Application Status: Past
Deadline: December 22, 2023

Communities in Charge is California’s market-accelerating, light-duty electric vehicle (EV) charging incentive project funded by the California Energy Commission’s Clean Transportation Program, implemented by CALSTART, and supported in partnership with GRID Alternatives and Tetra Tech. Communities in Charge is designed to transform EV accessibility, rapidly catalyze new markets, and swiftly deploy Level 2 EV charging stations.

Total Funding: $38 Million
Award Amount: Up to $3,500, or 75% of eligible costs, whichever is less.
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government, CBOs, Nonprofits, Private Entities
Previous program opportunities: Round 2 of this program closed on December 22, 2023
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Improvements in Maintenance Processes for Reliable Operations that are Verifiable and Effective for Hydrogen Refueling Stations (IMPROVE for H2)
Application Status: Past
Deadline: January 19, 2024
Source: California Energy Commission

This was a competitive grant solicitation. The California Energy Commission’s (CEC’s) Clean Transportation Program announced the availability of up to $10,796,266 in grant funds for projects that would support the advancement of hydrogen refueling station operations and maintenance (O&M) to improve the customer experience.

Total Funding: $10.796 Million
Award Amount: $350,000 - $7 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Private Entities
Previous program opportunities: This program closed solicitations on January 19, 2024
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2024
Application Status: Past
Deadline: March 15, 2024
Pre-Application Deadline: December 18, 2023
Source: US DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) has announced this funding opportunity that will invest up to $30 million across nine topic areas to research, develop, and validate technologies with the potential to significantly advance building decarbonization.

Technologies developed through BENEFIT 2024 will advance the state-of-the-art for HVAC equipment, lower the cost of building envelope and lighting retrofits, and make buildings more resilient to blackouts and extreme weather.

Total Funding: $30 Million
Award Amount: $1 Million - $2 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, State Agencies, Tribal Government, CBOs, Nonprofits, Individuals
Previous program opportunities: FY24 Program closed March 5, 2024
Categories: Energy Efficiency
Zero-Emission School Bus Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Block Grant
Application Status: Past
Deadline: January 4, 2024
Source: California Energy Commission

This was a competitive block grant solicitation. The California Energy Commission’s (CEC’s) Clean Transportation Program sought a block grant Recipient to design and implement an up to $375,000,000 incentive program to fund incentive projects for California local educational agencies (LEAs). Incentive projects were defined as individually awarded incentives to LEAs for zero-emission school bus infrastructure projects. 

Total Funding: $375 Million
Award Amount: Up to $375 Million
Eligible Entities: Public Agencies, Nonprofits
Previous program opportunities: This program closed January 4, 2024
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Quantifying Exposures to Indoor Air Pollutants in Multifamily Homes that Cook with Gas or Alternatives
Application Status: Past
Deadline: January 31, 2024
Source: California Energy Commission

This program was designed to support a field study to quantify and characterize residents’ exposure to indoor air pollutants generated from kitchen stoves (gas, electric, and induction) in multifamily homes. This quantitative framework may, in turn, help guide future intervention policies such as building ventilation and electrification.

Total Funding: $2 Million
Award Amount: $1.9 Million - $2 Million
Eligible Entities: Public Agencies, Private Entities
Previous program opportunities: This program closed applications on January 31, 2024
Categories: GHG Reduction
Distributed Energy Systems Demonstrations
Application Status: Past
Deadline: April 15, 2024
Pre-Application Deadline: December 13, 2023
Source: US DOE

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) had issued this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to support a portfolio of projects that would demonstrate and validate reliable operations and financial value from a range of grid topologies with diverse energy resources and distributed energy systems (DES) ownership models.

In this FOA, OCED sought projects that can demonstrate that aggregated and coordinated distributed energy resources (DERs) can provide reliable, predictable grid services for a wide range of system configurations. The program goal was to build confidence that the design, control, and compensation approaches developed can be readily applied to other portions of the distribution grid and extended to other mixes of DERs, potentially extending the value of this approach to a more diverse set of communities, individuals, and entities as the distribution system continues to change.

Total Funding: $50 Million
Award Amount: $10 Million - $25 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government, CBOs, Nonprofits, Individuals, Private Entities
Previous program opportunities: This opportunity closed on April 15, 2024
Categories: Renewable Energy & Storage
Strategies to Increase Hydropower Flexibility
Application Status: Past
Deadline: April 11, 2024
Pre-Application Deadline: January 18, 2024
Source: US DOE

Hydropower currently accounts for 28.7% of total U.S. renewable electricity generation and about 6.2% of total U.S. electricity generation. It can supply electricity immediately or store it to meet real-time demand. By enhancing these abilities, this investment helps strengthen hydropower’s ability to support an electric grid with an increasing amount of variable renewable energy resources as the United States works to meet its clean energy goals.

The opportunity funded projects in three topic areas:

  1. Up to $4 million for projects that demonstrate hydropower hybrid configurations, such as a hydropower facility paired with another type of generation or with an energy storage resource.
  2. Up to $4 million for projects that advance technology innovations to improve the flexible capabilities of the U.S. hydropower fleet.
  3. Up to $1.5 million for projects that quantify the flexible capabilities of hydropower and advance operational strategies to increase such flexibility to better serve an evolving electric grid.  
Total Funding: $9.5 million
Award Amount: $750,000 - $4 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government, Nonprofits, Private Entities
Previous program opportunities: This program last closed on April 11, 2024
Categories: Renewable Energy & Storage
Fiscal Year 2024 Cross-Sector Technologies FOA
Application Status: Past
Deadline: March 20, 2024
Pre-Application Deadline: December 18, 2023
Source: US DOE

This funding opportunity is part of  DOE’s Technologies for Industrial Emissions Reduction Development (TIEReD) Program—an integrated, industrial decarbonization technology development strategy for DOE’s basic and applied research offices.

This program allowed applications under three topic areas:

  1. Electrification of Industrial Heat
  2. Efficient Energy Use in Industrial Systems
  3. Decarbonizing Organic Wastewater and Wet Waste Treatment
Total Funding: $38 Million
Award Amount: $1 Million - $5 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Tribal Government, Nonprofits, Private Entities
Previous program opportunities: This program closed March 20, 2024
Categories: Energy Efficiency
Bulk Grid Asset Enhancements for Grid Reliability
Application Status: Past
Deadline: February 20, 2024
Source: California Energy Commission

The California Energy Commission’s (CEC’s) Distributed Electricity Backup Assets (DEBA) Program announced the availability of up to $150 million in grant funds for the purchase and installation of efficiency upgrades and capacity additions to existing bulk grid power generators in California that will serve as emergency supply for the state’s electrical grid during extreme events.

Total Funding: $150 Million
Award Amount: $1 Million - $25 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Nonprofits, Private Entities
Previous program opportunities: This program closed February 20, 2024
Categories: Energy Resilience
Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies 4 (SEEDS 4)
Application Status: Past
Deadline: March 14, 2024
Pre-Application Deadline: January 30, 2024
Source: US DOE

The Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies 4 (SEEDS 4) funding opportunity set aside $7 million for social science research that would generate actionable insights that can improve large-scale solar (LSS) siting processes and outcomes for host communities—particularly those that are disadvantaged—as well as the solar industry and other stakeholders.

SETO seeks diverse teams of researchers from a variety of social science disciplines, including anthropology, behavioral sciences, communication, economics, political science, public administration, sociology, and urban planning. Teams may also include community, energy industry, or government partners.

Total Funding: $7 Million
Award Amount: $1 - 2.5 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, CBOs, Private Entities
Previous program opportunities: This program closed March 14, 2024. Expected to announce in May 2024.
Categories: Renewable Energy & Storage
SOlutions for Lasting, Viable Energy Infrastructure Technologies (SOLVE IT) Prize
Application Status: Past
Deadline: April 12, 2024
Source: US DOE American MADE Challenges

The Solutions for Lasting, Viable Energy Infrastructure Technologies (SOLVE IT) Prize aimed to help a growing number of communities identify and solve energy-related challenges in a way that works for them, while promoting wider. The Solutions for Lasting, Viable Energy Infrastructure Technologies (SOLVE IT) Prize aimed to empower communities to identify and implement innovative clean energy solutions in a way that works for their unique needs and challenges. more equitable technology uptake. 

Total Funding: $5 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, Nonprofits, Individuals
Categories: Renewable Energy & Storage
A Decision Tool to Electrify Homes with Limited Electrical Panel Capacity
Application Status: Past
Deadline: March 5, 2024
Source: California Energy Commission

The purpose of this solicitation was to develop and demonstrate a decision tool that could provide homeowners with detailed information on their electricity use and panel capacity and provide actionable pathways to achieve electrification.

Total Funding: $4.775 Million
Award Amount: $2.5 - $4.775 Million
Eligible Entities: Public Agencies, Private Entities
Previous program opportunities: This program closed March 5, 2024
Categories: Energy Efficiency
Affordable Housing & Sustainable Communities; Round 8
Application Status: Past
Deadline: March 19, 2024
Source: California Department of Housing and Community Development

The AHSC Program provides grants and/or loans, or any combination thereof, to Projects that seek to integrate low-carbon transportation and affordable housing, with an emphasis on providing benefits to Disadvantaged and Low-Income Communities.

The AHSC Program identified three eligible Project Area Types:

  • Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Project Areas,
  • Integrated Connectivity Project (ICP) Project Areas, or
  • Rural Innovation Project Areas (RIPA).
Total Funding: $675 Million
Award Amount: $250,000 - $50 Million
Eligible Entities: Public Agencies, Tribal Government, Nonprofits, Private Entities
Previous program opportunities: Round 8 closed in March 2024.
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Geothermal Energy Operations and Lithium Innovation (GEO/LI)
Application Status: Past
Deadline: April 15, 2024
Source: California Energy Commission

The purpose of this solicitation was to fund projects that would develop and demonstrate technologies to reduce impacts from scaling and corrosion at geothermal power plants in California or advance processes to enhance the recovery of lithium and other valuable minerals from geothermal brine at the Salton Sea geothermal field. 

Total Funding: $23 Million
Award Amount: $2 - $5 Million
Eligible Entities: Public Agencies, State Agencies, Private Entities
Previous program opportunities: This program closed on April 15, 2024
Categories: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy & Storage
Grant Funding to Address Indoor Air Pollution at Schools
Application Status: Past
Deadline: March 19, 2024
Pre-Application Deadline: February 22, 2024
Source: US EPA

The Inflation Reduction Act provides funding for grants to “monitor and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants at schools in low-income and disadvantaged communities.” Grantees will assist K-12 schools in low-income, disadvantaged, and Tribal communities in the development and adoption of comprehensive indoor air quality (IAQ) management plans to address air pollution and energy efficiency consistent with EPA’s recommended best practices

Total Funding: $32 Million
Award Amount: $5 - $8 Million
Grant Period: Funds are to support five years of IAQ and GHG reduction activities.
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, State Agencies, Tribal Government, Nonprofits
Previous program opportunities: This program last closed on March 19, 2024.
Categories: Environmental Justice, GHG Reduction
Access Clean California Grant Solicitation FY 2023-2024
Application Status: Past
Deadline: April 8, 2024
Source: CARB

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) held a competitive grant solicitation of $5 million from Fiscal Year (FY) 2023-24 for a grantee to continue implementation of the Access Clean California project.

Access Clean California provided resources to nonprofits, community-based organizations (CBO), and similar grassroots organizations to help individuals in low-income and disadvantaged communities learn about, apply for, and participate in clean transportation and clean energy incentive programs. 

Total Funding: $5 Million
Award Amount: $5 Million
Eligible Entities: Local Governments, Public Agencies, State Agencies, Nonprofits
Previous program opportunities: This program closed on April 8, 2024
Categories: Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility

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