Funding Resources

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Featured Active Funding Opportunities

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities

The BRIC program makes federal funds available to states, U.S territories, federally recognized tribal governments, and local communities for hazard mitigation activities. It does so with a recognition of the growing hazards associated with climate change, and of the need for natural hazard risk mitigation activities that promote climate adaptation and resilience with respect to those hazards. These include both acute extreme weather events and chronic stressors which have been observed and are expected to increase in the future.

Application deadline is December 2, 2022. 

Funding Organization: CalOES

Community Clean Energy Coalition Prize

The goal of the Community Clean Energy Coalition Prize is to help community coalitions—made up of nonprofits, city governments, school systems, and other community organizations—come together to develop a strategy to address a local clean energy opportunity or inequity. Strategies may include student education, workforce trainings, or implementation of new technologies that align with the goals of the White House’s Justice40 Initiative.

Application deadline is December 7, 2022. 

Funding Organization: Department of Energy

Community Microgrid Enablement Program (CMEP)

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.

Application deadline is December 31st, 2022. 

Funding Organization: PG&E

California Automated Permit Processing Program – CalAPP

The CalAPP Program is accepting applications for grant funding. The application deadline is May 2, 2023. Please review the Solicitation Manual and Terms and Conditions prior to completing an application. These documents and the application form can be accessed via the link provided in the Solicitation Information tab below.

Application deadline is May 2nd, 2022. 

Funding Organization: California Energy Commission

Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP)

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.

Application deadline is ongoing. 

Funding Organization: CA Pubic Utilities Commission

California Lending for Energy and Environmental Needs (CLEEN)

IBank’s California Lending for Energy and Environmental Needs (CLEEN) program provides low-cost direct public financing to local governments and nonprofits sponsored by public agencies to help meet the state’s goals for greenhouse gas reduction, water conservation, and environmental preservation. The CLEEN Center offers two programs: the Statewide Energy Efficiency Program (SWEEP) and the Light Emitting Diode Street Lighting (LED) program. Financing can be through a direct loan from IBank or through publicly offered tax-exempt bonds in amounts from $500,000 to $30 million.

Application deadline is ongoing. 

Funding Organization: Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank

Building Initiative for Low-Emissions Development (BUILD)

Application deadline is ongoing. 

Funding Organization: CA Energy Commission

CA Clean Mobility Options Voucher Program

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.

Application deadline is ongoing. 

Funding Organization: CA Air Resources Board

Cost Share for Federal Clean Energy Funding Opportunities

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.

Application deadline is ongoing. 

Funding Organization: CA Energy Commission

On the Horizon

Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships Program

The Biden-Harris Administration Launches $10.5 Billion Investment to Strengthen America’s Electric Grid: DOE Seeks Public Feedback on President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Grid Resilience Innovation Programs that Enhance the Power Grid’s Ability to Deliver Cheaper, Cleaner Energy to American Communities

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input on the $10.5 billion Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnership Program to enhance the resilience and reliability of America’s electric grid. The RFI seeks information from states, Tribes, communities, utilities, project developers, and other key stakeholders to help refine the funding opportunity announcement that will be made later this year and to guide the implementation of the funding over five years to enhance the electric grid in support of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. These programs will accelerate the deployment of transformative projects that will help to ensure the reliability of the power sector’s infrastructure, so all American communities have access to affordable, reliable, clean electricity anytime, anywhere while helping deliver on the President’s goal of 100% clean electricity by 2035. . . .

Building Codes Implementation for Efficiency and Resilience

The Building Codes Implementation for Efficiency and Resilience Program is a competitive grant program to enable sustained, cost-effective implementation of updated building energy codes to save customers money on their energy bills.

Deployment of Technologies to Enhance Grid Flexibility

The Deployment of Technologies to Enhance Grid Flexibility Program provides funding and expansion of eligible activities under the Smart Grid Investment Matching Grant Program established under section 1306 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

Program Upgrading Our Electric Grid and Ensuring Reliability and Resiliency

The Program Upgrading Our Electric Grid and Ensuring Reliability and Resiliency is designed to provide federal financial assistance 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.

ICARP Adaptation Planning Grant

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.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG)

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant 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.

Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities

The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program makes it easier for Californians to drive less by making sure housing, jobs, and key destinations are accessible by walking, biking, and transit.

Regional Resilience Planning & Implementation Grant

The Regional Resilience Planning & Implementation Grant Program will support regional projects and plans that improve regional climate resilience and reduce risks from climate impacts, including wildfire, sea level rise, drought, flood, increasing temperatures, and extreme heat events.

Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is pleased to release the Draft Fiscal Year (FY) 2023-24 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant (STPG) Application Guide (Draft) for a 30-day public comment period from October 5 to November 4, 2022.  The link to the Draft and the comment form are provided below. We look forward to receiving specific comments and feedback.

The Draft describes policies, grant program objectives, administrative requirements, and procedures for submitting a grant competitive application.  It includes a one-time augmentation of $50 million in Climate Adaptation Planning grants, recently enacted with the State Budget.  It was developed in consultation with the California State Transportation Agency, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), the California Air Resources Board, the California Department of Housing and Community Development, and the California Department of Public Health.  In addition, two virtual public workshops were conducted in spring 2022 to inform the development of the draft and receive initial comments from stakeholders.

Applications Anticipated Within the Next Year

Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships Program

The CERI program will enhance electric grid resilience for under-resourced and tribal communities across California. The program will invest in projects that: increase energy resilience and reliability, provide the greatest community benefit in reducing the likelihood and consequences of disruptions to the electricity grid, promote decarbonization of the energy system, improve energy justice and equity, and create good-paying jobs. CEC staff will seek feedback from stakeholders on proposed CERI program objectives and guidelines.

Behind-the-Meter Zero-Emission Backup Technologies

The California Energy Commission is gathering information for a potential future solicitation focused on research needed to develop emerging solutions to enable plug-and-play, zero-emission resiliency at reduced costs through standardized design. Stakeholders are not required to respond to every question of this RFI. In fact, stakeholders are encouraged to respond specifically to the questions they feel most suit their knowledge and background.

Behind-the-meter zero-emission renewable backup power is feasible, but effective and safe integration requires additional costly equipment such as battery storage, battery inverters, and transfer switches. Resilient systems require expensive customization in comparison to lower-cost, drop-in backup power generators that use diesel or gasoline as their fuel source. These fossil fuel-powered generators, emitting large amounts of criteria pollutants and greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, are deployed during outages from extreme heat, nearby wildfire, and Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events that are exacerbated by climate change. Breaking this unsustainable feedback loop requires transitioning to zero-emission backup power, which has affordability challenges that can be especially difficult for low-income and under-resourced communities.

Microgrid Incentive Program

The Microgrid Incentive Program is intended to provide funding for community, local and tribal government-driven, reliability and resilience projects with benefits including:

  •  Increased electricity reliability and resiliency in communities that may be at higher risk of electrical outages.
  • Increased reliability for critical infrastructure facilities such as fire stations, schools, and nursing homes that keep communities safe.
  • Reduced impacts of power outages and minimized disruptions for low-income households, individuals who rely on un-interrupted power, utilize assistive and/or medical equipment, or experience other access and functional needs.
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas emissions by deploying clean generation technologies and expanding the market for resiliency solutions that do not rely upon diesel generation.

While the program concept is approved, the program design and implementation details still need to be worked out.  Staff and the program administrators will continue to seek input from a wide range of stakeholders via public workshops and other public processes on how to best serve the electrical needs of vulnerable communities with the program investments.

Community Resilience Centers (CRC)

SGC’s CRC program will fund new construction and upgrades of neighborhood-level resilience centers to provide shelter and resources during climate and other emergencies. The program will also fund year-round services and ongoing programming that build overall community resilience.

Local Government Energy Program

Foundational programs like the Weatherization Assistance Program and State Energy Program, which both have more than 40 years of successfully delivering energy savings across the country, will complement newly formed programs such as the Local Government Energy Program and Energy Futures Grants, enabling DOE to work for the first time ever, with local governments and communities for the long term.

Through the disbursement of formula grants, DOE will extend the core capabilities of state energy offices and expand the weatherization provider network to assist low-income families with home energy retrofits. Competitive awards will further the innovation by states and local governments seeking to implement high-impact and self-sustaining clean energy projects. In addition, technical assistance will help to facilitate clean energy programs and practices through “best practice” tools, “lead-by-example” methods, peer-to-peer forums, and other strategic partnerships.

Energy Storage Demonstration and Pilot Grant Program – Application Estimated to Open Q3 of 2023

The Energy Storage Demonstration and Pilot Grant Program is designed to enter into agreements to carry out 3 energy storage system demonstration projects.

Eligible uses include the following:

  1. To improve the security of critical infrastructure and emergency response systems.
  2. To improve the reliability of transmission and distribution systems, particularly in rural areas, including high-energy cost rural areas.
  3. To optimize transmission or distribution system operation and power quality to defer or avoid costs of replacing or upgrading electric grid infrastructure, including transformers and substations.
  4. To supply energy at peak periods of demand on the electric grid or during periods of significant variation of electric grid supply.
  5. To reduce peak loads of homes and businesses.
  6. To improve and advance power conversion systems.
  7. To provide ancillary services for grid stability and management.
  8. To integrate renewable energy resource production.
  9. To increase the feasibility of microgrids (grid-connected or islanded mode).
  10. To enable the use of stored energy in forms other than electricity to support the natural gas system and other industrial processes.
  11. To integrate fast charging of electric vehicles.
  12. To improve energy efficiency.

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund

The Inflation Reduction Act amended the Clean Air Act to create a new program: the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. This first-of-its-kind program will provide competitive grants to mobilize financing and leverage private capital for clean energy and climate projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions – with an emphasis on projects that benefit low-income and disadvantaged communities – and further the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to environmental justice.

National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) NEVI Formula Program will provide funding to states to strategically deploy electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and to establish an interconnected network to facilitate data collection, access, and reliability. Funding is available for up to 80% of eligible project costs, including:

  • The acquisition, installation, and network connection of EV charging stations to facilitate data collection, access, and reliability;
  • Proper operation and maintenance of EV charging stations; and,
  • Long-term EV charging station data sharing.

Other Assistance

Climate Action and the Inflation Reduction Act Guide for Local Government Leaders

Climate Mayors, a bipartisan coalition of nearly 500 mayors, and C40 Cities, a network of mayors of nearly 100 world-leading cities, recently released, “Climate Action and the Inflation Reduction Act: A Guide for Local Government Leaders,” a guidebook to help local leaders understand the landmark Inflation Reduction Act and all the resources available to them through the law. The guidebook – supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies – advises U.S. mayors and city staff on the opportunities for local governments, organizations, and businesses to implement the Inflation Reduction Act and address climate change. It highlights where funding could flow directly to cities and where cities will need to collaborate with other partners, including state governments and community organizations, to deploy funding in a way that accelerates climate action and advances equity.

Reach Codes Newcomers Webinar Series Recordings

this webinar series helps reach code newcomers (and anyone who wants to learn more about reach codes) gain a greater understanding of the options, resources and timeframes involved. Sessions are timed for jurisdiction staff who are exploring reach code adoption in alignment with the new statewide 2022 Building Energy Code, effective January 1, 2023.

Transformative Climate Communities Program

The Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Program funds development and infrastructure projects that achieve major environmental, health, and economic benefits in California’s most disadvantaged communities. TCC is one of many California Climate Investments programs.

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Opportunities to Provide Input

Funding agencies will often request input on funding programs before they are made available. These are critical opportunities for local governments to influence these programs so they are scoped and designed to better meet local energy and sustainability needs. Your participation is completely optional, but for those that can spare the capacity, a little input could lead to a lot of outcomes!

U.S. Department of Energy: Energy Improvement in Rural and Remote Areas  – Due November 28th, 2022

Agency Seeking Input: U.S. Department of Energy

The Biden-Harris Administration, through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), today issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public input on a new $1 billion program to improve energy generation in rural or remote communities across the country. Funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Energy Improvements in Rural or Remote Areas (ERA) program will strengthen the resilience, reliability, and availability of energy systems, helping communities unlock the public health and cost-saving benefits cleaner, more efficient energy provides. The new program reflects the Biden-Harris Administration’s continued commitment to ensuring no communities are left behind in the historic transition to a clean energy future.

U.S. Department of Energy: Home Energy Rebate Program – Listening Sessions November 2022- January 2023

Agency Seeking Input: U.S. Department of Energy

The Biden-Harris administration, through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), announced nearly $9 billion will be available to states and Tribes from President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act for consumer home energy rebate programs, enabling communities to make homes more energy efficient, upgrade to electric appliances, and cut energy costs. DOE estimates that the historic home energy efficiency and electrification consumer rebates authorized will save households up to $1 billion annually. Inflation Reduction Act programs will include the installation of clean energy equipment like heat pumps that will lower energy costs for American families, decrease dependence on fossil fuels, and help the U.S. meet the President’s goal of weatherizing two million homes and our economy-wide climate goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions at least in half by the end of the decade.

IRS: Clean Energy Tax Incentives – Due December 3rd, 2022

Agency Seeking Input: Internal Revenue Service

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 represents the most significant legislation to invest in clean energy and address climate change in our nation’s history. The Inflation Reduction Act puts President Biden’s climate goals within reach while saving families money, creating good-paying jobs, and strengthening our nation’s energy security. Of the Inflation Reduction Act’s $369 billion investment in addressing climate change, $270 billion will be delivered through tax incentives, putting Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at the forefront of Inflation Reduction Act implementation.

On October 5, Treasury and the IRS issued a set of Notices requesting public comment on implementing key provisions. The Notices seek initial input from the public on specific questions, as well as requests for general comments. Stakeholders are encouraged to respond as soon as possible, ideally within 30 days of issuance (by November 4). Responses will inform Treasury and the IRS’ implementation of this landmark legislation.

Environmental Protection Agency: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund – Due December 5th, 2022

Agency Seeking Input: Environmental Protection Agency

The Inflation Reduction Act amended the Clean Air Act to create a new program: the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. This first-of-its-kind program will provide competitive grants to mobilize financing and leverage private capital for clean energy and climate projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions – with an emphasis on projects that benefit low-income and disadvantaged communities – and further the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to environmental justice.

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Information on external funding opportunities for climate and energy initiatives for which local governments are eligible recipients.

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