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Federal Opportunities | State Specific Opportunities


FEMA's Codes Plus Up Initiative: $137 Million Grant for Building Resilient Communities  

FEMA's Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program has unveiled a groundbreaking initiative, allocating an unprecedented $137 million for code activities known as "Codes Plus Up." Under this initiative, each state and territory will receive $2 million, with an additional $25 million dedicated to tribal governments. The funding aims to bolster the adoption, updating, implementation and enforcement of hazard-resistant codes. This strategic investment is a significant step towards enhancing community resilience and fortifying infrastructure against potential hazards. 
 
Learn more about this funding opportunity and its impact on building resilient communities on FEMA's official website


Federal Opportunities

Assistance for the Adoption of the Latest & Zero Building Energy Codes - From the Inflation Reduction Act, this funding is meant to assist states and local governments with adopting the latest building energy codes or zero energy codes. DOE defines the Latest Energy Codes as the IECC 2021, unamended for both residential and commercial. DOE does provide a list of acceptable amendments in the FOA in Appendix 3 or page 88. They already released the formula funding application to states however local and home rule states were unable to take part in that funding. Below is a list of topic areas with how much funding will be allotted to each:  

  

  • Topic Area 1 – Adoption & Implementation of Qualifying Building Energy Codes by Certain Units of Local Government (up to $5m/3yrs with upwards of 20 awards) 
    • Subtopic A- Units of Local Government: Latest Energy Codes 
    • Subtopic B: Units of Local Government: Zero Energy Codes 
  • Topic Area 2 – Adoption & Implementation of the Latest Model Energy Codes or Zero Energy Godes with a Combination of Strengthening & Weakening Amendments by States & Certain Units of Local Government (up to $10m/3yrs with upwards of 10 awards) 
    • Adopted code must achieve equivalent or greater energy savings as compared to the most current code or zero energy code 
    • Simplified pathways for local governments with limited capacity 
    • Subtopic A – Units of Local Government: Latest Energy Codes (up to $10m/3yrs with upwards of 10 awards) 
    • Subtopic B: Units of State Government: Latest Energy Codes (up to $10m/3yrs with upwards of 10 awards) 
    • Subtopic C: Units of Local Government: Zero Energy Codes (up to $10m/9yrs with upwards of 20 awards) 
    • Subtopic D: Units of State Government: Zero Energy Codes (up to $10m/9yrs with upwards of 20 awards) 
  • Topic Area 3 – Adoption & Implementation of Innovative Building Energy Code Approaches by States & Certain Units of Local Government (such as BPS or stretch codes) 
    • Adopted innovation must achieve equal or greater energy savings as compared to latest or zero energy code. 
    • Subtopic A: Innovative Building Energy Codes with Savings Equivalent to Latest Energy Codes (up to $10m/3yrs with upwards of 10 awards) 
    • Subtopic B: Innovative Building Energy Codes with Savings Equivalent to Zero Energy Codes (up to $20m/9yrs with upwards of 100 awards) 

To summarize the topic areas, DOE breaks them out by if it is a state or local government applying and if they are aiming to pass the latest energy codes or a zero energy codes. Bolded words are meant to guide which is which. Energy codes refers to both residential and commercial building codes.  

DOE stresses that all proposed projects must be:  

  • Measurable through energy savings); 
  • Verifiable through surveys or field studies 
  • Enforceable through administrative procedures 
  • Examples include permitting, certificates of occupancy or financial penalties 

  

Who is eligible? State and local governments that have jurisdiction control over building energy codes. Other domestic entities, including, but not limited to nonprofits, utilities, implementors, and higher education institutions, can be subrecipients, but the government entity must prime. 

Concept Paper Due – 02/09/2024 

Full Application Due – 04/30/2024 (If a state applied for formula funding, they do not have to submit the concept paper) 


Building Resilient Infrastructure & Communities (BRIC) – FEMA’s BRIC funding supports hazard mitigation strategies associated with climate change, including acute extreme weather events, such as flooding or tornados, and chronic stressors, such as extreme temperatures and shifting focus from recovery to prevention and mitigation. This fiscal year’s funding is specifically focused on building codes, specifications and standards as providing important mitigation activities and significant resilience benefits.  

There are three categories of eligible activities: 

  1. Evaluate adoption and/or implementation of codes that reduce risk. 
  2. Enhance existing adopted codes to incorporate more current requirements or tougher standards. 
  3. Develop professional workforce capabilities through technical assistance and training. 

 

Examples of eligible programs include remote virtual inspections, code official trainings and disaster resilience study and code review.  

Who is eligible? State, territory, and/or tribal governments are eligible. Local and municipal governments are eligible as subrecipients under a state-primed application. 

Application Due: 02/29/2024 


Energy Auditor Training Grant Program – The Energy Auditor Training Programs aims to train individual to conduct energy audits or surveys of commercial and residential buildings. This opportunity is open to both states with and those without current, standardized framing for the education and training of energy auditors in their state. This grant would assist states in creating that curriculum if needed and help states update their curriculum to align with current and/or future standards. SCEP hopes that this funding will help states close the gap of energy auditors within the workforce and assist underrepresented groups enter the clean energy workforce.  

Who is eligible? State Governments

Concept Papers Due – 3/28/2024 

Applications Due – 6/28/2024 


Community Change Grants – Funded through the IRA, this EPA program aims to fund climate and environmental justice (EJ) activities that benefit and strengthen disadvantaged communities. The EPA has identified the following goals for these programs: 

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

  

Who is eligible? A partnership between a CBO and another CBO, a federally-recognized tribe, a local government, or an institution of higher learning.  

Application Due: 11/24/2024 


State Specific Opportunities

Energy Innovation Grant Program (WI) – This funding aims to advance energy innovation in Wisconsin through investing in innovative energy technologies & processes and expanding access to clean energy, efficiency & preparedness to WI communities that might not otherwise have the means to do so. 

There are three eligible activities allowed under this funding: 

  1. Activity 1 – Renewable Energy & Energy Storage: Including solar PV systems, renewable energy systems other than PV systems, energy storage systems, renewable energy systems combined with an energy storage system and microgrid implementation. 
  2. Activity 2 – Energy Efficiency & Demand Response: Including energy efficiency, process efficiency, demand response and beneficial electrification. 
  3. Activity 3 – Comprehensive Energy Planning & Feasibility Studies for Microgrids: Including comprehensive energy plans, investment grade audits, technology transfer & market transformation planning and data efforts that contribute to comprehensive energy projects or plans.  

  

Who is eligible? Cities/towns/villages, counties, K-12 school districts, tribes, municipal utilities (including electric, wastewater & water and natural gas), electric cooperatives, University of Wisconsin System campuses and facilities, Wisconsin Technical College System, public or nonprofit hospitals and 501(c)3 nonprofits.  

Applications Due – 3/1/2024 


Community Energy Management Program (MI) – The goal of the Community Energy Management Program is to assist local governments and tribes with improving energy management and accelerate the implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources through community engagement, building upgrades and energy planning & benchmarking. Some priorities for this funding include reducing energy waste, boosting the use & accessibility of renewable energy and using energy audits to guide energy efficiency investments.  

  

Who is eligible? Any local government, tribe, or public service entity that is physically located in Michigan. 

Applications Due – 3/30/2024 


CEJA Equitable Energy Future Grants (IL) – The goal of the Equitable Energy Future Grants is to provide seed and pre-development funding to support the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects benefitting businesses, community organizations and the workforce in historically disadvantaged communities, who often face barriers to obtaining the needed capital to complete such projects. Examples of eligible projects include planning & project development, professional services, purchasing & leasing land, equipment and staff, to name a few. 

  

Who is eligible? Equity eligible contractors & independent contractors, nonprofits, co-operatives that are majority-owned by equity eligible persons and businesses & nonprofits with a proposed project that meets equity building criteria. Equity eligible means the business or nonprofit are majority-owned by equity-eligible persons, including:  

  • Participants in CEJA workforce programs 
  • Illinois foster care children or formally in the foster care system 
  • People who are formerly incarcerated 
  • Illinoisans who live in an R3 zone or environmental justice community 

  

Applications Due – 6/30/2024