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Federal Opportunities

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 

Clean Energy Peer-Learning Cohorts from U.S. DOE - Agrivoltaics, Energy Efficiency, and Fleet ElectrificationThe U.S Department of Energy’s Clean Energy to Communities (C2C) program is now accepting applications for a new round of peer-learning cohorts!

C2C’s peer-learning cohorts convene communities from across the country to spend 6 months learning from energy experts—and each other—about best practices, strategies, and tools for approaching a specific energy topic.

The three cohort topics in this round are:

  • Energy efficiency programs for residential buildings
  • Electrifying municipal fleet vehicles
  • Implementing agrivoltaics projects

The peer-learning cohorts will start in July. Learn more and apply on the C2C peer-learning cohorts webpage.

Applications were due: 4/30/24

Target Participants: Depending on cohort topic, target participants include local and regional governments, municipal and cooperative utilities, tribes, and community-based organizations.

Cohort Launch: July 2024

Cohort Duration: 6 months

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL): Resilient and Efficient Codes Implementation (RECI) - This FOA is the second installment in the RECI initiative, which maintains the same broad format, flexibility, and crosscutting areas of interest, while emphasizing and prioritizing specific gaps, needs, and opportunities to support building energy codes identified as focal points through the first RECI FOA and continued stakeholder engagement. The activities to be funded under the FOA support the BIL, as well as a broader government-wide approach to advance building codes and support their successful implementation. The primary focus centers around updating to more efficient building energy codes that save money for American homes and businesses, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and encourage more resilient buildings. This FOA includes one topic area broadly focused on the cost-effective implementation of updated energy codes.

Who is eligible? City, county or state governments; Public housing authorities; For profit organizations, non profits, Public and private controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal organizations, Independent school districts. 

Concept papers were due: 4/8/24 

Applications due: 6/6/24

EECBG Program Formula Application - Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants can fund projects to cut carbon emissions, improve energy efficiency, and reduce energy consumption.

Who is eligible? Local governments and Tribal governments

Local government applications were due: 4/30/24

Tribal government applications due: 5/30/25

Home Energy Rebates (HOMES): Early Administrative Funding.  

Who is Eligible? State and Territorial Energy Offices 

Application Due– 5/31/2024

Home Energy Rebates (HEEHRA): Early Administrative Funding.  

Who is Eligible? State and Territorial Energy Offices 

Application Due– 5/31/2024

Renew America's SchoolsThe DOE has announced Renew America’s Schools program’s second round of funding opportunity to support energy efficiency and clean energy infrastructure improvements at K-12 public schools across the country. The Renew America’s Schools program launched its first round of funding in 2022, and to date, it has invested $182.5 million in public school districts across America. Applications are now open, and this round introduces a prize-to-cooperative agreement funding model to streamline the application process. The submission deadline is June 13. Questions regarding the Prize should be submitted to

There will be two upcoming webinars on this topic:  

Wednesday, May 29 at 2 p.m. ET: Webinar Registration - Zoom

Applications Due: 6/13/24

Clean Energy to Communities Program (C2C): In-Depth Partnerships Due June 14 

Who is eligible? Local Governments, Non-Profits, Utilities 

Application Due – 6/14/2024

Energy Auditor Training Grant Program: Full Application.  

Who is Eligible? States, the District of Columbia, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam and if they have a demonstrated need for assistance for training energy auditors. 

Application Due– 6/28/2024

Energizing Rural Communities Grant 

Who is Eligible? Educational Institutions, General Public, Lending Institutions, Local Governments, Native/Tribal Entities, Non-profits, Private Sector, Public Utility Entities, State Governments 

Application Due – 7/12/2024

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.  

Applications Due: 11/24/2024 

State Specific Opportunities

Federal Formula Grant Program: Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid (IL) - The Illinois Finance Authority, in its new role as the Illinois Climate Bank, will be responsible for distributing these grants in Illinois with a focus on targeting innovative approaches and funding gaps to improve reliability and resilience, particularly in disadvantaged communities that are least able to respond to power outages. The State will be receiving $8 million/year for the next five years to invest in projects. Funds can be used for a variety of investments, including for microgrids, weatherization, and automation. 

First Round of Pre-Applications due - 6/24/2024

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 – Rolling until funds are committed or 6/30/2024 

Community Energy Management Grant: Catalyst Communities (MI)   

Who is eligible? Educational Institutions, General Public, Lending Institutions, Local Governments, Native/Tribal Entities, Non-profits, Private Sector, Public Utility Entities, State Governments 

Applications Due – 6/30/2024

Empowering Energy Partnerships in Indiana Communities (EPIC) (IN)

Who is Eligible?  Local units of government, non-profit organizations, for-profit entities, and institutions of higher education  

Application Due – 6/30/2024

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 

Energy Efficiency Assessment Program (IL)

Who is Eligible? Public housing authorities, units of local government (municipalities, counties and townships) or nonprofit organizations responsible for management of residential properties in the State of Illinois located in an area of environmental justice concern with residents participating in federal, state or local public housing programs, housing choice vouchers, rental assistance or subsidized housing assistance programs. 

Application Due– 7/12/2024

Environmental Justice Impact Grants (MI)

Who is Eligible? Federally recognized Tribes, community-based non-profit organizations, schools, institutions of higher education, local governments

Application Due – 7/15/2024