Updated August 27th, 2023
- DEPT. OF ENERGY
- DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION
- ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
- DEPT. OF TREASURY
- US DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE
- DEPT. OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
- US DEPT. OF COMMERCE
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
- ANNOUNCEMENT: The Biden-Harris Administration recently opened applications for the $8.5 billion DOE Home Rebate program, as part of the IRA. While this funding is distributed for States and tribes, many states are developing input from localities on best practices for implementation and how residents can take advantage of the program. You can find more information here.
The Home Energy Rebate Programs include:
- The Home Efficiency Rebates Program will offer $4,300,000,000 in formula grants to state energy offices to reduce the upfront cost of whole-home energy efficiency upgrades in single-family and multi-family homes. The value of an eligible home’s rebate depends on the predicted energy savings attributable to the project.
- The Home Electrification and Appliance Rebates Program will offer $4,275,000,000 in formula grants to state energy offices to reduce the upfront cost of efficient electric technologies in single-family and multi-family homes. This program also provides $225,000,000 in grants to Indian tribes, however tribal guidance and application instructions are forthcoming through a separate, upcoming announcement.
- GRANT: As part of BIL, DOE announced the Carbon Utilization Procurement Grants. The $100 million program makes funding available to support states, local governments, and public utilities in purchasing products derived from converted carbon emissions. The goal is to speed up adoption of advanced carbon management technologies, creating a market for environmentally sustainable alternatives in fuels, chemicals, and building products sourced from captured emissions from industrial and power generation facilities. Deadline: April 30, 2024. You learn more here.
- Buildings Upgrade Prize: Funding is available to help transform U.S. buildings into energy-efficiency and clean energy ready homes, commercial spaces, and communities. The competition is open to community-based organizations, local governments, tribes, building owners, utilities, nonprofit organizations, energy efficiency program implementers, and other organizations. You can learn more here.
- RESOURCE: Check out DOEs IIJA funding opportunities landing page here.
- SIGN UP for the Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP) newsletter to receive monthly updates on funding and technical assistance opportunities. You can sign up here.
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
- MAPS: The DOT has put together an interactive website and map of the FY23 busses and bus facilities and low-no grant recipients across the country. You can find this interactive tool here.
- RESOURCE: Check out DOT’s Key Notices of Funding for updates on IIJA Funding Opportunities here as well as a “Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Year Ahead Checklist” here to get ready for funding opportunities for the next year!
- GRANT: The Reconnecting Communities Grant and Neighborhood Access and Equity Program, made available from BIL, provides an unprecedented effort to build good transportation infrastructure to reconnect communities to economic opportunities.
The Biden-Harris Administration announced an updated streamline process, which combines two programs from BIL and IRA, which will make it easier to submit an application and increase opportunity for communities that are seeking funding for projects that address harm from past infrastructure planning decisions, accelerate equitable community revitalization, and improve access to everyday destinations. You can read more about the announcement and grant opportunity here. Deadline: September 28th, 2023.
- GRANT: The Federal Transit Administration announced the Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning program provides over $13.4 million in funding to support comprehensive or site-specific planning associated with new fixed guideway and core capacity improvement projects. Deadline: October 10, 2023. You can find more information here.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
- GRANT: The Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG) is a $4.6 billion program that will provide significant resources for entities, including local governments, to develop ambitious climate action plans.
EPA released initial guidance on the CPRG implementation grants. EPA expects to issue competition for the implementation grants — a general competition and one for tribes and territories. These competitions will be open to entities that receive planning grants to develop Priority Climate Action Plans under phase 1 of the CPRG program, and they will be open to entities that did not directly receive a planning grant but that apply for funds to implement measures included in an applicable PCAP.
Coming Soon – Phase II Implementation Grants – The notices of funding opportunities for the second phase of the Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG) program are under development and anticipated for release in September 2023.
You can find more information on the guidance, as well as more about the CPRG program, here.
DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
- ELECTIVE PAY AND TRANSFERABILITY (DIRECT PAY): On June 15, the Biden-Harris Administration released proposed guidance on the elective pay mechanism established under the IRA to help eligible entities – including state, local, territory, and Tribal governments and non-profit organizations – access clean energy tax credits.
The proposed elective pay regulations can be found here and transferability here. In addition to the Treasury press release, you can find FAQs and fact sheets that outline key information contained in the proposed guidance. You can also find helpful information on CleanEnergy.gov/directpay.
- TAX CREDIT: Qualifying Advanced Energy Project Credit Program. The IRA provided new funding for this tax credit to incentivize certain clean energy technologies. A new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) notice gives examples of projects that are eligible and directs at least $4 billion of the funding towards projects at closed coal mines or retired coal-fired power plants. Application now open.
- TAX CREDIT: Low-Income Communities Bonus Credit Program. A new IRS notice announces an increase of up to 20 percent to the investment tax credit for solar and wind energy projects in low-income communities. The notice outlines the program goals and allocations for 1.8 gigawatts (GW) of clean energy capacity across four categories of facilities. Application will open later in 2023.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
- GRANT AND LOAN: Empowering Rural America (New ERA) Program. The USDA Rural Development Office announced the $9.7 billion program through the Inflation Reduction Act to help rural Americans transition to clean, affordable, and reliable energy. Applications are open from July 31 – September 15, 2023 and must submit a required letter of intent. You can find more information here.
- GRANT: Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides $1 billion to help agricultural producers and rural small-businesses invest in renewable energy systems and make energy-efficiency improvements. USDA will hold competitions quarterly through 2024. You can find more information here.
- LOAN FORGIVENESS: Powering Affordable Clean Energy (PACE) Program. The program provides $1 billion from the IRA to make clean, affordable, and reliable energy accessible to the people of rural America by providing loans up to $100 million and providing up to 60% loan forgiveness — percentage of loan forgiveness will depend on the type of community the proposed project will serve. The PACE program is available to eligible applicants (including local governments) that generate electricity for resale to residents in both rural and non-rural areas. However, at least 50% of the population served by your proposed renewable energy project must live in communities with populations of 20,000 or fewer. Applications *NOW* open. Deadline: September 29, 2023. You can learn more about the program here.
- GRANT: As part of the IRA, the USDA announced $450 million for their Forest Landowner Support program. This program will provide cost share and payment incentives for forestry practices and support participation of underserved landowners and small-acreage landowners (owning less than 2,500 acres) in emerging private markets for climate mitigation or forest resilience. There are three different tracks for funding and deadlines. You can learn more here.
- GRANT: As part of BIL, USDA announced $250 million for the Community Wildfire Grant program. This program provides funding that prioritizes at-risk communities in an area identified as having high or very high wildfire hazard potential, are low-income, or have been impacted by a severe disaster that affects the risk of wildfire. Deadline October 31, 2023. You can find more information here.
DEPT. OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
- GRANT AND LOAN SUBSIDIES: The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced the Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRP) through the Inflation Reduction Act which provides $837.5 million to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the energy and water efficiency and climate resilience of HUD-assisted multifamily properties serving low-income residents. HUD will hold competitions quarterly through 2024. Deadline for first application period: August 31, 2023.
- The grant and loan subsidies have three pathways with varying quarterly deadlines. For more information on the program you can go here and the NOFO can be found here.
- If you have questions you can email email@example.com and go to hud.gov/grrp website for information on office hours, every Wednesday from 3-4 PM ET.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
- GRANT: Ocean-Based Climate Resilience Grant. As a part of the Inflation Reduction Act and NOAA’s Climate Ready Coast initiative, the $100 million program seeks to fund accelerator entities, including localities, that will support businesses navigating commercialization pathways for ocean-based climate resilience solutions that support NOAA’s mission to help communities prepare for, adapt to, and build resilience to climate challenges. Deadline: September 11, 2023. You can find more information here.
- GRANT: As part of the IRA, NOAA announced $60 million for their Climate Ready Workforce for Coastal States, Tribes, and Territories Initiative. This program provides eligible entities, including localities, funding to connect people across the country to good-paying jobs, such as landscape technicians, heat health outreach specialists and climate equity officers, that tackle the climate crisis and boost local resilience. Required letters of intent are due by November 30, 2023. You can find more information here.
- GRANT: As part of the IRA, NOAA announced $240 million for their Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience Grants. This program will support transformational habitat restoration projects that restore marine, estuarine, coastal, or Great Lakes ecosystems, using approaches that enhance community and ecosystem resilience to climate hazards. Deadline: November, 17 2023. You can find out more here.