The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program is excited to announce the release of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the EECBG Competitive Program. We hope that you will help us share this opportunity with your greater network!
The EECBG Competitive Program will award $8.8 million in funding to cities, counties, towns, and state-recognized tribes – or teams of these communities – that were ineligible for the EECBG Program Formula grant. EECBG Program recipients can use the funding for a wide variety of projects that lower energy costs, reduce carbon emissions and energy use, and improve energy efficiency. Example projects include regional clean energy strategic plans, investments in distributed energy technologies, or cross-municipal weatherization-based workforce development programs.
The EECBG Competitive Program is an exciting opportunity for smaller communities to access funds for clean energy. Per statute, DOE will give priority to applicants from States with populations of fewer than two million people, and propose projects that will result in significant energy efficiency improvements and fossil fuel reduction in disadvantaged communities. Applicants are encouraged to apply in teams to maximize the impact of program funding.
Further, selected communities or teams will be able to benefit from several technical assistance opportunities, including eligibility for a DOE-sponsored, full-time fellow to support their EECBG project.
- Interested communities can begin the application process by submitting a short concept paper to DOE by June 5, 2023. DOE will review the concept papers and either encourage or discourage applicants to submit a full application. Applicants may submit a full application regardless of whether they are encouraged or discouraged to do so. Full applications are due by August 7, 2023. For more information about the EECBG Competitive Program, please visit our website.
DOE will host two webinars with information about the grant structure, design, and application process on Tuesday, April 18th at 2 p.m. ET and on Monday, May 15th at 2 p.m. ET. Both webinars will be recorded and available on our website.