Career Skills Training – Department of Energy

What does this funding get me?

$10 million will be available for nonprofit-led partnerships with industry and labor organizations leading the program with goals to:

  • Increase enrollment and participation in existing energy efficiency career skills training programs.
  • Improve access to classroom instruction and on-the-job training opportunities for underserved, underrepresented, disadvantaged communities.
  • Provide participants with the necessary skills and industry-recognized certifications required to pursue a career in the energy efficiency industry.
  • Place participants in good jobs to ensure economic self-sufficiency and career success.

Am I eligible?

Nonprofit partnerships are eligible for funding via the Department of Energy’s Office of State & Community Energy Programs. 

Per the provision language, this program requires nonprofit partnerships between the following entities: 

  • Industry; public or private employer
  • Labor Unions and Organizations, Labor-Management Partnerships, and Worker Centers and Organizations

How can I access the money?

A prime recipient for this funding includes: 

  • Two applicants in a partnership where one applicant is identified as the lead applicant.
    • The lead partner will:
      • Identify the partnering industry/labor organization and if applicable the supporting potential partners in their applications.
      • Establish a partnership that includes one of the entities described as required partners above to form the nonprofit partnership.  
      • Function as implementers, supporting the assessment of skill needs and workforce trends and working with employers to increase the number of workers in the energy workforce.  
    • The optional partner will support the prime recipient and complement the capacities of a potential prime recipient by providing extra assistance and management
  • Has the capacity to provide technical assistance and manage all program activities, including reporting, project, and program management, for a portfolio of sub-recipients.

What is the timeline?

Funding Opportunity Announcement applications were due February 27, 2024, at 5 p.m. EST. Stay tuned for more information.

What other incentives could I use to help me accomplish my goals?

For additional training assistance, the NC Clean Energy Technology Center provides numerous training programs and online/in-person courses related to renewable energy and energy efficiency. Click here for more information.

Where can I get more information?

  • About the Career Skills Training Program
  • For questions, email Answers to questions received via email will be posted to the Excel spreadsheet BIL 40513 Q&A (found at the bottom of the linked page under Frequently Asked Questions).
  • You may be able to get technical assistance with this program from the EPA’s Region 4 Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center (EJ TCTAC), also called Resource for Assistance and Community Training in Region 4 on Environmental Justice (REACT4EJ), which provides technical assistance to residents, community organizations, and Federally recognized tribal nations in Region 4 states including North and South Carolina. REACT4EJ can assist in developing capabilities and identifying resources for understanding or resolving EJ circumstances. Visit to learn more and connect with their team.
  • For specific questions on this program or for more assistance, contact Jessica Finkel at