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 careerskillstraining@hq.doe.gov. 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 REACT4EJ.org to learn more and connect with their team.
  • For specific questions on this program or for more assistance, contact Jessica Finkel at info@energyfundsforall.org.