Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program

What does this funding get me?

$550 million is available to help in the following ways: 

  1. Development and implementation of an energy efficiency and conservation strategy
  2. Retaining technical consultant services to assist the eligible entity in the development of such a strategy
  3. Conducting residential and commercial building energy audits
  4. Establishment of financial incentive programs for energy efficiency improvements
  5. The provision of grants to nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies to perform energy efficiency retrofits
  6. Development and implementation of energy efficiency and conservation programs for buildings and facilities within the jurisdiction of the eligible entity
  7. Development and implementation of programs to conserve energy used in transportation
  8. Development and implementation of building codes and inspection services to promote building energy efficiency
  9. Application and implementation of energy distribution technologies that significantly increase energy efficiency
  10. Activities to increase participation and efficiency rates for material conservation programs, including source reduction, recycling, and recycled content procurement programs that lead to increases in energy efficiency
  11. The purchase and implementation of technologies to reduce, capture, and, to the maximum extent practicable, use methane and other greenhouse gases generated by landfills or similar sources
  12. Replacement of traffic signals and street lighting with energy-efficient lighting technologies
  13. Development, implementation, and installation on or in any government building of the eligible entity of onsite renewable energy technology that generates electricity from renewable resources
  14. Programs for financing energy efficiency, renewable energy, and zero-emission transportation (and associated infrastructure), capital investments, projects, and programs, which may include loan programs and performance contracting programs, for leveraging additional public and private sector funds, and programs that allow rebates, grants, or other incentives for the purchase and installation of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and zero-emission transportation (and associated infrastructure) measures

Am I eligible?

Funding is designed to assist states, local governments, and Tribes. Once these entities receive grants, they may be used to assist residents, nonprofits, and businesses. See more below.

How can I access the money?

You can apply for vouchers, including technical assistance vouchers, along with equipment rebates, and grants. Information about how to start the process can be found here.

DOE will announce EECBG Program Formula awards on a rolling basis. 

North Carolina

Durham County received $1.5 million to reduce energy burdens in low-income communities in a separate 2023 EECBG competitive grant cycle. Durham’s grant will fund the N.C. Energy Burden and Emissions Reduction Program, which will help low- and moderate-income households in Durham, Orange, and Granville counties make their homes more energy-efficient through upgrades such as air-sealing, duct sealing, insulation, and minor home repairs. The program should be open for applications by late 2024. Check back for updates. 

South Carolina

The Energy Office has received funding through the EECBG program to award subgrants to projects and programs that improve energy efficiency, cut carbon emissions, and reduce energy use.

What is the timeline?

There are upcoming Tribal applicant office hours, which you can register for here.

Pre-Application Information Sheet due to EECBG Program Inbox ASAP. See the Pre-Award Information Sheet here, and submit it to EECBG@hq.doe.gov.

State and territory applications are due to DOE ASAP.

Local government and applications are due by April 30, 2024.

The application deadline for eligible Tribes has been extended to May 31, 2025.

Please alert DOE by April 15, 2024, by sending an email to EECBG@hq.doe.gov. DOE will not be able to guarantee requests to switch between traditional grants and vouchers made after April 15, 2024. Please alert DOE (by writing to EECBG@hq.doe.gov) about your plans to switch by April 15, 2024.

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

States have received funding from the IIJA’s Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Fund Capitalization Grant Program which they will use to provide loans and grants for energy efficiency audits, upgrades, and retrofits.

Check the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) for additional incentives that may be offered by your state, local government, or utility, as well as important federal, state, and local policies. For questions regarding DSIRE, contact Justin Lindemann (NC Clean Energy Technology Center) at jplindem@ncsu.edu.

Where can I get more information?

  • DOE main page on EECBG
  • View awards already granted here
  • Program FAQ
  • Application hub
  • EECBG Comprehensive Guide for Indian Tribes
  • EECBG Program Blueprints
  • States, local governments, and Tribes interested in applying can sign up for DOE office hours.
  • Program contact: eecbg@hq.doe.gov
  • Build America, Buy America Waiver: On July 28, DOE released a General Applicability Public Interest Waiver for Build America, Buy America Act (BABA) equipment purchasing requirements. Now, eligible entities with EECBG Program formula allocations totaling $250,000 or less are exempt from BABA requirements.
  • 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.
  • As you look at current federal funding opportunities and those anticipated in 2024, SSDN’s Local Infrastructure Hub (LIH) program has resources that may be able to help!  The LIH program supports local governments and community-based organizations working on cross-cutting projects addressing climate impacts and promoting racial wealth equity.  Learn more on the LIH website or through this one-pager.  The application for LIH support is a light lift and is linked HERE! Reach out to Nick Deffley if you have questions about eligibility or need guidance.
  • For questions about updates to this program, please email Jessica Finkel at info@energyfundsforall.org