Energy Improvement in Rural or Remote Areas

Funding for:

What does this funding get me?

This grant can provide funding for replicable energy projects that lower energy costs, improve energy access and resilience, and/or reduce environmental harm. It is meant to make clean energy systems more reliable, resilient, and affordable in rural or remote areas. 

Am I eligible?

If your community or organization is located in a rural/remote area, you are eligible to apply. 

How can I access the money?

You can access this program by applying for federal funding when the application is live. If you’re looking for technical assistance to apply,  NREL’s assistance program can help

What is the timeline?

The deadline for concept papers and full applications in 2023 has passed. Awards will be distributed in 2024, so check back for more information and new application cycles.

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

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

Where can I get more information?