Frequently Asked Questions

What is IRA?

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is a bipartisan piece of legislation intended to provide funding to all levels of the American economy. Signed in 2022, the IRA is also regarded as the largest climate funding bill in American history, providing opportunities for expansion of electrification and climate protections nationwide.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law) is a sweeping funding opportunity to improve the United States’ roads, expand broadband access, and provide higher-paying jobs for impacted communities.

In 2021, President Biden signed an executive order specifying that at least 40% of the benefit of certain Federal investments shall flow to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved or overburdened by pollution. Learn more here

Here is a list of programs subject to the Justice 40 requirement, including programs related to climate change, clean energy and energy efficiency, clean transit, affordable and sustainable housing, training and workforce development, clean water infrastructure and remediation of legacy pollution.

The Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool (CEJST) provides a map showing which communities are Justice 40 communities.  Certain programs have their own maps. For example, the low-income community bonus tax credit map (linked from our tax credit page) incorporates the CEJST map plus a couple of additional criteria. The EPA’s “IRA Disadvantaged Communities” map is used to determine eligibility for the Community Change grants.

This website contains a list of funding sources and opportunities from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). 

This website will also house video testimonials from folks who have successfully accessed these funds, one-pagers on major funds, and points of contact for grant writers and experts in subject matter within these bills. 

This toolkit is publicly available, so please spread it far and wide! It was built specifically for individuals and communities throughout North and South Carolina. 

This website will be updated every 3-6 months or as new information becomes available. Please contact us at info@energyfundsforall.org for the next estimated update.

Yes! We welcome any thoughts, questions, and areas of improvement on the toolkit. If you see something that needs updating or have ideas on how to make our work better, please fill out our feedback form here.

For general questions, please contact us at info@energyfundsforall.org. For any fund-specific questions, please refer to any point of contact listed under that specific opportunity. 

Yes! We have one-pagers on some funding opportunities here, and a full printout of this toolkit can be accessed by emailing us at info@energyfundsforall.org

If your group is not listed in our toolkit, we recommend consulting official resources on all the Inflation Reduction Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act have to offer. One resource we recommend is the White House Guidebook.

If you are a for-profit business, check out the programs under Nonprofits and Local Government. Many of these are open to businesses as well. Don’t miss the clean electricity investment tax credit, the electric vehicles and EV charger tax credits, and the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for rural businesses.

In the Carolinas, the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) is offering technical assistance to low-income and environmental justice (EJ) communities applying for funds. Learn more here

Other organizations offering technical assistance for specific funds are listed under “Where can I get more information?” on the pages for those funds.

For more questions on technical assistance, please reach out to us at info@energyfundsforall.org and we will be happy to direct you. 

This toolkit was built and will be updated by a collection of educational, environmental, labor, and social justice organizations. The intention of this tool is to provide access to funding opportunities to all Carolinians regardless of race, gender, social standing, or political affiliation. This tool was built under 501(c)(3) nonprofit compliant procedures and is purely for educational use. 

Click a logo below to visit that organization’s website.

Any tribe that isn’t Federally recognized can still access any Inflation Reduction Act fund that is also available to nonprofits. 

If you have any questions about what funding is available to you please reach out to info@energyfundsforall.org so we can point you in the right direction. 

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