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For resources on local government clean energy planning, see the Clean Future Florida site developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in collaboration with Sierra Club Florida. Note: these resources are applicable to local governments in all states.

What funding is available to me?

Improved financing of clean energy, especially for low-income and disadvantaged communities. 

What does this funding get me?

$27 billion across three grant programs to improve clean energy financing options, especially for low-income communities

Am I eligible?

Grants were awarded to 8 large nonprofits that will in turn distribute funds to households, small businesses, community lenders and others. Click “Learn More” for details.

How can I access the money?

Grant awards were announced April 2024. Recipients will begin funding projects September 2024 or after.

Funds to complete community-based clean energy or manufacturing initiatives in underserved communities.

What does this funding get me?

This DOE prize funds community-based clean energy initiatives or projects that support advanced manufacturing. Projects must engage underserved communities and promote environmental, climate, and energy justice.

Am I eligible?

Community-based organizations, the private sector, and nonfederal government entities may apply.

How can I access the money?

The deadline for this grant has passed. If it recurs in the future, we will update the website with the new information.

HeroX is a platform for listing innovation challenges. Teams compete for prizes by proposing solutions to the challenges.

What does this funding get me?

Prize competition for energy innovation. Teams compete for prizes by proposing solutions to one of the hundreds of challenges listed online.

Am I eligible?

Teams of individuals, community-based organizations, local governments and Tribal governments can apply. Eligibility may vary by challenge.

How can I access the money?

Explore available challenges, gather needed resources and alliances, and apply to solve the challenge. 

Loans to support the manufacture of eligible advanced technology vehicles and components

What does this funding get me?

Loans to support a range of manufacturing, including light-duty vehicles, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, locomotives, maritime vessels including offshore wind vessels, aviation, and hyperloop. Loan amount cannot exceed 80% of eligible project costs. 

Am I eligible?

Eligible recipients include manufacturers of eligible vehicles or of components of materials that support eligible vehicles’ fuel economy performance.

How can I access the money?

Funding will remain available for commitment through 9/30/2028. Reach out to the DOE Loan Programs Office for details. 

Loans for innovative clean energy solutions and reinvestment in closed or aging energy facilities.

What does this funding get me?

$3.6b in loans for innovative clean energy and supply chain solutions, energy infrastructure reinvesment, and state energy financing institution support.

Am I eligible?

State governments, local governments, nonprofits, Federally- and State-recognized Tribes, special districts, independent school districts, public and private institutions of higher education, public housing authorities, and large and small businesses may be eligible to apply.

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for information on how to apply. Funding to remain available through September 30, 2026.

Funding for economic and community development in the Appalachian region.

What does this funding get me?

The Appalachian Regional Commission uses these funds to invest in the Region’s economic and community development through grants.

Am I eligible?

ARC awards program grants to state and local agencies and governmental entities, local governing boards, and nonprofit organizations. Tribes and institutions of higher education are also eligible. ARC does not award grants to individuals or for-profit entities. Most ARC grants require a match. Match rates are based on the economic status designations of counties served by the proposed project.

How can I access the money?

Applicants can access application checklists, forms, and other necessary documents here.

Help with implementation of strategies to reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions while improving energy efficiency.

What does this funding get me?

Designed to help local governments with implementation of strategies to reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions while improving energy efficiency. Applicants can apply either for grants or for technical assistance and/or equipment-rebate vouchers. 

Am I eligible?

Available to states, local governments, and Tribes

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for details.

Funding to improve walkability, safety, and access to public transit

What does this funding get me?

Provides funds for projects that improve walkability, safety, and affordable transportation access through context-sensitive strategies and address existing transportation facilities that create barriers to community connectivity or negative impacts on the human or natural environment.

Am I eligible?

Available to states, local governments, and metropolitan planning organizations

How can I access the money?

Funds are available to be obligated until September 30, 2026. Click “Learn More” for DOT resources on applying.

What funding is available to me?

If you install solar (or certain other technologies) on property belonging to your tax-exempt organization, you can get 30-70% of the price back.

What does this funding get me?

Pays back 30-70% of cost of solar, wind, geothermal, battery storage.

Am I eligible?

All nonprofits eligible to receive at least 30% as “direct pay” even though they don’t pay taxes. For-profits receive at least 30% up to the amount of tax owed, and can transfer unused portions to another taxpayer.

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for details.

Improved financing of clean energy, especially for low-income and disadvantaged communities. 

What does this funding get me?

$27 billion across three grant programs to improve clean energy financing options, especially for low-income communities

Am I eligible?

Grants were awarded to 8 large nonprofits that will in turn distribute funds to households, small businesses, community lenders and others. Click “Learn More” for details.

How can I access the money?

Grant awards were announced April 2024. Recipients will begin funding projects September 2024 or after.

HeroX is a platform for listing innovation challenges. Teams compete for prizes by proposing solutions to the challenges.

What does this funding get me?

Prize competition for energy innovation. Teams compete for prizes by proposing solutions to one of the hundreds of challenges listed online.

Am I eligible?

Teams of individuals, community-based organizations, local governments and Tribal governments can apply. Eligibility may vary by challenge.

How can I access the money?

Explore available challenges, gather needed resources and alliances, and apply to solve the challenge. 

Grants for states and others to develop and implement plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollution.

What does this funding get me?

Grants to develop and implement plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollution. This two-phase grant provides funding of $250 million for noncompetitive planning grants and $4.6 billion for competitive implementation grants.

Am I eligible?

States, local governments, Tribes, and air pollution control agencies can apply.

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for details on how you can apply or provide input to your state’s applications.

Loans to support the manufacture of eligible advanced technology vehicles and components

What does this funding get me?

Loans to support a range of manufacturing, including light-duty vehicles, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, locomotives, maritime vessels including offshore wind vessels, aviation, and hyperloop. Loan amount cannot exceed 80% of eligible project costs. 

Am I eligible?

Eligible recipients include manufacturers of eligible vehicles or of components of materials that support eligible vehicles’ fuel economy performance.

How can I access the money?

Funding will remain available for commitment through 9/30/2028. Reach out to the DOE Loan Programs Office for details. 

South Carolina loans for implementing measures that will produce energy savings.

What does this funding get me?

A South Carolina program that provides loans to businesses, nonprofits, and government entities to implement energy-saving measures.

Am I eligible?

South Carolina businesses, nonprofits, government entities.

How can I access the money?

Visit the website and contact contact Nat Green, Business Development Center of SC, 803-744-0309, NGreen@BDCofSC.org.

Loans for innovative clean energy solutions and reinvestment in closed or aging energy facilities.

What does this funding get me?

$3.6b in loans for innovative clean energy and supply chain solutions, energy infrastructure reinvesment, and state energy financing institution support.

Am I eligible?

State governments, local governments, nonprofits, Federally- and State-recognized Tribes, special districts, independent school districts, public and private institutions of higher education, public housing authorities, and large and small businesses may be eligible to apply.

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for information on how to apply. Funding to remain available through September 30, 2026.

Provides funding for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses as well as the required supporting facilities.

What does this funding get me?

Provides funding for the purchase or lease of zero-emissions and low-emission transit buses as well as acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities and workforce development.

Am I eligible?

Eligible applicants include direct or designated recipients of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants, states, local governmental authorities, and Tribes.

How can I access the money?

On February 8, 2024, the FTA announced the availability of $1.5 billion in funding for these grants.  The application deadline is April 25, 2024. Additional rounds of funding are expected in subsequent years. Click “Learn More” for details on how to apply.

Funding for a nationwide low-emissions electricity program.

What does this funding get me?

$87 million provided for underserved communities, through education, partnership, technical assistance, and outreach in order to reduce emissions from domestic energy generation and use.

Am I eligible?

In spending these funds, the EPA will partner with state, local, and Tribal governments, with an emphasis on low-wealth communities.

How can I access the money?

Docket for public comment closed on January 18. More information TBA. If you have further questions, please reach out to IRAStakeholders@epa.gov.

To support coastal resilience, coastal communities, and conservation, restoration, and protection of coastal and marine habitats and resources.

What does this funding get me?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will spend $2.6 million through direct federal spending, contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, and technical assistance. Eligible uses include conservation, restoration, and protection of coastal and marine habitats, including fisheries, to enable coastal communities to prepare for changing climate conditions.

Am I eligible?

State, local, and tribal governments, Tribes, and tribal and Native organizations, nonprofits, and institutions of higher education.

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for details on how to apply.

Help with implementation of strategies to reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions while improving energy efficiency.

What does this funding get me?

Designed to help local governments with implementation of strategies to reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions while improving energy efficiency. Applicants can apply either for grants or for technical assistance and/or equipment-rebate vouchers. 

Am I eligible?

Available to states, local governments, and Tribes

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for details.

Funding to improve walkability, safety, and access to public transit

What does this funding get me?

Provides funds for projects that improve walkability, safety, and affordable transportation access through context-sensitive strategies and address existing transportation facilities that create barriers to community connectivity or negative impacts on the human or natural environment.

Am I eligible?

Available to states, local governments, and metropolitan planning organizations

How can I access the money?

Funds are available to be obligated until September 30, 2026. Click “Learn More” for DOT resources on applying.

Funding to further the Clean Air Act and projects that abide by its standards

What does this funding get me?

EPA announced approximately $25 million in Clean Air act grants. The funds will support efforts by air pollution control agencies and other organizations to partner with EPA to deliver cleaner air through programs that address air quality, transportation, indoor air, and climate change. Other activities may include planning and preparation for implementing other Inflation Reduction Act provisions.

Am I eligible?

State, local, Tribal, and territorial air pollution control agencies. Eligibility limited to air agencies currently receiving Clean Air Act Section 105 grants.

How can I access the money?

EPA regional offices will contact eligible entities about how to apply via grants.gov. Grants were to be submitted no later than April 17, 2023.

Funding to reduce pollution at schools in low-income and disadvantaged communities

What does this funding get me?

Grants and other activities to monitor and reduce air pollution and GHG emissions at schools in low-income and disadvantage communities; technical assistance to address environmental issues, develop school environmental quality plans, identify and mitigate ongoing air pollution hazards

Am I eligible?

State/Territorial Government
Inter-state agency
Local governments
Indigenous Communities

How can I access the money?

EPA accepted comments on Air Quality Programs from Nov. 4, 2022 to Jan. 18, 2023. 

Opportunities for participation and additional resources can be found here. 

More information TBA

Funding to replace existing school buses with zero-emission and low-emission models

What does this funding get me?

Annual program of grants and rebates to replace existing school buses with zero-emission and low-emission models

Am I eligible?

Available to:

  • Public school districts, with one or more local/state government entities providing school bus service to one or more public school systems or the purchase, lease, license or contract for service of school buses
  • Public charter school districts responsible for the above
  • Tribal applicants responsible for the above
  • Nonprofit school transportation association or eligible contractor
How can I access the money?

Applications for the 2023 cycle are now closed. Check back for information on the 2024 funding cycle or sign up here to get email updates from EPA.

Individuals, businesses and nonprofits can get significant tax credits for buying a new or used electric vehicle (EV) or installing EV chargers. 

What does this funding get me?

Individuals: up to $7,500 on new EVs, $4,000 on used EVs, $1,000 on a charger. 

Businesses/nonprofits: up to $7,500 on new EVs, $40,000 on EVs > 14,000 lbs., $100,000 on chargers.

Charger credit applies only to chargers installed in low-income or non-urban areas.

Am I eligible?

Individuals (as of 2024, even if you don’t owe taxes).

Nonprofits receive full credit as direct payment.

Businesses up to the tax you owe (though you can sell unused credits).

How can I access the money?

Claim credits when you file your tax return. Nonprofits can receive the credit as a direct payment.

For individuals,  starting in 2024, you can instead transfer your EV credit to the dealer, who will reduce the cost of the vehicle by that amount.

What funding is available to me?

Improved financing of clean energy, especially for low-income and disadvantaged communities. 

What does this funding get me?

$27 billion across three grant programs to improve clean energy financing options, especially for low-income communities

Am I eligible?

Grants were awarded to 8 large nonprofits that will in turn distribute funds to households, small businesses, community lenders and others. Click “Learn More” for details.

How can I access the money?

Grant awards were announced April 2024. Recipients will begin funding projects September 2024 or after.

Grants to community-based organizations in historically disadvantaged communities to promote environmental and climate justice.

What does this funding get me?

Approximately $2 billion to community-driven initiatives in disadvantaged communities that reduce pollution, increase community climate resilience, advance clean energy and build community capacity to address environmental and climate justice challenges.

Am I eligible?

A partnership between two community-based nonprofit organizations (CBOs) or a partnership between a CBO and a federally recognized Tribe, or a local government, or an institution of higher education. Projects must serve communities disproportionately impacted by climate change, legacy pollution, historical disinvestment.

How can I access the money?

Application deadline is Nov. 21, 2024. Click “Learn More” for details.

Funds to complete community-based clean energy or manufacturing initiatives in underserved communities.

What does this funding get me?

This DOE prize funds community-based clean energy initiatives or projects that support advanced manufacturing. Projects must engage underserved communities and promote environmental, climate, and energy justice.

Am I eligible?

Community-based organizations, the private sector, and nonfederal government entities may apply.

How can I access the money?

The deadline for this grant has passed. If it recurs in the future, we will update the website with the new information.

Funding to upgrade school and school bus infrastructure

What does this funding get me?

Funding for energy improvements at schools: energy infrastructure improvements like new HVAC and ventilation systems, building envelope and lighting projects, and renewable energy technologies; alternative-fueled vehicles and alternative-fueled vehicle infrastructure.

Am I eligible?

Partnership/Coalition: Consortia of one local education agency and one or more schools, nonprofits, for-profits, and community partners. Otherwise, must be a state, local, or tribal government. 

Funds for development and implementation of energy efficiency strategies can only be done by local and tribal governments.

How can I access the money?

Applications are due to the Department of Energy on June 13, 2024. Click “Learn More” for details.

HeroX is a platform for listing innovation challenges. Teams compete for prizes by proposing solutions to the challenges.

What does this funding get me?

Prize competition for energy innovation. Teams compete for prizes by proposing solutions to one of the hundreds of challenges listed online.

Am I eligible?

Teams of individuals, community-based organizations, local governments and Tribal governments can apply. Eligibility may vary by challenge.

How can I access the money?

Explore available challenges, gather needed resources and alliances, and apply to solve the challenge. 

Grants for states and others to develop and implement plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollution.

What does this funding get me?

Grants to develop and implement plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollution. This two-phase grant provides funding of $250 million for noncompetitive planning grants and $4.6 billion for competitive implementation grants.

Am I eligible?

States, local governments, Tribes, and air pollution control agencies can apply.

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for details on how you can apply or provide input to your state’s applications.

Loans to support the manufacture of eligible advanced technology vehicles and components

What does this funding get me?

Loans to support a range of manufacturing, including light-duty vehicles, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, locomotives, maritime vessels including offshore wind vessels, aviation, and hyperloop. Loan amount cannot exceed 80% of eligible project costs. 

Am I eligible?

Eligible recipients include manufacturers of eligible vehicles or of components of materials that support eligible vehicles’ fuel economy performance.

How can I access the money?

Funding will remain available for commitment through 9/30/2028. Reach out to the DOE Loan Programs Office for details. 

Loans for innovative clean energy solutions and reinvestment in closed or aging energy facilities.

What does this funding get me?

$3.6b in loans for innovative clean energy and supply chain solutions, energy infrastructure reinvesment, and state energy financing institution support.

Am I eligible?

State governments, local governments, nonprofits, Federally- and State-recognized Tribes, special districts, independent school districts, public and private institutions of higher education, public housing authorities, and large and small businesses may be eligible to apply.

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for information on how to apply. Funding to remain available through September 30, 2026.

Provides funding for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses as well as the required supporting facilities.

What does this funding get me?

Provides funding for the purchase or lease of zero-emissions and low-emission transit buses as well as acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities and workforce development.

Am I eligible?

Eligible applicants include direct or designated recipients of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants, states, local governmental authorities, and Tribes.

How can I access the money?

On February 8, 2024, the FTA announced the availability of $1.5 billion in funding for these grants.  The application deadline is April 25, 2024. Additional rounds of funding are expected in subsequent years. Click “Learn More” for details on how to apply.

Funding for a nationwide low-emissions electricity program.

What does this funding get me?

$87 million provided for underserved communities, through education, partnership, technical assistance, and outreach in order to reduce emissions from domestic energy generation and use.

Am I eligible?

In spending these funds, the EPA will partner with state, local, and Tribal governments, with an emphasis on low-wealth communities.

How can I access the money?

Docket for public comment closed on January 18. More information TBA. If you have further questions, please reach out to IRAStakeholders@epa.gov.

Technical and financial assistance to help plan and implement authorized watershed projects.

What does this funding get me?

Provides technical and financial assistance to help plan and implement authorized watershed projects for purposes of flood prevention, fish and wildlife protection, agricultural water management, water quality management, and more.

Am I eligible?

Available to states, local governments, and Tribal organizations

How can I access the money?

Contact your local USDA Service Center to start your application.

To support coastal resilience, coastal communities, and conservation, restoration, and protection of coastal and marine habitats and resources.

What does this funding get me?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will spend $2.6 million through direct federal spending, contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, and technical assistance. Eligible uses include conservation, restoration, and protection of coastal and marine habitats, including fisheries, to enable coastal communities to prepare for changing climate conditions.

Am I eligible?

State, local, and tribal governments, Tribes, and tribal and Native organizations, nonprofits, and institutions of higher education.

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for details on how to apply.

Help with implementation of strategies to reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions while improving energy efficiency.

What does this funding get me?

Designed to help local governments with implementation of strategies to reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions while improving energy efficiency. Applicants can apply either for grants or for technical assistance and/or equipment-rebate vouchers. 

Am I eligible?

Available to states, local governments, and Tribes

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for details.

Funding to improve walkability, safety, and access to public transit

What does this funding get me?

Provides funds for projects that improve walkability, safety, and affordable transportation access through context-sensitive strategies and address existing transportation facilities that create barriers to community connectivity or negative impacts on the human or natural environment.

Am I eligible?

Available to states, local governments, and metropolitan planning organizations

How can I access the money?

Funds are available to be obligated until September 30, 2026. Click “Learn More” for DOT resources on applying.

Funding to further the Clean Air Act and projects that abide by its standards

What does this funding get me?

EPA announced approximately $25 million in Clean Air act grants. The funds will support efforts by air pollution control agencies and other organizations to partner with EPA to deliver cleaner air through programs that address air quality, transportation, indoor air, and climate change. Other activities may include planning and preparation for implementing other Inflation Reduction Act provisions.

Am I eligible?

State, local, Tribal, and territorial air pollution control agencies. Eligibility limited to air agencies currently receiving Clean Air Act Section 105 grants.

How can I access the money?

EPA regional offices will contact eligible entities about how to apply via grants.gov. Grants were to be submitted no later than April 17, 2023.

Low-interest loans for improvements to drinking water delivery systems.

What does this funding get me?

Low-interest loans for improvements to water source, treatment, transmission and distribution systems.

Am I eligible?

Local governments, nonprofit and investor-owned water companies.

How can I access the money?

This funding is available on 2 cycles per year, typically in March and September., from the NC Department of Environmental Quality.

Low-interest and no-interest loans for local government to fund wastewater and stormwater improvements.

What does this funding get me?

Low-interest loans and some principal-forgiveness and 0% interest loans for improvements to wastewater collection and treatment, stormwater management, stream restoration, and energy efficiency of waste water treatment and collection systems.

Am I eligible?

Local governments

How can I access the money?

This funding is available on 2 cycles per year, typically in March and September, from the NC Department of Environmental Quality.

Funding to plant and maintain trees and create green spaces in urban communities and neighborhoods in greatest need

What does this funding get me?

Grants that create projects to plant and maintain trees, expand tree canopy, increase access to nature and mitigate extreme heat, while developing and employing a new skilled workforce.

Am I eligible?

State, local, and Tribal governments as well as nonprofits and incorporated HOAs

100% of benefits will go to communities in greatest need

How can I access the money?

Apply through the NC Forest Service or SC Forestry Commission. Click “learn more” for details and other sources of urban forestry funding.

Funding to reduce pollution at schools in low-income and disadvantaged communities

What does this funding get me?

Grants and other activities to monitor and reduce air pollution and GHG emissions at schools in low-income and disadvantage communities; technical assistance to address environmental issues, develop school environmental quality plans, identify and mitigate ongoing air pollution hazards

Am I eligible?

State/Territorial Government
Inter-state agency
Local governments
Indigenous Communities

How can I access the money?

EPA accepted comments on Air Quality Programs from Nov. 4, 2022 to Jan. 18, 2023. 

Opportunities for participation and additional resources can be found here. 

More information TBA

Funding to replace existing school buses with zero-emission and low-emission models

What does this funding get me?

Annual program of grants and rebates to replace existing school buses with zero-emission and low-emission models

Am I eligible?

Available to:

  • Public school districts, with one or more local/state government entities providing school bus service to one or more public school systems or the purchase, lease, license or contract for service of school buses
  • Public charter school districts responsible for the above
  • Tribal applicants responsible for the above
  • Nonprofit school transportation association or eligible contractor
How can I access the money?

Applications for the 2023 cycle are now closed. Check back for information on the 2024 funding cycle or sign up here to get email updates from EPA.

Individuals, businesses and nonprofits can get significant tax credits for buying a new or used electric vehicle (EV) or installing EV chargers. 

What does this funding get me?

Individuals: up to $7,500 on new EVs, $4,000 on used EVs, $1,000 on a charger. 

Businesses/nonprofits: up to $7,500 on new EVs, $40,000 on EVs > 14,000 lbs., $100,000 on chargers.

Charger credit applies only to chargers installed in low-income or non-urban areas.

Am I eligible?

Individuals (as of 2024, even if you don’t owe taxes).

Nonprofits receive full credit as direct payment.

Businesses up to the tax you owe (though you can sell unused credits).

How can I access the money?

Claim credits when you file your tax return. Nonprofits can receive the credit as a direct payment.

For individuals,  starting in 2024, you can instead transfer your EV credit to the dealer, who will reduce the cost of the vehicle by that amount.

What funding is available to me?

If you install solar (or certain other technologies) on property belonging to your tax-exempt organization, you can get 30-70% of the price back.

What does this funding get me?

Pays back 30-70% of cost of solar, wind, geothermal, battery storage.

Am I eligible?

All nonprofits eligible to receive at least 30% as “direct pay” even though they don’t pay taxes. For-profits receive at least 30% up to the amount of tax owed, and can transfer unused portions to another taxpayer.

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for details.

Improved financing of clean energy, especially for low-income and disadvantaged communities. 

What does this funding get me?

$27 billion across three grant programs to improve clean energy financing options, especially for low-income communities

Am I eligible?

Grants were awarded to 8 large nonprofits that will in turn distribute funds to households, small businesses, community lenders and others. Click “Learn More” for details.

How can I access the money?

Grant awards were announced April 2024. Recipients will begin funding projects September 2024 or after.

Funds to complete community-based clean energy or manufacturing initiatives in underserved communities.

What does this funding get me?

This DOE prize funds community-based clean energy initiatives or projects that support advanced manufacturing. Projects must engage underserved communities and promote environmental, climate, and energy justice.

Am I eligible?

Community-based organizations, the private sector, and nonfederal government entities may apply.

How can I access the money?

The deadline for this grant has passed. If it recurs in the future, we will update the website with the new information.

Funding to upgrade school and school bus infrastructure

What does this funding get me?

Funding for energy improvements at schools: energy infrastructure improvements like new HVAC and ventilation systems, building envelope and lighting projects, and renewable energy technologies; alternative-fueled vehicles and alternative-fueled vehicle infrastructure.

Am I eligible?

Partnership/Coalition: Consortia of one local education agency and one or more schools, nonprofits, for-profits, and community partners. Otherwise, must be a state, local, or tribal government. 

Funds for development and implementation of energy efficiency strategies can only be done by local and tribal governments.

How can I access the money?

Applications are due to the Department of Energy on June 13, 2024. Click “Learn More” for details.

South Carolina loans for implementing measures that will produce energy savings.

What does this funding get me?

A South Carolina program that provides loans to businesses, nonprofits, and government entities to implement energy-saving measures.

Am I eligible?

South Carolina businesses, nonprofits, government entities.

How can I access the money?

Visit the website and contact contact Nat Green, Business Development Center of SC, 803-744-0309, NGreen@BDCofSC.org.

Funding for a nationwide low-emissions electricity program.

What does this funding get me?

$87 million provided for underserved communities, through education, partnership, technical assistance, and outreach in order to reduce emissions from domestic energy generation and use.

Am I eligible?

In spending these funds, the EPA will partner with state, local, and Tribal governments, with an emphasis on low-wealth communities.

How can I access the money?

Docket for public comment closed on January 18. More information TBA. If you have further questions, please reach out to IRAStakeholders@epa.gov.

Help with implementation of strategies to reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions while improving energy efficiency.

What does this funding get me?

Designed to help local governments with implementation of strategies to reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions while improving energy efficiency. Applicants can apply either for grants or for technical assistance and/or equipment-rebate vouchers. 

Am I eligible?

Available to states, local governments, and Tribes

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for details.

Low-interest and no-interest loans for local government to fund wastewater and stormwater improvements.

What does this funding get me?

Low-interest loans and some principal-forgiveness and 0% interest loans for improvements to wastewater collection and treatment, stormwater management, stream restoration, and energy efficiency of waste water treatment and collection systems.

Am I eligible?

Local governments

How can I access the money?

This funding is available on 2 cycles per year, typically in March and September, from the NC Department of Environmental Quality.

What funding is available to me?

If you install solar (or certain other technologies) on property belonging to your tax-exempt organization, you can get 30-70% of the price back.

What does this funding get me?

Pays back 30-70% of cost of solar, wind, geothermal, battery storage.

Am I eligible?

All nonprofits eligible to receive at least 30% as “direct pay” even though they don’t pay taxes. For-profits receive at least 30% up to the amount of tax owed, and can transfer unused portions to another taxpayer.

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for details.

Improved financing of clean energy, especially for low-income and disadvantaged communities. 

What does this funding get me?

$27 billion across three grant programs to improve clean energy financing options, especially for low-income communities

Am I eligible?

Grants were awarded to 8 large nonprofits that will in turn distribute funds to households, small businesses, community lenders and others. Click “Learn More” for details.

How can I access the money?

Grant awards were announced April 2024. Recipients will begin funding projects September 2024 or after.

Grants to community-based organizations in historically disadvantaged communities to promote environmental and climate justice.

What does this funding get me?

Approximately $2 billion to community-driven initiatives in disadvantaged communities that reduce pollution, increase community climate resilience, advance clean energy and build community capacity to address environmental and climate justice challenges.

Am I eligible?

A partnership between two community-based nonprofit organizations (CBOs) or a partnership between a CBO and a federally recognized Tribe, or a local government, or an institution of higher education. Projects must serve communities disproportionately impacted by climate change, legacy pollution, historical disinvestment.

How can I access the money?

Application deadline is Nov. 21, 2024. Click “Learn More” for details.

Funds to complete community-based clean energy or manufacturing initiatives in underserved communities.

What does this funding get me?

This DOE prize funds community-based clean energy initiatives or projects that support advanced manufacturing. Projects must engage underserved communities and promote environmental, climate, and energy justice.

Am I eligible?

Community-based organizations, the private sector, and nonfederal government entities may apply.

How can I access the money?

The deadline for this grant has passed. If it recurs in the future, we will update the website with the new information.

Funding to upgrade school and school bus infrastructure

What does this funding get me?

Funding for energy improvements at schools: energy infrastructure improvements like new HVAC and ventilation systems, building envelope and lighting projects, and renewable energy technologies; alternative-fueled vehicles and alternative-fueled vehicle infrastructure.

Am I eligible?

Partnership/Coalition: Consortia of one local education agency and one or more schools, nonprofits, for-profits, and community partners. Otherwise, must be a state, local, or tribal government. 

Funds for development and implementation of energy efficiency strategies can only be done by local and tribal governments.

How can I access the money?

Applications are due to the Department of Energy on June 13, 2024. Click “Learn More” for details.

HeroX is a platform for listing innovation challenges. Teams compete for prizes by proposing solutions to the challenges.

What does this funding get me?

Prize competition for energy innovation. Teams compete for prizes by proposing solutions to one of the hundreds of challenges listed online.

Am I eligible?

Teams of individuals, community-based organizations, local governments and Tribal governments can apply. Eligibility may vary by challenge.

How can I access the money?

Explore available challenges, gather needed resources and alliances, and apply to solve the challenge. 

Grants for states and others to develop and implement plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollution.

What does this funding get me?

Grants to develop and implement plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollution. This two-phase grant provides funding of $250 million for noncompetitive planning grants and $4.6 billion for competitive implementation grants.

Am I eligible?

States, local governments, Tribes, and air pollution control agencies can apply.

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for details on how you can apply or provide input to your state’s applications.

Funding for utilities, states, and Tribes for projects to increase the resilience of the electric grid.

What does this funding get me?

This grant program is split between $2.5 billion in matching grants for industry, also known as the Grid Resilience Utility and Industry Grants, and $2.3 billion in formula grants for States and Tribes, also known as the Grid Resilience State and Tribal Formula Grant Program.

Am I eligible?

Electric grid operators, electricity storage operators, electricity generators, transmission owners and operators, distribution providers, fuel suppliers, Tribes, states, and utilities are eligible depending on which part of the grant they are applying for.

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” and contact DOE’s Grid Deployment Office for more information.

Loans for innovative clean energy solutions and reinvestment in closed or aging energy facilities.

What does this funding get me?

$3.6b in loans for innovative clean energy and supply chain solutions, energy infrastructure reinvesment, and state energy financing institution support.

Am I eligible?

State governments, local governments, nonprofits, Federally- and State-recognized Tribes, special districts, independent school districts, public and private institutions of higher education, public housing authorities, and large and small businesses may be eligible to apply.

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for information on how to apply. Funding to remain available through September 30, 2026.

Funding for a nationwide low-emissions electricity program.

What does this funding get me?

$87 million provided for underserved communities, through education, partnership, technical assistance, and outreach in order to reduce emissions from domestic energy generation and use.

Am I eligible?

In spending these funds, the EPA will partner with state, local, and Tribal governments, with an emphasis on low-wealth communities.

How can I access the money?

Docket for public comment closed on January 18. More information TBA. If you have further questions, please reach out to IRAStakeholders@epa.gov.

Help with implementation of strategies to reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions while improving energy efficiency.

What does this funding get me?

Designed to help local governments with implementation of strategies to reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions while improving energy efficiency. Applicants can apply either for grants or for technical assistance and/or equipment-rebate vouchers. 

Am I eligible?

Available to states, local governments, and Tribes

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for details.

What funding is available to me?

Improved financing of clean energy, especially for low-income and disadvantaged communities. 

What does this funding get me?

$27 billion across three grant programs to improve clean energy financing options, especially for low-income communities

Am I eligible?

Grants were awarded to 8 large nonprofits that will in turn distribute funds to households, small businesses, community lenders and others. Click “Learn More” for details.

How can I access the money?

Grant awards were announced April 2024. Recipients will begin funding projects September 2024 or after.

Grants to community-based organizations in historically disadvantaged communities to promote environmental and climate justice.

What does this funding get me?

Approximately $2 billion to community-driven initiatives in disadvantaged communities that reduce pollution, increase community climate resilience, advance clean energy and build community capacity to address environmental and climate justice challenges.

Am I eligible?

A partnership between two community-based nonprofit organizations (CBOs) or a partnership between a CBO and a federally recognized Tribe, or a local government, or an institution of higher education. Projects must serve communities disproportionately impacted by climate change, legacy pollution, historical disinvestment.

How can I access the money?

Application deadline is Nov. 21, 2024. Click “Learn More” for details.

Funds to complete community-based clean energy or manufacturing initiatives in underserved communities.

What does this funding get me?

This DOE prize funds community-based clean energy initiatives or projects that support advanced manufacturing. Projects must engage underserved communities and promote environmental, climate, and energy justice.

Am I eligible?

Community-based organizations, the private sector, and nonfederal government entities may apply.

How can I access the money?

The deadline for this grant has passed. If it recurs in the future, we will update the website with the new information.

Funding to upgrade school and school bus infrastructure

What does this funding get me?

Funding for energy improvements at schools: energy infrastructure improvements like new HVAC and ventilation systems, building envelope and lighting projects, and renewable energy technologies; alternative-fueled vehicles and alternative-fueled vehicle infrastructure.

Am I eligible?

Partnership/Coalition: Consortia of one local education agency and one or more schools, nonprofits, for-profits, and community partners. Otherwise, must be a state, local, or tribal government. 

Funds for development and implementation of energy efficiency strategies can only be done by local and tribal governments.

How can I access the money?

Applications are due to the Department of Energy on June 13, 2024. Click “Learn More” for details.

HeroX is a platform for listing innovation challenges. Teams compete for prizes by proposing solutions to the challenges.

What does this funding get me?

Prize competition for energy innovation. Teams compete for prizes by proposing solutions to one of the hundreds of challenges listed online.

Am I eligible?

Teams of individuals, community-based organizations, local governments and Tribal governments can apply. Eligibility may vary by challenge.

How can I access the money?

Explore available challenges, gather needed resources and alliances, and apply to solve the challenge. 

South Carolina loans for implementing measures that will produce energy savings.

What does this funding get me?

A South Carolina program that provides loans to businesses, nonprofits, and government entities to implement energy-saving measures.

Am I eligible?

South Carolina businesses, nonprofits, government entities.

How can I access the money?

Visit the website and contact contact Nat Green, Business Development Center of SC, 803-744-0309, NGreen@BDCofSC.org.

Help with implementation of strategies to reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions while improving energy efficiency.

What does this funding get me?

Designed to help local governments with implementation of strategies to reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions while improving energy efficiency. Applicants can apply either for grants or for technical assistance and/or equipment-rebate vouchers. 

Am I eligible?

Available to states, local governments, and Tribes

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for details.

What funding is available to me?

Funding to improve walkability, safety, and access to public transit

What does this funding get me?

Provides funds for projects that improve walkability, safety, and affordable transportation access through context-sensitive strategies and address existing transportation facilities that create barriers to community connectivity or negative impacts on the human or natural environment.

Am I eligible?

Available to states, local governments, and metropolitan planning organizations

How can I access the money?

Funds are available to be obligated until September 30, 2026. Click “Learn More” for DOT resources on applying.

What funding is available to me?

Funds to complete community-based clean energy or manufacturing initiatives in underserved communities.

What does this funding get me?

This DOE prize funds community-based clean energy initiatives or projects that support advanced manufacturing. Projects must engage underserved communities and promote environmental, climate, and energy justice.

Am I eligible?

Community-based organizations, the private sector, and nonfederal government entities may apply.

How can I access the money?

The deadline for this grant has passed. If it recurs in the future, we will update the website with the new information.

Funding for utilities, states, and Tribes for projects to increase the resilience of the electric grid.

What does this funding get me?

This grant program is split between $2.5 billion in matching grants for industry, also known as the Grid Resilience Utility and Industry Grants, and $2.3 billion in formula grants for States and Tribes, also known as the Grid Resilience State and Tribal Formula Grant Program.

Am I eligible?

Electric grid operators, electricity storage operators, electricity generators, transmission owners and operators, distribution providers, fuel suppliers, Tribes, states, and utilities are eligible depending on which part of the grant they are applying for.

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” and contact DOE’s Grid Deployment Office for more information.

Technical and financial assistance to help plan and implement authorized watershed projects.

What does this funding get me?

Provides technical and financial assistance to help plan and implement authorized watershed projects for purposes of flood prevention, fish and wildlife protection, agricultural water management, water quality management, and more.

Am I eligible?

Available to states, local governments, and Tribal organizations

How can I access the money?

Contact your local USDA Service Center to start your application.

To support coastal resilience, coastal communities, and conservation, restoration, and protection of coastal and marine habitats and resources.

What does this funding get me?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will spend $2.6 million through direct federal spending, contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, and technical assistance. Eligible uses include conservation, restoration, and protection of coastal and marine habitats, including fisheries, to enable coastal communities to prepare for changing climate conditions.

Am I eligible?

State, local, and tribal governments, Tribes, and tribal and Native organizations, nonprofits, and institutions of higher education.

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for details on how to apply.

What funding is available to me?

Improved financing of clean energy, especially for low-income and disadvantaged communities. 

What does this funding get me?

$27 billion across three grant programs to improve clean energy financing options, especially for low-income communities

Am I eligible?

Grants were awarded to 8 large nonprofits that will in turn distribute funds to households, small businesses, community lenders and others. Click “Learn More” for details.

How can I access the money?

Grant awards were announced April 2024. Recipients will begin funding projects September 2024 or after.

Grants to community-based organizations in historically disadvantaged communities to promote environmental and climate justice.

What does this funding get me?

Approximately $2 billion to community-driven initiatives in disadvantaged communities that reduce pollution, increase community climate resilience, advance clean energy and build community capacity to address environmental and climate justice challenges.

Am I eligible?

A partnership between two community-based nonprofit organizations (CBOs) or a partnership between a CBO and a federally recognized Tribe, or a local government, or an institution of higher education. Projects must serve communities disproportionately impacted by climate change, legacy pollution, historical disinvestment.

How can I access the money?

Application deadline is Nov. 21, 2024. Click “Learn More” for details.

Funds to complete community-based clean energy or manufacturing initiatives in underserved communities.

What does this funding get me?

This DOE prize funds community-based clean energy initiatives or projects that support advanced manufacturing. Projects must engage underserved communities and promote environmental, climate, and energy justice.

Am I eligible?

Community-based organizations, the private sector, and nonfederal government entities may apply.

How can I access the money?

The deadline for this grant has passed. If it recurs in the future, we will update the website with the new information.

HeroX is a platform for listing innovation challenges. Teams compete for prizes by proposing solutions to the challenges.

What does this funding get me?

Prize competition for energy innovation. Teams compete for prizes by proposing solutions to one of the hundreds of challenges listed online.

Am I eligible?

Teams of individuals, community-based organizations, local governments and Tribal governments can apply. Eligibility may vary by challenge.

How can I access the money?

Explore available challenges, gather needed resources and alliances, and apply to solve the challenge. 

Funding for utilities, states, and Tribes for projects to increase the resilience of the electric grid.

What does this funding get me?

This grant program is split between $2.5 billion in matching grants for industry, also known as the Grid Resilience Utility and Industry Grants, and $2.3 billion in formula grants for States and Tribes, also known as the Grid Resilience State and Tribal Formula Grant Program.

Am I eligible?

Electric grid operators, electricity storage operators, electricity generators, transmission owners and operators, distribution providers, fuel suppliers, Tribes, states, and utilities are eligible depending on which part of the grant they are applying for.

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” and contact DOE’s Grid Deployment Office for more information.

Loans for innovative clean energy solutions and reinvestment in closed or aging energy facilities.

What does this funding get me?

$3.6b in loans for innovative clean energy and supply chain solutions, energy infrastructure reinvesment, and state energy financing institution support.

Am I eligible?

State governments, local governments, nonprofits, Federally- and State-recognized Tribes, special districts, independent school districts, public and private institutions of higher education, public housing authorities, and large and small businesses may be eligible to apply.

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for information on how to apply. Funding to remain available through September 30, 2026.

Funding for economic and community development in the Appalachian region.

What does this funding get me?

The Appalachian Regional Commission uses these funds to invest in the Region’s economic and community development through grants.

Am I eligible?

ARC awards program grants to state and local agencies and governmental entities, local governing boards, and nonprofit organizations. Tribes and institutions of higher education are also eligible. ARC does not award grants to individuals or for-profit entities. Most ARC grants require a match. Match rates are based on the economic status designations of counties served by the proposed project.

How can I access the money?

Applicants can access application checklists, forms, and other necessary documents here.

Funding for a nationwide low-emissions electricity program.

What does this funding get me?

$87 million provided for underserved communities, through education, partnership, technical assistance, and outreach in order to reduce emissions from domestic energy generation and use.

Am I eligible?

In spending these funds, the EPA will partner with state, local, and Tribal governments, with an emphasis on low-wealth communities.

How can I access the money?

Docket for public comment closed on January 18. More information TBA. If you have further questions, please reach out to IRAStakeholders@epa.gov.

Technical and financial assistance to help plan and implement authorized watershed projects.

What does this funding get me?

Provides technical and financial assistance to help plan and implement authorized watershed projects for purposes of flood prevention, fish and wildlife protection, agricultural water management, water quality management, and more.

Am I eligible?

Available to states, local governments, and Tribal organizations

How can I access the money?

Contact your local USDA Service Center to start your application.

To support coastal resilience, coastal communities, and conservation, restoration, and protection of coastal and marine habitats and resources.

What does this funding get me?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will spend $2.6 million through direct federal spending, contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, and technical assistance. Eligible uses include conservation, restoration, and protection of coastal and marine habitats, including fisheries, to enable coastal communities to prepare for changing climate conditions.

Am I eligible?

State, local, and tribal governments, Tribes, and tribal and Native organizations, nonprofits, and institutions of higher education.

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for details on how to apply.

Funding to improve walkability, safety, and access to public transit

What does this funding get me?

Provides funds for projects that improve walkability, safety, and affordable transportation access through context-sensitive strategies and address existing transportation facilities that create barriers to community connectivity or negative impacts on the human or natural environment.

Am I eligible?

Available to states, local governments, and metropolitan planning organizations

How can I access the money?

Funds are available to be obligated until September 30, 2026. Click “Learn More” for DOT resources on applying.

Individuals, businesses and nonprofits can get significant tax credits for buying a new or used electric vehicle (EV) or installing EV chargers. 

What does this funding get me?

Individuals: up to $7,500 on new EVs, $4,000 on used EVs, $1,000 on a charger. 

Businesses/nonprofits: up to $7,500 on new EVs, $40,000 on EVs > 14,000 lbs., $100,000 on chargers.

Charger credit applies only to chargers installed in low-income or non-urban areas.

Am I eligible?

Individuals (as of 2024, even if you don’t owe taxes).

Nonprofits receive full credit as direct payment.

Businesses up to the tax you owe (though you can sell unused credits).

How can I access the money?

Claim credits when you file your tax return. Nonprofits can receive the credit as a direct payment.

For individuals,  starting in 2024, you can instead transfer your EV credit to the dealer, who will reduce the cost of the vehicle by that amount.

What funding is available to me?

Funding to upgrade school and school bus infrastructure

What does this funding get me?

Funding for energy improvements at schools: energy infrastructure improvements like new HVAC and ventilation systems, building envelope and lighting projects, and renewable energy technologies; alternative-fueled vehicles and alternative-fueled vehicle infrastructure.

Am I eligible?

Partnership/Coalition: Consortia of one local education agency and one or more schools, nonprofits, for-profits, and community partners. Otherwise, must be a state, local, or tribal government. 

Funds for development and implementation of energy efficiency strategies can only be done by local and tribal governments.

How can I access the money?

Applications are due to the Department of Energy on June 13, 2024. Click “Learn More” for details.

Funding to reduce pollution at schools in low-income and disadvantaged communities

What does this funding get me?

Grants and other activities to monitor and reduce air pollution and GHG emissions at schools in low-income and disadvantage communities; technical assistance to address environmental issues, develop school environmental quality plans, identify and mitigate ongoing air pollution hazards

Am I eligible?

State/Territorial Government
Inter-state agency
Local governments
Indigenous Communities

How can I access the money?

EPA accepted comments on Air Quality Programs from Nov. 4, 2022 to Jan. 18, 2023. 

Opportunities for participation and additional resources can be found here. 

More information TBA

Funding to replace existing school buses with zero-emission and low-emission models

What does this funding get me?

Annual program of grants and rebates to replace existing school buses with zero-emission and low-emission models

Am I eligible?

Available to:

  • Public school districts, with one or more local/state government entities providing school bus service to one or more public school systems or the purchase, lease, license or contract for service of school buses
  • Public charter school districts responsible for the above
  • Tribal applicants responsible for the above
  • Nonprofit school transportation association or eligible contractor
How can I access the money?

Applications for the 2023 cycle are now closed. Check back for information on the 2024 funding cycle or sign up here to get email updates from EPA.

Individuals, businesses and nonprofits can get significant tax credits for buying a new or used electric vehicle (EV) or installing EV chargers. 

What does this funding get me?

Individuals: up to $7,500 on new EVs, $4,000 on used EVs, $1,000 on a charger. 

Businesses/nonprofits: up to $7,500 on new EVs, $40,000 on EVs > 14,000 lbs., $100,000 on chargers.

Charger credit applies only to chargers installed in low-income or non-urban areas.

Am I eligible?

Individuals (as of 2024, even if you don’t owe taxes).

Nonprofits receive full credit as direct payment.

Businesses up to the tax you owe (though you can sell unused credits).

How can I access the money?

Claim credits when you file your tax return. Nonprofits can receive the credit as a direct payment.

For individuals,  starting in 2024, you can instead transfer your EV credit to the dealer, who will reduce the cost of the vehicle by that amount.

What funding is available to me?

Provides funding for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses as well as the required supporting facilities.

What does this funding get me?

Provides funding for the purchase or lease of zero-emissions and low-emission transit buses as well as acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities and workforce development.

Am I eligible?

Eligible applicants include direct or designated recipients of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants, states, local governmental authorities, and Tribes.

How can I access the money?

On February 8, 2024, the FTA announced the availability of $1.5 billion in funding for these grants.  The application deadline is April 25, 2024. Additional rounds of funding are expected in subsequent years. Click “Learn More” for details on how to apply.

What funding is available to me?

Grants to community-based organizations in historically disadvantaged communities to promote environmental and climate justice.

What does this funding get me?

Approximately $2 billion to community-driven initiatives in disadvantaged communities that reduce pollution, increase community climate resilience, advance clean energy and build community capacity to address environmental and climate justice challenges.

Am I eligible?

A partnership between two community-based nonprofit organizations (CBOs) or a partnership between a CBO and a federally recognized Tribe, or a local government, or an institution of higher education. Projects must serve communities disproportionately impacted by climate change, legacy pollution, historical disinvestment.

How can I access the money?

Application deadline is Nov. 21, 2024. Click “Learn More” for details.

Funds to complete community-based clean energy or manufacturing initiatives in underserved communities.

What does this funding get me?

This DOE prize funds community-based clean energy initiatives or projects that support advanced manufacturing. Projects must engage underserved communities and promote environmental, climate, and energy justice.

Am I eligible?

Community-based organizations, the private sector, and nonfederal government entities may apply.

How can I access the money?

The deadline for this grant has passed. If it recurs in the future, we will update the website with the new information.

Funding to upgrade school and school bus infrastructure

What does this funding get me?

Funding for energy improvements at schools: energy infrastructure improvements like new HVAC and ventilation systems, building envelope and lighting projects, and renewable energy technologies; alternative-fueled vehicles and alternative-fueled vehicle infrastructure.

Am I eligible?

Partnership/Coalition: Consortia of one local education agency and one or more schools, nonprofits, for-profits, and community partners. Otherwise, must be a state, local, or tribal government. 

Funds for development and implementation of energy efficiency strategies can only be done by local and tribal governments.

How can I access the money?

Applications are due to the Department of Energy on June 13, 2024. Click “Learn More” for details.

HeroX is a platform for listing innovation challenges. Teams compete for prizes by proposing solutions to the challenges.

What does this funding get me?

Prize competition for energy innovation. Teams compete for prizes by proposing solutions to one of the hundreds of challenges listed online.

Am I eligible?

Teams of individuals, community-based organizations, local governments and Tribal governments can apply. Eligibility may vary by challenge.

How can I access the money?

Explore available challenges, gather needed resources and alliances, and apply to solve the challenge. 

Loans to support the manufacture of eligible advanced technology vehicles and components

What does this funding get me?

Loans to support a range of manufacturing, including light-duty vehicles, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, locomotives, maritime vessels including offshore wind vessels, aviation, and hyperloop. Loan amount cannot exceed 80% of eligible project costs. 

Am I eligible?

Eligible recipients include manufacturers of eligible vehicles or of components of materials that support eligible vehicles’ fuel economy performance.

How can I access the money?

Funding will remain available for commitment through 9/30/2028. Reach out to the DOE Loan Programs Office for details. 

Loans for innovative clean energy solutions and reinvestment in closed or aging energy facilities.

What does this funding get me?

$3.6b in loans for innovative clean energy and supply chain solutions, energy infrastructure reinvesment, and state energy financing institution support.

Am I eligible?

State governments, local governments, nonprofits, Federally- and State-recognized Tribes, special districts, independent school districts, public and private institutions of higher education, public housing authorities, and large and small businesses may be eligible to apply.

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for information on how to apply. Funding to remain available through September 30, 2026.

Funding for a nationwide low-emissions electricity program.

What does this funding get me?

$87 million provided for underserved communities, through education, partnership, technical assistance, and outreach in order to reduce emissions from domestic energy generation and use.

Am I eligible?

In spending these funds, the EPA will partner with state, local, and Tribal governments, with an emphasis on low-wealth communities.

How can I access the money?

Docket for public comment closed on January 18. More information TBA. If you have further questions, please reach out to IRAStakeholders@epa.gov.

Funding to improve walkability, safety, and access to public transit

What does this funding get me?

Provides funds for projects that improve walkability, safety, and affordable transportation access through context-sensitive strategies and address existing transportation facilities that create barriers to community connectivity or negative impacts on the human or natural environment.

Am I eligible?

Available to states, local governments, and metropolitan planning organizations

How can I access the money?

Funds are available to be obligated until September 30, 2026. Click “Learn More” for DOT resources on applying.

Low-interest loans for improvements to drinking water delivery systems.

What does this funding get me?

Low-interest loans for improvements to water source, treatment, transmission and distribution systems.

Am I eligible?

Local governments, nonprofit and investor-owned water companies.

How can I access the money?

This funding is available on 2 cycles per year, typically in March and September., from the NC Department of Environmental Quality.

Low-interest and no-interest loans for local government to fund wastewater and stormwater improvements.

What does this funding get me?

Low-interest loans and some principal-forgiveness and 0% interest loans for improvements to wastewater collection and treatment, stormwater management, stream restoration, and energy efficiency of waste water treatment and collection systems.

Am I eligible?

Local governments

How can I access the money?

This funding is available on 2 cycles per year, typically in March and September, from the NC Department of Environmental Quality.

Funding to plant and maintain trees and create green spaces in urban communities and neighborhoods in greatest need

What does this funding get me?

Grants that create projects to plant and maintain trees, expand tree canopy, increase access to nature and mitigate extreme heat, while developing and employing a new skilled workforce.

Am I eligible?

State, local, and Tribal governments as well as nonprofits and incorporated HOAs

100% of benefits will go to communities in greatest need

How can I access the money?

Apply through the NC Forest Service or SC Forestry Commission. Click “learn more” for details and other sources of urban forestry funding.

Funding to reduce pollution at schools in low-income and disadvantaged communities

What does this funding get me?

Grants and other activities to monitor and reduce air pollution and GHG emissions at schools in low-income and disadvantage communities; technical assistance to address environmental issues, develop school environmental quality plans, identify and mitigate ongoing air pollution hazards

Am I eligible?

State/Territorial Government
Inter-state agency
Local governments
Indigenous Communities

How can I access the money?

EPA accepted comments on Air Quality Programs from Nov. 4, 2022 to Jan. 18, 2023. 

Opportunities for participation and additional resources can be found here. 

More information TBA

Funding to replace existing school buses with zero-emission and low-emission models

What does this funding get me?

Annual program of grants and rebates to replace existing school buses with zero-emission and low-emission models

Am I eligible?

Available to:

  • Public school districts, with one or more local/state government entities providing school bus service to one or more public school systems or the purchase, lease, license or contract for service of school buses
  • Public charter school districts responsible for the above
  • Tribal applicants responsible for the above
  • Nonprofit school transportation association or eligible contractor
How can I access the money?

Applications for the 2023 cycle are now closed. Check back for information on the 2024 funding cycle or sign up here to get email updates from EPA.

Individuals, businesses and nonprofits can get significant tax credits for buying a new or used electric vehicle (EV) or installing EV chargers. 

What does this funding get me?

Individuals: up to $7,500 on new EVs, $4,000 on used EVs, $1,000 on a charger. 

Businesses/nonprofits: up to $7,500 on new EVs, $40,000 on EVs > 14,000 lbs., $100,000 on chargers.

Charger credit applies only to chargers installed in low-income or non-urban areas.

Am I eligible?

Individuals (as of 2024, even if you don’t owe taxes).

Nonprofits receive full credit as direct payment.

Businesses up to the tax you owe (though you can sell unused credits).

How can I access the money?

Claim credits when you file your tax return. Nonprofits can receive the credit as a direct payment.

For individuals,  starting in 2024, you can instead transfer your EV credit to the dealer, who will reduce the cost of the vehicle by that amount.

What funding is available to me?

Improved financing of clean energy, especially for low-income and disadvantaged communities. 

What does this funding get me?

$27 billion across three grant programs to improve clean energy financing options, especially for low-income communities

Am I eligible?

Grants were awarded to 8 large nonprofits that will in turn distribute funds to households, small businesses, community lenders and others. Click “Learn More” for details.

How can I access the money?

Grant awards were announced April 2024. Recipients will begin funding projects September 2024 or after.

Grants to community-based organizations in historically disadvantaged communities to promote environmental and climate justice.

What does this funding get me?

Approximately $2 billion to community-driven initiatives in disadvantaged communities that reduce pollution, increase community climate resilience, advance clean energy and build community capacity to address environmental and climate justice challenges.

Am I eligible?

A partnership between two community-based nonprofit organizations (CBOs) or a partnership between a CBO and a federally recognized Tribe, or a local government, or an institution of higher education. Projects must serve communities disproportionately impacted by climate change, legacy pollution, historical disinvestment.

How can I access the money?

Application deadline is Nov. 21, 2024. Click “Learn More” for details.

Funds to complete community-based clean energy or manufacturing initiatives in underserved communities.

What does this funding get me?

This DOE prize funds community-based clean energy initiatives or projects that support advanced manufacturing. Projects must engage underserved communities and promote environmental, climate, and energy justice.

Am I eligible?

Community-based organizations, the private sector, and nonfederal government entities may apply.

How can I access the money?

The deadline for this grant has passed. If it recurs in the future, we will update the website with the new information.

HeroX is a platform for listing innovation challenges. Teams compete for prizes by proposing solutions to the challenges.

What does this funding get me?

Prize competition for energy innovation. Teams compete for prizes by proposing solutions to one of the hundreds of challenges listed online.

Am I eligible?

Teams of individuals, community-based organizations, local governments and Tribal governments can apply. Eligibility may vary by challenge.

How can I access the money?

Explore available challenges, gather needed resources and alliances, and apply to solve the challenge. 

Loans to support the manufacture of eligible advanced technology vehicles and components

What does this funding get me?

Loans to support a range of manufacturing, including light-duty vehicles, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, locomotives, maritime vessels including offshore wind vessels, aviation, and hyperloop. Loan amount cannot exceed 80% of eligible project costs. 

Am I eligible?

Eligible recipients include manufacturers of eligible vehicles or of components of materials that support eligible vehicles’ fuel economy performance.

How can I access the money?

Funding will remain available for commitment through 9/30/2028. Reach out to the DOE Loan Programs Office for details. 

Loans for innovative clean energy solutions and reinvestment in closed or aging energy facilities.

What does this funding get me?

$3.6b in loans for innovative clean energy and supply chain solutions, energy infrastructure reinvesment, and state energy financing institution support.

Am I eligible?

State governments, local governments, nonprofits, Federally- and State-recognized Tribes, special districts, independent school districts, public and private institutions of higher education, public housing authorities, and large and small businesses may be eligible to apply.

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for information on how to apply. Funding to remain available through September 30, 2026.

Individuals, businesses and nonprofits can get significant tax credits for buying a new or used electric vehicle (EV) or installing EV chargers. 

What does this funding get me?

Individuals: up to $7,500 on new EVs, $4,000 on used EVs, $1,000 on a charger. 

Businesses/nonprofits: up to $7,500 on new EVs, $40,000 on EVs > 14,000 lbs., $100,000 on chargers.

Charger credit applies only to chargers installed in low-income or non-urban areas.

Am I eligible?

Individuals (as of 2024, even if you don’t owe taxes).

Nonprofits receive full credit as direct payment.

Businesses up to the tax you owe (though you can sell unused credits).

How can I access the money?

Claim credits when you file your tax return. Nonprofits can receive the credit as a direct payment.

For individuals,  starting in 2024, you can instead transfer your EV credit to the dealer, who will reduce the cost of the vehicle by that amount.