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Unless stated otherwise, any tax-exempt organization is eligible for this funding, including but not limited to local, statewide and national nonprofits, faith-based organizations, Tribal nonprofit organizations, schools and other governmental entities.

What funding is available to me?

Tax deduction for energy efficiency measures in new construction or building renovations.

What does this funding get me?

A tax deduction of up to $5/square foot for energy efficiency measures in new construction or renovations that achieve above a certain level of energy savings. 

Am I eligible?

Formerly only for businesses, tax-exempt entities can now transfer the deduction to contractors in exchange for reduced project costs. 

How can I access the money?

Businesses claim the deduction on their tax return. Tax-exempt entities transfer the deduction to a building designer via an allocation letter.

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, or historical disinvestment.

How can I access the money?

Application deadline is Nov. 21, 2024 but applicants are encouraged to apply early, since funds are being awarded on a rolling basis. Click “Learn More” for details.

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 carry over or 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.

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 were due to the Department of Energy on June 13, 2024. Announcement of grant recipients is expected later this year.

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 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.

Regional organizations were awarded funds to make subgrants to community-based projects

What does this funding get me?

Competition that selected 11 grantmakers, who will make subgrants to community-based environmental justice projects.

Am I eligible?

Nonprofits, Federally- and state-recognized Tribal governments and intertribal consortia, local governments, and Native American organizations who are proposing environmental justice projects.

How can I access the money?

In NC and SC, the subgrants will be awarded starting Fall 2024 by Research Triangle Institute (RTI). Details coming soon.

Funding for community-based organizations to build partnerships for solving environmental and public health problems.

What does this funding get me?

Financial assistance to community-based organizations to address local environmental or public health issues in partnership with local businesses, industry, local government, academia, etc.

Am I eligible?

Community-based nonprofits and partnerships of community-based nonprofits

How can I access the money?

98 awards were made in October 2023, including 2 in the Carolinas that may provide benefits to local communities. There will be no 2024 application cycle, but the EPA is planning for additional cycles in subsequent years.

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.

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 create activities leading to measurable environmental or public health results in communities in need.

What does this funding get me?

Funding to support government activities that lead to measurable environmental or public health impacts in communities disproportionately burdened by environmental harms. A variety of projects will be funded, including air monitoring, indoor/outdoor air quality, solar panel installation, small-scale cleanups, community education, EJ tool development, green jobs and infrastructure, food access, and much more.

Am I eligible?

Eligible entities include: 

  • A state in partnership with a community-based nonprofit organization
  • A Tribe in partnership with a community-based nonprofit organization
  • A local government in partnership with a community-based nonprofit 
  • Tribal governments in remote areas
How can I access the money?

EPA has selected 88 EJG2G cooperative agreements that will receive a total of $84.1 million in IRA and annual appropriation act funding to help underserved and overburdened communities. Awardees will receive up to $1M in grant funding. You can learn more about the 2023 EJG2G selectees here.

Stay tuned for more information or, if you have any questions, email Burrell.Omari@epa.gov

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?

The application deadline has passed. EPA expects to make 4-6 awards in October 2024 of $5-8 million each to support indoor air quality and greenhouse gas reduction activities over a 5-year period at schools in low-income and disadvantaged communities.

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?

No Clean School Bus Grant or Rebate programs have been announced in 2024. Instead, EPA has opened a cycle of grant funding under the Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles Grant Program. Click “Learn More” for application information. Deadline for submissions is July 25, 2024.

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. 

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, or historical disinvestment.

How can I access the money?

Application deadline is Nov. 21, 2024 but applicants are encouraged to apply early, since funds are being awarded on a rolling basis. Click “Learn More” for details.

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 carry over or 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.

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

What does this funding get me?

$20 billion across two 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.

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.

Regional organizations were awarded funds to make subgrants to community-based projects

What does this funding get me?

Competition that selected 11 grantmakers, who will make subgrants to community-based environmental justice projects.

Am I eligible?

Nonprofits, Federally- and state-recognized Tribal governments and intertribal consortia, local governments, and Native American organizations who are proposing environmental justice projects.

How can I access the money?

In NC and SC, the subgrants will be awarded starting Fall 2024 by Research Triangle Institute (RTI). Details coming soon.

Grants for rural clean energy programs

What does this funding get me?

The funding can provide a financial investment, technical assistance, or other  resources to advance clean energy demonstrations and energy solutions

Am I eligible?

If your community or organization is located in a rural/remote area

How can I access the money?

The deadline for concept papers and full applications in 2023 has passed. Visit this website for up-to-date information.

Funding to pay the Federal share of career skills training programs

What does this funding get me?

The Career Skills Training Program is designed to provide grants to pay the Federal share of career skills training programs under which students concurrently receive classroom instruction and on-the-job training for the purpose of obtaining an industry-related certification to install energy efficient building technologies.

$10 million for nonprofit-led partnerships with industry and labor organizations.

Am I eligible?

Non-profit partnerships are eligible for funding via the State Community Energy Program. 

Per the provision language, this program requires nonprofits to partner with 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?

Funding Opportunity Announcement applications were due February 27, 2024.

For questions, email careerskillstraining@hq.doe.gov.

Funding for community-based organizations to build partnerships for solving environmental and public health problems.

What does this funding get me?

Financial assistance to community-based organizations to address local environmental or public health issues in partnership with local businesses, industry, local government, academia, etc.

Am I eligible?

Community-based nonprofits and partnerships of community-based nonprofits

How can I access the money?

98 awards were made in October 2023, including 2 in the Carolinas that may provide benefits to local communities. There will be no 2024 application cycle, but the EPA is planning for additional cycles in subsequent years.

Funding for states to develop a program to train home energy efficiency contractors.

What does this funding get me?

Funding for states to develop and implement a state program that provides training and education to home energy efficiency contractors.

Am I eligible?

States are eligible.

How can I access the money?

Formula funds have been allocated to the states. States may apply for additional competitive grants by July 12, 2024. States will set up training programs and must distribute all training funds by  September 30, 2031.

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. 

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, or historical disinvestment.

How can I access the money?

Application deadline is Nov. 21, 2024 but applicants are encouraged to apply early, since funds are being awarded on a rolling basis. Click “Learn More” for details.

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 carry over or 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.

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

What does this funding get me?

$20 billion across two 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.

Funding for utilities, state and local government, nonprofits, and Tribes for projects to increase the resilience of the electric grid.

What does this funding get me?

This grant program is split between $10.5 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, state and local governments, nonprofits,  and utilities are eligible depending on which part of the grant they are applying for.

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” 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.

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.

Regional organizations were awarded funds to make subgrants to community-based projects

What does this funding get me?

Competition that selected 11 grantmakers, who will make subgrants to community-based environmental justice projects.

Am I eligible?

Nonprofits, Federally- and state-recognized Tribal governments and intertribal consortia, local governments, and Native American organizations who are proposing environmental justice projects.

How can I access the money?

In NC and SC, the subgrants will be awarded starting Fall 2024 by Research Triangle Institute (RTI). Details coming soon.

Grants for rural clean energy programs

What does this funding get me?

The funding can provide a financial investment, technical assistance, or other  resources to advance clean energy demonstrations and energy solutions

Am I eligible?

If your community or organization is located in a rural/remote area

How can I access the money?

The deadline for concept papers and full applications in 2023 has passed. Visit this website for up-to-date information.

Funding to pay the Federal share of career skills training programs

What does this funding get me?

The Career Skills Training Program is designed to provide grants to pay the Federal share of career skills training programs under which students concurrently receive classroom instruction and on-the-job training for the purpose of obtaining an industry-related certification to install energy efficient building technologies.

$10 million for nonprofit-led partnerships with industry and labor organizations.

Am I eligible?

Non-profit partnerships are eligible for funding via the State Community Energy Program. 

Per the provision language, this program requires nonprofits to partner with 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?

Funding Opportunity Announcement applications were due February 27, 2024.

For questions, email careerskillstraining@hq.doe.gov.

Funding for community-based organizations to build partnerships for solving environmental and public health problems.

What does this funding get me?

Financial assistance to community-based organizations to address local environmental or public health issues in partnership with local businesses, industry, local government, academia, etc.

Am I eligible?

Community-based nonprofits and partnerships of community-based nonprofits

How can I access the money?

98 awards were made in October 2023, including 2 in the Carolinas that may provide benefits to local communities. There will be no 2024 application cycle, but the EPA is planning for additional cycles in subsequent years.

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. 

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, or historical disinvestment.

How can I access the money?

Application deadline is Nov. 21, 2024 but applicants are encouraged to apply early, since funds are being awarded on a rolling basis. Click “Learn More” for details.

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 carry over or 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.

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 were due to the Department of Energy on June 13, 2024. Announcement of grant recipients is expected later this year.

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

What does this funding get me?

$20 billion across two 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.

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.

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.

Regional organizations were awarded funds to make subgrants to community-based projects

What does this funding get me?

Competition that selected 11 grantmakers, who will make subgrants to community-based environmental justice projects.

Am I eligible?

Nonprofits, Federally- and state-recognized Tribal governments and intertribal consortia, local governments, and Native American organizations who are proposing environmental justice projects.

How can I access the money?

In NC and SC, the subgrants will be awarded starting Fall 2024 by Research Triangle Institute (RTI). Details coming soon.

Funding for community-based organizations to build partnerships for solving environmental and public health problems.

What does this funding get me?

Financial assistance to community-based organizations to address local environmental or public health issues in partnership with local businesses, industry, local government, academia, etc.

Am I eligible?

Community-based nonprofits and partnerships of community-based nonprofits

How can I access the money?

98 awards were made in October 2023, including 2 in the Carolinas that may provide benefits to local communities. There will be no 2024 application cycle, but the EPA is planning for additional cycles in subsequent years.

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.

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?

The application deadline has passed. EPA expects to make 4-6 awards in October 2024 of $5-8 million each to support indoor air quality and greenhouse gas reduction activities over a 5-year period at schools in low-income and disadvantaged communities.

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?

No Clean School Bus Grant or Rebate programs have been announced in 2024. Instead, EPA has opened a cycle of grant funding under the Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles Grant Program. Click “Learn More” for application information. Deadline for submissions is July 25, 2024.

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. 

What funding is available to me?

Tax deduction for energy efficiency measures in new construction or building renovations.

What does this funding get me?

A tax deduction of up to $5/square foot for energy efficiency measures in new construction or renovations that achieve above a certain level of energy savings. 

Am I eligible?

Formerly only for businesses, tax-exempt entities can now transfer the deduction to contractors in exchange for reduced project costs. 

How can I access the money?

Businesses claim the deduction on their tax return. Tax-exempt entities transfer the deduction to a building designer via an allocation letter.

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 the cost of solar, wind, geothermal, battery storage.

Am I eligible?

All nonprofits, local governments and other tax-exempt entities are eligible to receive at least 30% as “direct pay” even though they don’t pay taxes.

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for details.

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 carry over or 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.

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.

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.

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 were due to the Department of Energy on June 13, 2024. Announcement of grant recipients is expected later this year.

Regional organizations were awarded funds to make subgrants to community-based projects

What does this funding get me?

Competition that selected 11 grantmakers, who will make subgrants to community-based environmental justice projects.

Am I eligible?

Nonprofits, Federally- and state-recognized Tribal governments and intertribal consortia, local governments, and Native American organizations who are proposing environmental justice projects.

How can I access the money?

In NC and SC, the subgrants will be awarded starting Fall 2024 by Research Triangle Institute (RTI). Details coming soon.

What funding is available to me?

Tax deduction for energy efficiency measures in new construction or building renovations.

What does this funding get me?

A tax deduction of up to $5/square foot for energy efficiency measures in new construction or renovations that achieve above a certain level of energy savings. 

Am I eligible?

Formerly only for businesses, tax-exempt entities can now transfer the deduction to contractors in exchange for reduced project costs. 

How can I access the money?

Businesses claim the deduction on their tax return. Tax-exempt entities transfer the deduction to a building designer via an allocation letter.

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 the cost of solar, wind, geothermal, battery storage.

Am I eligible?

All nonprofits, local governments and other tax-exempt entities are eligible to receive at least 30% as “direct pay” even though they don’t pay taxes.

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for details.

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 were due to the Department of Energy on June 13, 2024. Announcement of grant recipients is expected later this year.

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

What does this funding get me?

$20 billion across two 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.

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.

Regional organizations were awarded funds to make subgrants to community-based projects

What does this funding get me?

Competition that selected 11 grantmakers, who will make subgrants to community-based environmental justice projects.

Am I eligible?

Nonprofits, Federally- and state-recognized Tribal governments and intertribal consortia, local governments, and Native American organizations who are proposing environmental justice projects.

How can I access the money?

In NC and SC, the subgrants will be awarded starting Fall 2024 by Research Triangle Institute (RTI). Details coming soon.

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 the cost of solar, wind, geothermal, battery storage.

Am I eligible?

All nonprofits, local governments and other tax-exempt entities are eligible to receive at least 30% as “direct pay” even though they don’t pay taxes.

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” for details.

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, or historical disinvestment.

How can I access the money?

Application deadline is Nov. 21, 2024 but applicants are encouraged to apply early, since funds are being awarded on a rolling basis. Click “Learn More” for details.

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 were due to the Department of Energy on June 13, 2024. Announcement of grant recipients is expected later this year.

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

What does this funding get me?

$20 billion across two 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.

Funding for utilities, state and local government, nonprofits, and Tribes for projects to increase the resilience of the electric grid.

What does this funding get me?

This grant program is split between $10.5 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, state and local governments, nonprofits,  and utilities are eligible depending on which part of the grant they are applying for.

How can I access the money?

Click “Learn More” 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.

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.

Grants for rural clean energy programs

What does this funding get me?

The funding can provide a financial investment, technical assistance, or other  resources to advance clean energy demonstrations and energy solutions

Am I eligible?

If your community or organization is located in a rural/remote area

How can I access the money?

The deadline for concept papers and full applications in 2023 has passed. Visit this website for up-to-date 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. 

What funding is available to me?

Tax deduction for energy efficiency measures in new construction or building renovations.

What does this funding get me?

A tax deduction of up to $5/square foot for energy efficiency measures in new construction or renovations that achieve above a certain level of energy savings. 

Am I eligible?

Formerly only for businesses, tax-exempt entities can now transfer the deduction to contractors in exchange for reduced project costs. 

How can I access the money?

Businesses claim the deduction on their tax return. Tax-exempt entities transfer the deduction to a building designer via an allocation letter.

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, or historical disinvestment.

How can I access the money?

Application deadline is Nov. 21, 2024 but applicants are encouraged to apply early, since funds are being awarded on a rolling basis. Click “Learn More” for details.

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 were due to the Department of Energy on June 13, 2024. Announcement of grant recipients is expected later this year.

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

What does this funding get me?

$20 billion across two 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.

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.

Grants for rural clean energy programs

What does this funding get me?

The funding can provide a financial investment, technical assistance, or other  resources to advance clean energy demonstrations and energy solutions

Am I eligible?

If your community or organization is located in a rural/remote area

How can I access the money?

The deadline for concept papers and full applications in 2023 has passed. Visit this website for up-to-date 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.