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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 to create building, training, and assessment centers for energy efficiency workers.

What does this funding get me?

The Building Training and Assessment Centers (BTAC) Program will provide grants to institutions of higher education to establish building, training, and assessment centers. These BTACs will educate and train students and building performance professionals to deploy modern energy efficiency building technologies for small businesses and K-12 schools.

Am I eligible?

BTACs will fund institutions of higher education, like community colleges and universities.

How can I access the money?

2023 funding has been awarded. Stay tuned or contact scep@hq.doe.gov to learn about possible future funding cycles.

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.

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?

Community-based nonprofits and certain others who are proposing environmental justice projects.

How can I access the money?

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

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 will be available for nonprofit-led partnerships with industry and labor organizations leading the program.

Am I eligible?

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

Per the provision language, this program requires nonprofit partnerships between 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 are due February 27, 2024 at 5 p.m. EST

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

For more information about this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), please view this information webinar hosted by the Department of Energy on Oct. 3

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.

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.

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 to create building, training, and assessment centers for energy efficiency workers.

What does this funding get me?

The Building Training and Assessment Centers (BTAC) Program will provide grants to institutions of higher education to establish building, training, and assessment centers. These BTACs will educate and train students and building performance professionals to deploy modern energy efficiency building technologies for small businesses and K-12 schools.

Am I eligible?

BTACs will fund institutions of higher education, like community colleges and universities.

How can I access the money?

2023 funding has been awarded. Stay tuned or contact scep@hq.doe.gov to learn about possible future funding cycles.

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.

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?

Community-based nonprofits and certain others who are proposing environmental justice projects.

How can I access the money?

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

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 will be available for nonprofit-led partnerships with industry and labor organizations leading the program.

Am I eligible?

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

Per the provision language, this program requires nonprofit partnerships between 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 are due February 27, 2024 at 5 p.m. EST

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

For more information about this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), please view this information webinar hosted by the Department of Energy on Oct. 3

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.

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.