Grants to Prevent Outages and Enhance 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. The grants can be used for any of the following:

  • Weatherization technologies and equipment
  • Fire-resistant technologies and fire prevention systems
  • Monitoring and control technologies
  • Undergrounding of electrical equipment
  • Utility pole management
  • Relocation of power lines or the reconductoring of power lines with low-sag, advanced conductors
  • Vegetation and fuel load management
  • Use or construction of distributed energy resources for enhancing system adaptive capacity during disruptive events, including microgrids and battery storage subcomponents
  • Adaptive protection technologies
  • Advanced modeling technologies
  • Hardening of power lines, facilities, substations, or other systems
  • Replacement of old overhead conductors and underground cables

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?

More information will be released about accessing the funds. Eligible and interested parties should contact the Grid Deployment Office.

What is the timeline?

Grid Resilience State and Tribal Formula Grants – Applications for the first two years of funding were due May 31, 2023 for States and Territories and August 31, 2023 for Tribes.

Grid Resilience Utility and Industry Grants – Applications for the first round of funding closed on April 6, 2023. The second round of funding is anticipated to be released in the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2024.

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

Check the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) for additional incentives that may be offered by your state, local government, or utility, as well as important federal, state, and local policies. For questions regarding DSIRE, contact Justin Lindemann (NC Clean Energy Technology Center) at jplindem@ncsu.edu.

Where can I get more information?

  • More information can be found at the DOE website.
  • Contact DOE’s Grid Deployment Office.
  • You may be able to get technical assistance with this program from the EPA’s Region 4 Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center (EJ TCTAC), also called Resource for Assistance and Community Training in Region 4 on Environmental Justice (REACT4EJ), which provides technical assistance to residents, community organizations, and Federally recognized tribal nations in Region 4 states including North and South Carolina. REACT4EJ can assist in developing capabilities and identifying resources for understanding or resolving EJ circumstances. Visit REACT4EJ.org to learn more and connect with their team.
  • As you look at current federal funding opportunities and those anticipated in 2024, SSDN’s Local Infrastructure Hub (LIH) program has resources that may be able to help!  The LIH program supports local governments and community-based organizations that are working on cross-cutting projects at the intersection of addressing climate impacts and promoting racial wealth equity.  Learn more on the LIH website or through this one-pager.  The application for LIH support is a light lift and is linked HERE! Reach out to Nick Deffley if you have questions about eligibility or need guidance.
  • For specific questions about this program or for more assistance, contact Jessica Finkel at info@energyfundsforall.org.