HeroX Challenges

What does this funding get me?

HeroX is a platform that lists challenges to be solved through innovation. Challenges are listed in a variety of categories. Explore challenges. Teams compete for prizes by proposing solutions to the challenges. Winners receive prizes funded by government programs, including the Inflation Reduction Act. The categories most likely to be funded by the IRA include “Non-Profit & Social Impact” and “Energy, Environment & Resources,” but IRA-related challenges could be in other categories as well. Many of the IRA-related challenges are ”American-Made Challenges” administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Funding levels vary by challenge. 

Am I eligible?

That depends on the requirements for each particular challenge.

How can I access the money?

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

What is the timeline?

HeroX has multiple challenges/funding opportunities running simultaneously, some are new and some are recurring and the timelines vary by challenge.  

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

For challenges related to solar energy, you can take advantage of the clean energy investment tax credit for homeowners, nonprofits and businesses

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?

  • Explore challenges
  • 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 more assistance, contact Sally Robertson at info@energyfundsforall.org.