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Renew America's Schools Prize DOE’s Office of State and Community Energy Programs has opened the second round of funding. The 2024 Prize will invest in school facilities that demonstrate the need for both energy improvements and financing, with a focus on Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) that qualify as disadvantaged and/or rural. During Phase 1, competitors will build teams and create lists of schools/school facilities that demonstrate both need and eligibility for investment. Each Phase 1 Winner will earn a cash prize of $300,000 and move on to Phases 2 and 3, during which they will enter and execute a Cooperative Agreement with DOE. Awards made in Phases 2 and 3 range from $7.5 million to $15 million. DOE will issue the largest awards to portfolios serving 20 or more schools/school facilities, offering a total of $15,300,000 to winners in this category for completing all three phases.    June 13, 2024
Clean Energy to Communities Program - In-Depth Partnerships DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has announced plans to issue a Request for Proposals for funding and in-depth technical assistance to assist 2 to 4 community teams develop decarbonizations and clean energy strategies. The opportunity will be part of DOE’s Clean Energies to Communities In-Depth Partnership program. Awards include up to $500,000 in subcontract funding and up to $3,500,000 in the form of in-depth technical assistance from one or more national laboratories. June 14, 2024
Preservation and Reinvestment Initiative for Community Enhancement (PRICE) HUD funding to support critical investments such as repairs, infrastructure improvements, resiliency upgrades, and other services for low- and moderate-income residents of manufactured housing units and manufactured housing communities. 
 
July 10, 2024
Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants The USDOT program will fund up to $500 million in grants over five years to conduct demonstration projects focused on advanced smart community technologies and systems that improve transportation safety and efficiency. The funding opportunity is open to public sector entities seeking to carry out transportation projects that demonstrate at least one of the following technology areas: Coordinated automation, Connected vehicles, Sensors, Systems integration, Delivery/logistics, Innovative aviation, Smart grid, Traffic signals. July 12, 2024
Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles Grants  The EPA will award up to $932 million in support of zero-emission vehicle projects benefitting communities disproportionately burdened by air pollution. States, municipalities, Indian Tribes, and nonprofit school transportation associations can apply for one of two sub-programs:  1) the School Bus Sub-Program (for applicants replacing school buses), and 2) the Vocational Vehicles Sub-Program, (for applicants replacing non-school bus Class 6/7 vehicles). July 25, 2024
Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program The US DOT has up to $1.3 billion to fund new applications submitted in this round. Two separate grant categories are included in the CFI Program:
Community Charging and Fueling Program Grants, to strategically deploy electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, hydrogen fueling infrastructure, propane fueling infrastructure, and natural gas fueling infrastructure located on public roads or in other publicly accessible locations; and
Alternative Fuel Corridor Grants, to strategically deploy charging and alternative fueling infrastructure located along designated alternative fuel corridors.
August 28, 2024
Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grants

EPA funds for community-driven projects which address climate challenges, reducing pollution and strengthening communities.  Projects to be funded will enable disadvantaged communities to overcome longstanding environmental challenges and implement meaningful solutions. EPA will also dedicate $200 million in funding to technical assistance to awardees under this program. Applications will be considered under the following tracks:

  • Track I: Community-Driven Investments for Change - focused on multi-faceted applications with Climate Action and Pollution Reduction Strategies to meaningfully improve the environmental, climate, and resilience conditions affecting disadvantaged communities. Approximately 150 grants to be awarded ranging from $10-20 million each. Track 1 applicants who score well on the written application will be invited to participate in an oral presentation to share information about the community-oriented nature of their projects and how they will successfully implement the grant.
  • Track II: Meaningful Engagement for Equitable Governance – projects to facilitate the engagement of disadvantaged communities in governmental processes to advance environmental and climate justice. Approximately 20 grants will be awarded, ranging from $1-3 million each. The Track II application process does not involve an oral presentation.
Application reviewed on a rolling basis until November 21, 2024
Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Tribal and Territory Grants  EPA funding with~$9 million to incentivize and accelerate the upgrading or retirement of diesel engine vehicles. Eligible activities include the retrofit or replacement of existing diesel engines, vehicles, and equipment with the EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB) certified engine configurations and verified retrofit and idle reduction technologies.  December 6, 2024
Home Electrification and Appliance Rebate (HEAR) Program for Tribes DOE funds to provide rebates to low- and moderate-income households installing efficient electric technologies. Rebates for home electrification upgrades range from $840 to $14,000 per household. Once DOE has approved a Tribe’s HEAR application, the Tribe may launch its program and begin issuing rebates.  Application reviewed on a rolling basis until May 31, 2025
Tax Provision Summary
Production Tax Credit for Electricity from Renewables

For production of electricity from eligible renewable sources, including wind, biomass, geothermal, solar, small irrigation, landfill and trash, hydropower, marine and hydrokinetic energy. Credit Amount (for 2022): 0.55 cents/kW (2.75 if PWA met).

  • Clean Energy Production Tax Credits available for clean electricity for facilities that begin construction and are placed in service after 2024; credits starting in 2025. 
Investment Tax Credit for Energy Property

For investment in renewable energy projects including fuel cell, solar, geothermal, small wind, energy storage, biogas, microgrid controllers, and combined heat and power properties. Credit Amount: 6% of qualified investment (30% if PWA met).

  • Clean Electricity Investment Tax Credit available for facilities that begin construction and are place in service after 2024. 
  • Low-Income Communities Bonus Credit available for small-scale solar and wind or clean electricity facilities on Indian land, federally subsidized housing, in low-income communities, and benefit low-income households. Allocated through an application process. Credit Amount: 10 or 20 percentage point increase on base investment tax credit.
Commercial Clean Vehicle Credit For purchasers of commercial clean vehicles. Qualifying vehicles include passenger vehicles, buses, ambulances, and certain other vehicles for use on public streets, roads, and highways. Credit Amount: Up to $40,000 (max $7,500 for vehicles <14,000 lbs)
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit For alternative fuel vehicle refueling and charging property, located in low-income and non-urban areas. Qualified fuels include electricity, ethanol, natural gas, hydrogen, and biodiesel. Credit Amount: 6% of basis for businesses and can increase to 30% if PWA is met.
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Funding Opportunity: Summary: Announcement Dates
Critical Facility Energy Resilience (CiFER) DOE’s Office of Electricity (OE) intends to issue a $15 million funding opportunity by the fall of 2024. Funding will support a competitive pilot demonstration grant program for energy storage projects that are wholly U.S.-made, sourced, and supplied. In the anticipated FOA, partnerships between storage technology providers, beneficiary organizations, and resiliency analytics partners will be required. Fall 2024 
Grid Connected Buildings and Vehicles Field Validation DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has released a Notice of Intent for over $100 million in support of field demonstrations and other research projects.  Eligible projects will enhance grid planning and operation and help optimize systems with grid-connected buildings and vehicles powered by clean, distributed energy generation and demonstrate these advanced technologies as reliable, secure, and ready for wide-spread use. 
- Connected Communities 2.0 (DE-FOA-0003136)
- Solar Technologies’ Rapid Integration and Validation for Energy Systems (DE-FOA-0003331)
- SuperTruck Charge (DE-FOA-0003344)
September 2024 
Water Power Innovation Network DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, on behalf of the Water Power Technologies Office intends to release a FOA that will support entrepreneurship and accelerate water power innovation, business creation, collaboration, and expand incubators and accelerators in water power. This FOA will have approximately $5 million in cooperative agreement funding for the anticipated Topic Area: Water Power Incubation and Acceleration. April or May 2024

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA): Also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, became law on November 15, 2021. The IIJA authorized $1.2 trillion in funding opportunities across a wide variety of infrastructure subject areas, including:

  • All IIJA Opportunities for Minnesota (MN Management and Budget)
  • Energy - Funding opportunities authorized under IIJA include grid modernization, new electric transmission, energy system resiliency and reliability updates, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, improvement to the energy efficiency of buildings, smart manufacturing, carbon capture and carbon utilization projects, renewable energy technologies and demonstration projects and other innovative initiatives. 
  • Transportation - provides higher funding levels and many new formula and discretionary grant programs that will expand the definition of transportation infrastructure and address health and community-driven outcomes. 
    • MnDOT: available grants and information about formula funding. 
    • DOT Navigator, US DOT: technical assistance to help communities understand the best ways to apply for grants, and to apply for and deliver transformative infrastructure projects and services. 
  • Water Infrastructure 
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Inflation Reduction Act (IRA): became law on August 16, 2022. The IRA authorized billions of dollars in funding opportunities across a wide variety of investment subject areas, including: