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Funding Opportunity: Summary: Due Dates:
HUD Green and Resilient Retrofit Program 

GRRP is the first HUD program to simultaneously invest in energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, energy generation, green and healthy housing, and climate resilience strategies specifically in HUD-assisted multifamily housing. All the investments under the GRRP will be made in affordable housing communities serving low-income families. This Notice of Funding Opportunity makes $140,000,000 available to: 1) Lower carbon emissions and improve energy and water efficiency, 2) Incorporate renewable energy use, where appropriate, 3) Further climate resilience to better withstand the impacts of natural hazard events and protect residents; 4) Reduce resident exposure to health risks and environmental hazards, 5) Improve the quality of HUD-assisted multifamily housing for residents, 6) Support long-term housing preservation through extended affordability requirements.

March 28, 2024
Climate Pollution Reduction Implementation Grants

Competitive EPA grants for implementing measures contained in the State of Minnesota, any tribal, or Twin Cities metropolitan area Priority Climate Action Plans (PCAPs). Individual grants grants between $2 million and $500 million ($1 to $25 for tribes and territories). 

Partnerships are highly encouraged. GreenStep can help interested communities connect project needs with potential partners and projects.  

General: April 1, 2024 

Tribes and territories: May 1, 2024 

Low or No Emission Grants & Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the opportunity to apply for $1,103,963,762 in competitive grants under the Low or No Emission Grant Program (Low-No Program) and $390,045,823 under the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Program (Buses and Bus Facilities Program). 

The purpose of the Low-No Program is to support the transition of the nation’s transit fleet to the lowest polluting and most energy efficient transit vehicles. The Low-No Program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities.

The purpose of the Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Program is to assist in the financing of buses and bus facilities capital projects, including replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing or leasing buses or related equipment, and rehabilitating, purchasing, constructing or leasing bus-related facilities.

April 25, 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
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
Clean Energy Technology Deployment on Tribal Lands

The DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs intends to release a FOA with $25 million available for awards up to $5,000,000 (depending on topic area).  Cost-share from non-federal sources will generally be 20%.  Submissions are sought for projects in the following areas of interest:

  • 1: Install clean energy generating system(s) and/or energy efficiency measure(s) for Tribal Building(s);
  • 2: Deploy community-scale clean energy generating system(s) or community energy storage on Tribal Lands;
  • 3: Install integrated energy system(s) for autonomous operation to power a single or multiple Essential Tribal Building(s) during emergency situations or for tribal community resilience; or
  • 4: Power unelectrified Tribal Buildings
Spring 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:

  • 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: