Funding Opportunity Announcement for Clean Energy Projects

FOR MORE INFO – The NH Department of Energy has created a webpage on its website with information on select municipal funding opportunities made available by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. You can find that on our website.

NH Department of Energy wanted to share the news that the US Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program recently announced the release of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the EECBG Competitive Program. More information can be found on the EECBG Competitive Program Application Hub.

The EECBG Competitive Program will award $8.8 million in nationwide funding to cities, counties, towns, municipalities, state-recognized tribes – or teams of these communities – that were ineligible for the EECBG Formula Program. EECBG Competitive Program recipients can use the funding for a wide variety of projects that lower energy costs, reduce carbon emissions, or improve energy efficiency.

The following local governments are ineligible for this program:

  • All ten county governments.
  • NH’s ten largest municipalities: Concord, Dover, Derry, Hudson, Londonderry, Manchester, Merrimack, Nashua, Rochester, and Salem.
  • The State of New Hampshire.

The EECBG Competitive Program is a significant opportunity for smaller communities in NH to access federal funds for clean energy. The US Department of Energy will prioritize applicants from States with populations of fewer than two million such as New Hampshire, and projects that will create meaningful impacts on local economies, engage a variety of community partners, and have a strategy to deliver on the goals of the Biden Administration’s Justice40 Initiative

Example projects include implementation of energy distribution technologies that significantly increase energy efficiency, or the installation of renewable energies such as community solar installations. Applicants are encouraged to apply in teams to maximize the impact of program funding. For more information about the EECBG Competitive Program, please visit the US Department of Energy’s website.

The US Department of Energy will host two webinars with information about the grant structure, design, and application process on Tuesday, April 18th at 2pm ET and on Monday, May 15th at 2pm ET.

Meghan Foley
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