Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program

April 19th, 2023

Energy Efficiency and Conservation

Block Grant Program


EECBG Competive Program Now Live

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program is excited to announce the release of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the EECBG Competitive Program.

Program Details

The EECBG Competitive Program will award $8.8 million in funding to cities, counties, towns, state-recognized tribes—or teams of these communities—that wereineligible for the EECBG Program formula grant. EECBG Program recipients can use the funding for a variety of projects that lower energy costs, reduce carbon emissions and energy use, and improve energy efficiency. Example projects include regional clean energy strategic plans, investments in distributed energy technologies, or cross-municipal weatherization-based workforce development programs.
The EECBG Competitive Program is an exciting opportunity for smaller communities to access funds for clean energy. Per statute, the Department of Energy (DOE) will give priority to applicants from states with populations of fewer than two million people, and to proposed projects that will result in significant energy efficiency improvements and fossil fuel reduction in disadvantaged communities. Applicants are encouraged to apply in teams to maximize the impact of program funding.
Selected communities or teams will be able to benefit from several technical assistance opportunities, including eligibility for a DOE-sponsored, full-time fellow to support their EECBG project. 

Application Process

Interested communities can begin the application process by submitting a short concept paper to DOE by June 5, 2023. DOE will review the concept papers and either encourage or discourage applicants to submit a full application. Applicants may submit a full application regardless of whether they are encouraged or discouraged to do so. Full applications are due by August 7, 2023.
Concept papers and applications can be submitted on the Infrastructure Exchange website.
DOE will host two webinars with information about the grant structure, design, and application process. Use these links to tune into these webinars on the following dates:  
Both webinars will be recorded and available on the EECBG Competitive Program website.