Several Michigan communities are eligible to receive grant funding under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) provided through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has opened up the formula grant application process for the EECBG, and there is a webinar Thursday to help local governments get started. The webinar will guide the application process, assist eligible entities with strategic planning for EECBG funds, and help align EECBG projects with existing climate and environmental justice goals. Webinar details:
- Thursday, January 26, 2023 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET: Introduction to the EECBG Program for Local Governments
The DOE EECBG Hub has information on how to apply, templates and upcoming webinars. The Administrative and Legal Requirements Document (ALRD) and application instructions include extensive information regarding application timelines, eligibility requirements, administrative guidelines, and more to guide eligible entities through the application process.
One key program feature worth mentioning is an optional voucher program for communities that receive less than $250,000. Instead of receiving the formula grant, the value can be exchanged for Technical Assistance or as an Equipment Rebate. DOE will provide more information about this voucher program on a webinar scheduled for Feb. 9 (registration link forthcoming).
Here is a list of cities, townships, and counties eligible for the direct EECBG formula allocation. Here are a few dates/details/next steps:
- All eligible entities must complete a pre-award application sheet by April 28, 2023.
- Local governments have until Jan. 2024 to submit an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy to receive the formula funding.
- Local governments are encouraged to complete the optional Information Collection Form to stay in direct contact with DOE on EECBG.
The National League of Cities also will publish a blog on EECBG in the coming weeks with specific grant details and will host a webinar in partnership with the National Association of State Energy Officials on Feb. 13.