May 21, 2013 - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN ENHANCED WITH PHOTOSHOP.  Aerial view of the National Renewable Energy (NREL), South Table Mesa campus (STM).  THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN ENHANCED WITH PHOTOSHOP.  (Photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL)


Subject Matter:  BM, BG, EP

Recipients: biofuel producers, sellers

Activity funded: Expanding production of advanced biofuels by paying advanced biofuel producers for finished advanced biofuel products.

Funding available: Type 1 - quarterly payments for actual quantity of eligible advanced biofuel produced during the quarter. Type 2 - annual incremental payment for producers who increase production over the previous fiscal year (excluding forest biomass advanced biofuel production)

Eligibility: any entity that produces and sells advanced biofuel is eligible to apply


Contact information: State Rural Development Energy Coordinator:

Other: an advanced biofuel facility must have produced advanced biofuels in the year prior to the fiscal year in which payment is sought and had less than 20 days (excluding weekends) of non-production in the year prior to the fiscal year in which payment is sought.

Subject Matter: R/U, BT

Recipients: Public bodies, community-based non-profit corporations, Tribes

Activity funded: Purchase, construct, and/or improve essential community facilities (defined below), purchase equipment and pay related project expenses.

Funding available: grants, direct loans, or a combination of the two (can be combined with the Community Facilities Guaranteed Loan Program - see Loan section of this website). Grants are allocated based on population and median household income. Rural communities with smaller populations and lower median household incomes will receive a larger percentage of eligible project costs than communities with larger populations and higher median household incomes (percentages range from 25% to 75% of eligible project costs).

Eligibility: Public bodies, community-based non-profit corporations, and Tribes in rural areas with no more than 20,000 residents.


Contact information: State Office contact list -

Other: Essential community facilities include health care facilities, public facilities, community support services, public safety services, educational services (including museums, libraries, private schools), utility services, and local food systems (such as community gardens, food pantries, community kitchens, food banks, greenhouses).

Direct Loans: 7 CFR Part 1942, Subpart A
• Grants: 7 CFR Part 3570, Subpart A

Subject Matter: EE, EP, BT

Recipients:  housing grant recipients (see Eligibility below)

Activity funded: The three areas of focus for the Energy Efficiency Initiative are energy conservation, energy generation and green property management. Development projects that require a reduced quantity of energy to operate, use energy sources that do not produce greenhouse gases and that have little or no net emission of greenhouse gases, and are economically viable. Points are available to applicants who seek third-party energy efficiency certifications, use energy efficient building materials and design strategies, generate energy on site, and make a commitment to energy efficient post-construction operation and maintenance. The Multi-Family Housing Energy Efficiency Initiative encourages developers to generate energy on-site by utilizing technology to lessen their properties' need for outside energy sources. Doing so will earn additional NOFA points and increase a project's viability regarding USDA-RD program funding.

Funding available: check Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA)

Section 515 Rural Rental Housing Program for New Construction, Section 514 Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Farm Labor Housing Grants for Off-Farm Housing, Section 522 Housing Preservation Grants, and Sections 514, 515 and 516 Multi Family Housing Revitalization Demonstration Program applicants.

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Contact information: USDA Rural Housing Service, Phone: (202) 205-0903

Subject Matter: BM, BG, EP

Recipients:  biorefineries

Activity funded: Installation of renewable biomass systems for heating and power at biorefineries or to produce new energy from renewable biomass. Funds may be used to pay for eligible construction costs associate with repowering improvements such as: equipment, installation, engineering, design, site plans, fee, and permits.

Funding available: Up to $5 million dollars or 50% of the eligible project cost, whichever is less.

Eligibility: biorefineries in existence on or before June 18, 2008, proposing to use only renewable biomass for replacement fuel.


Contact information: (202) 690-0784 ⎮ ⎮ USDA Rural Development Energy Division, Repowering Assistance Program, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Stop 3225, Washington DC 20250.

Subject Matter: BD, P, R/U

Recipients: state, local government, non-profits, academic institutions, Tribes, rural cooperatives

Activity funded: Enterprise grants - projects that benefit small and emerging business in rural areas, including: training and technical assistance, project planning, business counseling, market research, feasibility studies, professional/technical reports, product/service improvements; acquisition or development of land, easements, rights of way, construction, conversion, renovations of buildings, plants, machinery, equipment, access streets, parking, utilities; pollution control and abatement, capitalization of revolving loan funds, distance learning, rural transportation improvement.

Opportunity grants - community economic development, technology-based economic development, feasibility studies and business plans, leadership and entrepreneur training, rural business incubators, long-term business strategic planning.

Funding available: Enterprise grants - no maximum grant amount, smaller requests receive higher priority, grants generally range from $10,000 to $500,000. Opportunity grants - maximum away of $50,000.

Eligibility: rural public entities - towns, communities, state agencies, authorities, non-profits, higher education institutions, federally-recognized tribes, rural cooperatives.


Contact information: USDA state office -

Subject Matter: T, BD

Recipients: Rural Utilities Service providers, non-profit utility providers, Rural Development Electric or Telecommunication Programs borrowers

Activity funded: Grant program (see LOANS page for Loans under this program) - grant funds to local utility organizations which use the funding to establish revolving loan funds (RLF). Loans are made from the revolving loan funds to projects that will create or retain rural jobs. When the revolving loan fund is terminated, the grant is repaid to the agency.

Funding available: up to $300,000 in grants to establish an RLF

Eligibility: any former Rural Utilities Service (RUS) borrower who borrowed, repaid, or pre-paid an insured, direct, or guaranteed loan, nonprofit utilities that are eligible to receive assistance from the Rural Development Electric or Telecommunication Programs; or current Rural Development Electric or Telecommunication Programs borrowers.


Contact information: local state office -

Other: funds may be used for business incubators, community development assistance to nonprofits and public bodies (particularly job creation or enhancement), facilities and equipment for education and training to facilitate economic development, facilities and equipment for medical care, start-up venture costs, including financing fixed assets such as real estate, buildings (new or existing), equipment, or working capital, business expansion, technical assistance.

Subject Matter: EE, EP, BM, GT, HY, S, W, M

Recipients: Agriculture, small business, state, Tribal, local government, rural electric cooperatives, public power entities, academic institutions

Activity funded:
Grant Type 1 - purchase, installation, and construction of energy systems and energy efficiency improvements.
Grant Type 2 - agriculture and small business energy audits and renewable energy development assistance.
Funding available:
Grants - Grant Type 1 - up to 25 percent of total project costs - maximum grant amount for renewable energy systems is $500,000; energy efficiency improvements - $250,000;
Grant Type 2 -$100,000
Loan guarantees (Grant Type 1 only) - up to 75 percent of total project costs - maximum loan amount is $25 million per applicant; up to 85% loan guarantee;
Combined grant and loan guarantee funding up to 75% of total eligible project costs.

Grant Type 1 - Agricultural producers in rural or non-rural areas with at least 50% of gross income coming from agricultural operations, and small businesses in eligible rural areas.
Grant Type 2 - units of state, tribal or local governments; colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning; rural electric cooperatives and public power entities, and conservation and development districts to assist agricultural producers and rural small businesses in eligible rural areas.

Energy types: include wind, solar, ocean, small hydropower, hydrogen, geothermal and renewable biomass (including anaerobic digesters).

Weblink: Grant Type 1:
Grant Type 2:

Contact Information:
USDA Rural Development, state coordinator contact information -

Other: Renewable energy projects must incorporate commercially available technology. Energy efficiency improvements may include lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation, fans, automated controls and insulation upgrades that reduce energy consumption.

Subject Matter: EP, EE, all energy generation types

Recipients: Retail or power supply providers, States, political subdivisions of States, for-profit and non-profit businesses, cooperatives, associations, organizations, and other entities organized under the laws of States, Indian tribes, tribal entities, individuals

Activity funded: “The High Energy Cost Grant program provides grants to purchase, construct, install, repair, replace, or improve energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities in communities with extremely high energy costs that are at least 275 percent higher than the national average. On-grid and off-grid renewable energy projects, and energy efficiency, and energy conservation projects are eligible.”

Funding available: minimum amount $50,000; maximum amount $3,000,000 (2015)

Eligibility: Retail or power supply providers serving eligible rural areas including: “States, political subdivisions of States, for-profit and non-profit businesses, cooperatives, associations, organizations, and other entities organized under the laws of States, Indian tribes, tribal entities, and individuals, governments and entities located in any U.S. Territory/possession or other area authorized by law to receive the services and programs of the Rural Utilities Service or the Rural electrification Act of 1936. Projects must serve rural communities in which the annual average residential expenditure for home energy is at least 275 percent of the national average.”


Contact information:
High Energy Cost Grants Program, 202-720-9545 ⎮

Other: “Grant funds may be used to acquire, construct, extend, upgrade, or otherwise improve energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities serving eligible communities. All energy generation, transmission, and distribution facilities and equipment, used to provide electricity, natural gas, home heating fuels, and other energy service to eligible communities are eligible. Projects providing or improving energy services to eligible communities through on-grid and off-grid renewable energy projects, energy efficiency, and energy conservation projects are eligible. A grant project is eligible if it improves, or maintains energy services, or reduces the costs of providing energy services to eligible communities. Grant funds may not be used to pay utility bills or to purchase fuels.”

Subject Matter:  EP

Recipients: farmers, ranchers, extension agents and educators, researchers, nonprofits, students, communities, others

Activity funded: On-farm renewable energy

Eligibility: see -


Contact information


Subject Matter: V, R&D

Recipients: corporations, state, local agencies, utilities

Activity funded: Develop and implement effective purchasing/procurement processes designed to coordinate and consolidate bulk alternative fuel vehicle and advanced vehicle orders and reduce per-unit prices of commercially-available vehicles. Proposing teams will create processes and procedures that can be used by a wide variety of public an private fleets and individuals who wish to acquire alternative fuel vehicles and advanced vehicles.

Funding available: 2 year cooperative agreements

Eligibility: Project teams may include vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and dealers, suppliers, fleet management and purchasing/procurement organizations, state and local agencies, utility companies, vehicle leasing companies, fuel providers, and trade groups engaged


Contact information: EERE Vehicle Technologies Office:

Subject Matter: BM, BG, R&D

Recipients: individuals, domestic entities, foreign entities, incorporated and unincorporated consortia, academic institutions, domestic nonprofits, FFRDCs, U.S., state, local, tribal governments 

Activity funded: to develop commercially viable bioenergy and bioproducts to enable sustainable, nationwide production of biofuels that are compatible with today’s transportation infrastructure, can reduce GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions relative to petroleum-derived fuels, and can displace a share of petroleum-derived fuels to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil and encourage the creation of a new domestic bioenergy industry. BETO has targeted a performance goal of validating, at pilot scale, at least one technology pathway for hydrocarbon biofuel at a mature modeled cost of $3/GGE (gasoline gallon equivalent) with GHG emissions reduction of 50% or more compared to petroleum-derived fuel by 2017, and validating two additional pathways by 2022.

Funding available: 1-2 year cooperative agreements with awards from $1,000,000 or less to $2,000,000.

Other: to support innovative technologies and solutions that could help meet existing goals but are not currently represented in a significant way in the BETO’s MYPP and current project portfolio. Not intended to fund projects that are incremental improvements to current products or processes or for established work in BETO’s strategic plan or current portfolio.


Contact information:

Subject Matter: BM, BG, BD, EP

Recipients: individuals, domestic entities, foreign entities, incorporated and unincorporated consortia, academic institutions, domestic nonprofits, FFRDCs, U.S., state, local, tribal governments

Activity funded: project development and execution plans for the manufacture of Advanced or Cellulosic Biofuels, bioproducts, refinery compatible intermediates, or biopower in a domestic pilot or demonstration scale Integrated Biorefinery (IBR). Topic Area 1: Pilot scale production of Biofuels from high impact cellulosic, algal, or biogas feedstocks. Topic Area 2: Demonstration scale production of Biofuels from high impact cellulosic, algal, or biogas feedstocks. Topic Area 3: Production of either biopower or Biofuels from biosolids and other allowable Wet Waste Feedstock streams. Applications must address the entire process, from feedstock handling through to biofuel, bio-product, or biopower distribution.

Funding available: Topic Area 1: approximately 5-10 awards in this topic area, with an average award amount of $2,000,000. Topic Area 2: approximately 2-4 awards in this topic area, with an average award amount of $4,000,000.  Topic Area 3: approximately 1-2 awards in this topic area, with an average award amount of $2,000,000.


Contact information:

Subject Matter: BT, R&D, EE

Recipients: individuals, for-profit entities, academic institutions, nonprofits, state, local, tribal governments, DOE/NNSA FFRDCs, foreign entities, incorporated and unincorporated consortia

Activity funded: conduct applied research, development and demonstration (RD&D) in the real world houses of cost-effective technologies and practices that can help reduce the energy use intensity (EUI) of new single-family homes by 60% and existing single-family homes by 40%, relative to the 2010 average home EUI in each climate zone, by 2025, with a focus on reducing heating and cooling loads. Topic 1: Building America Technology to Market Roadmap Projects - high performance moisture-managed building envelope systems, optimized comfort systems for low-load homes, and high performance ventilation systems & IAQ strategies. Topic 2: Home Improvements RD&D Projects - innovative energy efficiency upgrade opportunities for trade contractors during home improvements in the following sectors: envelope upgrades, mechanical system upgrades, innovative, cost-saving methods/technologies for assessing home performance, either during inspections or real time operation.

Funding available: $5.5 million


Contact information: Building_America_FOA@EE.Doe.Gov

Subject Matter: EE, R&D, BT

Recipients: individuals, for-profit entities, academic institutions, nonprofits, state, local, tribal governments, DOE/NNSA FFRDCs, foreign entities, incorporated and unincorporated consortia

Activity funded: Two topics - Innovations and Frontiers with optional Buildings University Innovators and Leaders Development supplement. Innovations: (1) open topic for energy efficiency solutions for residential and commercial buildings: (2) human-in-the-loop sensor & control systems; (3) infiltration diagnostics technologies. Frontiers: (4) plug and play sensor systems; (5) advanced air-sealing technologies for existing buildings.

Funding available: $20 million for 17 to 25 awards.

Other: Topic 1 - to develop technologies, techniques, and tools for making buildings more energy efficient - heating, ventilating, air conditioning, water heating, lighting, building envelope, sensors and controls, and building energy modeling. Topic 2 - develop novel hardware and software solutions for real-time occupant-centered control of the HVAC, lighting, and plug load end uses, which represent 13.5, 4.4, and 2.4 quads of primary building energy use, respectively. Topic 3 - develop novel infiltration diagnostic technologies that can be used to identify the location and quantify the extent of infiltration/exfiltration through the building envelope. Topic 4 - improve power performance, self-calibration and automatic recognition of sensor nodes in building applications with the goal of enabling true plug-and-play solutions at less than $10/node that optimally interface with building management systems and control schemes. Topic 5 - development of advanced, cost-effective air-sealing technologies designed specifically for use in existing buildings.


Contact information:

Subject Matter: P

Recipients: U.S. local and tribal governments and their agencies, schools, districts, regional and interstate agencies,  alone or in partnership with academic institutions, corporations, businesses, utilities, non-profits

Activity funded: (1) Data analytics for projecting the energy impacts of future local government actions for the purposes of enabling metrics‐driven selection, prioritization, and refinement of programs and policies; (2) Data analytics for improving the targeting of local government policies and resources with energy implications toward specific community subpopulations of individuals, households, and businesses to maximize program returns and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission or energy intensity reductions (e.g., by focusing on those entities at a decision point, who would most benefit from an energy program and would be most likely to participate); (3) Data analytics for measuring and tracking the realized energy impacts of existing, innovative local government actions for the purposes of determining policy or program effectiveness and opportunities for increased effectiveness. Measuring and tracking policy and program effectiveness frequently is not an explicit consideration during planning and implementation phases, and policy and program effectiveness measurements are often based on alternative criteria to realized energy impacts.

Funding available: $100,000 to $500,000

Eligibility: U.S. local and tribal governments, or consortia. Local governments may include a county, municipality, city, town, township, local public authority (including any public and Indian housing agency), school district, special district, intrastate district, council of governments, any other regional or interstate government entity, or any agency or instrumentality of a local government


Contact information:

Other: This funding opportunity is intended for local and tribal governments as prime applicants and strongly encourages partnerships between local and tribal governments and entities such as academic institutions, technology companies, utilities, regional planning bodies, and non‐governmental organizations to develop and pilot data‐driven decision frameworks that strengthen the analytical underpinning of energy‐impacting actions by local governments across the United States.

Subject Matter: BD, T

Recipients: academic institutions

Activity funded: catalyze clean energy start-up formation on college campuses, support novel training and educational opportunities that equip the next generation of energy entrepreneurs and innovators across the country, establish a national-level training program and competition for America’s top clean energy student entrepreneurs, and create a sustained and diverse community to support student entrepreneurs.

Funding available: 3 year cooperative agreements


Contact information:

Other: focus of program is on two general areas of interest: (1) Cleantech UP Hub - responsible for engaging student entrepreneurs, developing an innovative training program, institutionalizing coordination of the student clean tech entrepreneurship community and Collegiate Competitions, and executing the nation’s premier event for student clean tech entrepreneurs at the National Competition, including awarding the National Prize; (2) Cleantech UP Collegiate Competitions - recruiting teams from universities and regions, prepare teams as they form and provide the early catalyst for company formation, execute annual contests and award prizes.

Subject Matter: R/U, EP, EE, CHP

Recipients: Indian Tribes, Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations

Activity funded:
Topic Area 1 - Tribal Building Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Retrofits (clean energy systems - renewable energy power systems or combined heat and power systems - to displace electrical, heating and/or cooling loads by at least 15%; and deep energy retrofit energy efficiency measures that reduce the total of all building(s) energy use by at least 20%.
Topic Area 2 - Community-Scale Clean Energy Deployment - of 50kW or more to provide electricity, heating or cooling for more than one building or to an entire community.

Funding available: approximately $4-6 million; Topic Area 1 awards - $50,000 to $500,000; Topic Area 2 awards - $250,000-$1,000,000. Cost share requirement of 50% of Total Project Costs unless reduction approved.

Eligibility: Indian Tribes (including Alaska Native regional corporations and village corporations, Tribal Consortia, Tribal and Inter-Tribal Organizations), Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations.


Contact information: DOE Office of Indian Energy, email:

Other: Tribally-owned or controlled buildings may include tribal members homes, schools, community buildings, clinics, tribal government buildings, utility facilities, casinos, and businesses. Clean energy systems include combined heat and power systems.

Subject Matter:  GT, R&D

Recipients: extractive and process industries, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders

Activity funded: First category - to explore the opportunities to conduct extensive engineering validation testing of feasible technologies or processes that can efficiently and cost-effectively capture, concentrate, and/or purify high-value materials, that may be contained in geothermal fluids and process streams. Second category - to query concepts and approaches for leveraging methods in use or being considered for commercial applications in the geothermal and mining industries. Ideas are sought for combined drilling technologies, rock stimulation technologies such as those used in enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) and mineral extraction technologies as currently applied in solution mining. Third category - to broaden the database of knowledge about the existence and concentration of the high-value materials in U.S. geothermal fluids or low-temperature process streams from other operations, such as oil and gas production.

Funding available:  this is a request for information (RFI)

Eligibility: purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from the extractive and process industries, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders about the opportunities for validating new or existing technologies or processes to efficiently and cost- effectively capture, concentrate, and/or purify rare earth elements, strategic, critical, or other valuable materials contained in geothermal fluids and process streams


Contact information:

Subject Matter: HY, FC, R&D

Recipients: individuals, for-profit entities, academic institutions, nonprofits, state, local, tribal governments, DOE/NNSA FFRDCs, foreign entities, incorporated and unincorporated consortia

Activity funded: Areas of Interest (AOI) - (1) Research and development of hydrogen fuel technologies; (2) demonstration and deployment for manufacturing technology and Climate Action Champions; (3) R&D within consortia for fuel cell performance and durability and hydrogen storage materials; (4) cost and performance analyses for hydrogen production and delivery, hydrogen storage, and fuel cells.

Funding available: AOI 1 - $1,000,000 to $3,000,000 for 3 years, 20% cost share; AOI 2 - $250,000 to $2,000,000, 2-4 years, 20-50% cost share (depending on topic area); AOI 3 - $1,000,000 to $3,000,000, 3-4 years, 20% cost share); AOI 4 - $1,500,000 for a maximum of 5 years, no cost share.


Contact information: fy16fctoofficewidefoa@EE.Doe.Gov

Other: Each Area of Interest has its own DOE funding announcement on the website.

Subject Matter: technical assistance

Recipients: Inter-tribal Organizations and Alaska Native Regional Corporations

Funding announcement - DE-FOA-0001408

Activity funded: The DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs seeks information from Inter-tribal Organizations, Tribes, and other stakeholders to participate in its efforts to develop an Inter-tribal Technical Assistance Energy Provider Network to develop regional energy experts to provide technical energy assistance and informational resources to their member Indian tribes, including Alaska Native villages

Funding available: $7 million


Contact information: ⎮

Subject Matter: BT, R&D

Recipients: U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, domestic entities (for-profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofits), state, local, and tribal government, DOE/NNSA FFRDCs, foreign entities, incorporated and unincorporated consortia

Activity funded: research, development and demonstration of Smart Manufacturing technology to enable cost effective information and communication technologies for the real-time management and control of energy in manufacturing across the unit-process, facility, enterprise, and supply chain.

Funding available: 5 year award period with awards between $35,000,000 and $70,000,000 .


Contact Information:

Subject Matter: V, R&D

Recipients: industry, small business, universities, regional entities, other stakeholders

Activity funded: Integrated Motor Drive Development and Validation - development of high power density, high revolutions per minute motors and integrated power electronics.

Funding available: 2-3 year cooperative agreements


Contact information: EERE Advanced Manufacturing Office:

Other: “Motorization of large compressors in the chemical, oil and gas industries is now a necessity for energy savings and environmental sustainability and a window of opportunity has emerged for the U.S. to lead an effort by integrating medium voltage class motors with emerging wide bandage technology based variable speed drives that will transform this particular energy sector and provide the ultimate solution for the chemical, oil and gas industry.”

Subject Matter: EE, EP, R/U, BM, S, W, HY, CHP

Recipients: individuals, domestic entities (for-profit entities, educational institutions, nonprofits), state, local, tribal government, DOE/NNSA FFRDCs, foreign entities, incorporated and unincorporated consortia.

Activity funded: empowering remote Alaskan communities to develop and implement energy solutions that can effectively advance the use of reliable, affordable, clean-energy and energy-efficient solutions that are replicable throughout rural Alaska and potentially in other Arctic regions.

Funding available: $3.4 million


Contact information:

Subject Matter: BT, EE, R&D

Recipients: contact funding agency

Activity funded: drive innovation in real building technology demonstrations while also fostering the collaboration of dynamic teams including deployment entities (states, local governments or Regional Energy Efficiency Organizations), efficient building hubs (such as Innovation or Incubator hubs), utilities, technology providers and/or building energy analysis professionals. Applicants  will propose high impact real building demonstrations led by strategically structured teams who will identify and verify the cost and energy performance of multi‐system energy efficiency packages. Multi‐system packages are groups of technologies that improve efficiency across two or more building systems: envelope, lighting/electrical, plug, process, heating, ventilation, cooling, refrigeration, energy management and information, sensors and controls.

Funding available: contact funding agency


Contact information:

Subject Matter: BD, R&D

Recipients: small businesses

Activity funded: small business technology research and development in areas such as: clean energy, basic science and engineering, nuclear security, technologies with a strong potential for commercialization and job creation. The small businesses keep the rights to the technologies they develop.

Funding available: Phase I - feasibility of innovative concepts with awards up to $225,000 over 9 months; Phase II - principal R&D effort with awards up to $1,500,000 over two years; Phase III - continue Phase I and Phase II to pursue commercial applications of R&D with non-SBIR/STTR funding.


Contact information: (301) 903-5707 ⎮

Other: four program goals: - (1) stimulate technological innovation; (2) use small business to meet Federal R/R&D needs; (3) foster and encourage participation by the socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses, and those that are 51 percent owned and controlled by women, in technological innovation; (4) increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from Federal R/R&D.

Subject Matter: EE, BT

Recipients: individuals, domestic entities (for-profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofits, state, local, and tribal governments, DOE/NNSA FFRDCs), foreign entities, incorporated and unincorporated consortia

Activity funded: scale-up of promising solutions to the market barriers that hinder the growth of energy efficiency in the small and medium commercial buildings and tenant spaces. Examples: solutions that allow contractors to deliver turnkey projects for energy efficiency in small buildings, at-scale approaches for significantly reducing the time and resources required to initiate energy efficiency projects in small buildings, installation of replicable technical solutions across large numbers of small commercial buildings, energy management and information systems or utility-program-compatible packaged controls across multiple systems.

Funding available: awards between $500,000 and $2,000,000.


Contact information:

Subject Matter:  EE, EP, P

Recipients: state governments

Activity funded: Innovative Opportunities for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices - the purpose of this Area of Interest is to assist States in advancing residential, commercial and/or industrial markets for energy efficiency and renewable energy through a set of policy and regulatory actions within a topical portfolio of three Transformative Categories:
• Transformative Category 1: Developing or Expanding Utility-Related Programs
• Transformative Category 2: Working with Local Governments
• Transformative Category 3: Developing or Designing Financing Programs, EM&V Strategies, or Benchmarking & Disclosure Programs

Funding available: $100,000 to $300,000 for an individual State‐specific application; approximately $300,000‐ $800,000 total for multi‐State applications.


Contact information:

Subject Matter: S, BD, R&D

Recipients: individuals, corporations, organizations

Activity funded: The “SunShot Catalyst program is a series of prize-based contests authorized under the America COMPETES Act, designed to make starting companies faster, easier, and more focused on solving time-sensitive market problems in solar.” The program focuses on innovation in manufacturing, engineering, and business growth and consists of four steps with value awarded to all winning contestants totaling $1,000,000 which includes approximately $500,000 in cash prizes.

Funding available: Step 1 - ideation contest, $1,000; Step 2 - business innovation contest, $25,000 in services; Step 3 - Prototyping - $25,000 in services; Step 4 - Incubation Contest - $100,000.

Eligibility: anyone can participate by submitting problem statements online or by voting on existing submissions during the active voting period. To receive a prize through this contest, participants must be either: (a) private entities, such as corporations or other organizations that are incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States; or (b) an individual or group of individuals who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States.


Contact information:

Subject Matter: S, R&D, P

Recipients: individuals, for-profit entities, academic institutions, nonprofits, state, local, tribal governments, DOE/NNSA FFRDCs, foreign entities, incorporated and unincorporated consortia

Activity funded: enable the widespread deployment of high penetrations of safe, reliable, secure, and cost effective solar energy on the nation’s electricity grid by addressing the associated technical and regulatory challenges through targeted technology research, development, and demonstration (RD&D). Specifically, timely and cost-effective interconnections, optimal system planning, integration of solar forecast, real-time monitoring and control of distributed solar systems, and maintaining grid reliability are all challenges that require engineering innovations and technology breakthroughs.

Funding available: $500,000-$4,000,000


Contact information: Energise@EE.DOE.Gov

Subject Matter: S, R&D

Recipients: for-profit businesses

Activity funded: to enable the widespread market penetration of highly impactful solar technologies and solutions through technology research, development, and demonstration to overcome technical, institutional and market challenges.

Funding available: 1-2 year cooperative agreements with a maximum award level of $500,000 to $10 million depending on the project tier.

Eligibility: any for-profit business with a product or solution which directly and significantly impacts at least one of the following SETO goals: (1) achieve the SunShot Initiative goal ahead of the 2020 cost target of $0.06/kWh, or beyond; (2) expand domestic solar manufacturing and supply chain value to be commensurate with the level of domestic deployment; (3) expand the domestic solar market to be a significant fraction (tens of percents) of our nation’s electricity generating capacity; (4) enable the integration of hundreds of GW of solar on the nation’s grid.


Contact information:

Other: SunShot Technology to Market - solutions cover hardware innovation and manufacturing, software, cost-reductions throughout the value chain, and capability building, and seeks to fund for-profit entities to develop products and solutions that will further reduce the price of solar energy and reduce risk of solar energy integration into the electricity grid. Hardware funding will be allocated in tiers starting with proof-of-concept and progressing to development and demonstration of innovative manufacturing technology, step processes, or equipment. Software funding will be allocated in tiers starting with proof of concept and progressing to full commercialization.

Subject Matter: S, EP, R&D

Recipients: see Notice of Intent

Activity funded: Successful applicants will demonstrate an ability to improve  power conversion efficiency, fielded energy output, service lifetime, or manufacturability for commercial and emerging PV technologies. Topic Area 1 - small, focused projects in novel and/or emerging areas of photovoltaics research that  involve significant risk but have the potential to progress towards a solar LCOE of $0.02-0.03/kWh by 2030.  Topic Area 2 - modifications to existing cell and module architectures or demonstrated advances in the fundamental science of photovoltaic materials that offer clear pathways to improved module performance, improved service lifetime, and/or reduced manufacturing costs. Topic Area 3 - advancing industrially relevant photovoltaic technologies and improving state of the art module performance, reliability, and/or manufacturability, toward and beyond the $0.06/kWh SunShot goal.

Funding available: Topic Area 1 - $100,000 to $225,000 over 1 year; Topic Area 2 - $450,000 over 2 years + $450,000 possible follow-on funds over 2 additional years;  Topic Area 3 - $900,000 over 2 years.


Contact information:

Subject Matter: S, EP, P

Recipients: local governments, communities, solar companies, electric utilities

Activity funded: Reduce permit-to-plug-in times towards seven days for PV systems less than 100kW (small system context) or seven weeks for PV systems less than 1MW (large system contest) and win cash prizes totaling $10 million.

Funding available: $10 million in cash awards to the best teams that bring process certainty and reduce the permit to plug-in time from current durations to a swift seven days for small PV systems (less than or equal to 100 kW) or seven weeks for large systems (less than or equal to 1 MW).

Eligibility: local governments, communities, solar companies and electric utilities to collaborate towards improving the “going solar” experience from permit to plug-in for all Americans.

Other: Install a number of PV systems time efficiently during a set 18-month period that aggregates to minimum 10 MW (small system contest) or 15 MW (large system contest) with best scores for repeatability, time performance and replicability. Read the rules to learn about these performance metrics.


Contact information:

Subject Matter:  S -prize competition with a goal to make solar more accessible, especially to underserved segments such as low- and moderate-income households, state, local, and tribal governments, and non-profit organizations.  The challenge supports teams to develop projects or programs that expand solar access to underserved groups and business models that can be replicated.

Recipients: Teams working to develop a portfolio of solar projects in their communities or create new solar programs that extend solar access.

Activity Funded: Design and deployment of new and scalable business and financial models through the demonstration of solar projects and programs in communities.

Funding Available: $5 million in cash prizes and technical assistance for 18 months

Eligibility:  Teams that may include experts and supporters, entrepreneurs, financiers, utility representatives, local governments, community leaders.


Contact Information: register at the Solar in Your Community website:

Subject Matter: S, P, R&D

Recipientsindividuals, domestic entities (for-profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofits, state, local, and tribal governments, DOE/NNSA FFRDCs), foreign entities, incorporated and unincorporated consortia

Activity funded:
The program purpose is to “increase foundational understanding of the technology evolution, soft costs, and barriers to solar deployment in the U.S.” Currently, seven projects (universities and national labs) are “investigating strategies to accelerate the pace of change for solar energy technologies as they are developed and deployed.”
The program purpose is to address the “soft costs and market barrier challenges at the state and multi-state levels by maximizing the benefits of solar electricity through energy and economic strategic planning.” The program targets state and utility partnerships.

Funding available: approximately $20,900,000 through Cooperative Agreements, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, grants, and technology investment agreements. Cost sharing required for Topic 2.

Eligibility: individuals, domestic entities (for-profit, educational institutions, non-profits, state, local, and tribal government, DOE/NNSA federally funded research and development centers), foreign entities (incorporated under the laws of a U.S. state or territory), incorporated consortia (domestic or foreign), unincorporated consortia (domestic or foreign).

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Contact information: DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, email:

Other: Projects should build on previous analysis in clean energy and solar.

Subject Matter: V, R&D

Recipients: individuals, domestic entities (for-profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofits, state, local, and tribal governments, DOE/NNSA FFRDCs), foreign entities, incorporated and unincorporated consortia

Activity funded: reducing the cost and improving the performance of a mix of near- and long-term vehicle technologies contributing to achieving the goals of the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge with a focus on accelerating the development of advanced batteries, power electronics, and lightweight materials technologies, while also supporting technology development to reduce petroleum consumption through advancements in combustion engines, alternative fuels, and other enabling technologies.

Funding available: $500,000 and $3,750,000. Amount of award depends on type of project (see funding announcement)


Contact information:

Subject Matter: W, R&D

Recipients: contact funding agency

Activity funded: Development of technology for eagle detection, classification, and impact minimization to reduce eagle impact risks and ease regulatory hurtles.

Funding available: contact funding agency


Contact information:

Unsolicited Proposals (DOE)

DOE encourages organizations and individuals to submit self-generated, unsolicited proposals that are relevant to DOE's research and development mission.

Contact information:


Subject Matter: BM, W, S, GT

Recipients: Tribes, authorized tribal organization, Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations

Activity funded: assessment, evaluation, processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands, particularly feasibility studies of community-scale energy development projects that promote local economic benefits and stronger tribal economies.

Funding available: $5 million


Contact information: Energy and Mineral Development Program at, 202-208-4401

Subject Matter: S, energy sources for water reclamation, R&D

Recipients: Individuals, institutions of higher education, commercial or industrial organizations, federally funded research and development centers (FFRDC), private entities, public entities (including state and local), and Indian Tribal Governments 

Activity funded: pilot projects that address the need to reduce the costs, energy requirements, and environmental impacts of treating impaired and unusable waters. The main objectives are:(1) develop innovative new technology or process at the pilot scale to treat brackish groundwater at a less energy intensive way than current processes and technologies; (2) develop innovative new technology or process at the pilot scale to reduce the high cost, energy usage, and environmental impacts of concentrate management for inland desalination; (3) develop innovative new technology or process for pretreatment of reverse osmosis without increasing the total cost and energy usage of current systems.  Pilot projects usually involve flow rates between 1 and 20 gallons per minute and are tested using natural water sources rather than synthetic or laboratory-made feed water.

Funding available: $100,000 per project

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Contact information: ⎮ 303-445-3446

Subject Matter: BD, P

Recipients: Indian Tribes, Alaska Native villages, regional or village corporations, tribal organizations, Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations 

Activity funded: enable eligible recipients to take advantage of the opportunity for self-determination afforded by the HEARTH Act by building capacity through the establishment of organizational structure(s) and/or business entity structure(s) capable of engaging in commercial energy development or management activities. Such activities include but are not limited to leasing property, meeting lending requirements, entering into standard business contracts, and forming joint venture partnerships.

Funding available: $1.5 million


Contact information: Tribal Energy Development Capacity at


Subject Matter: T, P, EP

Recipients: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, private institutions of higher education, nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, foreign non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and foreign public entities

Activity funded: to propose targeted partner developing countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa, and to develop support programs to help them make tangible progress toward low emission development and meeting Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) targets by overcoming policy barriers and enabling investment in their clean energy-related sectors.

Funding available: $2,000,000


Contact information: ⎮ 202-472-8145

Subject Matter: BD, R&D

Recipients: non-profit, non-governmental organizations

Activity funded: The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai proposes to fund a Renewable Energy Innovation Contest for young South Indian entrepreneurs and innovators. The proposed project will bring together young South Indian entrepreneurs, U.S. renewable energy innovators, and South Indian renewable energy experts, business leaders, and investors. The project goal is to raise awareness of and increase interest in opportunities for innovation in the renewable energy field among young South Indian entrepreneurs and innovators from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry and the Andaman Islands.

Funding available: $45,000-$56,000


Contact information: ChennaiPASG@State.Gov


Subject matter: BM, BG, S, Storage, R&D

Recipientscolleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations

Activity funded: fundamental engineering research that will enable innovative processes for the sustainable production of electricity and fuels. Processes for sustainable energy production must be environmentally benign, reduce greenhouse gas production, and utilize renewable resources. Biomass Conversion, Biofuels & Bioenergy, Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Energy, Advanced Batteries for Transportation and Renewable Energy Storage.

Funding available: typically 3 years - $100,000 per year


Contact information: ⎮ (703) 292-8045

Subject Matter: EP, storage, V, P, S, W, HY, R&D

Recipients: colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations

Activity funded: "EPCN supports innovative proposals dealing with systems research in areas such as energy, transportation, and nanotechnology. EPCN places emphasis on electric power systems, including generation, transmission, storage, and integration of renewables; power electronics and drives; battery management systems; hybrid and electric vehicles; and understanding of the interplay of power systems with associated regulatory and economic structures and with consumer behavior. Also of interest are interdependencies of power and energy systems with other critical infrastructures. Topics of interest also include systems analysis and design for energy scavenging and alternate energy technologies such as solar, wind, and hydrokinetic."

Funding available: see website


Contact information: ⎮ (703) 292-8339; ⎮ (703) 292-8339; ⎮ (703) 292-8339

Subject Matter: BT, R&D

Recipients: colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations

Activity funded: Research to advance the sustainability of manufacturing processes, green buildings, and infrastructure, including research in environmentally benign manufacturing or chemical processes. The Environmental Sustainability program supports research that would affect more than one chemical or manufacturing process or that takes a systems or holistic approach to green engineering for infrastructure or green building.

Funding available: see website


Contact information: ⎮ (703) 292-7066

Subject Matter: EE, EP, storage, S, W, M, GT, BM, HY, FC, BD, R&D

Recipients: small businesses

Activity funded: The NSF SBIR/STTR program seeks to assist early-stage companies with innovative technologies that require additional research and development to advance commercialization. The program increases the incentive and opportunity for startups and small businesses to undertake cutting-edge, high-quality scientific research and development. For renewable energy technologies, see the Chemical and Environmental Technologies (CT) page -

Funding available: Grants in phases: a proof-of-concept / feasibility grant (6-12 months, $225,000); may be followed by a longer development grant (2 years, $750,000)


Contact information: ⎮ 703-292-8050


June 11, 2013 - Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles charge at the rapid charging system powered by a solar canopy at the Vehicle Testing and Integration Facility (VTIF) at NREL.  (Photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL)


Alabama State Energy Office

The Alabama State Energy Office provides grants for retrofits and energy efficiency training.  For more information, contact the State Energy Office:  Phone: (334) 242-5290 ⎮ Email:

Alaska Energy Authority

The Renewable Energy Grant Fund and Recommendation Program (“Renewable Energy Fund”), has two application forms for: 1) projects with a primary purpose of producing heat, and 2) all other eligible projects. Both applications may be found at the Alaska Energy Authority’s (AEA or Authority) website at:  Phone: (907) 771-3031 ⎮ Email:

California Energy Commission

The California Energy Commission offers numerous renewable energy grant opportunities.  See their website or contact - Phone: (916) 653-0237 ⎮ Email:

The Energy Innovations Small Grant (EISG) Program provides up to $150,000 for hardware projects and $75,000 for modeling projects to small businesses, non-profits, individuals and academic institutions to conduct research that establishes the feasibility of new, innovative energy concepts. Research projects must target one of the PIER R&D areas, address a California energy problem and provide a potential benefit to California electric and natural gas ratepayers. Phone: (619) 594-1049 ⎮Email:; Website:

California Department of Water - Water-Energy Grant Program provides funds to implement water efficiency programs or projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce water and energy use.  Phone: (916) 651-9613 ⎮ Email:

Colorado Energy Office

The Colorado Energy Office helps organizations find grants for renewable energy projects, such as the community solar projects for income-qualified participants.  Contact the Colorado Energy Office for more information: (303) 866-2100, 1580 Logan Street, Suite 100, Denver, CO 80203

Delaware Division of Energy & Climate

The Green Energy Program provides grant incentives for qualifying renewable energy systems installed in Delaware. For more information see - Phone: 877-453-2327 ⎮ Email:  The Delaware Electric Cooperative also offers grant programs:

Florida Office of Energy

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Office of Energy, offers numerous grant programs.  See the website or contact - Phone:  (850) 617-7470 ⎮ Email:

Hawaii State Energy Office

The Hawaii State Energy Office offers information about grant funding and technical assistance for entrepreneurs and technology development, see website or contact: Phone: (808) 587-3807 ⎮ Email:

Iowa Energy Center

The Iowa Energy Center provides competitive grants to Iowa-based nonprofit groups to support work related to energy research, development, demonstration, deployment, education, and workforce development. Eligible grantees include Iowa’s universities, colleges, nonprofit energy organizations, and community-based groups. Phone: (515) 294.8819 ⎮ Email:

Maine Governor's Energy Office

The "Grants Connector" program provides information support for businesses, non-profits, government entities and other interested parties to pursue federal, state and private energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy project grants and financial incentives. The purpose of this project is to track federal, state and local energy funding programs and incentives, their guidelines and all applicable deadlines. Phone: (207) 624-7405 ⎮ Email: For other funding options in Maine see -

Maryland Energy Administration

The Maryland Energy Administration offers numerous grants and other financial incentives for renewable energy projects; see the website or contact: Phone:  (410) 537-4000; Email:

Residential Clean Energy Grant Program -  Phone:  (410) 537-4000 ⎮ Email; Website:

Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources offers grants for renewable energy projects through their Grants & Contracts webpage, see -  Or contact -  Phone:  617-626-7300 ⎮ Email: DOER.Energy@State.MA.US

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Michigan Energy Assistance Act - The purpose of the MEAP is to establish and administer programs statewide that provide energy assistance and self-sufficiency services to eligible low-income households. Phone: 517-284-8330

Minnesota Employment and Economic Development

Greater Minnesota Public Infrastructure Grant Program - this grant program provides funding in Greater Minnesota to build infrastructure improvements that use Minnesota biomass energy products to conserve energy and reduce reliance on electricity, oil and natural gas. The program also provides funding to stimulate economic development by assisting local units of government to provide infrastructure required in the creation or retention of high quality jobs with a focus on industrial, manufacturing and technology related industries and to keep or enhance jobs in a specific location while increasing a city's tax base.  Phone: 800-657-3858  ⎮Email:

Nevada Governor's Office of Energy

State Energy Program Formula Grant - the SEP Formula Grant is used to fund and promote energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and projects throughout Nevada. Phone: 775-687-1850 ⎮ Email:

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority offers numerous grant and other funding opportunities for renewable energy projects.  See their website or contact: Phone (866) NYSERDA or local 518-862-1090 ⎮ Email: or use the specific email address for each grant program.

Oregon Department of Energy

Renewable Energy Development Grants - renewable energy production systems that produce energy using biomass, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, wind, landfill gas, biogas or wave, or ocean thermal energy technology (not to exceed 35 MW) are eligible for a RED Grant.  Grants are awarded for up to $250,000 per project, not to exceed 35 percent of the eligible project costs. Eligible Applicants - Oregonians who plan to install a renewable energy production system at a business or residential rental property in Oregon may apply. Phone: (800) 221-8035 ⎮ Email:


Pennsylvania State University provides a webpage that lists renewable energy project grants in Pennsylvania -

Rhode Island Commerce Commission

Renewable Energy Fund - REF provides grants and loans for renewable energy projects with the potential to make electricity in a cleaner, more sustainable manner, while stimulating job growth in the green technology and energy sectors of Rhode Island’s economy. Phone: (401) 278-9100 ⎮ Email:

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

The Clean Tennessee Energy Grant program provides grant funding to state and local government agencies, utility districts, and entities created out of statute in the state of Tennessee. Funds can be used to purchase, install, and construct energy projects that result in significant energy reductions and subsequent reduction of emissions and pollutants. - See more at:  Phone: (888) 891-TDEC (8332) ⎮ Email:

Vermont Department of Public Service

The Vermont Department of Public Services provides a website listing grants and other funding opportunities. Phone: (802) 828-2811 ⎮ Email:

Washington State Department of Commerce

The Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants program helps stimulate Washington's economy by creating jobs and reducing energy and water costs at state public higher education institutions, local government facilities, state agencies and K-12 public school districts. The program also promotes the use of Washington manufactured solar products, including solar modules and inverters. Phone: (360) 725-3023 ⎮ Email:

Wisconsin State Energy Office

The Wisconsin State Energy Office offers numerous financing options for renewable energy projects, including renewable energy grants for non-profits.  Phone: (608) 261-6609 ⎮ Email:


British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines

Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund, designed to support government's energy, economic, environmental and greenhouse gas reduction priorities and advance British Columbia's clean energy sector.  Eligible applicants are local governments and First Nations.  Phone:  (250) 356-1507 ⎮


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City of Englewood Home Energy Grant

The Energy Efficient Englewood Project offers grants to low and moderate income Englewood homeowners. The grants are up to a maximum of $8,000 per household for energy efficiency upgrades as determined by an energy audit.

Phone: 303-762-2347 ⎮ Email:

Community Office for Resource Efficiency

CORE grants are made possible with funding from the Aspen/Pitkin County Renewable Energy Mitigation Program (REMP). The grants support projects that deliver measurable energy savings and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and serve to promote energy efficiency and integrative green design practices, resulting in the protection of natural resources and the environment. Local government agencies, non-profit organizations, schools, and private businesses operating in the Roaring Fork Valley are welcome to apply for the following CORE grants:

1) The Randy Udall Energy Pioneer Grant (TRUE Pioneer Grant) – $10,000 – $200,000
2) Design Assistance Grant – Up to $20,000
3) Community Grant – Up to $10,000
4) Net Zero Homes Grant – $2,000 – $8,000

Phone: (970) 925-9775  ⎮ Email:


Delaware Electric Cooperative and

The Delaware Electric Cooperative offers grants through the Renewable Resource Program to offset the installed cost of photovoltaic, solar water heating, wind, and geothermal renewable energy systems. Cooperative members and contractors applying for grants for photovoltaic, solar water heating, wind, and geothermal heat pumps must provide project information to the Division of Energy & Climate to be approved for funding.

Phone: (302) 735-3480 ⎮ Email:


Naperville Renewable Energy Program

Enables Naperville's residential and business electric customers to make voluntarily monthly donations through their electric bills to support the City’s investment in renewable energy. Through effective in-house management of the program, the City has been able to save money and is investing it back into the community through the Renewable Energy Grant program.

Phone: (630) 420-6135 ⎮ Email:


Lake Region Electrical Cooperative

Grants are available to qualifying commercial customers for electric energy efficiency improvements, audits, and engineering and design assistance for new and existing facilities.

Phone: (218) 863-1171 ⎮ Email:


Lane Electric Energy Cooperative

Cash grants allow members to choose a non-loan, cash grant from Lane Electric. Available funds cover twenty-five percent (25%) of the measure costs up to a maximum of $1,000. Members are not obligated to reimburse Lane Electric for these funds.

Phone: (541) 484-1151 ⎮ Email:

Nobles Cooperative Electric

Commercial Energy Grants - are available to farms and businesses for new and retrofit electrical conservation projects that reduce electrical energy consumption and peak demand.

Phone: (507) 372-7331 ⎮ Email:


Valley Rural Electric Cooperative

Community Service Grant Program - the program makes grants available in three categories: energy assistance, civic and community programs, and education. Grant amounts range from $500 to $1,000.

Phone: (814) 643-2650 ⎮ Email:


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     Many foundations do not accept unsolicited funding requests but may be interested in hearing from you if your project fits their funding priorities or provides a beneficial partnership. Please read foundation websites thoroughly before sending inquiries.

Alaska Native Fund

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Contact information: (907) 729-3496 ⎮

Activity funded: Community Environmental Demonstration Projects (CEDP) / Alaska Multi-Media Program. The Alaska Tribal Multi-Media/Fred Hansen Fund Program is provided by US EPA to fund Tribal Demonstration projects across Alaska. Zender Group and ANTHC administer the monies via providing sub-awards titled Community Environmental Demonstration Project (CEDP) grants.

All Points North Foundation


Contact information:

Activity funded:  APNF is a small, private foundation that supports two distinct priorities in the United States: evidence-based programs that measurably improve public middle school education and teacher training, and projects that promote solar energy awareness and implementation.  They focus on driving awareness, education, training and hands-on application of solar as a practical and cost-efficient energy source. Proposals are by invitation only and for pioneering initiatives that have evidence of results-driven outcomes.

American Public Power Association


Contact information: 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 1000, Arlington, VA 22202-4804 ⎮(202) 467-2960 ⎮

Activity funded: Every year, the Demonstration of Energy and Efficiency Developments (DEED) Board allocates grants up to $125,000 to DEED member utilities for their research and $4,000 and $5,000 student research grants and internships to university students.  For utilities, research is the key to increasing efficiency, reducing costs, investigating new technologies, offering new services, and improving processes and practices to better serve utility customers.

Barr Foundation (EP) (EE)


Contact information: Barr Foundation, Two Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02110, (617) 854-3500 ⎮

Activity funded: efforts that accelerate a massive scale-up of renewables and energy efficiency across the Northeast U.S.; promoting efforts to build a smart grid; support learning networks for cities and states to learn from effective global strategies.

Bullitt Foundation (EP) (BT)


Contact information: (206) 343-0807 |

Activity funded: the mission of the Bullitt Foundation is to protect the natural environment through promotion of responsible human activities and sustainable development in the Pacific Northeast. The foundations program areas include Energy, Climate & Materials, Regional Ecosystem Health, Resilient Cities, Healthy Communities, Deep Green Buildings, Thought Leadership and Innovation.

Eligibility: projects in the region bounded by Vancouver, BC to the north, Portland to the south, and the Cascades to the east

Climate Works Foundation


Contact Information: (415) 433-0500 or

Activity funded: mitigate climate change; large-scale global greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

Eligibility: organizations and projects working to mitigate climate change in China, Indonesia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States, as well as global and transnational initiatives.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (EE)


Contact information: DDCF Grantmaking Programs, 650 Fifth Avenue, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10019, (212) 974-7000

Activity funded: promoting smart renewable energy development and protecting wildlife during infrastructure development. Increasing energy efficiency in the buildings sector.

Eligibility: The Environment Program awards grants through invited proposals and occasional funding competitions. Funding opportunities may also be available through organizations administering re-granting programs supported by the foundation.

Energy Foundation (EE) (EP) (V)


Contact Information: Headquarters, 301 Battery Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111 ⎮Phone: (415) 561-6700 ⎮

Offices in: Chicago, Illinois, Raleigh, North Carolina, and Beijing, China

Activity funded: energy efficiency in buildings, climate, China energy foundation, energy efficiency and renewable power sources, public engagement, transportation.

Eligibility: United States and China non-profit organizations; see grantee database:

European Climate Foundation (EE) (BT) (P) (R&D)


Contact information: ⎮  Offices in The Hague, Brussels, Berlin, London, Warsaw.

Activity funded:  Energy efficiency: scaling investments in building efficiency renovation, maintaining coherent EU targets and policies, strengthening compliance with EU legislation, adoption of ambitious standards.  Power: encourage significant investments in new generation capacity and grids over the next two decades.  Innovation: to develop the depth and pace of innovation such that its companies succeed in both domestic and global markets.  “Industrial Innovation for Competitiveness” (i24c) initiative, whose mission is to enhance understanding and confidence in how Europe’s industry can successfully compete and drive prosperity thanks to a systemic industrial policy focused on innovation.

Eligibility:  support organisations that undertake activities in line with their vision and strategy. The majority of funds are re-granted to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and think tanks engaged in bringing about meaningful change. Do not accept unsolicited grant proposals.  See grantees page at:



Contact Information: General Inquiries - +82.32.458.6059 | | Songdo Business District, 175 Art Center-daero, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon 22004, Republic of Korea

Activity funded: "The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a new global fund created to support the efforts of developing countries to respond to the challenge of climate change. GCF helps developing countries limit or reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to climate change. It seeks to promote a paradigm shift to low-emission and climate-resilient development, taking into account the needs of nations that are particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts. The Fund’s investments can be in the form of grants, loans, equity or guarantees."

Eligibility: "GCF’s activities are aligned with the priorities of developing countries through the principle of country ownership, and the Fund has established a direct access modality so that national and sub-national organisations can receive funding directly, rather than only via international intermediaries.
The Fund pays particular attention to the needs of societies that are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, in particular Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and African States. All readiness funding requests must be initiated by a developing country NDA or focal point."

See their funding guide -

Hewlett Foundation (EP) (EE) (V)


Contact information: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, 2121 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025 ⎮Phone: (650) 234-4500

Activity funded: public education, nonpartisan research and analysis, and permissible policy-related activities relating to: (1) Clean Power - increase renewable energy and energy efficiency while reducing fossil fuel development and use for electricity generation; (2) Clean Transportation - increase fuel efficiency and access to transit, biking, and walking options, while constraining the growth of high-carbon fossil fuels for transportation; (3) Building Broad Support - engage diverse members of public.

Eligibility: primarily organizations engaged in policy and advocacy work (see instructions at

Honor the Earth


Contact information: ⎮(218) 375-3200

Activity funded: support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities, including support for a tribal regulatory push for environmental regulation, strengthen renewable energy and food systems work in our region, and create a curriculum and learning tool for tribal youth in Indigenous Economics.

Eligibility: contact funder

Kresge Foundation


Contact information: The Kresge Foundation, 3215 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, Michigan 48084 ⎮ (248) 643-9630.

Activity funded: build capacity of community-based nonprofit organizations to influence local and regional climate-resilience planning, policy development and implementation to better reflect priorities and needs of low-income people in urban areas in the U.S.; climate resilience in coastal cities and regions; sustainable water resources management; implementation of long-term plans to achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions in urban areas.

Eligibility: The Kresge Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals but invites projects that enable people and institutions to work on climate change problem-solving, have a tangible impact on policy, are cross-disciplinary, promote integrated, system-based initiatives, engage underserved people, closely align with the foundation’s strategies, work nationally, and are based in the U.S.

McCune Foundation


Contact information: McCune Charitable Foundation, 345 East Alameda Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501, (505) 983-8300 ⎮

Activity funded: The Foundation will consider projects that are New Mexico-based that address the causes of climate change or mitigation of and adaptation to the effects of climate disruptions; pprojects that provide support for renewable energy programs such as solar and wind, will be prioritized. Projects that provide support for renewable energy programs such as solar and wind, will be prioritized. Innovative approaches to planning, design and construction of buildings and communities that maximize efficiency in use of those resources should be prioritized. Community-informed initiatives and programs that seek to upgrade rural built environments in terms of energy efficiency, revitalization and general community cohesiveness and connectivity.

Eligibility: The McCune Charitable Foundation accepts online applications for community-based projects in the State of New Mexico related to their nine Foundation Priorities. Grants can be awarded to qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, federally recognized Indian tribes, public schools, and governmental agencies. Grants cannot be made to individuals.

McKnight Foundation (EE) (P) 


Contact information: ⎮ (612) 333-4220

Activity funded: Midwest Climate & Energy Vision - McKnight’s climate-related work engages the region’s public and private leaders, decisionmakers, and citizens in building low-carbon communities and economies that are vibrant, equitable, and resilient. Through grants, investments, convening and community engagement, McKnight works to galvanize and maximize Midwest success.

Eligibility: by Staff invitation

National Fish & Wildlife Foundation and Wells Fargo


Contact information: (202) 857-0166 ⎮

Activity funded: Environmental Solutions for Communities - in 2012, Wells Fargo and NFWF launched the Environmental Solutions for Communities initiative, designed to support projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment.  One funding priority is facilitating investments in green infrastructure, renewable energy, and energy efficiency.

Eligibility: non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, educational institutions.

Oak Foundation


Contact information: ⎮ Main office: Geneva, Switzerland; other offices in Belize, Bulgaria, India, United Kingdom, United States

Activity funded: The Environment Programme's goal is for more socially and environmentally sustainable societies, protection of endangered species and  transformation of how oceans are perceived and exploited. Grant-making focuses on three main areas: climate change mitigation; wildlife conservation; and the conservation of marine resources.

Eligibility:  see the How to Apply webpage:

Osprey Foundation (EP) (BD)


Contact information: contact page on website

Activity funded: Ecology focus area - providing access to clean, affordable, and reliable energy to the underserved; funding local entrepreneurs with seed capital and business development services to sustainable scale their green energy enterprises; developing national policy surrounding awareness and promotion of green technologies.

Eligibility: projects in Baltimore, Africa, Latin America, Middle East.

Packard Foundation (EP) (EE)


Contact information: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, 343 Second Street, Los Altos, CA 94022 ⎮ (650) 948-7658

Activity funded: promote clean power alternatives that reduce reliance on coal; increase the availability of low carbon transportation options to minimize global oil consumption; increase energy efficiency across all sectors; reduce emissions of potent greenhouse gases beyond carbon dioxide alone, including black carbon, methane and hydrofluorocarbons.

Eligibility: Partner with Climate Works, contact foundation.

Rockefeller Foundation (EP) (BD)


Contact information: The Rockefeller Foundation, 420 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018 ⎮ (212) 869-8500. Offices in Nairobi, Kenya and Bangkok, Thailand.

Activity funded: Smart Power for Rural Development - the Rockefeller Foundation addresses energy poverty through a model that provides electricity through mini-grids for lighting and business use. By securing telecom and other  sectors with significant energy needs as anchor tenants and contractually guaranteed customers, they make it profitable for smaller-scale energy-services companies (ESCOs) to bring electricity to rural parts of the developing world.

Eligibility: projects primarily in India, Africa, Southeast Asia.

Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (EE) (V)


Contact information: Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, The Capital Court, 104B/2, Fourth Floor, Munirka Phase III, New Delhi, 110067, India ⎮ 011-47474000.

Activity funded: renewable energy policy, energy efficiency, transportation, climate policy

Eligibility: funding for projects in India

Surdna Foundation (EE) (BT) (T) (BD)


Contact information: Phone: (212) 557-0010 ⎮

Activity funded: Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment - making homes, businesses and other buildings more energy efficient. Advance policy, market, and program performance standards and community organizing strategies that stimulate supply and demand for retrofitting services. They are especially interested in efforts that spur enterprise development and job creation, and provide energy efficiency gains for low income communities and people of color. Create innovative financing models to increase funding for retrofits.

Eligibility: send Letter of Inquiry

Turner Foundation


Contact information: Turner Foundation, Inc., 133 Luckie Street NW, 2nd Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303 ⎮ (404) 681-9900

Activity funded: energy alternatives

Eligibility: do not accept unsolicited proposals

UN Foundation (EP) (V)


Contact information: Washington D.C. Office: United Nations Foundation, 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 300, Washington D.C. 20006, (202) 887-9040. New York Office: United Nations Foundation, 801 Second Avenue, Suite 900, New York, NY 10017 ⎮ (212) 697-3315.

Activity funded: energy efficiency, transmission, utility modernization, clean fuels, clean energy, expanding energy access

Eligibility: contact foundation

Unites States Green Building Council and Bank of America (BT) (T)


Contact information: ⎮(800) 795-1747 inside US  ⎮ (202) 742-3792 outside US

Activity funded: The Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program awards funding and provides educational resources to developers of affordable housing developers who are pursuing certification using the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system.

Eligibility: U.S. or Canada 501c3 non-profit organization or public agency involved in the ownership, development, or financing of the project

Zayed Future Energy Prize


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Activity funded: The Zayed Future Energy Prize will be one of the driving forces behind innovative energy solutions. The Prize will recognise the achievements of governments, companies, Non-Profit Organizations (NPO/NGO), individuals and institutions in response to the crisis of climate change and sustainable global energy resources.  Vision: to be the preeminent international prize in recognizing achievements in renewable energy and a catalyst for innovation in sustainability.  The Prize is distributed among the categories as per the following breakdown:
Large Corporation – Recognition Award (No monetary value)
Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) – US$ 1,500,000 (One million and five hundred thousand dollars)
Non-Profit Organization (NPO/NGO) – US$ 1,500,000 (One million and five hundred thousand dollars)
Lifetime Achievement (Individuals) – US$ 500,000 (Five hundred thousand dollars)
Global High School – US$ 500,000 – Total value (Five hundred thousand dollars)
Divided amongst 5 Global High Schools in 5 different regions, awarding each up to US$ 100,000 (One hundred thousand dollars) -
The Americas, Europe, Africa, Oceania, Asia

Eligibility:  candidates can either apply for the SME, NGO or Global High School category, or nominate a candidate for the Large Corporation, or Lifetime Achievement Award.


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Berkshire Hathaway (EE)


Contact information: (800) 342-6335 ⎮

Activity funded: Nevada Energy may fully or partially fund energy efficiency retrofits for non-profit organizations who are customers in their service area.

Coca Cola Foundation (EP)


Contact information: see website

Activity funded: The Coca Cola Foundation priority areas are women - economic development and entrepreneurship, water - access to clean water, water conservation and recycling, well-being - education, youth development, and other community initiatives.  It also funds solar projects, such as solar powered lighting systems in India.

Eligibility: see website -

Commonwealth Edison

Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (EE)


Contact information: ⎮ (312) 372-5191

Activity funded: improve energy efficiency, advance the development and use of renewable energy resources, and protect natural areas and wildlife habitat in communities across Illinois.

Eligibility: contact funder

IKEA Foundation (EP)


Contact information: Stichting IKEA Foundation, P.O. Box 11134, 2301 EC Leiden, The Netherlands. UNHCR Innovation, Case Postale 2500, CH-1211 Geneve 2 Depot, Suisse.

Activity funded: Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign helps the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) bring light and renewable energy to refugee camps in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Eligibility: work with NGOs, IGOs, and other private foundations - do not accept unsolicited proposals.

Pacific Power (EP)


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Activity funded: Blue Sky Community Project Funds - since 2006, Blue Sky customers have also helped fund nearly 100 new community-based renewable energy projects in more than 30 communities in Oregon, Washington and California. Blue Sky funding awards cover up to 100 percent of the capital costs to install qualifying, new renewable energy systems for non-residential sites within the Pacific Power service area.

Shell Foundation (EP) (BG) (BM) (BD)


Contact information: Shell Foundation, 40 Bank Street, London, E14 5NR, United Kingdom or use email form on website

Activity funded: provision of energy to the poor through the innovation and scale-up of decentralized energy solutions, such as solar lighting, biogas, biomass gasification, and the sale of low-cost energy products; sustainable transportation solutions; develop and finance small and medium-size enterprises; incubator for testing new market-based solutions that can earn income, achieve financial independence, and deliver global scale impact.

Eligibility: Shell Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals to fund projects or charitable initiatives.  They are looking for new and innovative business-based solutions that will improve access to energy and promote sustainable mobility in developing countries. If a business proposal meets their 'enterprise-based' criteria, they would be interested in hearing about it.