The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) awards federal funding to businesses, industries, universities, and other groups through federal assistance programs. This section uses a competitive grant to illustrate the financial assistance process; however, other types of financial assistance are handled in the same manner.
Like most federal government funding, funding for EERE financial assistance awards is authorized by an appropriation approved by the U.S. Congress. Congress determines the overall budget for Department of Energy activities, and this amount determines how much money will eventually be available for EERE financial assistance awards.
To learn more about the EERE financial assistance process, read about each of its stages: