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Recovery Act: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants: Competitive Solicitation: Retrofit Ramp-up and General Innovation Fund Programs

Open Date: 10/19/2009

Close Date: 12/14/2009

Funding Organization: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000148


This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is seeking innovative state, local government, and Indian tribe programs funded under the Recovery Act. This FOA will use up to $453.72 million in Recovery Act Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funds for competitive grants awarded in two topic areas:

  • Topic 1, the Retrofit Ramp-up Program, provides up to $390.04 million for programs of $5 to $75 million for 8 to 20 awards.
  • Topic 2, the General Innovation Fund, is for competitive grants that are reserved for units of local government and state-recognized tribes not eligible for direct formula grants, as per the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requirements. Topic 2 provides up to $63.68 million (approximately 2% of $3.2 billion) for projects of $1 to $5 million for 15 to 60 awards.

The goal of this competitive FOA is to stimulate activities that move beyond traditional public awareness campaigns, program maintenance, demonstration projects, and other one-time strategies and projects. DOE seeks to stimulate activities and investments which can fundamentally and permanently transform energy markets in a way that make energy efficiency and renewable energy the options of first choice; and sustain themselves beyond the grant monies and the grant period by designing a viable strategy for program sustainability into the overall program plan.

For more information, see the full solicitation.

Last updated: 10/20/2009

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.