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$60 Million for Second-life Applications for Batteries

The U.S. Department of Energy announced $60 million to support second-life applications for batteries once used to power EVs, as well as new processes for recycling materials back into the battery supply chain. Concept papers are due by 5/31/22 and full applications are due by 7/19/2022.

$3.16 Billion from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Boost Domestic Battery Manufacturing and Supply Chains

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $3.1 billion in funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to make more batteries and components in America, bolster domestic supply chains, create good-paying jobs, and help lower costs for families. The infrastructure investments will support the creation of new, retrofitted, and expanded commercial facilities as well as manufacturing demonstrations and battery recycling. Letters of intent are due 5/27/2022 and full applications are due by 7/1/2022.

DOE Searching for Nuclear Energy Partners to Connect with Communities

The U.S. Department of Energy is providing 11 awards totaling $1.6 million over three years for chosen partners to expand the utilization of nuclear energy to advance energy, environmental, and economic initiatives. Chosen partners will develop resources and educational materials, partner with energy justice organizations and communities, expand workforce development and educational outreach, and fund fellowships for international students to study nuclear energy at American institutions. 

USDA Rural Energy Pilot Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s Rural Energy Pilot Program (REPP) grant offers financial assistance for rural communities to further develop renewable energy. Cost-share grants of up to 80 percent of total eligible project costs but no more than $2 million will be made available to assist eligible entities with planning, installing, equipping, and maintaining community scale distributed renewable energy technologies. A REPP partnership must serve a rural community, as specified in the REPP Notice of Funding Opportunity published in the Federal Register. Eligible Rural Energy Community Partnerships, as defined in the REPP Notice of Funding Opportunity, must submit a letter of intent by April 19 to inform the agency of their intentions to develop a clean energy community and applications are due no later than July 18.

$12.2 Million Available for Innovations in LED Technology

The U.S. DOE’s Building Technologies Office is searching for innovations in LED lighting that lead to improved lighting performance, energy, carbon, and cost savings. Teams and individuals can participate in three distinct phases that award a total of up to $12.2 million. Phases begin and end May 17, 2021 – November 19, 2021; February 15, 2022 – December 15, 2022; and March 2024 – July 2024. Participation in initial phases is not required to be eligible for subsequent phases. 

Registration is open for the National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP)

This is a coalition of stakeholders organized by the U.S. DOE, who are working to expand access to affordable community solar. NCSP plans to accomplish their goal of more affordable community solar through a network of infrastructure, technical assistance, and collaboration. DOE will work to equip partners with tools and information needed to design and implement successful community solar models.


For further funding opportunities please follow this link to DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office’s Funding Opportunity Exchange.

For additional funding opportunities from USDA please follow this link: you are looking for energy-related program opportunities, please use the filters located on the USDA’s webpage; this link is to a list of all of USDA’s funding opportunities.

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