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Grants to USA Agencies, Nonprofits, and Tribes to Retrofit Residential Buildings and for Workforce Development in the Energy Sector

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) Weatherization Program Assistance (WAP) Enhancement and Innovation


Agency
Federal

GrantWatch ID#
210269

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
CFDA Number: 81.042
Funding or PIN Number: DE-FOA-0002912
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Geographic Focus
All USA

Important Dates
LOI Date: 08/31/23
Deadline: 01/05/24 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and Tribes to retrofit residential buildings and for workforce development in the energy sector. Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent prior to a full application. Funding is intended to perform deep energy retrofits of low-income residential buildings and empower local community representation within the energy workforce. DOE seeks proposals that drive innovative approaches to program coordination and service delivery, while fostering the collaboration of dynamic and diverse teams.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement seeks applications to expand the impact of the Department of Energy's (DOE) existing residential weatherization programs by utilizing leveraged resources and enhanced community partnerships to perform deep energy retrofits of low-income residential buildings and empower local community representation within the energy workforce. DOE seeks proposals that drive innovative approaches to program coordination and service delivery, while fostering the collaboration of dynamic and diverse teams.

These awards will enable deep energy retrofits of low-income housing in three (3) topic areas:

  1. Multifamily Housing;
  2. Single family and Manufactured Housing;
  3. Workforce Development.

More information about these topic areas can be found starting on page 10 in the Funding Opportunity Announcement. See RFP & Supporting Documents. 

Allowable Activities

Across all three topic areas, E&I funds may be used for any combination of the following activities specified below. Proposals must detail the planned activities and any measures that will be installed in DOE WAP-eligible buildings. 

  • Make Homes Weatherization and Electrification-Ready
  • Renewable Energy and New Technologies
  • Healthy Homes and Indoor Environments


Recipient

Eligibility
  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible entities include existing WAP Grantees, WAP Subgrantees, and other nonprofit entities.

Pre-Application Information
Timeline:
- Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 08/31/2023 5:00pm ET
- Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 01/05/2024 5:00pm ET
- Expected Submission Deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments: 02/16/2024 5:00pm ET
- Expected Date for DOE Selection Notifications: 05/31/2024
- Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations: 06/01 – 09/30/2024

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their Concept Papers, Full Applications, and Replies to Reviewer Comments at least 48 hours in advance of the submission deadline.

While cost share is not required, applicants are encouraged to use awarded E&I funds in conjunction with DOE WAP formula awards and leverage other funding sources to deploy demonstration projects that have potential to be scaled nationally, enhance the benefits realized by underserved communities, and accelerate an equitable transition to a clean- energy economy.

Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) and System for Award Management (SAM) - Each applicant (unless the applicant is excepted from those requirements under 2 CFR 25.110) is required to: (1) Be registered in the SAM at https://www.sam.gov before submitting its application, (2) provide a valid UEI number in its application, and (3) continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a federal awarding agency. DOE may not make a federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable UEI and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time DOE is ready to make a federal award, the DOE will determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a federal award to another applicant.

NOTE: Due to the high demand of UEI requests and SAM registrations, entity legal business name and address validations are taking longer than expected to process. Entities should start the UEI and SAM registration process as soon as possible.

More information:
https://infrastructure-exchange.energy.gov/Default.aspx#FoaId531bc4cb-0ef5-4a96-a8db-2a4a399b87dd and https://www.energy.gov/scep/wap/articles/weatherization-memorandum-108-bipartisan-infrastructure-law-bil-wap-enhancement

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=348941

Number of Grants
17

Estimated Size of Grant
Maximum award amount of $2 million

Term of Contract
The period of performance for each award is three (3) years.

Contact Information
To apply to this FOA, applicants must register with and submit application materials through the Clean Energy Infrastructure eXCHANGE at https://infrastructure-exchange.energy.gov/, DOE’s online application portal.

Questions regarding the BIL WAP E&I FOA should be directed to Weatherization.Innovation@hq.doe.gov.

RFP & Supporting Documents
Full Grant Text RFP

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates / changes / addendums / conferences / LOIs.


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