Clean Energy Grant Programs

In response to valuable feedback from a Request for Information (RFI) issued in the fall 2023 and previous stakeholder input, the Energy Programs in Communities unit is implementing a new approach designed to reduce barriers for applicants, maximize the construction timeline for clean energy projects, and enhance equitable outcomes.

Through a combination of fund sources, approximately $117 million will be available for grants through three tailored application opportunities. The three solicitations will be the primary opportunity to apply for these funds. Funding amounts are estimated and are subject to legislative authority and fund balances. The grant programs are supported with funding from Washington’s Climate Commitment Act. The CCA supports Washington’s climate action efforts by putting cap-and-invest dollars to work reducing climate pollution, creating jobs, and improving public health. Information about the CCA is available at www.climate.wa.gov.

Round 1: Tribal clean energy grants

Approximately $16 million is available exclusively for federally recognized tribes and tribes’ contracted service providers to support the planning, design and construction of clean energy projects that promote sovereignty, advance resiliency and contribute to Washington’s decarbonization goals.

To address the varying levels of tribal staff capacity and readiness, applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis beginning until September 27, 2024

Tribal grant resources

 

 

We are seeking tribal citizens, entities, and individuals with experience in working directly with tribes and who are passionate about clean energy, equity, and anti-racism to evaluate Tribal Clean Energy grant applications. Priority will be given to tribal citizens and affiliates.

The Tribal Clean Energy Request for Applications was published on February 15, 2024 and will have three evaluation rounds. Evaluator panel times are scheduled for the following dates (may be subject to change):

  1. Summer 2024: July 29th – August 9th
  2. Fall 2024: October 7th – October 18th

Time commitment:

  • Evaluators may choose to participate in spring, summer, fall, or a combination of review rounds.
  • The anticipated time commitment per round is anticipated to be 10-15 hours.

Individuals interested in serving as application reviewers should expect to dedicate approximately 10 – 15 hours of time or more per grant opportunity. Reviewers may choose to request to serve on one or multiple review panels. Individuals selected to be on a review panel will receive up to $75 per hour, compensation will be made via electronic gift card, or direct deposit. Evaluators who are current employees of Washington State or employees of the federal government may serve as evaluators but may not receive compensation.

Please express your interest in participating here or email us at EPICgrants@commerce.wa.gov to learn more.

Round 2: Community decarbonization grants

Approximately $67 million was available to support planning, design and construction of clean energy projects that will improve health, resiliency and economic outcomes for communities that face inequitable risk from energy burden, pollution and other environmental factors. Applications are no longer being accepted for this opportunity. Awards are expected to be announced in June.

Applicants were required to demonstrate that projects benefit overburdened communities and vulnerable populations by improving environmental health conditions, reducing energy inequities, or strengthening community resiliency.

Community decarbonization grant resources

Round 3: General solicitation for clean energy projects

Approximately $34 million is available to support planning, design and construction of clean energy projects through a general round which is open to eligible project types and applicants for all funding areas. This funding opportunity is now open and applications are due by June 14, 2024 by 12:00 p.m. (noon).

General Solicitation Resources:

Timeline:

How to Apply

The Energy Programs in Communities unit will publish a Request for Applications (RFA) for each funding opportunity when it opens. The RFA will outline eligibility guidelines, evaluation criteria, and instructions for applying. Commerce will hold pre-application conferences before applications are due for each funding round to answer questions, and questions will also be accepted by email (no phone calls).

Commerce will evaluate applications across all potential programs and match projects to the relevant funding source(s).

Community Participation in Grant making process

Commerce is partnering with the Department of Health to create a Community Advisory Committee which will review equity and environmental justice components of grant applications. This committee will include community members, especially those with lived experience or working relationships with marginalized communities impacted by environmental inequities. Applications for this committee have closed and we have received an overwhelming response, but please reach out to us at EPICgrants@commerce.wa.gov to express your interest for later opportunities.

 

 

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EPICgrants@commerce.wa.gov

Jennifer Grove, EPIC Managing Director
Email: Jennifer.Grove@Commerce.wa.gov

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