Environment and Clean Energy

Resource Collection

Environment and Clean Energy

Resource Collection

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund

    GGRF is a $27 billion investment in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other forms of air pollution by mobilizing financing and private capital to provide accessible, affordable financing for tens of thousands of clean technology projects across the country.
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will distribute GGRF financing to green banks and financial intermediaries, who will then redeliver those funds to cities for climate action projects, using innovative financing mechanisms.

    GGRF consists of three separate, but complementary, programs: The National Clean Investment Fund (NCIF); The Clean Communities Investment Accelerator (CCIA); and Solar for All.

      Low-No Emission and Buses/Bus Facilities Grant Programs

        The Low-No Program is meant to support the transition of the nation’s transit fleet to the lowest polluting and most energy efficient transit vehicles. The Low-No Program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities. The Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Program will assist in the financing of buses and bus facilities capital projects, including replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing or leasing buses or related equipment, and rehabilitating, purchasing, constructing or leasing bus-related facilities.

          Direct Pay Provisions

            The Direct Pay provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) unlocked the potential for cities, nonprofit organizations and other tax-exempt entities to utilize clean energy tax incentives. Cities and nonprofits have been historically ineligible for federal tax benefits because they do not owe federal taxes. Direct Pay (also called “Elective Pay”) has changed this dynamic by providing cash payments equal to the value of the tax benefit

              Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling Grants (SWIFR)

                Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling (SWIFR) grants are a new program created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) to improve recycling and other post-consumer materials management, implement circular economy strategies, and improve local waste management systems. The BIL provides $275 million for Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling grants to support Building a Better America. This is allocated as $55 million per year from Fiscal Years 2022 to 2026 to remain available until expended. EPA was provided an additional $2.5 million in Fiscal Year 2022 funding to implement the program.

                  Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG)

                    The CPRG program allocates $5 billion in grants to states, local governments, tribes, and territories to develop and implement plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollution. Authorized under Section 60114 of the Inflation Reduction Act, this two-phase program provides $250 million for noncompetitive planning grants, and approximately $4.6 billion for competitive implementation grants.

                      Charging and Fueling Infrastructure

                        The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) established the new Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Discretionary Grant Program, with $2.5 billion in appropriated over five years. Funding is available to strategically deploy EV charging and other alternative vehicle-fueling infrastructure projects in publicly accessible locations in urban and rural communities, as well as along designated Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFCs).

                          EV Charging and Fueling Grant Application Bootcamp Materials

                          Grant Application Bootcamps are designed to provide an overview of the Electric Vehicle Charging and Fueling Infrastructure grant program, guide you through the application process, and present actionable steps that can be taken to submit a strong application. They include presentations from Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Grant Bootcamp webinars with information on how to apply for federal funds and relevant tools and templates that can be applied to your grant application. The materials focus on how to build a community engagement plan, how to leverage community assets, how to effectively incorporate data into the grant application process, and how to construct a budget and a strong grant narrative.

                            Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG)

                            The EECBG is a flexible block grant designed to boost state and local government capacity to address climate change, energy efficiency and environmental resilience. BIL authorized one-time direct formula grants under EECBG, which have already been allocated.

                              Maximizing Impact of EECBG Funding

                              Webinar Recording – Implementing EECBG: Guidance for Local Leaders (4/4/2023)
                              Key features of the EECBG program highlighted and discussion about the voucher and grant applications

                              5 Winning Strategies for Securing EECBG Block Grants

                              5 Winning Strategies for Maximizing the Impact of EECBG Funding

                              Webinar Q&A: EECBG Program (9/13/2022)

                                Grant Application Bootcamp Materials

                                With a mix of webinars, practical tools, and templates, the Grant Application Bootcamp materials are designed to provide an overview of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block grant program, guide you through the application process, and present actionable steps that can be taken to submit a strong application. They include presentations from Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Bootcamp webinars with information on how to apply for federal funds and relevant tools and templates that can be applied to your grant application. The materials focus on how to build a community engagement plan, how to leverage community assets, how to effectively incorporate data into the grant application process, and how to construct a budget and a strong grant narrative.

                                EECBG Fact Sheet

                                EECBG Bootcamp Materials