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Community Energy Management Program

Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Community Energy Management Program

EGLE is offering financial assistance for communities to improve energy management and accelerate the implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy through the Community Energy Management Program (CEM). Grant funding is available to local governments, tribal governments, and other public-service entities for energy-related projects. The maximum grant award is $25,000 per applicant.


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Eligibility Requirements

CEM is designed to meet applicants wherever they are on the energy management spectrum. Accordingly, CEM can be used to fund a range of energy-related projects such as, but not limited to, updating plans, policies, and/or ordinances to include energy systems, green building standards, climate change adaptation and resiliency; benchmarking energy usage, water usage, and greenhouse gas emissions; ASHRAE Level I or II audits; energy efficiency upgrades; renewable energy projects*; public engagement and/or outreach; training; workshops.

*Renewable energy projects will only be considered after all, or a majority of, energy efficiency upgrades have been completed as identified in an ASHRAE Level II audit.

Applicants must be physically located in Michigan and one of the following:

  • Local government
  • Tribal government
  • Other public service entity

Priority will be given to applicants who are in disadvantaged census tracts and/or have not received CEM funding in the past. 

Funding Amount

A minimum of $150,000 in funding is expected to be available for this program now, with additional funding expected to be available upon the U.S. Department of Energy's approval of EGLE's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program application. The maximum grant award is $25,000 per applicant. EGLE reserves the right to issue awards/award amounts reflecting program priorities.

Eligible expenditures include contractual services, supplies/materials, and equipment items. EGLE WILL NOT FUND ANY EXPENDITURES THAT HAVE OCCURRED BEFORE A GRANT AGREEMENT HAS BEEN EXECUTED. 

Grant awards will be distributed on a reimbursement basis only, meaning grantees must pay project costs in full prior to receiving funds from EGLE. EGLE will reimburse grantees their award amount once proper invoices, receipts, and proof of payments have been received and reviewed.

Awardee Obligations

  • Sample Agreement
  • Provide monthly progress updates by phone with program manager as needed
  • Report impacts addressing potential energy and cost savings
  • Provide documentation of project expenditures (i.e. invoices, receipts and proof of payments)
  • Submit payment request within 30 days of completing the project/activity
  • One-year follow-up survey on continued impacts of implemented project/activity


Application Posting Date

October 2023

Application Deadline

Until funds committed or March 30, 2024, whichever comes first

Start Date of Projects

Effective date of Grant Agreement (dependent on application date and approval process)

End Date of Projects

August 31, 2025

Deadline for Payment Submission

September 30, 2025