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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 $100,000 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, energy management, energy efficiency, renewable energy, fleet electrification, EV charging infrastructure, sustainable financing solutions, and/or clean energy workforce development. Review the Eligibility Criteria section of the RFP, linked below, to see the full list of eligible projects. 

*At this time, public schools and universities are not eligible to apply for the CEM program. 

*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 total of $5,850,000 in funding is available through the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) State Energy Program (SEP) and Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG). $150,000 of this total is available through the SEP's annual allocation, $3,000,000 is made available through the SEP's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (SEP BIL) allocation, and the remaining $2,700,00 is made available through the DOE's EECBG program. The minimum and maximum grant award size for these allocations is:

1. Minimum individual grant award for this portion of funding is $5,000. 

2. Maximum individual grant award for this portion of funding is $100,000. 

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

January 2024

Application Deadline

Until funds committed or June 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