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Federal Funding Technical Assistance


Kate Madigan, Technical Assistance Contractor

Julie Staveland, EGLE 

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is partnering with 5 Lakes Energy to offer webinars and technical assistance to support local and tribal governments who seek to access federal funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) (also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act [IIJA]) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

Open and Upcoming Federal Grant Opportunities

See the list below for current energy related federal funding opportunities that local and tribal governments are eligible to apply for directly.

EGLE will also be applying for energy related BIL and IRA funds to pass-through to Michigan local governments, tribes, businesses, residents, and others. A list of these pass-through funding opportunities can be viewed on the EGLE BIL and IRA Funding Webpage.  


Name of Grant Legislation Purpose Agency Total Amount Dates
Rural Energy For America Program IRA Grants and loans for rural agricultural producers, small businesses, cooperatives, and tribal or governmental electric utilities for renewable energy and energy efficiency. Rural is defined as populations of 50,000 or less. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture $1.055 billion Closes 9/30/2023 and every end of quarter through 2024
Distressed Area Recompete Pilot Program CHIPS and Science Act Competitive grants for workforce development in distressed communities where prime age (25-54 years) employment significantly trails the national average, to connect people to jobs. See the Recompete Eligibility Mapping Tool to identify eligible communities. U.S. Economic Development Administration $200 million Closes 10/5/2023
Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning BIL Competitive grants for site specific and comprehensive land use and transportation planning that improves public transit. U.S. Dept. of Transportation $13.4 million Closes 10/10/2023
Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) BIL Competitive grants for demonstration projects focused on advanced smart community technologies and systems to improve transportation efficiency and safety. U.S. Dept. of Transportation $100 million Closes 10/10/2023
Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund - National Clean Investment Fund IRA Competitive grants to fund several national clean financing institutions that can provide accessible, affordable financing for tens of thousands of clean technology projects across the country. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency $14 billion Closes 10/12/2023
Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund - Clean Communities Investment Center IRA Competitive grants to fund several non-profits to build the clean financing capacity of local community lenders working in low-income and disadvantaged communities. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency $6 billion Closes 10/12/2023
Tribal Climate Resilience Annual Awards Program N/A Funding for tribes for planning or implementation projects that address the unique impacts of climate change affecting vulnerable tribal communities. U.S. Dept. of Interior $120 million Closes 10/13/2023
The Green and Resilient Retrofit Program - Leading Edge IRA Grants and loans for eligible HUD-assisted multifamily properties with ambitious plans involving carbon reduction, renewable energy generation, use of building materials with lower embodied carbon, and resilience goals through achieving an advanced green certification. U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) $400 million Closes 10/31/2023
High Energy Cost Grants N/A Competitive grants to assist communities with extremely high energy costs (i.e., annual residential energy costs that exceed 275% national average). Funds may be used for renewable energy generation, energy efficiency and conservation, transmission, or distribution.

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

$10 million Closes 10/31/2023
Transmission Siting and Economic Development Grant Program IRA Competitive grants to expand electric transmission through siting and permitting, and invest in economic development in communities affected by interstate or offshore transmission projects.
U.S. Dept. of Energy $300 million Concept papers due 10/31/2023
Electric Vehicle Charger Reliability and Accessibility Accelerator BIL Competitive grants to repair or replace broken or non-operational electric vehicle chargers and improve reliability of existing electric vehicle charging infrastructure. U.S. Dept. of Transportation $100 million Closes 11/13/2023
Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience Grants BIL/IRA Competitive grants to support transformational habitat restoration projects that restore marine, estuarine, coastal, or Great Lakes ecosystems, using approaches that enhance community and ecosystem resilience to climate hazards. NOAA $240 million Closes 11/17/2023
Coastal Habitat Restoration and Resilience Grants for Tribes and Underserved Communities BIL/IRA Competitive grants to support community-driven coastal habitat restoration and climate resilience projects and build the capacity of tribes and underserved communities to more fully participate in restoration activities. NOAA $45 million Closes 12/19/2023
Climate-Ready Workforce for Coastal States and Territories Competition IRA Competitive grants and technical assistance for communities in coastal and Great Lakes states so they may form partnerships that train workers and place them into jobs that enhance climate resilience. Tribes, local governments, non-profits, and higher education institutions are eligible. NOAA & U.S. Dept. of Commerce $50 million Closes 2/13/2024
Climate Pollution Reduction – Implementation Grants IRA Competitive grants to implement projects identified in plans developed with Climate Pollution Reduction Planning grants. States, local governments, and tribes are eligible to apply for implementation grants. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency $4.3 billion Closes 4/1/2024
Innovative Finance and Asset Concession Grant Program BIL Competitive grants to build capacity or hire experts to explore opportunities for innovative financing of transportation projects. U.S. Dept. of Transportation $40 million Opens Q4 2023
Environmental and Climate Justice Program IRA Competitive grants and technical assistance to carry out environmental and climate justice activities to benefit underserved and overburdened communities. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency $3 billion Opens Q4 2023
Buildings Upgrade Prize N/A Prizes to accelerate widespread, equitable energy efficiency and building electrification upgrades. Community-based organizations, local and tribal governments, building owners, utilities, nonprofit organizations, and other organizations are encouraged to team up and apply. U.S. Dept. of Energy $22 million Opens Q4 2023



Webinar 3: Federal Funding Success Stories for Local and Tribal Government (recorded 10/13/22, 97 min) | Webinar 3 Slides
This webinar features communities and tribes using federal grants to fund climate and energy projects and discusses new funding opportunities, lessons learned, and tips on federal grants.

Webinar 2: How to Plan For, Apply For, and Manage Federal Grants (recorded 9/28/22, 87 min) | Webinar 2 Slides
This webinar focuses on how communities can identify priority projects and plan for funding, how to apply for federal grants using, and how to manage and report on grants that are awarded.

Webinar 1: Understanding IIJA: How Local & Tribal Governments Can Access Federal Funding (recorded 9/21/22, 62 min) | Webinar 1 Slides
This webinar provides an overview of IIJA, IRA, and the Justice 40 Initiative, goes over some promising grants programs, and shares resources and technical assistance that are available.

Technical Assistance

Michigan local governments and tribes will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with industry consultants to get assistance with identifying and applying for grants. Contact Kate Madigan, a consultant working on behalf of 5 Lakes Energy, to learn more. Spots are extremely limited and are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Additional Resources

  • Catalyst Communities Initiative
  • EGLE BIL and IRA Funding
  • Michigan Green Communities
  • Catalyst Leadership Circle and Fellowship
  • ServeMICity 
  • IIJA Funding Tracker
  • Local Infrastructure Hub Search Tool
  • Local Infrastructure Hub Grant Application Bootcamp
  • Implementing Infrastructure Investments at the County Level: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
  • A Guidebook to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
  • Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Tribal Playbook
  • Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Programs
  • A Guidebook to the Inflation Reduction Act
  • Inflation Reduction Act Savings Calculator
  • Legislative Analysis for Counties: The Inflation Reduction Act
  • Climate Policy Portal *Invite Code: EFGamma22