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Energy Funding Opportunities

Two landmark federal laws will invest nearly $700 billion nationally into infrastructure, grid improvement, energy-related research, rebates and more. The Minnesota Department of Commerce Energy Division is dedicated to making the most of this historic opportunity to build a stronger, more resilient Minnesota.

Federal funding will benefit Minnesotans many ways. Learn about the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law - also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) - and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) here and about federal funding opportunities below.


Latest news: recent & expected energy funding announcements

How it works: The federal government often follows a structure for funding announcements: 1) Issuing a Request for Information (RFI); 2) Issuing a Notice of Intent (NOI); 3) Issuing a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) or Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). The agency offering the funding opportunity generally also holds webinars during the various stages to fully communicate details of the funding opportunity and assist in stakeholder planning.

Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA)

  • Low or No Emission Grant Program, Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities [FTA-2024-003-TPM-LWNO and FTA-2004-004-TPM-BUS] Deadline: April 25, 2024; Webinars February 21, 2024 and March 5, 2024; The Federal Transit Administration has released a NOFO with two grant opportunities; applicants can apply to either or both programs. 
    • The Low-No Program provides funding to purchase or lease zero or low emission transit buses and purchase, build or lease supporting facilities. Eligible applicants include states, local governments and Tribes.
    • The Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Program provides funds for buses and bus facility capital projects including replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing and leasing buses or related equipment or facilities. Eligible applicants include recipients that allocate funds to fixed-route bus operators, states or local governments that operate fixed-route bus service and Tribes.
  • Cybersecurity for Research, Development, and Demonstration – IIJA 40125b [DE-FOA-0003223] Deadline: March 18, 2024; The Department of Energy is issuing this FOA with $30 million in funding to support multi-year research, development and demonstration of tools and technologies to reduce cyber risks to energy infrastructure. 
  • Career Skills Training – IIJA Section 40513 [DE-FOA-0003132 Mod. No. 000001] Deadline: Feb 27, 2024 - Extended Deadline; The program promotes collaboration between labor organizations and industry to attract, train and employ workers to install energy technologies in buildings. Funding is only available to nonprofit partnerships that include one labor organization and one industry partner.
  • Regional Resource Hubs for Purpose-Grown Energy Crops [DE-FOA-0003209] Deadlines, concept paper March 24, 2024, application June 13, 2024; DOE has issued a FOA with up to $29 million in funding to support research, development and demonstration on mobilizing low carbon intensity, purpose-grown energy crops necessary to support the production goals of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge and the sustainability goals of the Clean Fuels & Products Shot. DOE intends to award 2-5 financial assistance awards in the form of cooperative agreements lasting from 4-10 years.
  • Carbon Negative Shot Pilots [DE-FOA-0003082] Deadline: April 16, 2024; The DOE intends to issue multiple funding opportunities over several years. These funding opportunities will be focused on progressing carbon dioxide removal technologies to enable reaching the Carbon Negative Shot target of gigaton-scale deployment for less than $100 per net metric ton of CO2- equivalent within a decade. Part of DOE’s larger Energy Earthshots Initiative, the Carbon Negative Shot is a DOE-wide call for crosscutting innovation and commercialization of a wide range of carbon dioxide removal technologies and approaches.
  • Fiscal Year 2024 Vehicle Technologies Office Technology Integration [DE-FOA-0003250] Deadlines, concept paper March 12, application April 30, 2024; DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office has announced a $15 million funding opportunity for technologies that will achieve net-zero emissions in transportation. This FOA will fund innovative approaches to address pressing transportation efficiency and equity needs.
  • Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid – Formula Grants to States and Tribes - IIJA 40101d [DE-FOA-0002736 Amnd. 8] Deadline: April 17, 2024; DOE has issued this FOA with approximately $561.8 million for FY 2024 funding for new awards. Funds will be distributed on formula basis in accordance with the formula allocations posted at Section 40101(d) Formula Grants to States & Indian tribes. Tribes sharing geography within the borders of MN have been allocated a total of $2,366,453

Request for Proposals (RFP)

  • Transmission Facilitation Program – Second Round – IIJA 40106 [RFP Number: GDO-TFPFY24CAP] Deadlines, part 1, March 11, 2024, part 2, six weeks after invite is released (May); The DOE has issued a Request for Proposals with potential funding obligations of up to $1.2 billion; all TFP projects must demonstrate that DOE can recover its costs as the TFP is a revolving fund and not a grant program. DOE is offering a second opportunity for capacity contracts to identify additional commercially viable large-scale new and upgraded transmission line projects that have the potential to significantly address transmission needs but that would not be constructed or would be constructed with less-than optimal capacity without TFP support.

Notice of Intent (NOI)

  • IRA: Methane Emission Reduction Program, Oil and Gas Methane Monitoring and Mitigation (OGM3) - 60113 [DE-FOA-0003255] In collaboration with the EPA, DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory intends to issue this FOA sometime in February or March 2024. If released, the FOA may award up to $1 billion for three Areas of Interest. 1: Methane Emissions Reduction for Existing Wells and Infrastructure; 2: Accelerating Deployment of Innovative Methane Reduction Solutions and 3: Regional Methane Emissions Reduction Consortia.
  • Mixed Algae Conversion Research Opportunity [DE-FOA-0003276] DOE intends to issue a FOA entitled MACRO, Mixed Algae Conversion Research Opportunity to address R&D challenges in converting various seaweeds, other waste algae and wet waste feedstocks to low-carbon fuels, chemicals and agricultural products.

Request for Information (RFI)

  • Solar Plus Storage Deployment Serving Low-Income and Disadvantaged Communities [DE-FOA-0003304] Deadline: Feb 23, 2024 submitted electronically; DOE’s Solar Energy Technologies Office is seeking feedback from a wide variety of stakeholders on issues related to deploying distributed solar and related technologies through industry, government and utility-led programs designed to serve low-income ad disadvantaged communities (LIDAC). Feedback sought includes identification of the greatest challenges entities face while designing, administering, implementing, participating in and/or benefiting from LIDAC solar deployment. Information is also sought on types of coordination, tools and resources stakeholders will require to meet priorities related to equitable access to solar and its benefits.

Find out more!

The Commerce Department issues a bi-monthly e-newsletter on state and federal funding announcements and programs, as well as other items of interest. You can reference the most recently issued e-newsletters, in their entirety, below, to keep up to date with information on New State funded energy programs. Information on other federal funding (tax credits, loans, prizes or competitions, student scholarships or fellowships, etc.) Various types of grant-seeking support (webinars, meetings and conferences, technical assistance opportunities, mapping tools, reports and other publications, etc.). To receive this e-newsletter directly, sign up by clicking the “”sign up for email updates” button at the top right of this page.


Resources

Get ready to apply for federal funding opportunities

As of April 4, 2022, entities doing business with the federal government (including grant applicants responding to a federal funding opportunities) are required to be registered in the System for Award Management found at SAM.gov and to have a Unique Entity Identification (UEI). UEI's are created by registering in SAM.gov. Registration in SAM.Gov is free.

Entities that were registered in SAM.gov, with either active or in-active registrations, prior to April 4, 2022 have had a UEI assigned to their file. This transition to using a UEI rather than a DUNS number allows the federal government to streamline the entity identification and validation process, making it easier and less burdensome for entities to do business with the federal government.

For additional information, read the Quick Start Guide for registering an entity in SAM.gov. Note: display issues have been noted when trying to access the documents linked above via the Chrome browser. If the guidance articles do not show by clicking on them above, copy the link address and paste it into a different browser such as Firefox.


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