The application period for EECBG program funding is now open and will close on Friday, March 15, 2024.
GEFA has provided an application guidance document that describes the Blueprints and key activities eligible for funding. Sample application templates for both general and priority communities are also provided below.
Click here to submit an application.
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program is designed to assist states, local governments, and Tribes in implementing strategies to reduce energy use, lower fossil fuel emissions, and improve energy efficiency.
Georgia will receive $2.9 million to disperse to local governments throughout the state. The competitive funding is targeted towards small and disadvantaged communities. Local governments who received direct funding from the U.S. Department of Energy are ineligible for state EECBG funds.
GEFA has selected a variety of EECBG Program Blueprints that local governments can apply for. EECBG Program Blueprints are model projects and programs designed to help local governments achieve high-impact results with limited grant dollars. Blueprints offer ideas in energy efficiency, renewable energy, transportation electrification, clean energy finance, and workforce development. The list of GEFA selected Blueprints includes:
- Blueprint #1: Energy Planning
- Blueprint #2A: Energy Efficiency - Energy Audits and Building Upgrades
- Blueprint #2B: Energy Savings Performance Contracts: Energy Efficiency and Electrification in Government Buildings
- Blueprint #3B: Community Solar
- Blueprint #3C: Solarize Campaign
- Blueprint #4A: Electric Vehicles and Fleet Electrification
- Blueprint #6: Workforce Development
Key activity areas under each blueprint serve as a step-by-step guide for communities to follow. Each activity is accompanied by relevant tools and resources that go into much more detail. EECBG Program grantees are encouraged to consider blueprints as inspiration for ways they could use their grant dollars.
Local governments interested in applying for the grant funding should review and select a Blueprint from the list above that aligns with the community’s energy goals and interests. GEFA EECBG Program details, including application process, will be announced soon.
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Key Resources and Webinars:
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program Webinar
This one-hour webinar reviewed and discussed the EECBG program and the Blueprint activities. This webinar also provided details about who is eligible to apply, technical assistance opportunities, and next steps for the application process.
Click here to watch the webinar from January 22, 2024.
Click here to watch the webinar from February 23, 2024.