Insight into Federal Programs | Federal Investment
April 21, 2022
March 9, 2023 | Allie Judge, Associate, CEBN
The Department of Energy (DOE) is offering $15M through the American-Made Energizing Rural Communities Prize. This prize challenges individuals and organizations to develop partnership plans or innovative financing strategies to help rural or remote communities improve their energy systems and advance clean energy demonstration projects.
The Energizing Rural Communities Prize is structured in two phases. Phase One will award $100,000 to up to 90 awardees. Those awardees are eligible to apply by July 2024 to compete for an additional $200,000 in Phase Two.
March 21 at 1pm ET – The prize administrators will be holding an informational webinar event on March 21. Register now to learn more about the prize and ask questions of the prize team directly.
April 5 at 4pm ET – Prize administrators will be holding a webinar that will dive deeper into the PARTNER Track. Register now.
April 6 at 1pm ET – Prize administrators will be holding a webinar that will dive deeper into the FINANCE Track. Register now.
March through May –
Successful applicants should develop plans to take the first steps necessary for developing a clean energy project in a rural or remote community. No construction is required as part of the prize. There are two tracks that competitors can apply for:
“Rural or remote” community is defined as: “a city, town, or unincorporated area that has a population of not more than 10,000 inhabitants.” For more details on the eligibility requirements for identified areas, see pages 35-36 in the prize rules.
If you have additional questions related to eligibility or the rules of the prize, please contact the prize administrators directly using the prize’s questions forum or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The competition is open only to private entities (for-profits and nonprofits), non-federal government entities such as states, counties, tribes, and municipalities, academic institutions, and individuals. See page 33 of the prize rules for more details.
Additional rules outlining the prize can be found here, and the prize website offers a resource center and forum to ask questions of prize administrators.
CEBN is here to work with you throughout the application process. First-time applicants should especially feel welcome to contact us with questions or book our office hours. All materials in your application package should be submitted here.
The application package consists of:
* These materials will not be made public.
Phase One applications are due by May 24, 2023 at 5pm ET. Phase Two will open in July 2023 and close in July 2024. Although the process for applying is straightforward, we encourage you to get started early to ensure that your application is ready and that you understand the prize goals well in advance of the deadline.
CEBN will be holding office hours as part of our work as a Power Connector on this prize. Be sure to check back on this page for updates and reach out to Allie Judge with any questions.