Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued an amendment to the Administrative and Legal Requirements Document (ALRD) for the State and Tribal Grid Resilience Formula Grants program to include Alaska Native Regional Corporations (ANRCs). 

The amendment incorporates the 12 ANRCs and increases the available funding for FY22 by $2 million, bringing the total FY22 funding to $461 million. Funds will be awarded to eligible applicants in accordance with the formula allocations.

The amendment also provides additional information on cost match and updates other terms. The amended ALRD, additional frequently asked questions, and updated allocation of funds table are now available to review. 

The $2.3 billion formula grant program, supported by the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and administered through the Building a Better Grid Initiative, is focused on strengthening and modernizing America’s power grid against wildfires, extreme weather, and other natural disasters that are exacerbated by the climate crisis. The program will distribute up to $2.3 billion to States, federally-recognized Indian Tribes and ANRCs, and Territories over five years based on a formula that includes factors such as population size, land area, probability and severity of disruptive events, and a locality’s historical expenditures on mitigation efforts. Priority will be given to projects that generate the greatest community benefit providing clean, affordable, and reliable energy to everyone, everywhere, anytime.

Applications may be submitted any time prior to the March 31, 2023 deadline and the applications will be processed as they are received. Accordingly, grants may be awarded prior to March 31, 2023 based on those applications. DOE plans to issue another amendment to the ALRD by January 2023 to incorporate the year 2 funding allocation amounts. 

Correction: November 21, 2022
An earlier version of this article cited that the total funding available for FY22 was $2.17 million.