The Grid Resilience Utility and Industry Grants support the modernization of the electric grid to reduce impacts due to extreme weather and natural disasters. This program will fund comprehensive transformational transmission and distribution technology solutions that will mitigate multiple hazards across a region or within a community, including wildfires, floods, hurricanes, extreme heat, extreme cold, storms, and any other event that can cause a disruption to the power system. The program will prioritize projects generating the greatest community benefit in reducing the likelihood and consequences of disruptive events. 

On November 18, 2022, GDO released a Funding Opportunity Announcement for the GRIP programs, including the Grid Resilience Utility and Industry Grants. Concept papers are a required first step in the application process and are due December 16, 2022. A public webinar will be held on November 29, 2022, to provide additional information. Registration is required.

Eligible entities that can apply for these grants include: 

  • Electric grid operators  
  • Electricity storage operators 
  • Electricity generators 
  • Transmission owners or operators 
  • Distribution providers  
  • Fuel suppliers 

The program will provide up to $2.5 billion over five years ($500 million/year FY 22-26). The first funding cycle will include FY22 and FY23, up to $1 billion. Funding is capped at the amount the eligible entity has spent in the previous three years on hardening efforts. There is a 100% cost match for this program. The program includes a small utility set aside for those entities selling no more than 4 million MWh of electricity per year.   

This program is part of the Grid Resilience Innovation Partnership Program (GRIP).

Visit the Grid and Transmission Program Conductor for additional information to help identify which financing program is most appropriate for individual projects.