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.
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.
SECOND FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
On November 14, 2023, the Biden-Harris Administration announced up to $3.9 billion available through the second round funding opportunity of the Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships (GRIP) Program for Fiscal Years 2024 and 2025. Successful projects will deploy Federal funding to maximize grid infrastructure deployment at-scale and leverage private sector and non-federal public capital to advance deployment goals.
Concept papers are a required first step in the application process and are due at 5:00 p.m. ET on January 12, 2024. A public webinar will be held at 3:00 p.m. ET on November 20, 2023, to provide additional information. Registration is required.
FIRST FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
On October 18, 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $3.46 billion in Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships (GRIP) Program investments for 58 projects across 44 states to strengthen electric grid resilience and reliability across America. This includes 16 projects selected under Grid Resilience Utility and Industry Grants. See the full list of projects.
Visit the Grid and Transmission Program Conductor for additional information to help identify which financing program is most appropriate for individual projects.
The Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships (GRIP) Program is participating in the Clean Energy Innovator Fellowships, a unique workforce development program that matches recent graduates and new energy professionals to key energy organizations to support efforts to advance clean energy solutions.
All resources from October 2023 and earlier do not reflect the release of the November 14, 2023 second round Funding Opportunity. New resources are coming soon.
(FY22&FY23 FIRST FUNDING ROUND)
Find materials including recordings, transcripts, and presentation slides from past informational webinars.
- A Look into the Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships Program Selections Webinar (October 24, 2023)
- GRIP Informational Webinar (November 29, 2022)
- Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships Program Applicant Informational Webinar (February 8, 2023)
- Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships (GRIP) Program Community Benefits Plan Training Webinar (February 27, 2023)
- GRIP Training for Secured by Design Considerations Webinar (February 28, 2023)
(FY22&FY23 FIRST FUNDING ROUND)
- GRIP Overview Fact Sheet (October 2023)
- Grid Resilience Utility and Industry Grants Fact Sheet (December 2022)
- GRIP Concept Paper Guidance (December 2022)
- GRIP Frequently Asked Questions for FY22 and FY23 (May 2023)
- GRIP Teaming Partner List (March 2023)