Funding to Support Community Engagement on Consent-Based Siting

The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a $16 million funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to provide resources for communities interested in learning more about consent-based siting, management of spent nuclear fuel, and interim storage facility siting considerations. Award recipients will promote dialogue that helps foster the development of innovative community ideas, incorporates principles of equity and environmental justice into community engagement strategies, and captures feedback related to the interim storage of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste.  

Tasks supported by the funding are divided into the three following areas: 

  • Organize, lead, and maintain meaningful, inclusive community and stakeholder engagement processes related to management of spent nuclear fuel 
  • Elicit and map public values, interests, and goals to promote effective collaboration and community-driven insights and feedback on a consent-based siting process for a federal consolidated interim storage facility  
  • Develop, implement, and report outcomes and strategies that support mutual learning among stakeholders, communities, and experts on nuclear waste-related topics  

Download the complete FOA below.

Have a FOA Question?

Questions regarding the content of this FOA must be submitted by email to

Questions must clearly specify the FOA areas to which they refer. DOE response is dependent on volume of questions and availability of staff. DOE will try to respond to a question within five business days. If a similar question has already been asked and answered, it will appear in the amended portion of the online FOA.