The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced a funding opportunity for states to train residential energy contractors. Funded by the President’s Inflation Reduction Act, states can now apply for up to $40 million in competitive grants for the Training for Residential Energy Contractors Program (TREC) to reduce the cost of training, testing, and certifying residential energy efficiency and electrification contractors. Also referred to as the State-Based Home Energy Efficiency Contractor Training Grants Program, TREC will award states with funds to develop and implement workforce training programs for residential efficiency and electrification projects to help implement the $8.8 billion Home Energy Rebates Programs and help Americans save money on their energy bills. This funding will train small contractor firms and deploy innovative and equitable workforce development programs to make homes healthier and more energy efficient.

The Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) provides application instructions for states, territories, and Washington, D.C. This FOA builds upon the previously announced $150 million Administrative and Legal Requirements Document released in 2023.

A required Letter of Intent is due May 9, 2024; the full application is due July 12, 2024 at 5 p.m. ET. There will be an informational webinar discussing the FOA and application requirements on April 4, 2024 at 3 p.m. ET. To support the goal of building a clean and equitable energy economy, all applicants must submit a Community Benefit Plan that describes how their proposal will support local community and labor engagement; invest in our nation’s workforce by creating an environment for success; advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility within the workforce; and contribute the Administration’s Justice40 Initiative. This will ensure that 40 percent of the overall benefits of clean energy investments make a difference in communities that are energy burdened and historically underserved.

Visit the Training for Residential Energy Contractors webpage to stay up-to-date on program announcements including an upcoming webinar that will answer questions regarding the application process. Through the Office of State and Community Energy Programs, DOE is overseeing the administration of these programs, and working to ensure that no communities are left behind in the transition to a clean energy future.