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Welcome to the EECBG Program Comprehensive Guide for Indian Tribes!

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program provides $8.8 million to 774 eligible Tribes, including Alaska Native Regional and Village corporations. EECBG Program funding can be used as seed funding that can grow into bigger projects, assisting communities to meet energy efficiency goals. Tribes can use EECBG Program funds to upgrade buildings, install renewable energy equipment, or develop climate and clean energy plans. The EECBG Program also has a voucher application option, intended to streamline the application and management process.

The funding available through the EECBG Program is noncompetitive; all eligible Tribes have already been allocated these funds from DOE — the next step is to apply to receive them. There is no match requirement for EECBG Program funds. To learn more about your allocation amount, please see the EECBG Program Tribal Allocations document. To learn about what types of projects you can pursue with EECBG Program funding, review the Eligible Activities and Program Guidance document.

The full application is due May 31, 2025 for Tribes.

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Why Apply for the EECBG Program?

Flexible Funding Allows for Place-Based Work

The EECBG Program is designed to be flexible and to meet local needs: there are 14 different eligible uses, such as renewable energy generation technology (e.g., solar), retrofits (for public and private buildings), energy efficiency, electric vehicle infrastructure, weatherization, and energy planning. For more information about EECBG Program eligible uses – including examples of high-impact projects and links to relevant technical assistance opportunities – see EECBG Program Eligible Activities and Program Guidance.

Reduced Administrative Burden for Application & Reporting

The EECBG Program also offers a new path to reduce the administrative burden of applying and managing the grant: vouchers for equipment rebates and technical assistance.

Vouchers offer a more streamlined application process and reduce administrative requirements when compared to the traditional federal grants management process. While this process is streamlined, some monitoring and reporting will still be required. For information about the Vouchers option, see our Vouchers Handbook.

Application templates for the equipment rebate and technical assistance vouchers are available on the EECBG Program Formula Grant Application Hub. View the Voucher Application Portal here to learn more on how to registration and application requirements.

  • Example uses of Vouchers for Equipment Rebates: energy efficient light bulb upgrades, HVAC retrofits, renewable energy equipment, and metering equipment
     
  • Example uses of Vouchers for Technical Assistance: creating an energy plan, energy audits and assessments, solarize campaign design, renewable resource planning, unlocking sustainable financing solutions, and workforce development
Technical Assistance to Maximize Grant Impact

DOE knows that funds alone can be insufficient to achieving Tribe's clean energy goals. To that end, the EECBG Program offers additional technical assistance (TA) to promote maximum impact of the grants. 

The following are free sources of technical assistance serves available at no additional cost to Tribes.

Support in Developing EECS from National Renewable Energy Laboratory

All EECBG Program grantees are required to submit an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (EECS) with their applications. All Tribes are eligible for technical assistance support to develop their EECS from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  Support might include informing goals and planning with data and analysis. Technical assistance is available to EECBG grantees for a guaranteed 10-20 hours, or more upon request. To sign up, email EECS_TA@nrel.gov. Note: see below for additional technical assistance from NREL (combined this could be up to 80 hours of support.)

Need an extra set of hands? Consider applying to host a Community Energy Fellow

The Community Energy Fellowship will match 25–35 recent graduates and mid-career clean energy professionals with communities implementing EECBG Program Projects.

DOE is now accepting applications for the second round of eligible host institutions (Tribes and local governments) due by March 5, 2024. Interested Fellows must apply by March 31, 2024.

Please note: Tribes must be pursuing the traditional grant option in order to apply to host a Community Energy Fellow.

EECBG Program Blueprints Provide Project Ideas & Steps

Blueprints are model projects and programs designed to help local and Tribal governments achieve high impact results with limited grant dollars. Blueprints offer ideas in energy efficiency, renewable energy, clean energy finance, workforce development, and more. Take a look at our EECBG Blueprints.

Key activity areas under each Blueprint serve as a step-by-step guide for communities to follow. Each activity is accompanied by relevant tools and resources that go into much more detail. EECBG Program applicants are encouraged to consider Blueprints as inspiration for ways they can use their grant dollars. Blueprint #3D, Renewable Resource Planning, was designed specifically with Tribes in mind.

DOE is convening cohorts along each Blueprint topic on a regular basis. Cohort meetings give EECBG Program award recipients the chance to ask questions, meet one another, discuss best practices and success stories, and do some troubleshooting.

Sign up to join a Blueprint cohort by emailing us at technicalassistance@hq.doe.gov or filling out the Blueprint cohort sign-up form.

Office of Indian Energy

The DOE Office of Indian Energy provides technical assistance to advance Tribal energy projects.

The Office of Indian Energy, DOE national laboratories, and other partnering organizations provide the technical assistance at no cost to maximize the value of their energy resources through technical and financial assistance and education and capacity building. Additional information is available on the Office of Indian Energy Technical Assistance webpage.

Clean Energy to Communities (C2C) Expert Match

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) provides Tribes in-depth, direct support on any topic related to clean energy. Expert match is most suitable for communities that could benefit from assistance to inform time-sensitive decisions and identify and understand the range of options for achieving clean energy goals.

Selected communities will receive 40–60 hours of in-depth technical support from NREL experts over 1–2 months to advance their EECBG Program projects. Support could include options analysis, project scoping, design, engineering, and more. Apply for Clean Energy to Communities Expert Match.

Environmental Protection Agency—The Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers Program

The EECBG Program is partnering with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers (EJ TCTACs). The EJ TCTACs received $177 million to help underserved and overburdened communities across the country.

Each of the technical assistance centers will remove barriers and improve accessibility for communities with environmental justice concerns. The centers will provide training and other assistance to build capacity in communities nationwide.

In late 2023 or early 2024, Tribes participating in the EECBG Program may receive support through the nationally focused TCTAC, National Indian Health Board. Support may include assistance navigating PAGE (the federal grant application system used for the EECBG Program traditional grant option), strategic advice on how best to apply funds, and ways to effectively manage EECBG Program funding alongside other federal funding opportunities. In addition, EECBG Program eligible Tribes may receive support around community engagement, meeting facilitation, or translation and interpretation services. Find out more on page 22 of EPA's EJ TCTACs Project Summaries document.

Teaming Allows for Amplified Impact and Reduced Administrative Burden

Tribes may team up with other Tribes or EECBG-eligible local governments to pool their funds and streamline the application process. Only one application per team is needed. Participants may choose a lead applicant that will be responsible for administering the award, including reporting. Teams may pursue the voucher application option.

Example team projects could include: pooling EECBG funds to hire a shared energy manager, developing a collaborative approach to community solar planning and implementation, or bulk ordering equipment.

How to Apply for the EECBG Program

Use the sections below to learn how to apply for your EECBG Program formula award.

Eligible Tribes may apply for a voucher or a grant, but not both.

  1. Check to confirm that your Tribe is eligible for an EECBG Program formula award and determine your allocation amount: Tribes EECBG Program Allocations.
  2. Determine if you will select a voucher or a grant. To learn more, check out the EECBG Program Voucher Handbook
  3. Review the allowable activities, found in the EECBG Program Guidance.

These steps are for vouchers only. For steps associated with a traditional grant, see section below.

Step 1: Complete Pre-Application Steps
  • Review the EECBG Program Voucher Handbook for information on voucher eligible uses, application contents, and reporting requirements.
     
  • Note: If you have already submitted a Pre-Award Information Sheet to the EECBG Program team and noted that would apply for a grant but would like to switch to a voucher, that is not a problem. Please complete the following steps:
     
    • Send an email to EECBG@hq.doe.gov stating that you would like to switch from a grant to a voucher. Please use this template email:
       
    • Example: "Hello. My name is [FIRST NAME, LAST NAME]. I work for [TRIBE NAME], which already submitted a Pre-Award Information Sheet for the grant option. [TRIBE], would like to switch from a grant to a [INSERT EQUIPMENT REBATE, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, OR BOTH VOUCHERS]. Thank you.
Step 2: Review EECBG Program Voucher Application Templates and Develop an EECS
Step 3: Complete EECBG Program Voucher Application

If you have not yet submitted a Pre-Award Information Sheet, follow these steps:

  • Check to see if you have a Unique Identity ID (UEI) on the Federal Service Desk website. If you do not, create one through the System for Award Management (SAM). Note: creating a UEI may take 1–3 weeks so please allocate enough time before beginning registration.
     
  • Once you have received your UEI, navigate to the EECBG Program Voucher Portal.
     
  • Click "register" button on the homepage.
     
  • Fill out the required information.
     
  • Once your registration is approved (1-5 days), you will receive an email from noreply@salesforce.com with your username and a link to set up your password. Please note the email will be titled "U.S. DOE EECBG Program Voucher Registration."
     
    • If you do not receive an invitation within 10 business days of registering, please reach out to noreply@salesforce.com for assistance accessing the portal. Please be sure to check your spam mail before reaching out for assistance.
       
  • Once you have completed the steps in this email, you may choose your desired voucher and begin filling out the application. If you would like to pursue both the equipment rebate and technical assistance vouchers, we suggest completing one voucher application at a time.  

If you have already submitted a Pre-Award Information Sheet for the voucher option, please follow these steps:

  • You will receive an email from noreply@salesforce.com  with your username and a link to set up a password for the voucher portal. Please note the email will be titled "U.S. DOE EECBG Program Voucher Registration."
     
  • Once you have completed the steps in this email, you may choose your desired voucher option (e.g., technical assistance, equipment rebate) and begin filling out the application. If you would like to pursue both the equipment rebate and technical assistance vouchers, we suggest completing one voucher application at a time.
     
    • If you received this email, you have been pre-registered and should not select "register" on the portal.
       
  • If you do not receive an invitation email within 10 days, reach out to EECBGVouchers@icf.com for assistance accessing the portal. Check your junk mail before reaching out for assistance.
     
  • Note: if you have already submitted a Pre-Award Information Sheet and chose the grant option but would like to switch, that is completely fine. Send an email requesting this switch to EECBG@hq.doe.gov and wait for next steps. We suggest using the email text below.
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    • Example: "Hello. My name is [FIRST NAME, LAST NAME]. I work for [TRIBE NAME, STATE], which already submitted a Pre-Award Information Sheet for the grant option. [TRIBE NAME], would like to switch from a grant to a [INSERT EQUIPMENT REBATE, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, OR BOTH VOUCHERS]. Thank you.

The EECBG Program Voucher Application Portal can be accessed anytime.

Step 1: Complete Pre-Application Steps

These steps are for grants only. For steps associated with a voucher, see section above.

  1. Register to obtain a Unique Identity ID (UEI) with the System for Award Management System for Award Management (SAM). Registration in SAM will enable you to receive a Unique Entity ID (UEI) number, which is required to complete next steps. Note: This can take three weeks to process, so it's important to get started early!
     
  2. Register in FedConnect, which will allow your organization to receive and acknowledge its award.
     
  3. Provide information in the Pre-Award Information Sheet and return it to EECBG@hq.doe.gov.
     
  4. Expect an email from the PAGE system (which is the portal for application submissions) inviting you to apply within three weeks of emailing the Pre-Award Information Sheet. 
Step 2: Complete your application and submit it via the PAGE Platform

Once you have obtained your organization's Unique Entity ID (UEI number) and have received an invitation from the PAGE platform, submit the following forms by either completing the online forms in PAGE, or uploading as attachments to PAGE:

 

Other Resources to Help You Apply

View recordings and see presentations of previous sessions of EECBG Program webinars below.

Tribal Governments
Introduction to Grant Application Process

Review this webinar for detailed guidance about the EECBG Program Grant Application Process. This webinar includes information about the necessary steps and materials required to apply for the program.

Introduction to Vouchers Option

This webinar includes information about the requirements and process for applying for an EECBG Program Voucher in lieu of a cash grant. 

Voucher Application Portal Demo

Review this webinar for a demonstration of how to apply for an equipment rebate and/or technical assistance voucher through the EECBG Program voucher application portal.

  • [FORTHCOMING] Watch the voucher application portal demo recording .
  • [FORTHCOMING] Read through the voucher application portal demo presentation slides.
Technical Assistance

This webinar provides EECBG Program Formula Grant applicants with guidance on how to access technical assistance opportunities from the Department of Energy to maximize their EECBG dollars and reduce administrative burden.

Justice40

This webinar provides EECBG applicants with tools and knowledge they need to implement Justice40 goals into their EECBG projects.

DOE has prepared templates for several application components. For a complete checklist of required application materials, please see Appendix 1 of the EECBG Program Application Instructions

Pre-award Information Sheet: Must be submitted to EECBG@hq.doe.gov as soon as possible as an indication of intent to apply.

Templates required in final direct grant application (in PAGE) – due with the final application by May 31, 2025.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (EECS) Templates
National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) Statements of Work

Tribe Specific:

Non-Tribal Specific:

See our Frequently Asked Questions page with commonly asked questions. If this page does not answer your questions, please write to our program inbox: EECBG@hq.doe.gov or sign up to attend bi-weekly EECBG Program Office Hours.