Communities Sparking Investment in Transformative Energy (C-SITE) Funding Opportunity, powered by the Local Government Energy Program (LGEP)

About LGEP

The Local Government Energy Program (LGEP) supports federally recognized Indian Tribes and local governments implement clean energy projects and programs that provide direct community benefits, spark additional investments, meet community-identified priorities, and build local capacity. LGEP focuses on disadvantaged communities, energy communities, and small-to –medium-sized jurisdictions. 

Funding Announcement: Communities Sparking Investment in Transformative Energy (C-SITE)

Funded through LGEP, the Communities Sparking Investment in Transformative Energy (C-SITE) Funding Opportunity Announcement provides approximately $18 million in financial awards and technical assistance to advance community identified energy priorities. Funded projects may span a variety of technology areas including, but not limited to: building efficiency and/or electrification, electric transportation, energy infrastructure upgrades, microgrid development and deployment, renewable energy, resilience hubs, and workforce development.  C-SITE awards will deliver long-term local economic development and community revitalization opportunities and direct benefits to workers and residents, such as workforce agreements, reduced energy costs, and improved air quality. Awarded communities will receive comprehensive technical assistance (TA) from experts to help facilitate the development and implementation of projects or programs.

Awards will focus on projects that: 

  • Have pre-existing community and political buy-in, factoring in impacts and benefits for disadvantaged communities
  • Build on existing priority community assets, or turn liabilities into assets in areas where people are disproportionately burdened by environmental harm or face high energy costs
  • Indicate the project can attract additional investments to complete, sustain, or scale implementation and impact
  • Create economic and community revitalization opportunities that are inclusive and equitable, including job creation or retention, attraction of new businesses, neighborhood stabilization, or other benefits

Overview

Office:

State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP)

New Program:

Yes

Funding Amount:

$18,000,000

Funding mechanism:

Competitive grants

Recipients:

Local governments and federally recognized Tribes 

Deadline to Apply:

May 31, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. ET on Infrastructure Exchange

Cost Share: 5%, inclusive of staff time and in-kind contributions 

Key Documents

Webinars

To support program success by the May 31, 2024, 5 p.m. ET deadline, two webinars will be held in March.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Connect With Us

For questions about the program, contact us at LGEP@hq.doe.gov.