Contractor Training Grants

The State-Based Home Energy Efficiency Contractor Training Grants makes $200 million available to state energy offices so they can train, test, and certify residential energy efficiency and electrification contractors. States can partner with nonprofit organizations to develop and implement these programs that will prepare contractors and their employees to bring clean energy technologies into homes. In July 2023, DOE announced $150 million in formula awards to states through an Administrative and Legal Requirements Document for this program.

States can put contractors to work who are trained through this program by connecting them with projects funded by the Department of Energy’s Home Energy Rebate Programs, which provide rebates to eligible residents for retrofits and appliance upgrades that reduce energy use. 

Download the Contractor Training Grant Program fact sheet.



State and Community Energy Programs

New Program:


Funding Amount:

$200,000,000 total, including $150,000,000 to be distributed to states through a formula and up to $40,000,000 to be distributed to states through a competitive process.

Funding Mechanism:



State Energy Offices

Period of Availability:


Authorization Statute:

Inflation Reduction Act Section 50123

Tribal Eligibility:


Cost Share Requirement:



More Information

Eligible Uses

This funding can be used on programs that: 

  1. Reduce the cost of training contractor employees; 
  2. Provide access to workforce development tools for contractors including, but not limited to, testing and certification; and 
  3. Partner with community organizations to develop and implement an equitable state program Next Milestones.

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Initial Application Deadline: January 31, 2024
  • Awards: November 1, 2023 – April 30, 2024
  • First Funding Installment (50% of total award): Executed Assistance Agreement
  • Second Funding Installment (50% of total award): State submits:
    • Results from the program evaluation (as described in ALRD Section 6.4.e)
    • Plans for incorporating the evaluation results into improving the current State program.

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