What: The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Communities LEAP Pilot Initiative seeks to help communities access the economic and environmental benefits of clean energy and clean energy manufacturing. DOE will provide technical assistance services valued at up to a total of $16 million to support 24-36 communities to develop their own community-driven clean energy transition approach. The objectives of the program are to: recognize each community’s specific energy-related challenge and opportunities; support community member and stakeholder leadership in designing and implementing actions to address those challenges and opportunities; and build toward long-term community economic and environmental change and amore sustainable, resilient, and equitable future.
Potential Applicants: Eligible communities (defined as a group of individuals, households, and businesses in geographic proximity to one another) if:
- 30% of the community population is classified as low income; AND
- High or severe energy burden (median spending of household income on energy bills greater than or equal to 6%) as well as one of the following criteria:
- Historical economic dependence on fossil fuel industrial facilities including extraction, processing, or refining; OR
- Environmental justice communities as indicated by high exposure to energy-related environmental hazards, pollution, and toxicity from the siting of large-scale energy or industrial facilities, such as communities rated as moderate or high susceptibility on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s EJSCREEN tool.
How Much: Not a grant. Competitive technical assistance opportunity.
Deadline: December 17, 2021