Projects that are scheduled to be funded: Information dissemination, public outreach, and related technical analysis activities involving specific renewable technologies; training to promote the use of alternative fuel vehicles; information dissemination, technical analysis, and outreach activities designed to facilitate the adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy in residential and commercial buildings and communities; and technical assistance to spur increased energy efficiency and renewable energy in developing countries.
The Department of Energy's goal is to advance national, economic and energy security in the U.S.; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that goal; and to ensure environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.
Over 300 awards have been executed to date.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Financial assistance is provided in support of the program objectives as described in a single competitive solicitation or multiple competitive solicitations.
The solicitation(s) will provide funding in various program areas within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: Solar, Wind and Hydropower, Geothermal, Biomass, Industrial Technologies, FreedomCAR, Building Technologies, Weatherization and Intergovernmental, Federal Energy Management Program, and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
Restrictions on use of funds depend on the provisions of the specific project agreement.
Profit organizations, individuals, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, public nonprofit institutions/organizations, State and local governments, Native American organizations, Alaskan Native corporations and universities may apply.
DOE Laboratories are not eligible.
Profit organizations, individuals, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, public nonprofit institutions/organizations, State and local governments, Native American organizations, Alaskan Native corporations and universities benefit.
Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for institutions of higher education.
Aplication and Award Process
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
The application forms must be downloaded from the specific funding opportunity announcement posted on the grants.gov website at http://www.grants.gov/. A separate application must be submitted for each DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Program Area of Interest.
All applications which pass an initial review will receive an objective merit review. Objective Merit Review Committees will evaluate applications based on the evaluation criteria set forth in the competitive solicitation. After the Merit Review Committee has completed its evaluations, an EERE Office Director or other Program Official will evaluate the applications against program policy factors set forth in the competitive solicitation. Final decisions will be made by the EERE Assistant Secretary, Deputy Assistant Secretaries, and the Director of the Federal Energy Management Program.
Deadlines are identified in the solicitation.
Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 712, Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, 42 U.S.C. 5813(6)(7)(8); Energy Policy Act 1992 42 U.S.C. 13231.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 4 to 6 months.
Renewals are subject to review by the headquarters program office and subject to the availability of funds.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Cost sharing is a mandatory factor for award in some EERE Program Areas of Interest. For those Program Areas of Interest where cost sharing is not a mandatory factor, cost-sharing is encouraged and will be considered in the selection process.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Length and time phasing of assistance will vary with the program phase and activity. The maximum term of awards varies among the Program Areas of Interest and ranges from 6 months to 5 years.
Post Assistance Requirements
The schedule for reports are arranged at the time of negotiations.
Applicants will typically submit a semi-annual report, as specified in the award.
Costs incurred are subject to audit throughout the grant period and before final close-out. The extent and frequency of audits depends on the size of the award and the specific award provisions. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), Audits of States, Local Governments and Non-Profit Organizations, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
A grantee is expected to maintain auditable records to substantiate the total costs incurred under the grant.
FY 07 $30,170,137; FY 08 est $1,598,000; and FY 09 est $3,000,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
The following list represents an overview of regulations, guidelines, and literature: EERE Federal Register notices; EERE Solicitations, which may be accessed through the EERE homepage at: http://www.eere.energy.gov; DOE Financial Assistance Regulations (10 CFR 600); and the DOE Guide to Financial Assistance, both of which may be accessed through the DOE Office of Management home page at http://management.energy.gov/policy_guidance.htm.
Regional or Local Office
Office of Business Administration, EE-3A, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC. Contact: Polly Perando via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Selection will be based on an objective merit review recommendation, program policy factors, the amount of funds available, provisions of appropriation law and reports and as otherwise specified in the solicitation document.