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Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022: State-Based Home Energy Efficiency Contractor Training Competitive Grant Program

ID: DE-FOA-0003316 • Type: Posted

Description

Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022: State-Based Home Energy Efficiency Contractor Training Competitive Grant Program: The State-Based Home Energy Efficiency Contractor Training Grants, also known as the Training for Residential Energy Contractors (TREC) Program, seeks to accomplish three goals: (1) reduce the cost of training contractor employees by providing workforce development tools for contractors, their employees, and individuals including, but not limited to, subsidizing available training, testing certifications, and licenses for high-quality jobs; (2) provide testing and certifications of contractors trained and educated to install home energy efficiency and electrification technologies and deliver residential energy efficiency and electrification improvements; and (3) fund states to partner with nonprofit organizations to develop and implement a State sponsored workforce program that attracts and trains a diverse set of local workers to deliver the influx of new federally-funded energy efficiency and electrification programs including the IRA-funded Home Efficiency Rebates Program, Home Electrification and Appliance Rebates Program (Home Energy Rebates Programs); and Energy Efficiency Home Improvement Credit. This program was established by Section 50123 of the Inflation Reduction Act. For this competitive program, DOE is making up to $40 million in TREC funds available to states, territories, and the District of Columbia to complement the previously announced TREC formula funding. Topic Area Description Topic Area 1: Training Small Contractor Firms State Energy Offices may use topic area one funding to train and certify small contractor firms and their employees to deliver energy efficiency and electrification improvements. DOE will fund States to support existing small contractor firms through training and certifications so that the contractor firm employees can deliver energy efficiency and electrification improvements eligible for rebates under the Home Efficiency Rebates Program or the Home Electrification and Appliance Rebates Program. Topic Area 2: Innovative, Effective, and Equitable Workforce Development Programs State Energy Offices may use topic area two funding to implement innovative, effective, and equitable workforce development program models that deliver contractor training program curriculum. States can collaborate with nonprofit organizations to design/enhance and implement workforce development, training, certification, and employment programs that train, test, and certify underrepresented populations, new entrants to the workforce, youth ages 17-25, incumbent workers, displaced workers, and contractors to conduct home energy efficiency and electrification improvements under the Home Energy Rebates Programs. To view the full FOA Document and to register to apply for the FOA, go to Infrastructure eXCHANGE at https://infrastructure-exchange.energy.gov, the online application portal for the DOE Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP).
Background
The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022 established the State-Based Home Energy Efficiency Contractor Training Grants, also known as the Training for Residential Energy Contractors (TREC) Program. The program seeks to reduce the cost of training contractor employees, provide testing and certifications for contractors trained in home energy efficiency and electrification technologies, and fund states to partner with nonprofit organizations to develop and implement a State-sponsored workforce program.

Grant Details
The FOA provides up to $40 million in TREC funds available to states, with individual awards ranging between $250,000 and $5,000,000. The expected period of performance is 48 months. Eligible applicants must submit a proposed training curriculum for TREC participants and contractor firms; plans to connect participants and firms with opportunities to deliver Home Energy Rebates Programs; identify the certification(s) that participants and firms will receive on completion of the training program; describe the expected per-individual cost of training; submit a plan for connecting participants and firms with employment and project opportunities; and include any additional information required by this FOA.

Eligibility Requirements
Funding is available only to States, territories, and the District of Columbia. Cost matching is not required for these awards. Eligibility for these awards is restricted to State Energy Offices.

Period of Performance
The expected period of performance is 48 months and includes all necessary implementation and start-up activities. Applications that contain justification for a period of performance longer or shorter than 48 months will be considered.

Grant Value
DOE may issue one, multiple, or no awards under this FOA. Individual awards may vary between $250,000 and $5,000,000. DOE expects to make approximately ten (10) to thirty (30) awards under this FOA.

Overview

Category of Funding
Education
Employment, Labor and Training
Energy
Funding Instruments
Grant
Grant Program (CFDA)
Grant Category
Discretionary
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement
False
Source
On 4/2/24 Golden Field Office posted grant opportunity DE-FOA-0003316 for Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022: State-Based Home Energy Efficiency Contractor Training Competitive Grant Program. The grant will be issued under grant program 81.041 State Energy Program. It is expected that 0 total grants will be made worth between $250,000 and $5.0 million.

Timing

Posted Date
April 2, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT
Closing Date
July 12, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT Due in 86 Days
Last Updated
April 2, 2024, 12:08 p.m. EDT
Version
1
Archive Date
Aug. 11, 2024

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants
State governments

Award Sizing

Ceiling
$5,000,000
Floor
$250,000
Estimated Program Funding
Not Provided
Estimated Number of Grants
0

Contacts

Contact
Golden Field Office
Contact Email
Email Description
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Contact Phone
(202) 287-1878
Additional Information
Clean Energy Infrastructure Funding Opportunity Exchange
Additional Information Site

Documents

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