Lighting Retrofits and Stimulus Funding
Federal Government Funding is Still Available
About $6.3 billion from the stimulus bill, also known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is being distributed by the department's office of energy efficiency for state and local energy programs. This is done through state governments and other organizations applying for an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG). The funds can be used to pay down all or a portion of a qualifying energy-efficient lighting retrofit project.
How it works
Twenty-eight different agencies – such as the Departments of Education; Health and Human Services; and Energy – have been allocated a portion of the $787 billion in Recovery funds. Each agency develops specific plans for how it will spend its Recovery Act funds.
The agencies then award grants and contracts to state governments or, in some cases, directly to schools, hospitals, contractors, or other organizations.
Who is Eligible?
ARRA funds are mostly divided between grants and contracts. Typically state and local governments, non-profits, and higher education institutions will be eligible to apply for grants, and private companies and contractors will be eligible to apply for contracts which involve selling goods and services. Given the large number of ARRA programs, there will be exceptions to these generalities. Individuals will occasionally be eligible to apply for both grants and contracts. There will also be a few loan programs that are supported by ARRA funds. It is important to read the detailed information on who is eligible to apply for each specific program.
How do I Prepare to Apply for ARRA Funds?
Many grantees and first-tier sub-grantees seeking federal grants will need to obtain both a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and register with Central Contracting Registration (CCR). The same will apply for most bidders for contracts.
Because it can take some time to receive a DUNS number and to register in the CCR, if you are considering applying for recovery act funding and do not already have a DUNS number and are not registered in the CCR, you should begin both of these processes immediately.
What are the Get Started steps to apply for grants?
Step 1 - Find Grant Opportunity for which you would like to apply
Step 2 - Download Application Package
Step 3 - Complete the Registration Process
All information may be obtained at www.grants.gov
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