The Department of Energy is now accepting applications from public schools for its Renew America’s Schools grant program, which funds energy improvement projects in the highest- needs K-12 districts across the country.
This program is the first-of-its-kind investment made possible by President Biden’s Infrastructure Law and will aid in the creation of healthier learning environments, lower utility costs and redirect funds to support students and teachers.
“The DOE is working diligently to deploy these critical funds so that schools can start turning infrastructure improvements into healthier learning environments and big cost savings, as soon as possible,” U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm said in a media release.
The initial funding round is $80 million of the $500 million program, and it will support the implementation of infrastructure improvements in schools that qualify as rural and/or high poverty.
Eligible projects can include a range of energy improvements, including new heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
Applicant concept papers are due by Jan. 26,. 2023, and full applications are due by April 21, 2023.
The DOE also launched a $4.5 million prize program that supports up to 25 high-need schools by providing $100,000 cash awards to create a workforce through training and staffing in energy management positions.
Applications for the Energy Class Prize are due by Feb. 28, 2023.
For more information on these programs, visit the DOE’s website.