The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program is a federally funded program designed to assist states, local governments, and tribes in implementing strategies to reduce energy use and carbon emissions and to improve energy efficiency.
Donor Name: Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA)
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: $500,000 to $1 million
Grant Duration: 2 Years
The purpose of the EECBG program is to support:
- Building energy assessments or audits and upgrades
- Upgrading wastewater or water supply facilities for energy efficiency
- Replacing traffic signals and streetlights to improve energy efficiency
- Demonstrating innovative renewable energy project deployment.
The Iowa Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program is designed to assist in implementing strategies that achieve the following outcomes:
- Reduce energy use
- Reduce fossil fuel emissions
- Improve energy efficiency.
Types of Funds
The funding provided through this program may be used to implement a wide range of energy efficiency and renewable energy measures.
The Community Fund has a total of $1.2 million available for competitive grant awards to eligible Iowa local governments for community-driven energy efficiency retrofit projects. Project awards may range from $50,000 to $300,000. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2026. Project examples may include (but are not limited to):
- Building energy assessment or audits plus energy efficiency upgrades
- Energy efficiency upgrades at wastewater or water supply facilities
- Replacement of traffic signals and streetlight lamps to improve energy efficiency
The Innovation Fund has a total of $600,000 available for competitive grant awards ranging from $50,000 up to $600,000. Eligible project types include innovative energy efficiency and innovative renewable energy demonstration projects in Iowa. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2026. Project examples may include but are not limited to:
- Demonstrating an innovative energy efficiency or renewable energy project, program, or technology new or rarely used in Iowa
- Reducing fossil fuel emissions in a manner that is environmentally sustainable and, to the maximum extent practicable, maximizes benefits for local and regional communities
- Reducing total energy use
- Improving energy efficiency in transportation, building, or other appropriate sectors
- Building a clean and equitable energy economy that prioritizes disadvantaged communities and promotes equity and inclusion in workforce opportunities and deployment activities.
- Approximately $2 million is available in the program per the terms of IEDA’s assistance agreement with the DOE, effective November 1, 2023. Sixty percent of the funding ($1.2 million) is allocated to the EECBG Community Fund for a competitive grant process for local government energy efficiency retrofit projects in Iowa. Thirty percent of the funding ($600,000) is allocated to the EECBG Innovation Fund for a competitive grant process for energy efficiency retrofit and renewable energy projects in Iowa. The remaining funds are dedicated to Iowa Economic Development Authority program administration and supportive services.
- Project dura on does not exceed two years.
- Community Fund
- For the EECBG Community Fund, IEDA will accept applications for projects taking place in Iowa from city and county local governments that are not eligible to receive EECBG formula funds directly from the U.S. Department of Energy. Local governments receiving a direct federal allocation of EECBG funds and therefore NOT eligible to apply to the State of Iowa’s EECBG Community Fund are Ames, Ankeny, Bettendorf, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Cerro Gordo County, Council Bluffs, Clinton County, Dallas County, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa City, Johnson County, Linn County, Marion, Marshall County, Muscatine County, Polk County, Sioux City, Urbandale, Waterloo, Warren County, and West Des Moines.
- Innovation Fund
- For the EECBG Innovation Fund, IEDA will accept applications from any city, county, nonprofit, or for-profit entity proposing a project in Iowa. All businesses must be registered to do business in Iowa at the time of application.
For more information, visit IEDA.