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The Cleanie Awards

Issued By: N/A
Topic Areas: renewables, electric vehicles, solar, wind, technology, energy efficiency, equity, diversity, inclusion
Application Deadline: Submissions close December 16, 2022

The Cleanie Awards is a leading community awards program focused on recognizing innovators and those making an impact in clean energy. The clean energy industry is growing at an accelerated pace, and they are on a mission to highlight the leading brands and thought leaders that are paving the way to a decarbonized future.

Now in its fifth year of our awards, more categories and opportunities for recognition can be expected. Further, new judges, advisors, and sponsors will be joining the community. In addition to being recognized by a panel of distinguished industry leaders and peers from across the industry, participating in the program provides access to the brightest minds and connects participants to an expanded network of organizations and thought leaders.

Details about categories and the application process can be found here.

Career Opportunities—NC Department of Environmental Quality

Issued By: NC Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ)
Topic Areas: clean energy, energy efficiency, weatherization, environmental services, natural resources, technology, engineering, recycling and waste management
Application Deadline: Depends on position

NC DEQ is in the process of hiring for a wide variety of positions across the state. These jobs will play key roles in funding allocation and project management as the state pursues its clean energy transition. Postings are typically on the website for an average of 5-10 business days so checking regularly is a good idea.

Link: Job Opportunities | NC DEQ

Clean School Bus Program Funding

Issued By: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Topic Areas: electric vehicles, electrification, transportation
Application Deadline: See timeline below


With funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, EPA’s new Clean School Bus Program provides $5 billion over the next five years (FY 2022-2026) to replace existing school buses with zero-emission and low-emission models. EPA is offering $500 million through the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates for zero-emission and low-emission school bus rebates as the first funding opportunity. EPA will continue to update this page with additional Clean School Bus Program funding information and educational resources.

Two Resources for Findings Federal Funding Opportunities

Issued By: American Cities Climate Challenge and Interagency Working Group on Coal & Power Plant Communities & Economic Revitalization
Topic Areas: federal funding, clean energy, local communities, economic development
Application Deadline: N/A

  • Created by the American Cities Climate Challenge, the Federal Funding Opportunities for Local Decarbonization (FFOLD) tool helps users learn about the many federal funding opportunities that exist for advancing local decarbonization efforts.

Navigating these opportunities and making strategic decisions on how to best utilize the funds available can be challenging. This tool helps local governments prioritize and leverage existing federal funding to advance system-wide energy transition goals—from block grants and technical assistance to competitive grants, loans, and revolving loan funds.

Find more information on and download the FFOLD Tool at the American Cities Climate Challenge website.

  • The Interagency Working Group on Coal & Power Plant Communities & Economic Revitalization created a centralized clearinghouse that features billions of dollars in existing federal funding sources. This government-wide list offers easy access to energy communities applying to fund infrastructure, environmental remediation, job creation, and community revitalization efforts.

View the Interagency Working Group's Clearinghouse.

One North Carolina Small Business Program

Issued By: NC Department of Commerce
Topic Areas: small business, technology, community development, clean energy, workforce development
Application Deadline: Dependent of Solicitation Period and county status

The One North Carolina Small Business Program is comprised of two programs:

  • The SBIR/STTR Phase I Incentive Funds Program (***new this year)
  • The SBIR/STTR Phase I Matching Funds Program.

As authorized by North Carolina General Statute § 143B‑437.80 the SBIR/STTR Phase I Incentive Funds Program provides reimbursement to qualified NC businesses for a portion of the costs incurred in preparing and submitting Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) proposals to federal agencies. The goal of the Incentive Program is to increase the number, quality, company and technology diversity, and geographic breadth of NC applications for Federal SBIR and STTR Phase I awards.

As authorized by North Carolina General Statute § 143B‑437.81 the SBIR/STTR Phase I Matching Funds Program awards matching funds to NC businesses who have received a federal SBIR or STTR award. The goals of the Matching Program are to help NC companies bridge the funding gap period between the final Phase I payment and the first Phase II payment in the Federal Program and increase the intensity of the research conducted under Phase I, making NC small businesses more competitive in the competition for Phase II funds.

If you have questions regarding the programs overall or eligibility, please contact the OSTI staff.

American Cities Climate Challenge Justice40 Capacity Building Fund (J40 Fund)

Issued By: Bloomberg Philanthropies
Topic Areas: environmental justice, community development, clean energy, workforce development
Application Deadline: Awards issued on a rolling basis, early applications encouraged

The J40 Capacity Building Fund provides capacity building and technical assistance services to community-based organizations to implement projects which support the investment areas of the federal Justice40 Initiative. Some of the J40 investment areas include clean energy and energy efficiency, clean transit, affordable and sustainable housing, and training and workforce development. Selected community-based organizations will receive awards of up to $30,000 to partner with their local government to carry out community-led projects which help expand access to the benefits of federal climate and clean energy investments. All proposed projects must be completed before August 1, 2022 and led by a community organization that serves environmental justice communities. To access additional application support and materials, please visit the J40 Capacity Building Fund webpage.

DOE Notice of Intent: Electric Drive Vehicle Battery Recycling and Second Life Applications

Issued By: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Topic Areas: electric vehicles, recycling, second use battery
Application Due Date: TBD

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy released this Notice of Intent (No. DE-FOA-0002679) to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement. DOE anticipates making $60 million available to fund research, development, and demonstration projects in two areas. First, Recycling Processing and Reintegration into the Battery Supply Chain. Second, Second Use Battery Scale Up and Demonstration.

To submit a business opportunity, please use the form below:

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