Grant Details


Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL): Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid Formula Grants to States and Indian Tribes - FY 2022

Agency: U.S. Department of Energy
CFDA: 81.122
Federal FON: DE-FOA-0002736
Office: Grid Deployment Office (GDO) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)
Multipart Grant: No
Next Due: 04/17/2024 (Multiple)
Solicitation Date: 07/08/2022
   
Match Required: Yes
Match Type: Unspecified
Actual Funds: $561,800,000 (Estimated)
Summary:

The purpose of this program is to improve the resilience of the electric grid against disruptive events by enhancing the capabilities of states and Indian tribes to address current and future resilience needs. Awards may be used to implement a wide range of resilience measures intended to mitigate the impact of disruptive events, including:

  • Weatherization technologies and equipment
  • Fire-resistant technologies and fire prevention systems
  • Monitoring and control technologies
  • Undergrounding of electrical equipment
  • Utility pole management
  • Relocation of power lines or the reconductoring of power lines with low-sag, advanced conductors
  • Vegetation and fuel-load management
  • Use or construction of distributed energy resources for enhancing system adaptive capacity during disruptive events, including microgrids and battery-storage subcomponents
  • Adaptive protection technologies
  • Advanced modeling technologies
  • Hardening of power lines, facilities, substations, or other systems
  • Replacement of old overhead conductors and underground cables

Awards may also be used for the training, recruitment, retention, and reskilling of skilled and properly credentialed workers in order to perform the work required for the particular resilience measures listed above.

For the purposes of this program, a disruptive event is defined as an event in which operations of the electric grid are disrupted, preventively shut off, or unable to operate safely due to extreme weather, wildfire, or a natural disaster. Applicants are encouraged to undertake an objectives-led planning process to formulate strategies that address resilience and lead to needed improvements in infrastructure, including necessary and supporting grid modernization investments in underserved communities.

It is expected that a diverse set of populations, including underserved and disadvantaged communities, will participate in these efforts and will be provided equitable opportunities and the benefits that derive from them. The funding agency is committed to providing technical assistance, where appropriate, to support these efforts, including guidance on planning practices related to resilience, energy justice (equity), workforce development and quality job creation, grid modernization, and the integration and utilization of renewable and distributed energy resources (DERs).

Ultimately, supported projects will deliver a more equitable clean energy future for the American people by:

  • Investing in American manufacturing and workers
  • Expanding access to energy efficiency and clean energy for families, communities, and businesses
  • Delivering reliable, clean, and affordable power to more citizens
  • Building the technologies of tomorrow through clean energy demonstrations
  • Ensuring that all communities receive the benefits of the transition to a clean energy economy

Applicants are required to conduct a public hearing prior to submitting an application. Refer to the Application section for additional information.

Optional webinars and optional office hours, as well as an optional in-person workshop, are scheduled for this program. Refer to the Application section for details.

Last Updated: February 13, 2024

Eligibility Notes:

Eligible applicants are states and Indian tribes. Tribal consortia consisting of two or more Indian tribes that have designated a single Indian tribe to act as the lead are also eligible to apply.

For the purposes of this program, states include all U.S. states and territories, including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the District of Columbia.

For the purposes of this program, Indian tribes are defined as all federally recognized Indian tribes defined in accordance with Section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act.

Award recipients must make subawards to eligible entities, which include:

  • Electric grid operators
  • Electricity storage operators
  • Electricity generators
  • Transmission owners or operators
  • Distribution providers
  • Fuel suppliers
  • Any other relevant entities, as determined by the funding agency

Tribes are required to submit a tribal resolution for the project.

Previous award recipients include:

  • State of Arizona
  • Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
  • Igiugig Village
  • State of Virginia
  • Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation

Refer to the Award file for additional information regarding previous award recipients.

Eligible Applicants:
Native American Tribe
State Government
Application Notes:

FY 2022 and FY 2023 funding applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on September 30, 2022.

The due date for FY 2022 and FY 2023 funding applications has been extended to March 31, 2023. Additional information is included in the FAQ file.

The due date for FY 2022 and FY 2023 funding applications has been extended to 11:59 p.m. ET on May 31, 2023. Additional information is included in the DueDateExt file.

For applicants that are federally recognized tribes, Alaska Native village corporations, and Alaska Native regional corporations, the due date for FY 2022 and FY 2023 applications has been extended to 11:59 p.m. ET on August 31, 2023. Additional information is included in the NOFA file.

The due date for FY 2024 funding applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on April 17, 2024. Mailed applications must be postmarked by that date.

Applications must be submitted online at www.fedconnect.net or mailed to the address provided in the Contact section.

Applications must include:

  • SF 424
  • Project narrative:
    • Objectives and metrics
    • Criteria
    • Methods
    • Funding distribution
    • Equity approach
    • Technical assistance administration
    • Public notice and hearing
  • Environmental questionnaire
  • SF LLL
  • Head of government letter or tribal council resolution from each participating tribe (as applicable)
  • Pre-award information sheet

The project narrative is expected to between 5 and 15 pages and may be submitted in Word or .pdf format. The pre-award information sheet must be submitted in Word format, and all other files must be submitted in .pdf format. Files must be named as indicated in the table on page 25 of the NOFA file.

The following are required in order to submit an application:

  • Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number
  • SAM (System for Award Management) registration

Applicants may obtain a UEI number and verify or renew SAM registration status at www.ecivis.com/sam.

Applicants are required to conduct a public hearing prior to completing applications. Refer to page 29 of the NOFA file for additional information.

Optional webinars are scheduled for this program as follows:

Tribal Entities:
June 29, 2023
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Registration: www.energy.gov

New Grant Applicants:
February 1, 2024
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET
Registration: www.energy.gov

Recordings of webinars held for this program can be found online at www.youtube.com and www.youtube.com.

Optional office hours for tribes are scheduled for this program as follows:

March 12, 2024
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Registration: www.energy.gov

April 9, 2024
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Registration: www.energy.gov

An optional in-person workshop for tribes will be held at the Tribal Clean Energy Summit, scheduled for February 27 to 28, 2024, in Temecula, California. Refer to the OfficeHours file for details.

Refer to the NOFA and Guide files and the Application folder for additional application information.

Match Required: Yes
Match Type: Unspecified
Actual Funds: $561,800,000 (Estimated)
Match Notes:

Applicants must provide a 15 percent match of the award amount. Matching funds are not required for U.S. insular areas, as detailed on page 19-20 of the NOFA file.

States and tribes may use America Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) as a match; however, the amount of State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) issued under the ARPA that may be used as a match is limited to an amount calculated based on reduced revenue, as specified under Title 31, Part 35 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

In addition, awards may be used in conjunction with other funding, as necessary to complete projects; however, tracking and reporting must be separate to meet reporting requirements. Applicants for projects funded through other sources should plan to keep separate records.

Any cost matching that is used to meet a subaward cost matching requirement may not be used by an applicant as part of the required cost match.

Funding Notes:

Approximately $561.8 million is available to support awards through this program.

Funds will be distributed on a formula basis in accordance with allocations posted online at netl.doe.gov.

Initial awards are anticipated to made with an estimated project period of five years. Awards may be extended to span the amount of time necessary for recipients to complete all subaward project efforts up to ten years.

Up to 5 percent of the award amount may be used for project administration and technical assistance.

For award recipients that receive FY 2022 and FY 2023 award allocations, pre-award costs for technical assistance and administrative expenses incurred prior to May 3, 2022, are not allowed. For award recipients that receive a grant beginning with FY 2024 allocations, pre-award costs for technical assistance and administrative expenses incurred prior to December 14, 2023, are not allowed.

Funds may not be used for:

  • Construction of a new electric generating facility or large-scale battery-storage facility that is not used for enhancing system adaptive capacity during disruptive events
  • Cybersecurity
  • Lobbying
  • Costs to support or oppose union organizing, whether directly or as an offset for other funds
  • Foreign travel and associated costs
  • Conferences that are not directly related to the award purpose
  • Certain telecommunications and video surveillance services or equipment, as detailed on page 53 of the NOFA file

In September 2023, a total of $167.7 million was distributed via 32 awards ranging from $111,118 to $30,375,083 through this program. In August 2023, a total of $48.4 million was distributed via 12 awards ranging from $112,439 to $22 million. In July 2023, a total of $207.6 million was distributed via 12 awards ranging from $113,000 to $67.5 million. Refer to the Award file for details.

Contacts:

Jennifer Burbage
Jennifer.Burbage@netl.doe.gov

Mailing Address
FOA GD00002736
Energy Delivery and Security Directorate
National Energy Technology Laboratory
Building 39-214A, MS: P02A
3610 Collins Ferry Road
Morgantown, WV 26505

Contact Notes:

Questions should be directed to Jennifer Burbage.

Applications must be submitted online at www.fedconnect.net or mailed to the address provided.

The agency address provided is for reference purposes only.

Files:
Guide File: US17494_Guide_FY2022.pdf (3.6 Mb)
Application File: US17494_Application_FY2022.zip (1.3 Mb)
Other Pre-Award File: US17494_DataSources_FY2022.pdf (228.3 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US17494_WebinarPresentation_FY2022.zip (2.4 Mb)
Other Pre-Award File: US17494_SampleNarrative_FY2022.pdf (628.5 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US17494_Allocations_FY2022.pdf (1.5 Mb)
Other Pre-Award File: US17494_FAQ_FY2022.pdf (326.4 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US17494_DueDateExt_FY2022.pdf (148.2 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US17494_Amendment_FY2022.pdf (111.9 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US17494_Webinar_FY2022.pdf (118.7 Kb)
Award File: US17494_Award_FY2022.pdf (1.1 Mb)
NOFA File: US17494_NOFA_FY2022.pdf (755.1 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US17494_Webinar2_FY2022.pdf (113.8 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US17494_OfficeHours_FY2022.pdf (109.7 Kb)
Federal Forms:
SF 424 (144.4 Kb)
SF LLL (98.7 Kb)
File Notes:

The NOFA file contains the revised full solicitation for this program. The Guide file contains detailed application instructions. The Application folder contains the required forms for submission. The DataSources file contains information regarding the formulation of award allocations. The WebinarPresentation folder contains the presentation slides from webinars held for this program. The SampleNarrative file contains a sample of a completed program narrative and should be used for reference purposes only. The Allocations file contains the revised allocations of award funding through this program. The FAQ file contains an updated list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding this program. The DueDateExt file contains the updated due date for the application. The Amendment file contains a summary of revisions to the solicitation for this program, including an announcement concerning the changing of the due date for for applicants that are federally recognized tribes, Alaska Native village corporations, and Alaska Native regional corporations. The Webinar file contains information regarding a webinar scheduled for this program. The Webinar2 file contains information regarding an additional optional webinar scheduled for this program. The OfficeHours file contains information regarding optional office hours for tribes scheduled for this program, as well as an optional in-person workshop for tribes. The Award file contains information on previous award recipients. The required federal forms are attached.

February 13, 2024
Information regarding optional office hours and an optional in-person workshop for tribes has been released and attached as the OfficeHours file. The Application section has been updated accordingly.

January 31, 2024
An updated solicitation containing revised information for this program, including revised program officer contact information, funding information, and eligibility information, has been released and attached as the NOFA file. Information regarding an additional optional webinar scheduled for this program has also been released and attached as the Webinar2 file. All relevant sections have been updated accordingly.

October 26, 2023
Information regarding awards through this program has been released and appended to the Award file. A brief summary of the awards has been added to the Financial section, and a sample of award recipients has been added to the Eligibility section.

September 7, 2023
Information regarding awards through this program has been released and appended to the Award file. A brief summary of the awards has been added to the Financial section, and a sample of award recipients has been added to the Eligibility section.

July 27, 2023
Information regarding awards through this program has been released and appended to the Award file. A brief summary of the awards has been added to the Financial section, and a sample of award recipients has been added to the Eligibility section.

June 28, 2023
A revised solicitation including information regarding the acceptance of applications from tribal consortia has been released and attached as the NOFA file. In addition, information regarding a webinar scheduled for this program has been released and attached as the Webinar file. The Financial, Eligibility, and Application sections have been updated accordingly.

June 27, 2023
Information regarding awards through this program has been released and attached as the Award file. A brief summary of the awards has been added to the Financial section, and a sample of award recipients has been added to the Eligibility section.

May 11, 2023
A revised solicitation for this program, which includes an updated due date for for applicants that are federally recognized tribes, Alaska Native village corporations, and Alaska Native regional corporations, has been released and attached as the NOFA file. A summary of revisions to the solicitation for this program has also been released and attached as the Amendment file. In addition, a revised list of allocations of award funding through this program has been released and attached as the Allocations file. An updated list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding this program has also been released and attached as the FAQ file. The Application and Financial sections have been updated accordingly.

March 24, 2023
An announcement concerning the changing of the due date for the application, as well as updated information regarding application submission options, has been released and attached as the DueDateExt file. The Application and Contact sections have been updated accordingly.

November 23, 2022
An amendment containing revised allocations of award funding through this program has been released and appended to the Allocations file. In addition, an updated list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding this program has been released and attached as the FAQ file.

September 8, 2022
An updated list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding this program, including an announcement concerning the changing of the due date for the application, has been released and appended to the FAQ file. The Application section has been updated accordingly.

August 4, 2022
Presentation slides from webinars held for this program have been released and attached in the WebinarPresentation folder. Recordings of the webinars have also been released, and links to the presentations are available in the Application section. In addition, a sample of a completed program narrative has been released and attached as the SampleNarrative file.

July 29, 2022
An updated list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding this program has been released and attached as the FAQ file. The Financial section has been updated accordingly.

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