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Building, Training, and Assessment Centers

Funding to create building, training, and assessment centers for energy efficiency workers.

What does this funding get me?

$10 million in competitive grants are available to establish centers to educate and train students and building performance professionals to deploy modern building technologies to small businesses and K-12 schools. 

Near-term project goals: 

  1. Train building energy efficiency professionals in energy efficient design and operation to meet local and regional workforce demand.
  2. Provide critical energy efficiency assessments and upgrades to improve the environmental performance of commercial and institutional buildings, especially those in areas that have been historically underserved (including K-12 schools and small commercial buildings that are 50,000 square feet or less).
  3. Train engineers, architects, building scientists, building energy permitting and enforcement officials, and building technicians in energy efficiency design and operation.
  4. Promote research and development for the use of alternative energy sources and distributed generation to supply heat and power for buildings, particularly energy-intensive buildings.

Am I eligible?

BTACs will fund institutions of higher education, like community colleges and universities.

How can I access the money?

The 2023 awardees have already been announced, but stay tuned for more information about the next potential round of funding.

What is the timeline?

We are waiting on news for 2024 award applications.

What other incentives could I use to help me accomplish my goals?

Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) can be used as a complementary program. 

Where can I get more information?

  • Contact for more information.
  • The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) in partnership with the University of Maryland (UMD) Center for Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health (CEEJH), and Environmental Finance Center (EFC), alongside multiple community-based partners will lead the Region 3 Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center for the Mid-Atlantic region. The NWF is also extending its Region 3 community presence through community hubs such as the Overbrook Education Center in Pennsylvania. To inquire about Technical Assistance regarding the EJ Communities Grantmaking Program, contact the NWF at (202) 792-5350 or 1-800-757-1405, or email For more information, visit NWF’s website here.  
  • For specific questions on this program or for more assistance, contact Matt Salton at