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Funding to Lower Pollution: Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid Grants

Funding for:

Funding for utilities and states for projects to increase the resilience of the electric grid.

What does this funding get me?

The $3 billion allocated in grants can be used for any of the following:

  • 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, of other systems
  • Replacement of old overhead conductors and underground cables

Am I eligible?

Electric Grid Operators, Electricity Storage Operators, Electricity Generators, Transmission Owners and Operators, Distribution Providers, Fuel Suppliers, states, and utilities are eligible depending on which part of the grant they are applying

How can I access the money?

More information will be released about accessing the funds. Eligible and interested parties should contact the Grid Deployment Office.

What is the timeline?

Applications for the first round of funding closed on April 6, 2023. The second round of funding is anticipated to be released in Quarter 1 of Fiscal Year 2024.

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

None at this time, check back for more information

Where can I get more information?

  • More information can be found at the DOE website.
  • 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