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March 31, 2024
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DOE Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) Implementation Grant Program - Open Solicitation

Information

Description

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in collaboration with its Partnership Intermediary, ENERGYWERX, has re-opened applications for small and medium-sized manufacturing firms (SMMs) to receive grants of up to $300,000, at 50% cost share, to implement recommendations made in Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) assessments and/or DOE Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership (CHP TAP) assessments – including what are now called “Onsite Energy TAP” assessments – and, once qualified, other assessments submitted previously for qualification as “IAC-equivalent.”

Objective

The DOE Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) Implementation Grant Program (Implementation Grant Program) provides grants funded by section 40521 of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, 42 USC 17116, to small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) to implement recommendations made in IAC and Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership (CHP TAP) assessments since 2018, and in recommendations made in equivalent assessments since 2021. These grants will bolster the American manufacturing base by supporting projects to improve energy and material efficiency, to increase productivity, and to reduce emissions at SMMs. DOE further intends that these grants will advance the objectives of the Justice40 initiative by improving business performance, increasing energy affordability, and creating pathways to high-quality jobs in disadvantaged communities by driving federal investment into these communities and, where possible, utilizing registered apprenticeship programs and IAC Program participants in implementation efforts.

The following third-party assessors have been qualified as IAC-equivalent (SMMs can now apply for IAC grant funding for recommended projects in these entities’ energy assessments since 2021:

Effective immediately, this grant program will operate on a rolling basis: applications may be submitted at any time throughout the year as funds are available and will be reviewed quarterly.

The next review will occur for applications submitted by March 31, 2024.  The subsequent review dates are June 30, September 30, and December 31 2024. Up to $80 million in total funding is currently available, and DOE expects to make more available through FY2026. Note that elements of the solicitation (e.g., eligibility, criteria, deadlines) are subject to change with each quarterly review period – please sign up for alerts below to get updates.

Event Updates

Important Dates

Opportunity Announcement

Workstream 1: Implementation Grants

This workstream involves collecting grant applications from SMMs to implement recommendations made in IAC, CHP TAP, or qualified equivalent assessments that meet the eligibility and prioritization criteria described below.  

NEW:

Note for entities who have received IAC energy assessments with additional assessment recommendations (AARs): The DOE and ENERGYWERX can help you obtain further cost and energy savings calculations for those AARs so that you can apply for funding to implement them through the IAC Implementation Grant Program.

Note: Eligible potential applicants must submit one (1) form FOR EACH FACILITY in which grant support is requested.

Objective Strategic Session

Information "Office Hours" Session(s)

The current quarterly submission deadline is March 31, 2024. DOE will host virtual Office Hours to answer any questions from potential applicants before the next quarterly submission deadline. We expect the next round to open early in April 2024. View the dates below and click the links to RSVP.

  • January 11, 2024 from 1:00-2:00 PM ET COMPLETED
  • February 15, 2024 from 1:00-2:00 PM ET COMPLETED
  • March 14, 2024 from 1:00-2:00 PM ET: Click Here to RSVP

Submission Deadline(s)

Submissions are due NLT March 31, 2024 at 5:00 PM ET

Process Details

Timeline(s)

Workstream 1 Timeline (Estimated)

  • Applications Open: January 3, 2023
  • Office Hours Session: January 11, 2024, from 1:00 -2:00 PM ET, with additional sessions to follow monthly.
  • Application Deadline: Rolling (Quarterly review). Next deadline is March 31, 2024 at 5:00 pm ET [Click Here to Submit]
  • Review and Selection: Quarterly, with this round of selections announced in summer, 2024.
  • Awarding and Implementation: Selected SMMs will finalize awards with ENERGYWERX and begin implementation.

Resources from Webinar(s)

Coming soon.

Slide Deck(s)

Coming soon.

Video Recording(s)

2024-01-11 Workstream 1 Office Hours Recording
2024-02-15 Workstream 1 Office Hours (FEB) Recording

Eligibility & Review Criteria

Workstream 1 Implementation Grants - Eligibility Criteria

Applications in this round of funding must meet all of the following criteria:

1. Applicant is a domestic entity [1]

2. Applicant is a manufacturer – that is, an entity that engages in the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components; or, applicant is a water or wastewater treatment facility

Eligible applicants may fall under the following NAICs Codes:

  • NAICS Code: 31-33 (Manufacturing)
  • NAICS Code: 1114 (Controlled Environment Agriculture)
  • NAICS Code: 22131-22132 (Water Supply Systems and Sewage Treatment Facilities)

3. Applicant had gross annual sales of less than $100 million in the most recently completed fiscal year OR the year in which the assessment was completed (if different)

4. Applicant annual energy bills were between $100,000 and $3.5 million in the most recently completed fiscal year OR the year in which the assessment was completed (if different)

5. There were fewer than 500 of employees at the assessed plant site in the most recently completed fiscal year OR the year in which the assessment was completed (if different)

6. All proposed projects address recommendation(s) made in an IAC or Onsite Energy TAP assessment conducted since January 1, 2018, or another qualified assessment since January 1, 2021

7. No proposed project efforts already have been implemented

Workstream 1 Implementation Grants - Review Criteria

Applications in this round of funding will be evaluated and prioritized using the following criteria:

Impact and Feasibility (50%)

1. The degree to which the proposed project(s) has the potential to improve the assessed plant site’s energy efficiency and productivity

2. The degree to which the proposed project(s) is likely to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (higher priority for projects that align with the goal of achieving a net-zero economy)

3. The likelihood that the project will improve the applicant’s competitiveness, given the payback period and expected return on investment (cost savings/implementation cost) over a 10-year period after implementation

4. The adequacy of the proposed project management approach, including the clarity of project scope, cost, work plan, and key milestones to ensure project objectives are met, as well as the availability of sufficient Project Manager and team time

Need for Financial Assistance and Cost Share (25%)

5. The degree to which the applicant demonstrates the need for financial assistance to implement the proposed project, considering available funding sources, upfront costs, and estimated payback period

6. Whether the grant will supplement, not supplant, any private or State funds available to the eligible entity to carry out the covered project

7. Whether the applicant leverages and demonstrate successful securement of alternative funding sources (e.g., Private Banks, State & Utility Programs, Energy Performance Saving Contracts, SBA) to carry out the covered project

Community Benefits (25%)

8. Whether the facility is located in, and/or the extent to which the proposed project(s) provides economic and/or environmental benefits to, (1) a disadvantaged/underserved community, as defined by the Justice40 Initiative  and Council on Environmental Quality’s Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool, or (2) an energy community

9. Whether the applicant is a Minority Owned Business[2], Woman Owned Business, Veteran Owned Business, or Small Business Administration-qualified HUBZone business or Section 8(a) Business Development program participant, or the degree to which the applicant demonstrates concrete plans to work with those businesses as vendors or contractors in the implementation of the funded project(s)

10. The degree to which the applicant demonstrates that they are a responsible employer that offers and/or retains high-quality jobs with employer-sponsored benefits, consistent with the Department of Commerce and Department of Labor’s Good Jobs Principles; operates pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement, formal labor management partnership, or other approach to supporting worker’s access to collective bargaining (e.g., allows a card-check process or pledges neutrality in unionization drives); participates formally in a registered apprenticeship program; and/or demonstrates existing partnerships with organizations serving workers facing barriers to employment

In addition, DOE may consider portfolio-wide program policy factors in determining which full applications to select for awards, including:

  • The degree to which the proposed project contributes to a diversity of applicant types and sizes of applicant organizations and represents diversity in the technical area when compared to the existing DOE project portfolio and other projects selected from this FOA.
  • The degree to which the proposed project optimizes the use of available DOE funding to achieve programmatic objectives.
  • The degree to which the project contributes to the overall portfolio’s impact on the strength of the American domestic manufacturing base across the nation.
  • The degree to which the project will employ procurement of U.S. iron, steel, manufactured products, and construction materials.
  • The degree to which the proposed project is likely to lead to increased high-quality employment and manufacturing in the United States.
  • The degree to which the project focuses on repurposing, reusing, or decarbonizing existing industrial      infrastructure and/or facilities.
  • The degree to which the proposed project, or group of projects, represent a desired geographic distribution (considering past awards and current applications).
  • The degree to which the proposed project supports complementary efforts or projects, which, when taken together, will best achieve the statute’s goals, objectives, and direction.

[1]To qualify as a domestic entity, the entity must be organized, chartered or incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a particular state or territory of the United States; have majority domestic ownership and control; and have a physical place of business in the United States

[2]Minority ownedbusiness is defined as a business of which not less than 51% is owned by one or more individuals who are: (A) citizens of the U.S.; and (B) Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, African American, Hispanic, Puerto Rican, Native American, or Alaska Native.  

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