Funding Opportunities

Grants for New Technologies to Produce Carbon Neutral Liquid Fuels
  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is offering up to $5 million to eligible small businesses (for a total of $25 million in available funding) for the development of technologies that use renewable energy to create Carbon Neutral Liquid Fuels from air and water. Additional information on eligibility requirements for the Renewable Energy to Fuels through Utilization of Energy-dense Liquids (REFUEL) program and how to apply is available here. The concept paper submission deadline is May 25, 2016, with a full application deadline to be determined.

Grants to Design & Construct Pilot or Demonstration Scale Biorefinery Facilities
  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is making available up to $90 million in funding for selected project proposals for the design of pilot- or demonstration-scale biorefinery facilities. Eligible facilities must produce cellulosic biomass, algal biomass, or biosolids feedstocks. Selected projects will be funded with cooperative agreements that allow an estimated design period of performance of one to two years. After this time frame, eligible projects will be reviewed for Phase II construction and operations project funding. The concept paper submission deadline is June 6, 2016, and the full application deadline is July 22, 2016. Additional information on eligibility and application requirements may be found here.

Grants to Produce Sustainable Bioenergy Systems for Liquid Biofuel Production
  The U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is offering approximately $21 million in Fiscal Year 2016 under the Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts (SBEBP) Challenge Area Program for projects that produce sustainable biomass feedstocks for bioenergy and bioproduct production, and other similar project areas. Applications may be submitted as either new, renewal, or resubmitted applications. To be eligible, applicants must submit a Letter of Intent to NIFA by 5pm on July 14, 2016; however, deadlines differ by project area. Full applications are due on or before September 22, 2016. For more information and eligibility requirements, refer to the Request for Applications and the SBEBP Challenge Area website.

Funding Agency & Grant Finding Sites

Federal Level Funding:

  Federal government grant programs at
  Federal government business opportunities at
  Department of Energy Loan Guarantee Program
  Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)
  Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Financial Assistance
  FedConnect—the Government Acquisition and Grants Program
  Federal Finance Facilities Available for Energy Efficiency Upgrades and Clean Energy Deployment

State Level Funding:

  The California Energy Commission Energy Innovations Small Grants Program
  Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)