- Economic Development
- Environmental Clean-up
- Health and Safety
- Other Infrastructure
Reserved for Energy
President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act authorized the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, creating a historic $27 billion investment in communities across the country—from states to territories to Tribal lands, from the largest urban cities to the most remote rural towns. This bold investment will not only deploy clean energy and combat the climate crisis but also improve health outcomes, lower energy costs, and create high-quality jobs for Americans—all while strengthening our country’s economic competitiveness and ensuring energy security.
As part of this investment, EPA is launching three distinct but complementary grant competitions:
- a $14 billion National Clean Investment Fund competition to finance clean technology deployment nationally;
- a $6 billion Clean Communities Investment Accelerator competition to finance clean technology deployment in low-income and disadvantaged communities while simultaneously building the capacity of community lenders that serve those communities; and
- a $7 billion Solar for All competition to spur adoption of clean distributed solar energy that lowers energy bills for millions of Americans in low-income and disadvantaged communities.
This Notice of Funding Opportunity provides details on the $14 billion National Clean Investment Fund competition. This competition will provide grants to 2–3 national nonprofit financing entities to create national clean financing institutions capable of partnering with the private sector to provide accessible, affordable financing for tens of thousands of clean technology projects nationwide. These national nonprofits will provide financing to individuals and families, nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses (especially small businesses), units of government, and others deploying these projects, which will reduce pollution while creating jobs, accelerating progress toward energy security, and lowering energy costs. These national nonprofits will also provide capital to community lenders and other similar institutions so that they can, in turn, provide financing to the communities that they serve. To multiply the impact of public funds, these national nonprofit financing entities will mobilize private capital as they finance these projects, ensuring that every dollar of public funds generates several times more private-sector investment into emissions- and air pollution-reducing projects. To ensure that public funds are spent efficiently and for the maximum benefit of American communities, especially low-income and disadvantaged communities, these national nonprofit financing entities will be subject to, among other measures, rigorous community engagement and accountability strategies; comprehensive equity policies and practices; robust labor and workforce plans; strong governance structures; stringent legal and compliance risk management, financial risk management, and consumer protection plans; and cohesive programmatic, financial, and administrative reporting and transparency requirements.
The National Clean Investment Fund will advance the three GGRF program objectives of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants; delivering benefits to American communities, particularly low-income and disadvantaged communities; and mobilizing financing and private capital.
- Program Objective 1: Reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants. Grantees will invest in projects, activities, and technologies that reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants that harm communities and contribute to climate change. Grantees will accelerate progress toward the climate goals of the United States, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions 50-52 percent below 2005 levels in 2030, reaching 50 percent zero-emission vehicles share of all new passenger cars and light trucks sold in 2030, achieving a carbon pollution-free electricity sector by 2035, and achieving net-zero emissions by no later than 2050.
- Program Objective 2: Deliver benefits of greenhouse gas- and air pollution-reducing projects to American communities, particularly low-income and disadvantaged communities. Grantees will ensure that the projects they invest in directly benefit Americans by improving health outcomes, lowering energy costs, creating high-quality jobs, and more. At least 40% of funds awarded under this competition must be used for the purposes of providing financial assistance in low-income and disadvantaged communities.
- Program Objective 3: Mobilize financing and private capital to stimulate additional deployment of greenhouse gas- and air pollution-reducing projects. Grantees will mobilize financing and private capital for underinvested projects and underinvested communities, which will demonstrate the market-wide opportunity for financial markets and institutions to finance clean technology projects. As a result, grantees will spur market transformation, supporting market-wide accessibility of affordable financing for clean technology projects to multiply the impact of grant funds.