Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant

The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) and ICLEI USA are excited to announce a funding opportunity for Colorado cities, counties, towns, and state-recognized tribes through the federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. Funding will be available to help eligible applicants increase staff capacity and foster regional collaboration to advance local clean energy and sustainability programs.

Applications for this program are now open until August 9, 2024 at 5:00 PM MT. We strongly encourage applicants to partner with other local governments and apply together to maximize the impact of program funding. CEO and ICLEI will prioritize funding for Justice40 communities and communities that did not receive the U.S. Department of Energy EECBG Program Formula grant.

Awardees will also benefit from ICLEI’s technical assistance and access to networking opportunities with other grant recipients.

We are also conducting a survey to help us better understand local and Tribal government needs, which will inform how we award funds. The survey will be open until June 24.

Take the survey


Please reach out to ICLEI for general questions and for support developing collaboration, understanding DOE Blueprints, and completing and submitting an application.

For questions about the application and award process, please reach out to Eric Lowe, eric.lowe@state.co.us.


Type: Grant

For: Local and Tribal governments, partnerships between local and Tribal governments

Amount: $1.8 million total

Match: None required

Request for Applications: Open until August 9, 2024, 5:00 PM MT



Local and Tribal governments, including local and Tribal government partnerships, will be eligible to apply for funding to cover staff salaries and technical support costs. Applicants may request up to $240,000 over 3 years for staff capacity and up to $1 million total for regional collaboration work. There is no match requirement. Program implementation, project costs, and staff costs not specified in the grant application are not eligible for this funding.


How to Apply

Please review the Program Guidance Document to get an overview of the EECBG Colorado Grant. Please submit applications and any supplemental documents via email to Eric Lowe, eric.lowe@state.co.us, no later than August 9, 2024 at 5:00 PM MT.

Download EECBG application


Additional Resources

CEO and ICLEI hosted an informational webinar about this opportunity on June 11.

Watch webinar recording

View webinar slides

In addition to the informational webinar, ICLEI will host open office hours every other Wednesday at 11:00 AM MT for potential applicants to learn more about the EECBG and opportunities for coalition building and collaboration. Office hours will occur on June 26, July 10, July 24, and August 7.

Register for Office Hours with ICLEI

Additionally, EECBG Program Blueprints from the Department of Energy are model projects and programs designed to help local and tribal governments achieve high impact results with limited grant dollars. Blueprints offer ideas in energy efficiency, renewable energy, transportation electrification, clean energy finance, and workforce development. Each blueprint describes the benefits of various project types and highlights resources to help execute the project. The Department of Energy offers ongoing webinars and cohorts for local governments to amplify the impact and reach of EECBG Program projects.