The Community Economic Development Focus on Energy
Communities program provides funding for projects aimed
at business development opportunities and creating
employment for low-income individuals located in energy
communities that have experienced employment loss and/or
economic dislocation because of declines in the fossil
fuel industry and/or are disproportionately reliant on
fossil fuel energy production or distribution, including
coal, oil, gas, and power plants.
Funds can be used for construction and non-construction
purposes, and business start-up and expansion activities.
Projects may focus on a range of industries and may
include businesses that prevent, remediate, or prevent
environmental harms that pose a risk to public health and
Grantees are also expected to create plans to connect
employees to wraparound support services, such as
financial literacy assistance, child care,
transportation, substance use disorder treatment, and
English language education, to remove barriers to
Bonus points will be given to projects that create jobs
in tribal communities and rural communities with high
rates of poverty, unemployment, or substance use
disorder, or hire individuals with low incomes from a
rural community to fill positions created.