More than $2.7 billion in formula grants are available to U.S. states, territories, local governments, and Indian tribes under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The deadline to apply for EECBG funds is 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) on June 25, 2009.

EECBG funds may be used for projects that improve energy efficiency and reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions. The funds will be provided to units of local and state governments, territories, and Indian tribes.

Cities eligible for direct grants from the Department of Energy are those with a population of at least 35,000 or those among the 10 most populous cities in their states. Counties eligible for direct grants from the DOE are those with a minimum population of 200,000 or those among the 10 most populous counties in their states. Cities and counties not eligible for a direct grant from the DOE may be eligible for EECBG funds via sub-grants through their states. Any federally recognized Indian tribe may apply directly to the DOE for EECBG funds.

To see the application instructions for a direct grant from DOE for EECBG funds, click here.

Click here for application materials for Arizona cities or counties that must apply to the state for EECBG funds.

One of the best opportunities for EECBG recipients is to leverage those grants with proceeds of Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs). QECBs, authorized under ARRA, may be used for a variety of energy efficiency projects. Combining EECBG funds and QECB proceeds permits state and local governments, territories, and Indian tribes to undertake larger energy efficiency projects than would be possible using either funding source alone and effectively decrease the cost of capital for the projects.

Ballard Spahr attorneys stand ready to provide any assistance you may need to complete your EECBG application, a QECB issuance, or any other energy-related project. For more information, please contact William A. Hicks III at 602.798.5423 or hicksw@ballardspahr.com.


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