Note: In order to apply for Energy Office grants, you will need to have a DUNS number and a SAM number, required for entities receiving federal funds. For information on how to create a user account in SAM (System for Award Management), visit the SAM website. For information on how to obtain a DUNS number, visit the Dun & Bradstreet website.
The US Department of Energy has awarded funding to the SC Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) Energy Office (EO), to fund several high-impact demonstration projects in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and alternative fuels.
Eligible applicants include state agencies, local governments, public colleges/ universities/technical colleges, K-12 public schools and 501(c) (3) non-profit organizations. The maximum award value will typically be $5,000. Exceptions above the maximum award amount may be considered. The Energy Office may fund up to seven projects. Cost sharing is not required but leveraging of funds is encouraged in order to maximize the energy-related benefits of a project.
South Carolina Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Grants
Diesel emissions make up a significant portion of the mobile source air pollution in South Carolina.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administers four components of the DERA grants through its National Clean Diesel Campaign:
- The National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program awards competitive grants to fund projects that implement EPA or CARB verified and certified diesel emission reduction technologies.
- The National Clean Diesel Emerging Technologies Program awards competitive grants for projects that spur innovation in reducing diesel emissions through the use, development and commercialization of emerging technologies. Up to 10 percent of the national funds may be spent on emerging technologies.
- SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program issues competitive grants to establish national low-cost revolving loans or other innovative financing programs that help fleets reduce diesel emissions.
- State Clean Diesel Grant Program funded through DERA has provided an opportunity to help reduce diesel emissions. The federal funding for the State Clean Diesel Grant Program funds projects that provide cost-effective diesel emission reduction strategies. This funding is intended for county, city, or other local government entities, private organizations, businesses, and universities. Grants are awarded to eligible applicants for implementation of diesel emission reduction projects across the state to achieve public health and air quality goals. Currently all 50 States and the District of Columbia are participating.
Please visit the Southeast Diesel Collaborative's website for more information on these grant opportunities and clean diesel strategies. This group is a partnership between leaders from federal, state and local government, the private sector and other stakeholders in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
For more information, contact Brian Barnes at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control by phone at (803) 898-7099
USDA Rural Energy for America Program
The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses in rural America to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems; make energy efficiency improvements to non-residential buildings and facilities; use renewable technologies that reduce energy consumption; and participate in energy audits and renewable energy development assistance.
The REAP program is comprised of the following components:
The Renewable Energy System and Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loan and Grant Program provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems; make energy efficiency improvements; use renewable technologies that reduce energy consumption; and participate in energy audits, renewable energy development assistance, and feasibility studies. Read more
The Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grant Program provides grant assistance to entities that will assist agriculture producers and small rural businesses by conducting energy audits and providing information on renewable energy development assistance. Read more
For more information about the REAP program in South Carolina contact:
Shannon Legree, USDA Rural Development
Strom Thurmond Federal Building
1835 Assembly Street, Room 1007
Columbia, SC 29201