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Application Period is Open!

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) is a formula grant offered as a part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) to cities and counties for projects that encourage energy efficiency, energy conservation and emissions reductions. 

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will make up to $2.36 million available to cities and counties in Missouri that are not eligible for direct federal formula funds. The department anticipates that funded projects should be completed by Oct. 1, 2026. This funding cannot be used retroactively for work done before the date of the award.

Information and Assistance

Additional information about how to submit an application and what information will be required of applicants can be found in the Notice of Funding Opportunity. If you have additional questions, contact the department's Division of Energy at energy@dnr.mo.gov.

Who Can Apply

Eligible recipients include the following:

  • City governments
  • County governments
  • Municipal governments
  • Township or village governments
  • Groups of eligible entities

NOTE: Entities that are eligible for direct formula EECBG allocations from USDOE are not eligible. For a list of entities eligible for EECBG formula allocations directly from USDOE, please review USDOE's Final Allocation of Funds document.

Eligible Projects and Costs

EECBG funding may be used for projects that fall within the following eligible project categories:

  • Strategy development and implementation
  • Retaining technical consulting services
  • Residential and commercial building audits
  • Financial incentives for energy efficiency
  • Energy efficiency retrofit grants for government agencies and nonprofit organizations
  • Energy efficiency and conservation programs for buildings and facilities
  • Conservation of transportation energy
  • Building codes and inspection services
  • Energy distribution technologies
  • Material conservation programs
  • Reduction, capture, and use of landfill gases
  • Replacement of traffic signals and street lighting
  • On-site renewable energy on or in a government building
  • Programs for financing, purchasing, and installing energy efficiency, renewable energy, and zero-emission transportation (and associated infrastructure) measures and capital investments, projects, and programs for leveraging public and private sector funds

NOTE: Depending on the nature of the individual project, additional reporting requirements regarding the National Environmental Policy Act; Davis-Bacon Act; and Build America, Buy America Act may apply. EECBG funding may not be used to finance new construction projects; funds may only support retrofits and efficiency improvements to existing structures and buildings. The proposed project must be located within the borders of Missouri and be in compliance with all state and federal environmental laws and permits.

Award Amounts

Funding is limited and will be awarded through a competitive grant application process. As part of the process, each applicant will submit budget information identifying their requested subaward amount (between $100,000 and $500,000) and what, if any, non-EECBG funding would be used as part of their project.

Once a project is complete, the subgrantee will send a Missouri Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Request for Reimbursement MO 780-3051 — including any required additional information related to the project (e.g., payrolls and invoices) — to the department’s designated project lead.

Application Process

The department currently is accepting applications for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants through 11:59 p.m. CDT, Aug. 5, 2024. To apply for this subgrant, the applicant is required to login to the department's Funding Opportunities Portal and complete the EECBG Funding Opportunity Application under Review Record. New funding portal users must submit a Funding Opportunities Portal Access Request to establish access and use the portal.

In addition, the applicant is asked to complete and attach the following forms:

  • Signed and completed Missouri Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Funding Application MO 780-3049
  • Signed and completed Missouri Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Funding Project Description MO 780-3052
  • Signed and completed Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Subapplication Budget (EECBG Budget Instructions are provided)
  • Signed and completed Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Subapplication Budget (non-EECBG Funding) (only applicable if applicant will be using non-EECBG funding in addition to the applied-for funds)
  • Signed and completed U.S Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Questionnaire (NEPA), if applicable – NOTE: The department will work with selected applicants to draft a Statement of Work/Statement of Project Objectives
  • A copy of a resolution or similar document from the applicant’s governing board or body certifying the application
  • As a condition for the award of any grant by MoDNR to any business entity, project sponsors meeting the definition of a business entity must, by sworn affidavit and provision of documentation, affirm its enrollment and participation in a federal work authorization program with respect to employees working in connection with the project. Every such business entity shall also sign an affidavit affirming that it does not knowingly employ any person who is an unauthorized alien in connection with the project. Documentation shall include the following:
    1. The E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification page listing the company name and company ID OR a page from the E-Verify Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) listing the company name and the MOU signature page completed and signed, at minimum, by the company and the Department of Homeland Security – Verification Division. If the signature page of the MOU lists the company’s name and company ID, then no additional pages of the MOU must be submitted.
    2. A completed, notarized Affidavit of Work Authorization.

Applicants who do not meet the definition of a business entity will still need to fill out the documentation to verify their status as a non-business entity. Should you need assistance in obtaining documentation, visit e-verify.gov or contact the E-Verify federal work authorization program at 888-464-4218 or e-verify@dhs.gov.

Additionally, the applicant must read and agree to abide by both MoDNR’s Federal Financial Assistance Agreements General Terms and Conditions and U.S. DOE Special Terms and Conditions (including Intellectual Property Provisions) as applicable. Refer also to the Reporting Requirements Summary.

Awards will be made within 8 weeks of the application period closing date. Applications will be evaluated following the end of the application period based on factors including ease of implementation, projected benefits to Small-to-Medium-Sized Communities and Disadvantaged Communities, projected cost-benefit ratio, projected energy savings, projected emissions reductions and the suitability and measurability of proposed performance metrics. Refer to the EECBG Scoring Criteria.

Following award, awardees will be required to fill out a Sub-Recipient Informational Form. This form is required in response to the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006. The FFATA legislation requires information on federal awards (federal financial assistance and expenditures) to be made available to the public on the USASpending.gov searchable website.

Subgrantees will sign a U.S. Department of Energy Financial Assistance Certifications and Assurances regarding lobbying, debarment, suspensions and other responsibility matters, as well as drug-free workplace requirements and non-discrimination. View a copy of the Subgrant Agreement.