$10 Million Grant Will Expand Clean Energy Workforce Training

Posted On: September 26, 2023

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is accepting applications for competitive funding to expand energy efficiency workforce training programs. The Career Skills Training program (CST) will provide up to $10 million in competitive grants for nonprofit partnerships between public or private industry and labor organizations to deliver programs that offer energy-efficiency classroom instruction and on-the-job training.

Program participants will obtain industry-related certifications to install energy-efficient building technologies. The initiative will ensure that our building performance professionals, energy auditors, and other energy efficiency workers will be prepared to participate in our country’s upgrade to a more sustainable future. “Today’s investment expands career training and retention programs that will equip the workforce with the necessary skills to deliver on the President’s climate goals and help us achieve our equitable clean energy transition,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm.

DOE is facilitating partnership formation for this FOA with its Teaming Partner List, through which applicants can register their organization and identify suitable collaborators. Applicants can also find labor unions for outreach and partnership using the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) Union Search Tool.

Applicants must submit a Community Benefits Plan with their application, detailing how their proposal will support local community and labor, invest in the workforce, advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, and aid economic and environmental justice initiatives.

Application deadline: November 27, 2023, 5 p.m. ET. 

Find program guidance and application instructions in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

Learn more at the DOE’s informational webinar on October 3, 2023. Register for this session on the Career Skills Training program webpage and sign up for updates to stay current on this FOA.