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SLC Guide to Federal Funding for Climate Action and Clean Energy Initiatives

Via the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the federal government created numerous programs that will support local climate and clean energy initiatives. 

Sustainability Leaders Collaborative (SLC) members can leverage federal funding to green their own operations and they can help residents, businesses and nonprofits access the various programs in support of communitywide emission reductions. Learn more about IRA funding for residents, businesses and nonprofits here

Overviews of the federal funding opportunities

There are numerous summaries of the federal opportunities available via the Infrastructure and Inflation Reduction legislation.  

Specific to Wisconsin:

More broadly, on the opportunities for local governments to green their operations and to leverage funding for communitywide action, check out:White House Guidebook to IRA


Opportunities Specific to School Districts

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOC) have launched several new initiatives specific to school districts. 

  • The EPA awarded almost $1 billion in funding in the first round of the Clean School Bus Program in 2022.  EPA is already soliciting school feedback for the next round of school bus funding. 
  • Funding under the first round of Renew America's Schools grants is now available. The DOE expects to allocate $80M of the total $500M in funding in this round with concept papers due in January 2023. The program will help schools reduce energy costs and foster healthier learning environments.