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Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant

Program Overview

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law invested $550 million in the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG) to provide grants to communities, cities, states, U.S. territories, and Tribes. The program is designed to assist various levels of governments in implementing strategies to reduce energy use, reduce fossil fuel emissions, and to improve energy efficiency. Programs and projects are developed to produce clean energy strategies and create jobs.

The State of Montana will award sub-grantees funding for eligible projects and programs. Certain cities, counties, and Tribes will receive their own direct EECBG allocation, and are not eligible for state sub-awards. See the table below for individual allocations to local governments and whether your community can apply.

More information on the EECBG program—including eligible uses of funding, formula grant application information, and FAQs—can be found at the Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program website.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Contacts

Section Supervisor
Bonnie Rouse (406) 444-6439

Montana Sub-Grant Program Announcements

DEQ’s Montana Energy Bureau is currently undergoing the application process for EECBG funding through the U.S. Department of Energy. Funds will likely become available in Fall 2024.

The focus of the funding is yet to be determined. Please check back for future announcements and sign up to the EECBG email list to stay updated.

The U.S. Department of Energy will provide funding to the following governments through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and EECBG program. Counties and communities that are not listed below are eligible for grants through the Montana EECBG program.

Energy Funding Table 

Entity Name

Level of Government

Allocation ($)

Montana

State

$1,673,750

Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation

Tribe

$14,690

Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation

Tribe

$16,130

Chippewa Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation

Tribe

$12,420

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation

Tribe

$12,850

Crow Tribe of Montana

Tribe

$15,100

Fort Belknap Indian Community of the Fort Belknap Reservation

Tribe

$12,950

Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians

Tribe

$12,010

Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation

Tribe

$14,150

Cascade

County

$75,790

Flathead

County

$77,670

Gallatin

County

$76,860

Lake

County

$76,060

Lewis and Clark

County

$76,220

Lincoln

County

$75,680

Missoula

County

$76,470

Park

County

$75,580

Ravalli

County

$76,490

Yellowstone

County

$76,600

Anaconda-Deer Lodge

City

$75,330

Belgrade

City

$75,330

Billings

City

$165,490

Bozeman

City

$116,320

Butte-Silver Bow

City

$76,200

Great Falls

City

$121,420

Havre

City

$75,330

Helena

City

$76,250

Kalispell

City

$75,940

Missoula

City

$134,040

Eligible uses of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funding include:

  • Development and implementation of an energy efficiency and conservation strategy.
  • Retaining technical consultant services to assist the eligible entity in the development of such a strategy, including—
    • Formulation of energy efficiency, energy conservation, and energy usage goals
    • Identification of strategies to achieve those goals
      • through efforts to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption; and
      • by encouraging behavioral changes among the population served by the eligible entity
    • Development of methods to measure progress in achieving the goals.
    • Development and publication of annual reports to the population served by the eligible entity describing
      • the strategies and goals; and
      • the progress made in achieving the strategies and goals during the preceding calendar year; and
    • Other services to assist in the implementation of the energy efficiency and conservation strategy.
  • Conducting residential and commercial building energy audits.
  • Establishment of financial incentive programs for energy efficiency improvements.
  • The provision of grants to nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies for the purpose of performing energy efficiency retrofits.
  • Development and implementation of energy efficiency and conservation programs for buildings and facilities within the jurisdiction of the eligible entity, including—
    • Design and operation of the programs.
    • Identifying the most effective methods for achieving maximum participation and efficiency rates.
    • Public education.
    • Measurement and verification protocols.
    • Identification of energy efficient technologies.
  • Development and implementation of programs to conserve energy used in transportation, including—
    • Use of flex time by employers.
    • Satellite work centers.
    • Development and promotion of zoning guidelines or requirements that promote energy efficient development.
    • Development of infrastructure, such as bike lanes and pathways and pedestrian walkways.
    • Synchronization of traffic signals.
    • Other measures that increase energy efficiency and decrease energy consumption.
  • Development and implementation of building codes and inspection services to promote building energy efficiency.
  • Application and implementation of energy distribution technologies that significantly increase energy efficiency, including—
    • Distributed resources.
    • District heating and cooling systems.
  • Activities to increase participation and efficiency rates for material conservation programs, including source reduction, recycling, and recycled content procurement programs that lead to increases in energy efficiency.
  • The purchase and implementation of technologies to reduce, capture, and, to the maximum extent practicable, use methane and other greenhouse gases generated by landfills or similar sources.
  • Replacement of traffic signals and street lighting with energy efficient lighting technologies, including—
    • Light emitting diodes.
    • Any other technology of equal or greater energy efficiency.
  • Development, implementation, and installation on or in any government building of the eligible entity of onsite renewable energy technology that generates electricity from renewable resources, including—
    • Solar energy.
    • Wind energy.
    • Fuel cells.
    • Biomass.
  • Programs for financing energy efficiency, renewable energy, and zero-emission transportation (and associated infrastructure), capital investments, projects, and programs— which may include loan programs and performance contracting programs for leveraging of additional public and private sector funds—and programs that allow rebates, grants, or other incentives for the purchase and installation of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and zero-emission transportation (and associated infrastructure) measures.
  • Any other appropriate activity, as determined by the Secretary, in consultation with
    • The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
    • The Secretary of Transportation.
    • The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.