Building Technologies Office, Solar Energy Technologies Office, Vehicle Technologies Office, Office of Electricity


On October 13, 2020, the Connected Communities funding program will select projects that will demonstrate how groups of buildings combined with other types of distributed energy resources (DERs), such as electric vehicle (EV) charging and photovoltaic (PV) generation, can reliably and cost‐effectively serve as grid assets by strategically deploying efficiency and demand flexibility. It is a collaborative effort across three Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) offices—the Solar Energy Technologies Office, Vehicle Technologies Office, and Building Technologies Office—and the Office of Electricity.

DOE expects to make up to $65 million of federal funding available for new awards under this FOA, subject to the availability of appropriated funds. EERE anticipates making approximately 6-8 awards under this FOA. EERE may issue one, multiple, or no awards. Individual awards may vary between $3 million and $7 million, but DOE reserves the right to adjust these amounts depending on the applications submitted.

Key Dates:

Item: Date:
 FOA Issue Date  October 13, 2020
Informational Webinar  November 10, 2020
Submission Deadline for Concept Papers  February 17, 2021, 5:00 p.m. ET
Submission Deadline for Full Applications  March 3, 2021, 5:00 p.m. ET
Expected Submission Deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments  May 4, 2021, 5:00 p.m. ET
Expected Date for EERE Selection Notifications  July 1, 2021
Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations  September 16, 2021


Additional Information:

Download the full funding opportunity on the EERE Exchange website.

Learn how to apply for a funding opportunity.

Read the DOE press release about this funding opportunity announcement.

For FOA-specific support, contact [email protected].

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