State Energy Program Special Projects


To allow States to submit proposals to implement specific Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy deployment activities and initiatives as Special Projects under the State Energy Program. States will compete for funding to implement activities relating to a number of programmatic areas such as building codes and standards, alternative fuels, industrial efficiency, building efficiency, and solar and renewable technologies.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Department of Energy
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Public Law 111-5 “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009”; Public Law 110–140 “Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007”; Public Law 109–58 “Energy Policy Act of 2005”; Public Law 102-486 “Energy Policy Act of 1992”; Public Law 95-91 “Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977”; "Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975" Public Law 94-163: 42 U.S.C. 6321-6326, Public Law 91-95, 42 U.S.C. 7101
National Energy Conservation Policy Act of 1978, Public Law 95-619; ARRA 2009, Public Law 619-95
Balanced Budget Down Payment Act II of 1996; ARRA 2009, Public Law 134-104
Energy Policy and Conservation Act; ARRA 2009, Title III, Part C, Section 361-366, Public Law 163-94, 42 U.S.C. 6321-6326
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
All States plus the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands may apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
States, territories, and their project partners will benefit.
Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 200 subpart E for State and local Governments.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Audit procedures in accordance with 2 CFR 200 subpart F (for other than for-profit recipients). For-profit recipients are subject to the audit requirements in 2 CFR 910.501 In addition, audit requirements need to comply with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The application forms must be downloaded from the specific funding opportunity announcement posted at the EERE exchange web-site: at or Applicants for sub-awards from the states should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact within the State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance.
Award Procedure
Evaluations will be conducted by staff of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy end-use sectors participating in the annual solicitation. Final decisions to approve are made by Assistant Secretary Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. DOE Field Offices are then instructed to negotiate and prepare the grant award documents.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. Deadlines are set forth in the solicitation at
Renewals are subject to review by the headquarters program office and subject to the availability of funds.
How are proposals selected?
The selection process will be determined by the criteria announced in the annual solicitation.
How may assistance be used?
Financial support, in whole or in part, may be provided for salaries, materials, and supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, and services required for implementing the activities described in the application at
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Costs will be verified and subject to audit according to 2 CFR 200 subpart F (for other than for-profit recipients. For-profit recipients are subject to the audit requirements at 2 CFR 910.501
Record retention in accordance with 2 CFR 200.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. 20%. Competitive SEP projects have a 20% cost matching requirement.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Vary. Funds are released through the Electronic Transfer System.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
James Cash
15013 Denver West Parkway
Golden, CO 80401 US
Phone: 240-562-1456
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $4,888,218.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$4,493,256.00; - For Federal fiscal year (FY) 2018 the funding for State Energy Program Special Projects has been distributed to the States and Territories via formula grants through the State Energy Program.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
500,000 - 1,000,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
EERE SEP Program and 2 CFR 200
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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