The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is now taking applications for Communities LEAP (Local Energy Action Program) round 2. The program aims to facilitate sustained economic and environmental benefits in low-income communities impacted by a shift away from fossil fuels. DOE will match communities with technical assistance providers who will help bring their clean energy planning and economic development vision to life.
DOE launched the program in 2022 with 22 pilot communities, including Louisville. DOE helped the city design a program accessible and directly beneficial to low-income and historically disadvantaged residents. Specifically, Louisville wanted to provide energy efficiency upgrades in residential areas with high energy costs.
Cities interested in applying for Communities LEAP Cohort 2 have until Dec. 14, 2023. Selected communities can receive up to $50,000.