DOE Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC)- Bipartisan Infrastructure Law: Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program (Section 40209)
The DOE Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC) is issuing this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). Awards made under this FOA will be funded, in whole or in part, with funds appropriated by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, more commonly known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). Through this FOA, the Program will provide support of projects by small- and medium-sized manufacturing firms (SMMs) to establish new or re-equip or expand existing industrial facilities in eligible energy communities to produce or recycle advanced energy property.
This Program seeks to ensure that the domestic industrial sector – and SMMs in particular– seize upon the opportunities at hand. SMMs account for approximately 99 percent of U.S. manufacturing enterprises, contribute more than $1 trillion in gross revenue and provide more than five million U.S. jobs. But SMMs often fall behind larger firms in technology and other capital investments due to financing and knowledge challenges. By providing financial assistance to SMMs to invest in projects to build new or transition existing facilities to take advantage of opportunities created by the clean energy economy, the Program seeks to catalyze follow-on private investment and contribute to a future that is not only led by but also made in America.
In doing so, the Program also recognizes that responding to the climate crisis and seizing on the opportunities of the clean energy transition requires reconsideration not only of what but also of how, the domestic industrial sector produces products. The Program seeks projects that incorporate advanced manufacturing practices that apply innovative technologies to produce new products and improve the production of existing products; that train a highly skilled and diverse American workforce; that create products through economically-sound processes that minimize negative environmental impacts while conserving energy and natural resources; and that cut pollution and reduce carbon emissions to zero or near-zero via industrial decarbonization practices and technologies. By increasing secondary use and supporting manufacturing and recycling that is cleaner and more energy efficient, the Program seeks to support projects that will reduce energy costs and emissions while increasing productivity, wages, and jobs.
Eligible Topic Areas Include:
Topic Area 1: Building New Facilities
Topic Area 2: Re-Equipping or Expanding Existing Facilities
- Domestic Entities
- Foreign Entities
- Incorporated Consortia
- Unincorporated Consortia
The proposed prime recipient must be a small- or medium-sized manufacturing firm. To demonstrate eligibility, applicants must provide evidence to demonstrate that they fall within North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes 31-33 and that, at the time of application, they meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Gross annual sales of less than $100,000,000
- Fewer than 500 employees at the plant site of the manufacturing firm
- Annual energy bills that total more than $100,000 but less than $2,500,000
The cost share must be at least 50% of the total project costs for demonstration projects
FUNDING AVAILABLE AND APPLICATION WINDOW:
FUNDING AVAILABILITY: $350 million
Topic area 1: minimum award amount-$10 million and maximum award amount -$100 million
Topic Area 2: minimum award amount-$5 million and maximum award amount -$100 million
APPLICATION DEADLINE: The concept paper deadline is due by March 13, 2023 and full applications are due by June 06, 2023