Over $10B in Funding Available
The Department of Energy’s Grid Deployment Office (GDO) is now evaluating applications for the Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships (GRIP) Program. A total of $3.82 billion will be awarded for this fiscal year.
GRIP’s five-year $10.5 billion program is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, passed in November 2021. The second round of funding is expected to open in Q1 of next year.
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What is the GRIP program?
The Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships (GRIP) programs focus on enhancing grid resilience and improving flexibility which is critical in the face of increasingly frequent extreme weather events. is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, passed in November 2021.
Why does GRIP matter?
The U.S. electric grid is aging and vulnerable plus extreme weather events are also increasing and more intense, making GRIP and the continued investments by the utility industry so important. Modernizing and hardening the U.S. grid will strengthening a vital critical infrastructure.
What is the first step to apply?
To apply for a GRIP grant, you need to submit a Concept Paper for each Topic Area. Concept Papers must state how the applicant would use community labor, ensure diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA) and demonstrate the applicant’s qualifications and expertise.
When is the next funding round?
The next GRIP funding cycle is not until Q1 of FY24 but It is not too early to plan for it. Preparing a thoughtful Concept Paper requires time and planning. Concept Paper requirements include statements about eligibility, topic area, and how the money would be used.