The U.S. Department of Energy is now accepting applications for the first round of the Renew America’s Schools Grant Program, which consists of up to $80 million of the $500 million program, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

This first-of-its-kind investment opportunity is open to K-12 school districts implementing critical energy upgrades that will lower facility costs and foster healthier learning environments for students. Only applicants who have submitted an eligible concept paper by the Jan. 26 deadline will be eligible to submit a full application.

Funds will position school districts – especially the highest-need districts across the country – to make upgrades that will lower facilities’ energy costs and foster healthier learning environments for students.

To apply to receive a grant, follow these steps:

  • Visit the EERE Exchange and create an account.
  • Submit concept papers by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Jan. 26.
  • Submit the full application by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on April 21.

The USDOE is compiling a list of frequently asked questions that will be answered in a publicly available spreadsheet updated weekly. Submit questions via email.

The Energy Champions Leading the Advancement of Sustainable Schools Prize (Energy CLASS Prize) program is also accepting applications for up to 25 local education agencies to receive $100,000 to staff and train select administration and facilities personnel as energy managers.