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Modification 0001 (5/18/2015): The purpose of this modification is to add Part C. OTHER SELECTION FACTORS to SECTION III: APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION. Please see the modified NOTA document in the "FOA Documents" section below.

Climate Action Champions Notice of Technical Assistance Webinar:

For Topic 2 (low energy commercial buildings) applications, DOE is holding a webinar on Wednesday, March 25 at noon EDT, to present an in-depth discussion of Technical Assistance under Topic 2, Low-Energy Commercial Buildings.

Please register at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The Presentation for the March 25th Webinar is available on the Notice Of Opportunity Page.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTION: Only entities previously designated as Climate Action Champions under Department of Energy (DOE) Announcement DE-FOA-0001189 are eligible to apply to this Notice of Opportunity for Technical Assistance. There is no financial assistance available under this Notice; only technical assistance will be provided. Please see the full Notice under the FOA Documents section below.

The purpose of this Notice of Technical Assistance (NOTA) is to support the goal of the Climate Action Champions (CAC) Initiative through the Department of Energy (DOE) to strengthen Champions’ resilience to extreme weather and prepare for other effects of climate change. The CAC Initiative represents a significant enhancement of the Administration’s strategy of partnering with local government stakeholders to enhance their ability to prepare for and effectively respond to changes and disruptions to their energy systems. This NOTA is one of several DOE opportunities available to Champions, and is focused on Technical Assistance for CAC’s project development related to energy efficiency and renewable energy mitigation projects.

For projects selected under this NOTA, DOE will provide tailored hands-on Technical Assistance to the selected Climate Action Champions through the use of specifically assembled Technical Assistance teams. Members of these teams will be subject matter and technical experts in areas such as architecture, building science, finance, planning, project management, technologies, policy, regulation, etc. Significant participants of these teams will be selected at DOE’s discretion and could include the DOE Laboratory System, such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), among others. Other entities may be added to the teams by DOE as necessary. DOE will execute procurement instruments with the Technical Assistance team organization(s) using the funding awarded under this NOTA. DOE may choose to contract for non-lab Technical Assistance team members when necessary through a separate procurement instrument.

For Topic 1, if selected, it is anticipated most individual projects would receive Technical Assistance valued at between $10,000 and $150,000.

For Topic 2, if selected, individual project Technical Assistance is anticipated to be valued at no more than $50,000.

Technical Assistance may be provided to selected projects until the total available funds for Technical Assistance under this NOTA have been allocated or all selected projects have received the requested Technical Assistance. DOE may choose to offer a similar opportunity for Technical Assistance in future years. DOE will not purchase hardware or provide any direct funding to selected organizations through this Notice. There is no financial assistance available under this Notice; only Technical Assistance will be provided.

DOE anticipates entering into up to 16 agreements to provide Technical Assistance to selected organizations under this Notice during calendar year 2015. The actual number of agreements and the value of Technical Assistance provided to each selected project will depend on the amount of Technical Assistance required by selected projects and the amount of DOE funding available to support the Technical Assistance.

The period of performance of any individual agreements will be negotiated to accommodate the specific project being supported. The period of performance for typical projects under Topic 1 will depend on project complexity and other factors, and will not exceed 24 months. For Topic 2, the period of performance for Technical Assistance for design of low-energy commercial buildings must be completed by June 30, 2015.

Technical Assistance provided under this Notice is designed to help entities make informed decisions. Technical Assistance teams will provide information and options to enable planning and purchasing decisions. DOE and the Technical Assistance teams will not direct behavior, make decisions, or require entities to take any particular course of action. No funding will be provided directly to Climate Action Champions under this NOTA.

The Climate Action Champions NOTA Webinar below was recorded. The recording is available at this link:

Please register for the Climate Action Champions Notice of Technical Assistance Webinar on Mar 12, 2015 1:00 PM EDT at:

This is the U.S. Department of Energy’s informational webinar about its Climate Action Champions Notice of Technical Assistance (DE-FOA-0001315). The purpose is to give applicants a chance to ask general questions about the NOTA process. Webinar topics include:

• NOTA Description

• Topic Areas/Technical Areas of Interest

• Award Information

• Cost Sharing

• Full Applications

• Merit Review and Selection Process

• Registration Requirements

Webinar attendance is not mandatory and will not positively or negatively impact the overall review of any Applicant submissions. Applicants should refrain from asking questions or communicating information that would reveal confidential and/or proprietary information specific to their project.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Please see the full Notice, and a list of FAQs, in the FOA Documents section below.


  • Climate Action Champions PowerPoint Presentation from Webinar 3-12-2015 (Last Updated: 3/18/2015 01:47 PM ET)
  • CAC NOTA FAQs (Last Updated: 3/19/2015 02:59 PM ET)
  • Notice of Technical Assistance Topic 2 Webinar Slides 3-25-15 (Last Updated: 4/1/2015 04:30 PM ET)
  • Modification_0001_-_DE-FOA-0001315_-_Notice_of_Opportunity_for_Technical_Assistance_for_Climate_Action_Champions (Last Updated: 5/18/2015 05:28 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • Notice of Opportunity for Technical Assistance for Climate Action Champions (Last Updated: 2/25/2015 11:45 AM ET)

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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Full Application

  • Application for Federal Assistance SF-424 (Required for all Applicants) (Last Updated: 2/27/2015 05:55 PM ET)

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Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/15/2015 5:00 PM ET