DEED Funding for Utilities

Project grants

DEED members may apply for grants to help fund innovative projects to reduce costs, investigate new technologies, offer new services, and improve processes and practices to better serve customers. Grant projects usually address energy efficiency, environmental, reliability, safety, security, and telecommunications issues. The grants are typically $25,000-$50,000 but could be up to $125,000. Grants may be awarded to support pilot projects, new technology demonstrations, early commercialization projects, and the development of best practices. See examples of DEED-funded grant projects.

View the Grant Reporting Requirements for information on your responsibilities regarding your current grant.

Before applying for funding, DEED members may explore potential projects and partnership opportunities with industry vendors that are Association corporate associate members. Use the DEED Idea Exchange.

It can also be helpful to use the DEED Project Database, a storehouse of current and completed DEED project reports, to learn what projects have been completed or are underway on your topic of interest. Perhaps your project idea has already been supported by DEED and the knowledge you seek is in a completed report.   

The online grant application process is quick and easy so that small utilities with limited staff and resources can apply. View sample grant applicationApplications are due February 15 and August 15 each year. To get access to the grant application, or for questions, email us at [email protected] or call 202-467-2900.

Students at your utility

Student scholarships awarded through DEED help your utility attract new talent and enhance your profile in the community. You can help students earn valuable work experience, financial support, and college credits.

DEED offers four types of funding to introduce students to career opportunities in public power — educational scholarships student internships, student research grants, and technical design projects. To apply, students must be studying energy-related disciplines and must be accepted or enrolled full-time in vocational schools or accredited colleges and universities. Students require a DEED member utility mentor to serve as mentor for their scholarships. Your utility or a student may initiate the scholarship application process. Learn more about funding opportunities for students.

Apply for a student intern to work at your utility. You may apply with or without designating a specific student. Applications are due February 15 and October 15 of each year. To get access to the scholarship application, or for questions, email us at [email protected] or call 202-467-2960.