DEED Funding for Utilities

Project grants

DEED grants encourage and promote energy innovation and support the development and demonstration of new, innovative technologies and techniques, and the creation of useful products and tools for the betterment of public power utilities and their customers. Grants often support pilot projects, new technology demonstrations, early commercialization projects, and the development of best practices. DEED members use grants to improve utilities by increasing efficiency, reducing costs, investigating new technologies, offering new services, and improving processes and practices to better serve customers. DEED grants have been used to improve reliability, safety, security, and lessen environmental impact  The grants are typically $25,000-$50,000 but could be up to $125,000. 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 scholarships to introduce students to career opportunities in public power — lineworker and technical education 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 in accredited lineworker programs, vocational schools, colleges or universities. Students require a DEED member utility to serve as a sponsor and mentor for their scholarship. Your utility or a student may initiate the scholarship application process. 

DEED member utility staff may apply for an intern to work at their utility. Simply provide a scope of work in the internship application. Utilities may apply with or without designating a student. Applications are due February 15 and October 15 each year. Learn more about funding opportunities for students.To access the scholarship application, or for questions, email us at [email protected] or call 202-467-2960.