HOPE for HOMES Act begins accepting applications

Published: Jul. 18, 2023 at 6:10 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 18, 2023 at 3:32 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON. (WCAX) - Applications are now being accepted for workforce development grants to create green jobs across the country.

Vermont Sen. Peter Welch spearheaded the program, which he calls a “win-win-win” for green jobs, homeowners and the environment.

He says states can take advantage of the workforce program grants that help create green energy jobs, an industry he calls the future.

The grants will help educate and train people in energy efficiency in the hopes of creating a new generation of green energy workers.

HOPE for HOMES Act passed as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Inflation Reduction Act last year.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of State and Community Energy Programs opened the program for state energy offices Monday. State offices can apply for funding from the State-Based Home Energy Efficiency Contractor Training Grants program to “support education, training, and certification of a new generation of the residential energy efficiency workforce.”

Workers trained in Contractor Training Grants programs should be prepared to implement Home Energy Rebate Programs, which will issue approximately $9 billion to state energy offices to retrofit and electrify homes. Applications are due September 30, 2023. Click here for more information on the program.