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Empowering Energy Partnerships in Indiana Communities (EPIC)

About the Program

The Empowering Energy Partnerships in Indiana Communities (EPIC) program is funded by Indiana's State Energy Program enhanced formula funds authorized by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The Indiana Office of Energy Development (OED) is making approximately $2.5 million available for community-based energy projects that support comprehensive and impactful solutions with a focus on development and enhancing broad partnerships. Proposals to the program must be able to define the community energy needs, solutions, and measurable outcomes within one or more of the following topic categories:

  1. Energy Efficiency
  2. Energy Security and Reliability
  3. Alternative Fueling and Charging Infrastructure
  4. Clean Energy Resources

There is no minimum or maximum award amount, but OED anticipates awards averaging $300,000 to $500,000 per awardee. Applicants must provide at least 20% match, and project lengths should aim to be three years or less.

Eligible entities for the EPIC program include local units of government, non-profit organizations, for-profit entities, and institutions of higher education. Entities that work throughout a community or region and can coordinate partnerships are strongly encouraged, such as local and regional economic development organizations, community foundations, and other organizations that participate in community development initiatives.

Application Process and Deadlines

March 4, 2024 – Funding opportunity announced

Early coordination and assistance through May 1, 2024. Register for any of the open office hours below to receive assistance with OED program staff or contact Cary Aubrey at to schedule a 1:1.

March 20, 2024, 10 – 11 am ET. Registration Link.

March 27, 2024, 10 – 11 am ET. Registration Link.

April 3, 2024, 10 – 11 am ET. Registration Link.

April 10, 2024, 10 – 11 am ET. Registration Link.

April 17, 2024, 10 – 11 am ET. Registration Link.

May 1, 2024, 11:59 pm ET – Letter of Intent due

May 15, 2024, 10 – 11 am ET – Technical assistance webinar. Registration information will be distributed to those who have submitted an LOI.

June 30, 2024, 11:59 pm ET – Applications due

August 2024 – Award selection notifications

Application Instructions and Forms

For full application program details and application instructions, refer to the EPIC Program guidebook for the EPIC program that provides detailed information about the program and application process. Related application forms are also available below.

Additional supporting documentation, include:

  • Map(s) of the project location(s)
  • Energy Plans or Audits that substantiate the need for the project
  • Letters of Commitment from stakeholders that are included in this project
  • Quotes and cost documentation for budget items, as applicable
  • Match commitment letters, and
  • Any other applicable supporting documents

Press Release

For the press release, click here.

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