Clean Energy Communities Program

Clean Energy Communities Program

Building a more sustainable New York starts with building more sustainable communities. Local governments affect energy choices in their communities, from government operations to homes, businesses, and community institutions.

Local governments in New York State can use the Clean Energy Communities program to implement clean energy actions, save energy costs, create jobs, and improve the environment. In addition to providing tools, resources, and technical assistance, the program recognizes and rewards leadership for the completion of clean energy projects.

Who Can Apply

Elected officials or employees of local governments across New York State.

How it Works

Communities that complete four out of the 10 High Impact Actions and meet all other eligibility requirements are:

  • Designated by New York State as a Clean Energy Community
  • Eligible to apply for grants to fund additional clean energy projects

At no cost to the local government, Clean Energy Communities Coordinators are available to help local leaders to:

  • Develop and prioritize clean energy goals
  • Access guidance resources such as templates for legislation, procurement, and contracts
  • Take advantage of available funding and technical assistance opportunities

How to Apply

To be designated a Clean Energy Community, local governments must submit documentationLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. for each of the four completed High Impact Actions.

Local governments that earn the Clean Energy Communities designation must complete the online application for additional fundingLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

Read the Clean Energy Communities Guidance Document for complete details about how to submit documentation for the Clean Energy Communities designation and how to apply for funding for clean energy projects.


Applications for grant funding will be reviewed until 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on September 30, 2019, or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.


Elected officials or employees of local governments can email a Clean Energy Communities Coordinator at for assistance navigating the program.