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DOE Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) Grant Applications Support

At a Glance

Grant Preparation

Helped develop and prepare the grant application, including

  • Detailed technical report
  • Stakeholder engagement strategy
  • Community benefits plan
  • Report on historical resilience investments

Successful Submission

Finalized the application

  • Ensured alignment with DOE requirements
  • Successfully submitted the grant proposal on time and on budget

Tools and Resources

Provided the client with a comprehensive set of tools

  • To prepare for award negotiations
  • To understand post-award reporting and compliance requirements


Our client, a large Midwest U.S. electric and gas utility, was interested in capitalizing on the significant funding opportunities presented by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), which passed in November 2021. The IIJA appropriated $62 billion to the Department of Energy (DOE) designed to modernize and upgrade U.S. infrastructure. The policy targets a broad set of objectives that principally focus on building a clean and equitable energy economy. The DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) was released in November 2022, which outlined instructions for interested parties to submit project proposals that achieve the program goals to transform electric system resilience, catalyze and leverage private capital for impactful technology deployment, and advance community benefits. ScottMadden was engaged to help our client develop and submit their grant application to fund a transformative grid reliability and resiliency investment to underground hundreds of miles of aging overhead distribution circuits. We were retained to help our client navigate the complex and challenging grant application requirements outlined by DOE, create a compelling narrative to explain how the proposed program benefits disadvantaged communities, and develop the strongest possible application to highlight how the project achieves the goals of the IIJA.


  • Reviewed the FOA and developed a detailed compliance matrix to identify the myriad overlapping technical and legal requirements for the application.
  • Our initial efforts prioritized long lead-time application components, including development of a comprehensive community benefits plan and pursuing letters of support from stakeholders and community representatives to demonstrate how the proposed project will result in meaningful community and labor engagement, create quality jobs, minimize environmental impact, and ensure that at least 40% of benefits flow to disadvantaged communities (i.e., Justice40).
  • Our team led the collection and documentation of data and information to fulfill each component of the grant application, coordinating across multiple utility groups, leveraging daily team stand-up meetings and various working group sessions to facilitate feedback and subject matter expert review.
  • Over approximately a two-month project, ScottMadden helped develop and prepare the grant application for submittal, including a detailed technical report, stakeholder engagement strategy and community benefits plan, and a report on historical resilience investments, among others.


  • ScottMadden drafted and finalized the application to ensure alignment with FOA requirements and successfully submitted the grant proposal on time and on budget
  • We also provided the client team with a comprehensive set of tools and information to prepare for award negotiations and to understand post-award reporting and compliance requirements

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