2024 Renew America's Schools Prize


2024 Renew America's Schools Prize

Illustrated graphic of blue sky and trees with text that reads, "2024 Renew America's Schools Prize: Funding by Portfolio Size." Under that is a table with three rows and three columns. The columns from left to right state, "Phase 1: Prize Portfolio + Team. Phase 2: Cooperative Agreement Strategic Plan + Energy Audits. Phase 3: Cooperative Agreement Implementation." The three rows from top to bottom say "10-14 Schools and School Facilities. 15-19 Schools and School Facilities. 20+ Schools and School Facilit

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched the $500 million Renew America’s Schools Program to promote the implementation of clean energy improvements at K–12 public schools across the country. This first-of-its-kind investment, funded by President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), aims to help school communities make energy upgrades that will decrease energy use and cost, improve indoor air quality, and foster healthier learning environments.

The Renew America’s Schools program launched its first round of funding in 2022 and has since invested $182.5 million in public school districts across America. The $4.5 million Energy CLASS Prize (2022–2024) helped Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) build capacity for energy management and prepare to implement energy-infrastructure upgrades. The $178 million Renew America’s Schools grant (2022–2024) funded clean energy and energy efficiency upgrades at over 90 school facilities in 22 states—directly benefiting more than 74,000 students and 5,000 teachers.  

NOW OPEN: The 2024 Renew America’s Schools Prize implements a prize-to-cooperative-agreement funding model to streamline the application process, expedite the award process, and provide winners earlier and more targeted support. Like the 2022 Renew America’s Schools grant, the 2024 Renew America’s Schools Prize will fund energy-efficient and clean energy infrastructure improvements at school districts across America.