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What this Spreadsheet Provides
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The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) provides unprecedented investments that will cut climate pollution and accelerate the transition to clean energy - protecting our air, our climate, our health, and our communities. The IRA is the most significant climate bill in history and puts the U.S. on the path to cutting our climate pollution emissions in half by 2030 by jumpstarting the clean energy economy and creating a more just and healthy future for current and future generations.
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The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) also provided some investments that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase resilience to climate impacts.
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This document identifies federal grant and tax credit opportunities available to faith communities from both the IRA and IIJA.
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Federal agencies are still in the process of developing the guidance and programs for the Inflation Reduction Act. This document will be updated as new program guidance becomes available.
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States are also in the process of developing their programs with funding from both the IRA and IIJA. This document doesn't track these programs.
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Here are some resources to help you prepare for these programs. You can benchmark your buildings - line up 12 months of utility bills, find out the construction date of your building, track occupancy rates, and use IPL's Cool Congregations Calculator to learn more about your congregation's carbon footprint. You can also learn what other sources of funding you can leverage to go along with the federal funding - state, local, and utility. Research your own denomination's sources for funding for building improvements, for instance, the United Church of Christ Cornerstone Fund serves all congregations even if they are not UCC. Check out this list of funding sources for houses of workship to see additional denomination funding sources.
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Help us collect stories of houses of worship who use these programs, fill out this form..
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Terms Definitions
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Direct pay - (Also refered to as Elective Pay) Up front payment, point of sale rebate, rather than a tax credit. This allows non-taxable entities to benefit from the tax credits. IRS direct pay guidance. IRS pre-filing registration tool guidance.
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Direct pay resources:
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IRS factsheet
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Environment & Energy Studies Insitute direct pay overview
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Congressional Progressive Caucus Center direct pay FAQ
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Congressional Progressive Caucus Center step-by-step pre-registration IRS guide
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Holland & Knight offers this direct pay overview
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BlueGreen Alliance Direct Pay User Guide
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Step-by-Step Guide to Worker Protection Requirements for Direct Pay projects
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Lawyers for Good Government Elective Pay Resources
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Center for Public Enterprise new walkthrough of the IRS Elective Pay / Transferability pre-registration portal
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Investment Tax Credit - A dollar-for-dollar credit to offset expenses for investments in renewable energy projects.
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Production Tax Credit - A rebate based on the relevant product.
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Block Grant - A grant awarded for a specific local project, usually local governments.
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Technical Assistance - The process of providing targeted support with a development need.
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Justice40 map
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Interfaith Power & Light
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Interfaith Power & Light works in all 50 states and U.S. territories with a broad national network of state- and regional-level affiliates. IPL inspires and mobilizes people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate change. You can support our work by donating here.
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If you notice any errors in this document or missing programs, please send a note to Tiffany@interfaithpowerandlight.org.
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IPL will continue to provide updated information on our resource page on our website.
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