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Community Benefits & Equity Plans Masterclass

Learn the best practices, little-known strategies, and tools to create impactful and actionable plans.

As your public power utility applies for an unprecedented amount of federal funding, you must be prepared to demonstrate equity and community benefits considerations in your project plan and implementation. To create a competitive application, your equity planning must begin before a funding opportunity drops. 

Though the equity plan is technically 20% of a federal application, your plan is worth much more than that as its impacts are woven into the entire application. Don’t wait for a funding opportunity to drop—begin your community benefits and equity planning now.


  • CEOs and executives
  • Program managers
  • Energy efficiency staff
  • Joint Action Agencies
  • Utility associations


Choose from 2 sessions

August 13 & 20 or September 10 & 17


Total length

6 hours over two days


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Use the form below. $450/person


You'll learn:

  1. About DOE’s Community Benefits Plan subtopics: Engaging Communities in Labor, Investing in America’s Workforce, Advancing DEIA, and Justice40 Initiative

  2. Types of equity plans across federal agencies, including DOE, EPA, and DOT

  3. How to build an effective team and work together, including the importance of written agreements

  4. How to capitalize on your current community engagement, including tactics for inclusive community engagement

  5. How to translate your program into SMART goals and meaningful measurable benefits

  6. Tips for building a budget


Rachel Snyder Miller

Rachel Snyder Miller

As Project Manager for the Government Team, Rachel Snyder Miller brings a passion for good writing and advocacy to work each day. She enriches Milepost with broad cross-sector experiences from the education and nonprofit worlds. After earning her Master's in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill, Rachel moved into the nonprofit sector and then began working as a grant writer for organizations all over the country, but her MPA work sparked her lifelong love of the government sector...   Learn more



"I really loved the general knowledge — everything was critical for me. I really valued the breakout sessions, especially those surrounding J40, Workforce, etc."

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