Certification Application Cycle

The Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program reviews certification applications from local governments three times a year, according to a set schedule that is referred to as the application cycle. The three deadlines fall near the beginning of the first three quarters of each year. These deadlines are followed by a review period of about seven weeks, after which applicants will be notified if they achieved certification. Local governments that do not meet the requirements should review the comments they received from reviewers, modify their action submittals, and re-apply before the next quarterly deadline.

See below for the dates of the next four review rounds.

Please note: The Q2 review round was limited to applications from those that applied for Q1 round and did not reach certification. New applications received after January 6, 2023 will be reviewed in July 2023 as part of the Q3 round.


Application Cycle for 2023 & 2024
Application DeadlineJan. 6, 2023Apr. 7, 2023Jul. 7, 2023Jan. 5, 2024
Applicant NotificationMar. 3, 2023May 26, 2023Sept. 8, 2023Feb. 23, 2024