Energy Efficiency

Funding Opportunities for 2014

To learn more about our energy efficiency grant opportunities and how to apply online, please use the links below to access guidelines and criteria for each funding opportunity.
Through its Energy Efficiency Program, the Foundation will continue to support nonprofit organizations and local governments in their efforts to reduce energy consumption in buildings and important process operations like waste water treatment. By reducing energy consumption, nonprofits and local governments help the environment and save taxpayers money.

Open Eligibility and New Incentive Structure for Lighting

The program focus for 2014 will continue to be improvements to lighting and space conditioning in existing buildings and the "greening" of new construction. The Foundation is introducing a new incentive and format methodology for lighting and will no longer provide grants on the basis of $500 per kilowatt reduced. Most importantly, there will be open eligibility to ALL qualifying applicants considered a Unit of Government or federally recognized 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. The application process is expected to be highly competitive. If requests exceed available funds, preference will be given to those applicants who have not previously been awarded a lighting grant.

In 2013, the Foundation introduced the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Waste Water Pilot Program for publicly owned and operated waste water treatment plants. This program awarded grants that collectively will reduce over 8 Million kilowatt hours of electricity annually. For 2014, the program is no longer considered a Pilot and the Foundation will accept applications twice a year as part of the competitive grant cycles on January 14 and July 15. Funding will be available for improvements ranging from aeration systems to solar photovoltaics to bio-gas recovery.

Eligible applicants designing LEED buildings at the Silver, Gold or Platinum levels of certification can continue to apply for design/commissioning and capital systems funding in a single application as part of the Foundation's High Performance Green Buildings Program. Please review this program as requirements and incentives available for renewable energy systems have changed for 2014.