Non-Profit Facility Energy Efficiency Grants (Application Process)
Energy Outreach Colorado offers facility energy efficiency grants for non-profit organizations serving low-income individuals and families. As a result, non-profits can reduce their energy costs and allocate more of their operating budget to community services.
EOC accepts grant applications from organizations that:
- Are 501(c)3 non-profit organizations; we will also consider churches with outreach programs
- Own a facility that demonstrates a need for efficiency improvements; we will also consider long-term leases; (we cannot accept applications from government-owned buildings)
- Serve low-income populations, including the elderly, people with special needs and families with children
- Pay the utility bills for their facility and have historical utility data (ideally two previous years)
- Currently use the facility; we will also consider facilities temporarily closed for renovation
Priority will be given to facilities with high energy demands, such as 24-hour and day shelters, safe houses and residential treatment centers.
Participating non-profits receive free energy audits and cost-effective energy efficiency improvements to their facility. Their staff and clients are also educated about energy conservation practices that add to their energy savings. Once these investments are made, the energy cost savings are ongoing. Participants have saved an average of 19% annually on their energy bills.
Grant funding is provided through organizations, including the City of Denver’s Office of Strategic Partnerships and utility companies Xcel Energy, Atmos Energy and SourceGas.
Applications are reviewed three times per year: February 15, June 15 and October 15. Applicants will be notified of decisions within six weeks of February 15, June 15 and October 15.
Applications and required documents are reviewed by a committee of industry professionals that meets following each of the three application periods: February 15, June 15 and October 15.
All qualifying grant recipients must:
- Assemble an Action Team to Develop and Implement an Energy Conservation Action Plan.
- Team must consist of sponsor, team members and team leader.
- Team must address at least three no-cost conservation opportunities, as well as the other items listed in EOC’s Action Plan Template.
- Provide EOC with documentation to support the efforts being made by the team to address these opportunities.
- Present the plan at EOC’s Funder Approval Meeting.
- Attend NEEP Community Share to share your team’s success with other participating non-profits.
- Provide EOC with a Response to Funding
- Three questions will need to be answered before EOC can implement work at your facility.
- EOC will provide support in how to answer these questions.
- Does not need to be filled out until after the Funding Approval Meeting.
- Develop a Maintenance Plan
- EOC will provide each non-profit with an equipment list of the equipment within the facility.
- Your non-profit will be required to create a long-term maintenance plan for your facility based on your equipment list, attend workshops about maintaining your building and adopt new policies that will keep your building running as efficiently as possible.
- OPTIONAL: Identify Additional Funding
- There may be measures that can only be partially covered by Non-Profit Energy Assistance (NEEP) or not covered by NEEP at all. In those cases, you may be interested in exploring additional funding.
- EOC will help you prioritize higher-cost opportunities not covered through NEEP.
- EOC will also provide you with information about additional funding opportunities.