Energy Efficiency Grants for Nonprofits
Energy Efficiency Grants for Nonprofits in the United States
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Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
The Alternative and Clean Energy Program (ACE) provides financial assistance in the form of grant and loan funds that will be used by eligible applicants for the utilization, development and construction of alternative and clean energy projects in the state. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA).
Activities to promote the utilization, development and construction of alternative and clean energy projects, infrastructure associated with compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas fueling stations, plus energy efficiency and energy conservation projects in the state.
NOTE: Grants awarded by the Barr Foundation originate in different ways. The majority are initiated by our staff. Additionally, given the value we place on long-term partnerships, many grants are renewals for current grantees.
However, we welcome inquiries from those who feel their work may align with Barr’s priorities and who wish to introduce themselves to us. The best approach is to send a brief description (we suggest 300–400 words) of your organization and the funding opportunity you would like us to consider.
To address climate change, we advance equitable solutions for clean energy, mobility, and resilient communities.
Climate change is real. It is happening. It is accelerating. All over the world, people are experiencing its effects. And these are becoming more devastating every year—a trend that can be checked only through dramatic, global effort.
While climate change is a global challenge, cities, states, and regions have become vital agents of leadership. We believe breakthroughs and progress will continue coming from the ground up and that Barr can help catalyze and advance solutions and leadership across our region in ways that also spur broader action. On occasion, we engage in targeted national or global efforts with significant opportunities to contribute to impact. Yet our principal geographic focus is the U.S. Northeast.
We focus on the two areas that produce the most greenhouse gas emissions:
- how we generate and use energy; and
- how we move around.
In addition, we acknowledge that even with concerted efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change, they are inevitable. Coastal cities such as Boston are particularly vulnerable. Our Climate Resilience focus area aims to increase the capacity of Metro Boston communities to prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change.
Clean Energy Strategies
Our goal is to reduce the energy sector’s emissions by building the path to a clean, efficient, and modern energy system.
Scaling clean and scaling smart for a U.S. Northeast powered by clean energy.
To realize a region powered by clean energy will require radical reinvention of energy systems across the Northeast. Our efforts to catalyze dramatic, transformative change in energy generation and use across the region are aligned under the following two strategies:
1. Accelerate the expansion of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the Northeast.
- Sustain the leadership of the region on climate action.
- Advance renewable energy deployment across the region.
- Accelerate uptake and innovation in comprehensive energy efficiency.
- Strengthen the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
- Foster the creation of a modernized electric grid that encourages local, resilient, renewable energy, greater energy efficiency, and customer control over energy use.
2. Promote sharing of effective clean energy practices, policies, and communication strategies across the U.S. and globally.
- Foster peer-to-peer networks of city and state officials, advocates, or others engaged in advancing clean energy to share what’s working and what isn’t, and to scale effective solutions.
- Advance effective communications about the urgency and opportunities for clean energy.
Our goal is to reduce transportation-related emissions by modernizing our transportation system and accelerating the development of low-carbon communities.
While cleaner fuels and more efficient vehicles have limited growth in transportation-related emissions, to achieve the dramatic reductions required, we must transform how we move around and build communities. That is why Barr’s Mobility portfolio focuses on smarter travel and smarter places.
We need new conversations and new ideas, and we must shift focus from what isn’t working to what’s possible. We see Barr’s role as helping to build understanding about challenges and potential solutions, and helping to bring solutions to life—creating more walkable, vibrant communities that work for people. In many ways, our region and nation lag behind others in realizing this vision. Yet we know we have the potential to be bold and lead—even as we learn from and with others engaged in this work.
Our efforts to achieve this goal are aligned under the following two strategies:
1. Improve and modernize the region’s transportation system.
- Strengthen our existing MBTA system: Support research and communications to inform public discussion and decision-making about current and future transportation needs and to increase public confidence that the transportation system can work.
- Expand mobility choices and financing options: Support research, communications, convening, and learning opportunities to explore and catalyze new solutions for closing transit gaps and for sustainably financing transportation in the region.
- Catalyze a seamless, 21st-century transportation system: Invest in leadership, leverage technology, and support innovative pilots that can help catalyze a seamless, 21st-century transportation system.
2. Accelerate the development of low-carbon communities.
- Strengthen planning and development capacity in outer-ring suburbs and rapidly-developing cities that are, or could be, well connected to transportation.
- Support research, convening, communications, and advocacy that advances smart-growth development across the region.
Preparing for the impacts of climate change by accelerating resilience in policies, plans, and designs.
Metro Boston is one of the most vulnerable places in the United States to climate change. Sea-level rise, heat waves, and increased precipitation will profoundly impact the region, its people, physical assets, economy, and culture.
Barr seeks to catalyze the creation of bold and creative solutions that protect Metro Boston’s livability and economic vitality in the face of severe weather events. In addition to supporting standalone resilience efforts, we seek opportunities to integrate resilience into our Clean Energy, Mobility, and Boston Waterfront work, as actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions can offer opportunities to make the region more resilient.
To accelerate climate resilience in the region, we need informed and mobilized stakeholders, supportive policies and regulatory frameworks, and strong examples of climate resilient design and infrastructure. Our efforts to catalyze climate resilience are aligned under the following three strategies:
1. Build awareness of climate impacts, risks, and resilience strategies.
- Build Awareness
- Develop and disseminate value propositions that engage key stakeholders, including low-income and communities of color.
- Strengthen the development of data and research that informs the creation of solution that are equitable, relevant, timely and actionable and highlight co-benefits.
- Increase public awareness and engagement through the use of apps, charrettes, and other interactive experiences that engage residents and communities.
2. Mobilize key constituencies to advance policy and implement resilience plans.
- Mobilize Key Constituencies
- Strengthen the leadership development and capacity of communities to influence local and regional climate-resilience planning, policy development, and implementation.
- Develop professional resilience practice networks to encourage developers, architects, landscapers, engineers, planners, and healthcare providers to incorporate resilience into their work.
- Support advocacy organizations to educate and hold policymakers accountable for resilience policy, code, and zoning changes at the municipal and state levels.
3. Support demonstration projects that integrate resilience into the fabric of cities.
- Demonstration Projects
- Transform Metro Boston into a model of urban resilience with real policies and district-scale resilience solutions.
- Integrate resilience into capital project planning so it is embedded in future design processes.
- Support the use of green infrastructure and other natural systems to manage stormwater, mitigate heat, and provide additional benefits.
Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation
NOTE: Requests are considered quarterly by our Community Investment Boards
Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation
Through its Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, as well as EnergyShare and other programs, Dominion Energy contributed nearly $35 million in 2018 to community causes throughout its footprint and beyond. The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation award grants in four focus areas:
- Human needs grants that support increased food security, housing and shelter, and access to basic medical and health care.
- Environmental stewardship grants to protect natural resources and help non-profit organizations make efficient use of energy.
- Education grants to develop the capacity of the future workforce, especially in STEM and energy fields.
- Community vitality grants to foster an appreciation of diversity, revitalize neighborhoods and ensure a vibrant community life through support of cultural endeavors.
Because the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation supports a wide range of charitable programs, most grants are in the $1,000 to $15,000 range. Higher amounts may be awarded when a program is an exceptional fit with corporate business- or giving priorities, or when there is significant employee involvement in the effort.
Heartland Utilities for Energy Efficiency
NOTE: Grant applications may be submitted at any time and will be reviewed at the next regularly scheduled monthly HUEE board meeting.
Established in 2002, Heartland Utilities for Energy Efficiency (HUEE) was organized with the purpose to promote energy efficiency through energy education, resources and actions to help assure a secure energy future for residents of the greater Kansas City area. HUEE provides grants to organizations focusing on providing energy efficiency education activities or the adoption of energy efficiency measures in the residential sector.
The Heartland Utilities for Energy Efficiency (HUEE) represents electric and gas utilities in the Kansas City region. HUEE encourages grassroots outreach efforts focused on neighborhoods or specific populations. Existing programs where value-added can be achieved by additional funding are encouraged to apply for grant funds. The HUEE board will review all requests for funding.
Areas of Primary Focus
Priority will be given to organizations with a focus on the following:
- Housing stock built prior to 1990.
- Increasing energy efficiency education awareness.
- Programs focusing on low to moderate income families, including education and follow-up on issues that need to be resolved (a third party may need to be consulted).
- General information and techniques to increase energy efficiency; rather than a specific fuel, device, or energy source.
- Purchase and/or installation of residential energy efficient device, i.e., caulking, weather-stripping, outlet/light switch gaskets, low flow faucet aerators and showerheads, water heater insulation pipe wrap, and minor exterior home repair to reduce air infiltration.
- (Limitations will be at the discretion of the HUEE board.)
- Labor or materials to weatherize homes in conjunction with a larger program (funding will be considered for small or incidental items and unit costs must be delineated in the proposal); total costs not to exceed $5,000 per grant approved.
Grant Funding Amount
Grants can range from $500 to $5,000. The HUEE Board reserves its right to select projects it feels best meets the criteria of the program and goals of the organization.
Richard King Mellon Foundation
In Western Pennsylvania and across the nation, important habitats are imperiled, threatening biodiversity and undermining people’s quality of life.
Wildlife flourishes and people thrive in those once-imperiled habitats, through strategic land protection, stewardship, and activation, and sustainable economic development that deploys renewable energy and new technologies that foster livable communities and healthy natural systems.
- Protecting large landscapes with high biodiversity
- Conserving forests, estuaries, coastal area, and other critical ecosystems
- Connecting habitats with high biodiversity
- Enhancing ecosystems
- Fostering collaboration with regional, national, and international partners
- Building strong rural economies in areas adjacent to conserved land
- Promoting sustainable use of natural resources to improve quality of life
- Broadening the conservation movement
- Fostering the use of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable use of natural resources
- Advancing novel sustainable technologies
- Improving environmental factors that affect people’s quality of life
What We Fund
The Richard King Mellon Foundation welcomes bold ideas to serve our communities and advance our strategy. Across all programs, every grant and PRI has both a funding purpose and a funding type.
The Foundation supports ideas at all stages of their development and implementation. Identifying the funding purpose for each grant or PRI helps us to establish shared expectations with our partners, understand risks, and create on-ramps and off-ramps for the Foundation's funding.
Planning and Innovation: This funding supports experimentation and the development of new ideas. Recipients might conduct activities such as piloting minimally viable products/services or completing a feasibility study. At the conclusion of a planning and innovation grant, funding recipients and Foundation staff will work together to understand the successes, challenges, and future possibilities resulting from the initial funding.
Implementation: This funding provides support for more developed concepts and services. Recipients might continue current programs, construct a building, train staff, carry out a marketing campaign, or conduct a third-party evaluation. Recipients of this funding often have demonstrated past successes and have capacity to engage in iteration and evaluation.
Scalability: This funding supports extending the reach of a promising model or project. Recipients might participate in conferences or publishing, convene networks, provide technical support to other organizations, or expand service delivery.
The Foundation provides grants and PRIs that offer varying degrees of flexibility for how the resources can be used.
General Operating Support: refers to funding that is not restricted to any one project.
Project Support: provides support to a specific project with a predetermined cost. Grant funds are restricted and must be used for the stated project.
Capital Support: refers to physical assets (buildings, vehicles, technology systems, equipment) which will aid the grantee in serving its clients. For building projects, the Foundation strongly encourages applicants to incorporate LEED, energy star, living building, or other sustainability components, as well as green infrastructure such as bio-swales, rain gardens, and permeable pavement.
Land Acquisition: refers to funding that is used to purchase land or easements for the purpose of conserving land, as described in the Habitat Conservation investment area in the Conservation program.
Constellation Energy Resources
Developing Tomorrow’s Energy Leaders, Today
Through the E2 Energy to EducateSM grant program, Constellation offers students in grades 6-12 and college opportunities to experience problem-solving today’s and tomorrow’s energy challenges. Grant funds support projects designed to enhance students’ understanding of science and technology, and inspire them to think differently about energy.