Grants to Green is a new program intended to help nonprofit agencies and faith-based organizations in the Greater Huntsville community reduce their utility bills by improving the energy efficiency of their facilities. Through a competitive grant process, the Community Foundation will select qualified organizations to receive a grant to help defray the cost of an initial professional energy assessment. This assessment will identify areas of potential utility expense savings, and an estimate of the cost to implement energy system improvements necessary to attain the savings. It is anticipated that the investment the organization makes in the recommended improvements will have a very attractive return-on-investment with a relatively short payback period.
The overall goal is to reduce the operational costs of these organizations so that a larger portion of their budget can be directed to mission-based programs which help the residents of our community, and ultimately, to improve our quality of life. Another benefit is that this program will reduce the carbon footprint of the participating organizations thereby providing a positive environmental outcome.
The launch of Grants to Green in our community is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta (CFGA). CFGA operates a highly successful Grants to Green program in the Greater Atlanta region and has provided similar grants to support replication of the program in Iowa and Maine. We are proud to have been selected as the latest replication site for this exciting Collective Impact program.
To access funding for this project, please complete the following steps:
Step One: Complete a *FREE* benchmark, based on the following information, to see how your organization stacks up to other comparable organizations throughout the country. This benchmark will help assess your scope of anticipated energy savings.
- Complete a brief ENERGY STAR QUESTIONNAIRE.
- Complete an AUTHORIZATION FORM to allow Energy Alabama to view your most-recent utility bills.
Return these completed forms to Daniel Tait at Energy Alabama at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step Two: Based on the results of your benchmark, submit a LETTER OF INTEREST for a grant from the Grants to Green Fund to help fund an energy audit.
Contact Stuart Obermann at email@example.com for more information.