The application period for the Washington State Energy Efficiency Grant Program opened on November 9th.
This grant opportunity is part of the Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants Program.
Approximately $3,570,000 in funding will be available to grantees with a maximum of $500,000 available to each applicant. There is no minimum request amount. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. on Jan. 29, 2021.
These grants are for energy efficiency retrofits at existing facilities that result in energy and operational cost savings. This funding enables organizations to take actionable steps toward reducing energy and water consumption in existing public facilities across Washington State. In addition to realizing cost savings, this program provides opportunities to improve the health and safety for building occupants such as students, teachers and other public employees, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Eligible applicants include:
- Local Agencies
- Local Agencies include any city, town, county, special purpose district, municipal corporation, agency, port district or authority, or political subdivision of any type, or any other entity or authority of local government in corporate form or otherwise.
- Public Higher Education Institutions
- School Districts
- State Agencies
- Federally Recognized Tribal Governments
To increase the equitable distribution of resources and funding, the program sets aside 20% of the funding for projects located in small towns and cities (populations of 5,000 or less). These entities have a lower match requirement, ensuring that rural communities with fewer resources also benefit from energy efficiency projects. In 2019, new proviso language was adopted to allow the inclusion of federally recognized Tribal governments as eligible applicants.
A pre-proposal Applicant’s conference webinar is scheduled to be held at 10 am on November 19, 2020. All prospective applicants are encouraged to attend; however, attendance is not mandatory. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the program webpage. Please visit the EE Grant webpage for more details.