Bringing energy-efficiency retrofits to scale
Our goal is to demonstrate successful approaches for bringing energy-efficiency retrofits into widespread use by addressing barriers such as financing, performance measurement and disclosure, marketing and behavior.
We support thought leaders and practitioners who are testing promising new models for bringing retrofits to scale in particular segments of the building sector.
We are particularly interested in efforts that:
- Address financing challenges.
- Build market demand for retrofits.
- Strive for deep energy savings.
We support only those projects that offer lessons that can be applied broadly in the field.We award both grants and program-related investments in support of bringing retrofits to scale.
Who may apply?
- U.S.-based 501(c)(3) organizations and their Canadian equivalents
- Government entities
Who will be competitive?
- We award support to organizations whose work aligns closely with our strategies and holds strong promise to bring about positive change.
- We award support to organizations that work nationally, across multiple states or at the regional or statewide level. Projects that are local in scope without clear replication potential rarely are funded.
- The majority of grants and program-related investments are made within the United States. We do not support projects outside of North America.
We do not fund:
- Environmental education programs or the development of curricula.
- Media projects unless they are tightly aligned with our grantmaking strategies and advance the work of our grantees.
- The construction or renovation of facilities or individual renewable-energy installations.
- The acquisition of land, other property or conservation easements for solely land-conservation purposes.
- The costs associated with designing and planning environmentally responsible buildings.
- Primary scientific research.
- Research and development of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.
- International projects outside of North America.
The Environment Program primarily accepts grant requests by invitation. However, if your organization’s work is consistent with the program’s goals, you may submit a preliminary application as a means of letting Environment Program staff learn more about your activities.
An application has two parts:
- Part 1, the preliminary application, contains a data-entry component and several attachments, including a narrative.
- If a program staff member determines your request has potential for funding, he or she will ask you to provide additional information. This will constitute Part 2 of the application process.