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Incentives/Policies for Energy Efficiency

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Grants to Green Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 08/26/2014
Program Overview:
State: Georgia
Incentive Type: Non-Profit Grant Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Lighting, Chillers , Furnaces , Boilers, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Applicable Sectors: Nonprofit
Maximum Incentive:$50,000
Funding Source:The Community Foundation
Web Site:

Grants to Green is a collaborative grant program of The Community Foundation, and Southface Enterprise Institute. The program offers grants to nonprofits for energy efficiency upgrades to existing buildings or for buildings that are built more efficiently than required by the building code. In order to qualify for a grant, the nonprofit must first have an Energy and Water Use Audit or a Green Building Design Review (in the case of a new building). The Community Foundation will provide an audit (Assessment Award) at no cost. Specifically, facility renovations or expansions may receive funding for:

  • Labor costs associated with the implementation of improvements recommended by the audit
  • HVAC system upgrades to more efficient units
  • Water efficient fixture replacements
  • Lighting upgrades
  • Building shell improvements

New construction projects can use funding for the difference in cost between code-compliant building systems and energy efficient systems, including:

  • HVAC equipment with higher Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) or Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) ratings
  • Higher efficiency lighting
  • Water-saving technologies
  • Products (flooring, cabinets) that contain local, recycled, and/or rapidly renewable materials

Among other requirements, the nonprofit must be classified as a 501(c)(3) organization with the Internal Revenue Service and be in good standing with the Georgia Secretary of State's Office as a nonprofit. The organization and building must be located within the Atlanta metropolitan area, organization must have at least one full-time employee, and must be in operation as a nonprofit for at least 2 years before applying for the grant. Nonprofits operated by religious organzations are ineligible for grant funding. Nonprofits must provide matching funds (cash or in-kind). Amount of required match is dependent on the organization's budget and grant size.

See the program web site for more details and for application materials.


  Jasper Tanner
The Community Foundation
Grants to Green
50 Hurt Plaza
Suite 449
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 526-1103
Phone 2: (404) 688-5525
Web Site:
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