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Renew America's Nonprofits Program

Federal Agency


Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)


To fund products, equipment, or systems that reduce energy or fuel consumption by nonprofit organizations.

Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements

Eligible entities include 501(c)3 non-profits. Priority will be given to applicants based on (A) the energy savings achieved; (B) the cost effectiveness of the use of energy-efficiency materials; (C) an effective plan for evaluation, measurement, and verification of energy savings; and (D) the financial need of the applicant.

Decarbonization Considerations

The program helps to deploy energy-efficient materials in non-profit buildings. These projects may demonstrate the success of energy efficient materials, encouraging adoption in surrounding buildings.

Equity Considerations

Non-profits are often unable to pay for such capital improvements on their own. Supported non-profits may include community organizations in underserved areas.

Helpful Tips

Prime recipients apply with their intended subrecipients and the application is rated as a package based on energy related impacts of portfolios, including energy and cost savings, emissions reductions, and cost effectiveness; leverage and sustainability impacts; and community benefits. Once portfolios are assembled and shared with DOE, selected Prime recipients will then subaward up to $200,000 to Subrecipients for individual building energy efficiency projects in their assembled portfolios.

Other Notes

Performance-based evaluation criteria include (A) energy savings; (B) cost-effectiveness of materials used; (C) plans for evaluation, measurement, and verification of energy savings; and (D) financial need. $50,000,000 in funding available until expended

Deadline (Announced or Anticipated)

June 29, 2023 (Letter of Intent (not required)); August 3, 2023 (Full Application)

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Matching Funds

20% cost share required

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