Project Timeline and Budget: Projects have two years to complete all stated milestones, deliver results, and spend all grant funds. Project costs associated with this grant are not to exceed $150,000 in either grant project year. Two-year funding will not exceed $300,000.
Climate Change Mitigation or Adaptation through Sustainable Energy and/or Water Initiatives: Projects must support local climate change mitigation or adaptation efforts. Proposals should detail the aspect of climate change mitigation and/or adaptation they intend to address (e.g. energy efficiency, renewable energy, water efficiency, green stormwater, etc.). Projects that seek funding solely for the design, purchase, or installation of sustainability measures are not eligible for grant funding. Design, purchase, or installation of individual sustainability measures may be funded when integrated into a larger project that meets all of the eligibility requirements (see examples of eligible projects below).
Equity and Inclusiveness: Projects must benefit and engage people of color, people with low incomes, and/or people of immigrant and refugee communities. Proposals must identify the project’s priority stakeholders, how they will be impacted by the project, and how they will be involved in shaping project design and implementation.
Community Partnership: Projects must leverage community support through partnerships. Proposals must have at least one project partner in addition to the lead applicant. All partners must demonstrate their commitment to the partnership by detailing the role they will play and how the partnership will improve outcomes of the proposed project. Solidifying a project with partners takes time. This RFP provides three months to solidify the project partnership. The strength of the partnership and the leverage the partnership provides will be evaluated through the scoring criteria.
Local Government Policy, Plans, or Programs: Projects must advance local government policies, plans, or programs, and proposals must clearly articulate how the project will go about advancing and supporting that local government policy, plan, or program. (This needs to be demonstrated by linking to or attaching documentation of the policy, plan, or program information). Examples include a climate action plan or neighborhood crime prevention program.
Project Match: While a dollar match is not required, successful applicants will demonstrate significant in-kind and/or cash support. In-kind support can include personnel time donated to the project, as well as donated services, equipment, and materials. For example, if a utility offers cash rebates for installed measures, the value of the cash rebates are a cash match. If an organization will host a series of workshops in a low-income neighborhood, the value of the personnel time to organize and lead the workshops is an in-kind match. Applicants must document the value of their matching in-kind and/or cash resources.