GRANTS

Funding Opportunities

Numerous sources of funding for green building are available at the national, state and local levels for homeowners, industry, government organizations and nonprofits. We are providing the links on this page to help you find a variety of funding sources including grants, tax-credits, loans, or others. Please contact us with suggestions to add other green building funding opportunities not listed on this page. EPA does not currently provide funding to support green building projects.

Important note about funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: For information on programs that provide funding under this Act, please visit Recovery.gov or EPA’s Recovery Act web site.

National Programs

General Funding Web sites

General Services Administration / Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance: The online Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) provides access to a database of all Federal assistance programs.

For: Government, Consumers, Industry, Nonprofits.

Grants.gov: Grants.gov allows organizations to electronically find and apply for Federal grants. Grants.gov is the single access point for over 1,000 grant programs offered by all Federal grant-making agencies.

For: Government, Consumers, Industry, Nonprofits.

National Green Building Funding Opportunities

Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Financial Opportunities The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) works to increase the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. EERE offers financial assistance opportunities for their development and demonstration.

For: Government, Consumers, Industry, Nonprofits

Enterprise Green Communities: Green Communities provides grants, financing, tax-credit equity, and technical assistance to developers who meet the criteria for affordable housing that promotes health, conserves energy and natural resources, and provides easy access to jobs, schools and services.

For: Industry, Nonprofits

Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency: The Energy Policy Act of 2005 includes tax credits to consumers for energy efficiency home improvements, specific automobiles, and installation of solar energy systems and fuel cells. Tax credits are also available for home builders and appliance manufacturers, and tax deductions are available for commercial buildings that meet specific efficiency standards.

As of December 31, 2007, most of the tax credits expired. You have until April 15, 2008 to report these credits on your 2007 taxes.

For: Consumers, Industry

The Funders’ Network: Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities Exit Disclaimer The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that exists to inspire, strengthen and expand philanthropic leadership and funders’ abilities to support organizations working to improve communities through better development decisions and growth policies.

For: Government, Industry, Nonprofits

The Home Depot Foundation: The Home Depot Foundation provides grants to eligible nonprofits, three times a year, under two different programs: the Affordable Housing Built Responsibly Program and the Healthy Community Trees Program.

For: Nonprofits

Tax Incentive Assistance Project: The Tax Incentive Assistance Project (TIAP) provides information for consumers and businesses to make use of the federal income tax incentives for energy efficient products and technologies (specified in the Energy Policy Act of 2005).

As of December 31, 2007, most of the tax credits expired. You have until April 15, 2008 to report these credits on your 2007 taxes.

For: Consumers, Industry, Nonprofits

State and Local Programs

Guides to State and Local Green Building Programs

Interstate Renewable Energy Council Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy: The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy.

For: Government, Consumers, Industry, Nonprofits

National Association of State Energy Officials Funding Opportunities and Resources: The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) provides links to current funding opportunities for energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable development and related environmental projects

For: Consumers, Government, Industry, Nonprofits

Select State Green Building Programs

Financing and Project Assistance for Energy Efficiency in Buildings: The Local Government Commission (LGC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership organization that provides inspiration, technical assistance, and networking to community leaders who are working to create healthy, walkable, and resource-efficient communities.

NOTE: Primarily resources for California-based projects.

For: Government, Consumers, Industry, Nonprofits

California’s Emerging Renewables Rebate Program: The Emerging Renewables Program provides rebates to consumers who install qualifying renewable energy systems. Through this program, the Energy Commission provides funding to offset the cost of purchasing and installing new renewable energy systems using emerging renewable technologies.

For: Consumers, Industry, Nonprofits.

Energy Efficiency Financing Program: The Energy Efficiency Financing Program provides financing for schools, hospitals and local governments through low-interest loans for feasibility studies and the installation of energy-saving measures.

For: Government, Industry, Nonprofits.

Maryland Energy Administration Green Building Tax Credit: Maryland provides a tax credit for the construction of green building. The credit is worth up to 8 percent of the total cost of the building. Buildings must be located in a priority funding area and be at least 20,000 square feet.

For: Industry, Nonprofits

Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Renewable Energy Trust: The Renewable Energy Trust provides financial assistance to individuals, businesses, public entities and communities in Massachusetts, for green building and renewable and clean energy projects.

For: Consumers, Industry, Nonprofits

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency List of Financing and Incentive Programs: The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) provides a list of financial incentives available in Minnesota to support the use of renewable energy and improvements in energy efficiency for commercial, institutional and residential buildings.

For: Consumers, Industry, Nonprofits

New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ Office of Smart Growth Smart Future Planning Grant Program: The Smart Future Planning Grant program provides grants to municipalities, counties and non-profit agencies to help plan for the future. The program focuses on seven key categories, including green building.

For: Government, Nonprofits

New Resource Bank Solar Home Equity Financing: New Resource Bank offers California homeowners Solar Home Equity Loans or Line of Credits to finance solar power projects.

For: Consumers

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Green Building Tax Credit: The Department manages and administers the Green Building Tax Credit program that provides tax credits to owners and tenants of green buildings which increase energy efficiency, improve indoor air quality, and reduce the environmental impacts of large commercial and residential buildings in New York.

For: Consumers, Industry, Nonprofits

Select Local Green Building Programs

Department of Environmental Services Green Building Incentive Program: The Green Building Incentive program allows developers to request a slightly larger building than would normally be allowed by County Code if the project receives official LEED certification from the USGBC at one of the four LEED award levels.

For: Industry.

Energy’s Green Building Program: List of hyperlinks to City rebate programs and loan information for residential, commercial and multi family green buildings.

For: Consumers, Industry, Nonprofits

Green Building Incentives and Grants: King County’s Green Building Grants provide funding to projects built in King County that meet stringent criteria for resource conservation. In addition, King County provides incentives for residential projects that are seeking BuiltGreen™ certification.

For: Government, Industry, Nonprofits

Green Investment Fund (GIF):  The Green Investment Fund, a yearly grant which is supported by the City of Portland and Energy Trust of Oregon, invests in innovative approaches to waste reduction, water conservation, on-site stormwater management and reuse, energy conservation and on-site renewable energy generation. The total fund and maximum amount available for any one project in the current round is $425,000. Industrial, multi-family residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects within Portland city limits are eligible and public and private organizations may apply.

For: Government, Consumers, Industry, Nonprofits

Seattle City Light’s Energy Smart Services: Seattle City Light’s Energy Smart Services offers financial incentives to help organizations reduce electricity use and save money. Incentive amounts can range as high as 70 percent of the installation cost, and are based on energy savings.

For: Government, Industry, Nonprofits