Funding Opportunities For Homeowners, Industry, Gov and Non-profits
You may have heard of Grants being awarded to businesses, industries, universities, and other organizations to increase the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Grants are a great way to get funding, but they come with strings attached. The application process can be a rather daunting task but once you're past that, if you get funded, you'll have a bevy of other responsibilities. The entity that gave you the money (especially if it's the Government) will want to know how you spend each penny, so you'll need to have the processes in place for that. You will need to track your progress and be able to show that you accomplished what you said you were going to accomplish. But don't let these things deter you as billions of dollars are awarded each and every year. Here's a list of grant sources to get you headed in the right direction.
Department of Energy
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Financial Opportunities - The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) goal is to increase the use of energy efficiency technologies and renewable energy. For: Government, Consumers, Industry, Nonprofits
Green Communities (.org)
Green Communities - Green Communities creates opportunity for low income people through affordable housing in thriving, diverse communities. They have raised and invested nearly $16 billion in equity, grants and loans to help build, renovate or preserve nearly 320,000 affordable rental and for-sale homes. For: Nonprofit, Consumers
The Home Depot Foundation
Building Healthy Communities - 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
General Services Administration
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance - The CFDA provides a full listing of all Federal programs available to State and local governments; federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories of the United States; domestic public, quasi- public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals. For: Government, Consumers, Industry, Nonprofits
Now that you know where to find Grant opportunities it's time to talk about applying for the grant. Usually, the entities obtaining grant funding are well established organizations that have not only a solid business plan and goals, but a solid understanding and the ability to demonstrate said understanding of their niche. When writing a grant application you'll need to be able to show the grantor (the people reviewing your application) measurable data points that support your cause. In many cases you or your organization don't have the resources or skill set on staff to put together a well rounded grant proposal. In which case you'll want to consider hiring a grant writer. I've personally worked with Nick Walters at Easy Grants, and can say he's knowledgeable and professional. Here's some benefits of hiring a grant consultant.
- The benefit of the consultant's experience.
- The job will get done on time and paper filled out properly.
- Save time because grant writer will write the proposal.
- The grant writer may know of other opportunities that exist.
Here's some searchable resources to help you find your grant writer.
- The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) offers a Consultants Directory.
- The Grant Professionals Association