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Research and Development Project Grant and Green Building Construction/Renovation Grant

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits, Agencies, Research Centers,
and Start-Ups to Promote Energy Efficiency and Conservation

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Berks County Community Foundation (BCCF) - Metropolitan Edison Company (Met-Ed) / Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec) Sustainable Energy Fund

Deadline Date:

10/15/21

Description:

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Grants to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, research centers, start-ups in eligible locations for projects to promote energy conservation and sustainability. Funding is intended to support applied research projects that pilot new applications and technologies. Funds are also intended to support the construction or renovation of a building using energy efficiency principles. Funds must benefit organizations and projects located within the territories served by the funding source.

The Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund provides grants to promote:

  • The development and use of renewable energy and clean energy technologies
  • Energy conservation and efficiency
  • Sustainable energy businesses
  • Projects that improve the environment in the companies’ service territories, as defined by their relationship to the companies’ transmission and distribution facilities

The Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund has grants available for two projects in Pennsylvania:

Research and Development Project Grant

The Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund has one grant to support an applied research and development project. The goal of this funding is to support a project that drives down energy consumption and closes the gap on the cost difference between traditional energy technologies and renewables, thereby making renewables a more attractive option for new infrastructure investments across the Commonwealth.

The Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund aims to support projects that test and/or pilot technologies and applications.

To be considered, a project should impact at least one of the following categories:

  • Battery storage tied to renewables and/or resiliency
  • Grid resiliency with an emphasis on advanced controls for economically integrating renewables into the grid
  • Hydroelectric power
  • Carbon capture and storage, with an emphasis on projects that repurpose the carbon in a way that decreases energy consumption
  • Other breakthrough technology resulting in a significant reduction of kilowatt hours, driving down energy consumption

Green Building Construction/Renovation Grant

The Fund has one grant available to support the construction of a green, sustainable, and/or natural building or the renovation of an existing building using these energy efficiency principles. Projects located in rural communities or economically distressed downtowns will be given priority. The goal of the funding is to support a project that showcases the cost savings and energy savings inherent in applying green, sustainable, and/or natural building techniques in a community where the building can serve as an example to others.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 198231

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$470,000

Number of Grants:

The Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund has grants available for two projects in Pennsylvania: One grant to support an applied research and development project and one to support the construction or renovation of a green, sustainable, and/or natural building.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Research and Development Project Grant: Up to $240,000
- Green Building Construction/Renovation Grant: Up to $230,000

Term of Contract:

Funding will be available no later than December 31, 2021. All grant funds must be expended within three years of the award date, or within a shorter, mutually agreed-upon timeframe acceptable to both the Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund Advisory Committee and the applicant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Research and Development Project Grant
All applicants must be located in Pennsylvania and fit into one of the following categories:
- Educational institutions
- Applied research centers
- Early stage start-ups (new LLCs or branches of existing corporations, not individuals)

Green Building Construction/Renovation Grant: All applicants must be located in Pennsylvania and be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, educational institution, governmental entity, economic development agency, or religious institution.

The Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund grant program provides grants to organizations and projects located within the territories served by the Met-Ed and Penelec electric companies in Pennsylvania. For a map of the Territory of the Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund, see Grant Coverage Areas below.

The Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund aims to support projects that test and/or pilot technologies and applications, not building retrofits or system/component installations.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for each grant opportunity are due October 15, 2021.

For further information about the Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund, see: https://bccf.org/sustainable-energy-fund/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal:
- Research and Development Project Grant: https://www.grantinterface.com/sl/62IgP8 (Access Code R&DRFP2021)
- Green Building Construction/Renovation Grant: http://bccf.link/grants

For further information, contact one of the following staff members whose location is closer to your organization and/or project:
- Angie Berzonski, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, Johnstown, Pa.: aberzonski@cfalleghenies.org, 814.315.2982
- Heidi Williamson, Berks County Community Foundation, Reading, Pa.: heidiw@bccf.org, 610.685.2223

Berks County Community Foundation
237 Court Street
Reading, PA 19601
610-685-2223
info@bccf.org

Grant Coverage Areas:

Map of the Territory of the Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund: https://bccf.org/territory-met-ed-penelec-sustainable-energy-fund/

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