The Community Foundation
- Labor costs associated with the implementation of improvements recommended by the audit
- HVAC system upgrades to more efficient units
- Water efficient fixture replacements
- Lighting upgrades
- Building shell improvements
New construction projects can use funding for the difference in cost between code-compliant building systems and energy efficient systems, including:
- HVAC equipment with higher Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) or Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) ratings
- Higher efficiency lighting
- Water-saving technologies
- Products (flooring, cabinets) that contain local, recycled, and/or rapidly renewable materials
Among other requirements, the nonprofit must be classified as a 501(c)(3) organization with the Internal Revenue Service and be in good standing with the Georgia Secretary of State's Office as a nonprofit. The organization and building must be located within the Atlanta metropolitan area, organization must have at least one full-time employee, and must be in operation as a nonprofit for at least 2 years before applying for the grant. Nonprofits operated by religious organzations are ineligible for grant funding. Nonprofits must provide matching funds (cash or in-kind). Amount of required match is dependent on the organization's budget and grant size.
See the program web site for more details and for application materials.