The Community Foundation - Grants to Green Program

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Financial Incentive Program

Place Georgia
Additional Place applies to Atlanta Metropolitan Area
Name Grants to Green Program
Incentive Type Non-Profit Grant Program
Applicable Sector Nonprofit
Eligible Technologies Boilers, Building Insulation, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Central Air conditioners, Chillers, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Duct/Air sealing, Furnaces, Heat pumps, Lighting
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Non-Profit
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

Funding Source The Community Foundation

Program Administrator The Community Foundation and Southface Enterprise Institute

Incentive Source


Grants to Green is a collaborative grant program of The Community Foundation, and Southface Enterprise Institute. The program offers grants to nonprofits for energy efficiency upgrades to existing buildings or for buildings that are built more efficiently than required by the building code. In order to qualify for a grant, the nonprofit must first have an Energy and Water Use Audit or a Green Building Design Review (in the case of a new building). The Community Foundation will provide an audit (Assessment Award) at no cost. Specifically, facility renovations or expansions may receive funding for:

   * 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.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Jasper Tanner
Department The Community Foundation
Division Grants to Green
Address 50 Hurt Plaza
Address 2 Suite 449
Place Atlanta, Georgia
Zip/Postal Code 30303
Phone (404) 526-1103
Phone 2 (404) 688-5525

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1.  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"