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Grant Application Materials and FAQs

Starting in 2017, local schools, nonprofits and government agencies that participate in the Evergreen Options program were eligible to apply for a grant of up to $50,000 from Tacoma Power to help with the purchase and installation of on-site renewable energy projects located in Tacoma Power’s service territory.

In 2018, Tacoma Power will be awarding two financial grants of up to $50,000 each. 

Timeline for 2018 funding:

  • The grant application period for 2018 is open from June 1 – September 30, 2018
  • Notification to finalists and voting will be in late October or early November 2018
  • Award notifications will be made no later than November 28, 2018

Documents:

 

FAQs about Tacoma Power’s Renewable Energy Grants

Who can apply?

Registered 501(c)(3)s, nonprofit academic institutions, government agencies, and public agencies can apply. Applicants must be an Evergreen Options participant to apply. See enrollment options.

What’s the process to apply for a grant?

  1. Tacoma Power advertises the grant opportunity.
  2. Nonprofits submit grant applications.
  3. Tacoma Power vets for project feasibility.
  4. A cross-section of TPU employees vets proposals down to three or four finalists, based on application evaluation criteria.
  5. Winning proposal selected through a vote by Evergreen Options participants.

What kinds of projects have the best chance of receiving funding?

TPU’s selection team will be looking for proposals that leverage new or multiple renewable energy technologies and have educational value for our community. See a complete list of considerations in the grant application packet.

How will grant applications be scored?

The following weighting percentages will be used to score the applications. For more details, see the grant application packet.

Attribute

Weighting Percentage

Project Readiness

20%

Costs and Funding

25%

Innovation

10%

Community Benefits

35%

Overall Proposal

10%

How will recipients be selected?

TPU will narrow the applications down to the top finalists, and the final selection will be made through a vote by Evergreen Options participants.

How can the funds be used?

Each grant project will receive up to $50,000 towards equipment and installation costs. Funds can be used for wind, solar, geothermal, landfill gas, wave or tidal, biomass, gas produced during the treatment of wastewater, and qualified hydropower. Funds cannot be used for estimates, administrative costs, or site improvements.

What if our organization doesn’t own the property where the project would be installed?

You don’t have to own the building if you can provide a letter of approval from the owner.

If selected, when would we receive funding?

A first payment of 30% of the grant funds will be released at the time the executed MOU is received. The remaining funds will be released once the project is complete and verified.

How soon does the project need to be completed?

Recipients will have 18 months from the time of the award to complete the project. An extension is possible if a change order request is submitted and approved. Recipients will also need to show that their project is fully funded within 60 days of the award date.

Does Tacoma Power have a list of solar installers that I can choose from in getting bids for a potential grant project?

Go to solarinstallersofwa.org for a list of solar installers in Washington.

For more specifics, please read the Evergreen Options Grant Award Memo of Understanding.

If you have questions or if you would like to have a Tacoma Power representative come talk to your organization about the program and grant opportunities, email us at evergreen@cityoftacoma.org.