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Multifamily Sustainability Grants

Multifamily Sustainability Grants

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Purpose

Takoma Park offers grants up to $9,500 for sustainability projects in multifamily buildings of 4 or more units. The grants can be used to help buildings manage utility usage and reduce costs, improve efficiency, improve indoor air quality, reduce waste, improve the comfort and function of their space, and help the city reach its climate and sustainability goals.

Grant Awards

Up to $9,500

Who Can Apply

  • Multifamily building owners or managers of buildings with 4 or more units. Both apartment and condominium buildings are eligible.

Timeline

Grants will be awarded on a first come first served basis  until funding is exhausted, or June 30, 2021, whichever comes first.

Criteria 

The grant can be used for projects that improve the environmental sustainability of multifamily buildings. This can include:

  • Equipment replacements with EnergyStar Certified equipment, including high efficiency heating and cooling (HVAC), heat pump water heaters, dishwashers, lighting, clothes washers and electric dryers, and refrigeration.
  • All appliances and equipment should be replaced with electric and heat-pump electric models unless there are extenuating circumstances preventing the use of electric or insurmountable costs to convert to electric systems.
  • Small appliances such as microwaves, vacuums, printers, and coffee makers are not eligible.
  • Improvements to the building envelope that increases energy efficiency such as insulation, air sealing, and replacement of inefficient windows.
  • Installation of solar panels.
  • Installation of electric vehicle chargers.

Green Power

Grantees must explore pricing and options to buy 100% green electricity for all their owned electricity accounts / meters in the building.

Funding Limitations

All funded projects must be completed by June 30, 2021. Applicants are limited to two grant awards per 12-month period.

Payment and Reporting

Selected grantees may choose to be reimbursed directly after submitting receipts and proof of project completion, or grantees may choose for the City to pay their chosen contractor. No work completed before the grant is awarded will be reimbursed.

All grantees will be required to benchmark using EnergyStar Portfolio Manager and report energy usage in order to measure the impact of the grant.

Contact:
Questions or assistance with the application, please contact:
Gina Mathias, Sustainability Manager
GinaM@takomaparkmd.gov

 

Resources for Commercial and Multifamily Properties

The Montgomery County Green Bank’s CLEER Program helps commercial and multifamily properties pay for energy savings
improvements, solar installations, or combined heat and
power projects with no cash out and no cash flow impact.

Montgomery County’s C-PACE program is an innovating financing program that allows commercial building owners to make energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to their buildings and pay for those upgrades over time via their property tax bill.

Pepco offers rebates, incentives, and assistance for all businesses, from mom and pop shops to large commercial real estate portfolios. If you are considering any type of capital improvement project that involves energy, check with Pepco to find out what programs are available.

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