Empowerment Grant Program Announces New Large-Scale Grant Cycle

Newest Offering from Energize Delaware seeking statewide or regional programs to support energy equity and efficiency in underserved communities

Dover, Del. – Energize Delaware has re-opened the Large-Scale grant for the Empowerment Grant Program (EGP). The grant was opened on October 15, 2020 with a due date of November 30, 2020, and an award date for January of 2021. Applicants are encouraged to submit new and innovative energy efficiency programs that reach Delmarva power customers in Delaware. Grant requests can be range from $100,000 to $1 million. Currently the Empowerment Grant is also accepting Community-Scale grants that will allow for awards of up to $100,000. The Community-scale application is on-going rolling application. Both grants can be found on the empowerment website at www.empowergrantde.org. For a quick link to our Grant Opportunities click here

The EGP monies will be awarded to organizations proposing innovative ways to provide improved efficiency, reliability, and energy saving programs that directly benefit Delmarva Power customers whose households earn 60 percent, or below, of the state’s median income.  

“I am very enthusiastic and encouraged by the opportunity that the Empowerment Grant will bring to our communities in Delaware,” said Jim Purcell, Empowerment Grant Manager. “The program will put organizations and residents in control of their energy costs by educating and supporting their efforts to create efficiency in their energy needs.”  

The Empowerment Grant is proud to have to have  funded to date in 2020 $920,000 in grant funds to organizations like Habitat for Humanity for Humanity, Wilmington Senior Center, New Ecology and Interfaith Power and Light. For more information about these grant awards and what has been funded please visit our website at https://empowergrantde.org/750-2/

In the coming weeks the Empowerment Grant staff will provide workshops, information and technical assistance to those interested in applying for the grants. The schedule for upcoming grant workshops which will be virtual and if possible in person will be announced soon.  (Specifics on times and locations will be provided soon.)   

“The Empowerment Grant Program adds another feature to the Energize Delaware services portfolio, said Tony DePrima, Energize Delaware, Executive Director. “These funds will provide much needed assistance to residents who need it the most. It is our hope that this funding will be used to serve as many people as possible.”  

Additional program details, including program qualifications, requirements and how to submit proposals can be found on the EGP website: www.empowergrantde.org.  A Facebook page – @EmpowerGrantDE; and a Twitter account – @EmpowerGrantDE; are also available for public interaction and information   

The EGP is being financed with $4 million in merger settlement funds approved by the Delaware Public Service Commission’s authorizing of the Delmarva Power and Exelon merger agreement of three years ago. The total monies will be dispersed over the next two to three-year period.  

“Through this program, our community partners have access to important funding for the development of energy efficiency tools and resources that benefit our most disadvantaged customers,” said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president. “This is a great opportunity to help our customers while promoting the value of energy efficiency statewide. We’re excited to assist in the creation of this program and we look forward to seeing the innovative projects and ideas that come to fruition.” 

About Energize Delaware  

Energize Delaware is a unique non-profit that helps Delawareans save money through clean energy and energy efficiency. Our myriad programs provide energy education and financial incentives to Delaware homeowners, businesses, non-profits, state agencies, farms, houses of worship, local government and schools. Find a program to fit your needs at www.EnergizeDelaware.com.

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