State Project Improvement Grants
Energy Retrofits for Public Buildings
Coming Soon: State Project Improvement Grants
State Project Improvement (SPI) grants fund state agencies to redesign building projects in order to increase energy efficiency and environmental performance. Funding covers the additional costs of more efficient project options– such as higher efficiency heating systems or windows—for projects at existing state-owned buildings. SPI grants cut energy costs, reduce pollution, and improve the health and comfort of state buildings in communities across the state.
In 2021, $4,406,315 is available for award to eligible projects. Interested applicants should begin preparing now to submit project descriptions and budget estimates in October.
Applicants must be a state agency named by the State Efficiency and Environmental Performance (SEEP) office executive order 20-01.
An eligible project starts with a currently funded minor works, stand-alone, or emergency repair project at facilities owned by an eligible agency. The project must repair or replace existing building systems, such as HVAC, lighting, insulation, windows or other mechanical systems. This is the “baseline project.”
Applicants will propose an improvement to the baseline project that increases energy efficiency and environmental performance. This is the “alternative project.” The grant will fund up to 100% of the increased costs of the alternative project over the baseline project. The award cannot be more than the total baseline project cost.
Additionally, if the project installs heating devices or equipment, the project must, whenever possible and most cost-effective, select devices and systems that do not use fossil fuels.
If requests from applications received by the initial deadline exceed the available funding, projects will be prioritized by these preferences:
- Projects located in a Highly Impacted Community as defined by the Department of Health and that show a reduction in combustion fuels (Natural Gas, Diesel, Gasoline or LPG) will be awarded first.
- Projects will then be ranked according to the cost/ton of CO2e reduction over the baseline project. Projects which show the lowest cost/ton Co2e reduction will be awarded first.
Timeline and Next Steps
The Request for Applications is expected to be published in September. All projects will first submit a Phase I application with basic information about the project, and projects that meet minimum qualifications will be invited to submit a Phase II application.
Emergency Repair Projects
Projects that receive Emergency Repair funding may submit a Phase I application at any time after the RFA is published. Commerce will complete an expedited review and award process for these time-sensitive projects.
Initial Program Deadline
To receive priority consideration, applicants should apply by the initial program deadline, expected in October. These projects are expected to be awarded by February 2022. If these requests exceed available funding, they will be prioritized according to the criteria under “preferred projects.”
Commerce will accept applications until all funding is awarded. Applications received after the initial program deadline will be evaluated on a rolling basis until all funding is awarded.