State Project Improvement Grants

Energy Retrofits for Public Buildings

Accepting applications for the State Project Improvement Grant

Commerce is accepting grant applications for the Energy Retrofits for Public Buildings – State Project Improvement (SPI) Grants program. We will accept and review applications on an ongoing basis until we award all funds. 

SPI grants provide funding for state agencies to redesign building projects 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.

Washington’s 2021 State Energy Strategy identifies energy efficiency in buildings as a core strategy for meeting climate goals. The strategy targets a 26% reduction in energy use in buildings by 2050. These targets and the work of the State Efficiency and Environmental Performance (SEEP) Office demonstrate the state’s commitment to lead by example with public capital projects.

RFA Amendment Announced

Commerce issued an amendment to the RFA on May 24, 2022. Key changes include:

  • An increase to the maximum funding amount so you can request up to 200% of the baseline project cost.
  • You can elect to submit your Phase I and Phase II applications at the same time for a faster review timeline.
  • You may request a pre-application consultation to discuss your project and ask questions about the program.
  • Applications will be due July 31, 2022. Commerce will publish a new application process after July 31.

Program documents

Eligible applicants

Applicants must be a state agency named by the State Efficiency and Environmental Performance (SEEP) office Executive Order 20-01.

Eligible projects

An eligible project starts with currently funded minor works, stand-alone, or emergency repair projects 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 the increased costs of the alternative project over the baseline project. The award cannot be more than twice 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.

Timeline

Agencies may submit an application at any time. Applicants may choose to submit a Phase I application for review, or a Phase I and Phase II application simultaneously. Commerce will award funds to projects that meet the minimum qualifications and award criteria listed in the RFA. We will make awards in the order that we receive Phase II applications, until we have awarded all funding or the application deadline has passed.

Emergency Repair Projects
Projects that receive OFM Emergency Repair Pool Funding will receive an expedited review process.

Send questions to energyretrofits@commerce.wa.gov. Phone calls will not be accepted. 

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Contact us

Program Manager

Jill Eikenhorst
energyretrofits@commerce.wa.gov
360-522-0000

Managing Director

Jennifer Grove
jennifer.grove@commerce.wa.gov
360-763-2213

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