State Project Improvement Grants

Energy Retrofits for Public Buildings

Accepting applications for the State Project Improvement Grant

Commerce is currently accepting applications for grants 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. As of November 9, applicants have requested $816,000, and Commerce will award up to $4,406,315 to eligible projects that meet the award criteria.

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.

Pre-Application conference recording

A pre-application conference was held on Oct. 5 for stakeholders to learn about program guidelines and ask questions.

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 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.

Timeline

All projects will first submit a Phase I application with basic information about the project. Projects that meet minimum qualifications will be invited to submit a Phase II application.

Group 1: Emergency Repair Projects
Projects that receive Emergency Repair funding may submit a Phase I application at any time while funds are available. Commerce will complete an expedited review and award process for these time-sensitive projects.

Group 2: Initial Program Deadline
To receive priority consideration, non-emergency projects should apply by these initial program deadlines:

  • Sept. 27-October 15: Questions accepted by email and Q&A posted online
  • Oct. 5: Virtual pre-application meeting (optional)
  • Oct. 20: Phase I Applications Due by 4pm
  • Dec. 3 (estimated): Phase II Applications Due
  • Late January/early February (estimated): Awards Announced

Group 3: Ongoing Funding

Applicants with Minor Works or Stand-Alone funding can submit a Phase I application at any time. 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.

Send questions to energyretrofits@commerce.wa.gov. No phone calls will be accepted.

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Need Help?

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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