Local Governments May Benefit From Energy Efficiency Grant Program

As reported by Gazette.Net, funding is being made available to local government, nonprofits, and homeowner associations to improve energy efficiency in low-to-moderate income households.

Local governments, incorporated nonprofit groups or homeowner or condominium associations can apply for the EMPOWER grants, with money being made available to the eligible households. The money can be used for home improvements, heating and cooling system changes, appliance replacements or technology upgrades.To be awarded a grant, applicants must clearly outline how projects would benefit eligible households, which may not have incomes greater than 85 percent of the median income, adjusted for family size, for their area. Some grantees have used the awards to leverage additional funds and to preserve affordable housing.

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