Partners for Green Places
The goal of the Partners for Green Places program is to use energy assessments coupled with energy and water efficiency projects to reduce operational costs for human services and environmental nonprofits while achieving community sustainability goals. The savings experienced by the nonprofits from implementing the energy and water upgrades can then be used to further the important missions of these organizations.
Online Eligibility Survey and Application
The application period closed Aug. 19. Applicants will be notified of award decisions as they become available, likely in late September to early October. Thank you to all our applicants, and to others who expressed an interest in the program.
Human services and environmental nonprofits can apply for funds, through the application processes, to receive Energy Roadmap assessments and implement energy and water efficiency projects in their facilities. The Energy Roadmap will provide a clear set of facility data, project recommendations, and return on investment calculation to help organizations prioritize upgrades over time and in a smart, well-informed order. Assessments will be done for approximately 12 nonprofits in Sarasota County that have either environmental or human services focused missions.
If you are an interested environmental or human services nonprofit, the first two steps you should take should be attending an educational session on the program and taking the eligibility survey below. If eligible, complete the first program application below to compete for funding to receive an energy audit and Energy Roadmap. Based on the Energy Roadmaps selected nonprofits receive, these selected organizations will also be able to apply for additional support through a second application process. This funding is for implementing priority energy and water efficiency recommendations identified in the Energy Roadmap to get selected nonprofits started on their path toward net zero-energy.
Implementation projects will be funded through a matching grant process. No match is required for the Energy Roadmap assessment funding. If your organization advances to the implementation phase of the program, you will need to secure 30-50 percent of the project budget to satisfy the match requirement. The remaining portion will be paid for by the local and national funders. Applications will be scored on many levels, one being the amount of matching funds secured by the nonprofit. It is never too early to think about resource cultivation (donor gifts, in-house labor, in-kind materials, equipment or services or the organization’s operating funds) and your competitiveness in later rounds will be improved by the strength of your match fulfillment. In-kind contributions, to the extent they reduce the project budget, will be considered as matching funds on a case-by-case basis. Cost savings from the implemented efficiency projects should be focused toward furthering the mission of eligible Sarasota County nonprofits.
The program will also provide education for nonprofit organizations on sustainability strategies and operational savings, supporting peer-to-peer information sharing for facility managers on the subject. This program also aims to provide education to nonprofit clients/visitors on the benefits of energy improvements in their homes, and to provide referrals for low-income individuals to residential programs to help reduce their utility bills.Three nonprofits were preselected to participate in a pilot program to demonstrate the effectiveness of the program and share their experiences and lessons learned. Harvest House, Children First, and Historic Spanish Point have already begun their assessments and will participate in the education sessions.
The following table shows the timeline involved when participating in the new Partners for Green Places program:
|Take the eligibility survey||Now through Aug. 19, 2019|
|Application period opens and first program education session||July 10, 2019|
|Educational session||July 25, 2019|
|Educational session (last)||July 26, 2019|
|Application period closes||Aug. 19, 2019|
|Application decision announcement||September 2019|
|Selected applicants receive energy audits and Energy Roadmaps||October 2019 through January 2020|
|Application period opens for project implementation funds||February 2020|
|Application period closes for project implementation funds||March 2020|
|Funding application decision announcement||March 2020|
|Project implementation||April-December 2020|
Nonprofits must complete an eligibility survey and application to be considered for the Partners for Green Places program. (NOTE: The application period for 2019 has closed). You will be directed to the application if you complete the eligibility survey and are an eligible organization. Applications will be reviewed by a committee and selected nonprofits for the program will be notified in September/October 2019, per the key milestone table that follows:
- Application opens: July 10, 2019
- Application closes: Aug. 19, 2019
- Decision announcement: September/October 2019
An important part of eligibility is that the nonprofit organization must be a human services or environmental nonprofit within Sarasota County. Please see descriptions of these two eligible types of organizations below.
Human services organizations are defined by the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS) as meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems, and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life of service populations. Nonprofits that work with low-income, underserved and minority groups.
Environmental nonprofits dedicate their missions to protecting, researching, educating, and affecting change within the natural world.
Please note that once you have completed and submitted your online application, your responses will be recorded, and you may no longer return to the online application to make changes. Any changes that you make to this application before you submit it will be saved automatically.We have provided a downloadable Word document version of the online application for your convenience. You will find the downloadable Word document version on the first page of the online application (link below). You may use the Word document version to draft your responses for this application if you choose but all final applications must be submitted using the online application.
For assistance or questions about the application process and content, or about your eligibility survey results, please call 941-861-5000 and ask for Partners for Green Places assistance or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your organization is a Boys & Girls Club, Feeding America Food Bank, or Salvation Army, then you may be eligible to participate in the Nonprofit Energy and Water Efficiency Initiative (NEWE), a very similar national program run by Southface Energy Institute that also aims to deliver cost savings through energy and water reduction resulting in additional funds that can be reallocated toward each nonprofit’s mission. To learn more about which program is best suited for your organization and why it might be beneficial for your organization to participate in NEWE, please contact us at email@example.com or (941)-861-5000.