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State Energy Program (SEP) - Energy-Efficient Retrofits of Local Governments, K-12 Schools, and Non-Profit Organizations

Grants to Alabama Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Public School Systems to Increase Energy Efficiency

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Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) - Energy Division

Deadline Date:

07/20/21 11:59 PM CST


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Grants of up to $40,000 to Alabama nonprofit organizations, local government units, and K-12 public school systems for capital improvements that increase energy efficiency. Funding is intended to reduce statewide energy consumption. Eligible projects include renewable energy, insulation, energy controls, HVAC replacement, lighting controls, and high bay and conventional lighting.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), Energy Division manages the State Energy Program (SEP) for Alabama by the authority of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The SEP is a formula grant used to reduce energy consumption in Alabama. 

The Energy Division is accepting applications for grants to be used for the purchase and installation of energy-efficient improvements. Energy efficiency improvements eligible for funding begin on page 16 of the Application Guide in Supporting Documents below.  Applications should be developed with thoughtful consideration being given to the certifications contained on page 21. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 159548

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum award amount is $25,000 per applicant and the maximum award amount is $40,000 per applicant.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within 11 months of the effective date of the grant agreement. The Energy Division anticipates awarding grants to begin on October 1, 2021, and to terminate no later than August 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include incorporated units of local government (municipalities and counties), K-12 public school systems, and non-profit organizations in Alabama.

SEP regulation 10 CFR Part 420 does not allow expenditures or matching contributions for the following:
- For construction or repair of buildings and structures;
- To purchase land, a building or structure;
- To subsidize fares for public transportation;
- To subsidize utility rate demonstration or state tax credits; or
- To conduct or purchase equipment to conduct research, development, or demonstration.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: July 20, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. CST

A 20% matching contribution is required for grants made with SEP funds and may be provided through cash and/or in-kind services.

The applicant must certify that it will implement the agency-wide use of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Portfolio Manager is an interactive energy management tool that allows tracking and assessing energy and water consumption across your entire portfolio in a secure online environment. Additional information regarding ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is available at

The applicant must certify that they will maintain an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) at for the duration of the grant period.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs
Attn: (Please include a Division and/or Person’s Name)
P.O. Box 5690
Montgomery, AL 36103-5690

Phone and Fax Numbers:
Phone: (334) 242-5100
Fax: (334) 242-5099

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Physical Address:
Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs
Attn: (Please include a Division and/or Person’s Name)
401 Adams Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104

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