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Grants to Vermont Public Schools and Low-Income Housing Organizations for Heating Based on Renewable Resources

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Geographic Focus

USA: Vermont

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Grants for Wood Heating Systems for Schools and Non-Profit Housing

State of Vermont, Public Service Department


Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #164829

Grant Description

Grants of up to $75,000 to Vermont public K-12 schools and nonprofit low-income housing organizations for the installation of new advanced wood heating systems. Questions are due by December 1. The purpose of this program is to promote the development and deployment of cost-effective, highly efficient, renewable wood heating systems for the long-term benefit of Vermonters.

The CEDF defines advanced wood heating (AWH) as wood heating that utilizes highly efficient combustion technology; produces low levels of emissions; supports healthy forest ecosystems; and strives to consume local wood.

Funds will be used towards the direct costs of installing new AWH systems. Eligible costs will be limited to the cost of: wood heating boilers, thermal storage, wood fuel storage and connections and controls required to integrate the new wood heating system into an existing system.

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include:
-Public or not-for-profit low-Income, multi- family housing organizations
-Public K-12 Schools

Costs such as conversion to a hydronic system or replacement of fossil fueled boilers as part of the larger project will not be considered eligible costs to be paid for by a CEDF grant.

Pre-Application Information:

Any questions regarding this RFP should be submitted in writing, preferably by email, with the subject line, “Advanced Wood Heating – Schools and Housing RFP Question.”

Questions are due by 4:00 PM December 1, 2015 and will be answered in a comprehensive Q&A document that will be posted on the site alongside the RFP by December 7, 2015.

Cost share is required. Awardee cost share of at least 65% of the total eligible AWH project cost amount is required, and more is encouraged.

Proposals must include a completed Cover Page, Proposal Narrative, and Budget Worksheet. Those two documents should be submitted using a digital spreadsheet version (such as the Excel versions supplied on the CEDF web page).

Electronic copies should be emailed to the CEDF contact listed below and should consist of the following in this order: Cover Page, Proposal Narrative, Budget Worksheet, and Supplemental Materials.

Both electronic and hard copies must arrive before the deadline. Proposals and questions should be addressed to:

Andrew Perchlik
CEDF Director
C/o Vermont Public Service Department
112 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620-2601

Successful proposals will be issued grant agreements with funds reserved for their project. Funds will only be dispersed on a reimbursement of costs incurred basis.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$300,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

$15,000 - $75,000

Term of Contract:

All projects funded under this solicitation should start construction or installation within 12 months from the execution of the grant agreement with the State.

The term of the grant will last two years from the date of the project’s commissioning to provide time for system performance reporting.

Contact Information:

Andrew Perchlik, CEDF Director
(802) 828-4017
andrew.perchlik@vermont.gov

RFP & Supporting Documents:

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