Grants to Green Program

June 05, 2018


Note: After ten years of supporting nonprofits in greening up their facilities, the partners have determined that the Program Year 2018 will be Grants to Green’s final grant cycle.

Grants to Green is a collaborative grant program of The Community Foundation, and Southface Enterprise Institute. The program offers grants to nonprofits to encourage nonprofits to renovate, expand or construct buildings that are energy and water efficient, that make minimal draws on non-renewable resources and give high priority to respecting the physical environment.

Specifically, facility renovations or expansions may receive funding for:

  • Labor costs associated with the implementation of improvements recommended by the audit
  • HVAC system upgrades to more efficient units
  • Water-efficient fixture replacement, such as low-flow toilets and faucets
  • Lighting upgrades
  • Building envelope improvements, such as air sealing and insulation

Grants to Green accepts requests for solar energy projects. For new construction projects, Grants to Green will consider Innovation project requests from organizations that can present a compelling and unique case expressing how Grants to Green implementation funding will support advancement of their high-performance building project. 

Among other requirements, the nonprofit must be classified as a 501(c)(3) organization with the Internal Revenue Service and be in good standing with the Georgia Secretary of State's Office as a nonprofit. The organization and building must be located within the Atlanta metropolitan area, organization must have at least one full-time employee, and must be in operation as a nonprofit for at least 2 years before applying for the grant. Nonprofits that have discriminatory policies and/or practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, gender, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information or political beliefs are not eligible for the fund. Nonprofits must provide matching funds (cash or in-kind). Amount of required match is dependent on the organization's budget. The maximum amount of the grant request is dependent upon the number of projects the nonprofit is willing and able to match. 

See the program guidebook for more details and for application materials.


Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Georgia
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Web Site:
Administrator: The Community Foundation and Southface Enterprise Institute
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Water Heaters
  • Lighting
  • Chillers
  • Furnaces
  • Boilers
  • Heat pumps
  • Air conditioners
  • Caulking/Weather-stripping
  • Duct/Air sealing
  • Building Insulation
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building


Name: Lita U. Pardi
Organization: The Community Foundation
Address: 50 Hurt Plaza
Atlanta GA 30303
Phone: (404) 526-1131

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.