Metropolitan Edison Company Sustainable Energy Fund - Grant Program

Berks County Community Foundation

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Grant amount: US $2,000 - US $50,000

Deadline: Mar 15, 2020

Applicant type: For-Profit Business Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Research

Location of project: Counties in Pennsylvania: Adams County, Berks County, Chester County, Cumberland County, Dauphin County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

Metropolitan Edison Company Sustainable Energy Fund - Grant Program

The Met Ed Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund Grant Program provides grants and program-related investments to organizations within the territories served by the Met Ed and Penelec electric companies in Pennsylvania for projects that meet the mission of the fund. To see previously-funded projects, click the following territory map

What is a grant?

A grant is a disbursement to a qualified organization for a specific purpose or to support the organization’s operations and does not need to be paid back (unless the funding is misused). A follow-up report is required for each grant received that describes how the money was used, what impact it had, and other relevant information.

What is a program-related investment?

While the fund primarily provides grants to organizations, it may also consider making program-related investments from time to time. Program-related investments provide capital that you must pay back. The benefit of a program-related investment is the ability to receive a larger amount of capital for a project than what is available through the grant program.

How much money is available?

The fund will distribute $195,000 in grants this year. Program-related investments in addition to this amount may be considered.

So how much of that could I get?

Grants range from $2,000 to $50,000 depending on the scope of the project. Program-related investments range from $25,000 to $500,000.

What is the mission of the fund?

The mission of the fund is to support:

  • the development and use of renewable energy and clean energy technologies
  • energy conservation and efficiency
  • sustainable energy businesses
  • projects that improve the environment in the companies’ service territories, as defined by their relationship to the companies’ transmission and distribution facilities

Okay, that’s pretty broad. What kind of projects qualify?

Here are some examples of the types of projects that would qualify within each category:

  • the development and use of renewable energy and clean energy technologies
    • pilot projects to deploy wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, or other renewable or clean energy technologies in a location where they have not been deployed before or are being
    • used in a new way, primarily for educational or research purposes
    • research projects aimed at better understanding or developing renewable energy and clean energy technologies (note that the fund will add a larger R&D grant program in 2020)
  • energy conservation and efficiency
    • building, parking lot, or streetlight retrofits where inefficient lighting is replaced with LEDs and other energy-saving equipment, such as motion-sensors
    • educational programs aimed at teaching Pennsylvanians young and old how to conserve and save energy
  • sustainable energy businesses
    • support for start-up businesses in the sustainable energy field is primarily done through program-related investments
  • projects that improve the environment in the companies’ service territories, as defined by their relationship to the companies’ transmission and distribution facilities
    • this one is tricky and very few projects qualify. The project must improve the environment adjacent to Met Ed or Penelec power lines or facilities.

Total time from application to decision is approximately 90 days.

After you apply, a staff member from the foundation will contact you for additional information (if needed) and to set up a site visit if appropriate. After all due diligence is complete, the fund advisory committee will consider the application.

Note that demographic and quality of life data about Berks County is available at Berks Vital Signs. You may find that data useful in this or other grant applications that you complete.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • To qualify for a grant or program-related investment, the organization and/or program must:
    • Be located within the territories served by the Met Ed and Penelec electric companies in Pennsylvania territory map 
    • Meet the mission of the fund (see below).