Efficiency Vermont announces grant award winners

Burlington, VT

Efficiency Vermont has announced the recipients of new grants for non-profit organizations that serve low-income Vermonters. The Community Energy Partnership grants will enable five Vermont non-profits to provide energy-saving products and assistance to their clients. In addition to receiving funds, winners will obtain training and support from Efficiency Vermont to enable them to work with clients in using energy efficient approaches and products in their homes.

“The benefits of these grants will far outweigh the awarded amounts,” says Jim Merriam, Director of Efficiency Vermont. “Energy costs disproportionally hit low-income households, so it makes solid sense to collaborate with these grant recipients, as a way to bring energy savings to as many Vermonters as we can.”

The grant winners, who were selected as part of a competitive process announced at the end of 2014, will provide clients with a range of services, including identification of energy-saving opportunities, installation of efficient products, and education about energy efficiency actions. The winners:

The Central Vermont Community Action Council, based in Barre, will use a $19,890 grant award to train 176 home-based childcare providers to deepen services to existing clients’ households.

The Committee on Temporary Shelter, based in Burlington, will use a $15,800 grant award to provide education to Vermonters in shelters and services to 25 transitional and 48 permanent households.

COVER Home Repair of White River Junction will use a $11,650 grant in service to 120 homes.

Energy Coop of Vermont, which serves customers throughout northwestern Vermont, will receive $20,000 to deliver education and improvements to at least 100 homes in nine mobile-home parks.

Montpelier-based Onion River Exchange will use an $8,150 grant award to install energy efficiency measures in a minimum of 40 households, to expand a lending library of efficiency tools and weatherization materials, and to host educational workshops in Montpelier and surrounding towns.

About Efficiency Vermont

Efficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and is regulated by the Vermont Public Utility Commission to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont's environment. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com

Efficiency Vermont
Jeff Buell
Phone: (802) 540-7662
jbuell@veic.org