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Energy Relief Grant

Grants to Hawaii Nonprofits and Businesses to Mitigate
Financial Losses Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Hawai‘i Energy

Deadline Date:

11/30/20 5:00 PM HST


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Grants of up to $25,000 to Hawai'i nonprofit organizations and businesses to mitigate financial losses due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Funding is intended for energy efficiency improvements for businesses that are experiencing financial hardships.

If awarded, Energy Relief Grant funding may be used to cover eligible expenses for a pre-approved energy efficiency project. 

Examples of energy efficiency projects include but are not limited to:

  • Upgrading to LED lighting and/or adding lighting controls such as occupancy sensors. Examples include:
    • Warehouse high-bays
    • Office lighting
    • Refrigerated case lights
    • Parking lot pole lights
    • Exterior wall packs and flood lighting
  • Replacing old, inefficient air conditioning units with high efficiency units
  • Changing out aging commercial kitchen equipment with ENERGY STAR® appliances
  • Upgrading to a heat pump water heater or solar water heater
  • Installing electronically-commutated (EC) motors for refrigeration or conditioned spaces

Eligible Expenses:

  • New energy efficient equipment that qualifies for a Hawai‘i Energy incentives
  • Parts, accessories, and other materials necessary for installation
  • Labor for old equipment removal, site preparation, and installation of energy efficiency measure(s)
  • Shipping costs for equipment and materials
  • Taxes for the above items

Preference will be given to:

  • Organizations that serve the ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed) population, rural communities, or other vulnerable communities
  • Projects with matching funds from existing budget or other sources
  • Projects requesting lower amounts of funding
  • Organizations who have not participated in a Hawai‘i Energy commercial incentive program

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191928

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants may cover up to 100% of total project costs (up to $25,000 per application) of an energy efficiency project.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be complete by June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1. Both the applicant and project must be eligible for the Hawai‘i Energy commercial incentive program (see “Eligibility” on the Hawai‘i Energy Commercial Incentive Application in Supporting Documents below). Visit the Hawai‘i Energy website for currently available incentives:

2. Applicants must fall into one of the following categories:
501(c)3 nonprofit organizations
Obtained relief funding from one of these programs:
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
- City & County of Honolulu Small Business Relief and Recovery Fund
- Maui County Micro Business Loan
- Hawai‘i County Emergency Resilience Loan
Hawai‘i Energy-defined group
a) Energy Advantage customer
- Small businesses with electric rate Schedule “G”
- Small business with solar PV using less than 25 kW or 5,000 kWh per month
- Small business with less than 5,000 sq. ft. facility
- Restaurant
- Multifamily affordable housing property (occupants with up to 100% of Area Median Income)
b) Past or current EmPOWER or Strategic Energy Management (SEM) participants (commercial businesses and 501(c)(3) organizations only)

Ineligible Expenses:
- Used equipment
- Equipment that does not qualify for a Hawai‘i Energy incentive
- Items purchased before July 1, 2020
- Electric vehicle charging stations

Pre-Application Information:

- Second Round Grant applications due on November 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. HST.

There are a few steps to apply for the Energy Relief Grant:

1. Choose an energy efficiency improvement project.
2. Obtain itemized quotes from a few contractors and select one. You may work with any contractor you choose. If you are looking for ideas, you can check out this list of Clean Energy Allies:
3. Complete and submit the required documents.

Applicants may apply for one grant per project. A business may submit applications for different efficiency projects.

Qualifying applications that are not awarded a grant in the first round will automatically be considered in the second round.

The grant award will be disbursed after project completion after all required documentation has been submitted, verified, and approved by Hawai‘i Energy.

The grant funds may be sent directly to the contractor.

Contact Information:

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

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For questions, contact Eileen Lacaden at the above email address or call (808) 848-8576.

You can also reach out to your Energy Advisor for guidance. Visit the team page for a list under Program Delivery - Commercial:

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