Green Building

Ford Foundation Grants

The Ford Foundation makes grants that support the three I's: Institutions, Ideas, and Individuals. Having recently done away with their siloed grants program, the Ford Foundation accepts grant proposals that start in seven program areas, or entry points, as they say.

The seven program areas:

  • Civic Engagement and Government
  • Creativity and Free Expression
  • Future of Work(ers)
  • Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice
  • Just Cities and Regions
  • Natural Resources and Climate Change
  • Technology and Society

LEED for Cities and Communities Grant

To realize a sustainable future for all, the next generation of green building must focus on the development of smart cities and resilient communities. To further that goal, USGBC and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation have created the LEED for Cities and Communities Grant Program to provide support to a cohort of local governments pursuing certification under the LEED for Cities and Communities rating system.

Economic Development Administration Disaster Grants

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $587 million in grants to eligible entities to address economic challenges in disaster-impacted areas. These grants will support disaster recovery activities in areas receiving a major disaster designation as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and wildfires and other 2017 natural disasters. EDA disaster grants will be made by regional offices under the Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program, which can support a wide range of construction and non-construction activities.

California Lending for Energy and Environmental Needs (CLEEN) Center through IBank

The CLEEN Center provides direct public financing to Municipalities, Universities, Schools and Hospitals (MUSH) to help meet the State's goals for greenhouse gas emissions reduction, water conservation and environmental conservation. Financing can be funded via a combination of a direct loan from IBank or public market tax-exempt bonds in amounts from $50 thousand to $30 million (or higher with board approval).
Typical Projects:
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Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Loan Program

The purpose of this loan program is to lower overall greenhouse gas emissions by expanding existing capacity or establishing new facilities in California to reduce the amount of California-generated green materials, food materials, and/or alternative daily cover being sent to landfills. Eligible applicants include government entities, regional or local sanitation agencies, waste agencies, and joint power authorities; private, for-profit entities; and nonprofit organizations (except private schools). Eligible Projects -

Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Financing Program

The Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Program is a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program. PACE programs allow homeowners to finance energy improvements, and to repay the financing through special assessments on their property taxes. In most cases the property tax assessment will stay with the property if it is sold, though the buyer's lender may impose restrictions on the transfer.