NEGEF Grant Projects

NEGEF Seeks Energy Applicants

The New England Grassroots Environment Fund (NEGEF)  is once again soliciting requests for funding from town energy committees.  The deadline to apply for funding is September 15. Grants can be up to $3,500 and must align with NEGEF’s Guiding Values. 

Contact Leigh Cameron ( / 603-905-9915) with any questions. Leigh is willing to discuss your project with you BEFORE you apply.  It is highly recommend that you take advantage of this opportunity. Click here to apply online.

Potential Project Ideas:

  1. Funding for a town energy coordinator– Most town ECs are entirely volunteer run. Imagine what your EC could accomplish with a paid staff person to assist your efforts several hours per week. Perhaps you and several neighboring communities could co-apply for an Energy Coordinator allowing you to hire someone for more hours than are possible with the small grant. How will this person assist you in engaging your community? What partners in the community support this effort?  How will the person be chosen? What project will having a coordinator allow your group to complete that would otherwise be out of reach?


  1. Outreach to your senior neighbors regarding energy efficiency via Senior Centers or through the Meals on Meals Program for LEDs and home walkthroughs. Meals on Wheels and Senior Centers have daily contact with senior citizens living on a fixed income at home. A NEGEF grant could fund the promotional materials, equipment, or actual audits and basic weatherization materials for the project.Before sure to reach out to and involve the senior center as you develop the proposal and seek a letter of support.


  1. Energy Efficiency Testing Kits.Purchase of equipment MUST be combined with a program to use equipment during walk-throughs/audits, for educational events, or with schools and libraries. Remember to detail your partners, how you will engage with them, and how you determined the barriers you are seeking to overcome with this program.


  1. Efforts to promote cooperation and coordination between towns on energy use.  Are there surrounding towns without energy committees or is your community in an area where coordination with neighboring towns would be beneficial? Energy committees in Brownsville, Cavendish, Reading, Weathersfield & Windsor, VT joined to form theAscutney Area Sustainability Collaborativeto promote residential solar in conjunction with Vital Communities.  Remember to detail which energy committees you have discussed this idea with and how you have and will identify common problems and potential solutions in communities.


  1. Technical/Infrastructure projects that also have a community focus.These projects could include: exploring community owned solar; identifying sites for a town designated solar; installing vehicle charging stations in public places, or engaging a community on where to locate trails or bike paths. The key is that the organizing around the projects needs to be in line with NEGEF’s Guiding Values.  Remember to include information on how your energy committee will engage the community in this process.


  1. Town-wide Day of Action. The Glover Energy Committee created a Button-up Day Challenge: for the town of Glover to use less energy on November 12th, 2016 than they had in 2015. While Button Up has traditionally been an outreach effort focused on thermal efficiency and weatherizing buildings for winter, energy savings of all kinds are important and needed. To accomplish their goal, the Glover Energy Committee used a successful combination of education and technology upgrades. This is a great project to model!Read more.  Remember to detail the groups you have reached out to in developing your project.


  1. Door-to-Door Weatherization Effort. In the fall of 2011, the Thetford Energy Committee (TEC) recruited and trained more than 50 Home Energy Action Team (HEAT) volunteers to carry out a comprehensive outreach and education campaign around home weatherization. This campaign tripled the usual number of homes weatherized annually in just six months! Remember to discuss your partners and how you will mobilize neighbors to knock on each other’s doors. Bring this model to your community.


  1. Weatherize and Solarize Efforts.In 2014 and 2015, Vital Communities partnered with 24 Upper Valley towns to launch 11 Solarize campaigns across the Upper Valley. Working with seven competitively selected solar installers, the volunteer teams have helped over 300 homes switch to solar. They are currently working to apply the same model to weatherizing homes. Contact Vital Communities for more information.


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