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CEE Energy Grants for Nonprofits

For nonprofit organizations and their landlords statewide. Offers grants up to 25% net project cost for qualifying energy projects.

Grant Parameters

  • 25% of the net installation cost (cost of improvement minus rebates)
  • $5,000 maximum grant/building
  • $10,000 maximum per organization
  • Must be a nonprofit organization with annual gross revenue of less than $5M.
  • Grant recipient must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit exempt from taxes and/or a property owner that leases space to an eligible nonprofit.
  • Projects energy savings must have <10 yr payback, calculated before the grant.
  • Lighting, retro-commissioning, HVAC equipment/controls, motors, insulation, etc.
  • No new construction, expansion or preparation for new construction
  • Improvements can only be for the space occupied by the eligible non-profit.
  • Must be an existing commercial property.
  • CEE reserves the right to reject any project at its discretion

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CEE Energy Savings Fund for Non-Profits

Nonprofit organizations that are interested in reducing their energy use are now eligible to apply for funds that CEE and the Minnesota Division of Energy Resources have allocated to help finance energy-efficient projects implemented on properties owned and/or occupied by nonprofit entities. Nonprofit organizations may also be eligible for the Energy Grant for Nonprofits.

Loan Terms

  • Interest Rate: 0%
  • Maximum Loan: $25,000
  • Maximum Term: 7 years
  • Income Limit: None
  • Fees: None

Eligible Borrowers

Borrower must be a nonprofit entity exempt from taxes under the 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or an entity that leases an eligible facility to a nonprofit entity.

Eligible Property

Facility must be an existing building occupied in whole or in part by a nonprofit entity.

Eligible Improvements

  • An eligible improvement must be a modification to an existing building that is primarily intended to reduce energy consumption for the benefit of a nonprofit entity
  • Must have a useful life that is greater than its simple payback period
  • Must have a simple payback period that is no less than two (2) years and no greater than ten (10) years

Loan Documentation Needed to Begin the Application:

  • Completed loan application
  • Articles of Organization, Bylaws, Certificate of Incorporation, Borrowing Resolution
  • Two years financials and/or tax returns for business
  • Personal guarantors must total at least 50% ownership of the business
  • Written consent from property owner for tenant to do work on the property (if owner is not the loan applicant)
  • Estimate(s) for the proposed work to be done

This project was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Minnesota Department of Commerce through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)

energy bank logoThe Energy Bank is Part of the Center for Energy and Environment. We provide resources that assist home and business owners make energy-smart property improvements. We are not authorized by the State of Minnesota to engage in traditional banking.

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