Applications are now open for Orange County’s Community Climate Action Grant Program.
Donor Name: Orange County
State: North Carolina
County: Orange County (NC)
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: $275,075
As part of the FY19-20 budget, the Board of Orange County Commissioners created the Orange County Climate Action Fund dedicated to accelerating climate change mitigation actions in Orange County. This decision was motivated in part to help the County meet the climate change mitigation goals set by the Commissioners in recent years.
The first round of Climate Action Fund projects were proposed by the Commission for the Environment and approved by the Commissioners. These included funding for solar projects for each of the school districts, a LED lighting campaign for lower-income residents, and additional funding to weatherize and preserve affordable housing.
For the 2022-23 funding cycle, an estimated $275,075 in funding will be provided to support an expansion of climate change mitigation and resilience projects that build on Orange County’s long history of sustainable actions.
- All public and non‐profit entities are eligible to apply as well as small businesses whose gross revenues do not exceed $3 million annually. All proposed projects must demonstrate a positive impact on Orange County’s residents and environment as described in the scoring criteria. All funds awarded through this grant program should be spent in Orange County. Before funds can be distributed, successful applicants must have the legal standing to enter into a contractual funding agreement with Orange County. Such legal standing is not required at the time of application.
- The Board of Orange County Commissioners (BOCC) intends to use the Climate Action Fund to support projects that would not be completed without funding assistance. Existing projects and programs may be eligible if the applicant can demonstrate that Climate Action Funding would significantly accelerate the pace or amplify the scope of the project or program. Projects that contain repairs and replacement of necessary technology or infrastructure must show both energy efficiency improvements and demonstrate that the project is unlikely to be funded through another funding mechanism within the next 5 years.
For more information, visit Orange County.