(MAY 2019) UPDATE: PLEASE NOTE THAT THE GRANT PROGRAM IS CLOSED TO NEW APPLICANTS, BUT WE ARE LEAVING THIS INFORMATION POSTED AS A COMMUNITY RESOURCE.
Solar grants for public schools, local governments, and non-profit organizations
The RVA Solar Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond, seeks to support local governments, K-12 public school systems, and non-profit organizations in the greater Richmond region that wish to go solar on site. Our competitive grant program is open to entities that have entered into a solar power purchase agreement (PPA) with our partner, Secure Futures, a Virginia solar developer and Certified B Corp. With a PPA, you will only pay for the electricity generated by the solar equipment that Secure Futures will install, own, and operate. The RVA Solar Fund will leverage approximately $12 million in private investment to catalyze 5 megawatts of generation (~15,000 solar panels) on public or non-profit sites. Applicants will enjoy zero capital costs, no maintenance obligations, and reduced utility costs while avoiding the equivalent C02 emissions of burning 5 million pounds of coal per year and producing the energy equal to 700 homes’ total annual electricity usage. Successful PPA applicants will be eligible to apply to the RVA Solar Fund incentive grant program for up to $100,000 to support administrative costs, staff and teacher training, or other sustainability initiatives related to your solar effort. Final grant amounts will depend on the impact and merits of the applicants’ proposals.
Public-school systems, local governments, and 501(c)(3) charitable organizations in the Community Foundation's service area (the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg, and Richmond as well as the counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, and Powhatan) are invited to participate with the RVA Solar Fund. Additionally, K-12 public school districts and local governments from the counties of Amelia, Charles City, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Essex, Gloucester, King and Queen, King William, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, New Kent, Northumberland, Prince George, Richmond, and Westmoreland also are eligible.