$1.24 Million EGLE Grant To Help Michigan Congregations Improve Energy Efficiency

Ten low-income Michigan congregations will receive a share of a A $1,241,505 Sacred Spaces Clean Energy Grant to help improve the energy efficiency of their buildings, according to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.

“With these EGLE grants, congregations can invest in climate-friendly building upgrades and focus their resources on offering vital services to families and neighbors instead of paying high electric and gas bills,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “Houses of worship are often at the heart of community life, and the Climate Witness Project will help them save money and more effectively serve their neighborhoods.”

The grant supports a 30-month pilot effort by the Climate Witness Project, a partnership of Grand Rapids based nonprofit World Renew and the Christian Reformed Church of North America.

The program is focused on two challenges: the need to address climate change by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and the harm caused by climate crisis in low-income neighborhoods that can least afford to make changes, along with low-income congregations’ inability to pay for energy efficiency improvements because of inequity, according to EGLE in a release Wednesday.

Congregations will be chosen by Climate Witness Project to receive $100,000 to make improvements that reduce their use of fossil fuels for electricity, heating and cooling.

Those applying for the program must have yearly budgets under $250,000, 50 or more members, at least ten years of operation and must operate from buildings open to the public rather than residential properties. Applicants must also operate active programs such as food pantries or health clinics. The CWP will help communities apply for the grant and will guide awardees through the process of achieving energy efficiency.

Preference will be given to those within environmental justice communities, according to EGLE.

To apply for the Sacred Spaces Clean Energy Grant, click here.