Because nonprofits are focused on programs and the people they serve, often operating on a shoestring, they frequently occupy older buildings that waste energy, water and other resources, pulling money away from mission-critical services. Nonprofit buildings contribute approximately 20% of our primary energy consumption in the United States, but the capacity for savings in their facilities, both financially and environmentally, is tremendous. That’s where the GoodUse program comes in.

GoodUse helps nonprofits reduce utility costs and reinvest those savings into their programs. Our generous funders make it possible for us to provide technical assistance, education and matching grants to nonprofit partners, applying them to facility and operational upgrades that increase resource efficiency, lower expenses and improve indoor health. To make these positive changes last, Southface engineers identify areas for high-impact energy and water savings and indoor air improvements, assist with project implementation and ensure upgrades are delivering results. By reducing operating costs, GoodUse builds capacity within our partner organizations so they can focus on their mission and better serve their communities.

Strategic Partnerships

Philanthropic Partners & Funders

GoodUse Annual Impact and Reach

28 million
kWh energy savings
31 states
with GoodUse projects
2.2 Million
additional meals served
therms saved
3.77 million
dollars in utility savings
children positively impacted at Boys and Girls Clubs
17 million
gals of water saved
projects completed
metric tons CO2e saved

Application Timeline

Interested in becoming a grantee? Please review the Frequently Asked Questions for eligibility requirements, including information on the DOE’s Renew America’s Nonprofits grant, and then click on the button below to apply.

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Deadline Review Announcement
June 21, 2024 June 24 – August 2, 2024 August 2 & 16, 2024*
October 11, 2024 October 14 – November 22, 2024 November 22, 2024
February 14, 2025 February 17 —March 21, 2025 March 21, 2025
*Sarasota & Mid-Atlantic States — August 2nd | SE State RAN Grant — August 16th
SE State RAN Grant announcement date subject to change, based on U.S. Department of Energy’s Renew America’s Nonprofits Program final award instructions to Southface as Prime grant recipient. Negotiations still pending.
  • “The reality is if you engage with the program and focus on the money you can save, it can truly help nonprofits achieve their core mission.”


    Atlanta History Center
  • “The savings on utilities enable us to add needed program supplies, hire additional staff and help us raise money to secure additional needs for our Clubs.”


    Chief Professional Officer Boys and Girls Club of Chattooga, Gordon, Murray and Whitfield Counties
  • “Without Southface in Georgia, the program wouldn’t work, not without the expertise. What Southface brings to this is also the passion. Without both, GoodUse wouldn’t be successful.”


    Advisory Committee
  • “Getting the assessment done; having someone come in and think more comprehensively was right on time for us. It makes you feel confident about your next steps.”


    Agnes Scott College
  • “It elevated the desire to be an environmental steward and made you feel like there was someone arming you with the tools you needed to go further.”



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