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.

Founding Philanthropic Partner

Strategic Philanthropic Partners


communities impacted
children positively impacted at Boys and Girls Clubs
additional meals served per year at Feeding America food banks.
gallons of water saved
metric tons CO2 emissions reduced
kWh energy savings
dollars in total utility savings
therms saved

GoodUse Reach

Working across
27 States

Application Timeline

Interested in becoming a partner? Please review the Frequently Asked Questions and Eligibility Requirements and then complete our eligibility survey by clicking on the Apply button below to see if your organization is a good fit.

Apply for a GoodUse grant today
Deadline Review Decision
March 4, 2022* March 7 – April 8, 2022 April 15, 2022
June 17, 2022 June 17 – July 22, 2022 July 29, 2022
October 7, 2022 October 10 – November 11, 2022 November 21, 2022

*Date changed from February 4 to March 4

  • “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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