Grants to Green is now GoodUse!

After 10 years of phenomenal success with our partners at the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Southface is thrilled to bring this program in-house, with a new name to match.

GoodUse saves nonprofits money on operations so they can expand their mission. Using technical expertise and consultative assistance, we uncover areas for improvement within the facility to increase resource efficiency and save money on utilities. To make positive changes last, GoodUse helps with project implementation and provides long-term support, ensuring upgrades are delivering results. With lower operating costs, the organizations we work with are empowered to focus on mission critical initiatives, so they can more effectively realize their vision.

Application Deadline Review Period Award Decision
March 1st, 2019 March 4th – 22nd, 2019 March 27th, 2019
June 7th, 2019 June 10th – 28th, 2019 July 3rd, 2019
September 6th, 2019 September 9th – 27th, 2019 October 2nd, 2019
January 10th, 2020 January 20th – February 7th, 2020 February 12th, 2020

Here’s how GoodUse works:


    Interested nonprofits must complete the eligibility survey and application in order to be considered for the program. Providing Southface with organizational background and building information allows us to understand your facility and provide in-house resources that fit your needs most effectively. Before moving on to the next step, Southface engineers will assist you with tracking your energy and water use through Energy Star Portfolio Manager.


    Southface engineers execute a building assessment through the lens of a building scientist. During the onsite assessment, engineers collect measurements around building envelope, water and electricity use, mechanical systems, plumbing systems and more to identify low-cost, high-win recommendations for upgrades to your facility.


    Once the onsite facility assessment and benchmarking phases are complete, your organization will receive a customized assessment report that includes suggestions for facility upgrades. Your organization will select from a list of projects to pursue grant funding. Once a project is selected, Southface partners with your organization on bid selection, project management and implementation. Your organization will have a 12-month period in which to complete project implementation.


    Once project implementation is complete, Southface engineers will complete a final onsite assessment of your facility to ensure proper installation and performance of the recommended projects. Finally, focusing on long-term impact, Southface collaborates with your organization to continually measure success after project implementation. Nurturing these partnerships means sustainable results for the communities nonprofits serve.


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