GoodUse FAQs

  1. What are the GoodUse eligibility requirements?
    In order to be eligible for a GoodUse grant, organizations must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • Must be a 501c3 nonprofit organization
    • Must be located in the Southeast United States
    • Must own building, or have a long-term lease of at least 5 years.
    • If the organization is religious, the organization is only eligible if 25% or less of their space is dedicated to religious activities. Religious organizations must also offer non-religious programs to all.
  2. Is there a match requirement for GoodUse grants?
    Yes, there is a match requirement for GoodUse grants. The match requirement is determined based on the organization’s annual operating budget shown in the breakdown below:

    • Organizations with an annual operating budget below $1 million are eligible for a grant award from Southface capped at $30,000 with a 2:1 match from the organization (a total project up to $45,000).
    • Organizations with an annual operating budget between $1 million and $10 million are eligible for a grant award from Southface capped at $60,000 with a 1:1 match from the organization (a total project up to $120,000).
    • Organizations with an annual operating budget above $10 million are eligible for a grant award from Southface capped at $75,000 with a 1:1 match from the organization (a total project $150,000).
  3. Do I need to complete all projects recommended by Southface at one time?
    No, organizations work directly with Southface engineers to come up with a project phasing plan that works best for them. Organizations are able to “phase” projects, meaning take on projects over multiple rounds of funding. Once an organization has completed up to 75% of the project work for the first phase of projects, they are eligible to reapply for funding to complete any additional projects. This allows organizations more time to secure match funding.
  4. What ways can my organization meet the matching requirement?
    Organizations can meet the match requirement in the following ways:

    • Funds provided by funders or donors
    • In-house labor
    • Materials or Equipment donation
    • Services donated by a third party
    • Fundraising
    • Endowment or Capital Campaign
  5. How long does my organization have to complete project implementation?
    Organizations are given 12 months after signing the grant agreement to complete project implementation.
  6. What is required of my organization after implementation?
    Prior to receiving an on-site facilities assessment, organizations are required to set up an Energy Star Portfolio Manager (ESPM) Account (instructions included in grant award announcement). Organizations are then required to benchmark data in ESPM during implementation, and for 24 months post implementation. This requirement will likely only take between 5-10 minutes per month.

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