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Energy Efficiency Grant Program for Ohio Nonprofit Hospitals and Ohio Public K-12 School Districts



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Energy Section
(614) 466-6797

Ohio Development Services Agency helps Ohio nonprofit hospitals and K-12 public school districts implement energy efficiency improvements to lower energy use and costs. Through the Energy Efficiency Grant Program eligible applicants receive low-interest financing to install efficiency measures that reduce energy by at least 15%.

Eligible Applicants

Ohio public K-12 schools and not-for-profit Ohio hospitals are eligible to apply.

School districts applying to the program must serve a student population that has 60% or more of all students enrolled in free and reduced lunches.

Hospitals applying to the program must be located in a low income county with a poverty rate higher than the state average per the most recently available Ohio Poverty Report issued by the Ohio Development Services Agency and fit one of the following categories:

  • Critical access designated; or
  • “Small and rural” designation via Ohio Hospital Association membership


Total funding available is $1.7 million and grants will be awarded in the range of $100,000 to $200,000.

Eligible Efficiency Measures

Requested funds may only be used for the purchase and installation of energy efficiency measures and not for any other expenses such as personnel, consultants, energy audits, travel, equipment, or overhead/indirect costs. Energy efficiency measures to be installed must be “materials” such as thermostats, sensors, automated controls, lighting fixtures, LEDs, doors, windows, panels, insulation, vents, motors, etc. and not equipment as defined by the U.S. Department of Energy as “tangible property with a per unit cost of $5,000 or more AND a useful life of one year or more.”

How to Apply

Applications for the program are currently closed. Please check back for updates

Documentation Needed for Application

An applicant applying to the program must already have an ASHRAE Level 2 audit that is less than 2 years old.  The audit must be signed and stamped by a licensed Ohio Professional Engineer. No cost share is required. The audit must contain or be supplemented by the Technical Energy Audit Summary Table attached to the application by the applicant, which itemizes:

  • Energy efficiency measures to be installed;
  • Program costs;
  • Projected savings in terms of energy usage percentage reduction and energy dollar costs reduction; and
  • Projected payback periods.

The energy efficiency measures for which funding is requested must result in a reduction of at least 15% of energy usage and have a simple pay-back period of 15 years or less based on energy cost savings alone.