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Grant Resources

Find the funding you need to make your community a beacon of climate leadership. We hope the following grant resources help spark ideas and get projects off the ground.

  • Cool California Funding Wizard: The Funding Wizard is a searchable database of grants, rebates and incentives to help you pay for sustainable projects, all in one place! The wizard’s team comb the internet for funding opportunities in categories such as energy, air quality and climate change, transportation, urban development, waste management, water, and more.
  • Every year, the US EPA awards over $4 billion in funding for grants and other assistance agreements. From small non-profit organizations to large state governments, EPA works to help many visionary organizations achieve their environmental goals. With countless success stories over the years, EPA grants remain a chief tool in the advancement of human health and the environment.
  • The State of California offers rebates for solar energy through the California Solar Initiative.
  • Proposition 39 allocates roughly $550 Million annually to improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy generation in schools. See the Proposition 39 FAQ page for more information.
  • The Department of Energy offers financing for businesses and residential clean energy products.
  • Funding for transportation-related projects can receive funding through State’s Active Transportation Program.
  • California.grantwatch.com allows you to search for grants that promote environmentally friendly workplaces, schools, and communities.
  • The State of California awards numerous environmental grants listed here. State grants are awarded for environmental justice, air pollution reduction, toxic substances control, and more.
  • The EPIC program provides $162 million annually in grants for investments in green technologies, including technology research, demonstration, and deployment projects. See the FAQ page for more information about EPIC.
  • The Caltech Energy Conservation Investment Program offers funding for energy conservation projects. Over time the investment is repaid with a portion of the saved utility costs.
  • The energy network offers rebates and incentives for residents, businesses, and public agencies looking to switch to more energy-efficient systems.
  • Energy Upgrade California, in addition to offering tips for firms and households to be more energy efficient, offers a search engine for energy rebates and incentives.
  • Pasadena Water and Power offers a number of options for financing solar energy systems.
  • SoCalGas offers residential rebates on appliances, insulation, furnaces and water heaters.
  • The Community Development Commission of Los Angeles offers home improvement grants to low-income qualifiers.
  • Institute for Local Government’s Cap and Trade Resource Center provides an overview of cap and trade and the funding available to local governments through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.