SCIPL is proud to offer the below resources. Here you will find grants, energy efficiency resources, and money-saving tips and tools. If you have any questions please contact us!
Apply to receive financial assistance, given by a government, organization, or person for a specific purpose. Unlike a loan, you do not have to pay back the money.
National Fund for Sacred Places
The National Fund for Sacred Places was born out of a belief that providing technical and financial support for congregations could build capacity and increase the stability of these critical yet disappearing historic community centers.
Funding for high-impact, energy efficiency demonstration sites. 501 c3’s, schools, local governments.
Office of Economic Opportunity
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides home energy assistance to help eligible low-income households meet their home heating and/or cooling needs.
SC Energy Office ConserFund Loan Program
A macro-loan program that is focused on supporting the implementation of energy efficient improvements that provide long-term cost reductions and energy savings.
Renfro Trust Grant
The United Methodist Church has a grant program for renovations of rural church buildings. Follow the link to see the official guidelines and the grant application process.
Bonner Family Private Foundation SC
Grant for Christian Organizations. Building funds, operating costs, etc. Requires church to write a letter to them: interested applicants should submit a written request that includes a description of the organization, the organization’s mission statement, the purpose for which funds are being requested, and the amount of the request.
The Weatherization Assistance Program
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) enables low-income families to reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. Funds are used to improve the energy performance of dwellings families in need, using the most advanced technologies and testing procedures available in the housing industry.
Utilize these resources to find ways to save money and save the environment through energy efficiency tool, tips, and resources
SC Energy Contacts
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Duke Energy will provide a free wifi thermostat with professional installation for each HVAC system your congregation currently has. On days when there is a particularly high demand for energy, like the hottest day of the summer, businesses are asked to reduce their energy consumption so that there is less strain on the system, Duke Energy will do this for you.
Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC) Energy Assessments
This program provides customers with a free energy audit of their home and an energy efficiency starter kit including LED bulbs, a low flow shower head, and more. You will also receive a report with actions to take to increase the home’s efficiency.
Community Conservation Corp Home Weatherization
The Community Conservation Corps (CCC) provides free home weatherization to low income homeowners in the greater Greenville community.
South Carolina Weatherization Assistance Program
Program reduces energy costs for low-income families, particularly for the elderly, people with disabilities, and households with children age 5 and under, by improving the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their health and safety.
SC Energy Office
Click here to view South Carolina’s official guide for solar home owners
Non-Residential Smart $aver Energy Efficient Products and Assessment Program
This program will enable your congregation to get paid to upgrade to energy-efficient equipment with our Smart $aver® rebates.
DEC Energy Efficient Appliances and devices
This program provides incentives for customers to install energy-efficient equipment. It consists of measures related to lighting, smart thermostats, smart power strips, water heating, and usage.
Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources, Home Repair and Rehabilation
Program provides emergency repairs or major rehabilitation to homeowners in Sunbelt Human Advancement’s service area (Greenville, Anderson, Pickens, and Oconee Counties) who have incomes at or below 50% Area Median Income (AMI). Emergency repairs or major rehabilitation can include an HVAC unit giving out, a plumbing crisis, water damage from an old roof, or electrical problems.
Money Saving Tips and Tools
With the PowerShare program, your congregation will be alerted when peak energy demands are unusually high. You will then shift energy use away from the power grid for a short time using the option that best fits your congregation. Duke Energy will provide incentives of up to 8% off your monthly bill.
Federal Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit
Federal tax credit for solar water heat, solar photovoltaics, biomass, geothermal heat pumps, wind (small), fuel cells using renewable fuels. Eligible projects: start construction in 2020, 2021, and 2022 will receive 26 percent.This drops to 22 percent in 2023. All projects must be completed by December 31, 2023 to obtain these ITC rates.
Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC) Online Resources
Online tools and tips including energy calculators.
Time-of-Use Rate Non-Residential
Under this Duke Energy rate, your congregation would pay a higher rate during times of the day when demand for electricity is higher, and a lower rate during times when demand is lower.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources, Inc.
This program provides assistance to low-income households at or below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines. Program will pay the price of home energy, (defined as residential heating and cooling) and increase energy self-sufficiency.
Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC) Power Manager
Program provides customers with a financial incentive to allow the Company to interrupt or cycle a customer’s air conditioner during peak events. Participants will receive a total of $32 in bill credits each year.