"An energy efficient building can lower your heating bills
by more than 50%. And every $1 million invested in energy efficiency generates $3-4 million in economic growth."
- Pembina Institute and TAF
Our DIY Grants allow for smaller projects to jump in without too many constraints. These grants are available for any United Church congregation, camp or outreach ministry.
We are requiring congregations to submit their energy data so that we can better measure improvements in the church’s energy use nationally, and so that you can see the difference that your own efforts make. We are also requiring an energy audit of some kind to ensure that projects undertaken are the most efficient way to reduce emissions. The DIY walkthrough audit is available as a simple and no-cost option. Finally, 20% matching funds are required.
Our DIY Grants are designed to reduce financial barriers and help you make simple and effective changes to your building’s energy use.
DIY Grants may cover the following things:
Upgrading to energy efficient light bulbs
Installing 7-day programmable thermostats
Replacing very old appliances with energy efficient versions
Carrying out air sealing projects
(caulking, and weather stripping)
Adding minor insulation to the building
Replacing old or broken windows
Sealing up disused air vents into the building
Other projects specific to your building, or recommended
through an energy audit
Step 1: Fill out an Expression of Interest Form (below), and we will send you the full application form.
Step 2: Do a DIY Audit (see our DIY Walkthrough Audit guide here), or schedule to have a Green Audit or Engineering Audit done (the cost of this can be included in the grant application, to be reimbursed if grant is approved and recommendations are acted on)
Step 3: Applying for funds, with a plan and budget, and 1 years’ worth of energy data. Application are excepted on a rolling basis.
Note: For DIY grants, 20% matching funds will be required. This means that in order to receive a $5,000 grant, you will need to demonstrate having found an additional $1,000 in matching funds. These can be grants or rebates from government or utilities, or can be in kind labour or donations.
Step 4: You will hear from us within 4 weeks if you receive the funds. Then go ahead and make the planned changes!
Step 5: Submit your receipts, along with 4-8 high-resolution photos of your team working to make this happen, and a summary report so we can share your success with others. Once these are received we will send the funds as a reimbursement.
Step 6: One year after the work has been completed, submit that past year’s energy consumption data. Remaining $500 of funds and a benchmark report measuring the difference in your energy use will be sent upon receipt of that data.
Step 7: Stay in touch so we can continue to celebrate your good work with you!