2010 November$1.5 Million Available to Help Communities Publicize Energy Efficiency Program
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The Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth has just announced a “Neighborhood Sweep” initiative through which it will distribute nearly $1.5 million in grant money to help communities spread the word about its Better Building for Michigan (BBFM) Non-Entitlement Community Pilot Programs.

The BBFM programs aim to connect homeowners with educational and financial resources to improve energy efficiency. Through this “Sweep” initiative, the Department hopes to enlist communities in increasing awareness of BBFM programs with localized marketing and outreach efforts.

YOUR COMMUNITY MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE THIS FUNDING!

The Department plans to award nine grants of $157,000 each to assist non-entitlement communities in “sweeping” neighborhoods with marketing and outreach services. Non-entitlement communities could receive more than one sweep grant award.

BENEFITS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, RESIDENTS, ECONOMY

McKenna Associates is partnering with Building Science Energy Services to help communities in applying for these grants, and is available to assist with planning and implementation of marketing and outreach services as well. While the program will award funds to communities, residents within “sweep” neighborhoods will receive weatherization services, which the Department hopes in turn will help create and sustain an energy efficient market and workforce.

To find out whether your community should begin preparing an application for the BBFM Neighborhood Sweep initiative, contact your McKenna planner or email us at info@mcka.com or call McKenna’s John Jackson, AICP at 888-226-4326.