The Public Building Electrification Grant is authorized by House Bill 22-1362 to provide public buildings with funding to explore and implement building system electrification measures and infrastructure upgrades required to support these technologies.
CEO is now accepting applications for the Public Building Electrification Grant program on a rolling basis. See the sections below for more information about eligibility, grant award amounts, and how to apply.
For more information regarding Public Building Electrification grants, please reach out to Brittney.VanCuran@state.co.us
For: Public entities
Amount: $10 million total
Program Length: October 10, 2023 - June 30, 2027
RFA rounds: Rolling
Applicants for funds must be a public entity:
- Higher education institutions
- Public school districts
- State agencies
- Special districts
Applicants from Disproportionately Impacted (DI), Low-Income (LI), or Just Transition (JT) Communities are eligible for additional cost coverage related to administrative expenses of the project.
Eligible project types
Grantees may use money received through the building electrification for public buildings grant program for the following purposes:
- An energy audit to determine electrification equipment type and sizing needed for the project. Any energy audit funded by the PBEG grant must follow the guidelines for an ASHRAE Level II Audit or equivalent.
- The purchase and installation of high-efficiency electric equipment for space heating, water heating, or cooking;
- Electrical installations and upgrades necessary to support the installation of high-efficiency electric equipment;
- The purchase and installation of other innovative building heating technologies that will likely achieve equal or lower levels of GHG emissions than high-efficiency heat pumps in 2030 and beyond
Funding for planning phase energy audits: 50% of total energy audit cost, up to $8,000
Disproportionately impacted, low-income, and just transition applicants: 75% of the total energy audit cost, up to $12,000
Funding for Implementation Phase: 75% of total project costs to install high efficiency electric equipment or make electrical or other upgrades necessary to support the installation of high efficiency electric equipment.
Disproportionately impacted, low-income, and just transition applicants: additional cost coverage for up to 40 hours of administrative time
All grantees are eligible for a reduced match requirement after completion of an electrification training program hosted by the Colorado Energy Office. Available training dates will be shared directly with grantees.
Application materials are available to download in the PBEG Application Materials folder linked below. This folder includes PBEG Program Guidelines, the PBEG Application, a Building Information form, and other helpful program guidance.
Prior to submitting an application, please reach out to Brittney VanCuran, email@example.com, who will create and share a designated folder for you to upload your completed application.
Applications will be reviewed and scored by a scoring committee using a standardized scoring rubric.
After acceptance of the grant application and scope of work, grantees will enter into a grant agreement with the Colorado Energy Office and funds will be reimbursed upon successful completion of project milestones.