Last May, in the aftermath of the Woodfin power plant controversy, Progress Energy rolled out the Community Energy Advisory Council — a panel of local leaders appointed by the utility company to assist with developing environmental solutions for current and future energy needs.
Progress Energy and CEAC have announced that they will accept grant applications for up to $25,000 for local initiatives that fit into a balanced energy strategy.
“Proposals may deal with energy efficiency, energy conservation, energy education, or other related project or program,” according to a statement. “There is no minimum dollar amount for the requests, and proposals may be submitted to fund portions of larger projects.”
Applications should be a maximum of two pages, and should include the IRS name of the receiving nonprofit organization, a description of who will be served by the grant request, a budget, a timeline, a statement of the impact on energy reduction for Western North Carolina and how that impact will be measured.
Requests should be mailed to Martha Thompson, 555-A Brevard Road, Asheville, N.C., 28806; or e-mailed to email@example.com. The deadline is Friday, Feb. 29.
— Rebecca Bowe, contributing editor