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Energy Office Offers Grants to Organizations

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Nov. 15, 2006 – The Department of Planning and Natural Resources reminds residents that the deadline for Virgin Islands Energy Office grants to non-profit and government agencies is approaching. Grant money is available in four areas: mini grants for classroom projects, energy research and education grants, solar outdoor lighting grants and building retrofit grants. Applications are due by Dec.15, 2006. Grant applications can be downloaded from the Web site at www.vienergy.org.
V.I.E.O. encourages school administrators, teachers, community and youth organization leaders, and agency heads to submit an application for consideration. The grants are generally awarded twice a year. The Energy Office wants to promote those projects that can best serve the people of the territory through the advocacy of energy efficiency/renewable energy. Applications must demonstrate that a preponderance of the project and grant funding relate directly to those areas. Major grants are funded up to $20,000 with a required 20 percent match from the recipient, according to a press release from DPNR.
V.I.E.O. will review applications, conduct site visits, and choose final applicants. The maximum for the Energy Education Mini-Grant Program is $1,500. Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria.
Replicable
Fits the EE Objectives/Definition
Energy Savings
Innovation
Community Benefit/Collaboration

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