Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Support

DOSP invests in two programs designed to support energy efficient nonprofit facilities, the Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program and ResourceSmart for Nonprofits.

Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program
In 2004, Energy Outreach Colorado and Xcel Energy began discussing the adverse impact of rising energy costs on nonprofits in facilities where they pay utilities costs. Out of these discussions, the Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program was born, targeting organizations that serve low-income individuals and families. By providing energy efficiency upgrades to nonprofit facilities, the burden of energy costs is reduced and more dollars can be allocated toward programming. 

The Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program fully funds the cost of the audit and provides upgrades with no financial contribution from to the nonprofit. Participating facilities have received funding between $10,000 and $120,000 for their facilities, dependent on the size of their facility. On average, past participants are realizing a 19% utility cost reduction.

DOSP has supported the Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program since it began managing the City of Denver’s Energy Efficiency Assistance Funds in 2006. To date, DOSP has invested over $4,200,000 in the program, helping to provide upgrades to over 135 nonprofit facilities. 

Organizations that received upgrades in 2013 included: Boys and Girls Club, CLLARO, DenUM, Denver Rescue Mission, Girls Incorporated, Mental Health Center of Denver, Project WISE, Providence Network, Ronald McDonald House and The Empowerment Program.

Decisions regarding nonprofits selected to participate in the program are made by Energy Outreach Colorado. For more information about NEEP or to apply, please visit Energy Outreach Colorado’s website at or contact Hilary Taylor at or 303-226-5060.

ResourceSmart for Nonprofits
ResourceSmart for Nonprofits helps eligible nonprofit organizations reduce their utility costs, without having to come up with an initial investment.  It is a program managed by ICAST (a local nonprofit – and we proudly serve those who serve others:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Community Centers
  • Schools
  • Food Banks
  • Shelters and halfway houses
  • Social Service organizations
  • And many others

ResourceSmart for Nonprofits was designed to encourage nonprofits to take advantage of a unique combination of grants, incentives, rebates, and financing options that are not available anywhere else. When you make the commitment to reduce your energy and water usage, ResourceSmart will provide a savings scenario where your investment literally pays for itself!

ICAST has partnered with the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships (DOSP) to assist nonprofits in the City and County of Denver. There are a limited number of spots available so to find out if you are eligible for the DOSP program, contact us today to see if you qualify! Or visit us or call 303.462.4100 x824 or email

Words From Our Friends

"DOSP's non-profit energy efficiency dollars made it possible for Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver to renovate their facilities to make them safer and more comfortable for the children they are serving.  DOSP and Energy Outreach Colorado made it possible to leverage efficiency rebates, which helped Xcel Energy achieve some of its business goals by meeting rebate targets for our business customers."

Monique Lovato, Xcel Energy


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