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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 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 at or call 303.462.4100 x824 or email

Facilities and Energy Efficiency Advisory Board

Prioritization and distribution of the Xcel Franchise Funds is overseen on an annual basis by the Facilities and Energy Efficiency Advisory Board. This board, made up of representatives from nonprofits, for-profits, City agencies, and City Council, is appointed by the Mayor of Denver and serve three-year terms.

  • Beth Conover, Gates Family Foundation 
  • Roger Lewis, National Community Land Trust Network
  • Celia Vanderloop, City of Denver, Department of Environmental Health
  • Kevin Yoshida, The Abo Group
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Funding Awards

Energy Outreach Colorado
To provide energy audits, weatherization upgrades, and development of energy education plans for 20 nonprofit facilities in the City and County of Denver.  

To provide energy audits, weatherization upgrades, and energy education for 8 nonprofit facilities in the City and County of Denver through the ResourceSmart for Nonprofits Program.

Denver Urban Renewal Authority
To provide energy audits, weatherization upgrades, and resident education for 28 single family units that are part of DURA’s Emergency Home Rehabilitation Program and Single Family Rehabilitation Program.   

Energy Outreach Colorado
To provide comprehensive energy audits and fund cost effective energy efficiency upgrades while providing resident energy conservation education for affordable multi-family housing communities in the City and County of Denver.  Services will impact 450 units. 

Groundwork Denver
To provide energy audits, assistance applying for state weatherization program or direct weatherization services, resident education for low-income single and small multi-family units in the City and County of Denver, with a special focus on Spanish speaking populations. 190 households will receive energy audits and 60 households will receive direct weatherization upgrades.

Mile High Youth Corps
To provide energy assessments and minor energy efficiency upgrades to 725 low-income single and small multi-family units in the City and County of Denver and refer those needing more intensive weatherization services to other programs. 


Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships
201 West Colfax Avenue, Dept. 1102
Denver, CO  80202

To submit a nonprofit funding opportunity announcement, please fill out this form and send it to



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