East Bay Community Energy’s (EBCE) vision for Alameda County is found in the Local Development Business Plan (LDBP), a framework developed with community input for accelerating clean energy investments that enhance workforce development, promote stronger local economic activity, and increase community resilience. The LDBP outlines various financial and non-financial resources for non-profit and community organizations to help accomplish these goals.

Grant Overview

The Community Innovation Grant will award up to a total of $160,000 in funding to non-profit and community-based organizations for projects designed to deliver energy-related social and environmental benefits to residents of Alameda County. Proposed projects will be evaluated based on criteria that assess an application’s alignment with EBCE’s goals and mission. EBCE’s grant resources can be financial and/or non-financial in nature. For example, applicants can request EBCE staff volunteers, consultations, data accessibility, or written support of community-led projects.
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Grant Eligibility

Community-based non-profit organizations and 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), and 501(c)(5) are eligible to apply for up to $40,000 per project. EBCE will make $160k in funding available in this program cycle. While applicants are not required to have offices located within EBCE’s service territory, applications will be evaluated based on total local contributions (see Project Requirements in the table below). Proposed projects can be existing or new. If the proposed project is existing, please provide an explanation
on how grant funds will support a new element or scaling effort.
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Grant Program Objectives

EBCE seeks proposals from organizations that meet the following program objectives:Must meet the following criteria:

  • Deliver local community benefits
  • Advance innovation and collaboration

And must meet at least two out of the following four (secondary) criteria:

  • Identify or develop local clean energy projects
  • Encourage community health
  • Scalable and replicable
  • Increase energy literacy
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Grant Evaluation

Primary Project Objectives (meets all two)70%
Community Benefits Delivers local energy-related benefits to targeted communities (e.g. low-income, disadvantaged, EJ, and/or hard-to-reach groups) in areas such as job creation, workforce development, economic empowerment, and climate and social resilience. 50%
Innovation and CollaborationNew, community collaborative approaches to eliminating or reducing energy-related environmental or economic community impacts.20%
Secondary Project Objectives (meets two of the following four) 30%
Local, Clean Energy ProjectsProposes plans to identify or develop local renewable energy, energy efficiency or fuel switching in Alameda County that increases community access to or ownership of clean energy. 15%
Community HealthReduces greenhouse gases (GHG), local criteria pollutants or energy bills in communities demonstrating an impact on local community health and quality of life.15%
Scalability Is able to be expanded across other EBCE communities and beyond.15%
Increase Energy LiteracyProposes plans to increase participation and public understanding of energy concepts and programs.15%
Project Requirements (meets all two)
Project FeasibilityProject includes staffing capability. Organization showcases applicable skills to carry project. Budget is less than or equal to $40,000 and reasonable for project scope.
Local ImpactProject includes key performance indicators (KPIs) that are identifiable, measurable, enduring, and local to EBCE’s communities.

Grant Timeline

The 2019 program is closed and will re-open later in 2020.


JP Ross, Director of Local Development | jross@ebce.org