Indiana small businesses, health care facilities, institutions of higher education and non-profit agencies are all eligible to apply for the grants.
The program will make grants up to $100,000 for any energy efficiency retrofit project available with a 50 percent local match.
The grants are part of the Indiana Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program, which is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus package that came to Indiana from the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE). It is administered by the Indiana Office of Energy Development (OED).
"Smaller businesses, with 100 employees or less have energy efficiency needs just like larger companies," Skillman said. "Helping these Hoosier businesses, as well as non-profits, health care facilities and schools be more proactive about energy efficiency makes sense for our state's economy as well as our energy future."
The application period opened March 15. Applications must be received by OED by April 30. Grant Guidelines and application forms are available online at www.Energy.IN.gov. Grant awards will be announced the week of May 24, pending review and approval of USDOE.
The purpose of the Indiana EECBG Program is to assist eligible entities in creating and implementing strategies to reduce fossil fuel emissions in a manner that is environmentally sustainable, reduce the total energy use of the eligible entities, increase energy efficiency, reduce energy consumption and reduce energy costs through efficiency improvements and create new jobs and increased productivity to spur economic growth and community development.