Grants Aimed at Expanding Customer Outreach through Non-Profit Organizations
LOS ANGELES (April 1, 2021) – The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is now receiving applications from local non-profit organizations for the 8th Round of Phase II of its Community Partnership Grants. The focus of these grants is on hard-to-reach residential and commercial customers in traditionally underserved communities, and the grants will fund efforts to help these customers improve their energy and water efficiency while also serving to reduce their utility bills.
The grant program offers up to 18 grants totaling $1,030,000 according to the following allocations:
- eight to twelve grants in varying amounts totaling $700,000 for Under-Represented Program Areas: Energy Efficiency & Water Conservation;
- two $90,000 grants for Water Conservation;
- two to three grants ranging from $25,000 to $50,000 for Water Quality;
- and one $50,000 grant for Community Solar.
LADWP will evaluate applicants based on past performance with behavior-impacting programs and how their proposals address local needs, cost-effectiveness, and tracking methods.
“Non-profit community-based organizations help us connect with customers directly at a grassroots level,” said Cynthia McClain-Hill, President of the Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners. “The relationships and trust that community-based organizations have developed are critical in reaching a broader cross section of our customers.”
Outreach efforts funded through previous grants have included door-to-door canvassing, tabling events, youth ambassador participation, public meetings and workshops, video production, virtual events, online surveys, focus groups, and social media campaigns in multiple languages. Grantees have also done outreach at local schools and helped LADWP distribute energy and water-saving devices such as LED light bulbs, faucet aerators, showerheads, and shower timers.
“The expertise that community-based organizations possess are essential to helping us increase customer participation in important money-saving programs that also bring environmental benefits,” said Martin Adams, LADWP General Manager and Chief Engineer. “Through these grants, our community partners help us ensure that our programs reach the customers that need them most.”
In the 11 years of this program, LADWP’s Community Partnership Grants have provided almost $10 million in funding for more than 180 education and outreach projects, reaching hundreds of thousands of residents and businesses.
Applications will be accepted until 3 p.m. on Friday, April 16, 2021. Questions regarding the grants and the application process can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The complete announcement and application can be found at www.ladwp.com/np.
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