Community Climate Action Grant Program
Thank you for your interest in Orange County's Community Climate Action Grant Program! The FY 23-24 grant funding application period has closed. Please check back early summer 2024 for more information on our next round of funding!
The Community Climate Action Grant Program is dedicated to accelerating climate change mitigation actions in Orange County. All public and non profit entities are eligible to apply as well as small businesses. We are looking for great project ideas that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make a positive impact in our community. Please see background information and application forms below for more information.
Orange County Community Climate Action Grant Application Materials:
Resources for Applicants:
Impact Estimation Tools - It can be challenging to estimate the potential positive or negative impacts of a project as the grant application requests. There are many tools out there to assist with these calculations including the following:
EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator - This easy to use calculator will convert your energy reduction estimates into greenhouse gas emissions reductions. It may also be used to quantify savings from planting or preserving trees, recycling waste, and more!
Emissions Factors for common energy types - When you save a gallon of gas or a kilowatt-hour of electricity, how many pounds of greenhouse gas emissions are avoided? It can depend on where you live and where your energy comes from, but it is a relationship that is summed up in one number, the emissions factor. Please refer to the table below for the emissions factors that will be applied in the scoring of all applications.
|Energy Type (Utility)
|2022 Emissions factor*
|Electricity (Primarily Duke Energy Carolinas)
|lbs CO2e / kWh
|Natural Gas (Primarily Dominion Energy)
|metric tonnes CO2e (mt) / million BTU (mmBTU)
|lbs CO2e / gallon
* Emissions factor for gasoline comes from EPA's 2023 "Emission Factors for Greenhouse Gas Inventories." All other emissions factors are sourced from Orange County's 2017 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory.
The application and the scoring of proposed projects are based on the eligibility and scoring guidelines that the Board of County Commissioners created and adopted:
We want you to succeed! If you have any questions or you need technical assistance with your project design or application, please contact the Orange County Sustainability Programs Manager, Amy Eckberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2023-2024 Grant Awardees
Congratulations to our Community Climate Action Grant Program FY 23-24 grant awardees. On December 12, 2023 the BOCC approved $564,085 in grant funds to be distributed to the following organizations.
|Habitat for Humanity
|Support for Habitat’s Home Preservation program
|Urban Sustainability Solutions
|Create a green infrastructure workforce development apprenticeship program for Orange County schools
|Hillsborough United Church of Christ
|Rooftop solar panel installation
|Binkley Baptist Church
|Rooftop solar panel installation
|Rooftop solar installation on PEACH apartments
|Installation of gardens, greenhouse, and terrace
|Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools
|Campus LED lighting changeover
|Orange County Schools
|54 panel solar pedestal with battery storage and EV chargers