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Indiana Office of Energy Development

2015 Challenge Grant

Community Conservation Challenge (CCC)

Funding Goal and Summary: OED will offer approximately $600,000 for eligible Indiana entities involved in community energy conservation projects. CCC offers financial assistance to non-residential entities for projects that reduce an organization's energy consumption or displaces the use of traditional energy sources. By diversifying energy sources and reducing energy consumption, grantees may reduce their exposure to fueling price shocks and improve their access to affordable, reliable energy. CCC provides grant funding from $25,000 to $100,000 for the improvement of highly leveraged, unique, and visible community energy conservation projects.  

Eligible grantees include local units of government, school corporations, businesses, universities, and nonprofit agencies in Indiana. Successful applicants utilize one or more of the following eligible technologies:
  • Ground-source heat pumps (geothermal) or Air-source heat pumps
  • Combined heat and power
  • Biomass
  • Energy efficiency
  • Solar (PV and solar thermal)
  • Wind energy
To learn more about specific eligible technologies click on the category below for information.
Grant Guidelines: Please review the guidelines here.

Applications are due October 30 at 5:00 PM ET. The following items must be put into one zip file and sent to

1. Application Form
2. Project Narrative
3. Budget
4. Equipment Quotes
5. Project Calculations
6. Energy Conservation Strategy
7. NEPA Questionnaire - if applicable. Most projects are unlikely to need a NEPA review.  This document explains which projects are exempt from NEPA review.
8. SHPO Section 106 Assurance - if this is not complete before Oct. 30, submit proof that you've begun the process.
9. Certifications and Assurance Signature Page

Frequently asked questions
  1. Can I change expand the text box size on the Application Form?  - Please don't change the text box size. The application form is meant to be short and concise.
  2. Is there a page limit for the Project Narrative? - No, but we recommend you do not go over 20 pages. You are welcome to make the narrative as short as you like, as long as you feel you have adequately portrayed your project idea.
  3. Do I need to do a NEPA review? - Only if your project is too large for the NEPA exemptions, which are listed here. For example, if your solar PV array will be 60 kW or less, you do not need to fill out the NEPA form.
  4. What if I have not received SHPO approval before the application due date? - Submit a copy of your SHPO documents to us so that we can see that you have begun the process with DNR.
  5. Does a discount from a retailer count as a partnership? - No, that would count as a business transaction.

Past CCC Grants

Winners for the Spring 2015 Community Conservation Challenge were announced on March 31, 2015  Read the news release here.
Winners were:

Bethany Christian Schools
Center for Sustainable Living
City of Bloomington
Evansville Parks Foundation
Indiana Municipal Power Agency
Lake Shore Foods Corporation
Loftus Robinson

The map below shows the cities and counties that are undergoing CCC grant projects.