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Grants Available for East End Rental Properties

posted Jan 11, 2018, 12:14 PM by Staci Drouillard   [ updated Nov 23, 2018, 7:20 PM by Matthew Engesser ]
The Cook County Local Energy Project will work with grant funding from the Opp Hvidston Foundation to provide an opportunity for two homes or businesses to increase energy efficiency, save renters money on energy bills, make improvements to existing buildings, decrease carbon dioxide emissions and improve the quality of living standards in the East End of Cook County. Program Details: Full funding for two home or business energy audits conducted by a certified home energy auditor ($400.00 value); plus $100.00 to be spent toward energy improvements. Two grants of $500.00 each are available to qualified property owners. Qualifications & Applications: Priority will be given to rental properties east of Grand Marais including Croftville, Colville, Hovland and Grand Portage. Secondary preference will be given to year-round home or business owners. Applications for consideration should include a letter of interest as well as a completed, pre-audit energy scorecard for the property. Please contact Matthew at for details. Audit Process: Once approved for funding, CCLEP will work with Mike Senty, a licensed home inspector and energy auditor, to schedule a date and time for an in-person audit. Based on data collected during the audit, each property owner will receive a detailed energy use report, a list of recommended energy improvements, a current list of local contractors, and energy related publications and information about energy efficiency. One the work has been completed according to the requirements outlined by the REEP program, each property owner will receive $100.00 reimbursement toward the completed energy improvements. Timeline: Audits and improvements must be completed prior to December 31, 2018.