Grant opportunity

The City of Cincinnati’s Office of Environment and Sustainability is pleased to share this opportunity of another round of grant program for owners of multifamily buildings in Cincinnati to implement energy efficiency measures. We would appreciate you sharing this opportunity with building owners in your community. This is the second round of grants for this program - - our first round of grants funded projects in 10 buildings across the city.


Currently, nearly $80,000 total is available for grants up to $5,000. Applicants can be non-profit organizations or for-profit corporations and must present at least a 1:1 match. Buildings must be located within the city of Cincinnati and upgrades must be electricity efficiency related. Building tenants must be at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level and responsible for their individual unit electricity bill. Payments will be dispersed as a reimbursement from the City of Cincinnati once the approved project proposal is completed and a site visit has been conducted. This program is possible due to funds received from Duke Energy Ohio.


Please visit the Energy Equity Programs website to download all application materials and for more details on the program criteria, list of eligible upgrades, application, and scoring tool. Applications for this grant will be accepted until Friday, May 21, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.


OES staff will host a grant review session on May 13th to answer questions about the grant program, criteria, application and evaluation process for building owners interested in applying for grant funding. RSVP for the session here.


We also encourage potential applicants to direct their eligible tenants to apply for WarmUp Cincy, a program that provides:

  • an energy assessment of the apartment unit

  • an energy savings strategy

  • basic energy efficiency upgrades

  • energy efficiency education programming

  • up to $500 financial assistance for Duke Energy electricity payments


WarmUp Cincy is a free program for income-eligible tenants.- visit our Energy Equity Programs website for more information on that program as well.