2024 Neighborhood Energy Center RFP

The Energy Coordinating Agency is thrilled to announce that our 2024 Neighborhood Energy Center Request for Proposals (RFPs) is now open. Philadelphia has a unique network of 16 Neighborhood Energy Centers (NECs), convened by the Energy Coordinating Agency since 1985, serving over 5,000 families from disadvantaged communities annually. NECs are ‘one-stop-shops’ providing energy assistance, budget counselling, and conservation workshops. These critical services have helped generations of low-income BIPOC families save energy, reduce their utility bills, and prevent energy vulnerability.

Anchored in trusted, grassroots organizations across the city, NECs address the needs of the whole person, whole family, and whole home to build neighborhood energy and climate resilience. NECs also connect community members with wrap-around services, such as food distribution, housing counseling, legal support, and workforce development.

Eligibility:

To be eligible to become an NEC, applicants must be a community-based organization (CBO), located in Philadelphia and incorporated as a nonprofit with an IRS-designated tax exempt 501(c)(3) status. Proposed NEC locations must be ADA compliant (i.e. wheelchair accessible) and accessible through public transportation.

Application Timeline:

  • Application Opens: March 26, 2024
  • Application Deadline: May 1, 2024, at 5 p.m.
  • Award Notification: June 2024

Technical Assistance:

Do you have questions or need technical assistance regarding this Request for Proposal? Please sign up for Office Hours with ECA’s Grants Manager, Rebecca Walters, at https://calendly.com/rebeccaw-eca/30min. 30-minute sessions will be available on Thursdays and Fridays from 2pm-5pm leading up to the May 1 deadline. You may also email questions to rebeccaw@ecasys.org.

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