“The Randy Udall Energy Pioneer Grant” (TRUE Pioneer), is CORE’s largest and most competitive grant program. It is named in honor of Randy Udall, CORE’s first Executive Director and one of the nation’s leading activists in promoting energy sustainability. To learn more about Randy’s achievements and to read his work, featured in numerous national publications, visit www.RandyUdallEnergy.com.
The TRUE Pioneer Grant provides funding to:
Public agencies • Schools • Nonprofits • Businesses
To support projects that will reduce carbon emissions, pertaining to:
Energy Efficiency • Renewable Energy • Water Conservation
Availability: Yearly cycle
Application Deadline: May 1 at midnight
Grant award: Between $10,000 – $200,000
Location: Projects must be located in the Roaring Fork Valley (Glenwood Springs to Aspen)
– Grants cannot be approved for projects already underway
– Grant funds cannot be combined with CORE (Energy Smart) rebates or other CORE Grants for the approved grant project, during the year in which the grant is awarded.
– The grant award cannot exceed 50% of project cost when combined with outside rebates
– The project must be fully completed before grant payment
– Certain grants may require energy monitoring system installation
Please prepare the following documents before begining your application:
I. Online Application Form. Click here to complete the online application form. Please note: your application will not be considered until you submit all of the required documentation. If you have any problem uploading documents, please email documents to Marty Treadway. Please note: you must still submit an online application.
II. Project Budget
Enter proposed budget into the online application, or email to address below.
III. Organizational Budget
Please upload a spreadsheet to your online application, or email to address below.
IV. Supporting Documents
Architectural or engineering drawings, photographs, and/or presentations that will clarify the project.
V. Signed W-9
Please attach a completed and signed W-9 form.
Required Submittal Questions:
Please prepare responses to the questions below. Your grant application will be considered against the following screening criteria: Affordable housing, Cost-effectiveness, Public visibility, Educational opportunity, Environmental benefits, Energy efficiency, Leveraged funds, Urgency/unique opportunity, New technologies/sustainable design.
I. Organization Description
Please provide a brief overview of your organization, including its mission and history. Just enter “See attached” if you are including documentation for this question.
II. Project Description and Goals
How does your project improve energy efficiency, generate renewable energy, or promote energy and environmental educational awareness in the Roaring Fork Valley? How does it benefit the local community, economy, and /or environment? What are the tangible results, etc.? Just enter “See attached” if you are including documentation for this question.
III. Project Urgency
Discuss the urgency of your project. What opportunities will be lost if the project does not proceed according to your projected timeline? Describe the extent to which a CORE Grant will contribute to the completion and success of your project. Just enter “See attached” if you are including documentation for this question.
IV. Estimated Savings
Provide detailed calculations demonstrating the basis for your estimated energy and greenhouse gas emissions savings. Just enter “See attached” if you are including documentation for this question.
V. Project Team
What are the qualifications, experience, skills and capabilities of individuals who will be responsible for project completion? Identify in-house project managers, outside contractors, consultants, and vendors, as applicable. What are their qualifications to manage grant funds responsibly and reach stated goals of the proposed project? Just enter “See attached” if you are including documentation for this question.
VI. Project Budget
Please enter your project budget that outlines total cost of the project and total contributions by others. Be sure to indicate whether additional financial support is secured or requested. You may upload a spreadsheet at the end of this application if easier. Just enter “See attached” if you are including documentation for this question.
Priority will be given to projects that address the following issues:
Affordable housing • Cost effectiveness • Public visibility • Educational benefit • Environmental benefit • New technologies/green design • Demonstration of leveraged funding
Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria. Projects need not meet all criteria; however, applicants are encouraged to consider the following in developing their proposals:
1. Energy savings, emissions reduction and environmental benefit
Projects should result in significant reductions in energy use, or the production of renewable energy.
Projects should reduce or avoid greenhouse gas emissions, and demonstrate that any negative impacts on natural resources and/or the surrounding environment will be negligible.
2. Community Benefit
Projects should be of local or regional significance and fulfill the objectives of REMP.
Projects should demonstrate the potential to achieve broad public benefit for the residents of Pitkin County by strengthening our community, improving the local economy, and protecting or enhancing the environment.
When available, applicants should utilize local resources in designing, sourcing and constructing their projects.
3. Organizational Stability / Project Cost Effectiveness / Leveraged Investment
Applicants should demonstrate organizational stability and financial sustainability, to ensure that grant funds will achieve their full potential benefit.
Project financials should support the expectation that grant funded improvements will be operated and maintained throughout their life expectancy.
Grant awards should reflect a reasonable investment with respect to the cost of achieving the projected energy savings and/or emissions reductions.
The application should demonstrate that a reasonable return on investment is expected as a result of achieving the projected utility cost savings.
Grant funds should be used to leverage other public/private investment in the project.
4. Public Visibility and Education
Projects should promote public awareness and education concerning the project benefits and issues related to energy consumption.
5. Innovative Technologies / Market Influence
Projects should strive to use the most innovative technologies and/or design techniques available.
Projects should serve to enhance the market share, or promote public acceptance of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.
6. Urgent and/or Unique Opportunity
Applicants should demonstrate how their project presents a timely and/or unique opportunity to achieve REMP objectives.
Randy Udall Energy Pioneer grant recipients must provide a minimum of a 50% match to be awarded grant funds.
For more information email Marty Treadway, CORE’s Grant Director, or call (970) 925-9775 x504.
Prior Grant Recipients (2015):
- Anderson Ranch will receive $20,000 to swap out two 80% efficient boilers with two 95% efficient ones. Click here to read more about the project.
- Aspen Skiing Company will receive $10,000 for a variable speed kitchen hood controls at the Sundeck on Aspen mountain. The project will improve efficiency by allowing the Sundeck’s kitchen exhaust hoods to be controlled and operated at levels necessary to address smoke and temperature demands, rather than operating 100% at all times. Upgrades are estimated to achieve more than a 50% reduction in the energy load associated with kitchen ventilation, and should serve as a model for other large-scale hotel and restaurant kitchen operations. Click here to read more about the project.
- City of Aspen Recreation Department will receive $75,000 to fund an LED lighting retrofit at the Lewis Ice Arena, Aspen Ice Garden and Red Brick Gym. Click here to read more about the project.
- Colorado Mountain College will receive $75,000 to fund a number of efficiency upgrades at campuses in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Aspen, including LED lighting, a 95% efficient boiler and roof insulation. These improvements will support CMC in their commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Click here to read more about the project.
- Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork will receive $75,000 to fund LED lighting, mechanical and insulation upgrades and a 50kW Solar PV System at their new flagship ReStore, to be located on Highway 82 between Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. Click here to read more about the project.
- The Inn at Aspen will receive $20,000 for LED lighting retrofit at their HOA. Click here to read more about the project.
- Rocky Mountain Institute will receive $25,000 to support the inclusion of LED lights and state-of-the-art mechanical system components in the construction of the new RMI Innovation Center in Basalt. Click here to read more about the project.
- Ross Montessori School will receive $75,000 to fund LED lighting and a 20kW expansion of an already planned 20kW solar photovoltaic system (total 40kW) on their new school on Highway 133 in Carbondale. Click here to read more about the project.
- Sustainable Settings will receive $75,000 to support a 25kW Solar PV, 60-Tube Solar Hot Water & an anaerobic methane digester. Click here to read more about the project.
- The Town of Snowmass Village will receive $75,000 to fund Insulation, Air Seal & Controls Upgrades at the Creekside Apartments, 45 units of affordable, for-rent employee housing spread across five buildings. Click here to read more about the project.
In total, these grants will offset 14,781 tons of CO2 equivalent over the lifecycle of the project, equivalent to taking 3,112 cars off the road annually or planting over 12,000 acres of forest in one year.