The Randy Udall Energy Pioneer Grant, 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 Randy Udall Energy 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 rebates or other CORE Grants for the approved grant project, during the year in which the grant is awarded
– The grant award should not exceed 50% of project cost when combined with outside rebates
– The project must be fully completed before grant payment may be requested
– Certain grants may require energy monitoring system installation (provided)
Please prepare the following documents before beginning your application:
1. 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 and answered all of the application questions. If you have any problem uploading documents, please email documents to Marty Treadway. Please note: you must still submit an online application.
2. Project Budget
Enter proposed budget into the online application, or email to address below
3. Organizational Budget
Please upload a spreadsheet to your online application, or email to address below
4. Supporting Documents
Architectural or engineering drawings, photographs, and/or presentations that will clarify the project
5. 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 ranked against the criteria categories listed below: Savings • Community • Innovation • Education
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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. Clearly explain how this grant will help to fund this specific project. 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.
Applications will be evaluated based on the following selection criteria. Each criteria is weighted by importance (see the percentage after each item) and this year, energy savings (or renewable production) is our top priority. Projects need not meet all criteria; however, applicants are encouraged to address the following when developing their proposals:
1. Savings (70%)
– Projects should result in significant reductions in energy use, and/or the production of on-site renewable energy.
– Projects should clearly demonstrate how they are reducing or avoiding greenhouse gas emissions.
2. Community (10%)
– Projects should demonstrate the potential to achieve broad public benefit for the residents of the Roaring Fork Valley by addressing one or more of the following points: Strengthening our community, improving the local economy, protecting or enhancing the environment.
– Projects should be of local or regional significance and fulfill the objectives of REMP.
– When available, applicants should utilize local resources in designing, sourcing and constructing their projects.
– Project prioritizes affordable housing, when applicable.
3. Innovation (10%)
– Projects should strive to use the most innovative technologies and/or design techniques available, or apply proven technologies in an innovative manner.
– Projects should serve to enhance the market share, or promote public acceptance of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.
4. Education (10%)
– Projects should promote public awareness concerning the project benefits and issues related to energy efficiency and renewable energy.
– Demonstrate how the project will educate or inspire others toward action.
For more information email Marty Treadway, CORE’s Grant Director, or call (970) 925-9775 x504.
Prior Grant Recipients (2017):
Waldorf School (Aspen Waldorf Foundation)
Replacing 3 boilers with condensing units
Total Project Cost: $45,550 • Recommended Funding: $20,000
Annual Energy Savings: 111,562 kBTU • Lifecycle Carbon Savings: 126 MtCO2e
City of Aspen Police Department
47 KW solar PV; LEED Gold compliance
Total Project Cost: $22,544,932 • Recommended Funding: $135,000
Annual Energy Savings: 1,137,732 kBTU • Lifecycle Carbon Savings: 753 MtCO2e
Colorado Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute
Off grid cabin for teaching, housing
Total Project Cost: $218,000 • Recommended Funding: $50,000
Annual Energy Savings: 210,000 kBTU • Lifecycle Carbon Savings: 871 MtCO2e
Pitkin County Landfill
128 KW solar PV – 100% offset
Total Project Cost: $300,000 • Recommended Funding: $75,000
Annual Energy Savings: 611,456 kBTU • Lifecycle Carbon Savings: 2,536 MtCO2e
Roaring Fork Conservancy
High performing windows; solar PV; condensing boiler; lighting and roof upgrades
Total Project Cost: $301,254 • Recommended Funding: $50,000
Annual Energy Savings: 124,694 kBTU • Lifecycle Carbon Savings: 287 MtCO2e
Riverview School (Roaring Fork School District)
336 kW solar PV – 100% offset
Total Project Cost: $604,800 • Recommended Funding: $100,000
Annual Energy Savings: 1,667,411 kBTU • Lifecycle Carbon Savings: 7,226 MtCO2e
St. Benedict’s Monastery
202 KW solar PV – 100% offset
Total Project Cost: $498,600 • Recommended Funding: $75,000
Annual Energy Savings: 1,136,107 kBTU • Lifecycle Carbon Savings: 4,712 MtCO2e
Discovery Center (Town of Snowmass Village)
18 KW solar PV; HRV for IAQ system; Energy Dashboard; Improved glazing and daylighting
Total Project Cost: $237,493 • Recommended Funding: $50,000
Annual Energy Savings: 328,553 kBTU • Lifecycle Carbon Savings: 616 MtCO2e
In total, these grants will offset 17,127 tons of CO2 equivalent over the lifecycle of the project, equivalent to taking 3,667 cars off the road annually, or planting over 20,000 acres of forest in one year.