828-649-5115  /  info@energycap.org  
This grant program is funded exclusively by the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.

This grant program is funded exclusively by the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.




APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: (click here for complete PDF instructions packet)

When is this year's deadline?

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. If your project is awarded, it needs to be completed and paid for before September 30, 2019.

What do I need to do?

Once you have a project in mind and a quote in hand from an installer to do the work, fill out our simple application above and attach the installer's quote. We will contact you to schedule a farm visit. (We can also visit your farm to discuss your options if you're only in the planning stages of an energy project.)

Who is eligible?

Individuals or entities directly engaged in agricultural production in the 30 western counties/units of North Carolina. (see map).

What projects are eligible?

Renewable energy systems (wind, solar, renewable biomass, micro-hydro, geothermal) or energy efficiency improvements that will benefit an agricultural production facility. Residences cannot be tied to projects. Technologies must be commercially available and feasible. Grants can only go toward post-application purchases/installations.

Visit our renewables page or our energy efficiency page to connect with installers in your area.

An energy efficiency project must demonstrate an improvement of current energy use (i.e. energy efficient new infrastructure is not eligible).

How much, and how is it awarded?

Minimum grant: $500

Maximum grant: $7,000

Grants go toward 25% of project costs (So a project should have a minimum total cost of $2,000).  Awards are competitive, and notification of award typically comes within 6 weeks of application submission deadline. Submitting an application does not constitute a requirement to complete the proposed project, nor does it constitute a guarantee of award. The award is delivered as a reimbursement after project is purchased and installed.

How do I apply?

Download the application package using the one of the two buttons at the top of this page (".DOCX" for a Microsoft Word version, or ".PDF" if you would prefer that format). You may fill the application out on the computer and email it to us (info@energycap.org), or you can print it out and mail it to our address (found on the bottom of this webpage). If applying for a renewable energy system, the only additional requirement is to include a quote from the renewable energy installer of your choice (which should be free). Visit our installers page to find WNC installers.

How can WNC EnergyCAP help with your application?

  • Over-the-phone or on-site guidance and consulting on project options

  • Connection with energy auditors, energy efficiency professionals, renewable energy installers

  • Application assistance

For questions or assistance with the process, call 828-649-5115 or email us at info@energycap.org.