Millions of Dollars Available to Charter Schools for Energy Upgrades

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March 2, 2017 There is currently over $150 million dollars available to charter schools for energy projects.

The Proposition 39 K-12 Program administrated through the State of California's Energy Commission, provides grant funds for energy efficiency upgrades and solar projects for charter schools. This Proposition 39, a voter-approved initiative in 2012, provides funding for five fiscal years, from 2013/14 through 2017/18.

Eligible charter schools can receive a minimum of $15,000 per year. The California Department of Education calculates funding based on average daily attendance, so your school's grant amount could be even more!

There have been significant changes since the beginning of the program that may make it easier participate. The time to plan and apply is now! The last date to submit energy expenditure plan applications to the Energy Commission is August 1, 2017.

The Energy Commission's Proposition 39 K-12 program Web page includes all of the information charter schools need to complete an energy expenditure plan. The Web page also includes frequently asked questions and a handbook that explains how to apply.

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Additional funding for technical assistance to help identify energy saving projects is available through the Energy Commission's Bright Schools Program. This service is offered as a grant at no cost to schools. Complete information on the Bright Schools Program is available at

For more information: Please call the Proposition 39 K-12 Hotline toll-free for those in California: (855) 380-8722, or (916) 653-0392 for those out of state. You can also email questions to Energy Commission staff at