Construction and renovation projects often result in unexpected expenses. When those projects involve energy improvements, schools, local governments and non-profits can employ a variety of funding sources to stretch project budgets. In addition to grants, it is useful to include utility incentives and performance contracting.
Spring is just around the corner and with it brings thoughts of cleaning, dusting, and getting the house ready for the warmer weather. Spring is also a great time for many to spruce up their financial housex. Now that the holidays are but a memory, many consumers are deeper in debt than when they started the Christmas season. According to a 2015 survey conducted by Pew Charitable Trusts, “Six in 10 households suffered a financial shock in the past year.” In addition, “55 percent of households struggled to make ends meet after experiencing their most expensive financial shocks.” Given these sobering findings, here are some examples of grants geared toward financial literacy programs that may help alleviate the unpleasant surprises. Two of these grants support nonprofits offering financial education programming for individuals in underserved communities. The third focuses more on research.