CalSHAPE Ventilation and Plumbing Programs

Keeping schools safe through AB-841 and the California Schools Healthy Air, Plumbing and Energy (CalSHAPE) Ventilation Program.


Grant Applications are currently being accepted by the California Energy Commission on a first-come, first-served basis. Enroll with Veregy through our no-risk services. We have successfully facilitated over $15M in Round 1 grant funding awards for hundreds of CA District and Charter schools.

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The CalSHAPE Ventilation Program

Governor Newsom signed AB-841 on September 30, 2020, creating the School Energy Efficiency Stimulus (SEES) Program. SEES established 2 grant programs, with $200 million dollars funding the California Schools Healthy Air, Plumbing and Energy (CalSHAPE) Ventilation Program. This HVAC-focused grant program is designed to provide funds to California’s K-12 public schools for assessments, repairs, and upgrades to HVAC systems. The CalSHAPE Ventilation program will:

“Provide grants to local educational agencies to reopen schools with functional ventilation systems that are tested, adjusted, and, if necessary, or cost effective, repaired, upgraded or replaced to increase efficiency and performance.”

California LEAs may apply for funding for schools that take service from one of the four investor-owned utilities (IOUs): SDG&E, SCE, SoCalGas, and PG&E. The CalSHAPE program further prioritizes schools within underserved communities, and other criteria, before those schools that are not. Contact us to discuss the prioritization criteria to see if your schools can apply immediately.

How Much Funding Will You Get?

Enroll with Veregy to receive an estimate of your grant funding potential and a No-Cost Energy Review of your selected schools.

Enroll Quickly and Easily

Grant applications are currently being accepted by the California Energy Commission on a first-come, first-served basis. Enroll with us as soon as possible to begin the process of assessing your HVAC needs, at no cost to you. Working with Veregy will help you be one of the first to apply. Reopen more quickly and efficiently.

Priority for Underserved Communities

Schools that are in Underserved Communities will receive priority. Veregy understands the criteria and has the data about your schools to determine which schools qualify and which are the best locations to apply for.

Eligible Projects

The program provides grants to assess, maintain, adjust, repair, or upgrade heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in schools. This Includes continuous CO2 monitoring to ensure proper ventilation is maintained in classrooms.

Required Qualifications

Only licensed professionals, qualified adjusting, and qualified testing personnel are required when performing an assessment, and the Veregy team exceeds these requirements.

Receive an Additional 20% in Funding

20% in contingency funding is available for repairs, upgrades or replacements necessary to make system functional or improve energy efficiency. However, the initial grant awards do not include additional funding for repairs, upgrades or replacements above the 20% contingency amount. While concerning for some, the Veregy team understands how to make this work for any size project to ensure you’re grant dollars pay for the things you need to reopen safely.

The CalSHAPE Plumbing Program

Also created as part of the School Energy Efficiency Stimulus Program, the CalSHAPE Plumbing program provides $69M to replace noncompliant plumbing fixtures and appliances that fail to meet water efficiency standards in schools.

  • Provides grants to assess and upgrade / replace components of plumbing systems in schools
  • The plumbing system includes fixtures (faucets, showerhead, urinals, toilets) and appliances (commercial dishwashers, automatic ice makers, commercial clothes washers)

Veregy Understands the Financial Needs of K-12 Districts and Charters

Since the inception of the Proposition 39 program, Veregy has served over 50 Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and hundreds of their individual schools throughout California.

Veregy is considered to be one of the preeminent Proposition 39 energy engineering and full-service consulting firms. We have garnered over $52 million in grant funds and have developed over $100 million in construction projects for our K-12 clients, helping them to become more efficient and improving their energy resiliency.

With the end of Prop 39 and the recent cutbacks associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is especially important to support our LEA customers by bringing forward, and in some cases combining, multiple financing strategies to move projects into construction. Our customers receive assistance from our energy advisors to prioritize energy improvements as part of their overall capital improvement budgets. Energy advisors also help customers identify and navigate financing options, such as AB-841 CalSHAPE Ventilation and CalSHAPE Plumbing grants, the California Energy Commission’s zero/low percent interest loans, utility on-bill financing (OBF), energy service performance contracting, energy reinvestment funding (i.e., revolving energy efficiency funds), grants, as well as alternate financing sources. Using financial solutions with favorable terms that do not require upfront costs, such as zero percent interest loans or OBF, Veregy will work to ensure capital concerns do not impede energy efficiency projects.

Taking Advantage of the CalSHAPE Ventilation and Plumbing Programs

First, one must have an assessment of your facilities by qualified and trained technicians, like the ones working with Veregy. Second, energy savings is a component of the application, and Veregy is a leader in energy engineering having successfully worked with hundreds of schools throughout California. Third, applications are best submitted early, and most importantly correctly, and Veregy knows how. However, there are a number of things you should know now, in order to get your funds early to help you reopen quickly.

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