CalSHAPE Update – Program Extended Through March!

January 20, 2023

On January 12th, the California Energy Commission staff held an online CalSHAPE public workshop to gather input on Phase 2 of the Ventilation portion of the California Schools Healthy Air, Plumbing, and Efficiency Program (CalSHAPE).

Signed into Law in September 2020, the CalSHAPE Ventilation portion has been divided into two Phases.

  • Phase 1 is for Assessment and Maintenance (A&M), with final applications due March 31st, 2023.
  • Phase 2 is for HVAC Upgrades and Repairs (U&R), but only for participants who received grant funding from Phase 1, with the opening of applications planned for the Summer of 2023.

Important Phase 2 Requirement

1. Participation is required for Phase 2 Grant Approval.

2. Contact us today to submit your Phase 1 application by the March 31st deadline.

Phase 2 will allow Local Education Agencies (LEA) to submit applications for grants addressing upgrade, repair, or replacement costs above the 20 percent contingency amount, referred to as HVAC Upgrade and Repair Grants.

Currently, Phase 2 will have a total budget of $192M, with each Investor-Owned Utility (IOU) contributing a portion of $172M in funding. The remaining $20M will come from the new Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF). The CEC is estimating that the funding will cover anywhere between 80-190 school projects.

With significantly more projects on the horizon, it is important to submit as early as possible to ensure your grant amount is reserved before time runs out.

Additional initial program requirements include the need for the school property to be located in an underserved community, near a busy roadway, or near a Title V facility. It is possible that subsequent Rounds of Phase 2 will open the eligibility to all schools, just as Round 1 did; however, additional funding would need to be available for those additional rounds.

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