Community Climate Action Grant Program

Thank you for you interest in Orange County's Community Climate Action Grant Program.

The FY20-21 round of grant funding opened on September 18, 2020.

Application Materials:

Orange County Community Climate Action Grant - Application and Instructions FY20-21 (PDF)

Orange County Community Climate Action Grant - Application and Instructions FY20-21 - Fillable (MS Word)

Orange County Community Climate Action Grant FY 20-21 - Budget Worksheets

Revision Note: The Application and Instructions files were revised on 10-16-2020 to fix the following errors in the "Description of Required Attachments" and "Appendix" sections: a broken link to the Budget Worksheets and some unnecessary references to Town of Chapel Hill Insurance requirements.

Resources for Applicants:

Impact Estimation Tools - It can be challenging to estimate the potential positive or negative impacts of a project as the grant application requests. There are many tools out there to assist with these calculations including the following: 

EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator - This easy to use calculator will convert your energy reduction estimates into greenhouse gas emissions reductions. It may also be used to quantify savings from planting or preserving trees, recycling waste, and more!

Emissions Factors for common energy types - When you save a gallon of gas or a kilowatt-hour of electricity, how many pounds of greenhouse gas emissions are avoided? It can depend on where you live and where your energy comes from, but it is a relationship that is summed up in one number, the emissions factor. Please refer to the table below for the emissions factors that will be applied in the scoring of all applications. 

Energy Type (Utility)2020 Emissions factor*Unit
Electricity  (Primarily Duke Energy Carolinas)0.50lbs CO2e / kWh
Natural Gas  (Primarily Dominion Energy)0.053metric tonnes CO2e (mt) / million BTU (mmBTU)
Gasoline  (various)19.58lbs CO2e / gallon

* Emissions factor for gasoline comes from EPA's 2020 "Emission Factors for Greenhouse Gas Inventories." All other emissions factors are sourced from Orange County's 2017 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory.

Need Help?:

We want you to succeed! If you have any questions or you need technical assistance with your project design or application, please contact the Orange County Sustainability Coordinator, Brennan Bouma at

Additional Background:

The application and the scoring of proposed projects are based on the eligibility and scoring guidelines that the Board of County Commissioners created and adopted in June:

Community Climate Action Grant - Eligibility and Project Scoring Guidelines for FY20-21 - Adopted June 2020