Metropolitan Edison Company Sustainable Energy Fund - Workforce Development Program

The Met Ed Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund Workforce Development Program provides grants to organizations within the territories served by the Met Ed and Penelec electric companies for projects that provide Pennsylvania residents with training for the installation and maintenance of renewable energy systems. Programs that address a critical training and/or safety need will receive preference.

What is a grant?
A grant is a disbursement to a qualified organization for a specific purpose or to support the organization’s operations and does not need to be paid back (unless the funding is misused). A follow-up report is required for each grant received that describes how the money was used, what impact it had, and other relevant information.

When should I apply?
Applications for the Workforce Development Program open on January 15 and are due by March 15.

How much money is available?
The fund will distribute three $25,000 grants for workforce development programs within the fund territories in 2019.

Do I qualify?
To qualify for a grant, the organization and/or program must:
1. Be located in Pennsylvania.
2. Be requesting a grant for a program that trains Pennsylvania residents to professionally install and/or maintain renewable energy systems. At least 50% of the students in the program must reside within the territories served by the Met Ed and Penelec electric companies. (Click the following map) territory map

What is a renewable energy system?
For the purpose of this grant program, renewable energy systems are those that offset standard grid-supplied power through the use of solar, geothermal, biomass, wind, and/or hydroelectric technologies, which may, in some cases, be paired with a battery back-up system for resiliency.

Total time from application to decision is approximately 90 days.

After you apply, a staff member from the foundation will contact you for additional information (if needed) and to set up a site visit if appropriate. After all due diligence is complete, the fund advisory committee will consider the application.

In order to apply for any grant, you must first click the Sign Up button in the top right corner to create an account. If you already established an account, click Sign In to proceed with applying for a grant.

Note that demographic and quality of life data about Berks County is available at Berks Vital Signs. You may find that data useful in this or other grant applications that you complete.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Describe the purpose of your program/project in one sentence.
  2. Is your project or program in the Met Ed service territory?
  3. Provide a brief description of the proposed project.
  4. Who will your students be and how will they benefit from participating?
  5. How do you know that there is both (a) a need for and (b) available jobs for the training that you plan to provide?
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