Efficiency Fund

The DCSEU's Income Qualified Efficiency Fund is designed to support projects that improve buildings, neighborhoods, or whole communities through energy efficiency. If you own or operate a multifamily property, shelter, or clinic that serves low- to moderate-income District residents, or you are a contractor working on a project at one of these properties, the DCSEU wants to hear from you.

Apply for Funding


Applicants must be a DCSEU Approved Contractor or a property management organization or owner willing to work with DCSEU Approved Contractors. Preference will be given to District of Columbia Certified Business Enterprises (CBE) contractors registered with the District Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD). Contractors who are not currently under contract to the DCSEU must submit to the DCSEU's Request for Qualifications to become a DCSEU Approved Contractor.

Income Requirements

“Low-Income Households” are households that have annual incomes equal to or below 80% of the Area Median Income (“AMI”) or 60% of the State Median Income (“SMI”).

Eligible Projects

Low-Income Communities can be classified as Multifamily Buildings, Clinics, or Shelters that serve low-income households. “Low-Income Housing” is defined as the District’s stock of affordable, low-income housing. It is defined as either (a) a building where the owner or occupant meets the definition of “low-income households” listed above, (b) a multifamily building where at least 66% of the households meet the definition of “low-income households” listed above, (c) buildings owned by non-profit organizations or government that meet the definition of “low-income households” listed above, or (d) buildings where there are contracts or other legal instruments in place that assure that at least 66% of the housing units in the building will be occupied by low-income households.

Clinics Eligible for Potential Funding

Selection Criteria

Funding will be competitively awarded to DCSEU Approved Contractors for energy efficiency projects that generate significant energy savings and pass the associated financial benefits on to low-income residents in the District of Columbia. Projects that maximize energy savings and reach a large number of low-to-moderate income residents will receive funding priority. Selection criteria are as follows:

CBE Contractors

Projects submitted by contractors that are registered CBEs will be given preference. All contractors must be under contract to the DCSEU in order to qualify for funding.

Residents Impacted

Projects that impact the greatest number of low-income District residents will receive preference.

Energy Savings per Dollar

Projects that achieve more energy savings with the fewer dollars spent will receive preference. Savings will be calculated based on the price per MWh or MMBTU of energy saved.

Matching Funds

Projects that have more matching funds secured towards the total cost of the energy efficiency upgrades will receive preference.

Innovative Measures

Projects that present innovative measures not currently eligible for standard rebates but that deliver energy savings will receive preference.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Aug 24, 2020

FY 2021 Phase 1 (LED Lighting Only) opens for applications.

Oct 30, 2020

Applications are due to DCSEU by 5pm.

Dec 1, 2020

Application decisions are announced (pending virtual remote pre-inspections & analysis review)

Jan 1, 2021

Incentive Agreements and Work Orders issued.

March 5, 2021

All measures must be installed and final invoices are due to the DCSEU.

IQEF Info Session FY2021

Apply for Funding

The DCSEU is not currently accepting applications for the IQEF program. If you have a project in an income-qualified facility in DC, you can still access DCSEU rebates and services:

For questions about the IQEF program, please contact Philana Owusu, Program Manager, at 202-479-2222 or IncomeQualified@dcseu.com.