The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh has committed to making available to its parishes $300,000 over three years period that began in 2011 and will end in 2013 to help them become more energy efficient.

It's an opportunity to take steps as simple as sealing windows and doors, adding insulation, or replacing costly lighting and appliances; the diocesan energy grant will also help defray the cost of more serious undertakings such as revamping heating and cooling systems or using solar, wind or geothermal energy.

The diocese will cover up to 2/3 of the cost, with a maximum grant of $20,000. There is no minimum amount. For certain parishes who agreed to have their 2011 applications deferred to 2012, the 2011 maximums will apply.

"We hope this will be a very beneficial way of supporting all of our congregations, especially those with aging facilities," said Bishop Price. The diocese will fund the grants from several sources available to the bishop. A review committee will advise him on the grant requests.

Full application instructions and additional information about the program are available on the Documents and Forms section under the Resources tab. 

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