Request for Proposals (RFP)
Energy Assistance Community Outreach
There are approximately 500,000 Coloradans who qualify for energy assistance but only about 15% of these individuals have been identified and served. To increase the funding available to energy-burdened households, the 2021 Colorado legislature passed House Bill 1105: Low-income Utility Payment Assistance Contributions, concerning utility customers’ financial contributions for low-income utility assistance. This bill requires investor-owned electric and gas utilities to collect a monthly charge from customers that are used to fund energy bill assistance and weatherization programs for low-income households across the state.
This request for proposals will fund Nonprofits and Exempt Organizations with a 501(c)3 status to increase awareness of and enrollment in state and Energy Outreach Colorado energy assistance programs for low and moderate-income Coloradans. Project proposals must discuss how an organization’s outreach plan will reach immigrant, refugee, and newcomer communities, and/or people who have been systemically disadvantaged due to their gender, race or ethnicity, or additional identity(ies).
Applicants must be Colorado-based, or if a regional or national organization, must have a Colorado presence via one or more Colorado-based staff. Further, applicants must serve customers from at least one of four investor-owned utilities in the state: Xcel Energy (electric or gas), Black Hills Energy (electric or gas), Atmos Energy (gas), and Colorado Natural Gas (gas).
Applicants who are best suited to implement this work are those that:
• have existing relationships serving low-and moderate-income community members in Colorado
• have experience collaborating with community-based organizations and nonprofits within their Colorado communities
• have the capacity to conduct community-level outreach and referrals to increase enrollment in energy assistance programs.
Applicants from organizations outside of the Front Range and those covering rural populations with low uptake in assistance services are especially encouraged to apply.
For more information and for instructions on how to apply, download the PDF by clicking the button below.
Proposals are due December 12, 2022.