San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)
Grants to San Francisco, California local government agencies, schools, hospitals, landlords, businesses, and developers to reduce the use of potable water on non-residential properties. Funding will support the replacement or upgrade of existing onsite indoor water-using equipment. Eligible projects must achieve a water savings of 200 ccf (149,000 gallons) or more a year to qualify.
This program will consider two types of equipment retrofits:
1) Fixed Water Saving Retrofit Projects: these consist of standardized equipment with predictable water savings projects. Eligible projects include the installation of equipment listed below.
-Cooling Tower pH Controllers
-Medical Equipment Steam Sterilizers
-Water Efficient Ice Machines
-Commercial Laundry Retrofits
-Dry Vacuum Pumps
-Connectionless Food Steamers
2) Custom Retrofit Projects: these consist of unique or site specific equipment retrofits that result in project-specific water savings. They include any water savings equipment retrofit not mentioned in the Fixed Water Savings Equipment Projects list above that results in a minimum of 200 ccf of annual potable water savings and meet the program requirements. Custom Retrofit Projects are approved on a case- by- case basis and require metering 60 days pre equipment installation and 60 days post equipment installation to verify equipment retrofit savings.
-Funding will be provided based on 1) the evaluation of each application per the rules noted above, and 2) the availability of funds, as certified by the Controller of the City and County of San Francisco.
-Grant funding amount will be calculated at $1.00 per ccf of 10 year project lifespan water savings achieved up to 50% of the project’s equipment costs (whichever is the lesser amount).
-Activities must be completed within six (6) months from the Reservation Letter.
-Water savings for Custom Retrofit Projects will be determined by individual performance testing (typically metering) of water use reduction demonstrated and will be awarded when the project is deemed complete by SFPUC staff. Individual performance testing is not necessary for the Fixed Water Savings Equipment noted in the previous section. At the SFPUC’s discretion, such technologies water saving’s may be calculated using the established/published water savings amounts. In all projects, the confirmed grant funding amount will be based on the confirmed water savings amount or 50 percent of the equipment costs (excluding labor), whichever is less.
-Expenses incurred prior to the execution of the Grant Agreement are not eligible for reimbursement.
-Items that the SFPUC already provides financial incentives for are not eligible to receive grant funds. These items include but are not limited to toilets, urinals, landscape materials, aerators and showerheads.
-Projects involving recycled water do not qualify for the grant funding.
-Project Applicant must receive a water bill directly from the SFPUC for their own water use.
-Project must be located in an existing building at a site that receives water from a retail service account with the SFPUC.
-Project must be able to reduce onsite water use by a minimum of 200 ccf annually.
-Retrofitted equipment and resulting water savings must be applicable to indoor water use only. Replacement of toilets, urinals, clothes washers, showerheads and faucet aerators are not eligible through this grant program because the SFPUC maintains separate toilet/urinal/device rebates that Applicants can pursue.
-Retrofitted equipment must be permanent and be operated for a minimum of 9 years. If retrofitted equipment is not operated for a minimum of 9 years, the participant may be required to reimburse the SFPUC the entire grant funding amount received.
-Project must meet all applicable local, state, and federal laws, regulations and ordinances, including environmental review as applicable
Budget Items Eligible for Funding:
-Direct project equipment costs paid in order to implement approved equipment retrofits.
-Invoices from suppliers must be sufficiently itemized to identify project equipment cost from other labor or miscellaneous costs.
-Costs associated with labor, shipping, tax, and maintenance are not eligible for grant funds.
-If project metering is required, the cost associated with metering the project may also be reimbursable by grant funds.
All activities must comply with applicable local, state, and federal permit requirements. If a building permit is required, a grant will not be issued until a building permit is issued and the activity has completed environmental review certification (e.g. categorical exemption, negative declaration, mitigated negative declaration or EIR) if applicable. An inspection by a SFPUC staff person of installed equipment does not constitute a building inspection by the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection or the local authority with jurisdiction to issue a building permit.
GrantWatch ID#: 165101
Eligible projects must achieve a water savings of 200 ccf (149,000 gallons) or more a year to qualify. This program will provide qualifying projects grant funding of $1.00 per ccf over a 10-year lifespan up to 50% of the project’s equipment costs. A single customer may apply for more than one project.
For Fixed Water Saving Retrofit Projects, maximum grants are as follows:
-Cooling Tower pH Controllers (1,734 ccf water savings): 50% of the equipment cost, up to $8,000
-Medical Equipment Steam Sterilizers (670 ccf water savings): 50% of the equipment cost, up to $2,500
-Water Efficient Ice Machines (364 ccf water savings): 50% of the equipment cost, up to $1,800
-Commercial Laundry Retrofits (344 ccf water savings): 50% of the equipment cost, up to $1,700
-Dry Vacuum Pumps (279 ccf water savings): 50% of the equipment cost, up to $1,000
-Connectionless Food Steamers (109 ccf per compartment water savings): 50% of the equipment cost, up to $545 per compartment
Estimated Annual Water Savings: (1 ccf = 748 gallons)
Once a Reservation Letter is issued, the proposed project must be completed within six months to be eligible for potential funding. The Applicant may request an extension of the expiration date in writing prior to the end of the six months from the date of the Reservation Letter.
Grant funds are available to any institutional, industrial or commercial user who receives a water bill directly from SFPUC for their own water use, and not for resale (Retail Customer). Applicants may include city departments, hospitals, schools, developers, landlords, and businesses that receive a water bill directly from the SFPUC.
The deadline for the current fiscal year 2017-2018 applications is May 1, 2018. Applications for fiscal year 2018-2019 will be accepted after May 1, 2018.
Grant funding is available on a first come, first serve basis.
Qualifying projects may also be eligible for an energy rebate through the Food Service Technology Center. Click here to learn more:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
USA: California: San Francisco