Launched last year, the Maine Community Foundation’s Grants to Green program is actively helping nonprofits across the state improve energy conservation. In addition to providing matching assessment grants for energy audits, the program awards matching implementation grants for energy efficiency renovations to historic downtown buildings.

Grants to Green awarded its first two implementation grants to the Island Institute and Unity College. These grants will help the organizations spend less on energy costs and free up revenue for programming.

A new report from the Maine Development Foundation, Energy in Maine, underscores how continuing improvements in efficiency and further diversification can give Maine people and businesses more options and greater flexibility to adjust to changing energy markets. The report is available online at www.mdf.org.

For eligibility information and the grant application schedule for Grants to Green, visit the Maine Development Foundation’s website. The next deadline for assessment grants is June 12; the deadline for implementation grants is September 11.

Photo: The Island Institute in Rockland