GRANTS

Description:
A key benefit of membership in DEED is the ability to apply for funding through a DEED grant. Members are encouraged to apply for grants (up to $125,000) to help finance innovative projects.  Grants can be used to improve utilities by increasing efficiency, reducing costs, investigating new technologies, offering new services, and improving processes and practices to better serve customers.

The grants, typically $25,000-$50,000, can support pilot projects, new technology demonstrations, early commercialization projects, and the development of best practices.  Any issue encountered by members (such as reliability, safety, security, energy efficiency, telecommunications and environmental) is an appropriate topic for a grant.

How to Apply: Applications are now available on an online, web-based grant management system. We have kept the grant application and process as simple as possible so even those utilities with minimal staff resources are able to apply quickly and easily for project funding. For access to the online application please contact the DEED program staff at DEED@PublicPower.org.

View innovative project ideas submitted by APPA vendor members here.

Deadlines: There are two deadlines: February 15 and August 15. These dates coincide with the spring and fall meetings of the DEED Board.

Questions: Contact DEED@PublicPower.org or 202-467-2960 for more information.

Quick links to help you obtain a Grant!

Reference Material:
DEED Grant Guide for Utilities
Project Reporting Requirements
Current DEED projects
Completed DEED projects
DEED Policy Manual
DEED Program Frequently Asked Questions


STUDENT ASSISTANCE:

DEED offers four types of scholarships to introduce students to career opportunities in public power: Educational, Student Internship, Student Research Grant, and Technical Design Project. Students must be studying in energy-related disciplines and must be accepted or enrolled full-time in vocational schools or accredited colleges and universities in order to apply.

Our scholarships serve a purposeful and beneficial link between communities and utilities. Students gain work experience, earn financial support for their education, and may be eligible for college credit. In return, utilities attract new talent, positive publicity, and reap the rewards of mentoring a student. Help us spread the word about our scholarships by sending this sample letter and flyer to your local universities or send their contact details to us at DEED@PublicPower.org.

Students must have a mentor for their scholarship and so they will contact DEED members to request them to sponsor their scholarship application. Review the scholarship requirements for more details.

DEED members may apply for a student intern to work for you!

How to Apply: Applications are available on our web-based system. Utilities may apply with or without designating a specific student on the application. The utility may initiate the scholarship application process or the student may initiate the application process. For access to the application contact DEED@PublicPower.org.

Deadlines: February 15 and October 15.

Questions: For more information review the DEED Scholarship Guide for Utilities, DEED Policy Manual or contact DEED@PublicPower.org or 202-467-2942.

Need help convincing human resources, accounting, city council, or a manager that interns would be a worthwhile utility investment? Maybe this article “5 Reasons to Hire an Intern” can help.

OTHER MONETARY REWARDS 
Other opportunities for research funds include DEED Joint Projects which are initiated by an APPA committee or task force. Contact DEED@PublicPower.org for more information.

Reference Material:
DEED Scholarship Guide for Utilities
Project Reporting Requirements
Current DEED projects
Completed DEED projects

List of all DEED Projects (since 1980)
DEED Policy Manual
DEED Program Frequently Asked Questions