Northside Building Energy Efficiency Upgrades


Buildings must be renter occupied, have 2 – 20 units, and be unsubsidized (units with voucher holders are eligible). The rent should be at or below the City of Madison’s Fair Market Rent, and maintained for at least three years after the upgrades. Buildings should be located on the Northside, approximately within the boundaries of Cherokee Marsh to the North, N. Stoughton Rd. to the East, E. Washington to the South and Lake Mendota to the West. Read the full City of Madison news release here. 

Additional Considerations

We strongly encourage buildings to apply that are home to families with children and where utility bills are a challenge for residents. Efficiency upgrade needs and savings potential will be prioritized, as well as community-minded support to residents.

What is Provided

If selected, you will receive:

  • Energy & water assessment, report, roadmap to upgrades and in-unit savings packs for residents if desired
  • Funding of $10,000 – $20,000 for upgrades for an anticipated energy and water savings of 10 – 20%
  • Recommended pool of contractors, contractor coordination, and review of bids
  • Direct payments to contractor (owner will not need to be reimbursed)
  • On-site review of completed work

How to Apply and Owner’s Role

  • Complete application here (complete en Español aquí)
  • After selection, complete scope agreement & utility forms
  • Pre site-assessment phone call and participate in on-site assessment
  • Review report and roadmap to select upgrade items and select contract bid
  • Owner accepts proposal from contractor(s) and approves work of contractor(s) so that Sustain Dane can pay the contractor directly
  • On site review of completed work to accept/finalize work
  • Distribute in-unit saving kits to residents and education about energy & water saving opportunities for residents


August 2021—September 2021: Selection of participants (rolling application review starting August 23)

September 2021—January 2022: Assessment work & selection of upgrades

February 2022—June 2022: Upgrades completed & resident engagement

June 2022—July 2022: Measurement of impact & grant closeout



This opportunity is made possible through funding from the Public Service Commission Office of Energy Innovation and in partnership with the City of Madison, Sustain Dane, Elevate, and the Northside Planning Council.