Hydro Ottawa's Brighter Tomorrows Fund

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The Hydro Ottawa Brighter Tomorrows Fund supports registered charities working in the homelessness, shelter and warmth sector

Hydro Ottawa’s Brighter Tomorrows Community Investment Program aims to support the communities in which Hydro Ottawa operates in a targeted and meaningful manner.

The 2014 Hydro Ottawa Brighter Tomorrows Fund application process is now underway. This innovative targeted community investment fund is supported by corporate matching dollars from Hydro Ottawa’s annual United Way campaign and administered by United Way Ottawa. This fund enables frontline charities that serve people who are homeless, or at risk of being homeless, to invest in energy-efficient measures and projects. Specifically, the fund supports small-scale capital projects that improve the energy efficiency of an organization's facilities, helping to reduce energy costs and creating savings that organizations can use for their programs.

We are looking to the community we serve to help identify small capital projects, those with the greatest potential for making housing and shelter facilities energy-efficient. Funding proposals are now being solicited and will be reviewed by a committee made up of representatives from Hydro Ottawa, United Way Ottawa and the local community.

Since its inception in 2011, more than $359,000 has been contributed in support of 35 energy efficiency projects completed by 17 frontline community agencies. Projects range from window replacements to the installation of energy efficient lighting, high-efficiency fans, appliances and boiler systems.

2014 Call for Proposals Timeline:

  • Call for Proposals Issued: March 10, 2014
  • Deadline for Proposal Submissions: March 31, 2014
  • Applicants Notified: May 2014
  • Funding Announcement: June 2014

Under the Brighter Tomorrows Fund, small capital projects with the greatest potential for making housing and shelter facilities energy-efficient will be considered. Local organizations that help Ottawa residents who are homeless and those at risk of homelessness are eligible to apply for this funding.

Improving the energy efficiency of housing and shelter facilities will help organizations reduce energy costs, improve their facilities, and provide comfortable living spaces.

Examples of possible projects include:

  • energy audits to ensure that capital projects are energy-efficient, which will help to reduce costs over the long-term and allow more resources to be invested in the community; and
  • the purchase and installation of new windows, doors, high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, or energy-efficient appliances. 

Brighter Tomorrows Fund General Eligibility Criteria

For a proposal to be considered for funding under this Call for Proposal, the following mandatory requirements must be met:

  • The organization must be a registered charity.
  • Activities must benefit residents within the City of Ottawa.
  • The organization’s primary focus and mandate is to provide shelter and/or supports to homeless people and families or those at risk of homelessness.
  • Agencies must contact saveONenergy prior to submitting an application for the Brighter Tomorrows Fund. Applications submitted by agencies who have not contacted saveONenergy will not be accepted. Please note that if your project is not eligible for saveONenergy incentives, you may still apply for the Brighter Tomorrows Fund.
  • Submissions must be complete and submitted by the due date. Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

If you have any questions about the funding process, please call 613-683-3861 or e-mail btfund@unitedwayottawa.ca

saveONenergy Retrofit Program

saveONenergy retrofit programs, available through Hydro Ottawa can provide additional financial incentives to Brighter Tomorrows Fund projects. Find out more about Hydro Ottawa saveONenergy Retrofit Programs (PDF, 195 KB). A saveONenergy retrofit program application will be part of the evaluation criteria for Brighter Tomorrows Fund approval. Agencies are asked to contact Christopher Kelly at 613-738-5499 x244 or by email at christopherkelly@hydroottawa.com to determine their project’s eligibility for saveONenergy incentives.

Please note that saveONenergy is an Ontario Power Authority initiative and is managed separately from the Hydro Ottawa Brighter Tomorrows Fund.

2014 Brighter Tomorrows Fund Call for Proposals Application:


If you have any questions about the funding process, please e-mail btfund@unitedwayottawa.ca.