ABC Trust provides Efficiency Forward grants
Nonprofits to benefit from energy efficiency upgrades

The Alabama Business Charitable (ABC) Trust Fund has awarded Efficiency Forward grants totaling more than $174,000 to 19 organizations across the state in 2015.

Efficiency Forward, formerly known as the Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program (NEEP), awards grants to nonprofits so they can make energy efficiency improvements to their facilities. The improvements help provide cost savings that nonprofits can pass on in services to their clients.

Since its start in 2007, the program has provided more than $1 million in support through 124 grants.

"These organizations provide meaningful services to their communities," said John Hudson, ABC Trust executive director. "By helping them better manage energy, we are helping them improve their ability to make a difference."

Here are the 19 nonprofits that received Efficiency Forward grants in 2015:

Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, Birmingham

Urban Ministry, Cotton Avenue location, Birmingham

Workshops, Inc., Birmingham

United Cerebral Palsy of East Central Alabama, Anniston, Ft. McClellan

Edmundite Missions, Selma

Hand in Paw, Birmingham

Soles4Souls, Wadley

Walnut Gallery, Gadsden

Crisis Center of Russell County, Phenix City

Organized Community Action Program, Troy

Friends of Ivan K. Hill Park, Winfield

Joseph F. Weldy Home for Children, Winfield

Salvation Army of Walker County, Jasper

Mobile Symphony

King's Home, Chelsea

Bibb Graves High School Alumni and Friends, Millerville

Christian Mission Centers, Enterprise

YMCA of Greater Montgomery

Winston Marion ARC, Haleyville

Efficiency Forward grants are offered through the ABC Trust Fund, which was created in 1992 by Alabama Power. The trust partners with community action agencies to help low-income families pay monthly energy bills. It also supports programs that promote energy efficiency for nonprofits and low-income individuals and families.

Learn more about the ABC Trust by visiting and clicking the "Helping Out" tab.