Residential Sustainability Grant

Solar panels on roof of home

Improve the energy efficiency of your home!

Merriam residents and property owners can install energy-saving systems, including energy-efficient windows and doors, insulation, solar power, wind power, high-efficiency HVAC, and geothermal heating and cooling. 

Applications will accepted beginning January 2, 2024.

Grant Process

Step 1.Understand the requirements

  • The program will provide a 30 percent reimbursement for energy saving improvements upon completion.
  • Minimum $2,000 investment by property owner.
  • Reimbursement amount-minimum $600; maximum $3,000.
  • All Merriam residents, who don't live in an apartment, may apply.
  • Eligible improvements include, but are not limited to: Home Energy Audit (blower door audit) by certified auditor, solar power, wind power, energy efficient HVAC and/or water heater, energy efficient windows and/or doors, insulation, geothermal heating and cooling, duct sealing.
  • Energy saving improvements must meet the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)-specifications are provided on a separate sheet.
  • Contractors(s) utilized to perform the improvements must have a Merriam Occupational license, and if appropriate, a Johnson County Contractors License. 
  • Work bids, including all project specification sheets, must be submitted prior to application approval. 
  • Once the City approves your project, work must begin within 120 days. 
  • Grant money will be available until all $65,000 has been allocated.
  • After all funding has been allocated, a waiting list will be created for qualifying applications.

For a full list of requirements click here(PDF, 79KB).

Step 2.Gather your information

  • Homeowner: Must be current on all property taxes.
  • Provide proof of property insurance.
  • Contractor bids or estimates. 

Step 3.Submit your application

Applicant must submit bids before application is approved. Application must be approved before construction can start. Work must be completed by September 16. City staff will perform a post-project inspection to verify work has been completed and code compliant. 

Apply Online

If you'd like to apply in person, download the application below and bring all documents to the Planning window inside Merriam City Hall.

Residential Sustainability Grant Application(PDF, 216KB)

Step 4.We will contact you

City Staff will contact applicant. Discuss project(s). Take photos. Inform if permits required. 

Step 5.If approved, wait for reimbursement

  • The City will reimburse applicants after receiving at least $2,000 in receipts. 
  • Staff performs a post project inspection to verify project completion.
  • No exterior code violations are present.
  • Recipient must complete a W-9 Form(PDF, 142KB)

The city at any time, without prior notice and at its sole discretion, can modify or eliminate this program.

State and local grants are ordinarily taxable for federal income purposes. If awarded, the City will report the grant to the IRS and send you a Federal IRS Form 1099. Please consult a tax professional if you have questions about any possible tax liability you may incur.