Residential Sustainability Grant

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

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Step 1.Understand the requirements

  • The program will provide a 20 percent reimbursement for energy saving improvements upon completion.
  • Minimum $2,500 investment by property owner.
  • Reimbursement amount-minimum $500; maximum $2,500.
  • 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 heather, 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 is 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 $20,000 has been allocated.
  • The City will start accepting applications on Jan. 4, 2021.
  • After all funding has been allocated, a waiting list will be created for qualifying applications.

For a full list of requirements click here(PDF, 442KB)

Step 2.Gather your information

  • Homeowner: Must be current on all property taxes.
  • Provide proof of property insurance.

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 October 15th. City staff will perform a post-project inspection to verify work has been completed and code compliant.

You can submit your application after 8a.m. the morning of Jan. 4.  

Click here to apply(PDF, 237KB)

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 $2,500 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)