Spurring Community Energy Projects: A guide to applying for CERT Seed Grant funding

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A guide to applying for Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) seed grants. Learn more and apply at http://rfp.mncerts.org.

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Spurring Community Energy Projects: A guide to applying for CERT Seed Grant funding

  1. 1. Spurring CommunityEnergy Projects:A guide to applying forCERT Seed Grant Funding
  2. 2. Overview1. Funding Overview2. Application Materials3. CERTs Funding Application4. Application Submission5. Review Criteria6. Timeline www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  3. 3. Funding OverviewWhat is CERTs looking for in a proposal?• Relates to clean energy or energy efficiency• Includes an outreach component, such as education or community involvement• Fosters new network relationships• Cost-effective and well-planned use of resourcesEach Regional CERT has $10,000 in funding to allocate. www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  4. 4. Application MaterialsVisit http://rfp.mncerts.com to find:• Funding Application Form*• RFP Details, Evaluation Criteria*, and Submission Information• Project Impact Worksheets and Resources• Previously-funded Projects*Be sure to use the correct application form for the CERT Region in which you are applying. Also see Region-specific evaluation criteria. www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  5. 5. CERTs Funding Application1. General Info – Summary – Organizational History2. Project Narrative & Work Plan – Connection to Community3. Collaboration and Project Support – Team members – Project Partners www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  6. 6. CERTs Funding Application4. Project Focus and Impact – Energy Focus – Activities and Impacts: What are you doing around energy? Associated Impacts? E.g. Implementation & Education and Outreach – Project Impact Worksheets5. Project Funding – Other Funding Support & Project Budget – Match Requirements (SW and NE CERTs) www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  7. 7. Review CriteriaStatewide Criteria:1. Projects that advance community energy efficiency and/or renewable energy2. Ideally, projects that provide measurable savings/offsets3. Projects that have high potential to provide replicable models4. Projects that engage and involved a variety of community partners …more In the “RFP Details” document at http://rfp.mncerts.org.Regional Criteria:1. Match requirements for SW and NE CERTs2. Selection committees are regional, so check for their priorities! …more In the “RFP Details” document at http://rfp.mncerts.org. www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  8. 8. Application SubmissionApplications due to RFP@CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org by 5:00pm on Tuesday, November 15th. Be sure to include: • Application in MS Word or PDF • Documentation of energy impacts • Letters of support for secured fundingPlease include your project name and CERT Region in the subject line. We will confirm receipt within 1-2 days. www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  9. 9. Timeline• November 15, 2011: Proposals Due• January 2, 2012: Selections made by Regional CERTs• January 6, 2012: Awards announced• May 1, 2012: Project Interim Report & Invoice Due• June 1, 2012: $ revoked if project not initiated• December 1, 2012: Project Final Report & Invoices Due Invoices must be dated December 1, 2012 or earlier to receive payment. www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  10. 10. For More Information Visit http://rfp.mncerts.org or email RFP@ CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org. www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org

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