Community Innovations Grant Program (Connecticut)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Financial Incentive Program
|Name||Community Innovations Grant Program|
|Incentive Type||State Grant Program|
|Applicable Sector||Local Government, Nonprofit|
|Eligible Technologies||Public Awareness, Education Projects|
|Energy Category||Renewable Energy Incentive Programs|
|Amount||$1,000 - $4,000 per eligible community; $250 - $2,000 per award within eligible community|
|Funding Source||Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA)|
|Maximum Incentive||$4,000 per eligible community|
|Program Administrator||Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA)|
|Date added to DSIRE||2006-06-23|
|Last DSIRE Review||2012-10-08|
| Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE
The Community Innovations Grants Program provides funding for communities to increase voluntary support for clean energy and to build model sustainable communities.
Cities, towns and municipalities are eligible to receive a grant of $4,000, which they will disperse to local groups and individuals as "micro-grants" of $250 to $2,000. To be eligible, cities or towns must commit to the state's "20% by 2010 Campaign" and the EPA Community Energy Challenge. Municipalities that have previously received a Community Innovations Grant are not eligible for this grant. At least 10 "at-large" recipients may receive a micro-grant of up to $1,000. “At-large” recipients include individuals who live in cities and towns that have not yet committed to the “20% by 2010” campaign, as well as non-profit organizations based in Connecticut.
The grants are awarded to eligible communities, and the funds are managed by a local energy task force in each participating community. In turn, these energy task forces, through a grant-giving process, provide micro-grants to organizations and citizens to start local projects that support clean-energy awareness and education within their communities. Applicants for individual micro-grants may apply to the local energy task force for funds ranging from $250 to $2,000 to support a public-awareness project or education project addressing the benefits and availability of clean energy.
The Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority community search tool will let interested users know whether or not specific communities are eligible for a Community Innovations Grant or not.
This program is supported by the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA), which is funded via a surcharge on electric ratepayers’ utility bills.
|Contact Name||Information - Community Innovation Grants|
|Department||Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority|
|Address||865 Brook Street|
|Place||Rocky Hill, Connecticut|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.