Mass Save® Sponsors Launch Community Education Grant
Grant aims to bring equitable access to energy efficiency education across Massachusetts' communities
BOSTON (June, 2022) – The Sponsors of Mass Save are pleased to launch the Mass Save Community Education Grant to support energy efficiency education and literacy efforts in Environmental Justice Communities. This is the latest initiative by the Sponsors of Mass Save to ensure an equitable transition to net zero by reducing the energy burden and carbon footprint in communities statewide.
Funding starting at $5,000 and funding up to $10,000 will be awarded to community-based organizations to create energy efficiency education campaigns and increase program access for renters, landlords, English-isolated customers, student organizations, and low-to-moderate income individuals. In addition to financial assistance, recipients will receive periodic training sessions and will work closely with an account manager to maximize savings and support. While the application is open to all organizations that meet eligibility requirements, priority will be given to those in Environmental Justice Communities.
"Ensuring a clean energy transition that is inclusive and accessible to all Massachusetts communities is critically important to the Sponsors of Mass Save", said Penni Conner, Eversource Executive Vice President of Customer Experience and Energy Strategy. "This grant, one of many Mass Save equity initiatives launced under the new Three-Year Plan, will reduce the knowledge gaps that act as barriers to Mass Save program participation and enable community organizations to bring education and awareness to their neighborhoods through outreach that is respective of tradition, culture and language."
This year marks the start of the new Three-Year Energy Efficiency plan that will provide an estimated $13 billion in benefits to the Commonwealth through numerous incentive and outreach programs.
Community Education Grant Eligibility:
- Must represent one or more of the following criteria: Community-based organizations, non-profits/501(C)(3), groups with fiscal agent, K-12 agencies, civic associations, youth organizations, or neighborhood councils.
- Commit to submitting continued progress tracking metrics throughout the three stages of monetary support.
- Participate in monthly calls and submit monthly outreach reports.
- Establish relevant progress relating to the outlined tactics and goals reflected during the application process.
- Propose focused outreach in Environmental Justice Communities.
- Involve customers within the following priority populations: renters, landlords, English-isolated residents, K-12 students, low and moderate-income individuals.
For a full list of eligibility requirements, complete grant award details, and to apply visit masssave.com/grant. The deadline to apply is July 31 for priority applications, with a second round later in the year.
About Mass Save®
Mass Save® is a collaborative of Massachusetts’ natural gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers including Berkshire Gas, Cape Light Compact, Eversource, Liberty Utilities, National Grid, and Unitil. We empower residents, businesses, and communities to make energy efficient upgrades by offering a wide range of services, rebates, incentives, trainings, and information.