Leveraging Funding Opportunities is a resource to support Massachusetts companies on their federal and non-federal funding applications. This program seeks to promote technological innovative research and advanced development, and support economic analysis on the impacts of clean energy technologies; support the commercialization of technological innovations, including infrastructure development pilot projects and ensure a trained workforce for Massachusetts’ clean energy industry.

MassCEC may provide qualified businesses with support such as cost share funding, letters of support and facilitated connections throughout the clean energy and water technology industries.

  • Massachusetts Presence - Companies must have the following in Massachusetts:
    • An office with significant employee headcount (>4 or larger than 50% of number of employees) and one of the following for the project under consideration
      • Primary project related research and development operations
      • Manufacturing operations
      • Project site
  • Proposals that satisfy the definition of “clean energy” are eligible for funding.  MGL c. 23J s. 1 defines this as “...advanced and applied technologies that significantly reduce or eliminate the use of energy from non-renewable sources, including, but not limited to: energy efficiency; demand response; energy conservation and those technologies powered in whole or in part by the sun, wind, water, biomass, alcohol, wood, fuel cells any renewable, non-depletable or recyclable fuel..."
  • Proposals that satisfy the definition of ”water technology” are eligible for funding. The Massachusetts Water Industry Roadmap defines the water technology industry as “…companies that manufacture equipment or systems; provide engineering, design or technical expertise to develop, deploy or improve technologies; provide scientific, analysis or consulting services; or otherwise have a high potential to be involved with the development, distribution and use of cutting-edge water technologies…”
  • While applicants are encouraged to partner with other entities (universities, companies, etc.) both within and outside the Commonwealth, MassCEC’s support is restricted to Massachusetts-based members of these partnerships.
  • Applicants may apply for cost share funds on federal or non-federal (e.g., foundations, industry consortia) funding applications. Awards are typically a fraction of the required cost share and the total project cost. For cost share support, applications may be submitted until the primary funding is contracted.
  • MassCEC strongly encourages leveraging investments from other entities.
  • Proposals for ARPA-E awards are not eligible for this funding, but are encouraged to apply to AmplifyMass for MassCEC support.
  • Applicants are required to submit a Letter of Request, a copy of the project proposal seeking support, 200 word bios and completed budget template. In the case of a cost share request, the project proposal must be the one submitted as a part of the prime award application. The required information in the Letter of Request is in this document and you can find the budget template here
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Awards are subject to availability.
  • Completed documents will be reviewed by MassCEC staff and potential peer reviewers.
  • Applicants should allow 4 to 6 weeks for the review process. 
    • While we are processing your application, we are able to issue a Letter of Consideration which acknowledges receipt of your application to MassCEC. Please note that we need to receive a substantially complete application in order to generate a Letter of Consideration.
  • As a quasi-public entity, MassCEC is subject to the Freedom of Information Act. Therefore, we request that you redact any confidential or proprietary information from any material you submit to MassCEC.
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as early as possible. Materials should be sent to the Director of Strategic Analysis at strategicanalysis@masscec.com. The email subject line should include the project name and requested funds.

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) seeks to accelerate the success of the clean energy and water technology industry in the Commonwealth by supporting companies in relevant  funding applications, both federal and non-federal. This program aims to further MassCEC’s goals to:

  • Increase statewide adoption of renewable energy, drive down the costs of renewable energy, and deliver financial and environmental benefits to ratepayers. 
  • Continue to lead in Clean Energy
  • Develop a trained workforce for a rapidly growing industry
  • Advance innovative solutions that will lead to energy security and a safe, reliable, and resilient energy infrastructure
  • Maintain public confidence in use of ratepayer dollars

Program Manager: Kavita Ravi

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

63 Franklin Street, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02110

Phone: 617-315-9355