MassCEC will continue accepting applications to the Whole-Home Air-Source Heat Pump Pilot Program until June 25, 2021 or until all funding is committed
In Massachusetts, transportation currently produces more greenhouse gas emissions than any other sector. Burdens from these emissions are not felt equitably across the Commonwealth. MassCEC’s Accelerating Clean Transportation for All (ACT4All) Program aims to pilot equity-focused transportation programs. Awarded projects will help to inform future funding under the Transportation Climate Initiative Program. To achieve program goals, MassCEC will offer Planning Grants to non-profits and community organizations that represent overburdened and underserved populations.
ACT4All aims to address inequities in the clean transportation sector by seeking applications that:
- Increase access to clean transportation technologies and decrease health impacts and related burdens from the existing transportation system
- Demonstrate replicable innovative business and/or incentive models
- Demonstrate effective program delivery, community partnership, and/or implementation models
- Broaden the market for clean transportation technologies through consumer education and awareness
- Represent the diversity of Massachusetts communities, from a geographic, demographic, and socioeconomic lens
Eligible Topic Areas
- Vehicles-For-Hire and Carsharing
- Electric Vehicle Consumer Awareness
- Short-Haul Freight & Delivery
- Other pilot projects that focus on equity and inclusion while reducing emissions
ACT4All Project Teams
Applicants are expected to form teams that include all members necessary to ensure project success and are strongly encouraged to include an organization that represents an overburdened or underserved community.
Teams may include:
- Community-based organizations (CBOs), non-profits, transit advocacy organizations, Environmental Justice advocates
- Public health organizations
- Clean transportation technology providers
- Technical consultants
- Community Development Corporations, Neighborhood Development Corporations, and other economic development agencies
- Financial institutions
- Businesses operating fleets in MA
MassCEC has created a collaboration platform on Slack for interested applicants to begin making connections and forming teams. Click here to join.
|Request for Proposal Release||May 27, 2021|
|Informational Webinar||July 15, 2021 @ 2 PM ET|
|Questions due to MassCEC via email to CleanTransportation@MassCEC.com||July 20, 2021|
|Office Hours via Zoom (see registration links below)||June - August 2021|
|Proposals Due||September 7, 2021|
|Applicant Interviews (at MassCEC’s discretion)||Late September, 2021|
|Notification of Award||November 30, 2021|
Register for the Informational Webinar here.
The virtual Office Hours dates and times are listed below. Click on the date you wish to attend to register. Please note that if we receive a high volume of registrations for a given day, you may be contacted to join the Zoom call during a specific time window. If not, you may join the Zoom call at anypoint during the times listed below.
- July 8, 2021 1-3 PM ET
- July 20, 2021 1-3 PM ET
- July 29, 2021 2-4:30 PM ET
- August 11, 2021 2-4 PM ET
- August 23, 2021 1-3 PM ET
How Do I Apply?
Awards: MassCEC is making awards ranging from $100,000 - $500,000 to successful Applicant teams.
Application Process: Please see the ACT4All Active Solicitation Page to find all application materials. The Lead Applicant of the Application team should submit the Proposal by 4:00 pm EDT on September 7, 2021 to CleanTransportation@MassCEC.com.
MassCEC is offering $7,500 Planning Grants to non-profits and CBOs to build capacity and enable eligible organizations to effectively engage in the application development process.
- To apply for a Planning Grant, please fill out a Letter of Intent and send it to CleanTransportation@MassCEC.com. MassCEC is accepting Letters of Intent on a rolling basis until August 24, 2021.
If approved, MassCEC will send your team a Letter Agreement.
|Eligible Applicants||Non-profits and CBOs - MassCEC will have ultimate discretion over applicant eligibility|
|Funding Structure||$7,500 grants - $1,500 paid once the Letter of Commitment is signed and $6,000 paid once the ACT4All application is submitted|
|Available Funding||$90,000 total available funds. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all funding has been allocated|
|Application Process||Please complete the Letter of Intent and return it to CleanTransportation@MassCEC.com|
MassCEC is committed to reducing barriers for teams to apply. Please do not hesitate to reach out to CleanTransportation@MassCEC.com with any foreseeable issues that your team may have in applying. We would be happy to set up a call and we are open to any suggestions that may make the application process easier for your team.
MassCEC’s first clean transportation-focused program, Accelerating Clean Transportation Now I (ACTNow I), is currently underway. ACTNow I awarded $1.4 million and offered a broad range of topic areas including light-duty vehicles, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, and mass transit with an overarching focus on business and finance models that can be replicated and scaled up. Projects funded under ACTNow I focus mainly on electric school buses and carpool and carsharing models.
Accelerating Clean Transportation for All (ACT4All) is MassCEC's second iteration of clean transportation-focused programming under ACTNow. This round of funding builds upon the success of ACTNow I, with a strong focus on equity and inclusion.
- Environmental Justice Mapping tool
- Environmental Justice definition
- Updated Environmental Justice definition - The Climate Bill updated the EJ definition, which has yet to be incorporated into the mapping tool or state website.
- Transportation Climate Initiative Program (TCI-P)
- Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2030 (CECP)
- ACT4All One Pager