Accelerating Clean Transportation Now (ACTNow) is a funding opportunity that seeks to catalyze the adoption of clean transportation solutions via business and project finance models, user engagement, technology, or other innovative approaches.

Applicants are expected to form teams comprised of several entities which will work together on the proposed project, with one entity designated as the lead. Application Teams may include public and private entities (e.g., clean energy companies, research and development institutions, academic institutions, public institutions in the Commonwealth, financing institutions, and nonprofits). See Section 5 of the RFP for full eligibility criteria.

Entities may submit more than one Application and be part of more than one Application Team.


Project Collaboration Platform:

Use our online matchmaking platform Slack (linked) to network and identify potential project partners. Slack is a web-based platform that MassCEC will be using to host and facilitate communication after the release of the RFP. Join the conversation using this link to the ACTNow Slack channel.

The estimated timeline below is subject to change at MassCEC’s discretion.

Solicitation Released

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Informational Webinar

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 2pm

Deadline for Written Questions

Tuesday, January 3, 2020

Applications Due

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 @ 4pm

Grant Award Notifications

June 2020

Contracting Concluded

Within 3 months of award notification

Project Installed

Within 18 months of contracting

Project Performance Monitoring Period Ends

Three years from start of operation



Applications must be submitted to with the email subject “ACTNow Program Application”.

Completed Applications must be received no later than Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at 4:00pm EST.


It is the sole responsibility of the Lead Applicant to ensure that the Application is complete and properly submitted, including all necessary attachments, letters or other supporting documentation. At its sole discretion, MassCEC may request supplemental materials from the Applicant and such materials must be submitted within 10 days of the request or the Application may be rejected without further review.

ACTNow Request for Proposals


Application Must Include the Following:

  1. Application Cover Sheet (includes Statement of Other Funding Sources)
  2. Authorized Applicant’s Signature and Acceptance Form
  3. Project Narrative
  4. Monitoring and Verification Plan
  5. Project Workplan and Budget Template 
  6. Total Addressable Carbon Analysis and Benefits Summary
  7. Project Pro Forma
  8. Signed Letters of Intent
  9. Optional:
1. OEM-provided technology key components spec sheet(s)
2. Letters of Support from relevant stakeholders not on the Application Team
3. Pre-Application Report for interconnection of any relevant grid-connected assets
4. Contract Template comments


Attachments A, B, C, D, and F are provided as separate fillable Word documents. Applicants should complete each form and submit as separate PDF documents. Attachments E and G are separate Excel workbooks. Applicants should complete each workbook and submit in Excel format. Attachment H should be compiled into a single PDF document. Any optional components (Attachment I) should also be submitted as PDFs.

Transportation continues to be a focus area for Massachusetts’s climate goals. As this sector is entering a stage of major innovation and technology transformation, Massachusetts can encourage the most efficient, clean, and equitable paths forward. In 2016, transportation contributed to >42% of greenhouse gas emissions in the Commonwealth. Transportation is the only emissions sector that has not seen significant reductions relative to 1990 baseline levels, according to the Global Warming Solutions Act.

As this sector is entering a stage of major innovation and technology transformation, Massachusetts has started to encourage the most efficient, clean, and equitable paths forward:

  • The Governor’s Commission on the Future of Transportation released a clean transportation strategies recommendations report.
  • As part of the Commission’s recommendation, Massachusetts, along with eight other states and Washington DC, have committed through the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) to developing a regional policy for low-carbon transportation.

Following the TCI and Commission’s guidance to shift the transportation focus from vehicles/assets to people, MassCEC is focusing on education and innovative business/financing models under four categories: Light-Duty Vehicles, Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles, Mass Transit, and other innovative demonstrations.

Q: Will this be a one-time opportunity or a repeated program?

A: This will be a one-time program. MassCEC anticipates having other clean transportation initiatives in the future, but ACTNow will only happen once.


Please register for Webinar: Accelerating Clean Transportation Now (ACTNow) Information and Q&A on Dec 17, 2019 2:00 PM EST at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.