What is EmPower?

EmPower Massachusetts is an initiative to support the exploration, development, and implementation of program models or projects that provide access to the benefits of clean energy for previously underserved populations in Massachusetts. Through the program, we're offering funding to:

  • Build organizational capacity ($5,000 to $25,000 grants)
  • Explore innovative solutions ($5,000 to $25,000 grants)
  • Implement solutions ($50,000 to $150,000 grants)

 

Who's Eligible?

MassCEC is seeking a wide variety of applicants/participants to participate in the program, such as:

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs), non-profits or individuals
  • Municipalities (including MLP communities)
  • Clean energy installers/implementors
  • Financial institutions

We are also seeking to encourage and facilitate beneficial partnerships to the extent possible. All applicants other than CBOs must partner with a CBO to participate in either grant opportunity.

 

How Do I Get Started?

Not sure where to begin? Start with this list of recommendations!


Learn More about Opportunities under this Program!

Please review all the opportunities below and reach out with any questions.

 

PLEASE NOTE: The FY22 application deadlines for both grants have passed. Please stay tuned for more opportunities in the coming months!

 

Innovation and Capacity Building Grant:

  • Innovation and Capacity Building Grants are "seed" funding for the exploration of innovative ideas for potential program models or projects, which includes the opportunity to build community or organizational capacity.
  • What is Capacity Building? Learn more from the National Council of Non-Profits on Capacity Building.
  • We expect this funding could be utilized for, but not limited to: staff time devoted to program concept development or refinement; technical studies needed to move projects forward; costs for a grant-writer, accountant, lawyer, or other professional services, and costs associated with ongoing community engagement.
  • Grant range of $5,000-$25,000
  • For more information, feel free to review the FY22 Application and Innovation and Capacity Building Grant Request for Proposals.

PLEASE NOTE: The FY22 application deadlines for both grants have passed. Please stay tuned for more opportunities in the coming months!

 

Implementation Grant:

  • Implementation grants are funding to implement community-based programs or projects that increase the access to the benefits of clean energy and/or reduce energy burden to previously underserved population priority groups.
  • We expect applications for the implementation of proposed programs or projects to identify clean goals and outcomes for energy access for the targeted priority population.
  • Grant range of $50,000-$150,000
  • For more information, feel free to review the FY22 Application and Implementation Grant Request for Proposals.

 

Attend EmPower Workshops:

If you are interested in applying to the program, developing partnerships, and brainstorming solutions, check out our workshops from this past year!

Expectations & anticipated results of the workshops:

  • Receive more information on the program and how to apply
  • Receive a refresher on clean energy barriers
  • Brainstorm ideas for grant applications
  • Network and build relationships, with some that may result in partnership for an application
  • Provide feedback to MassCEC

 

June 2021 Workshops:

  • Session 1: June 9, 2021 12:00pm-2:00pm. Click here to watch the recording of the Workshop!
  • Session 2: June 16, 2021 5:30pm-7:30pm. Click here to watch the recording of the Workshop!

We're intending to host more workshops in alignment with the next round of the program, so please reach out in the meantime with any suggestions on format/content and stay tuned!


Resources & Additional Support

 We know there are many ways to approach these opportunities and want to ensure you have access to a comprehensive listing of resources to support whichever challenge you are tackling or opportunity you are pursuing.

 

Review Educational Resources:

 

Get connected, stay engaged, ask questions:

Attend Office Hours:

We are not offering any additional Office Hours at this time. Please contact us at empower@masscec.com with any questions or to set up a call with the EmPower team.

Join our Slack channel 

Sign up for our EmPower Slack Channel here. This is a great space for networking and collaboration between organizations. We will also be posting programmatic updates on this channel.

 

Additional Informational Resources:

To jumpstart your ideas, here are an initial list of resources.

Learn more about available clean energy programs and incentives to discover the technology or combination of technologies best suited for your potential program:

Learn more about Massachusetts Environmental Justice Policy (updated June 2021):

  • Massachusetts EEA Environmental Justice
  • Use the EJ Map viewer to identify locations that meet the 2020 EJ population criteria. The Map Viewer also contains several different tabs to view maps with additional data to the EJ population criteria, such as Languages Spoken in Massachusetts, or the Legacy of Redlining in Massachusetts.

Get inspired by other initiatives across the country or discover other complementary opportunities:

Explore data to further inform your ideas:


 

Contact us

empower@masscec.com