Community Partnership Initiative Overview
Now soliciting applications for Round 2, our Community Partnership Initiative (Partnership) seeks to leverage the local knowledge, trusted relationships, and experience of local community groups, nonprofit organizations, and municipalities who are committed to raise awareness and measurable participation in Home Energy Solutions – Income Eligible, Small Business Energy Advantage, income eligible customer heat pump adoption, Multifamily Initiative, and demand response within their own communities.
Together, the Connecticut electric and natural gas utilities (Eversource, United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas, subsidiaries of AVANGRID, Inc), as Sponsors of Energize Connecticut, are committed to work with community outreach groups affiliated with a municipality, such as Energy Task Forces, and community outreach groups unaffiliated with a municipality. Our goal in working together is to familiarize residents and businesses with the Sponsors’ energy efficiency programs and offers to increase energy efficiency engagement and program participation across the state.
Through the Partnership, we seek to emphasize outreach to the following select groups: customers within a distressed municipality or Environmental Justice Census Block Groups, residents with limited English proficiency, customers who qualify for Home Energy Solutions - Income Eligible, renters in single family homes or multifamily buildings up to 4 units, and small businesses. The Partnership does not replace current and future residential and small business marketing in Connecticut by the Sponsors, but rather aims to provide another layer of marketing and outreach to customers in the select groups mentioned above.
Applicants are asked to select between a short-term campaign (three to six months) or a long-term campaign (eight to twelve months) to direct during the Round 2 of the Partnership. Applicants will meet with staff from the Companies to discuss their application and create campaign goals that consider the length of their campaign, resources, and available past participation data. Base funding awards for both short-term and long-term campaigns are expected to range between $5,000 and $50,000 depending on the scope of the campaign plan.
Round 2 applications are now open! Download Round 2 information, qualifications, and application document here. Applications are now due Friday, March 17 by 5pm.
Informational webinars were held on Tuesday, January 24.
A virtual open question forum was held on February 7.
- Access the recording here.
Connecticut Municipal Energy Dashboard
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Home Energy Solutions℠ Program
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Home Energy Solutions℠ – Income Eligible Program
If you meet specific income requirements, apply for no-cost in-home energy assessments and additional incentives for qualifying deeper energy saving services.
Small Business Energy Advantage
Get a no-cost, no-obligation energy assessment of your small business and manage the installation of the energy-saving improvements with incentives and zero-interest, on-bill payment plans.