Micro-grants to Support Clean Energy Awareness

This program supports communities who are interested in increasing local awareness about clean energy options. The Community Innovations Grants Program provides eligible communities with a $5,000 block grant to this end.

A community must have committed to SmartPower 20% by 2010 clean energy campaign to qualify for the $5,000 block grant.

Some samples of potential projects include, but are not limited to:
  • Middle school sign-up campaign for the CTCleanEnergyOptions Program;

  • Community corn maze that has been designed to educate visitors about clean renewable energy;

  • Elementary school calendar to raise parental awareness about the importance of clean, renewable energy;

  • Local cable access programming to inform residents of the benefits of clean energy.

In addition to committing to SmartPower 20% by 2010, communities must have or form an Energy Task Force (council or commission) to manage the block grants. In turn, these Energy Task Forces, through a grant-giving process, provide micro-grants to organizations and citizens that are motivated to start up local projects that support clean energy awareness and education within their communities.

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