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Grid Innovation Fund

Grants to Ontario Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Educational
Institutions for Projects that Benefit Utility Users

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Grants and in-kind support to Ontario nonprofit and for-profits entities for utilities-related projects that benefit the community. Funding is intended to support projects initiated by educational institutions, public sector organizations, local distribution companies (LDCs), technology companies, consulting firms, and industry associations. Projects must present a significant opportunity for ratepayer savings, either directly by enabling customers to better manage their own electricity use, or indirectly by reducing the costs associated with maintaining a reliable electricity system. This includes projects seeking to increase competition for the provision of products and services in Ontario electricity markets.

In addition to delivering a specific outcome, projects must also directly address at least one of the following categories of action: Energy Efficiency, Demand Response, Load Reduction, Load Displacement, System Integration, or Conservation Behavior. Projects designed to pilot, and in some cases develop, innovative technologies, practices, services, research, and programs are welcomed. 

Project types include: Programs, Tools, Training Programs, Community of Practice, Strategic Research, Emerging Technology Demonstration, and Strategic Opportunity. 

In-kind contributions consist of auditable, substantiated non-cash contributions to the project that contribute substantially to the completion of the project. For example, contribution of staff time to install and commission submeters for a technology demonstration project.

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GrantWatch ID#: 156246

Estimated Size of Grant:

Project Type Maximum IESO support for project / Maximum % of project costs:
Program $500,000 / 75%
Tool $500,000 / 75%
Training Program $250,000 / 75%
Community of Practice $250,000 / 75%
Strategic Research $100,000 / 75%
Emerging Technology Demonstration $500,000 / 75%
Strategic Opportunity No maximum / 50%

In-kind contributions consist of auditable, substantiated non-cash contributions to the project that contribute substantially to the completion of the project. For example, contribution of staff time to install and commission submeters for a technology demonstration project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Fund makes investments in specific projects – not companies – with clear objectives. Proposals are welcomed from non-profit and for profit incorporated entities, including but not limited to local distribution companies (LDCs), technology companies, consulting firms, industry associations, educational institutions, and public sector organizations.

The Grid Innovation Fund does not provide funding to individuals, including incorporated individuals and sole proprietorships. With the exception of waste energy recovery initiatives, projects relating to the research, development and demonstration of transmission, distribution and electricity generation (e.g., solar, wind, waterpower, and fossil fuels) technologies are also not eligible for funding.

A list of eligible and ineligible expenses: file:///C:/Users/chevy/Downloads/Grid%20Innovation%20Fund%20Application%20Guideline%202020.pdf#page=10

Pre-Application Information:

The Grid Innovation Fund will accept unsolicited applications starting March 31, 2020 until April 30, 2020.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the Grid Innovation Fund team via email to discuss the project prior to completing a submission to the fund.

If the Project Overview Application is accepted, a representative from the Grid Innovation Fund will invite the applicant to submit a full proposal. Allow up to two months for the project proposal to be reviewed, evaluated and revised.

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