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CERTs Seed Grant

Grants to Minnesota Organizations for Technical
Assistance for Energy Efficiency Projects

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Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs)

Deadline Date:

10/11/19 4:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 to Minnesota organizations to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. This program offers limited financial assistance for technical assistance related to qualifying energy projects. Funding may only be used for technical assistance services, such as consultants, installers, student labor, and design professionals.

The Clean Energy Resource Teams—or CERTs—are a statewide partnership with a shared mission to connect individuals and their communities to the resources they need to identify and implement community-based clean energy projects. 

The primary objectives of this funding are to:

  • Encourage the implementation of community-based energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Minnesota CERT regions
  • Spur projects that are highly visible in their community and replicable by others
  • Provide a forum for community education about energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and their many benefits

Each region has its own pool of funding available for technical assistance to catalyze community energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Each regional team’s Steering Committee will make its own selections and project funding levels will vary by region, though for all regions, these are considered seed grants and are not intended to fund a project in its entirety.

Projects must demonstrate the ability and commitment to serve as a community-wide educational resource for renewable energy and/or energy efficiency. This includes making itself available for tours and interviews during and after the project grant period as well as being willing to share results via a case study (that CERTs will write).

Projects will be evaluated on Statewide Criteria as well as Regional Criteria. For more information see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162124

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Most projects have historically received funding for amounts between $2,000 and $5,000.

Term of Contract:

January 6, 2020, through January 29, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Project must be located within one of the seven Minnesota CERT regions: Central, Metro, Northeast, Northwest,
Southeast, Southwest, or West Central
- Applicant must demonstrate that the project will be completed within the funding period (January 6, 2020 through January 29, 2021).
- Preference will be given to proposals that are from, led by, and/or includes meaningful participation by historically underserved populations.
- If project includes implementation, the project should utilize technologies that are technically sound with well demonstrated and documented effectiveness, ideally vetted by an independent third-party. Should you have any questions about the viability of the technology you propose to use, please contact Lissa Pawlisch prior to starting a proposal.
- Any applicant considering a small wind project application must contact Lissa Pawlisch prior to starting a proposal.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted electronically no later than 4:00 PM, Friday, October 11, 2019.

Decisions will be notified in early December 2019.

A single project may apply for funding from more than one region if the project spans more than one region. Applicants applying to multiple regions are required to complete a Multiple-Regions Application Addendum that must be requested from either Lissa Pawlisch or Joel Haskard.

Applicants are encouraged to contact their regional coordinator in advance of submitting a proposal.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications and questions should be submitted to:

Lissa Pawlisch

Joel Haskard

Regional Coordinators:

Central Region:
Melissa Birch, Central CERT Coordinator
(218) 866-2338

Metro Region:
Diana McKeown, Metro CERT Director, Great Plains Institute
(612) 278-7158

Northeast Region:
Colby Abazs, Northeast CERT Coordinator
(218) 353-1448

Northwest Region:
Joel Anastasio, Northwest CERT Coordinator, Headwaters Regional Development Commission
(218) 333-6538

Southeast Region:
Chris Meyer, Southeast CERT Coordinator
(507) 454-2691

Southwest Region:
Annette Fiedler, Southwest CERT Coordinator, Southwest Regional Development Commission
(507) 836-1631

West Central Region:
Jacob Selseth, West Central CERT Coordinator
(612) 801-7955

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Central, Metro, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest, or West Central

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