Seed Grant Funding Available for Community-Based Clean Energy Projects Across Minnesota


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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Media Contact:
Michelle Vigen, CERTs Campaign & Metrics Coordinator
UofM’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships or 612-626-0455

CERTs Seed Grants Tuesday, October 18, 2011, Statewide, MN – Do you and your community need funding to get an energy efficiency or renewable energy project off the ground? The Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) can help!

CERTs seeks to provide seed grants to support the labor costs for clean energy projects, spurring community development and supporting local jobs in Minnesota.

Project proposals should be for a community-based energy efficiency or renewable energy project, that also provides a forum for community education about energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and their economic, ecological and community benefits.

Since 2006, CERTs has funded more than 150 projects ranging from energy efficiency for city-owned buildings to solar power for schools, from on-farm wind power to renewably-heated greenhouses, and much more. Past projects can be seen at, and case studies can be read at

CERTs offers many tools and resources to help you plan your project, so get started today! Proposals must be submitted no later than November 15th, 2011 at 5:00pm.

Visit to learn more and apply.

Funding for these projects is provided through the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources.


About CERTs: The Clean Energy Resource Teams connect Minnesotans with resources to identify and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, helping communities determine their clean energy future.

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    CERTs Partners:

Minnesota Department of Commerce Division of Energy Resources University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Extension Great Plains Institute Southwest Regional Development Commission