Michigan Clean Energy Business Development Pilot RFP

The Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE), through the Michigan Energy Office (MEO), is offering a matching grant for a 501(c)(3) organization to directly assist individuals and small businesses in Michigan develop and bring to market clean energy technologies and products.  Emphasis should be given to achieving energy waste reduction in manufacturing processes and new production of innovative energy waste reduction equipment and components.  The assistance must be cost effective, take into consideration the environmental impacts of product production, and strive to be environmentally sustainable.  Assisted businesses must have less than ten (10) full time or equivalent employees.


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Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must be a 501(c)(3) organization located in Michigan.
  • All applicants must:
    • Demonstrate expertise in providing a broad range of assistance services in bringing innovative products to market from initial concept development through product launch, including benchmarking, intellectual property searches, market analytics, CAD design, modeling, prototyping, testing, piloting, funding identification, company registration, product marketing, etc.
    • Demonstrate success in assisting individuals and small businesses in developing innovative technologies and products. 
    • Provide a listing of the personnel working on the proposed project, their responsibilities, and budget allocation (match and grant funds).
  • Project proposals must include:
    • A detailed description on the range of assistance to be delivered (including anticipated outcomes, estimated clients served, total dollars spent, and percent of total project cost) for each of the following service areas:
      • Concept Evaluation and Validation
      • Product Development
      • Company Creation and Product Launch
    • An outline for developing and reporting metrics on services provided and overall project success.
    • A work plan for successfully completing all project tasks, including staff hours and responsibilities, equipment and resources, and deliverables and outcomes for each task.
    • A marketing and outreach plan to generate eligible clients, while addressing program priorities of achieving energy waste reduction in manufacturing processes and new production of innovative energy waste reduction equipment and components.
    • Timeline for project completion including:  
      • Interim report by August 2018 summarizing project achievements and challenges, and serving as basis to renew the grant agreement for an additional year (Phase 2).
      • Final report by conclusion of the grant (September 30, 2019) as detailed below.
    • A detailed budget and budget narrative discussing each budget category.


Funding Amount

A total of $125,000 in funding is available for one (1) project over a twenty month period ending September 30, 2019.  For Phase 1 (02/01/18 – 09/30/18) $50,000 will be available.  At the end of Phase 1, MAE will have the option to renew the agreement for an additional year (Phase 2) for an additional $75,000.  All applicants must provide a minimum match equal to 25 percent of the total requested grant funds, which can be in the form of cash or in-kind goods and services. 


Reporting Obligations

  • Meetings (in-person and/or by phone) with grant manager bi-weekly or as needed.
  • Bi-monthly progress reports, at a minimum.
  • Bi-monthly financial status reports (at a minimum) supported by invoices and proof-of-payment documentation.
  • Semi-annual walk-throughs detailing services, operations and procedures.
  • Several articles and/or case studies summarizing project successes.
  • Interim report summarizing project achievements and challenges.  The report is due one month prior to completion of Phase 1 as basis to renew the grant agreement for Phase 2.
  • Comprehensive final report:
    • The project implementation plan and any deviations as originally proposed.
    • Accomplishments and problems experienced while carrying out the project activities.
    • Coordinated efforts with other organizations to complete the project.
    • Impacts, anticipated and unanticipated.
    • Any experience in applying the project products and anticipated “next steps”.
    • Actual Budget expenditures compared to the Budget in this Agreement.


Tentative Timeline

  • RFP Release Date and Posting:

December 15, 2017

  • Questions Due regarding Posting:

December 21, 2017

  • Changes to RFP and Responses to Questions:

December 27, 2017

  • Proposal Deadline:

January 8, 2018

  • Grant Agreement Grantee Signatures:

January 25, 2018

  • Start Date for Grant:

February 1, 2018

  • End Date for Grant (Phase 1):

September 30, 2018

  • End Date for Grant (Phase 2):

September 30, 2019


All questions regarding this solicitation should be directed to David Herb at herbd@michigan.gov through December 21, 2017 and responses to all questions will be posted by December 27, 2017.