Michigan Energy Office launches program offering matching funds for federal clean energy technology development grants

Rick Snyder, Governor
Anne Armstrong Cusack, Executive Director

 

August 14, 2018 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Energy Office (MEO) today announced a pilot program that will offer matching funds to eligible Michigan businesses to develop innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. The matching funds are designed to partially cover the cost-share requirement under competitive federal energy technology development grants. Applications will be accepted until funds are no longer available for the fiscal year.

“Small businesses often have difficulty finding required funds to successfully apply for most federal grants,” noted Anne Armstrong Cusack, executive director of the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE), of which the MEO is part. “That puts them at a competitive disadvantage that ultimately leads to lost opportunities for job growth in Michigan’s clean energy sector. This pilot program is designed to encourage Michigan businesses actively developing energy technologies to pursue federal grants and stimulate investment in Michigan’s advanced clean energy technologies.”

Up to $75,000 is available in Fiscal Year 2019. Individual awards cannot exceed $25,000 annually, and MEO’s commitment cannot exceed three years. A minimum 400 percent match of the total requested cost-share support is required. The MEO anticipates awarding three grants for the total amount. Program status and available funds in future years will reflect the response by industries to the initial pilot offering.

Questions about the program may be emailed to David Herb until August 23 at herbd@michigan.gov.

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