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No-Cost Assistance Programs


Sustainable CT is excited to provide a variety of no-cost assistance programs to communities working on Sustainable CT actions. By submitting a short letter of interest, registered Sustainable CT cities and towns may be eligible to receive direct support in the areas outlined below. We’ve tried to keep the requirements to access these opportunities low, but be sure to review what is needed before you apply. If you have any questions about the programs or eligibility, contact us at info@sustainablect.org.


Run a Solar for All Campaign in Your Community

Develop and carry out a Solar for All campaign in your community. Municipalities will qualify for points under actions 6.8 Implement a Community Energy Campaign (10 points) and 9.1 Optimize for Equity (10 points). Letters of interest will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until March 31st, 2019. More information on this resource is available.

Actions Targeted: 6.8 Implement a Community Energy Campaign, 9.1 Optimize for Equity

Participating Partners:

  • The Connecticut Green Bank


Get Started on Streamlining Solar Permitting in Your Community

The SolSmart team will help your community complete a review of your zoning requirements identifying any restrictions that intentionally or unintentionally prohibit solar PV development and will compile their findings in a memo that can be used to satisfy 4.6.1. Additionally, the SolSmart team and/or Connecticut Green Bank will create a checklist that your community can house on your municipal website that details the required permit(s), submittals, and steps of the solar permitting process (tailored to your city or town requirements).

Once you post this checklist online your municipality will satisfy 4.6.2. With this support your community will be well on its way to completing action 4.6 Streamline Solar Permitting for Small Solar Installations. Applications will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. More information on this resource is available.

Actions Targeted: 4.6 Streamline Solar Permitting for Small Solar Installations

Participating Partners:

  • SolSmart
  • The Connecticut Green Bank


Host a Community Resilience Building Workshop (Coming Soon)

Host a Community Resilience Building Workshop in your community to complete actions 4.4 Assess Climate Vulnerability (20 points) and 9.1 Optimize for Equity (10 points). Municipalities may also submit your workshop report for action 10.1 Implement Your Own Sustainability Action for an additional 10 points. Details coming soon.

Actions Targeted: 4.4 Assess Climate Vulnerability, 9.1 Optimize for Equity, 10.1 Implement Your Own Sustainability Action

Participating Partner:

  • The Nature Conservancy


Benchmark and Track Municipal Energy Use (Coming Soon)

Work with an energy expert at Eversource Energy or United Illuminating to benchmark energy use in municipal buildings to satisfy action 6.1 Benchmark and Track Energy Use (5 points). Details coming soon.

Action Targeted: 6.1 Benchmark and Track Energy Use

Participating Partners:

  • Eversource
  • United Illuminating 


Work with a Sustainable CT Equity Coach (Coming Soon)

Work closely with a Sustainable CT Equity Coach to apply the Sustainable CT Equity Toolkit to another program action to satisfy action 9.1 Optimize for Equity (10 points). Details coming soon.

Action Targeted: 9.1 Optimize for Equity