No-Cost Assistance Programs

Sustainable CT is excited to provide a variety of no-cost assistance programs to communities working on Sustainable CT actions. 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

Free Technical Support: Homelessness Prevention

The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness will assist towns with implementing Sustainable CT actions in its Effective, Compassionate Homelessness Prevention category. Please contact Carl Asikainen, Youth Systems Coordinator at to arrange free technical support.

Actions Targeted: Increase Public Awareness and Support for Efforts to End Homelessness, Strengthen Municipal Workforce Capacity to Address Homelessness, Collect and Share Homelessness Data, Coordinate Municipal Services to Address HomelessnessProvide or Mobilize Resources to Address Homelessness & Improve Outcomes for People Experiencing Homelessness

Participating Partners:

  • Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness

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 part (a) of the action. With this support your community will be well on its way to completing action Streamline Solar Permitting for Small Solar Installations. Interested communities should email to request this No-Cost Assistance Program. More information on this resource is available.

Actions Targeted: Streamline Solar Permitting for Small Solar Installations

Participating Partner:

  • SolSmart

Host a Community Resilience Building Workshop

Host a Community Resilience Building Workshop in your community to complete action Assess Climate Vulnerability (20 points). Municipalities may also submit your workshop report for action Implement Your Own Sustainability Action for an additional 10 points. Letters of interest will be accepted on a rolling basis. Workshops will take place before April 30, 2021. More information on this resource is available.

Actions Targeted: Assess Climate Vulnerability & Implement Your Own Sustainability Action

Participating Partner:

  • The Nature Conservancy

Work with a Sustainable CT Equity Coach

Work closely with a Sustainable CT Equity Coach to apply the Sustainable CT Equity Toolkit to another program action to satisfy action Optimize for Equity (10 points). More information on this resource is available.

Action Targeted: Optimize for Equity

Benchmark and Track Municipal Energy Use

Work with an energy expert at Eversource Energy or United Illuminating to benchmark energy use in municipal buildings to satisfy action Benchmark and Track Energy Use (5 points). Municipalities will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. More information on this resource is available.

Action Targeted: Benchmark and Track Energy Use

Participating Partners:

  • Eversource
  • United Illuminating 

MAP - Connecticut Brownfields Initiative

The Connecticut Brownfields Initiative offers Municipal Assistance to eligible applicants (municipalities, Regional Planning Organizations (COGs), redevelopment agencies, non-profit organizations, and tribal governments) and has released a Request for Proposals for the Fall 2021 Municipal Assistance Program (MAP). The MAP is supported through the University of Connecticut course Brownfield Redevelopment, which trains UCONN students on all aspects of investigation, clean up and redevelopment. As part of the course, the students will work in groups and supervised by CBI staff and partners.

The MAP is offered twice a year:

  • Fall: Applications for an EPA Assessment or Cleanup Brownfield Grant proposal at no cost are supported. These grants provide funding to prepare brownfield inventories, conduct Phase I and II/III investigations, market analysis, and remediation for one or several sites across a community. Dealine to apply: Thursday, July 15, 2021. The online Request for Proposals (RFPs) can be found here.

  • Spring: Technical projects are supported such as collection of data for brownfield sites, review of technical documents, development of inventories (including submissions for Sustainable CT), drafts of Scope of work and budget estimates for Phase II investigations, preparation of grant proposals, community outreach, and others.

An informational webinar will be held on Thursday June 24th, 2021, at 1PM, registration for the event can be found here.

For more information, visit or email

Action Targeted: Support Redevelopment of Brownfield Sites

Participating Partner:

  • Connecticut Brownfields Initiative

CDFA Brownfields Technical Assistance Program

The CDFA Brownfields Technical Assistance Program is made possible by a grant from the U.S. EPA and is intended to provide technical assistance and resources on brownfields redevelopment financing. Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) and partners provide resources and expertise related to revolving loan funds, tax credits, tax increment finance and other effective financing tools.

Action Targeted: Support Redevelopment of Brownfield Sites

Participating Partner:

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

FREE Municipal Training: AdvanceCT (Formerly the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, CERC)

Economic development is a critical component of any community's strategic plan. It is important that public officials across the municipal structure understand the intricacies of the local, state and global economy, and develop a strong and successful economic development foundation for their community’s future.

To help Connecticut’s public officials facilitate such efforts, a collaboration of partners – including AdvanceCT, the Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS), the Connecticut Main Street Center and the MetroHartford Alliance – has developed a unique municipal economic development training.

Action Targeted: Train Municipal Representatives

Participating Partner:

  • AdvanceCT

FREE Technical Support: Wasted Food Solutions for Businesses and Institutions

Center for EcoTechnology (CET) helps people and businesses save energy and reduce waste. CET works with municipalities as they encourage their businesses, their schools, and their community to implement wasted food diversion programs, ultimately supporting the adoption of a Sustainable CT Food Waste Reduction Campaign. In Connecticut, CET helped reduce wasted food at a number of K-12 schools and universities by implementing technology solutions, facilitated food donation from supermarkets, and helped launched multiple composting programs.

CET’s no-cost assistance includes an overview of all appropriate solutions for reducing wasted food, and guidance to implement the solutions that make the most sense for businesses and institutions. CET’s Wasted Food Solutions program also includes Connecticut-specific resources for wasted food diversion.

Contact Center for EcoTechnology at 888-813-8552 or to arrange free technical support.

Action Targeted: Develop a Food Waste Prevention and Food Scraps Recovery Campaign

Participating Partner:

  • Center for EcoTechnology

FREE Technical Support: Encourage Smart Commuting

CTRides will assist towns with implementing the Sustainable CT Encourage Smart Commuting action, including providing review of municipal telework policies and providing free consultative support on best practices.  Please contact Ed Perzanowski, Director of Business Engagement and Program Services at 860.263.5775 or to arrange free technical support.

Please also feel free to view CTRides’ webinar series on telework strategies during COVID.

Action Targeted: Encourage Smart Commuting

Participating Partner:

  • CTRides