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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. 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 info@sustainablect.org.


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 casikainen@cceh.org to arrange free technical support.

Actions Targeted: 

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 info@sustainablect.org 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 (10 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 February 25, 2022. More information on this resource is available.

Actions Targeted:

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

Sustainable CT is pleased to partner with Eversource Energy, United Illuminating, and the University of Connecticut’s SmartBuildings CT program to provide energy benchmarking and tracking support to registered Sustainable CT communities within the utility company service territories. Municipalities will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. More information on this resource is available.

Actions Targeted:

Participating Partners:

  • Eversource

  • United Illuminating

  • University of Connecticut's SmartBuildings CT

MAP - UConn Technical Assistance for Brownfields Program

UConn TAB is offering to provide no cost technical assistance to New England municipalities for the Spring semester of 2022. The proposals will be supported through the University of Connecticut course Brownfield Redevelopment, which trains UConn students on all aspects of brownfields investigation, cleanup, and redevelopment. The online application can be found here. The deadline to respond to the RFP is December 15th, 2021.

An informational webinar will be held on Wednesday, December 8th, at 1PM, registration for the event can be found here.

For more information, visit https://tab.program.uconn.edu/ or email uconn-tab@uconn.edu.

Action Targeted: Support Redevelopment of Brownfield Sites

Participating Partner:

  • UConn Technical Assistance for Brownfields

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 wastedfood@cetonline.org 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 Action Encourage Smart Commuting, 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 ed.perzanowski@CTrides.com 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