Acton Business and Multi-Family Energy Efficiency Grant Program

The grant program application will go live by February 23, 2023. To stay up-to-date on the latest please fill out the following form: https://forms.gle/b4oLvqAcMCt9ShMZ9

The Acton Select Board approved $30,000 of the Town’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to help create the Acton Business and Multi-Family Energy Efficiency Grant Program (ABMEEG). ABMEEG will provide business owners and eligible owners of multi-family properties in Acton with grants up to a maximum of $2,000 in the form of a reimbursement to help mitigate the financial impacts of improving the energy efficiency of their physical location.

The application and grant process is designed to be simple and streamlined. The process requires an application, explanation of how the funds will be used and copies of required documents. The application submission period begins on February 23, 2023 and ends on April 7, 2023. Grant award will be announced on May 8, 2023. 

Grants are provided on a reimbursement basis for approved expenses incurred during the period of February 23, 2023 through February 26, 2024.  

 Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible:

  1. Be an Acton business with a brick-and-mortar (physical) location. 
  2. Self-certify that the business has less than $1,500,000 in annual gross revenue.
  3. Be registered with and operating in the Town of Acton (excluding chains but franchises allowed; franchise being defined as a business whereby the owner licenses its operations—along with its products, branding, and knowledge—in exchange for a franchise fee).
  4. Be current on their local taxes.

Grant Program Energy Efficiency

 Energy Efficiency Grant Requirements:

  • To apply for the program, business owners and property owners must be current on their taxes with the Town of Acton and provide the following:
    • Grant Program Application
    • Proof of Acton business address 
    • Proof that Mass Save Audit has been scheduled (contact Mass Save here)
    • Self-certification of Annual Gross Revenue
  • Once accepted into the program, Business Owners must: 
    • Provide a copy of the customized Energy Savings Proposal they receive from Mass Save after the energy audit.
    • Complete the reimbursement request form by February 26, 2024 along with copies of paid receipts and send to Andrea Becerra at sustainability@actonma.gov. Reimbursement checks will be distributed to grant recipients within 45 days of approved reimbursement request.
    • Only submit items for reimbursement that are not paid for by or reimbursed by another source or entity. 
    • Only submit items for reimbursement that were recommended as part of the Mass Save Energy Audit.
    • Record a video with ActonTV highlighting the energy upgrades completed by the business and/or a written narrative of the experience to share on the Town website and social media.

 Energy Efficiency Grant Program Process:

  1. Business or Property Owners apply to be accepted as grant recipients in the program by providing the required documents listed above.
  2. Business or Property Owners will contact MassSave and undergo their energy audit.
  3. Business or Property Owners will select the energy savings measures they want to implement from the Mass Save Energy Audit recommendations.
  4. Business or Property Owners will choose vendors and implement their chosen measures from the Mass Save Energy Audit recommendations.
  5. Business or Property Owners will submit receipts and reimbursement form to receive reimbursement for up to $2,000 of the cost of the implementation of their chosen measures
  6. Business or Property Owners record their experience on ActonTV and/or write a narrative on the experience.