Kickstart Massachusetts

Download the Kickstart Mass RFA

Overview

Kickstart Mass is a funding opportunity for Massachusetts cities and towns to conduct initial feasibility studies to assess potential sites for networked geothermal, a clean, renewable, non-combusting way to heat and cool our homes and businesses. The program is a collaboration between HEET and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and will provide up to $50,000 grants to 7-10 communities through a competitive application process.

Purpose

Our intent with this funding is to begin developing a pipeline of shovel-ready network geothermal projects in Massachusetts, both to support the scaling of this extremely promising pathway to decarbonization, and to help the selected communities access further funding opportunities. The Kickstart Mass program will also help foster community engagement and education around the benefits of networked geothermal and how these systems work in homes and businesses.

Process

After reviewing the application guidelines and beginning to put together a submission, participants can reach out to HEET for assistance. We understand this may be unfamiliar territory to many applicants, and our goal is to be a resource for you.
Please send questions and requests for assistance to kickstartmass@heet.org 

Once applications have been submitted, a selection committee will evaluate them, select projects to fund, and negotiate the scope of work, budget, and funding levels on all awarded projects.

Our goal is to select a diverse array of applicants that demonstrate a spectrum of considerations for how networked geothermal systems can be designed to meet the needs of local jurisdictions. HEET will also monitor progress on the feasibility studies and help support successful outcomes by connecting grant recipients to system designers, installers, and other industry professionals.

Application Guidance

  • HEET conducted the first of two informational webinars in July about the Kickstart Mass program. You can watch the recording and view the slides, and we’ll be holding a second webinar in the fall, date TBD.
  • HEET’s Gas to Geo Wiki

Timeline

  • September 1 RFA posted
  • September 12 Office hour noon–1:00
  • October 13 Deadline to request application and/or technical assistance from HEET
  • October 16 Informational webinar
  • November 1 Applicants may submit draft applications for pre-review
  • December 1 Final application deadline
  • Winter 2024 Applications will be reviewed and grants awarded
  • End of 2024 Feasibility studies must be completed

Additional Resources

Supplemental Funding Opportunities

Please email kickstartmass@heet.org with any questions. And thank you for your interest in bringing networked geothermal to your community!