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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
- 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
- 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
- MA DEP Water and Geothermal Well Map
- The Environmental Justice Map Viewer
- Prototype Building Models
- Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Database
- Sample feasibility studies: NYSERDA Community Heat Pump Systems Projects
- Networked Geothermal Site & Design Considerations
- Geothermal Consultants
Supplemental Funding Opportunities
- Empower Massachusetts (Mass Clean Energy Center)
- Build organizational capacity and explore innovative solutions ($5,000 to $50,000)
- Implement solutions ($50,000 to $300,000)
- NREL Clean Energy to Communities Program
- Provides communities technical assistance in the form of expertise and tools to achieve their clean energy goals
Please email email@example.com with any questions. And thank you for your interest in bringing networked geothermal to your community!