Leading by Example Grants

Overview of Leading by Example grant programs and funding to clean energy and greenhouse gas emission reducing projects at Massachusetts state facilities.

In support of aggressive clean energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction targets set by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Leading by Example Program (LBE) provides grant funding to state entities through various grant programs targeting a host of clean energy technologies. Funding for these programs is from the Alternative Compliance Payments from the state’s Renewable and Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard programs administered by DOER.

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Feasibility Study Grant Program

The Leading by Example Clean Energy Grant Program – Feasibility Studies (the Program) for State Entities is intended to provide financial support for specific state entity efforts to study the feasibility of technologies and strategies that will result in recommendations or analysis that ideally will lead to the implementation of projects that result in emissions reductions. These feasibility studies can also serve as ‘proof of concept’ for other state and non-state entities; as noted by the Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan, these types of studies are needed to identify solutions for decarbonizing complex building types and systems. In addition, the Program is designed to support the Executive Order 594 directives for LBE to conduct cross-cutting studies examining key programmatic priorities that will support successful emissions efforts.

Specifically, Program funds will focus on studies that are linked to decarbonization efforts within state buildings and are intended to support state agency efforts to develop and install a range of clean energy technologies at state facilities and are intended to significantly reduce or eliminate onsite fossil fuel combustion, reduce energy use, and/or lower energy costs. Basic details of this Program Opportunity Notice (PON) are below. Please visit the COMMBUYS posting for the full PON and application form.

Award Up to $75,000 per study, maximum $100,000 award per entity per 6-month period.
Eligibility State entities including executive branch agencies, state institutions of higher education, and quasi-public authorities.
Feasibility Strategies and Technologies Renewable thermal, innovative solar, renewable CHP fuels, energy resilience, energy storage, long-range decarbonization roadmaps, other clean technologies or strategies that target reductions in energy use, emissions, and fossil fuels.
Schedule Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and studies should target completion of any study within six months, but longer durations may be requested. 
PON Response Deadline June 30, 2023
PON and Application Form Please review the full PON and download the application form via this COMMBUYS page.


Applications must be submitted via COMMBUYS. LBE staff is available to discuss potential grant projects prior to submission. Please contact Ryan.Kingston@mass.gov with any questions. 

How to Apply

Eligible state entities may download applicable grant application forms via the COMMBUYS links detailed above. Once complete, these forms must be submitted as "quotes" via COMMBUYS before the formal grant application review process may begin.

To submit a grant application in COMMBUYS, applicants must have a "seller" or "vendor" account in COMMBUYS. Application forms can then be submitted as "quotes."  For detailed instructions on this process, please consult the OSD guide, Creating a Quote in COMMBUYS.

Additional guidance can be found on the OSD Job Aids website, or by contacting the OSD Helpdesk: OSDHELPDESK@MASS.GOV,1-888-627-8283 or 617-720-3197.

Additional Resources

LBE Grants Awarded

$11.5 Million Total in LBE grants awarded since 2012

Since 2012, over $11.5 million in grants have been awarded to support over 45 clean energy projects. Grants supported installation of solar canopies and rooftops, clean energy feasibility studies, alternative fuel analyses, hybrid vehicle conversions, air source heat pump installations, and more. 

A full list of grant award winners and project descriptions can be downloaded here..