Applications are currently closed. Stay tuned for updates and the next call for applications. 

Apply Online

The application process is simple and can be completed online or by mail.  As part of the application process, you will be asked to:

  • Provide basic information about yourself (your entity or organization)
  • Provide a description of your clean energy concept, its application, and the social benefit it provides
  • Attach supporting documentation


Applications are currently closed. Please click 'Intent to Apply' below to make sure you are notified when applications open.

Apply By Mail

Stay tuned for the next deadline.

Paper applications will be available for mail submission and should be mailed to:

California Clean Energy Fund
436 14th St, Suite 1220
Oakland, CA 94612

The application manual is available here.

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What Types of Innovations Will CalSEED Fund?

We’re looking for very early stage innovations, including:

  • Before a prototype has been developed
  • Ideas that still need to be market tested
  • Concepts that have not begun to earn revenue

A broad spectrum from science and technology to market-based innovations.

CalSEED is focused on technologies that have the potential for adding value to our grid and that because of development timelines and costs, are less likely to attract private sector capital.  We look across the spectrum of hardware, software and integrated solutions.


Solutions focused on creating greater reliability, lower cost, reducing emissions and/or increased safety for California’s electricity grid. For example:

  • Storage solutions
  • Energy efficiency
  • Lighting
  • Consumer adoption
  • Power plant improvements
  • Increased use or improved applications of smart inverters; 
  • System and/or home modeling tools
  • Heating/cooling energy efficiency 
  • Smart Grid components
  • Generation (e.g., Solar, Bioenergy, Wind, and Geothermal)

Additionally, we will highlight priority technology areas that are of particular importance to advancing clean energy in the state during certain award cycles.


To ensure broad geographic representation across the state, the February 2018 solicitation will be divided into four regions in California: Bay Area, Central Valley, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Each county in California is assigned to one of these four regions (see map). We will accept a maximum of 25 applications per region during this solicitation.


Award recipients will be required to agree to certain contractual terms and conditions.

More information can be found in the FAQs.