The application process is simple and can be completed online or by mail. Please refer to the application manual for more information.


The next application cycle will open in early 2018. Please fill out the Intent to Apply form below to make sure you are notified when applications open.

Apply Online

The entire application can be completed and submitted online. 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 benefit it provides
  • Attach supporting documentation


Applications are currently closed, but please fill out the Intent to Apply form to make sure you are notified when applications open later this year.

Apply By Mail

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

Our 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, such as:

  • Applied research
  • Innovative applications of existing technology
  • Addressing energy problems in disadvantaged communities

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.

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