Smart Communities, an Economic Development assistance tool from ElectriCities, was created to help NCMPA1 and NCEMPA Participants attract and retain commercial and industrial customers. NCEMPA and NCMPA1 Participants are eligible to receive a $4,000 matching grant to be used towards specific economic development projects.
Smart Communities grants are matching funds and must involve local funding. In 2014, grant awards are limited to 10 NCEMPA Participants and 10 NCMPA1 Participants. Grants will be awarded based on the strength of the overall project and impact to the community. Grant applications will be reviewed continuously with awards made as applications are approved. Once the project funding is spent, no further applications will be considered in that calendar year.