Efficiency Mini-Grants



Introducing the CAGBN and Intuit
Efficiency Mini-Grants for Small Businesses

Empowering Green Businesses to Thrive


Are you a Certified-Level Green Business or interested in getting certified by January 15, 2024? Do you have equipment upgrades or improvements to make at your business that will help you operate more sustainably, but are wondering how to pay for it? The California Green Business Network and Intuit, the makers of QuickBooks, are partnering to provide Certified-Level Green Businesses, or businesses that get certified, with a $1,000 Efficiency Mini-Grant to help complete efficiency projects at your facility.

Now through September 30, 2023, we are accepting applications and will be awarding 75 Efficiency Mini-Grants to Certified-Level Green Businesses. All you need to do is fill out an Efficiency Mini-Grant application. The application asks for information about the project you’d like to complete and how receiving the funding will benefit both your company and the community you serve.

What Types of Efficiency Upgrades would Qualify for an Efficiency Mini-Grant?
Efficiency Mini-Grants can be used to cover or help cover the cost of upgrades such as: LED lighting upgrades, lighting controls, EV chargers, HVAC maintenance, smart thermostats, electric water heater replacement with heat pump water heater, inefficient plumbing fixture swap outs, pipe insulation and installation, walk-in cooler maintenance/strip curtains, and much more!

What Businesses Are Eligible to Receive an Efficiency Mini-Grant?
CAGBN and Intuit are deeply committed to fostering a more sustainable world for all. Priority for Efficiency Mini-Grant awardees will go to Certified-Level Green Businesses in California. In addition, businesses applying for an Efficiency Mini-Grant must: 

  1. Be a Certified-Level Green Business (existing or new) in California that completed certification or recertification by 1/15/24. 
  2. Operate as a small business with 100 or fewer employees and ≤$1 million in revenue.
  3. Apply for funding consideration with a proposed project and provide a compelling story about your business and how receiving funding will benefit both your company and the community you serve.
  4. Agree to be contacted to consider participating in future promotion opportunities for Intuit/CAGBN if requested.

Green Business Program Coordinators Are Here to Help!
If you are not already a Certified-Level Green Business, but would like to get certified and apply for an Efficiency Mini-Grant, please contact your local coordinator to get started with your certification today!  Our team is here to support you during every step of the certification process.

This is a limited time opportunity. Apply by 11:59 PM Pacific Time, September 30, 2023.
Let’s create a more sustainable future, together.


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*Applications must be received by September 30, 2023 to be considered. Applicants will be notified by October 12, 2023.
Contact info@greenbusinessca.org with any questions.


This Efficiency Mini-Grant is a partnership between Intuit and the California Green Business Network. Funding is generously provided by Intuit. Intuit remains committed to supporting programs that help communities make sustainable choices. Intuit applies its unique approach to problem-solving and innovation to create new sustainability solutions for our small business customers, which make up half of the US and global economy.