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Grant Program

Smart Energy Decisions’ Grant Program covers registration and travel expenses for qualifying energy customers.

Program Qualifications

Eligible program participants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be responsible for recommending, evaluating, reviewing, and/or selecting energy and sustainability-related products and services for your organization.
  • Have an active renewable energy project or project activating within the next 12 months.
  • Agree to conduct a minimum of six to eight 20-minute onsite meetings with participating supplier sponsors. These 1:1 meetings are rated one of the most valuable elements of Smart Energy Decisions’ events and are based on a dual opt-in process to ensure they’re useful for both buyers and supplier sponsors.

The Grant Program is provided to address the reality that travel budgets are tight and stretched thin. There is no obligation for an executive buyer to do business with any of the suppliers participating in the event. SED’s only requirement is that executive buyers come ready to learn, attend the general sessions, network with peers, and meet with the suppliers that they select during the 1:1 meetings segment of the event.

How The Program Works

The following information is provided for compliance departments who need details on how the program works.

Smart Energy Decisions (SED) makes Grants available through a blind pool that is funded by a portion of sponsorship fees collected from all event sponsors. The grants are used directly to pay for airfare, hotel rooms, and food costs related to the event of qualified buyer executives.

The blind pool ensures that no single sponsor is funding the grant for any individual buyer executive. Further, as Smart Energy Decisions will not bid as a supplier on any buyer executive projects, SED does not have a supplier relationship with attending buyer executives.

The use of a blind pool of funds and the fact that SED is not soliciting business from buyer executives, combine to provide a Grant program that meets with the approval of most compliance departments.

The Fine Print

Professionals engaged in sales, marketing, or business development for an organization providing energy or sustainability related products and services to energy customers to not qualify. Determination of qualification is at the sole discretion of Smart Energy Decisions.

Grant Options

  1. Full Grant Program: SED covers the costs for the buyer executive’s airfare, hotel, and meals during the event.
  2. Complimentary Registration and Hotel: Buyer executive works with SED operations team to coordinate travel times and pays for their own airfare. SED covers executive buyer’s conference registration and hotel (room & tax).
  3. Complimentary Registration: Executive buyer works with SED operations team to coordinate travel times and pays for their own airfare and hotel costs. SED covers executive buyer’s event registration costs only.

Meeting Details

  • The required 20-minute meetings will total up to less than three hours.
  • Meetings will be held during dedicated hours and will not overlap with the educational conference sessions or networking activities.
  • Prior to #SEDREF, you will receive a Sponsor Profiles report to help evaluate supplier sponsors and determine those with whom you would like to meet onsite.
  • You must actively schedule and manage your meetings through our 1:1 Meeting Platform. We will host a technical training webinar prior to launch to ensure you know how to navigate the platform; as always, our team is happy to help troubleshoot and assist.

Have questions? Contact our team.

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