FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
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Our database (collects/ pulls/ what is the word here) over xxx,xxx federal, state, county, and
municipal incentives offered to projects that are sustainably-focused are included on a (blank)
basis. To be included, the incentive must promote the triple bottom line: people (social/
equity/ equality), profit (economic development), and planet (environmental). The main types
of incentives recorded are: Tax Rebate, Tax Credit, Grant or Subsidy, Loan or other financial
mechanisms, and other types of incentives.
1. Which incentives are monitored by IncentiFind?
Our database contains federal, state, county, municipal, and utility incentives offered to projects that are sustainably-focused. We update our database on a regular basis.
To be included in our database, incentives must promote our triple bottom line: people (social/equity/equality), profit (economic development), and planet (energy efficiency, water efficiency, renewables, etc.). We engage with private organizations that promote the triple bottom line in their incentives.
The primary types of incentives recorded are: tax rebate, tax credit, grant, subsidy, loan, or other financial mechanisms. The database also includes various other types of incentives.
2. What information is captured?
We capture information about your project from our online survey, additional questionnaires (used to determine eligibility), which incentives your project applies to, which incentives your project is awarded, awarded amount per incentive, awarded amount per project, and a customer surveys, are all collected to improve our service to you.
This information is shared with various levels of government to help improve their incentive offering.
3. What type incentives are not included in the database?
We do not capture incentives that do NOT promote the triple bottom line. See question #1.
4. What historical data does IncentiFind have available?
Our focus is on real-time information. We also ensure that as new data is released by public and private sectors, our database is updated to reflect the latest incentives offered. We work with various levels of government to keep an updated log of their latest incentive offerings.
5. What regions are covered?
6. Is there a minimum size of incentives tracked?
We capture incentive information for both residential and commercial projects. Therefore, incentives of all sizes are tracked and are searchable through our database by filling out a survey (on our website).
7. What is the transparency of the database?
The transparency of incentives programs within the various levels of government and private organziations are through the APIs or Incentive Intake they provide to us. Therefore, states (or specific geographies) where our coverage is low is a direct reflection of nondisclosure. We are constantly monitoring for future updates, and continue our outreach to ensure states, counties, utilities, cities, and others are aware of our FREE incentive intake available to them.
8. In what format does the data download into?
For the most part, data is provided to our customers via email, posted within their Profile, or in Adobe PDF format, containing pernant data fields. However, we can offer other formats (such as APIs) as requested, and to allow our customers to conduct their own analysis or search for incentives. Please contact us with your specific needs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. Can we customize the data to make our own reports?
The database has multiple filter options.
Our main filters for our SEARCH deliverable are: Incentive Name; Government (i.e. level of government – Federal, State, County, Council of Government, City, local; or Private Organization); Type (i.e. Grant, Tax Credt, etc).
Our main filters for our VERIFY deliverables are: Incentive Name; Government (i.e. level of government – Federal, State, County, Council of Government, City, local; or Private Organization); Type (i.e. Grant, Tax Credt, etc); Estimated Time to apply per incentive; Estimated Funding amount per Incentive; and Next Steps to be taken by our customer.
As mentioned in question #8, we currently offer an API to access (or search) our databse of incentives. We also offer custom data reporting upon request and agreement. Any of our data used in a bespoke reportmust be attributed to IncentiFind, Inc.. Please email email@example.com with your specific needs.
10. What other features are there?
Our features come in the form of steps, from our 4-easy-step process:
STEP 01 SEARCH: initial search of our database for incentives using your project zipcode; Feature: Reporting on similar project types searching for incentives by type and location.
STEP 02 VERIFY: more comprehensive search and filtering functionality to quickly hone in on incentives relevant to your project; more detailed information on incentive programs, such as expiration date, application deadlines, estimated award amount per incentive; Feature: Reporting providing detailed analysis of the incentives that receive fastest eligibility determination, minimum/ maximum funding, single point of contact program manager, and utilization rates by similar project types.
STEP 03 APPLY: applying on either our customer’s behalf, or working with preferred contractor/ vendor/ installer to apply to incentives on our customer’s behalf; Feature: Reporting providing detailed analysis of the incentives awarded in different locations, industries and project types, including ranking of the incentives awarded the most.
STEP 04 LOCATE: connecting our customers to local, qualified professionals as requested; Feature: Reporting on successful connection between professionals and our customers by project type and location.
11. How do we access the information on IncentiFind.com?
To access the incentives in our database, you must FIRST fill-out our online survey (located on our homepage, click “I Have A Project”) to activate the first step in our process, 01 SEARCH. This is a free service to all projects in the USA.
Other information is accessed through: opting-in to our paid services (steps 2-4), our APIs, or our Reporting & Analytics services. Please contact us with your specific needs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
12. What training and support is provided?
STEP 01 SEARCH: We provide you with our online survey that guides you through providing our database with the correct information needed to return your SEARCH Results; We perform the initial search of our database for incentives using the responses from your survey, and on your behalf. We then send you your 01 SEARCH Results Report via email, and post your results to your profile on our website.
STEP 02 VERIFY:
A) Once you’ve opted-in to receive our Project Specific List of Incentives, we provide you with a follow-up survey that guides you through providing additional information about your project to hone-in on incentives relevant to your project; We use this follow-up survey to perform a more comprehensive search and filtering on your behalf; And then send (and post to your profile) a Project Specific List of Incentives; This is a faster, less expensive deliverable for customers who have the time and/or the know-how determine their eligibility.
B) Once you’ve opted-in to receive our VERIFY Results Report, we provide you with a follow-up survey that guides you through providing detailed information about your project to hone-in on incentives relevant to your project; We use this follow-up survey to perform a more comprehensive search, filtering, and details on incentive programs (such as expiration date, application deadlines, estimated award amount per incentive, next steps for our client or their contractor/ installer/ vendor); This deliverable is called 02 VERIFY Results Report and is a completely tailored report for your project and project team; This is for customers who are not familiar with determining their eligibility, and do not have the time to perform the research needed to obtain such substantial information for each incentive.
STEP 03 APPLY: We provide you access to our application portal that allows you to quickly see your eligible incentive applications, date of submission per incentive, estimated award amount per incentive, and estimated award date per incentive.
STEP 04 LOCATE: We provide you list of professionals in your area who are relevant to your your project’s scope of work; we also provide professional hand-off in connecting you to the professionals you desire to move forward with.
For our subscriptions customers, we provide training and support for our database, application portal, and 4-easy-step process. Support and Training are determined upon our initial meetings as we discuss your team’s needs.
13. What types of organizations are using IncentiFind.com?
We serve both public and private sector.
Public: Regulated and Deregulated utility companies, states, local governments, management districts, water systems/ utilities, and others use our FREE Incentive Intake to add their incentives to our database. We help promote, monitor, and compare their incentives against other governments or utilities. They also take advantage of our Reporting and Analytics to monitor utilization rates and to improve their incentive offering to market demand and interest.
Private: Real Estate Developers, building owners, tenants, leasing agents, commercial real estate brokers, homeowners, property managers, Professional Service Providers (architects, engineers, general contractors), lending institutions, private organizations (such as Districts, or other organizations that offer incentives that promote the triple bottom line), and the list keeps growing. They use IncentiFind in 2 ways:
1 – PROJECT CONSULTING
Customers can take advantage of our consulting services for single projects. We walk customers through our 4-easy-step process for a flat fee per project. Project Consulting is great for those who have a single project they are looking to go green on.
2 – SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES
Customers can take advantage of our Subscription Services for their high-volume project needs. We provide customers access to our database & application portal through an Annual Subscription Fee. Customers can use our database & application portal as needed, and are not limited to any number of projects per year. Subscription Services are great for building owners (of several buildings with upcoming capital improvements), property managers (of several properties), architecture firms, engineering firms, landscape firms, energy performance contractors, solar installers, water efficiency consultants, real estate developers, real estate brokers, and others who have several projects they are either looking to go green on, or on behalf of the green-focused clients they serve. Training and other support is provided.
Contact us to learn more about which service is right for you.
14. Besides the incentives database, do you also provide consulting services associated with the product?
Yes, see question #13.
15. Are there any other products?
Yes, we also offer API monthly subscription that allows customers access to search our database of incentives. Please contact us to learn more.
16. Which steps in your process have a fee associated with them?
STEP 01 – SEARCH: This steps is entirely FREE to anyone who submits their full response to our online survey.
STEP 02 – VERIFY: this step has two deliverables for a fee.
A. Project Specific List of Incentives: is $150.00 for residential projects (per project)
B. 02 VERIFY Results Report: is $1200.00 (flat fee) for commercial projects (per project); unfortunately we do not provide this dedicated service for residential at this time. Our future plans do include such services for residential.
STEP 03: This step is only accessed when a client signs up for 02 VERIFY Results Report, and is included in the fee associated with that deliverable
STEP 04: This step is only accessed when customers opt-in for 02 VERIFY Results Report, and is included in the fee associated with that deliverable.
SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES: Contact us to request a quote
Customers can take advantage of our Subscription Services for their high-volume project needs. We provide customers access to our database & application portal through an Annual Subscription Fee. Customers can use our database & application portal as needed, and are not limited to any number of projects per year. Subscription Services are great for building owners (of several buildings with upcoming capital improvements), property managers (of several properties), architecture firms, engineering firms, landscape firms, energy performance contractors, solar installers, water efficiency consultants, real estate developers, real estate brokers, and other who have several projects they are either looking to go green on, or on behalf of the green-focused clients they serve. Training and other support is available.
Contact us to learn more about which service is right for you.