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Grants to Maryland Nonprofits and Agencies to Reduce Energy Use in Buildings and Homes in Low-Income Areas

Energy Efficiency Equity (EEE) Grant Program


Agency
State

GrantWatch ID#
137629

Funding Source
Maryland Energy Administration (MEA)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Maryland

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/16/24 5:00 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants to Maryland nonprofit organizations and local governments for programs that benefit low-to-moderate-income residents. Funding is intended for projects that increase energy efficiency and reduce energy use. Eligible energy efficiency projects include whole home and building retrofits, whole building commercial retrofits, new construction with incremental efficiency upgrades, and limited upgrades to existing commercial and residential buildings.

Available to nonprofit organizations and local governments, the Maryland Energy Administration’s (MEA) Low-to-Moderate Income Energy Efficiency Grant Program is designed to support energy efficiency projects and activities benefiting low-to-moderate income (LMI) Marylanders. Grants are awarded for energy efficiency projects that generate significant reductions in energy use and pass on the benefits of the savings to Maryland’s LMI residents.

Energy efficiency projects completed under this Program must benefit low- or moderate-income residents. For the purposes of the FY24 Program application, low- and moderate-income households are defined as follows:

  • Low-Income household - at or below 175% of the federal poverty level
  • Moderate-Income household - greater than 175% of the federal poverty level, but at or below 85% of median income by county

Program funding must be used for qualifying energy efficiency measures, including the purchase and installation of building materials and/or equipment.

New in FY2024:

  • MEA energy programs are now focusing on electrification and zero direct emissions technologies. Therefore, beginning in FY24, the replacement of existing fossil fuel equipment (e.g., HVAC, water heater) with new fossil fuel equipment is ineligible for funding via the Program, even if the proposed new equipment has a higher efficiency rating.
    • However, repairs to existing fossil fuel HVAC and water heater equipment remain eligible if the purpose of the repairs is to improve safety or to reduce associated greenhouse gas emissions through improved efficiency.
  • Additional resources will be made available starting in FY24 to facilitate projects involving electrification that transition a home’s existing non-electric HVAC and water heating systems to electric heat pumps and water heaters. Specifically, an additional allowance will be made available to help cover the cost of electric panel or circuit upgrades that may be needed to support a home’s conversion from fossil fuel to electric heating and water heating. 

Proposed energy efficiency projects should fit one of the following categories. 

  1. Residential Whole Home/Building Retrofits
  2. Whole Building Commercial Retrofits
  3. New Construction with Incremental Efficiency Upgrades
  4. Limited Upgrades to Existing Commercial/Residential Buildings

For more information, see https://energy.maryland.gov/govt/SiteAssets/Pages/CleanEnergyLMI/FY24%20MEA%20EEE%20Program%20FOA.pdf#page=4.

Regional Allocations: To ensure an equitable distribution across the State, Program funds are first allocated to each Maryland region based on the number of LMI households located within the respective region. Grants will then be awarded competitively within the applicant pool for each region. 



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
The following types of entities that run, or will run, a program serving low- or moderate-income Maryland residents are eligible to receive funding:
● Local governments (counties and/or municipalities)
● Incorporated non-profit organizations

Additional Geographic Information:

Initial Regional Allocations of FY23 Funding Map: https://energy.maryland.gov/govt/SiteAssets/Pages/CleanEnergyLMI/MEA%20FY23%20LMI%20Grant%20Program%20Funding%20Opportunity%20Announcement.pdf#page=2

Ineligible
Renewable energy technologies are not eligible to receive funding from the Energy Efficiency Enabling Equity Grant Program

Pre-Application Information
Application Deadline: Friday, February 16th, 2024, by 5 PM EST

MEA is encouraging the use of electronic applications to streamline processing and reduce environmental impacts. If applicants cannot apply electronically, they should contact MEA to work on an alternative method to submit an application no later than ten (10) business days before the application deadline.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$19,500,000

Term of Contract
Program grant funding should be able to be completed by August 1, 2026, with all invoices and project reports submitted to MEA no later than September 1, 2026.

Contact Information
Applications must be submitted electronically to MEA’s Program team at lmireports.mea@maryland.gov

For more information, please contact Angel Saules, Program Manager for Energy Equity Programs by email at angel.saules@maryland.gov.

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