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Game Changers Program

Grants to Maryland Nonprofits, Municipalities,
and Businesses for Renewable Energy Technology

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Maryland Energy Administration (MEA)

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Deadline Date:

12/01/16 12:00 PM


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Grants starting at $50,000 to Maryland nonprofit organizations, municipalities, state and local public agencies, and businesses for innovative renewable energy source technology and integration. November 4, 2016 is the deadline to submit written questions. Specifically, areas of interests include:

Area of Interest 1:
Innovative technologies that are expected to reduce the cost or increase the efficiency of traditional Tier 1 renewable energy systems while driving economic development opportunities

Area of Interest 2:
Customer-sited electric storage systems that are integrated with a Tier 1 renewable energy source. MEA will only consider systems that provide a quantifiable reliability or resiliency benefit, demonstrate an innovative use case for storage, and drive economic development opportunities. Examples of innovative use cases may include the potential for storage to mitigate intermittency from on-site renewable generation, to manage on-site demand during times of highest need, or to provide another benefit to the host customer or electric system more generally, including utility distribution systems and wholesale markets.

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GrantWatch ID#: 162651

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards are expected to range from $50,000 to $250,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects will begin in May, 2017, and should be installed and commissioned by May 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

MEA is accepting applications from qualified applicants including for-profit businesses, nonprofits, and government entities located in Maryland.

Businesses must demonstrate that they are in good standing with the State Department of Assessments and Taxation by submitting a copy of their certificate of registration or other evidence with their application. Projects must use commercially available technology and be physically located in Maryland.

Organizations representing Maryland’s diverse minority communities are encouraged to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are expected to contribute at least 70% of total project costs.


- September 2016: FY 2017 Game Changers Program is announced.
- November 4, 2016: Deadline for written questions at 5:00 PM
- December 1, 2016: Applications due by 12:00 PM
- January 2017: Individual applicants deemed eligible for further consideration may be invited for in-person presentations.
- March 2017: Target for announcement of awards.
- May 2017: Target for having grant agreements signed (projects begin).

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Game Changers Program
Maryland Energy Administration
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 755
Baltimore City, MD 21230

For more questions, additional information, or assistance, please contact:
Samuel Beirne

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