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Grants to Maryland Businesses, Nonprofits, IHEs, Agencies for Studies Regarding Use of Wood Fuel

ELIGIBILITY:

Geographic Focus

USA: Maryland

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Wood Energy Grant Program

Maryland Energy Administration (MEA)


Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #164639

Grant Description

Grants of up to $15,000 to Maryland nonprofits, agencies, schools, hospitals, IHEs, and businesses to determine the practicality of transitioning to wood energy conversion systems. Eligible applicants are those Maryland properties that lack access to natural gas. Wood energy systems must use locally-sourced low emissions wood fuels.

MEA will evaluate applications competitively based on the following criteria, which are divided into three categories:

Category I - Proposed Feasibility Study:

• Extent of engineering firm’s experience with similar feasibility studies and wood energy conversion projects;
• Cost of feasibility study relative to its scope of work;
• Cost share - MEA requires the applicant to provide at least 25% of the cost of the study; however, a greater applicant cost share will be looked upon favorably by the evaluation committee.

Category II - Likelihood that a future project will arise as a result of the Study:

• While not required, if the results of a recent (within two years) energy audit informed the decision to consider a wood energy conversion system, this may cause MEA to look more favorably upon the application;
• Evidence of a potential future wood energy project’s ability to obtain financing in the form of a letter of intent to self-finance, including supporting financial documents or in the form of a letter of intent to provide financing from a financial partner;
• Evidence of commitment to a potential wood energy project in the form of a letter of support to conduct a feasibility study from a representative with authority to act on behalf of the organization;
• Plan or strategy for moving a potential project forward, should the study return positive results;
• Extent to which the applicant has engaged with a potential project developer(s);
• Potential source(s) of feedstock identified, by type and by location; and
• Space for feedstock storage identified.

Category III - Diversity of Awards:
• Geographic diversity; and
• Industry sector diversity.

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Eligibility:

  • Agency of the county or other local government
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Hospitals
  • Institutions of Higher Education; IHE(s)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • Parochial Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Public Schools
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Small businesses
  • State Agencies

Pre-Application Information:

EA’s cost share will be up to 75% of the total feasibility study costs, after the consideration of other grants or incentives.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$150,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $15,000.

Term of Contract:

- Grant Agreement Execution Deadline – May 15, 2016.
- Feasibility Study Completion and Completion Package Submittal Deadline – May 15, 2017​.

Contact Information:

Brandon Bowser
brandon.bowser@maryland.gov

Chris Clark
Chris.Clark1@maryland.gov
(410) 537-4059

RFP & Supporting Documents:

Full Grant Text RFP

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