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Maryland Offshore Wind Capital Expenditure Program

Grants to Maryland Emerging Businesses
Entering the Alternative Energy Industry

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Maryland Energy Administration (MEA)

Deadline Date:

01/15/21 11:59 PM EST

Description:

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Grants to Maryland emerging businesses entering the alternative energy industry to help offset capital expenses. Funding is available for equipment purchases and installation and real property improvements and renovations needed for providing goods and services to the offshore wind industry. MEA strongly encourages emerging businesses representing and working to empower Maryland’s underserved communities, including minorities (as defined in Md. Code Ann., State Government § 9-20C-01(g)), and veterans of the United States Armed Services to apply to the Program.

Offshore wind is a new clean energy industry taking root in Maryland and proposed projects should allow new or existing businesses to successfully enter the offshore wind supply chain. Proposed projects must be utilized to provide goods and services to the offshore wind industry in Maryland; however, proposed projects should be designed to serve related industries and sectors as well. 

Grant funds may be used to offset capital expenditures such as:

  1. Business expansion including relocation costs, new construction of real property, and renovations to existing real property; and,
  2. Purchase and installation of new or manufacturer refurbished equipment at a new or existing real property(s). 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181783

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,600,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

MEA calculates grant awards as 50 percent of the total project costs. Grant awards may not exceed $400,000.

Term of Contract:

To receive grant funding for a project, the successful applicant must enter into a Grant Agreement with MEA by April 1, 2021, unless an extension is given in writing (email) by MEA.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

MEA will consider applications from new or existing emerging businesses, including minority-owned emerging businesses, entering the offshore wind industry. MEA will also consider applications from businesses willing to relocate or expand into Maryland contingent upon receiving a grant award.

For purposes of this program, an “Emerging Business” is defined, pursuant to Md. Code Ann., State Gov't § 9-20C-01(e), as “a business that is at least 51 percent owned and controlled by an individual or individuals who are certified to have a personal net worth, as defined in §14-301 of the State Finance and Procurement Article, that does not exceed $6,500,000 as adjusted each year for inflation according to the Consumer Price Index."

Grant funds may not be used for the purchase of real property; however, Grantees’ 50 percent cost share may be used for this purpose.

All projects must be located in the State of Maryland. Applicants must demonstrate they are registered and in good standing with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) by submitting a Certificate of Status. Certificates of Status may be ordered online from SDAT.

Applicants must demonstrate they are registered to do business in the State of Maryland and are in good standing with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) by submitting a certificate of status.

A grant award will not be made for any work commenced prior to the effective date of the Grant Agreement with MEA.

All project equipment and facilities must meet the requirements of all Federal, State, and local laws, regulations, ordinances, and all other legally-binding requirements, including interconnection with the local electric utility and PJM Interconnection, if applicable.

Grant funds may not be used to offset capital expenditures such as:
- Purchase of new or existing real property; however, the 50 percent of the total project costs provided by the Applicant as matching funds may be used for this purpose; and,
- Relocation costs for the Applicants employees or personnel including, but not limited to, housing, travel, and food.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- October 15, 2020: Fiscal Year 2021 program announced
- January 15, 2021: The deadline to submit applications is at 11:59 pm Eastern.
- February 2021: Application review period
- March 2021: Target for grant award announcements
- April 2021: Target date for having grant agreements signed (projects begin)

Applicants must contribute at least 50 percent of the total project costs.

MEA grants reimburse awardees after work is completed and costs incurred within the grant period.

Prior to the start of construction, renovation, or installation of equipment, all projects selected for a grant award must be reviewed by the qualified Historic Preservation Specialist on MEA’s staff or the Maryland Historical Trust to ensure that no historic property will be adversely impacted.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online: https://form.jotform.com/202866094619161

Samuel Beirne
410-913-5793 (mobile)
wind.mea@maryland.gov

Maryland Energy Administration (MEA)
1800 Washington Blvd., Suite 755
Baltimore, MD 21230

(410) 537-4000 / 1-800-72-ENERGY

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