MD Bringing Back Two Offshore Grant Programs

The Maryland Energy Administration recently announced that they will be bringing back two popular offshore wind energy grant programs in 2022. 

In a move to help bolster the renewable energy industry, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) recently announced the reintroduction of two offshore grant programs starting in 2022. The Maryland Offshore Wind Workforce Training Grant Program and the Maryland Offshore Wind Capital Expenditure Grant Program are part of the state’s effort to reach net-zero emissions by 2045.

The programs are funded up to $2.8 million for 2022. This is part of a broader goal of hitting 1.6GW of offshore wind energy production by 2030.

According to reNEWS:

“Offshore wind presents a once in a generation opportunity for the State of Maryland to grow and diversify our economy and energy portfolio,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “The job creation potential and associated economic benefits for the broader supply chain of offshore wind development is an absolute game changer.“

Highlights about the Maryland Offshore Wind Capital Expenditure Program – FY 2022:

Program Description: ​The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is providing the Fiscal Year 2022 Maryland Offshore Wind Capital Expenditure Grant Program (the Program) to support new or exisiting emergning businesses entering the offshore wind supply chain in Maryland by offsetting their capital expenditure investments.
Type of Grant Program: Competitive
Application Deadline: The FY 2022 Progam has a single competitive application period. Open and close dates are noted below.
  • Application Period 1 – November 1, 2021 – February 1, 2022. Applications are due by 11:59 PM Eastern on February 1, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a competitive basis by an Evaluation Team. Award announcements will be made once the evalution process has concluded.
Program Budget: The Program has a total budget of $1.6 million for FY 2022. MEA may increase or decrease the Program budget at its sole discretion and without notice. MEA calculates grant awards as 50 percent of the total project costs. Grant awards may not exceed $400,000. Applicants must contribute at least 50 percent of the total project costs as matching funds or in-kind services.
Program Description: ​The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is providing the Fiscal Year 2022 Maryland Offshore Wind Workforce Training Grant Program (the Program) to support new or exisiting workforce training centers entering the offshore wind industry by offsetting their capital expenditure investments and/or operating expentiures.  ​
Type of Grant Program: Competitive
Application Deadline: The FY 2022 Progam has a single competitive application period. Open and close dates are noted below.
  • Application Period 1 – November 1, 2021 – February 1, 2022. Applications are due by 11:59 PM Eastern on February 1, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a competitive basis by an Evaluation Team. Award announcements will be made once the evalution process has concluded.
Program Budget: The Program has a total budget of $1.2 million for FY 2022. MEA may increase or decrease the Program budget at its sole discretion and without notice. MEA calculates grant awards as 75 percent of the total project costs. Grant awards may not exceed $400,000. Applicants must contribute at least 25 percent of the total project costs as matching funds or in-kind services.

Read more about the Maryland Offshore Wind Capital Expenditure Program – FY 2022

Read more about the Maryland Offshore Wind Workforce Training Program – FY 2022

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