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

FY23 Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) Energy Efficiency Grant

Maryland Energy Administration (MEA)


Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #137629

Grant Description

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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/building retrofits, whole building commercial retrofits, new construction with incremental efficiency upgrades, and limited upgrades to existing commercial/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 FY23 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 energy efficiency measures, including the purchase and installation of building materials and/or equipment.

Proposed energy efficiency projects should fit one of the following categories. For more information, see https://energy.maryland.gov/govt/SiteAssets/Pages/CleanEnergyLMI/MEA%20FY23%20LMI%20Grant%20Program%20Funding%20Opportunity%20Announcement.pdf#page=4.)

  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

FY23 Update: Project-Related Training Assistance: Consistent with MEA’s mission of providing affordable, reliable, and clean energy as well as to additionally support workforce development, MEA LMI program funding may be used for the cost to train energy efficiency workers supporting energy efficiency projects benefitting LMI Maryland residents in the FY23 grant cycle. Training may be included as part of a proposed project, but it cannot be the entire scope of the project proposal. For further information, see https://energy.maryland.gov/govt/SiteAssets/Pages/CleanEnergyLMI/MEA%20FY23%20LMI%20Grant%20Program%20Funding%20Opportunity%20Announcement.pdf#page=7

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. 

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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

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: Thursday, December 1, 2022 by 11:59 P.M. 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:

$16,500,000

Term of Contract:

All activities for each project selected for FY23 LMI Program grant funding should be able to be completed by August 1, 2025, with all invoices and project reports submitted to MEA no later than September 1, 2025.

Contact Information:

Submit applications electronically to MEA’s technical assistance contractor at MEALMI@newportpartnersllc.com.

Questions can be directed to Dean Fisher, dean.fisher@maryland.gov, (410) 537-4068, or Sam Bowles, sbowles@newportventures.net, 301-889-0017.

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