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Grants to Maryland Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, Hospitals, and Hotels to Optimize Energy Usage

Resilient Maryland Program


GrantWatch ID# 206646
Agency: State

Funding Source
Maryland Energy Administration (MEA)

Geographic Focus
USA: Maryland

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/26/23 5:00 PM EST

Grant Description
Grants to Maryland nonprofit and for-profit organizations, government agencies, hospitals, housing units, and hotels to optimize energy usage. Funding is intended to improve energy efficiency, affordability, and sustainability. Areas of interest include planning and feasibility studies, resiliency hubs, and microgrid capital.

Program Description: The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is pleased to announce that the FY23 Resilient Maryland Program is now accepting applications. FY23 Resilient Maryland is a comprehensive distributed energy resource (DER) system development and installation incentive program that provides funds to Maryland communities and organizations to offset the costs of planning, designing, and constructing microgrids, resilient facility power systems, and resiliency hubs. The FY23 program integrates the previous Resilient Maryland Planning, Resilient Maryland Capital Development, and Resiliency Hub Grant Programs into one framework to centralize State resiliency planning efforts and create an array of incentives to assist projects from conception through installation and operation.

Program Purpose: Resilient Maryland is provided to help Maryland communities and organizations identify optimal microgrid and other DER configurations to bolster the resilience, sustainability, energy affordability, and efficiency of their essential facilities and operations and safeguard them from the harmful effects of prolonged power outages. The FY23 program seeks projects that pursue creative solutions and innovations that create replicable and scalable DER system models, enhance energy equity for Maryland communities that experience vulnerabilities and challenges, and provide power for key community locations to serve as resiliency hubs.

Program Structure: The FY23 Resilient Maryland Program provides funding under three (3) Areas of Interest (AOIs), which are briefly explained in the list below. Please see the FY23 Resilient Maryland Program Overview Document (https://energy.maryland.gov/business/SiteAssets/Pages/ResilientMaryland/1.%20FY23%20Resilient%20Maryland%20Program%20Overview%20Document.pdf#page=2) and the Funding Opportunity Announcements for each AOI in the Program Documents section for detailed information.

  • AOI 1: Feasibility and Planning: This AOI provides funds for feasibility analysis and other preconstruction activities for the planning and development of microgrids, resilient facility power systems, and resiliency hubs.
  • AOI 2: Microgrid Capital: This AOI provides capital for equipment and installation to help offset the costs of constructing microgrids and other DER systems.
  • AOI 3: Resiliency Hubs: This AOI provides capital for equipment and installation to help offset the costs of constructing solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery energy storage systems to provide essential power to facilities that serve as resiliency hubs for their surrounding communities.


Recipient

Eligibility
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
AOI 1 eligible applicants:
AOI 1 is open to Maryland public and private entities with facilities located within the State of Maryland. Eligible organizations must be registered to do business in, or have authority to, operate within the State of Maryland. Generally, these include but are not limited to
the following:
- Businesses
- Nonprofit organizations
- State government departments and agencies
- Local governments
- Critical infrastructure facilities
- Hospitals and healthcare facilities
- Multifamily housing
- Agriculture and food production/supply chain
- Hotels and hospitality
- Regional planning organizations

AOI 2 eligibility includes the above-mentioned as well as:
Utilities, Cooperatives and Municipal Utilities implementing microgrids to improve
community resilience for specific, localized energy resilience needs and shortfalls.

AOI 3:
Maryland businesses, non-profits, state agencies, local governments, public universities, community colleges, and public schools within the State of Maryland. Eligible organizations must be registered to do business in, or have authority to operate within, the State of Maryland.

Ineligible
AOI 1:
Individual Maryland residents are not eligible for Resilient Maryland grants.

AOI 2:
Funds cannot be used to supplement wider-scale distribution system planning/investment
efforts and projects, or for research and development projects that provide a competitive
advantage).

AOI 3:
Individual Maryland residents are not eligible for Resilient Maryland grants, however qualifying sole proprietorship agricultural operations are eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information
Program Application Deadline: 5:00 P.M. EST, Thursday, January 26, 2023

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,700,000

Estimated Size of Grant
1: Feasibility and Planning $400,000
2: Microgrid Capital $1,500,000
3: Resiliency Hubs $800,000

Contact Information
Once complete, application packages should be submitted to MEA electronically via email to RMP.MEA@Maryland.gov.

If electronic submission is not possible, an applicant should contact MEA via email at the above email address or by calling one of the program managers, below no fewer than fourteen (14) days prior to the January 26, 2023 deadline to arrange an alternative method of submission.

For more information, contact MEA regarding the Resilient Maryland Program by contacting the MEA Program Managers:

AOI 1 and AOI 2 Projects:
Brandon Bowser, Energy Resilience Program Manager
Email: BrandonW.Bowser@Maryland.gov
Phone: 443.306.0304

AOI 3 Projects​:
David Comis, Senior Clean Energy Program Manager
Email: David.Comis@Maryland.gov
Phone: 410.537.4064

Resilient Maryland Program
1800 Washington Blvd, Ste 755
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-537-4000

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