Offshore Wind Workforce Development Grant Program - FY 2019



The Maryland Energy Administrations (MEA) Offshore Wind Workforce Development Grant Program (Fiscal Year 2019) provides grant funding on a competitive basis to ensure Maryland has a ready and able workforce capable of contributing to the construction, installation, and operations & maintenance of an offshore wind energy project. Please read the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for additional information before starting your spplication.

 
The Offshore Wind Workforce Development Grant Program utilizes an online application. Click the link below to begin your application.
 
Click Here to Apply

Application Deadline: August 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST
 

Program Overview

 

MEA will consider applications for new or existing workforce development training centers utilized by the offshore wind industry. Training centers must provide education of a technical trade skill(s) and safety standards utilized for the development, manufacturing, construction, installation, and operations & maintenance of an offshore wind energy project. Applicants must demonstrate how project proposals will benefit Maryland’s Emerging Businesses, including minority-owned Emerging Businesses.

The Program has a budget of $800,000 for Fiscal Year 2019. MEA may increase or decrease the Program budget at its sole discretion.  Grants are calculated as 50 percent of total project costs up to $200,000, whichever is the lower amount. Applicants must contribute at least 50 percent of the total project costs. Please read the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for additional information before starting your application.

Training Centers Requirements

  1. The training center must provide technical training of skilled trades related to the development, manufacturing, construction, installation, and operations & maintenance of an offshore wind energy project.
  2. Examples of skilled trades utilized for the construction, installation, and operations & maintenance of an offshore wind industry include, but are not limited to, welding, metal fabrication, electrical work, millwrighting, rigging, and pile driving.
  3. MEA will give priority to applications proposing training centers for skilled trades required for the manufacturing and construction of an offshore wind energy project.
  4. Grantees will be required to ensure the training center's graduating students complete, at a minimum, the US Department of Labor's (DOL) Occupational safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) 10-Hour safety course.
  5. s will be required to demonstrate outreach and recruitment efforts to s will be required to demonstrate outreach and recruitment efforts to minorities,k as defined in Md. Code Ann., State Government § 9-20C-01(g), and veterans of the United States Armed Forces.
  6. Grantees will be required to demonstrate outreach and recruitment efforts to individuals who are under-employed, unemployed and/or have a criminal record.
  7. Grantees will be required to demonstrate efforts to maintain records of professional progress for all students, including work history, certifications obtained, and post training employment for up to one year after graduation from the training center.
  8. The training center must benefit Maryland’s Emerging Businesses, including minority-owned Emerging Businesses entering the offshore wind industry.​ 

Timeline

 

The following timeline applies to the Offshore Wind Business Development Grant Program:​

May 2018: Fiscal Year 2019 announcement expected

August 1, 2018: The deadline to submit applications is 11:59 pm EST

September 2018: Competitve Applicants deemed eligible for further consideration may be invited for in-person presentations

December 2018: Target for grant award announcements

February 2019: Target date for having grant agreements signed (projects begin)​​​

Application

 

​The Offshore Wind Workforce Development Grant Program utilizes an online application. Please review the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) document for a complete overview of the program including eligibility, application requirements, and general terms & conditions before submitting an application.

Click the link below to begin your application.

Click Here to Apply

Application Deadline: August 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST

Program Documents

Reporting and Invoicing for Existing Grantees

Resources

 

MEA has compiled a number of useful resources that will help you understand the basics of wind energy, deployment of small & community scale wind projects, Maryland’s offshore wind developments, and how you can plan a career in the wind energy industry.

Land Based Wind

Offshore Wind

Wind Energy Resources​

Related Funding Opportunities

Contact

For questions, suggestions, or more information, please contact Samuel Beirne via email at wind.mea@maryland.gov or phone at (410) 537-4090.