Offshore Wind Workforce Development Grant Program

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The Maryland Energy Administrations (MEA) Offshore Wind Workforce Development Grant Program (Fiscal Year 2018) will provide 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.
 
The FY 2018 Offhosre Wind Workforce Development Grant Program application period has closed. Please check back in Spring of 2018 for information on the FY 2019 program updates.
 

Program Overview

 

MEA will consider applications that would create a new offshore wind workforce training center or build onto an existing training center expanding into the offshore wind industry. Training center(s) must provide education of a technical skill(s) and safety standards which could be utilized for the construction, installation, and operations & maintenance of an offshore wind energy project. Applications must demonstrate how project proposals will benefit Maryland’s emerging businesses, including minority-owned emerging businesses.

MEA has requested $400,000 be made available for the Offshore Wind Workforce Development Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2018. MEA anticipates making one to four grant awards in amounts between $100,000 and $200,000. Applicants must provide a cost share of at least 50 percent.

Training centers must meet the following requirements.

·         The training center must provide technical training of skilled trades related to the construction, installation, and operations & maintenance of an offshore wind energy project. In addition to established trade skills, the training center must provide technical education in understanding relevant “blue prints,” using applied mathematics, and complying with current safety standards, for a wide range of applications including future offshore wind energy work.

 

·         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, and pile driving.

 

·         MEA will give priority to applications proposing training centers for skilled trades required for the construction of an offshore wind energy project.

 

·         Applicants will be required to demonstrate outreach and recruitment efforts to veterans of the United States Armed Forces and minorities, as defined in Md. Code Ann., State Government § 9-20C-01(g).

 

·         Applicants will be required to demonstrate outreach and recruitment efforts to unemployed individuals and individuals with criminal records.

 

·         Applicants will be required to make reasonable efforts to maintain progress records for all trainees, including their past working history, certifications obtained, and post training employment for up to one year after their training is complete.

 

·         Applicants will be required to demonstrate that project proposals will benefit Maryland’s emerging businesses, including minority-owned emerging businesses to prepare and participate in the offshore wind industry.​ 

Timeline

 

​March 2017: Fiscal Year 2018 program is anticipated to be announced

September 1, 2017: Applications due by 12:00 pm to wind.mea@maryland.gov

October 2017: Applicants deemed eligible for further consideration may be invited for in-person presentations

December 2017: Target for grant award announcements

February 2018: Target date for having grant agreements signed (projects begin)​​​

Program Documents

Contact

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