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FY17 Clean Energy Communities Low-to-Moderate Income Grant Program

lmi.jpgThe Maryland Energy Administration is offering two platforms for the Clean Energy Communities Low-to-Moderate Income Grant Program in fiscal year 2017. With a budget of up to $10 million, the platforms are designed to support energy efficiency and conservation programs, projects, or activities and demand response programs​ for low-to-moderate income Marylanders.

See below for details on informational conference calls scheduled for December for potential applicants.

 

Please note, the application period for this grant is now closed. The information referenced on this page is here to provide public information.

The FY17 grantees will be announced later this year. Final FY17 program results will be posted in late 2018.

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What is the program?

 

County Allocated Competitive

This is the original Clean Energy Communities grant program established in 2010. It finances energy efficiency projects that benefit low-to-moderate income Marylanders. Grant funds will be awarded competitively within the applicant pool for each respective county.

Statewide Competitive

This program began in 2014 and also finances energy efficiency projects that benefit low-to-moderate income Marylanders. However, this platform seeks innovative ideas directed at improving buildings, neighborhoods or entire communities while achieving economies of scale through larger projects to serve more low-to-moderate income Maryland households. Grant funds will be awarded competitively across the entire state.

What projects are eligible?

 

Energy efficiency measures implemented by non-profits and local governments that benefit low-to-moderate income Maryland households are eligible.

For more information, consult the Application Instructions (see How do I apply?).

All construction activities must be completed by April 1, 2018 with all invoices and project reports submitted to MEA no later than May 1, 2018.

Funding

 

County Allocated Competitive

Up to $5 million is available in this platform. See the Instructions (under “How do I apply?”) for each Maryland county’s (or county equivalent’s) allocation of Clean Energy Communities grant funds based on the number of low-to-moderate income households.

Statewide Competitive

Up to $5 million is available in this platform. MEA anticipates awarding grants ranging from $50,000 to $1,000,000, depending on the merits of the specific proposed project.

Conference Call

 

MEA recommends that all applicants participate in one of the following conference calls for details on the Clean Energy Communities Low-to-Moderate Income Grant Program:

  • Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
  • Monday, December 12, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

To reserve your place, please RSVP to Dean Fisher or Brandon Bowser. Conference call dial-in information will then be emailed to you.

How do I apply?

Previous Awardees

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Monthly Energy Metrics Worksheet

If selected for an award, Grantees will be required to complete a monthly energy metrics worksheet. The information submitted on this worksheet will enable MEA to estimate the energy savings associated with each project and count these energy savings towards the state's energy goals. Prior to applying, MEA recommends that each applicant review the Monthly Energy Met​rics Worksheet to fully understand the energy reporting requirements of this grant program.

DHCD 2015 Income Limits

State of Maryland 2016 Income and Rent Limits

Additional Information

Please submit your questions about the EmPOWER Clean Energy Communities Low-to-Moderate Grant Program to  Dean Fisher (410) 537-4068 or Brandon Bowser (410) 537-4000.

Get more information about our past cycles of this program.

LMI 2016
LMI 2015
LMI 2014
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