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FY18 Clean Energy Communities Low-to-Moderate Income Grant Program

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** APPLICATIONS DUE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2017 **

** PROGRAM OVERVIEW CONFERENCE CALLS SCHEDULED FOR 9/7/17 at 10:30 AM and 9/13/17 at 1:30 PM. INFORMATION BELOW ON HOW TO REGISTER. **


The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is offering two platforms under the Clean Energy Communities Low-to-Moderate Income Grant Program in fiscal year 2018. With a total budget of up to $5 million, the platforms are designed to support energy efficiency and conservation projects and activities for low-to-moderate income (LMI) Marylanders.

See below for details regarding the available platforms, eligibility requirements, application documents, and the dates of informational conference calls for potential applicants in September 2017.

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Program Platform

 

County-allocated
This grant platform is the same as the original Clean Energy Communities grant program established in 2010. It finances energy efficiency and weatherization projects that benefit LMI Marylanders, with a county-by-county funding allocation established for each county based on population data. Grant funds will be awarded competitively within the applicant pool for each respective county, in order to encourage representation in the Program in all areas of the State. While applicants are not prohibited from submitting an application for multiple counties, please note that a separate application must be submitted for each county to which an organization wishes to apply.

Statewide
This grant platform began in 2014 and also finances energy efficiency projects that benefit LMI 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 LMI Maryland households. Grant funds will be awarded competitively across the entire state, and are not limited to work occurring in one county.

Eligible Projects

 

Projects implemented by nonprofit organizations and local governments that provide energy efficiency and weatherization measures to LMI Maryland homes, as well as commercial buildings that primarily serve LMI Marylanders (e.g., homeless shelter), are eligible for grant consideration.

For a more detailed description of eligible projects, please consult the Application Instructions in the section below titled “How to Apply.”

All construction activities on projects selected for LMI Program grant funding must be completed by April 1, 2019 with all invoices and project reports submitted to MEA no later than May 1, 2019. ​

Funding

 

Up to $5 million is available under the FY18 LMI Program, split between the two Program platforms.

County-allocated
Approximately $2.5 million is available in this platform, which has been allocated to each Maryland county (or county equivalent) based upon census data identifying LMI resident concentration. At a minimum, each county has been allocated $25,000. Grants will be awarded competitively within the applicant pool for each county.

The chart below shows each county’s (or county equivalent’s) allocation of funds.

County

Allocation

County

Allocation

Allegany

$50,000

Harford

$80,000

Anne Arundel

$150,000

Howard

$65,000

Baltimore City

$470,000

Kent

$25,000

Baltimore County

$320,000

Montgomery

$320,000

Calvert

$25,000

Prince George’s

$380,000

Caroline

$25,000

Queen Anne’s

$25,000

Carroll

$45,000

St. Mary’s

$45,000

Cecil

$55,000

Somerset

$25,000

Charles

$50,000

Talbot

$25,000

Dorchester

$25,000

Washington

$85,000

Frederick

$85,000

Wicomico

$65,000

Garrett

$25,000

Worcester

$25,000

All listed allocations are subject to funding availability.


See the FY18 County-allocated LMI Program Application Instructions under the section below titled “How to Apply” for more information.

Statewide
Up to $2.5 million is available under this platform. Under the statewide platform, MEA anticipates awarding grants that range from $25,000 to $400,000, depending on the merits of the specific proposed project. See the FY18 Statewide LMI Program Application Instructions under the section below titled “How to Apply” for more information. ​

Informational Conference Call

 

MEA recommends that all potential applicants participate in one of the following conference calls for details on the FY18 Clean Energy Communities LMI Program. MEA will cover what makes a strong application, what makes a good project, how to apply to the Program, and the anticipated timeline for Grantee selection. The dates and times are as follows:

  • Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

To reserve a place, please RSVP to either David Giusti or Garry Aime. Conference call dial-in information will then be emailed to you.

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How to Apply

 

County-allocated Platform
First, review the FY18 County-allocated LMI Program Application Instructions. Next, download and complete the FY18 County-allocated LMI Program Application. Please refer to the Application Instructions for information on how to submit your complete application.

Statewide Platform
First, review the FY18 Statewide LMI Program Application Instructions. Next, download and complete the FY18 Statewide LMI Program Application​. Please refer to the Application Instructions for information on how to submit your complete application.

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Monthly Energy Savings Data Worksheet

Selected Grantees will be required to complete a Monthly Energy Savings Data Worksheet as part of their monthly grant reporting requirements. The information submitted on this worksheet will enable MEA to estimate the energy savings associated with each project and count these energy savings toward the State’s energy goals. Prior to applying for a grant, MEA recommends that each applicant review the Monthly Energy Savings Data Worksheet​ to fully understand the energy reporting requirements of this grant program.

Income Limits

Grantee projects must serve LMI Marylanders. For the purposes of the LMI Program, LMI households are defined as those with total household gross incomes that are less than 60% (low income) and 85% (moderate income) of the median income for each Maryland county. The FY18 LMI Program will use the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) 2017 Income Limits​. 60% income limits can be found on pages 10 and 11, and 85% income limits can be found on pages 18 and 19.

Previous Cycles of the LMI Program
Read about past cycles of the LMI Program.

LMI 2017
LMI 2016
LMI 2015
LMI 2014

Additional Questions

Please direct any questions about the LMI Dean Fisher (Phone: 410-537-4068), David Giusti (Phone: 410-537-4072) or Garry Aime (Phone: 410-537-4097).

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