Maryland Offshore Wind Capex Program - FY 2020

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MEA is excited to announce the Fiscal Year 2020 Maryland Offshore Wind Capex Program. MEA seeks to jumpstart Maryland’s offshore wind supply chain by providing grant funding to help defray capital expenditure costs for Maryland’s emerging businesses, including minority owned emerging businesses, entering the offshore wind industry. Please read the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for additional information before starting your application.

The Maryland Offshore Wind Capex Program utilizes an online application. Click the link below to begin your application.


Application Deadline: October 2, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST

Program Overview


The Maryland Energy Administrations (MEA) Maryland Offshore Wind Capex Program (Fiscal Year 2020) will provide grant funding on a competitive basis to help defray barrier entry costs of Maryland’s emerging businesses; including minority owned emerging businesses entering the global offshore wind industry. The Program has a budget of $1.6 million for Fiscal Year 2019. MEA reserves the right to redistribute reserved grant funding between the AOIs as needed. Please read the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for additional information before starting your application.

Project Description

  1. Grants are calculated as 50 percent of total project costs up to $400,000. Note: MEA grants reimburse awardees after work is completed and costs incurred within the grant period.

  2. Grant funds may be used to offset capital expenditure costs such as renovations and improvements to real property, buildings, and the purchase and/or installation of equipment necessary for providing goods and services to the offshore wind industry.

  3. Grant funds may not be used for the purchase of real property; however, Grantees’ 50 percent cost share may be used for this purpose. 

  4. If a project includes new facility construction or renovation, the applicant will be required to ensure the facility meets current energy codes required by the authority having jurisdiction(s) (AHJ) within the State of Maryland.  

  5. If a project includes procuring new equipment, applicants will be required to make reasonable efforts to ensure the equipment is energy efficient.



The following timeline applies to the Program:

July 2019Fiscal Year 2020 program announced

October 1, 2019: The deadline to submit applications is at 11:59 pm EST.

January 2020: Target for grant award announcements

February 2020: Target date for having grant agreements signed (projects begin)



The Maryland Offshore Wind Capex 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 Ap​ply

Application Deadline: October 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST

Program Documents

Reporting and Invoicing for Existing Grantees



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 Incentives


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