Maryland Offshore Wind Capital Expenditure Program - FY 2021

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MEA is excited to announce the Fiscal Year 2021 Maryland Offshore Wind Capital Expenditure Program. The Program provides grant funding on a competitive basis to support new or existing businesses entering the offshore wind supply chain in Maryland by offsetting their capital expenditure investments. Please review the FY21 OSW Capital Expenditure Notice of Availability (NOA) for additional information before starting your application.

See the latest news release​ from the State of Maryland on a partnership with the State of Virginia and State of North Carolina to spur offshore wind development.

The Program has a total budget of $1.6 million for Fiscal Year 2021. MEA may increase or decrease the Program budget at its sole discretion and without notice. MEA calculates grant awards as 50 percent of the total project costs. Grant awards may not exceed $400,000. Applicants must contribute at least 50 percent of the total project costs as matching funds or in-kind services.

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


Application Deadline: January 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern
 

Program Overview

 

Offshore wind is a new clean energy industry taking root in Maryland and proposed projects should allow new or existing businesses to successfully enter the offshore wind supply chain. Proposed projects must be utilized to provide goods and services to the offshore wind industry in Maryland; however, proposed projects should be designed to serve related industries and sectors as well. 


Grant funds may be used to offset capital expenditures such as:


  1. Business expansion including relocation costs, new construction of real property, and renovations to existing real property; and,

  2. Purchase and installation of new or manufacturer refurbished equipment at a new or existing real property(s). 


Grant funds may not be used to offset capital expenditures such as:


  1. Purchase of new or existing real property; however, the 50 percent of the total project costs provided by the Applicant as matching funds may be used for this purpose; and, 


  1. Relocation costs for the Applicants employees or personnel including, but not limited to, housing, travel, and food.


Timeline

 

MEA anticipates the Program application and evaluation process will adhere to the following timeline:

  • October 15, 2020: Fiscal Year 2021 program announced

  • January 15, 2021: The deadline to submit applications is at 11:59 pm Eastern.

  • February 2021: Application review period

  • March 2021: Target for grant award announcements

  • April 2021: Target date for having grant agreements signed (projects begin)

MEA will make every effort to adhere to the anticipated timeline for the Program’s application and evaluation process; however, delays may occur that are within or outside of MEA’s control. MEA asks that all applicants plan the start dates of their proposed projects accordingly and include a reasonable amount of flexibility. MEA thanks you in advance for your patience and understanding.​


Application

 

The Program utilizes an online application portal called Jotform that all applicants are required to use when submitting grant applications. Please review the FY21 OSW Capital Expenditure Notice of Availability (NOA) 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: January 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern
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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 Incentives

Contact

For questions, suggestions, or more information, please contact Samuel Beirne via email at wind.mea@maryland.gov or phone at (410) 913-5793 (mobile).