The Maryland Energy Administrations (MEA) Offshore Wind Workforce Development Grant Program (Fiscal Year 2019) provides 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. Please read the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for additional information before starting your spplication.
MEA will consider applications for new or existing workforce development training centers utilized by the offshore wind industry. Training centers must provide education of a technical trade skill(s) and safety standards utilized for the development, manufacturing, construction, installation, and operations & maintenance of an offshore wind energy project. Applicants must demonstrate how project proposals will benefit Maryland’s Emerging Businesses, including minority-owned Emerging Businesses.
The Program has a budget of $800,000 for Fiscal Year 2019. MEA may increase or decrease the Program budget at its sole discretion. Grants are calculated as 50 percent of total project costs up to $200,000, whichever is the lower amount. Applicants must contribute at least 50 percent of the total project costs. Please read the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for additional information before starting your application.
Training Centers Requirements
The following timeline applies to the Offshore Wind Business Development Grant Program:
May 2018: Fiscal Year 2019 announcement expected
August 1, 2018: The deadline to submit applications is 11:59 pm EST
September 2018: Competitve Applicants deemed eligible for further consideration may be invited for in-person presentations
December 2018: Target for grant award announcements
February 2019: Target date for having grant agreements signed (projects begin)
The Offshore Wind Workforce Development Grant 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.
FY2019 OSW Workforce Development Grant Program FOA
Emerging Business Personal Net Worth (PNW) Statement Form
Guidelines for Completing a PNW Statement
FY 2019 Offshore Wind Grant Reporting Documents
FY2018 OSW Milestone Reimbursement
Attachment B - Quarterly Progress Report
Final Report Milestone
One Year Follow Up Report Milestone
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
Wind Energy Resources
Maryland Department of Commerce Financial Incentives for Businesses
Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR) Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning
Maryland Offshore Business Development Grant Program
Maryland Governor’s Grants Office
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