Commercial, Industrial & Agricultural Grant Program

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Fiscal Year 2024 Grant Program



Program Description: The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is offering the Commercial, Industrial & Agricultural Fiscal Year 2024 Grant Program (CI&A FY24 Program) to Maryland commercial, industrial, data centers, non-profits, and farms and other agricultural entities. Both new construction and existing facilities may be considered for grants to defray the cost of improvements resulting in energy performance that exceeds current codes or standards.  

Type of Grant Program: First come, first serve.

Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until funding is fully awarded or until March 22, 2024 at 5 P.M., whichever occurs first.  Earlier application submittals are strongly encouraged in order to have the best chance of obtaining funding under the Program..

Anticipated Program Budget: Subject to funding availability, the FY24 program has a total budget of up to $4,400,000, which will be divided into three separate areas of interest (AOI):

  • AOI.1: Energy Efficiency & Electrification: Investments that reduce energy waste, eliminate greenhouse gas emissions, and where applicable, displace fossil-fuel use.
  • AOI.2: Manufacturing and Combined Heat & Power: Limited to investments in fossil-fuel fired equipment proposed only in circumstances where the applicant demonstrates that electric alternatives are either unavailable or impractical. AOI.2 also considers applications for combined heat & power proposals.
  • AOI.3: Agricultural Energy Efficiency: Proposals to reduce energy waste in stationary facilities that support agricultural production or farming, consistent with North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code 11​.​
Eligible Applicants: Entities eligible to apply for grants are business (registered corporations, LLPs, LLCs, GPs, etc.) or non-profit entities that operate facilities that perform any of the following activities:
  • Manufacturing or industrial production/distribution/warehousing
  • Data center operations
  • Office, commercial, service, or retail operations
  • Private school (Pre-K, K-12) education and administration
  • Privately-owned college and university education and administration
  • Multifamily residential buildings containing five or more units
  • Agricultural entities (for AOI.3)​
For more information, please see the Funding Opportunity Announcement below.​

Program Documents:

**UPDATED February 2, 2024**​​

​Additional Resources:
Please see the Jane E. Lawton Co​nservation Loan Program​ for additional funding options.

Program History:  The Kathleen A. P. Mathias Agriculture Energy Efficiency Program was dedicated in the memory of Kathleen Arlee "Kathy" Petry Mathias of Ocean City, who passed away August 15, 2011 after a battle with cancer. The wife of Maryland State Senator James N. Mathias Jr., Kathy was an inexhaustible advocate for Maryland's Eastern Shore and its farming community. Energy efficiency support for Maryland agriculture businesses continues under the Commercial, Industrial & Agriculture (CI&A) grant. To learn about past projects funded under the Kathleen A.P. Mathias Agriculture Energy Efficiency Program, please visit this page. ​​​

For more information on the CI&A Grant Program, contact MEA by email at  ci.mea@maryland.gov or by phone at 410-537-3031 to speak with Energy Program Manager Christopher Russell.

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