FY20 Commercial, Industrial & Agricultural Grant Program

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MEA is providing the FY20 Commercial, Industrial, & Agricultural Grant Program (“CI&A Program,” “the Program”) to support improving the energy efficiency and reducing the energy costs of enterprises in Maryland’s commercial, industrial, and agricultural sector. 

Up to $1.25 million is available in funding, and is divided between two (2) Application Periods, on a competitive basis:

  • Application Period 1 ($625,000): June 28, 2019 – October 15, 2019

  • Application Period 2 ($625,000): October 16, 2019 – February 3, 2020

Application Period 1 is now closed. Please note the new deadline for Application Period 2 is 11:59 P.M. EDT on February 3, 2020. 

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. Information on eligible entities, eligible energy upgrades, due dates, and how to apply are provided in the following sections.​​

Please check out the Jane E. Lawton Conservation Loan Program​​ for additional funding options!

Program Overview


What is this program - Commercial and Industrial

The FY20 CI&A Program provides grant incentives to Maryland commercial and agricultural entities that seek to improve the energy efficiency of their existing structures, or install energy efficient technologies that exceed code-minimum standards in to-be-constructed facilities. The CI&A Program provides grant awards to commercial, industrial, agricultural, and nonprofit enterprises in Maryland’s commercial and industrial sector to assist with energy efficiency projects that will reduce their electricity consumption by at least 20%.

Examples of possible energy efficiency measures include but are not limited to the following:

  • Building insulation and envelope improvements
  • Lighting and Controls*
  • Motors and variable frequency drives (VFDs)
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades
  • Refrigeration
  • Retro-commissioning or recommissioning
  • Energy data analytics and operational changes to improve energy efficiency
  • * Lighting paired with controls will be considered one measure under the FY20 C&I Program. ​MEA cannot provide funding for incandescent, fluorescent (CFL, T5, T8, etc.), or halogen lighting.

    Renewable energy measures are not eligible for funding under the CI&A Program. Applicants may, however, be eligible for a Commercial Clean Energy Grant through MEA’s Clean Energy Grant Program for any renewable measures planned as part of the project.

    More detailed information on the FY20 CI&A Program can be found in the FY20 CIA Program - Notice of Availability.pdfFY20 Notice of Availability

Eligible Entities


The FY20 CI&A Program is open to the following entities:

  • Businesses (registered corporations, LLPs, LLCs, GPs, etc.)
  • Manufacturers & Other Industrial Entities
  •  Farms and Businesses in the Agricultural Sector
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  •   Private Schools (Pre-K, K - 12)
  •   Community and Privately-owned Colleges and Universities​

Ineligible Entities:

Incentive Amounts


CI&A Grants are available for energy efficiency improvement projects to existing facilities and for facilities to-be-constructed that will employ above code-minimum energy efficiency measures.​ Eligible projects must cost at least $20,000 before the deduction of leveraged funds (rebates, incentives, etc.). Projects at existing facilities must reduce energy consumption from the facility’s baseline consumption—that is, the most recent twelve (12) months of energy consumption data (utility bills, gas bills, etc.), by at least 20%​. Projects that will be implemented in to-be-constructed facilities must prevent would-be consumption from a projected twelve (12) month energy consumption baseline, assuming the installation of standard, code-minimum measures, by at least 20%. 

Based upon the type of project, where “project” refers to the eligible energy efficiency measures for which an application has been submitted to the FY20 CI&A Program and selected for an award, incentive amounts will be calculated as follows:

  • Existing Facilities: Up to 50% of the Net Project Cost (defined as Total Cost minus all other incentives, rebates, and leveraged funds), or $100,000, whichever is lower. If a project is making improvements at multiple facilities, the TOTAL award for all facilities under the CI&A program cannot exceed $100,000.

  • To-be-constructed Facilities: Up to 50% of the Net Project Incremental Cost (defined as Total Cost minus all other incentives, rebates, and leveraged funds AND the cost of energy code-minimum technology, equipment, or building materials/envelope measures), or $100,000, whichever is lower. If a project is comprised of multiple facilities, the TOTAL award for all facilities under the CI&A program cannot exceed $100,000.

    Additional information on how to calculate incentive amounts is provided in the FY20 CI&A Application Instructions document. MEA may request additional backup documentation further justifying stated project costs and/or alternative bids if the provided bids are deemed unreasonably high by the Evaluation Team

Eligibility Requirements


In order to qualify for consideration under the CI&A Program, Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • The Applicant organization must be a Maryland commercial, industrial, agricultural/ or nonprofit enterprise;
  • The Applicant organization must be in good standing with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (“SDAT”);
  • Be located in an existing facility or to-be-constructed facility within the State of Maryland which is owned or leased by the Applicant organization;
  • Reduce total facility energy (electricity and non-electric (thermal) energy) consumption by at least 20% of its baseline consumption on a MMBTU/year basis (or projected consumption for to-be-constructed facilities). If a project proposes only electricity measures, the 20% requirement applies only to its electricity baseline. If it employs thermal-only measures, the 20% requirement applies only to its thermal baseline. If it employs both types of measures, the combination of saved energy must achieve 20% in MMBTU savings from its combined electricity and thermal baselines;
  • Must be cost-effective—where cost-effectiveness is defined as an overall aggregate simple payback of the energy efficiency measures before the application of rebates, incentives, and other leveraged funds of up to twelve (12) years, depending on the type of energy measures being proposed;
  • Be comprised of at least two (2) significant energy conservation measures (“ECMs”) that replace or improve existing equipment, technology, or building envelope/materials (or, for to-be-constructed facilities, prevent the installation of code-minimum technology, equipment, or building envelope/materials).  MEA reserves the sole right to determine whether or not an ECM is significant
    • Specifications for individual ECMs must exceed minimum energy code requirements.  As of March 25, 2019, the State of Maryland has adopted the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
    • Measures that aim to reduce electricity consumption by solely switching to another fuel source are not eligible for grant funding
    • Renewable energy measures are not eligible for grant funding
  • ​​Have a total cost, before the application of rebates, incentives, and other leveraged funds, of at least $20,000;
  • If located within one of Maryland’s five major utility service territories (BGE, PEPCO, Potomac-Edison, Delmarva Power & Light, SMECO) that offer EmPOWER utility rebates for energy efficiency measures, Applicants must either apply for eligible measures within their projects or submit formal intent to MEA to apply.

How to Apply


Applicants should first review the FY20 Notice of Availability PDF (in the section entitled “Program Overview” above), and the Application Instructions document.

You can find the FY20 Application Instructions and Application Form here:

FY20 CI Program - Application Instructions.pdfFY20 CIA Application Instructions

FY20 CIA Paper Application Form.docxFY20 CIA Application Form

You can find additional supporting documentation here: 

Energy Consumption Baseline Summary Spreadsheets

Once all required documents have been completed and all required application attachments have been acquired, submit the entire application package by 11:59 P.M. on October 15, 2019.

Applicants may alternatively submit their applications via mail to MEA by 5:00 P.M. on October 15, 2019, but they are strongly encouraged to submit them electronically. If mailing, applications should be sent to MEA at the following address:

Maryland Energy Administration
Attn: CI&A Grant Program – Application
1800 Washington Blvd. Suite 755
Baltimore, MD 21230

Program Timeline


Program Timeline

For Application Period 1

  • July 2019: FY20 CI&A Program opens for applications
  • October 15, 2019: Applications are due to MEA by 11:59 P.M.
  • December 2019: Grant decisions are announced
  • January 2020: Grant Agreements are executed (Grantees may commence work)
  • 18 Months from Grant Agreement Execution: Projects must be completed and all final reports must be submitted to MEA.​
​For Application Period 2
  • October 16, 2019: FY20 CI&A Program opens for applications
  • January 15, 2020: Applications are due to MEA by 11:59 P.M.
  • March 2020: Grant decisions are announced
  • April 2020: Grant Agreements are executed (Grantees may commence work)
  • 18 Months from Grant Agreement Execution: Projects must be completed and all final reports must be submitted to MEA.​

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