The Maryland Energy Administration’s (MEA) Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) grant program will again be implemented competitively on a regional basis for state fiscal year 2021 (FY21). With a budget of $6.5 million, the program is designed to support energy efficiency projects and activities for low-to-moderate income (LMI) Marylanders. As the program design has some modifications from previous years, MEA encourages all potential applicants to review all program documents carefully and to view the recorded webinar on the application process that will be posted at a later date (currently anticipated to be posted in approximately mid-July, see “How to Apply” tab below). More information on the application documents and process can be found below in the “How to Apply” section.
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The Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) LMI grant has an initially-allocated budget of up to $6.5 million, subject to funding availability, from the Strategic Energy Investment Fund ("SEIF") for energy efficiency projects. The Program funds ("Funds") are available to entities that serve Maryland’s LMI residents.
MEA LMI grants ("Grants") will be competitively awarded for energy efficiency projects that generate significant reductions in energy use and pass on the benefits of the savings to Maryland’s LMI residents. Projects that maximize energy savings per dollar of MEA investment and the number of LMI residents served will receive grant funding priority.
Funds are allocated to each Maryland Region (see map below) based on the number of LMI income households located within the respective Region, in order to ensure an equitable distribution of grant funds. Grants will then be awarded competitively within the applicant pool for each Region.
The map below shows each region’s anticipated allocation of funds, which together total $6.5 million in FY21.
Projects implemented by nonprofit organizations and local governments that provide energy efficiency and weatherization measures to LMI Maryland homes, as well as commercial buildings that primarily serve LMI Marylanders (e.g. a homeless shelter), are eligible for grant consideration.
For a more detailed description of eligible projects, please refer to the FY21 LMI Grant Program Application Document in the section below titled “How to Apply.”
All construction activities for each project selected for LMI Program grant funding from FY21 must be completed by August 1, 2022 with all invoices and project reports submitted to MEA no later than September 1, 2022.
More information on eligible project types and measures is located in the Eligible Projects & Measures section in the FY21 Application and Instructions.
Grants must be used to fund energy efficiency projects that benefit Maryland’s LMI population. For the purposes of this application, low and moderate income households are defined as:
While grants will be allocated based on region, income limits are based on the particular county in which a project is located. The income limits for “moderate income” for calendar year 2020 can be found on the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) website. Income eligibility limits for “low income”, which is now established as 175% of the federal poverty level, can be found in the table below.
Projects that maximize energy savings per dollar of MEA investment and the number of LMI residents served will receive grant funding priority. In addition, projects which have the flexibility to be scaled up and/or down based on funding availability will be looked at favorably. Primary FY21 review criteria include:
Download, review, and complete the FY21 Application and Instructions. Instructions for completing the application as well as proper submission procedure are included in the Application Form document. MEA strongly encourages applicants to fully review the application instructions prior to completing the application.
Grant overview and help video: Information on the FY21 LMI Program and information on the application can be accessed through the FY21 LMI program information video.
MEA is encouraging the use of electronic applications to streamline processing and reduce environmental impacts. If you cannot apply electronically, please contact us and we will work with you on an alternative method to submit an application.
Emailed applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. EDT on October 1, 2020. MEA strongly encourages applicants to submit their completed applications at least one day prior to the deadline to avoid any technical difficulties that may arise. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.
Previous Cycles of the LMI ProgramRead about past cycles of the LMI Program.
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Please direct any questions about the MEA LMI Grant Program to Dean Fisher (Phone: 443-306-8791). For questions about the LMI applications, contact MEA technical support contractor Sam Bowles (Phone: 301-889-0017).
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