Please note: this application period has closed. The Maryland Energy Administration ("MEA") announces $5.8 Million in Fiscal Year 2020 ("FY20") Grant Funds available for the Award-Winning Clean Energy Communities Low-to-Moderate Income Grant Program.
MEA congratulates the FY20 LMI Grantees.
Please expand the drop-down menus below for details regarding program overview, eligibility requirements, application documents, and to view the application process webinar.
The Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Clean Energy Communities Low-to-Moderate Income Grant Program (Program) has an initially allocated budget of $3.3 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.
Clean Energy Communities 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 allocation of funds, which together totals $3.3 million.
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 FY20 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 FY20 must be completed by August 1, 2021 with all invoices and project reports submitted to MEA no later than September 1, 2021.
More information on eligible project types and measures is located in the Section 3 of the FY20 Application Form.
Grants must be used to fund energy efficiency projects that benefit Maryland’s LMI income 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 2019 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 FY20 review criteria includes:
Secondary review criteria include:
Download, review, and complete the FY20 Application Form. 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 instruction prior to completing the application.
Emailed applications, the preferred method of submission, must be received by 11:59 p.m. EDT on November 15th, 2019. All paper applications are due onsite at the Maryland Energy Administration by 5:00 p.m. EDT on November 15th, 2019. 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.
Electronic applications should be submitted to MEA’s technical assistance contractor at:
Paper or in-person applications should be addressed to:
Maryland Energy AdministrationAttn: LMI Program - FY20 Application1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 755Baltimore, MD 21230
LMI Application Webinar
MEA strongly recommends that each potential applicant view the LMI Application Process webinar. This webinar covers an overview of the LMI program, explains the application process, and covers the anticipated timeline for Grantee selection.
The webinar can be viewed here.
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Please direct any questions about the LMI Grant Program to Dean Fisher 410-537-4068.
1800 Washington Blvd., Suite 755, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 537-4000 | 1-800-72-ENERGY