Program Description: The Maryland Smart Energy Communities (MSEC) program is designed to support local governments as they voluntarily adopt energy policies (and commit to them for the long term) leading to sustained reduction in energy usage, cost savings, and additional opportunities for renewable energy development.
Program Purpose: The MSEC program serves several purposes: it assists municipal and county governments throughout Maryland as they participate in the State’s transition to affordable, clean and reliable energy; it supports those governments with grants for clean energy projects; it increases in-state renewable energy generation (that supports the State’s renewable portfolio standard goal and its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal); and, it supports the State’s goal for increasing the number of electric vehicles operating in state.
Type of Program: The MSEC program is a competitive grant program.
Program Application Deadline: 5 p.m. EST on November 12, 2021
Anticipated Program Budget: MEA anticipates that up to $1,030,000 total will be available as follows: up to $585,000 for energy efficiency projects, up to $347,500 for Tier 1 renewable energy projects, and up to $97,500 for transportation petroleum-reduction projects.
For more information, please see the Funding Opportunity Announcement below.
MSEC FY22 Funding Opportunity Announcement
MSEC FY22 Existing Community Application
MSEC FY22 New Community Application
MSEC FY22 FAQ
MSEC FY22 Deadlines
MEA’s General Provisions for grant agreements
For more information, contact MEA regarding the MSEC program by email at
or by phone at
443.694.3358 to speak with Briggs Cunningham, the MSEC program manager.
2021 full lists of awardees.
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