FY16 Clean Energy Communities Low-to-Moderate Income Grant Program

Please note, the application period for this grant is now closed. The information referenced on this page is here to provide public information.

FY16 LMI Program Results.pdfFY16 LMI Program Results

The Maryland Energy Administration offered two platforms for the EmPOWER Clean Energy Communities Low-to-Moderate Income Grant Program in fiscal year 2016. With a budget of approximately $9 million, the two platforms are designed to support energy efficiency and conservation projects and demand response projects to benefit low-to-moderate income Marylanders.

The program is open to non-profits and local governments only. State residents seeking aid should consult the list of Maryland Assistance Programs

MEA congratulates the FY16 Grantees​ . Final FY16 program results will be posted in the summer of 2017.

What is the program?

 

County Allocated Competitive

This is the original EmPOWER Clean Energy Communities grant program that has been in existence since 2009. It finances energy efficiency projects that benefit low-to-moderate income Marylanders. Grant funds will be awarded competitively within the applicant pool for each respective county.

Statewide Competitive

This program began in 2014 and also finances energy efficiency projects that benefit low-to-moderate income Marylanders. However, this platform seeks innovative ideas directed at helping communities, neighborhoods, or entire buildings. Grant funds will be awarded competitively across the entire state.​​​

What projects are eligible?

 

Cost effective energy efficiency measures implemented by non-profits and local governments that benefit low-to-moderate income Maryland households are eligible.

For more information, consult the Application Instructions (see How do I apply?).

All construction activities must be completed by October 30, 2016, with all invoices and project reports submitted to MEA no later than November 30, 2016.

Funding

 

County Allocated Competitive

Up to approximately $3.5 million, is available in this platform subject to funding availability. See the Instructions (under “How do I apply?”) for the allocation of each Maryland county, or county equivalent, of EmPOWER Clean Energy Communities grant funds based on the number of its low-to-moderate income households.

Statewide Competitive

Up to approximately $5.5 million, is available in this platform, subject to funding availability. MEA anticipates awarding grants ranging from $40,000 to up to $1,000,000, depending on the merits of the specific proposed project.​

Conference Call

 

MEA recommends that each applicant participate in one of the conference calls to obtain more detailed information about the EmPOWER Clean Energy Communities Low-to-Moderate Income Grant program:

  • 10:00 a.m., Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
  • 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015

To reserve a spot, please RSVP to Emily Singleton at emily.singleton@maryland.govConference call dial-in information and the webinar package will then be emailed to you.

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How do I apply?

Previous Awardees

 
A list of last year’s Grantees can be found in the FY 2015 EmPOWER Clean Energy Communities Grant Awardees Summary​.
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Monthly Energy Metrics Worksheet

If selected for an award, Grantees will be required to complete a monthly energy metrics worksheet. The information submitted on this worksheet will enable MEA to estimate the energy savings associated with each project and count these energy savings towards the state's energy goals. Prior to applying, MEA recommends that each applicant review the Monthly Energy Metrics Worksheet to fully understand the energy reporting requirements of this grant program.​

Additional Information

Please submit your questions about the EmPOWER Clean Energy Communities Low-to-Moderate Grant Program to Rory SpanglerDean Fisher or consult the MEA Phone Directory​.

DHCD 2015 Income Limits

http://dhcd.maryland.gov/HousingDevelopment/Documents/prhp/2015_MD_Income_Limits.pdf

Get more information about our past cycles of this program.

Low to Moderate Income 2015
Low to Moderate Income 2014​