TThe Maryland Energy Administration (“MEA”) announces the Maryland Energy Infrastructure Grant Program (“Program”) for Fiscal Year 2023 which is funded through the Maryland Gas Expansion Fund, established by Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) Order No. 88631 to promote economic development, job creation and natural gas infrastructure expansion throughout the State of Maryland. The Program is a competitive grant program that assists commercial and industrial customers to expand natural gas infrastructure, achieve cleaner air standards, provide job growth and training, and promote economic development.
A total of $9,250,000.00 for Fiscal Year 2023 is anticipated to be available. The actual amount available may vary, depending on the quantity of applications received and the available resources within a given fiscal year.
MEA offers funding under two (2) Areas of Interest (AOIs). Funding amounts are generally based on the following project scope, scale and complexity:
AOI 1: Local Distribution Companies: Up to $3,250,000.00 is available.
Under AOI 1 MEA calculates grant awards as 50 percent of total project costs, not to exceed $3,000,000.00. Applicants must contribute at least 50 percent of total project costs as matching funds or in-kind services.
AOI 2: Maryland Anchor Customers: Up to $6,000,000.00 is available.
Under AOI 2 MEA calculates grant awards as 75 percent of total project costs, not to exceed $3,000,000.00. Applicants must contribute at least 25 percent of total project costs as matching funds or in-kind services.
Matching funds may include but are not limited to, cash on hand, a business line of credit, and other grant awards (state, federal, or private) excluding other MEA grants.