The Maryland Energy Administration is launching two offshore wind grants for its fiscal year 2020 offshore wind capex programme
US$1.6M has been allotted to the programme along with US$1.2M from the Maryland Offshore Wind Workforce Training Programme, which provides grant funding on a competitive basis to support workers in the state entering the offshore wind industry.
The offshore wind capex programme provides grant funding to help defray capital expenditure investments for Maryland’s emerging businesses, including minority-owned emerging businesses, entering the offshore wind industry.
New or existing Maryland businesses engaged in the offshore wind industry may apply as can businesses willing to relocate or expand to Maryland after receiving a grant award.
Capital expenditures that may be offset by grant funds include renovations to property or purchasing and installing equipment necessary for providing goods and services to the offshore wind industry. Grant funds may not be used to purchase property. The application deadline is 1 October 2019.
New and existing workforce development training centres focused on the offshore wind industry can apply. Training centres must provide the education of a technical trade skill(s) and safety standards utilised for the development, construction, and operations and maintenance phases of an offshore wind project. A training centre must provide technical and safety training at no cost to all participating students.
Applicants must provide an outreach plan to prospective students from historically under-served communities, including but not limited to minorities, women, and veterans of the US armed forces.
Applicants must also demonstrate how project proposals will benefit Maryland’s emerging businesses, including minority-owned emerging businesses. The application deadline is the same as that for the capex programme.