The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is launching two offshore wind grants for 2020.
The allotted funds will support:
1. the Maryland Offshore Wind Capex program with $1.6 million dollars
2. Maryland Offshore Wind Workforce Training Program with $1.2 million dollars
The Maryland Offshore Wind Workforce Training program provides grant funding on a competitive basis to support Maryland’s workforce entering the offshore wind industry. Both new and existing workforce development training centers, focused on offshore wind industry can apply.
Training centers must provide the education of a technical trade skills and safety standards used for the development, construction, and O&M phases of an offshore wind project. In addition, the training center 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 U.S. Armed Forces. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate how project proposals will benefit Maryland’s emerging businesses, including minority-owned emerging businesses.