Maryland Offshore Wind Workforce Training Program - FY 2021



The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is excited to announce the Maryland Offshore Wind Workforce Training Program (the Program) for Fiscal Year 2021. The Program provides grant funding on a competitive basis to support new or existing workforce training centers entering the offshore wind industry by offsetting their capital expenditure investments and operating expenditures. FY21 OSW Workforce Training Notice of Availability (NOA) document for additional information before starting your application.

The Program has a total budget of $1.2 million for Fiscal Year 2021. MEA may increase or decrease the Program budget at its sole discretion and without notice. MEA calculates grant awards as 75 percent of the total project costs. Grant awards may not exceed $400,000. Applicants must contribute at least 25 percent of the total project costs as matching funds or in-kind services.  

The Maryland Offshore Wind Workforce Training Program utilizes an online application portal. Click the link below to begin your application.
 

Application Deadline: January 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern
 

Program Overview

 

Offshore wind is a new clean energy industry taking root in Maryland and proposed projects should allow new or existing training centers to successfully enter the offshore wind industry. Proposed projects must be utilized to provide education of a trade skill(s) and safety training for the offshore wind industry in Maryland; however, proposed projects should be designed to serve related industries and sectors as well. Applicants may design their proposed projects by mixing and matching any and all of the eligible grant fund uses for capital and operational expenditures specified below.


Capital Expenditures:

Grant funds may be used to offset capital expenditures such as:

  1. Creation or expansion of a training center, including relocation costs, new construction of real property, and renovations to existing real property; and/or,

  2. Purchase and installation of new or manufacturer-refurbished training-related equipment at a new or existing real property(s).

Grant funds may not be used to offset capital expenditures such as:

  1. Purchase of new or existing real property; however, the 25 percent of the total project costs provided by the Applicant as matching funds may be used for this purpose; and,

  2. Relocation costs for the Applicant’s employees or personnel, including, but not limited to, housing, travel, and food.


Operating Expenditures:

Grant funds may be used to offset operating expenditures such as:

  1. Curriculum development and/or training center certification or licensing of a technical trade skill(s) and safety skills for the offshore wind industry; and/or,

  2. Operational costs to hold the training courses of a technical trade skill(s) and safety skills for the offshore wind industry.

    1. This includes, but is not limited to, training center overhead, instructor salaries and benefits, and training supplies & materials, including personal protection equipment (PPE) for both the training course and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19).

    2. Training centers must provide technical and safety training at no cost to all participating students.

    3. Training centers must ensure all of the participating students complete, at a minimum, the United States Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) 10-Hour safety course for general construction.

    4. Applicants must provide an outreach plan to prospective students from historically underserved communities, including, but not limited to minorities, women, people with disabilities, and veterans of the United States Armed Forces in Maryland.

    5. Applicants must provide an outreach plan to prospective students who are unemployed, under-employed, currently incarcerated, and individuals returning from incarceration (returning citizens).

    6. Grantees will be required to demonstrate efforts to maintain records of professional progress of all participating students once they have completed their training. This includes, but is not limited to, work history, additional certifications obtained, and post training employment for at least one year after graduation from the training center.

 

Project Priorities:

MEA will prioritize applications that incorporate the following aspects into the proposed project:

  1. Curriculum development and training center certification of the Global Wind Organization (GWO) Basic Technical Training (BTT) Standard. This course offering should be incorporated into an existing training center in Maryland that is in the process of or has completed its curriculum development and training center certification of the GWO Basic Safety Training (BST) Standard and the GWO BST Refresher (BSTR) Standard.

  2. Curriculum development and training center certification of the GWO Basic Safety Training Online Partial Refresher (BSTR-P) Standard. This course offering should be incorporated into an existing training center in Maryland that is in the process of or has completed its curriculum development and training center certification of the GWO BST Standard and the GWO BSTR Standard.

  3. Curriculum development and training center certification of the Global Wind Organization (GWO) GWO Slinger Signaller/Rigger Signal Person. This course offering should be incorporated into an existing training center in Maryland that is in the process of or has completed its curriculum development and training center certification of the GWO BST Standard and the GWO BSTR Standard.

  4. Training centers that incorporate best commercially reasonable efforts to provide online/remote learning. This includes, but is not limited to, providing notebook/laptop computers and access to internet and/or cell service to all participating students at no cost to said participating students during the entirety of the training program.

  5. Training centers that provide a monetary stipend for all participating students. This includes, but is not limited to, providing paid educational training, travel stipend, and/or food/grocery stipend to all participating students at no cost to said participating students during the entirety of the training program. MEA will prohibit a training center from trying to recoup a stipend from a participating student that does not complete the training program.

  6. Training centers that provide professional and personal development services to all participating students at no cost to said participating students during the entirety of the training program. Professional and personal development services include, but are not limited to, résumé development, interview preparation, professional etiquette, and personal financial coaching.

Timeline

 

MEA anticipates the Program application and evaluation process will adhere to the following timeline:

  • October 15, 2020: Fiscal Year 2021 program announced

  • January 15, 2021: The deadline to submit applications is at 11:59 pm Eastern

  • February 2021: Application review period

  • March 2021: Target for grant award announcements

  • April 2021: Target date for having grant agreements signed (projects begin)

MEA will make every effort to adhere to the anticipated timeline for the Program’s application and evaluation process; however, delays may occur that are within or outside of MEA’s control. MEA asks that all applicants plan the start dates of their proposed projects accordingly and include a reasonable amount of flexibility. MEA thanks you in advance for your patience and understanding.


Application

 

The Program utilizes an online application submission portal called Jotform, that all applicants are required to use when submitting grant applications. Please review the FY21 OSW Workforce Training Notice of Availability (NOA) document for a complete overview of the program including eligibility, application requirements, and general terms & conditions before submitting an application. MEA will not consider late applications.​​

Click the link below to begin your application.

Click Here to​ Apply​

Application Deadline: January 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern

Program Documents

Reporting and Invoicing for Existing Grantees

Resources

 

MEA has compiled a number of useful resources that will help you understand the basics of wind energy, deployment of small & community scale wind projects, Maryland’s offshore wind developments, and how you can plan a career in the wind energy industry.

Land Based Wind

Offshore Wind

Wind Energy Resources​

Related Funding Opportunities

Contact

For questions, suggestions, or more information, please contact Samuel Beirne via email at wind.mea@maryland.gov or phone at (410) 913-5793 (mobile).