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Application Timeline


The application opened January 20, 2021 and will be held in three Rounds:





Eligibility Requirements 


Applicants must be a for-profit business and an existing BGE electric and/or gas business customer. Additional eligibility criteria include:  

BGE is pledging $15 million to assist Maryland’s small businesses with COVID-19 relief and recovery. Eligible businesses located in BGE’s service area can apply for a $20,000 BGE Energizing Small Business Grant. This grant program is part of BGE's comprehensive Customer Relief and Energy Infrastructure Investment Plan, designed to help the state’s economic recovery from the pandemic.

LAUNCHED JANUARY 20, 2021

  • Round 1 opens January 20 and closes March 3 
  • Round 2 opens May 5 and closes June 16
  • Round 3 opens September 1 and closes October 13

The application opened January 20, 2021 and will be held in three Rounds:







Grant recipients will be selected via a panel and recipients will be notified within 30 days of each Round’s close. 

Must have a minimum of one (1) employee and a maximum of twenty-five (25) employees. 
Have annual gross revenues in 2020 of less than $7 million USD. 

Demonstrated need of funding to support business and serve customers.
Preference will be given to minority-owned and woman-owned businesses. 

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LAUNCHED JANUARY 20, 2021

BGE is pledging $15 million to assist Maryland's small businesses with COVID-19 relief and recovery. Eligible businesses located in BGE's service area can apply for BGE Energizing Small Business Grants of up to $20,000. This grant program is part of BGE's comprehensive Customer Relief and Energy Infrastructure Investment Plan, designed to help the state’s economic recovery from the pandemic.

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Grant recipients will be selected via a panel.

For full eligibility requirements see the terms and conditions.

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For technical assistance completing the grant application, contact:

Questions? Read the FAQs for this grant. 

Applications Open September 1 

Eligible small businesses selected as grant recipients will receive $20,000. Apply by sharing how a grant would provide economic relief and help grow your business. 

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Eligible small businesses selected as grant recipients will receive $20,000. Apply by sharing how a grant would provide economic relief and help grow your business.

NOTICE OF RULES CHANGE (03/9/2021)

Sponsor has changed the Official Rules: To align program timelines, the application in each round will close at 6:00 PM Eastern Time.

For full details, see the amended Official Rules here.

BGE is proud to announce the first round of Energizing Small Business Grants recipients


Please join us in congratulating the 88 recipients of round one of the BGE Energizing Small Business Grant Program, 56% of which are woman-owned and 66% of which are minority-owned, groups that are historically underfunded and underserved. BGE is proud to support small business and help Maryland's economic recovery from the pandemic.