BGE Energizing Small Business Grants

Applicants must be an existing BGE electric and/or gas customer with positive BGE credit history. Other eligibility criteria include:

  • For-profit business founded in 2020 or prior
  • In good standing (or on the way to) with the State of Maryland
  • A maximum of twenty-five (25) employees
  • Annual gross revenues in 2021 of less than $7 million USD
  • Demonstrated need for funding to support business and serve customers
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Application Timeline

In 2022, the BGE Energizing Small Business grants will be offered in two rounds. Applications will be reviewed by a committee according to the review criteria outlined in the terms and conditions. Applicants who are unsuccessful in a given funding round are invited to apply again in subsequent rounds.

  • The first round opens February 14, 2022 at 9 a.m. ET and closes March 25, 2022, at 6 p.m. ET. Recipients will be announced in mid-May.
  • The second round opens July 18, 2022 at 9 a.m. ET and closes August 26, 2022, at 6 p.m. ET. Recipients will be announced in mid-October.

BGE Energizing Small Businesses

In 2021, BGE awarded 176 small business with $20,000 grants through its Energizing Small Business Grants program. This grant program is part of BGE's $15 million pledge to assist small businesses with COVID-19 relief and recovery and is a multi-year commitment expected to run through at least 2023.

Supporting Maryland-Based Small Businesses

$3.5M grants awarded

grants awarded

64% owned by women

owned by women

73% owned by people of color

owned by people
of color

BGE Energizing Small Business Grants
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Team is the biggest component of our business. These funds helped keep that foundation solid so we can focus on growing the business by serving customers and the community, even in uncertain times."

Michelle Bond
Bottoms Up Bagels
Baltimore, MD

Over $3.5M in BGE Energizing Small Business Grants Awarded to Maryland-Based Small Business Owners

Congratulations to the 176 recipients of BGE Energizing Small Business Grants. These businesses all share a demonstrated need for funds to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, clear and feasible plans for the proposed use of funds to grow business and serve customers, and a demonstrated commitment to their communities.

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