BGE Energizing Small Business Grants

Applicants must be a for-profit business and an existing BGE electric and/or gas customer in good standing with BGE. Other eligibility criteria include:

  • Be a for-profit business that has been operating for at least one (1) year at the start of the application
  • Existing BGE electric and/or gas customer in good standing with BGE
  • In good standing (or on the way to) with the State of Maryland
  • A maximum of twenty-five (25) full-time employees
  • Annual gross revenues in 2023 of less than $7 million USD
  • Demonstrated need for funding to support business and serve customers
BGE Energizing Small Business

Supporting Maryland-Based Small Businesses

In 2021, BGE and the Global Entrepreneurship Network 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 2024.

$7.98M grants awarded
57% owned by women
75% owned by people of color

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
Celebrate Their Success

Over $3.75m in BGE Energizing Small Business Grants Awarded to Maryland-Based Small Business Owners

Congratulations to the 296 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.

Check out a few of these grant recipients


BGE’s Multi-Year Customer Relief and Energy Infrastructure Investment Plan

BGE is aiding in the region’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic while continuing to improve the energy delivery systems serving 1.3 million electric customers and more than 680,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland by investing in better service for customers, powering the local economy, and supporting communities in central Maryland.

About BGE

BGE is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility, providing safe and reliable energy delivery to more than 1.3 million electric customers and more than 680,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company was founded in 1816 as the nation’s first gas utility and remains headquartered in Baltimore City to this day. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (Nasdaq: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider. Engage with the latest BGE stories on and connect with BGE on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.