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Assistance to High Energy Cost Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, Tribes,
IHEs, and Individuals to Reduce Rural Energy Costs

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Deadline Date:

07/06/21 Electronic Receipt or Postmarked by Date


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, for-profits, government and Tribal agencies, IHEs, and individuals in eligible areas to reduce energy costs for families and individuals. Applicants are advised to complete the required registrations well in advance of the deadline date. Funding is intended to benefit rural households that currently pay 275% of the national average or higher.

Eligible Use of Funds:

To finance the acquisition, construction, or improvement of facilities serving residential customers or communities, including:

  • Electric generation, transmission and distribution facilities, including:
    • Equipment, materials, and activities
    • Land or right-of-way acquisition, professional expenses, engineering and permitting costs
  • Natural gas distribution and storage facilities, including equipment, materials, and activities
  • Petroleum product storage and handling facilities, including equipment, materials, and activities
  • Renewable energy facilities, including solar, wind, hydropower or biomass technologies used for onor off-grid:
    • Electric power generation
    • Water or space heating
    • Process heating and power
  • Backup or emergency power generation or energy storage technology, including generation equipment installed on consumer premises

Implementation of initiatives such as:

  • Energy efficiency improvements and conservation measures (i.e. weatherization of residences and community facilities)
  • Programs encouraging the use of energy-saving appliances and devices
  • Programs aimed at improving the quality and cost of energy service

Additional requirements include:

  • Borrowers must have the legal authority to provide, construct, operate, and maintain the proposed facilities or services
  • All facilities receiving federal financing must be used for a public purpose
  • Partnerships with other federal, state, local, private, and nonprofit entities are encouraged

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164556

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 10

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $3,000,000
- Award Floor: $100,000


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments
  • Individuals

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are for projects that serve an eligible community; grants are not for the benefit of individuals or a single business. Individuals may apply on behalf of entities not yet incorporated but award will not be made directly to individuals. Applicants must be located in the United States, a U.S. Territory or other area authorized by law to participate in programs of the Rural Utilities Service or under the Rural Electrification Act.

Most retail or power supply providers serving eligible rural areas are eligible to apply, including:
- State and local governmental entities
- Federally recognized Tribes
- Nonprofits, including cooperatives and limited dividend or mutual associations
- For-profit businesses

An eligible applicant is any one of the following:
- A legally-organized for-profit or nonprofit organization such as, but not limited to, a corporation, association, partnership (including a limited liability partnership), cooperative, or trust;
- A sole proprietorship;
- A State or local government, or any agency or instrumentality of a State or local government, including a municipal utility or public power authority;
- An Indian tribe, a tribally-owned entity, and or Alaska Native Corporation;
- An individual or group of individuals applying on behalf of unincorporated community associations, and not for the primary benefit of a single household or business; or
- Any of the above entities located in a U.S. Territory or other area authorized by law to participate in RUS programs or under the RE Act.

Information about Eligible Areas can be found starting at page 9 of the FOA. See Attached Files below.

Funding restrictions can be found starting on page 28 of the FOA. See Attached Files below.

Pre-Application Information:

You may submit completed grant applications on paper or electronically according to the following deadlines:
- Paper applications must be postmarked and mailed, shipped, or sent overnight, no later than July 6, 2021 or hand delivered to RUS by this deadline, to be eligible under this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). Late or incomplete applications will not be eligible for FY 2021 grant funding. Applications will be accepted upon publication of this notice until midnight (EST) of the closing date. If the submission deadline falls on Saturday, Sunday, or a Federal holiday, the application is due the next business day.
- Electronic applications must be submitted through no later than midnight Eastern Standard Time July 6, 2021, to be eligible under this notice for
FY 2021 grant funding. Late or incomplete electronic applications will not be eligible.
- Applications will not be accepted by electronic mail.

Duns Number and SAM Registration
- All applicants must have an active registration with current information in the System for Award Management (SAM) (previously the Central Contractor Registry (CCR)) at A Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number is presently a pre-requisite for a successful SAM registration. It is important to note that it takes time for these applications for a DUNS number and SAM registration to be processed; it is important that those considering applying under this FOA give themselves a conservative lead time (six weeks is recommended) to accomplish an active SAM registration by the application deadline in this FOA.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Direct questions to:
Robin Meigel, Finance Specialist,
Rural Utilities Service, Electric Programs
United States Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue, SW, STOP 1568, Room 4121 South Building
Washington, DC 20250– 1568
Telephone (202) 720–9545

Rural Electric Program staff

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