United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Development
01/31/19 4:30 PM Local Time
Grants to USA and territories local and state governments, Tribes, IHEs, rural electric cooperatives, public power entities, and councils in eligible regions to assist rural small businesses and agricultural producers evaluate their energy efficiency. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete.
The recipient of grant funds, grantee, will establish a program to assist agricultural producers and rural small businesses with evaluating the energy efficiency and the potential to incorporate renewable energy technologies into their operations.
Grantees assist rural small businesses and agricultural producers by conducting and promoting energy audits, and providing renewable energy development assistance (REDA).
This program helps increase American energy independence by increasing the private sector supply of renewable energy and decreasing the demand for energy through energy efficiency improvements. Over time, these investments can also help lower energy costs for small businesses and agricultural producers.
The assistance must be provided to agricultural producers and rural small businesses. Rural small businesses must be located in eligible rural areas. This restriction does not apply to agricultural producers. Assistance provided must consist of:
- Energy audits.
- Renewable energy technical assistance
- Renewable energy site assessments
Eligible project costs may include:
- Salaries directly related to the project.
- Travel expenses directly related to conducting energy audits or renewable energy development assistance.
- Office supplies.
- Administrative expenses, up to a maximum of 5% of the grant, which include but are not limited to utilities, office space, operation expenses of office and other project-related equipment.
GrantWatch ID#: 184195
The maximum aggregate amount of energy audit and renewable energy
development assistance grants awarded to any one recipient under this Notice cannot exceed $100,000 for FY 2019.
Obligations of these funds will take place through March 30, 2019.
- State and local governments;
- Federally-recognized Tribes;
- A land-grant college or university, or other Institutions of Higher Education;
- Rural electric cooperatives;
- Public power entities;
- An Instrumentality of a state, tribal, or local government;
- A Resource Conservation & Development Council (as defined in 16 USC §3451).
Funds may not be used for:
- Payment for construction-related activities.
- Purchase or lease of equipment.
- Payment of judgments or debt owed the government.
- Goods or services provided by a person or entity who has a conflict of interest.
- Costs incurred by preparing an application package.
- Funding political or lobbying activities.
To complete an application for this program, you must be pre-registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) and also have a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number. Neither of these applications cost money, but they can take time so be sure to get this taken care of right away. If you are already registered with these systems, you do not need to do it again.
Applications may be submitted at any time on an ongoing basis. When an application window closes, the next application window opens on the following day.
Applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. local time on January 31, 2019.
Requests for the energy audit and renewable energy development assistance grants, will indicate that the grantee that conducts energy audits must require that, as a condition of providing the energy audit,
the agricultural producer or rural small business pay at least 25 percent of the cost of the energy audit.
Complete energy audit and renewable energy development assistance grants applications are eligible to compete in one national competition per FY as described in 7 CFR 4280.193.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Applications for this program are accepted year round at your local office: https://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/state-offices
For questions, contact your State Rural Development Energy Coordinator. See Supporting Documents below.
Anthony Crooks, Rural
Energy Policy Specialist, USDA Rural Development, Energy Division, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Stop 3225, Room 6870
Washington, DC 20250
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