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Biofuels Distribution Study Grant

Grant to an Alabama Nonprofit, IHE, or Business
for Research on the Biofuels Industry

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Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) - Energy Division

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01/25/19 5:00 PM CST Receipt


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Grant of $40,000 to an Alabama nonprofit, IHE, or business for research on Alabama's biofuels industry. Funding is intended for research that will explore the distribution and production of biofuels, unmet needs in the industry, potential markets, and an analysis of the current infrastructure.

The Energy Division is soliciting applications from qualified organizations to provide a viability analysis for the emerging biofuels industry in Alabama. This study should include a supply chain analysis of current resources and existing infrastructure that could be used to support biofuel production and distribution in the state as well as a gap analysis to identify any critical needs, along with basic recommendations on how these issues could be addressed. Topics of research should include interest by farmers, availability and location of land, processing facilities, and transportation, as well as potential markets and cost viability for feedstock producers.

Applicants should demonstrate a knowledge of biofuel production and distribution technology, experience with conducting research in this field, knowledge of Alabama’s agricultural landscape, and ability to incorporate findings into a comprehensive report.

The mission of the State Energy Program is to provide leadership to maximize the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy through communications and outreach activities, technology deployment, and accessing new partnerships and resources.

The goals established for the SEP are:
1. Increase energy efficiency to reduce energy costs and consumption for consumers, businesses, and government.
2. Reduce reliance on imported energy.
3. Improve the reliability of electricity and fuel supply and the delivery of energy services.
4. Reduce the impacts of energy production and use on the environment.

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GrantWatch ID#: 185036

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The Energy Division anticipates awarding the grant to begin February 1, 2019. The goal is to have the project completed by September 30, 2019 but may be extended if additional time is necessary to complete the project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, colleges and universities, and commercial for-profit organizations.

State Energy Program Regulation 10 CFR Part 420 does not allow expenditures or matching funds for the following:
- For construction, such as construction of mass transit systems and exclusive bus lanes, or for construction or repair of buildings or structures;
- To purchase land, a building or structure or any interest therein;
- To subsidize fares for public transportation;
- To subsidize utility rate demonstrations or state tax credits for energy conservation or renewable energy measures; or
- To conduct or purchase equipment to conduct research, development, or demonstration of energy efficiency or renewable energy techniques and technologies not commercially available.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be received no later than 5:00 PM, January 25, 2019.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit electronic applications in advance of the deadline.

A 25% match is required for grants made with SEP funds and may be provided through cash and/or in-kind services.

All grant award recipients are required to maintain an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) for the duration of the award.

Subrecipients will be paid either on an advance payment basis or through reimbursement, depending on a risk assessment conducted by ADECA.

Contact Information:

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

Questions pertaining to this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) may be submitted by email
or fax to:
Elizabeth Grimes, SEP Program Manager
Fax: (334) 242-0552

All applications must be received via one of the following methods:

By Mail:
ADECA - Energy Division
P.O. Box 5690
Montgomery, AL 36103-5690

By Courier:
ADECA – Energy Division
401 Adams Avenue, Suite 560
Montgomery, AL 36104

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama