Rural Energy Grants, Small Grant Deadline Oct. 31

Provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.

Who may apply?

  • Agricultural producers with at least 50% of gross income coming from agricultural operations, and
  • Small businesses in eligible rural areas.
    NOTE: Agricultural producers and small businesses must have no outstanding delinquent federal taxes, debt, judgment or debarment.

What is an eligible area?

  • Businesses must be in an area other than a city or town with a population of greater than 50,000 inhabitants and the urbanized area of that city or town. Check eligible business addresses.
  • Agricultural producers may be in rural or non-rural areas.

How may the funds be used?
Funds may be used for renewable energy systems, such as:

    • Biomass (for example: biodiesel and ethanol, anaerobic digesters, and solid fuels)
    • Geothermal for electric generation or direct use
    • Hydropower below 30 megawatts
    • Hydrogen
    • Small and large wind generation
    • Small and large solar generation
    • Ocean (tidal, current, thermal) generation

Funds may also be used for the purchase, installation and construction of energy efficiency improvements, such as:

  • High efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC)
  • Insulation
  • Lighting
  • Cooling or refrigeration units
  • Doors and windows
  • Electric, solar or gravity pumps for sprinkler pivots
  • Switching from a diesel to electric irrigation motor
  • Replacement of energy-inefficient equipment

What funding is available?
Loan guarantees on loans up to 75% of total eligible project costs
Grants for up to 25% of total eligible project costs
Combined grant and loan guarantee funding up to 75% of total eligible project costs

What are the grant terms?
Renewable Energy System Grants:
$2,500 minimum; $500,000 maximum

Energy Efficiency Grants:
$1,500 minimum; $250,000 maximum

Are there additional requirements?

  • Applicants must provide at least 75% of the project cost if applying for a grant only.
  • Applicants must provide at least 25% of the project cost if applying for loan, or loan and grant combination.
  • Projects greater than $200,000 require a technical report.
  • Energy efficiency projects require an energy audit or assessment.

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Rural Energy Grants, Small Grant Deadline Oct. 31

Tribal Energy Capacity Grants, Deadline Oct. 9

A grant program is now open for proposals from federally recognized Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Villages, regional or village corporations, tribal organizations, and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations to build tribal capacity for energy resource development or management under the Department of the Interior’s Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC) grant program.

For this program, capacity building refers to developing organizational structures, business entity structures, or developing or enhancing regulatory functions, all related to tribal energy development for the purpose of strengthening tribal capacity for development and management of energy projects. There is no cost-sharing requirement. Approximately 35 grants, from $1,000 to $300,000 are expected to be awarded.

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Tribal Energy Capacity Grants, Deadline Oct. 9

Rural Energy for America Program, Deadline Jan. 31, 2017

Eligible applicants for the program are Agricultural Producers and Rural Small Businesses.

An estimated $50 million in Budget Authority is available in FY2017 to fund:

  • Grants for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements
  • Guaranteed Loans for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements
  • Grants to contact Energy Audits & Renewable Energy Development Assistance

Rural Small Business Projects must be located in a rural area with populations of 50,000 or less. The Agricultural Producer Projects can be located in rural or non-rural areas.

Application Deadlines for the year are as follows:

  • January 31, 2017       REAP Energy Audit & Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants
  • March 31, 2017          Grants of $20,000 or Less   AND   Grants Greater than $20,000 (unrestricted)
  • Guaranteed Loans are on a continuous application cycle and compete monthly

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Rural Energy for America Program, Deadline Jan. 31, 2017

Assistance to Firefighters, Deadline Jan. 15

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA), Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) is responsible for the implementation and administration of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The purpose of the AFG Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTA) for critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operational efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience.

Eligible Applicants

Fire Departments: Fire departments operating in any of the 56 states, which include any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; or, any federally-recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization are eligible applicants. A Fire Department is an agency or organization having a formally recognized arrangement with a state, territory, local, or tribal authority (city, county, parish, fire district, township, town, or other governing body) to provide fire suppression to a population within a geographically fixed primary first due response area. Nonaffiliated EMS organizations: Nonaffiliated EMS organizations operating in any of the 56 states, which include any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; or, any federally-recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization are eligible applicants. A nonaffiliated EMS organization is an agency or organization that is a public or private nonprofit emergency medical services entity providing medical transport, that is not affiliated with a hospital and does not serve a geographic area in which emergency medical services are adequately provided by a fire department.

Eligibility Criteria

AFG has three activities: • Operations and Safety • Vehicle Acquisition • Regional Projects

Cost Share

Recipient cost sharing is generally required as described below. In general, eligible applicant shall agree to make available in non-federal funds, an amount equal to and not less than 15 percent of the grant awarded, except for entities serving small communities:

• When serving a jurisdiction of 20,000 residents or fewer, the applicant shall agree to make available non-federal funds in an amount equal to and not less than 5 percent of the grant awarded.

• When serving a jurisdiction of more than 20,000 residents, but not more than 1,000,000 residents, the applicant shall agree to make available non-federal funds in an amount equal to and not less than 10 percent of the grant awarded.

• When serving a jurisdiction of more than 1,000,000 residents, the applicant shall agree to
provide non-federal funds in an amount equal to and not less than 15 percent of the grant
awarded.
The cost share for SFTAs will be based on the total population of the State.

Narrative Evaluation Criteria

1. Financial Need (25%) Applicants should describe their financial need and how consistent it is with the intent of the AFG Program. This statement should include details describing the applicant’s financial distress, summarizing budget constraints, unsuccessful attempts to secure other funding, and proving the financial distress is out of their control.

2. Project Description and Budget (25%) This statement should clearly explain the applicant’s project objectives and its relationship to the applicant’s budget and risk analysis. The applicant should describe the various activities applied for with respect to any program priority or facility modifications, making sure they are consistent with project objectives, the applicant’s mission and national, state, and/or local requirements. Applicants should link the proposed expenses to operations and safety, as well as the completion of the project goals.

3. Operations and Safety/Cost Benefit (25%) Applicants should describe how they plan to address the operations and personal safety needs of their organization, including cost effectiveness and sharing assets. This statement should also include details about gaining the maximum benefits from grant funding by citing reasonable or required costs, like specific overhead and administrative costs. The applicant’s request should also be consistent with their mission and identify how funding will benefit their organization and affected personnel.

4. Statement of Effect/Impact on Daily Operations (25% ) This statement should explain how this funding request will enhance an organization’s overall effectiveness. It should address how this request will improve daily operations and reduce an organization’s common risk(s). Applicants should include how frequently the requested item(s) will be used and in what capacity. Applicants should also indicate how the requested item(s) will help the community and increase an organization’s ability to save additional lives and property.

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Assistance to Firefighters, Deadline Jan. 15

Assistance to Firefighters Grants, Deadline July 6

Nation’s first LEED Gold fire station; site engineering, construction oversight, materials testing by GFA

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate is responsible for the implementation and administration of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program. The purpose of AFG is to enhance through financial assistance the safety of the public and firefighters regarding fire and fire-related hazards. FEMA strives to provide clear guidance and application tools to assist applicants. This package provides an overview of AFG, the grant application information, and an explanation of FEMA requirements for a successful grant request.

Eligible Applicants

County governments
City or township governments
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)

Additional Information on Eligibility:

Fire Departments and Non-Affiliated Emergency Medical organizations

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Assistance to Firefighters Grants, Deadline July 6

Local Government Lighting Upgrade Grants, Deadline May 26

Advanced Lighting Technology Demonstration Grants Proposal Solicitation

Agency: Bureau of Energy Systems

Minimum Award: $30,000

Maximum Award: $100,000

Match: The grant covers 90% of equipment costs with the grantee responsible for the remaining 10% of equipment costs plus all labor, training and associated costs. The grantee is also responsible for promoting/educating the public about the project and the benefits of advanced lighting technology

Inquiries Due: May 19, 2011

Applications Due: May 26, 2011

Grand Period: 8/01/11-6/30/12

Summary: This announcement seeks to obtain proposals from Michigan cities, villages, townships and counties to implement indoor and/or outdoor lighting projects that utilize the following technologies: Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), also known as Solid State Lighting; induction lighting; and plasma lighting — also known as High Efficiency Plasma Lighting (HEP). There is approximately $1 million available to fund an estimated 15-20 grants ranging from $30,000 to $100,000. The funding comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant program. Proposals are due by 3 p.m. on May 26, 2011. BES estimates that grants will start on August 1, 2011, and run through June 30, 2012. A pre-proposal webinar is tentatively scheduled for May 18, 2011; check the website for webinar details. More details are available from the RFP.

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Local Government Lighting Upgrade Grants, Deadline May 26

Rural Energy for America Program, Deadline June 15

EAST LANSING, April 25, 2011 – The United States Department of Agriculture is providing funding of $42 million in grants and up to $61 million in guaranteed loans nationally through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).  Funds are available to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses develop renewable energy systems, make energy efficiency improvements and conduct studies to determine the feasibility of renewable energy systems.

New to this year’s REAP program is flexible fuel pumps, sometimes referred to as “blender pumps.”  It is intended to provide fuel station owners with incentives to install flexible fuel pumps that will offer Americans more renewable energy options.

Michigan USDA Rural Development will have approximately $800,000 for grant requests greater than $20,000; approximately $482,000 available for grants less than $20,000; and $1.6 million available for REAP guaranteed loans. Once the state allocation has been exhausted, unfunded applications will then compete nationally.

Eligible projects in the 12 technology areas include:

  • anaerobic digesters,
  • biomass / biofuels,
  • flex-fuel pumps
  • geothermal (including electric generation and direct use),
  • hydrogen
  • solar (small and large)
  • small hydropower projects (30 megawatts or less),
  • wind (small and large), and
  • energy efficiency improvements.

 Examples of energy efficiency projects include, but are not limited to:  the installation of more energy efficient motors, pumps, fans, blowers, compressors, grain dryers, irrigation projects, refrigeration units, ventilation systems, windows, insulation, heating systems, lighting systems, and plumbing fixtures.   Please note, costs associated with increases in capacity will be reduced from total eligible project costs.

Grants can cover up to 25 percent of total eligible costs. The minimum energy efficiency grant is $1,500 and maximum is $250,000. The minimum renewable energy grant is $2,500 and maximum is $500,000. For feasibility study grants, the maximum award is $50,000 or 25 percent of eligible study costs, whichever is less. Guaranteed loans can cover up to 75 percent of total eligible cost. Loan limits are a minimum of $5000 and a maximum of $25 Million.

Applications will be evaluated and selected based on the highest scoring projects and will be funded until all funds have been awarded.   To be considered for any 2011 funding, all applications must be completed and received to the USDA Rural Development State Office or Area Offices, no later than June 15, 2011.  Neither complete nor incomplete applications received after this date will be considered for fiscal year 2011 funding.

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Rural Energy for America Program, Deadline June 15

Loans for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Projects – Cities and Villages

Energy projects may involve one or more of the activities listed below:

Energy Efficiency
• Lighting (e.g. fluorescent T8s/T5s, occupancy/motion sensors, etc.)
• Mechanical systems (i.e. heating, cooling and ventilation equipment)
• Water heating and pumping systems
• Advanced control systems
• Smart Metering systems
• Insulation, sealing, and other building envelope improvements
• Boiler or furnace replacement with a more efficient unit

Renewable Energy
• Solar Electricity/Photovoltaic
• Wind Turbine – 20 KW or smaller.
• Solar Thermal –20 KW or smaller.
• Solar Thermal Hot Water –
• Ground Source Heat Pump – 5.5 tons of capacity or smaller horizontal/vertical, ground, closed-loop system.
• Biomass Thermal

Other activities that meet the federal Department of Energy’s definition of energy efficiency and renewable energy will be considered. Impacted buildings or facilities must be currently occupied and have long range plans of continued use.

Projects must involve an activity and or installation or deployment of a commercially available and proven technology at buildings, facilities, and properties owned and operated by a city or village. Work already completed is ineligible.

Applicants can start work once the loan agreement is signed by DELEG. Only project-related costs that are incurred and paid for after DELEG’s loan execution may be included in the loan request. Applicants assume all financial risk should the DELEG not approve the application or if all loan documents are not executed. If the loan is not approved or executed, the DELEG is not responsible for reimbursement of any costs.

Please call for latest funding availability. Loan amounts will be between $100,000 and $2,500,000 and are limited to materials, supplies and equipment costs only.

This solicitation is open until September 30, 2011. Applications for funding will be reviewed by an evaluation committee, and awarded based on project merit and applicant creditworthiness. The DELEG reserves the right to close the solicitation period at any time.

Applicants must meet minimum credit standards determined by the DELEG Bureau of Energy Systems. Additional information may be requested during the negotiation process.
Interest on approved loans is fixed at 3% for a maximum of 6 years. For those projects with a pollution prevention component are eligible for a lower interest rate. Please contact DELEG for details. Only interest payments will be collected on disbursed loan funds for the first six (6) months starting from the closing date.
After the first six months, loan repayments are made in equal semi-annual installments of principal and interest concluding not later than 6 years after the agreement date.
There is no penalty for early repayment. A promissory note, loan agreement and security agreement are required to secure the loan. The security interest is limited to the materials, supplies and equipment purchased with loan funds. The funds are available on a reimbursement basis. Loan disbursements will be made upon the submission of the vendor’s invoice as well as the other required loan deliverables. Proof of payment is required within 30 days of each loan disbursement.

Loans for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Projects – Cities and Villages

Clean Diesel Grants, Deadline Nov 29

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) is pleased to announce the availability of its 2010-2011 Request for Projects (RFP) for the State Clean Diesel Grant Program. Interested parties should visit the Michigan Clean Diesel Initiative (MiCDI) website to obtain a copy of the RFP and supporting application materials.

Approximately $1 million in grant funding is available for this RFP competition. Applicants are encouraged to apply for grant funds from municipalities, townships, and villages, county and non-profit agencies, school districts, municipal planning organizations and private industry. Projects must be located in one or more of 30 Michigan counties where implementation of diesel engine emissions reduction projects would be most beneficial.

All projects must utilize EPA- or California Air Resources Board-verified technology solutions, which include anti-idling and retrofit equipment, aerodynamic technologies, and engine, vehicle and equipment upgrades or replacements. The type of diesel engine fleets covered under this RFP include: school buses; medium and heavy duty trucks; buses, and marine, agricultural, energy production, mining and construction vehicles, and equipment.

This solicitation will be open for a period of 60 days, and completed applications, along with supporting materials are due back to the DNRE’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Compliance Assistance (OPPCA) on Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, 5 p.m. EST. Applications that are late will not be accepted and applications that are on time, but not in the required format or those that are not complete will not receive consideration. Please note that project proposals and applications will be not be accepted by FAX or e-mail.

Clean Diesel Grants, Deadline Nov 29

Energy Grant Roundup

First of all we would like to take a moment to congratulate our client, the Mancelona Area Water & Sewer Authority, on once again being named “Best Tasting Water in the Region” by the American Water Works Assn (MI) and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources & Environment! This is a third-time win for MAWSA, with top honors in 2010, 2007 and 2006. This project first broke ground in the fall of 2001, and included over 17 miles of new watermain.

On to the energy grants available!

Clean Energy Advanced Manufacturing grants and loans will provide $20 million to assist small manufacturing companies, currently located in Michigan, to diversify into high-growth clean energy sectors and invest in advanced manufacturing of renewable energy and energy efficiency systems and components. Any business physically located in Michigan with 500 or fewer full-time or equivalent employees, or a business that relocates to Michigan by the time of the award is eligible to apply.
Energy Efficiency – due May 21: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dleg/CEAM_Energy_Efficiency_RFP_318749_7.pdf
Renewable Energy – due May 14: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dleg/CEAM_Renewable_Energy_RFP_318752_7.pdf

USDA Energy Grant program options:

REAP Renewal Energy Program
(Rural Energy for America Program, formerly known as the “§9006” program) offers grants and/or loan guarantees for the purchase and installation of renewable energy generating systems. Assistance is limited to small businesses and farmers & ranchers. Projects must be located in a rural area. REAP grants and guarantees may be used individually or in combination. Together they may finance up to 75% of a project’s cost. Grants can never finance more than 25% of the project or $500,000 — whichever is less. (The REAP program also supports energy efficiency projects.)

Authorized uses include:

  • Renewable energy machinery & equipment – purchase & installation (including reimbursement for these costs only if the costs were incurred after submitting your application).
  • Renewable energy real estate improvements – materials & construction (including reimbursement for these costs only if the costs were incurred after
  • Feasibility studies, technical/engineering reports, permits, professional fees, & business plans (including reimbursement for such costs whether incurred submitting your application).before or afterapplication date).

REAP Energy Efficiency Program

(Rural Energy for America Program, formerly known as the “§9006” program) offers grants and/or loan guarantees for the purchase and installation of energy efficiency improvements. Assistance is limited to small businesses and farmers & ranchers. Projects must be located in a rural area. REAP grants and guarantees may be used individually or in combination. Together they may finance up to 75% of a project’s cost. Grants can never finance more than 25% of the project or $250,000 — whichever is less. (The REAP program also supports renewable energy projects.)

REAP applications are now being accepted for FY2010; the application deadline is June 30, 2010. Awards are likely to be announced in summer 2010.Note: Applicants seeking REAP grants of $20,000 or less are greatly favored in the 2010 selection process.

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Energy Grant Roundup