Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities, USDA Applications due December 11, 2017

Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities, USDA Applications due December 11, 2017.

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The Rural Utilities Service, an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces the availability of up to $10 million in competitive grants to assist communities with extremely high energy costs. The grant funds may be used to acquire, construct, or improve energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities serving communities where the average annual residential expenditure for home energy exceeds 275% of the national average. Eligible projects also include on-grid and off-grid renewable energy projects and the implementation of energy efficiency and energy conservation projects for eligible communities.

Maximum Grant Amount: $3,000,000

An eligible applicant is any one of the following:

  1. 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;
  2. A sole proprietorship;
  3. A State or local government, or any agency or instrumentality of a State or local government, including a municipal utility or public power authority;
  4. An Indian tribe, a tribally-owned entity, and or Alaska Native Corporation;
  5. 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
  6. Any of the above entities located in a U.S. Territory or other area authorized by law to participate in programs of the Rural Utilities Service or under the REA Act.