Last Updated June 9, 2016
USDA Rural Utilities Service
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
NOTE: The most recent solicitation for this program closed December 14, 2015. Please check the program website for information on future solicitations.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers an ongoing grant program for the improvement of energy generation, transmission, and distribution facilities in rural communities. This program began in 2000. Eligibility is limited to projects in communities that have average home energy costs at least 275% above the national average. Retail power suppliers serving rural areas are eligible to apply for grant funding, including non-profits (cooperatives and limited dividend or mutual associations), commercial entities, state and local governments entities, and tribal governments. Under the most recent solicitation for projects, a total of $7 million was available for qualifying projects. Under this solicitation grants ranging from $50,000 to $3 million were available for a variety of activities, including:
- Electric generation, transmission, and distribution facilities;
- Natural gas or petroleum storage or distribution facilities;
- Renewable energy facilities used for on-grid or off-grid electric power generation, water or space heating, or process heating and power;
- Backup up or emergency power generation or energy storage equipment; and
- Weatherization of residential and community property, or other energy efficiency or conservation programs.
This grant program is not limited to renewable energy or energy conservation and efficiency measures, but these measures are eligible for this grant program.