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April 16, 2003

USDA to Award $44 Million for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on April 7th the availability of $44 million in grants for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. The grants were authorized by the 2002 Farm Bill and will be awarded by USDA in collaboration with DOE. See the USDA press release.

Of the total funding, $23 million is available to assist farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses in developing renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements. The grants are based on financial need and cannot exceed 25 percent of the project cost. Applications must be postmarked no later than June 6th. See the USDA's Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Program Web site.

In addition, $21 million is available for grants through the USDA's Biomass Research and Development Initiative. The grants will go toward research, development, and demonstrations of biobased products, bioenergy, biofuels, biopower, and related processes. Proposals must be submitted by May 16th. See the request for proposals on the Biomass Research and Development Initiative Web site (PDF 56 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.