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Biofuel Producer Program

Open
February 11, 2022 (11:59 p.m. EDT)


What does this program do?

This program authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to make payments to U.S.-based producers of advanced, cellulosic, or conventional biofuel, biomass-based diesel, or renewable fuel to offset unexpected market losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

NOTE:  For the purposes of this program, eligible biofuel is defined as “renewable fuel produced in the U.S. from renewable biomass and used to replace or reduce the amount of fossil fuel in transportation fuels,” as defined in Section 211(o)(1) of the Clean Air Act.

Payment to eligible biofuel producers is based on the volume of market loss the producer experienced during calendar year 2020. The market loss is calculated by comparing the gallons of eligible biofuel produced during calendar year 2019 to the gallons of eligible biofuel produced in calendar year 2020. Quantities of gaseous biofuel are converted into gallons based on the British Thermal Unit (BTU) equivalent of one gallon of biodiesel using Energy Information Administration factors.

Who may apply?

Biofuel producers eligible to apply include those whose U.S.-based facilities directly produce an eligible biofuel.

You are not considered an eligible producer if you are: 

  • A sole proprietor or legal entity that exclusively contracts for the production of biofuel by third-party producers under a toll or bailment arrangement, or third-party production contract
  • An individual or legal entity that blends or otherwise combines biofuels into a blended biofuel 
     

What funding is available?

Up to $700 million in payments to eligible biofuel producers is available. 

What are the terms?

Payments to eligible, selected biofuels producers will occur once the application cycle closes. USDA Rural Development anticipates making one payment each to selected applicants under the current notice of funding.

How do we get started?

Submit application and accompanying documents electronically to EnergyPrograms@usda.gov  by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 11, 2021. Click the “To Apply” tab for instructions. 

Who can answer questions?

Email:        EnergyPrograms@usda.gov 

Phone:      Lisa Noty (712) 254-4366
                 Jeff Carpenter (402) 437-5554

If you would like to access alternate (visual or auditory) means of communication, contact the USD Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice). 

What governs this program?

This program is governed by Title I, Division B of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act; Public Law 116 – 136) 

Notice of Funding Opportunity, 12/13/12  

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Biofuel Producer Program Frequently Asked Questions

Steps to Apply

  1. Download the Application Guide and use the forms provided below to complete an application.
  2. To submit the completed application electronically, you must send the application to EnergyPrograms@usda.gov by 11:59 pm (ET) on February 11, 2022.

Application Forms and Materials

The complete application is comprised of the following elements:

  1. Biofuel Producer Program Application Form -  Form RD 4288-7.
  2. Application worksheet reporting production of eligible biofuel, Part B Attachment to Form RD 4288-7. Applicants producing eligible biofuel in more than one production facility must report for all of their production facilities including production facilities that did not experience market losses.

  3. Automated Clearing House Vendor/Miscellaneous Payment Enrollment Form, Form SF-3881.
  4. Assurance Agreement, Form RD 400–4.
  5. Disclosure of Lobbying Activities, Form SF-LLL.
  6. Certification for Contracts, Grants and Loans (RD Instruction 1940-Q; Exhibit A-1).
  7. Certifications. The producer must furnish the Agency the Renewable Identification Number (RIN) for each biofuel and all required certifications before acceptance into the program and furnish access to the producer’s records required by the Agency to verify compliance with program provisions. The required certifications depend on the type of biofuel produced.
  8. Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and System for Award Management (SAM). All applicants must have a DUNs number which can be obtained at no cost via a toll-free request line at (866) 705–5711 or online at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform.
  9. System for Award Management (SAM).  Each applicant applying for loan or grant funds must (a) be registered in the SAM system before submitting its application and (b) provide a valid unique entity identifier in its application, unless determined exempt under 2 CFR 25.110.  It is strongly recommended that applicants begin the registration process as soon as possible. Contact https://sam.gov/content/home to register in SAM.
  1. Applicant must maintain an active SAM registration, with current, accurate and complete information, at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application under consideration by a Federal awarding agency.

  2. Applicant must complete the Financial Assistance General Certifications and Representations in SAM.

Please note that registration in SAM has an average processing time of 10 business days, but can be longer or shorter.  USDA RD has no control over this process.

NOTE:  The Agency will not make an award until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS (unique entity identifier) and SAM requirements including maintaining an active SAM registration. If an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the Agency is ready to make an award, the Agency may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a Federal award to another applicant.

Submit application and accompanying documents electronically to EnergyPrograms@usda.gov by 11:59 pm (EDT) on February 11, 2022.

There are no other additional requirements.

Please email questions to EnergyPrograms@usda.gov 
Phone:  Lisa Noty (712) 254-4366
Phone: Jeff Carpenter  (402) 437-5554
Persons with disabilities that require alternative means for communication should contact the USDA Target Center at (202)720–2600 (voice).

USDA Opens Application Window for the Biofuel Producer Program | Stakeholder Announcement

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