Rural Energy for America Program Energy Audit & Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants in Colorado

PROGRAM STATUS:

Open

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

February 1, 2021

What does this program do?
This program assists rural small businesses and agricultural producers by conducting and promoting energy audits and providing Renewable Energy Development Assistance (REDA).

Who may apply for this program?

  • State and local governments.
  • Federally-recognized tribes.
  • A land-grant college or university or other institutions of higher education.
  • Rural electric cooperatives.
  • Public power entities.
  • An instrumentality of a state, tribal or local government.
  • A Resource Conservation & Development Council (as defined in 16 USC §3451).

How may funds be used?
The assistance must be provided to agricultural producers and rural small businesses. Rural small businesses must be located in eligible rural areas. This restriction does not apply to agricultural producers. Assistance provided must consist of:

  • Energy audits.
  • Renewable energy technical assistance.
  • Renewable energy site assessments.

Eligible project costs may include:

  • Salaries directly related to the project.
  • Travel expenses directly related to conducting energy audits or renewable energy development assistance.
  • Office supplies.
  • Administrative expenses, up to a maximum of 5 percent of the grant, which include but are not limited to utilities, office space, operation expenses of office and other project-related equipment.

Funds may NOT be used for:

  • Payment for construction-related activities.
  • Purchase or lease of equipment.
  • Payment of judgments or debt owed the government.
  • Goods or services provided by a person or entity who has a conflict of interest.
  • Costs incurred by preparing an application package.
  • Funding political or lobbying activities.

What are the grant terms?
Applicants must submit separate applications, limited to one energy audit and one Renewable Energy Development Assistance (REDA) per fiscal year. The maximum aggregate amount of an energy audit and REDA grant in a Federal fiscal year is $100,000.

How do we get started?

  • Applications for this program are accepted year-round at your local office.
  • Program Resources are available online (includes forms needed, guidance, certifications, etc.) Please refer to the Forms & Resources tab.

Who can answer questions?

What law governs this program?

Why does USDA Rural Development do this?
This program strengthens American energy independence by increasing the private sector supply of renewable energy and decreasing the demand for energy through energy efficiency improvements. Over time, these investments can also help lower energy costs for small businesses and agricultural producers.

NOTE: Because citations and other information may be subject to change, please always consult the program instructions listed in the section above titled “What law governs this program?” You may also contact your local office for assistance.

Application Guide PDF

NOTE: If state specific forms are not shown above, please refer to the application materials listed below to start the process of applying for a loan and/or grant. Please ensure that your state is selected in the dropdown menu above to find the State Office contact information for this program and speak to a Rural Development Energy Coordinator before attempting to fill out any forms or applications. This will save you valuable time in completing your application.

To complete an application for this program, you must be pre-registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) and also have a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number. Neither of these applications cost money, but they can take time so be sure to get this taken care of right away. If you are already registered with these systems, you do not need to do it again.

Instructions
Application Instructions (pdf)

Forms

State Environmental Requirements:

USDA Rural Development (RD), has drafted a Nationwide Programmatic Agreement (NPA) to address sequencing of RD’s responsibilities under Section 106 consultation as required by the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).  Under the existing regulations, RD must complete Section 106 consultation prior to approval of financial assistance, commonly referred to as obligation. The NPA would allow RD to obligate funds prior to completion of Section 106, but before funds are awarded and before construction begins.  This will allow RD to conduct meaningful consultation with states, tribes, industry, and other consulting parties at the time when project and site specific information is available and adverse effects to historic properties can be appropriately mitigated and avoided and to ensure the timing of RD’s obligation and environmental review is coordinated, predictable, and transparent.

 

Rural Development (RD) is reaching out to interested parties as we begin nationwide consultation on the proposed programmatic agreement.  RD has developed a YouTube video with slides and audio available, following is the URL:  https://youtu.be/O8dytl_WS1wThis video provides information on the three agencies under RD, the need for an efficiency to address Section 106 sequencing, RD’s efforts to develop the NPA draft to date, and walks step by step through the parts of the draft NPA.  A transcript is available directly below the video by clicking on the "More" tab. We have also attached the draft NPA and a series of fact sheets, including information about our grant and loan programs specific to tribes.  You can find more information about the NPA and our program here as well.

 

In order to facilitate discussion and gather stakeholder comments, questions, and concerns about the draft NPA, RD has scheduled a series of listening sessions for State Historic Preservation Officers (SHPOs), Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPOs), and Industry to discuss the information presented in the video.  The dates, times, call-in number and passcode, information about accessibility accommodations, and RD contact information are as follows:

 

SHPO Listening Session

If your SHPO office is located in the following states, territories or commonwealths, your listening session is scheduled for, Monday March 5th, 2018 at 01:00 pm EST.

· MT, ID, WY, UT, CO, NM, and AZ.

 

THPO Listening Session

If your THPO Office or area of tribal interest is located in the following states, territories or commonwealths, your listening session is scheduled for, Monday February 26th, 2018 at 01:00 pm EST.

· MT, ID, WY, UT, CO, NM, and AZ.

 

Call-in Information

Please note that the listening sessions will be recorded to ensure that we accurately collect all questions and comments.

Conference Line Audio & Web Primary Access Information

USA Toll-Free: 888-844-9904

USA Caller Paid: 816-423-4261

For Other Countries: https://www.teleconference.att.com/servlet/glbAccess?process=1&accessCode=7731151&accessNumber=8164234261#C2

Access Code: 7731151

 

Accessibility

If you need further accommodation for the listening sessions, please notify Dr. Erika Martin Seibert, at the phone number or email address provided below at least 48 hours before the start of the listening session.

 

Agency Contacts

Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS)

Kelsey Owens–Federal Preservation Officer/Environmental Protection Specialist

Phone: 202.205.8242/ E-mail: kelsey.owens@wdc.usda.gov

Rural Housing Service (RHS)

Peggy Wade – Federal Preservation Officer/ Senior Environmental Protection Specialist

Phone: 202.875.3572/ E-mail: peggy.wade@wdc.usda.gov

Rural Utilities Service (RUS)

Erika Martin Seibert, Ph.D. – Federal Preservation Officer/ Archaeologist

Phone: 202.260.9099/ E-mail: Erika.Seibert@wdc.usda.gov

 

Listed is the URL where you will find a copy of the 508 RD NPA Section 106 Final Draft -  https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/CO508RDNPASec106Draft.pdf

 

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There are no other additional requirements at the national level. If there are additional state-specific requirements they will be listed above.

There are currently no events scheduled.

For questions contact:
Donald Nunn
Phone: (720)544-2907
Email: Donald.Nunn@co.usda.gov

Listed are other program contacts (by specialists and program)

Intermediary Re-lending Program Loans (IRP)
P.J. Howe – 970-329-3151
Email: P.J.Howe@co.usda.gov

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Grants (Energy)
Donald Nunn – 720-544-2907
Email: Donald.Nunn@co.usda.gov

Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBDG)
P.J. Howe – 970-329-3151
Email: P.J.Howe@co.usda.gov

Rural Cooperative Development Grants (RCDG)
Cindy Chadwick – 720-544-2924
Email: Cindy.Chadwick@co.usda.gov

Rural Economic Development Loans (REDL) and Grants (REDG)
Donald Nunn – 720-544-2907
Email: Donald.Nunn@co.usda.gov

Small Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grant (SSDPG)
Cindy Chadwick – 720-544-2924
Email: Cindy.Chadwick@co.usda.gov

Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG)
P.J. Howe – 970-329-3151
Email: P.J.Howe@co.usda.gov