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

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.

Resources

Rural Business Newsletters

Spring 2019
Winter 2019
Fall 2018
Summer 2018
Spring 2018

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

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.

South Dakota Rural Business-Cooperative Programs Contact Map

RBS Map

Grant Konechne, Rural Business and Cooperative Programs Director
200 4th Street SW, Federal Bldg. Rm. 210
Huron, SD  57350
Phone: (605) 352-1108
Fax: (855) 262-1940

Clark Guthmiller, Specialist
1717 N. Lincoln Avenue, Suite 102
Pierre, SD  57501
Serves Campbell, Corson, Dewey,
Haakon, Hughes, Jones, Mellette, Potter,
Stanley, Sully, Todd, Walworth, and
Ziebach
Phone: (605) 301-3409
Fax: (855) 262-1942

Gary Wedel, Specialist
1820 North Kimball, Suite C
Mitchell, SD  57301
Serves Aurora, Brule, Buffalo, Charles
Mix, Davison, Douglas, Faulk, Gregory,
Hand, Hanson, Hyde, Jerauld, Lake,
Lyman, McCook, Miner, Sanborn, Spink,
and Tripp
Phone: (605) 299-3339
Fax: (855) 262-1941

Lance Lockwood (605) 858-6681, Specialist
414 East Stumer Road, Suite 200
Rapid City, SD  57701
Serves Bennett, Butte, Custer, Fall River,
Harding, Jackson, Lawrence, Meade,
Oglala Lakota, Perkins, and Pennington
Phone: (605) 858-6683
Fax: (855) 262-1943

Cayla Holleman, Specialist
1820 North Kimball, Suite C
Mitchell, SD  57301
Serves Bon Homme, Clay, Hutchinson,
Lincoln, Minnehaha, Moody, Turner, Union,
and Yankton
Phone: (605) 299-3357
Fax: (855) 262-1938

Cayla Holleman, Specialist
1820 North Kimball, Suite C
Mitchell, SD  57301
Serves Beadle, Brookings, Clark, Deuel, and Kingsbury
Phone: (605) 299-3357
Fax: (855) 262-1941

Clark Guthmiller (605) 301-3409 or Roxanne Woodring (605) 824-3623, Specialist
524 Enterprise Street South, Suite 100
Aberdeen, SD  57401
Serves Brown, Codington, Day, Edmunds,
Grant, Hamlin, Marshall, McPherson, and
Roberts
Phone: (605) 824-3627
Fax: (855) 262-1939

Carolyn Bloodgood, Technician
200 4th Street SW, Federal Bldg. Rm. 210
Huron, SD  57350
Phone: (605) 352-1144
Fax: (855) 262-1940

Teresa Urban, Loan Technician
200 4th Street SW, Federal Bldg. Rm. 210
Huron, SD  57350
Phone: (605) 352-1141
Fax: (855) 262-1940