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- October 31st or March 31st
Applications for Unrestricted Grants | Guaranteed Loan/Unrestricted Grant Combo Applications
- March 31st
Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants
- January 31st
- Continuous Application Cycle
*Any application date that falls on a weekend or a federally-observed holiday, the next Federal business day will be considered the last day for receipt of a Complete Application. Complete Applications received after 4:30 p.m. local time of the competition closing date, regardless of the postmark on the application, will be processed in the subsequent fiscal year.
FY 2019 Funding Amounts (Pending any funding received in any continuing resolution or the final appropriations act)
Guaranteed Loans: TBD
Unrestricted Grants: TBD
Grants of $20,000 or Less: TBD
What does this program do?
Provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.
Who may apply?
- Agricultural producers with at least 50% of gross income coming from agricultural operations, and
- Small businesses in eligible rural areas.
NOTE: Agricultural producers and small businesses must have no outstanding delinquent federal taxes, debt, judgment or debarment.
What is an eligible area?
- Businesses must be in an area other than a city or town with a population of greater than 50,000 inhabitants and the urbanized area of that city or town. Check eligible business addresses.
- Agricultural producers may be in rural or non-rural areas.
How may the funds be used?
Funds may be used for renewable energy systems, such as:
- Biomass (for example: biodiesel and ethanol, anaerobic digesters, and solid fuels)
- Geothermal for electric generation or direct use
- Hydropower below 30 megawatts
- Small and large wind generation
- Small and large solar generation
- Ocean (tidal, current, thermal) generation
Funds may also be used for the purchase, installation and construction of energy efficiency improvements, such as:
- High efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC)
- Cooling or refrigeration units
- Doors and windows
- Electric, solar or gravity pumps for sprinkler pivots
- Switching from a diesel to electric irrigation motor
- Replacement of energy-inefficient equipment
What funding is available?
- Loan guarantees on loans up to 75% of total eligible project costs
- Grants for up to 25% of total eligible project costs
- Combined grant and guaranteed loan funding up to 75% of total eligible project costs
What are the guaranteed loan terms?
- $5,000 minimum loan amount
- $25 million maximum loan amount
- Up to 85% loan guarantee
- Rates and terms negotiated with the lender and subject to USDA approval
- Maximum term of 30 years for real estate
- Maximum term of 15 years for machinery and equipment
- Maximum term of 7 years for capital loans
- Maximum term of 30 years for combined real estate and equipment loans
What are the grant terms?
Renewable Energy System Grants:
- $2,500 minimum
- $500,000 maximum
Energy Efficiency Grants:
- $1,500 minimum
- $250,000 maximum
Are there additional requirements?
- Applicants must provide at least 75% of the project cost if applying for a grant only.
- Applicants must provide at least 25% of the project cost if applying for guaranteed loan, or guaranteed loan and grant combination.
- Renewable Energy System projects greater than $200,000 require a feasibility study
- Energy efficiency projects require an energy audit or assessment.
How do we get started?
- Applications for this program are accepted year round at your local office.
Who can answer questions?
Contact your State Rural Development Energy Coordinator.
What governs this program?
- Basic Program – Code of Federal Regulation, 7 CFR 4280, Subpart B
- This program is authorized by Title IX of the Agricultural Act of 2014, (2014 Farm Bill)
Why does USDA Rural Development do this?
This program helps increase 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 the cost of 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 governs this program?" You may also contact your local office for assistance.
Forms & Resources
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 the process.
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.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.
Application Instructions (pdf)
- Application for Loan Guarantee - Form RD 4279-1 (pdf)
- Request for Environmental Information - Form1940-20 (pdf)
- Application for Federal Assistance - Form SF-424 (pdf)
- Budget Information - Construction Programs - Form 424-C (pdf)
- Assurances: Construction Programs - Form 424-D (pdf)
- Application for Total Project Costs of $80,000 or less (pdf)
- Application for Total Project Costs of less than $200,000 but more than $80,000 (pdf)
- Application for Total Project Costs of $200,000 or greater (pdf)
- Felony Conviction and Tax Delinquent Status for Corporate Applicants (pdf)
- Guaranteed Loan Lender Application Guide (pdf)
Field Processing Offices
Northern Idaho (Office Location: Coeur d’Alene)
(Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Shoshone, Clearwater, Idaho, Lewis, Latah, Nez Perce)
Michelle Noordam, Business Program Specialist
Phone: (208) 209-4360
Central Idaho (Office Location: Twin Falls)
(Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Twin Falls)
Jeremy French, Business Program Specialist
Phone: (208) 944-3754
Western Idaho (Office Location: Boise)
(Ada, Boise, Canyon, Gem, West Owyhee, Elmore, East Owyhee, Adams, Payette, Valley, Washington)
Tim Wheeler, Business Program Specialist
Phone: (208) 327-6463
Eastern Idaho (Office Location: Blackfoot)
(Bannock, Bingham, Butte, Custer, Lemhi, Power, Bonneville, Bear Lake, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, Clark, Fremont, Jefferson, Madison, Teton)
Shawn Cafferty, Business Program Specialist
Phone: (208) 690-3539
B&I Program Training Opportunities
USDA Rural Development Business Program Specialists are available to provide B&I program training to partner bank staff. Contact an Idaho Team member to discuss training opportunities and schedules.