What does this program do?
This program helps State governments establish and support revolving loan funds to provide a more cost-effective means of purchasing fuel for remote communities that are not served by surface transportation (highways, transit systems, railways, and waterways) year round.
Who may apply?
- State governments
What is an eligible area?
- The law requires the consideration of several factors to determine whether an area qualifies as rural for the purposes of this program
- Call (202) 720-9545 to determine whether your proposed service area qualifies as rural for the purposes of this program
What kind of funding is available?
How may the funds be used?
Funds may be used to capitalize a revolving loan fund (RLF) that helps remote communities purchase bulk fuel.
Are there additional eligibility requirements?
- No specific match is required for this program
- Borrowers must have legal authority to provide, construct, operate and maintain the proposed facilities or services
- All facilities receiving federal financing must be used for a public purpose
- Partnerships with other federal, state, local, private and non-profit entities are encouraged
What is the current status of the program and who currently participates?
- Our Boxscore provides an overview of current year funding of the Rural Electric Service programs
- This program has supported the RLF established by the Alaska Energy Authority and the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development
How do we get started?
- Applications for this program are accepted through our National Office
- Call (202) 720-9545 for details.
- The application deadline is set each year by a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)
- The deadline for Fiscal Year 2014 is August 1st, 2014 NOFA 2014
- Program Resources are available online (i.e. forms, guidance, certifications, etc.)
Who can answer questions about this program?
- Call (202) 720-9545
- Call the Rural Electric Program staff:
- Northern U.S. Division at 202-720-1025
- Southern U.S. Division at 202-720-0800
What governs this program?
- Rural Electrification Act of 1936, as amended in 7 U.S.C. 901
- Code of Federal Regulations 7 CFR 1709
Why does USDA Rural Development do this?
This program increases economic opportunities and improves the quality of life for families and businesses in rural America by helping to even out household energy costs in areas where local conditions prevent the transportation of fuel to remote communities.
NOTE: Program details may change over time. Before you begin an application, please confirm you have the most current information by calling (202) 720-9545 for assistance or consult the program Instructions listed in the section above titled "What Governs this Program?"