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Programs and Announcements

USDA supports the entire supply chain of renewable energy production, from feedstock research and development to the consumer, through programs in:

- Research and education
- Feedstock development and production
- Feedstock conversion and commercialization
- Renewable electricity production
- Energy efficiency and conservation
- Other USDA energy-related programs

USDA draws expertise from more than a dozen USDA agencies and offices, including:

- Agricultural Marketing Service
- Agricultural Research Service
- Departmental Management
- Economic Research Service
- Farm Service Agency
- Forest Service
- Foreign Agricultural Service
- National Agricultural Statistics Service
- Natural Resources Conservation Service
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture
- Office of the Chief Economist
- Rural Development, Rural Business and Cooperative Service
- Rural Development, Rural Housing Service
- Rural Development, Rural Utilities Service

Programs

- Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP)
- Biodiesel Fuel Education Program
- Biorefinery Assistance Program
- Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels
- BioPreferred Program
- Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program
- Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)
- Conservation Loan Program
- Electric Loan Programs
- Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
- High Energy Cost Grants
- Home Repair Preservation Program
- Housing Preservation Grants
- Repowering Assistance Program
- Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program
- Rural Business Opportunity Grant Program
- Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program
- Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
- Single Family Housing Guaranteed Program
- Value-Added Producer Grant Program
- Woody Biomass Utilization Grants

Announcements (Federal Register Financial and Rules Notices)

Here is a list of current notice of solicitation for applications, and Federal Register rules and proposed rules announcements at USDA for energy/renewable energy programs. A brief description of the program is below, click on link for details regarding eligibility, other requirements, how to apply, point of contact, terms, Q&A and more.

Currently Open

Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) Programs
Agency: Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA.
Details: See the full Notice online at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-11-15/pdf/2018-24938.pdf.
For further information on this notice, please contact the USDA Rural Development State Office in the State in which the applicant’s headquarters is located.
A list of the USDA Rural Development State Office contacts can be found at: https://www.rd.usda.gov/browse-state.
Type of Awards: Loans and Grants.
Fiscal Year Funds: FY 2019.
Available Funds: Anyone interested in submitting an application for funding under these Programs are encouraged to consult the Rural Development Notices of Solicitation of Applications website at https://www.rd.usda.gov/newsroom/notices-solicitation-applications-nosas for funding information.
Maximum Award: The Agency anticipates the following maximum amounts per award:
  • Loans — $2,000,000
  • Grants — $300,000
Award Dates:
  • Second Quarter, February 28, 2019
  • Third Quarter, May 31, 2019
  • Fourth Quarter, August 31, 2019
Performance Period: October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020.
Renewal or Supplemental Awards: None.

Additional Funding Sources