April 16 deadline for USDA energy grants

The AgSTAR Program is pleased to provide information about grant funding and loan guarantees available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is accepting applications for fiscal year 2008 to purchase renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements for agriculture producers and rural small businesses in eligible rural areas. This solicitation is issued pursuant to Section 9006 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002.Agricultural producers can apply for grants, loan guarantees, or both. Eligible renewable energy systems include anaerobic digester projects that use animal wastes and other substrates to produce thermal or electrical energy. For 2008, USDA is allocating $15.9 million to fund grants (with a ceiling of $500,000 per grant) and hopes to award $205 million in loan guarantees.

First Application Deadline: April 16, 2008

Second Application Deadline: June 16, 2008

The USDA has established two grant cycles this year. 50% of the grant funding will be set aside for each cycle. Applications not funded in the first cycle will be reconsidered in the second cycle. Notification on the first grant cycle is expected before June 16, 2008 and the second by September 16, 2008.

Applications must be submitted to the USDA Rural Development State Office in the state where your project is located. A list of the USDA Rural Development State Offices and Energy Coordinators addresses and telephone numbers are provided in the March 6, 2008, Federal Register Notice at:

More information on the funding and application process for this funding opportunity can be found in the March 6, 2007, Federal Register notice and at

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