Energy Technical Assistance Funding Notice Released

(May 27, 2010) Today the USDA released the FY2010 funding notice for grants under Energy Audits and Renewable Energy Development Assistance (also known as “Energy Technical Assistance”). The deadline for applications is 4:30 PM on July 26, 2010.

Energy Technical Assistance was created under the 2008 Farm Bill and provides ways to identify cost-effective opportunities for energy efficiency and renewable energy measures by rural agricultural producers and rural small businesses. A total of $2.4 million is available under this program for 2010 and the maximum grant is $100,000.

The eligible organizations under this program include units of State, tribal, or local government; land-grant colleges and universities and other institutions of higher education, rural electric cooperatives; and public power entities.

Applicants should follow the guidelines in the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) carefully. The NOFA provides the criteria for scoring the competitive applications and information on how the application should be organized.

The NOFA can be downloaded here. (PDF format)