Payments to eligible biorefineries for the purpose of replacing fossil fuels with renewable biomass.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use; D - Direct Payments With Unrestricted Use
Title IX of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 as amended by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, and the Agricultural Act of 2014, Public Law 113-79, Title IX, Section 9004, 7 U.S.C. 8104, Section 9004, Public Law -110-24-6
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
A Biorefinery facility (including equipment and processes) that converts renewable biomass into biofuels and biobased products, and may produce electricity. An eligible biorefinery producer, whose primary production is biofuels; that meets all requirements of this program. The biorefinery must have been in existence on or before June 18, 2008.
For biorefineries in existence on June 18, 2008 Primary production is biofuels
1. Application for participation in the program. 2. Feasibility Study for the renewable biomass system. 3. Historical records for energy use.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The applicant must submit a feasibility study by an independent qualified consultant, which has no financial interest in the biorefinery, and demonstrates that the renewable biomass system of the biorefinery is feasible, taking into account the economic, technical and environmental aspects of the system.
Applications will be scored and awards will be made based of how well applicants score in relation to other applicant within the funding cycle. Payments may be made during construction and commissioning, ten percent of eligible project cost shall be withheld until project is completed and operating.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
How are proposals selected?
Applicants must achieve minimum levels of fossil fuel reductions and cost effectiveness to be eligible.
How may assistance be used?
The purpose of this program is to provide financial incentives to biorefineries in existence on June 18, 2008 to replace the use of fossil fuels with new systems that use renewable biomass as their energy source
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Duration of the Farm Bill. Payments may be made during construction and commissioning, ten percent of eligible project cost shall be withheld until project is completed and operating. An applicant who is awarded payments under the program has five years from the fiscal year in which an award is made to request and receive payments. Requests for funds have to be made within three years. No payments are made prior to completion and commissioning of the projects. An applicant who is awarded payments under the program has five years from the fiscal year in which an award is made to to process payments.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Regional Agency Offices: http://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/state-offices
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Rural Development, Energy Division
1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Stop 3225
Washington, DC 20250-3225 US
(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 18$5,000,000.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$0.00; FY 16$0.00; - Farm Bill did not reauthorize this program. Call the office listed below.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Determined on a project bases.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature