State Bulk Fuel Revolving Fund Grants
To provide grants to State entities for revolving funds to promote more cost-effective fuel purchases for communities where fuel cannot be shipped by surface transportation.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Rural Utilities Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Rural Electrification Act of 1936, as amended, Title I, Section 19, Public Law 106-472, 114 Stat. 2058, 7 U.S.C. 918a.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicants are limited to State entities and to entities of any Territory, possession or other area authorized to receive the services and programs of the Rural Utilities Service or the Rural Electrification Act of 1936, as amended. Entities must be in existence as of November 9, 2000.
Assistance must be used to improve the cost-effectiveness of fuel purchasing for communities that are dependent on fuel deliveries by water or air.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Requirements for applications are described in 7 CFR part 1709, published notices of funding availability, and may be requested from the Agency. Unsolicited applications may also be considered at the request of a State. Eligible State entities should provide expressions of interest in applying for grants to the Assistant Administrator, Electric Programs.
Grants are awarded competitively in response to published notices or at the discretion of the Administrator in response to a noncompetitive request from a State entity.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. Grant approvals will generally be made within 60-180 days of the application closing date.
Applicants may appeal rejections of ineligible applications to the Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service under procedures in program regulations at 7 CFR Part 1709.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals are selected competitively based on total scores received on evaluation criteria in grant announcement and 7 CFR part 1709. Unsolicited applications from State Governments are considered on a case by case basis according to criteria in regulations.
How may assistance be used?
Funds must be used to establish and support a revolving fund to provide a more cost-effective means of purchasing fuel where fuel cannot be shipped by means of surface transportation. Not more than 4 percent of the funds made available under the grant may be used for planning and administrative expenses. Grant funds must be used for the revolving fund and administrative costs only.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Periodic reports are required over the grant term as specified in the grant agreement. A final project performance report is required at the end of the grant term. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Periodic progress and performance reports accompanied by with form SF-425 detailing expenditures, are required as specified in the grant agreement. A final report is required at the end of the grant term. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements, Subpart F, Audit Requirements (Revised, December 26, 2013)nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Subpart F. Annual audit or Management Report
Records must be kept as required under USDA and State regulations.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grant agreements will typically run for a period of three years. Extensions may be granted in the sole discretion of the RUS Administrator. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds will be disbursed on request of the Grantee.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Assistant Administrator, Electric Programs Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Stop 1560, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Phone: (202) 720-9540.
(Project Grants) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $1,000,000; and FY 16 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards have ranged from $500,000 to $5 million.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
7 CFR Part 1709, 7 CFR Parts 1767 and 1773, 2 CFR Part 200.
Examples of Funded Projects