The following is a list of current funding opportunities that may be of interest to you:
Renewables and Energy Efficiency Improvements
The USDA requests proposals for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements. This program will provide support to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. $51.6 million expected to be available, up to 1,100 awards anticipated. Responses due 7/31/09. For more info go to: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-12178.pdf.
Renewable Energy Feasibility Studies
The USDA requests proposals for Renewable Energy Feasibility Grants. This program will provide support to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy systems. $6 million expected to be available, up to 150 awards anticipated. Responses due 7/31/09. For more info go to: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=47628&mode=VIEW.
Demonstration of Integrated Biorefinery Operations - Recovery Act
The U.S. Department of Energy requests proposals for Demonstration of Integrated Biorefinery Operations. Through this RFP, DOE will select integrated biorefinery projects that have the necessary technical and economic performance data that validates their readiness for the next level of scale-up. $480 million expected to be available, up to 15 awards anticipated. Responses due 6/30/09. For more info go to: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=47227.
Agriculture-Based Green Workforce Development
The U.S. Department of Agriculture requests proposals for the New Era Rural Technology Competitive Grants Program (RTP). This program supports technology development, applied research, and/or training, with a focus on rural communities, to aid in the development of a workforce for bioenergy, pulp and paper manufacturing, or agriculture-based renewable energy. $750K expected to be available, up to 25 awards anticipated. Responses due 7/20/09. For more info go to: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/funding/rfas/new_era.html.
Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP)
BCAP was authorized by Section 9011 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 as amended by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. The purpose of the program is to:
support the establishment and production of eligible crops for the conversion to bioenergy, and assist agricultural and forest land owner and operators and persons with the right to collect eligible material with the collection, harvest, storage, and transportation of eligible material for use in biomass conversion facilities. A Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) for BCAP’s CHST payments program is posted at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=ener&topic=bcap.
The Minnesota Project is hosting a 90 minute webinar on the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. The webinar will be held Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 1:30 CST. Register for the event at https://cc.readytalk.com/r/l2bptno209to.
And don’t forget to register for the 2009 Farm to Fuel
Jay S. Levenstein
Florida Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services
The Capitol, PL-10