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  • Writer's pictureKristin Cooper

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Assistance to High Energy Cost Communities

Deadline: July 6, 2021

Amount: $100,000 to $3 million

Match: No

Eligibility: Cities, counties, public housing authorities, nonprofits, school districts and tribal governments and organizations

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces the availability of up to $10 million in competitive grants to assist communities with extremely high energy costs. The grant funds may be used to acquire, construct, or improve energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities serving communities where the average annual residential expenditure for hoe energy exceeds 275% of the national average. Eligible projects also include on-grid and off-grid renewable energy projects and the implementation of energy efficiency and energy conservation projects for eligible communities. Projects cannot be for the primary benefit of a single household or business. Grant funds may not be used for the preparation of the gran application, operating costs, or for the purchase of any equipment, structures, or real estate not directly associated with the provision of community energy services

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