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How to Apply

Eligibility / Grant Programs

Applications are accepted in response to a published Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). You must submit a grant application package prepared according to the directions contained in the 2013 NOFA and the 2013 Application Guide to apply for a grant under this program. The application period for the 2013 NOFA will close September 3, 2013.

Notice of Funding Availability

The 2013 NOFA announcing the opportunity to apply for a competitive grant under the High Energy Cost Grant and Bulk Fuel Grant programs were published in the Federal Register on August 2, 2013 and on Grants.gov. The 2013 NOFA provides detailed information on eligibility, application requirements and application deadlines.

Application Guide

The 2013 Application Guide should be used with the 2013 NOFA to help you put together your application. The guide will provide additional information to help you determine whether your community is eligible under the programs and how to complete your application package. The guide includes examples of eligible projects and suggested sources for obtaining the energy and population data that you will need to determine eligibility and support your application.

Application Package

A complete grant application consists of your grant proposal prepared according to the requirements of the 2013 NOFA with supporting documentation and all required forms and certifications. The paper application package consists of one completed application including signed originals of all forms and certifications and two copies of the application. The electronic application package submitted through Grants.gov must include all required forms, a grant proposal attachment, a completed debarment form attachment, a completed environmental profile attachment, and any supporting documentation completed according to the directions for electronic applications.

The Grant Proposal

The Grant Proposal is a document prepared by the Applicant. The grant proposal must contain the following sections and can be no longer than the page numbers listed as provided in the published 2013 NOFA:

For High Energy Cost Grants:

  • A completed SF-424
  • Grant Eligibility (3 pages)
  • Executive Summary (1 page)
  • Project Needs (2 pages)
  • Project Description Design (5 pages)
  • Project Goals and Objectives and Performance Measures (2 pages)
  • Project Management (8 pages)
    • Management Plan and Schedule (2 pages)
    • Project Reporting Plan (2 pages)
    • Relevant Organizational Experience (2 pages)
    • Key Staff Experience (2 pages)
  • Regulatory and Other Approvals (2 pages)
  • Rural Development Initiatives (1 page)
  • Proposed Project Budget (4 pages)
  • Supplementary Materials (5 pages)

For Bulk Fuel Grants:

  • A completed SF-424
  • Grant Eligibility (3 pages)
  • Executive Summary (1 page)
  • Project Needs (2 pages)
  • Project Description Design (5 pages)
  • Project Goals and Objectives and Performance Measures (2 pages)
  • Project Management (8 pages)
    • Management Plan and Schedule (2 pages)
    • Project Reporting Plan (2 pages)
    • Relevant Organizational Experience (2 pages)
    • Key Staff Experience (2 pages)
  • Regulatory and Other Approvals (2 pages)
  • Rural Development Initiatives (1 page)
  • Proposed Project Budget (4 pages)
  • Supplementary Materials (5 pages)

Required Forms and Certifications

The application package must contain a complete and signed original of each of the following required forms and certifications plus two copies.

Deadline

The deadline for submission of new paper and electronic applications is September 3, 2013. Late applications will not be considered and will be returned.

  • Paper applications must be postmarked and mailed, shipped, or sent overnight, no later than the date specified in the published NOFA or hand delivered to RUS by this deadline, to be eligible for consideration
  • Electronic applications must be submitted through Grants.gov no later than the date specified in the grant announcement to be eligible for consideration. Late or incomplete electronic applications will not be eligible. Applications will not be accepted by electronic mail.

Where to Submit your Application

Submit paper applications to:

  • Kristi Kubista-Hovis
    United States Department of Agriculture
    Attention: High Energy Cost Grant Program
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Stop 1560, Room 5165
    Washington, DC 20250
  • Applications may be submitted electronically through Grants.gov. Information on how to submit applications is available on the Grants.gov website. Applicants must successfully pre-register with Grants.gov to use the electronic applications option.

Evaluation of Applications and Notification of Grant Awards

The Electric Program will review all timely and complete applications for eligibility under the published NOFA. A rating panel consisting of Rural Development employees will score and rank all eligible, complete, and timely applications according to the evaluation criteria set out in the NOFA. The Administrator will select grant projects based on rank order scores and rating panel recommendations. The Electric Program will notify applicants in writing whether they have been selected for a grant award. You will be advised of any additional requirements or conditions - such as, for example, environmental reviews - that must be completed before a final award decision can be made. A final award will only be effective on the Administrator's approval of the Grant Agreement negotiated between the Agency and the Grantee and the availability of appropriated funds.

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