Our Grant Programs
Eligibility / How to Apply / Frequently Asked Questions
Announcing the 2012 Grant Recipients: RUS is proud to announce the selection of seven grant recipients totaling $7 million in competitive funding. Click here to see the press release.
New Grant Opportunities: We are currently not accepting grant applications for the High Energy Cost Grant Program. We hope to publish a funding announcement in the spring.
2013 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)
The 2013 Funding announcement will be made in the spring if funds are available. The funding announcement will be similar to the 2012 NOFA.
For more information on the 2012 grant, you may download grant documents here:
Eligible Energy Projects: Grants under this program may be used for the acquisition, construction, installation, repair, replacement, or improvement of energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities in communities with extremely high energy costs. On-grid and off-grid renewable energy projects, and energy efficiency, and energy conservation projects are eligible.
High Energy Cost Grants are available for improving and providing energy generation, transmission and distribution facilities serving communities with average home energy costs exceeding 275% of the national average. Grant funds may be used for on-grid and off-grid renewable energy projects, energy efficiency and energy conservation projects serving eligible communities. We accept applications for competitive grant awards only during the application period announced in a published Notice of Funding Availability.
Denali Commission High Energy Cost Grants (CFDA 10.857) are made to the Denali Commission for energy generation, transmission, and distribution facilities serving rural Alaskan communities with average home costs exceeding 275% of the national average. Visit the Denali Commission for more information.
State Bulk Fuel Revolving Fund Grants (CFDA 10.858) are made to state government entities to establish and support revolving funds to provide a more cost-effective means of purchasing fuel for remote communities that are not served by surface transportation year round. State agencies that are interested in this program should consult the Agency Contact below for more information about eligibility and how to apply.
- Program Regulations
- Grants under this program have supported revolving loan program of the Alaska Energy Authority and the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.
How to Apply for a Grant
Rural Development Electric Programs
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Stop 1560, Room 5165-South
Washington, DC 20250-1560
Telephone: (202) 720-9545 Fax: (202)690-0717