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USDA Announces Funding for High Energy Cost Grants

$10 million available nationwide


ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Oct. 16, 2015 – U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development Alaska State Director Jim Nordlund today announced the availability of up to $10 million in competitive grants nationwide  to assist communities with extremely high energy costs. 


   Grants in the High Energy Cost program are available to communities with annual residential energy costs exceeding 275 percent of the national average. The grants may be used to acquire, construct, extend, upgrade or otherwise improve energy generation, transmission or distribution facilities serving eligible communities. They may also be used to install on- and off-grid renewable energy systems and to make energy efficiency improvements.


   For details on eligibility and application requirements and how to obtain application materials, see page 61336 of the October 13, 2015 Federal Register. 


   The application deadline is December 14, 2015.


   Since 2009, USDA-Rural Development has invested nearly $2 billion in 225 rural Alaskan communities.  These investments in housing, community facilities, business, energy, water and sewer, telecom and electric have helped to grow rural Alaska’s economy and enhance the quality of life for its residents.  


USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the

USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form.  You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form.  Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at: program.intake@usda.gov.


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