§ 4280.176Feasibility study grant applications—content.
Applications for feasibility study grants must include a Table of Contents with clear pagination and chapter identification and shall contain the information specified in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section and shall be presented in the same order.
(a)Forms, documents, and certifications. The application shall contain the forms and documents specified in paragraphs (a)(1) through (a)(11) of this section.
(1) Form SF-424.
(2) Form SF-424A, “Budget Information—Non-Construction Programs” (as applicable).
(3) Form SF-424B, “Assurances—Non-Construction Programs” (as applicable).
(4) Form SF-424C (as applicable).
(5) Form SF-424D (as applicable).
(6) Form RD 1940-20 (as applicable).
(7) Except for sole proprietors, a copy of legal organizational documents.
(ii) A description of the feasibility study to be conducted. The contents of an acceptable feasibility study are identified in Appendix E of this subpart. Applicants shall require those conducting the feasibility study to consider and document within the feasibility study the important environmental factors within the planning area and the potential environmental impacts of the project for which the feasibility study is being conducted, as well as the alternatives considered;
(iv) The experience of the company/individual completing the feasibility study, including the number of similar projects the company/individual has performed, the number of years the company has been performing a similar service, and corresponding resumes; and
(v) The source and amount of other project funds needs to be clearly identified. Agency approved written documentation/confirmation from any third party committing a specific amount of such funds is required. Documentation includes such items as bank statements, lender commitment letters, and so forth;
(11) The applicant's Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number (except for individuals).
(b)Financial information for gross income or size determination. The application shall contain sufficient financial information to allow the Agency to determine the agricultural producer's percentage of gross income derived from agricultural operations or the rural small business' size, as applicable. All information submitted under this paragraph (b) must be substantiated by authoritative records:
(1) If the applicant is a rural small business, provide sufficient information to determine its total annual receipts and number of employees and the same information for any parent, subsidiary, or affiliates at other locations. Voluntarily providing tax returns is one means of satisfying this requirement. The information provided must be sufficient for the Agency to make a determination of business size as defined by the Small Business Administration; and
(2) If the applicant is an agricultural producer, provide the gross market value of the agricultural products, gross agricultural income, and gross nonfarm income of the applicant for the calendar year preceding the year in which the application is submitted.
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