7 CFR 4280.188 - Grant funding for energy audit and renewable energy development assistance.

§ 4280.188 Grant funding for energy audit and renewable energy development assistance.
(a) Maximum grant amount. The maximum aggregate amount of energy audit and renewable energy development assistance grants awarded to any one recipient under this subpart cannot exceed $100,000. Grant funds awarded for energy audit and renewable energy development assistance projects may be used only to pay eligible project costs, as described in paragraph (b) of this section. Grant funds awarded for energy audits and renewable energy development assistance projects are prohibited from being used to pay costs associated with the items listed in paragraph (c) of this section.
(b) Eligible project costs. Eligible project costs for energy audits and renewable energy development assistance are those post-application expenses directly related to conducting and promoting energy audits and renewable energy development assistance, which include but are not limited to:
(1) Salaries directly or indirectly related to the project;
(2) Travel expenses directly related to conducting energy audits or renewable energy development assistance;
(3) Office supplies (e.g., paper, pens, file folders); and
(4) Administrative expenses, up to a maximum of 5 percent of the grant, which include but are not limited to:
(i) Utilities;
(ii) Office space;
(iii) Operation expenses of office and other project-related equipment (e.g., computers, cameras, printers, copiers, scanners); and
(iv) Expenses for outreach and marketing of the energy audit and renewable energy development assistance activities, including associated travel expenses.
(c) Ineligible project purposes. Grant funds may not be used to:
(1) Pay for any construction-related activities;
(2) Purchase equipment;
(3) Pay any costs of preparing the application package for funding under this subpart;
(4) Pay any costs of the project incurred prior to the application date of the grant made under this subpart;
(5) Fund political or lobbying activities; and
(6) Pay any judgment or debt owed to the United States.
(d) Energy audits. A recipient of a grant under this subpart that conducts an energy audit shall require that, as a condition of the energy audit, the agricultural producer or rural small business pay at least 25 percent of the cost of the energy audit. Further, the amount paid by the agricultural producer or rural small business will be retained by the recipient as a contribution towards the cost of the energy audit.
(e) Time limit. Unless otherwise agreed to by the Agency, any energy audit or renewable energy development assistance grant agreement under this subpart will terminate 2 years from the date the Agency signs the agreement.
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§ 4280.188 Grant funding for Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance.

(a) Maximum grant amount. The maximum aggregate amount of Energy Audit and REDA grants awarded to any one recipient under this subpart cannot exceed $100,000 in a Federal Fiscal Year. Grant funds awarded for Energy Audit and REDA projects may be used only to pay Eligible Project Costs, as described in paragraph (b) of this section. Ineligible project costs are listed in paragraph (c) of this section.

(b) Eligible project costs. Eligible Project Costs for Energy Audits and Renewable Energy Development Assistance are those costs incurred after the date a Complete Application has been received by the Agency and that are directly related to conducting and promoting Energy Audits and REDA, which include but are not limited to:

(1) Salaries;

(2) Travel expenses;

(3) Office supplies (e.g., paper, pens, file folders); and

(4) Expenses charged as a direct cost or as an indirect cost of up to a maximum of 5 percent for administering the grant.

(c) Ineligible project costs. Ineligible project costs for Energy Audit and REDA grants include, but are not limited to:

(1) Payment for any construction-related activities;

(2) Purchase or lease of equipment;

(3) Payment of any judgment or debt owed to the United States;

(4) Any goods or services provided by a person or entity who has a conflict of interest as provided in § 4280.106;

(5) Any costs of preparing the application package for funding under this subpart; and

(6) Funding of political or lobbying activities.

(d) Energy audits. A grantee that conducts an Energy Audit must require that, as a condition of providing the Energy Audit, the Agricultural Producer or Rural Small Business pay at least 25 percent of the cost of the Energy Audit. Further, the amount paid by the Agricultural Producer or Rural Small Business will be retained by the grantee as a contribution towards the cost of the Energy Audit and considered program income. The grantee may use the program income to further the objectives of their project or Energy Audit services offered during the grant period in accordance with Departmental Regulations.

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Title 7 published on 2015-01-01

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 7 CFR Part 4280 after this date.

  • 2015-03-26; vol. 80 # 58 - Thursday, March 26, 2015
    1. 80 FR 15885 - Rural Development Regulations—Update to FmHA References and to Census References
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      DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Utilities Service, Rural Housing Service, Farm Service Agency
      Correction; direct final rule.
      This document is effective April 27, 2015.
      7 CFR Parts 1709, 1714, 1735, 1737, 1738, 1739, 1740, 1774, 1775, 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, 1780, 1781, and 1783