7 CFR 4280.192 - Scoring energy audit and renewable energy development assistance grant applications.

§ 4280.192 Scoring energy audit and renewable energy development assistance grant applications.
Agency personnel will score each application using the criteria specified in paragraphs (a) through (h) of this section, with a maximum score of 100 points possible.
(a) Project proposal (maximum score of 10 points). The applicant will be scored based on its in-house ability to conduct audits versus using third party auditing organizations as illustrated in the application.
(1) If the applicant proposes to use at least 51 percent of the awarded funding to employ internal, qualified auditors and/or renewable energy specialists for program implementation, up to 10 points will be awarded as follows:
(i) If the percentage is between 51 percent and 75 percent (inclusive), 5 points will be awarded.
(ii) If the percentage is more than 75 percent, 10 points will be awarded.
(2) If the applicant proposes to use less than 51 percent of the awarded funding to employ internal, qualified auditors and/or renewable energy specialists for program implementation, zero points will be awarded.
(b) Use of Grant Funds for Administrative Expenses (maximum score of 10 points). Grantees selected to participate may use up to 5 percent of their award for administrative expenses.
(1) If the applicant proposes to use none of the grant funds for Administrative Expenses, 10 points will be awarded.
(2) If the applicant proposes to use a portion (up to 5 percent) of the grant funds for Administrative Expenses, zero points will be awarded.
(c) Applicant's organizational experience in completing proposed activity (maximum score of 15 points). The applicant will be scored on the experience of the organization in meeting the benchmarks below. This means that an organization must have been in business and provided services as noted in the scoring requirements. An organization's experience must be documented with references and resumes. Points will be awarded as follows:
(1) More than 3 years of experience, 15 points will be awarded.
(2) At least 2 years and up to and including 3 years of experience, 10 points will be awarded.
(3) At least 1 year but less than 2 years of experience, 5 points will be awarded.
(4) Less than 1 year of experience, zero points will be awarded.
(d) Geographic scope of project in relation to identified need (maximum score of 10 points). (1) If the applicant's proposed or existing service area is State-wide or includes all or parts of multiple states, and the marketing and outreach plan has identified needs throughout that service area, 10 points will be awarded.
(2) If the applicant's proposed or existing service area consists of multiple counties in a single State and the marketing and outreach plan has identified needs throughout that service area, 7.5 points will be awarded.
(3) If the applicant's service area consists of a single county or municipality and the marketing and outreach plan has identified needs throughout that service area, 5 points will be awarded.
(e) Number of agricultural producers/rural small businesses to be served (maximum score of 15 points). (1) If the applicant plans to provide audits to ultimate recipients with average audit costs of $1,000 or less, 15 points will be awarded.
(2) If the applicant plans to provide audits to ultimate recipients with average audit costs over $1,000 but less than $1,500, 10 points will be awarded.
(3) If the applicant plans to provide audits to ultimate recipients with average audit costs of at least $1,500 but less than $2,000, 5 points will be awarded.
(f) Potential of project to produce energy savings and its attending environmental benefits (maximum score of 25 points). Applicants can be awarded points under both paragraphs (f)(1) and (f)(2) of this section.
(1) If the applicant has an existing program that can demonstrate the achievement of energy savings with the agricultural producers and/or rural small businesses it has served, 13 points will be awarded.
(2) If the applicant provides evidence that it has received awards in recognition of its renewable energy, energy savings, or energy-based technical assistance, up to 12 points will be awarded based on number of awards and rigorousness of the competition for each award.
(g) Marketing and outreach plan (maximum score of 10 points). If the applicant includes in the application a marketing and outreach plan and provides a satisfactory discussion of each of the following criteria, two points for each of the following will be awarded:
(1) The goals of the project;
(2) Identified need;
(3) Target beneficiaries;
(4) Timeline and action plan; and
(5) Marketing strategies and supporting data for strategies.
(h) Level and commitment of other funds for the project (maximum score of 5 points). (1) If the applicant proposes to leverage grant funding with 50 percent or more in non-State and non-Federal government matching funds for the subject grant, and has a written commitment for those funds, 5 points will be awarded.
(2) If the applicant proposes to leverage grant funding with less than 50 percent but more than 20 percent in non-State and non-Federal government matching funds for the subject grant, and has a written commitment for those funds, 2 points will be awarded.
(3) If the applicant proposes 20 percent or less in non-State and non-Federal government matching funds, zero points will be awarded.
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§ 4280.192 Scoring Energy Audit and REDA grant applications.

The Agency will score each Energy Audit and REDA application using the criteria specified in paragraphs (a) through (f) of this section, with a maximum score of 100 points possible.

(a) Applicant's organizational experience in completing the Energy Audit or REDA proposed activity. A maximum of 25 points will be awarded for this criterion based on the experience of the organization in providing energy audits or renewable energy development assistance as applicable to the purpose of the proposed project. The organization must have been in business and provided services for the number of years as identified in the paragraphs below.

(1) More than 10 years of experience, 25 points will be awarded.

(2) At least 5 years and up to and including 10 years of experience, 20 points will be awarded.

(3) At least 2 years and up to and including 5 years of experience, 10 points will be awarded.

(4) Less than 2 years of experience, no points will be awarded.?>

(b) Geographic scope of project in relation to identified need. A maximum of 20 points can be awarded.

(1) If the Applicant's proposed or existing service area is State-wide or includes all or parts of multiple States, and the scope of work has identified needs throughout that service area, 20 points will be awarded.

(2) If the Applicant's proposed or existing service area consists of multiple counties in a single State and the scope of work has identified needs throughout that service area, 15 points will be awarded.

(3) If the Applicant's service area consists of a single county or municipality and the scope of work has identified needs throughout that service area, 10 points will be awarded.

(c) Number of Agricultural Producers/Rural Small Businesses to be served. A maximum of 20 points will be awarded for this criterion based on the proposed number of ultimate recipients to be assisted and if the Applicant has provided the names and contact information for the ultimate recipients to be assisted.

(1) If the Applicant plans to provide Energy Audits or REDA to:

(i) Up to 10 ultimate recipients, 2 points will be awarded.

(ii) Between 11 and up to and including 25 ultimate recipients, 5 points will be awarded.

(iii) More than 25 ultimate recipients, 10 points will be awarded.

(2) If the Applicant provides a list of ultimate recipients, including their name and contact information, that are ready to be assisted, an additional 10 points may be awarded.

(d) Potential of project to produce energy savings or generation and its attending environmental benefits. A maximum of 10 points will be awarded for this criterion under both paragraphs (d)(1) and (2) of this section

(1) If the Applicant has an existing program that can demonstrate the achievement of energy savings or energy generation with the Agricultural Producers and/or Rural Small Businesses it has served, 5 points will be awarded.

(2) If the Applicant provides evidence that it has received one or more awards within the last 5 years in recognition of its renewable energy, energy savings, or energy-based technical assistance, up to a maximum of 5 points will be awarded as follows:

(i) International/national - 3 points for each.

(ii) Regional/State - 2 points for each.

(iii) Local - 1 point for each.

(e) Marketing and outreach plan. A maximum of 5 points will be awarded for this criterion. If the scope of work included in the application provides a satisfactory discussion of each of the following criteria, one point for each can be awarded.

(1) The goals of the project;

(2) Identified need;

(3) Targeted ultimate recipients;

(4) Timeline and action plan; and

(5) Marketing and outreach strategies and supporting data for strategies.

(f) Commitment of funds for the total project cost. A maximum of 20 points will be awarded for this criterion if written documentation from each source providing Matching Funds and other funds are submitted with the application.

(1) If the Applicant proposes to match 50 percent or more of the grant funds requested, 20 points will be awarded.

(2) If the Applicant proposes to match 20 percent or more but less than 50 percent of the grant funds requested, 15 points will be awarded.

(3) If the Applicant proposes to match 5 percent or more but less than 20 percent of the grant funds requested, 10 points will be awarded.

(4) If the Applicant proposes to match less than 5 percent of the grant funds requested, no points will be awarded.

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  • 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