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Grants to USA Biofuel Producers to Mitigate
Financial Losses Due to the COVID-19 Crisis

Biofuel Producer Program

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Rural Development - Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBCS)

Conf. Date:

12/17/21

Deadline Date:

02/11/22 11:59 PM EDT

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories biofuel producers in eligible regions to mitigate financial losses due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global health crisis. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to submitting a proposal. Funding is intended to help agricultural producers maintain and create more viable markets for products that supply biofuel production, such as corn, soybean or biomass. Payments will be based on the producer’s market loss volume in 2020, which is calculated by the amount of fuel produced in 2020 in comparison to 2019. This program is open to citizens and nationals of the United States, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and American Samoa.

This program authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to make payments to U.S.-based producers of advanced, cellulosic, or conventional biofuel, biomass-based diesel, or renewable fuel to offset unexpected market losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

NOTE:  For the purposes of this program, eligible biofuel is defined as “renewable fuel produced in the U.S. from renewable biomass and used to replace or reduce the amount of fossil fuel in transportation fuels,” as defined in Section 211(o)(1) of the Clean Air Act.

Payment to eligible biofuel producers is based on the volume of market loss the producer experienced during calendar year 2020. The market loss is calculated by comparing the gallons of eligible biofuel produced during calendar year 2019 to the gallons of eligible biofuel produced in calendar year 2020. Quantities of gaseous biofuel are converted into gallons based on the British Thermal Unit (BTU) equivalent of one gallon of biodiesel using Energy Information Administration factors.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 200545

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$700,000,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Biofuel producers eligible to apply include those whose U.S.-based facilities directly produce an eligible biofuel.

You are not considered an eligible producer if you are:
- A sole proprietor or legal entity that exclusively contracts for the production of biofuel by third-party producers under a toll or bailment arrangement, or third-party production contract
- An individual or legal entity that blends or otherwise combines biofuels into a blended biofuel

Applicants must meet all the requirements for program payments including the following citizenship requirements:
A. If the applicant is a sole proprietorship, the applicant must be a citizen or national of the United States (U.S.), the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or American Samoa, or must reside in the U.S. after legal admittance for permanent residence.
B. If the applicant is an entity other than a sole proprietorship, the applicant must be at least 51 percent owned by persons who are either citizens or nationals of the U.S., the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or American Samoa, or legally admitted permanent residents residing in the United States.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Department is hosting an informational webinar on Friday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time for potential applicants and interested stakeholders. Pre-registration is required. To register, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2064275226634456588.

Pre-Application Information:

Program Application Period: February 11, 2022 (11:59 p.m. EDT)

Payments to eligible, selected biofuels producers will occur once the application cycle closes. USDA Rural Development anticipates making one payment each to selected applicants under the current notice of funding.

DUNS - Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS): All applicants must have a DUNS Number which can be obtained at no cost via the toll-free request line at (866) 705–5711 or online at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform.

SAM - System for Award Management (SAM) Registration: Producers should be registered prior to application submission. It is strongly recommended that applicants begin the registration process as soon as possible. Contact https://sam.gov/content/home to register in SAM.

Informational Webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BgWYGAENQQ

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit application and accompanying documents electronically to EnergyPrograms@usda.gov.

For questions, contact:
Email: EnergyPrograms@usda.gov

Phone:
- Lisa Noty (712) 254-4366
- Jeff Carpenter (402) 437-5554

If you would like to access alternate (visual or auditory) means of communication, contact the USD Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice).

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USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

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