Grants are available to assist rural communities with extremely high energy costs.
About $7 in High Energy Cost grants is available from the U.S Department of Agriculture through its Rural Development program.
These grants will be used to assist communities where expenditures for home energy exceed 275 percent of the national average. The maximum amount of grant assistance that will be awarded during the 2012 fiscal year is $3 million.
Applicants must demonstrate that proposed communities meet one or more high energy cost benchmarks, such as average total household energy costs that exceed $4,860 annually. Funds may be used to acquire, construct, extend, upgrade or otherwise improve energy generation, transmission or distribution facilities.
Eligible applicants include, states, local governments, businesses, federally-recognized Indian Tribes And Tribal entities, and other entities organized under state law.
Applications are due by July 30.
For additional information, visit the USDA Rural Utilities Service website at: