TVA Energy for farms grants
Summary: Quick two-page application to fund small projects at 75% cost-share with a max award of $6,000. Designed to support small projects and welcoming of innovative projects that other grant streams may overlook.
Who is eligible?
Farmers in the following counties: Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Henderson, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Yancey.
What kinds of projects are eligible?
Projects must benefit an agricultural production facility. Residences cannot be tied to projects. Technologies must be commercially available and feasible. Grants can only go toward post-application purchases/installations. Example projects include:
- Traditional renewable energy systems
- (wind, solar PV, solar hot water, renewable biomass, micro-hydro, geothermal)
- Energy efficiency improvements
- Greenhouse insulation
- Solar wells
- Greenhouse ground-to-air-heat transfer systems
- Off-grid fruit and veg cooling systems
How much, and how is it awarded?
Applicants may qualify for a grant for 75% of eligible project costs, limited to an award maximum of $6,000. Awards are competitive, and notification of award typically comes within 1 week of application submission deadline. The award is delivered as a reimbursement after project purchases have been made. Submitting an application does not constitute a requirement to complete the proposed project. Once awarded, substantial progress on construction of system must be shown within 6 months of approval date.
When is the deadline?
Most funds have been committed, but new applicants will be put in a "backup" classification in the event that a funded project does not complete their project. All funds will need to be applied for, approved, AND spent by October 30, 2017.
How can WNC EnergyCAP help?
- Over-the-phone or on-site guidance and consulting on project options
- Connection with energy professionals
- Application assistance
- Download the two-page application.
- Describe the project and how it will improve your farm operation's bottom line. (Page 1)
- Reflect the financial costs and benefits associated with the project yourself, with our help, or with the help of a relevant energy professional. (Page 2)
For questions, contact Alex Arnold at firstname.lastname@example.org.