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Bioenergy Program

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
Department of Agriculture , Farm Service Agency
CFDA #: 10.078

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The program is funded at up to $150 million each FY for FYs 2003 through 2006.

Formula and Matching Requirements

USDA will pay eligible producers up to $150 million each FY on a quarterly basis. Payments to each producer are capped at 5 percent of available funding (up to $7.5 million) each FY. USDA will base ethanol payments on the increase in ethanol production compared to the previous FY's production and biodiesel payments on the biodiesel production each FY. Payments will be structured to encourage participation of producers with less than 65 million gallons annual production capacity. Producers with total annual production of: (a) less than 65 million gallons are reimbursed 1 feedstock unit for every 2.5 used for increased production; (b) 65 million gallons or more are reimbursed 1 feedstock unit for every 3.5 used for increased production. In addition, biodiesel producers are reimbursed for base production at 50 percent the rate of increased production. If the applications exceed the program's available funding, USDA will apply a factor to payments to hold program expenditures to available funding for the applicable FY.

Note:
A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.