AgriEnergy and Sustainable Farming Program

Agriculture and rural customers have been underserved by energy programs in past years. Many of these businesses are considered essential and their continued operation is very important to the residents that these businesses serve. In times of crisis, such as the recent COVID-19 pandemic, these businesses become ever more important to the community. These businesses can be made more resilient and stable through energy efficiency and renewable energy implementation in those buildings. Rural small businesses are essential to maintain services to rural areas and need support to invest in their facilities to ensure continued operation.

Eligibility Requirement: Applicant must be an agriculture, or related, entity (farm, crop processing, food processing, etc.). Rural small businesses with less than 500 employees worldwide are also eligible.  Small businesses must be located in rural Michigan as defined by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) here.

Funding Amount: A total of $100,000 will be made available for this program. Maximum funding for projects is $15,000 for eligible applicants. Project funding will be limited at 50% of the total project cost.  

Awardee Obligations:

  • Sample Agreement
  • Meetings - minimum of monthly meetings with grant manager (in-person or by phone).
  • Reporting - monthly progress reports and a final report on the project deliverables.
  • Payment Requests - financial status report supported by invoices, timesheets, receipts, and other supporting documentation as needed, no less than bi-monthly.

Tentative Timeline:

Application Posting Date:                            Mid November 2021

Application Deadline:                                  Ongoing until funds committed

Start Date of Projects:                                 Effective date of Grant Agreement (fully signed agreement by both parties)

End Date of Projects:                                   July 31, 2022

Deadline for Payment Submission:         August 31, 2022

Request for Proposals 

Application - Click here to apply