Agriculture and Rural Communities Energy Incentive Program - Closed

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 non-profits and small businesses, such as small groceries and healthcare facilities, are essential to maintain services to rural areas and need support to invest in their facilities to ensure continued operation.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant must be an agriculture, or related, entity (farm, crop processing, food processing, etc.). Also eligible include non-profits and small businesses, focus on groceries and healthcare facilities, with less than 500 employees worldwide.  Eligible applicants must be located in rural Michigan as defined by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) here and considered essential as defined in Executive Order 2020-21 here.

Funding Amount

A total of $50,000 will be made available for this program. Maximum funding for projects is $25,000 for focus areas and $15,000 for all other 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:                            December 2020 

Application Deadline:                                    Ongoing until funds committed - March 29, 2021

Start Date of Projects:                                  Effective date of Grant Agreement (dependent on application date and approval process)

End Date of Projects:                                    July 31, 2021

Deadline for Payment Submission:        August 31, 2021

Answers to questions will be posted to this website periodically. All questions regarding this solicitation should be directed to Jake Wilkinson at