Minnesota offers funding for bioenergy pilot plants

525 352 Miguel Ángel Martínez

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is offering funding to help advance bioenergy and biochemical production technologies to the pilot scale through its Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program Bioenergy/Biochemical Pilot Project Grant.

The AGRI Biofuel Blending Infrastructure Grant provides funding for biofuel blending infrastructure equipment. The primary goals of the grant program are to promote economic growth and environmentally friendly practices in Minnesota’s biofuel industries. Projects should aim to develop new or enhanced markets that improve biofuel blending outcomes (increasing sales, greater access to fuels, etc.).

Applicant Eligibility

Minnesota-based organizations eligible for the AGRI Biofuel Blending Infrastructure Grants include for-profit businesses, local units of government, and Native American Tribal Communities who are:

-Biofuel producers

-Petroleum fuel blenders or distributors

-Businesses where blending and supplying fuel is integral to their operation

All applicants must be in good standing, have no back taxes or defaults on Minnesota-backed financing, demonstrate acceptable performance on past Minnesota Department of Agriculture grants, and be compliant with current state regulations.

Project Eligibility

Grants can be used for equipment purchases and installation/associated costs for the purchased equipment. Equipment must:

-Be installed in Minnesota

-Be compatible with the biofuel-petroleum blends to be mixed, stored, or dispensed

-Continue to operate up until the expiration of the grant contract

Amounts Available

We expect to award a total of $650,000 in Fiscal Year 2019. Up to 35 percent of eligible project costs can be covered by the grant program with a maximum possible award of $199,000.

Applying

Applications are due no later than 4:00 pm CDT on Friday, April 12, 2019.

Official link: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/environment-sustainability/agri-biofuel-blending-infrastructure-grant

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