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Grants available for smaller farming operations

Contact: 

Carole Yates, program manager, UNI Center for Energy & Environmental Education, 319-273-7599, carole.yates@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Grant opportunities are available through the Farm Energy Working Group of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, facilitated by the University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). Farmers with small to mid-sized operations may apply for demonstration grants related to three focus areas: the Farm Service Agency's cold storage facilities program; increased farm energy efficiency in lighting/ventilation; or solar hot water (SHW) heaters in combination with several Rural Electric Cooperative's SHW rebate programs.

"Farmers are incredibly innovative and we want to help them reduce their need for fossil fuel use on their farms," said Carole Yates, program manager for UNI's Center for Energy & Environmental Education. "This is our fourth round of grants and the results are helping farmers across Iowa rely on energy efficiency and renewable energy instead of fossil fuel."

Grants are awarded up to $2,000 to pay for the farmer's time for installation, administration and report writing. The grants cannot cover any equipment purchases. No matching dollars are required. 

Application deadline is Nov. 30, 2011.  The application is at www.ceee.uni.edu/farmenergy.aspx along with a sample application.

For more information, contact Yates at 319-273-7599 or carole.yates@uni.edu.