Rural small business grants offered

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Energy for America Program has several grant and loan guarantee programs for rural small businesses and agricultural producers, according to a news release from the office of Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M.

For agricultural producers, small rural businesses, corporations formed under Section 17 or those similarly organized, rural electric and telephone companies, and certain other utilities, according to the release:

• Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency grants and loan guarantees are available for purchases and installation of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements. The application deadline is June 15.

• Renewable Energy Feasibility Study Grants are available for feasibility studies for renewable energy projects. The deadline is June 30.

For units of state, tribal or local government; institutions of higher education; rural electric cooperatives; or public power entities, according to the release:

• Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants are available to conduct and promote energy audits and to provide renewable energy development assistance for entities eligible for the two programs listed above. The application deadline is June 30.

Information: visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/Home.html or call 505-761-4953 or 505-761-4952.