CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Farmers with small to mid-sized operations may apply for grants to incorporate energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy measures to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. The grants of up to $2,000 are offered through the Farm Energy Working Group facilitated by the Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) at the University of Northern Iowa and funded by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.
"Our past grant recipients have developed innovative ways to reduce their need for fossil fuel use on their farms. We want to encourage farmers to propose projects not awarded in previous grants,” said Jeff Beneke, working group co-coordinator.
The grant funding can 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 Feb. 28, 5 p.m. The application information, a list of previous grants, and a sample application is at http://www.uni.edu/ceee/energy/farm-energy-working-group/farm-energy-working-group
Carole Yates, Farm Energy Working Group, UNI CEEE, (319) 273-7599, email@example.com