The Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for the Missouri Agriculture Energy Saving Team – a Revolutionary Opportunity (MAESTRO) grant, funded through the U.S. Department of Energy. The MAESTRO grant was created to help small farming operations across Missouri reduce energy use. Funding will be used to assist school districts with agriculture programs. Applications must be submitted by Sept. 1, 2022. The Department will grant awards up to a maximum of $10,000 per approved school.
The reimbursement grant provides funding to address particular energy-related issues in K-12 school agriculture facilities in Missouri. The goal of the grant is to ensure valuable energy-efficient upgrades are being made in Missouri school districts. Students, and their instructors, can use funding to create a work plan that addresses energy-related issues, then execute the work plan under an instructor’s supervision. Funds may be used to pay subject matter experts to conduct energy audits or train students, purchase supplies, or pay for labor required to carry out the work plan.
Successful applicants must submit ALL required completed documentation by Jan. 15, 2024. Requirements include paid invoices and detailed receipts, a final reimbursement and performance report and a completion notice. Reimbursements will only be provided for expenditures accrued during the grant period and for receipts submitted for the approved project. Invoices must show a $0 balance and proof of payment. Receipts must include purchase details.
Fyndera and Midwest Energy have teamed up to make your application process simple and to give you the most bang for your buck when it comes to using your grant funds. You will receive hands-on demonstrations and education about energy audits, remediation planning and implementation. Energy saved in your ag program is only the beginning of benefits to your community because you will be left with the knowledge to help others in your community perform similar audits and remediation plans.
To use the Fyndera express application, use the form above to find your school, complete the point of contact information (important: inlcude the email address of the person who will sign the application). That's it! That's all you have to do to get started. We’ll be in touch with you on next steps. If you have questions or need further assistance, please contact Fyndera at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Call Faith Slinkerd (Certified RFI) at 913-620-0252.
Deadline to apply is 9/1/22