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LANSING, MI -- The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan (CMPM) have announced an extension on the deadline to apply for grant funds under the Biofuels Infrastructure Program (BIP). Funding is available to help with equipment and marketing costs for retailers that want to sell higher level blends of ethanol ranging from 15 to 85 percent. Applications must be completed by April 30, 2017.

BIP grants will provide partial reimbursements for the installation of flex fuel dispensers, dedicated E85 dispensers and underground storage tanks.

Flex fuel dispensers are eligible for reimbursement of 75 percent of the cost up to $45,000 dollars. Dedicated E85 dispensers are eligible for 75 percent reimbursement of the cost up to $35,000. Underground storage tanks are eligible for reimbursement of 25 percent of the cost up to $100,000.

To apply for dispenser reimbursement, retailers must submit an application, RFP and a completed FSA 850 form. Approval may take 6-8 weeks once all documents are finalized.

To apply for underground storage tank reimbursement, retailers should plan to start their application process when they begin site engineering. Applicants must submit the application, RFP, FSA 850 form, State Historical and Preservation Office (SHPO) paperwork and any necessary Fish and Wildlife information as is determined by Michigan’s Farm Service Agency. This approval process may take longer than applications for dispensers only.

In order to receive reimbursement, no construction can begin until approval from USDA is received. Construction must be completed and dispensers in service by December 30, 2017.

Additionally, CMPM will offer a separate grant for the installation of a price sign marquee upon completion of dispenser installations. Applicants should request a separate RFP to apply for this program.

To request more information and an application for this program please contact Tera Havard at CMPM by phone at (517) 668-2676 or by e‑mail at thavard@micorn.org.

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