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Empowering Rural America (New ERA) Program

Open Date:


Close Date:


Upcoming Milestones:

USDA Stakeholder Announcement provides a list of webinars, demonstrations and office hours in June and August for PACE and ERA.

Letters of Interest were due 9/15/2023; selected applicants will be asked to apply to the program.

Eligible Recipients:

  • Cooperative

Program Purpose:

  • Energy Infrastructure

Reserved for Energy



Rural Development

Funded by:

U.S. Department of Agriculture


The Empowering Rural America (New ERA) program helps rural Americans transition to clean, affordable, and reliable energy. By reducing air and water pollution, New ERA funding improves health outcomes and lower energy costs for people in rural communities. New ERA program funding is available to member-owned rural electric cooperatives, which have been the backbone of America’s rural power delivery for nearly a century. Please note: To be considered for funding, you must first submit a Letter of Interest (LOI). The application window is open from July 31 through August 31, 2023.

Related Resources

Additional information is available on the Resources page.

Funding Details

Funding Source:
Funding Type:
Loan/Grant Combination
Total Amount Available:
Limit per Applicant:
Estimated Awards:

Applicant Guidance

ERA Guidance

Contact Information

Send your questions to sm.rd.rus.ira.questions@usda.gov or contact your General Field Representative (GFR). List of GFRs

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