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Blender Pump Grant Program

2019/2020 Nebraska Corn Board Blender Pump Grant Program

 

Purpose:
The Nebraska Corn Board designed this grant program to incent Nebraska fuel retailers to add mid and upper level ethanol blends as an option for their customers. As there are additional costs when upgrading to blender pumps, this program will assist retailers with the added costs of fuel dispensers and a portion of the construction costs.

This program is also designed to accelerate the use and availability of Unleaded 88 (E15), E30 and E85 ethanol fuel blends as clean-burning, renewable alternatives to conventional gasoline in Nebraska. The use of ethanol blended fuels improves air quality, reduces harmful toxic carcinogens in the environment and improves the rural economy.

Program Rules:

    1. Completed applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., Oct. 11, 2019
    2. Applications must be reviewed and approved before construction begins for the project.
    3. Applications will be reviewed by the Nebraska Corn Board Market Development Committee, with preference given to areas underserved by higher ethanol blends and/or potential traffic flow.
    4. Recipients will be notified by the end of November.
    5. Installed dispensers must be a minimum of UL 87A E25 Listing.
    6. The retailer must have signage visible from the road listing the price of at least two higher ethanol blends.
    7. Retailer will follow all federal and state labeling rules.
    8. Retailer accepting Nebraska Corn Board grant money must offer flex fuels such as Unleaded 88 (E15), E30 and/or E85 blends for a minimum of 2 years from project completion date.
    9. Retailer must complete work by May 1, 2020.

Flex fuel pump grant

      1. Nebraska Corn Board will provide up to $50,000.00 per retail location accepted into the grant program.
      2. The grant money can be utilized for the following equipment:
        • Tanks
        • Piping
        • Electrical work related to dispenser installation
        • Dispensers (minimum UL 87A E25)
        • Pumps
        • Signage

Payment:

    1. Upon purchase of the equipment, retailer must submit invoices related to the project and invoice the Nebraska Corn Board for eligible grant dollars related to the program.  
    2. Upon completion of the project, retailer will submit photos verifying all program requirements have been fulfilled.
    3. Within 30 days of receiving invoices and meeting all requirements, the Nebraska Corn Board will reimburse retailer for grant dollars by an ACH payment.