$1 MM in research grants available to spur bioenergy production in North Carolina

By Bladen Journal.

RALEIGH – The N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative is seeking grant proposals focused on research and development of agricultural and forestry-based feedstocks for bioenergy production, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced.

The N.C. General Assembly approved $1 million in funding for the 2015-2016 budget cycle, with $500,000 approved from the TVA Settlement Fund for projects specific to Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey counties.

The remaining $500,000 will be available for projects statewide, with more than $364,000 available for new projects. Over $135,000 has been designated to multi-year projects that were started with the 2014-2015 grant cycle.