Resource Details

Energy, Sustainability, Technology

Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program

This program provides loan guarantees up to $250 million to assist in the development, construction, and retrofitting of new and emerging technologies. These technologies are: advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased products.

Funds may be used for the development, construction, and retrofitting of:
Commercial-scale biorefineries using eligible technology.
Biobased product manufacturing facilities that use technologically new commercial-scale processing and manufacturing equipment to convert renewable chemicals, and other biobased outputs of biorefineries, into end-user products on a commercial scale.
Refinancing, in certain circumstances, may be eligible.
In broad terms, two types of projects are eligible for the program – biorefineries, and biobased product manufacturing facilities.


Eligible applicants must meet the FDIC definition of “Well Capitalized” at the time of application and issuance of the Loan Note Guarantee, including:
Federal or state-chartered banks.
Federally-recognized tribes.
Farm Credit Bank, or other Farm Credit System institution with direct lending authority.
Credit Unions subject to credit examination and supervision by a state agency or the National Credit Union Administration.
The National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation.

These lenders may request a loan guarantee for:
Public and private entities.
State and local governments.
Indian tribes.
Farm Cooperatives and Farm Cooperative Organizations.
Associations of Agricultural Producers.
National Laboratories.
Institutions of Higher Education.
Public Power entities.

Eligible projects:
Must be located in a State.
The total amount of federal participation (loan guarantee, plus other federal funding) must not exceed 80 percent of the total eligible project costs.
The borrower and other principals involved in the project must make a significant cash equity contribution.

Top Benefits

  • Loan guarantees up to $250 million are available
  • Rates and terms are negotiated between the lender and borrower

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