Second Round of Grant Applications Available for Homegrown Fuels Program


Gas stations have another chance to apply for grant funding to help them make higher blends of ethanol fuel available to the public. The Indiana Office of Energy Development has opened a second round of applications for its Hoosier Homegrown Fuels Blender Pump Program.

The goal is to install 110 blender pumps in areas of the state where blends of E15 to E85 are currently limited or not available. As part of that effort, the state is in the process of awarding more than $1.3 million in grant funding. Over $268,000 of that was given out to three companies during the first round of applications.

The program is a partnership involving the Office of Energy Development, the Indiana Corn Marketing Council, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Greater Indiana Clean Cities, and South Shore Clean Cities. It’s being funded with money from the Corn Marketing Council as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Services Agency.

Retail stations selling fuel to the public are eligible to apply for the grant. Funds are available for a minimum of two and a maximum of five dispensers per pump location. Applications are being accepted until March 16.

For more information or to apply, visit the Office of Energy Development website.