U.S. Department of Agriculture: Rural Energy for America ProgramDeadline: February 1, 2019
The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption and helps meet the nation’s critical energy needs. REAP has two types of funding assistance:
- Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Assistance
- Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants
The Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Assistance provides grants and guaranteed loans to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements. Eligible renewable energy systems for REAP provide energy from: Wind, solar, renewable biomass (including anaerobic digesters), small hydro-electric, ocean, geothermal, or hydrogen derived from these renewable resources.
Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance grants are available to establish a program to assist agricultural producers and rural small businesses with evaluating the energy efficiency and the potential to incorporate renewable energy technologies into their operations.
Amount: An estimated $1,864,000 is available to make up to 23 awards of up to $100,000 each.
Eligibility: State and local governments; federally-recognized Tribes; a land-grant college or university, or other institutions of higher education; rural electric cooperatives; public power entities; an instrumentality of a state, tribal, or local government; and resource conservation and development councils.
Rural small businesses must be located in eligible rural areas. Rural areas are any areas other than:
- A city or town that has a population of greater than 50,000 inhabitants; and
- The urbanized area contiguous and adjacent to such a city or town, as defined by the U.S. Bureau of the Census using the latest decennial census of the United States.