Rural Energy Grants, Small Grant Deadline Oct. 31

Provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.

Who may apply?

  • Agricultural producers with at least 50% of gross income coming from agricultural operations, and
  • Small businesses in eligible rural areas.
    NOTE: Agricultural producers and small businesses must have no outstanding delinquent federal taxes, debt, judgment or debarment.

What is an eligible area?

  • Businesses must be in an area other than a city or town with a population of greater than 50,000 inhabitants and the urbanized area of that city or town. Check eligible business addresses.
  • Agricultural producers may be in rural or non-rural areas.

How may the funds be used?
Funds may be used for renewable energy systems, such as:

    • Biomass (for example: biodiesel and ethanol, anaerobic digesters, and solid fuels)
    • Geothermal for electric generation or direct use
    • Hydropower below 30 megawatts
    • Hydrogen
    • Small and large wind generation
    • Small and large solar generation
    • Ocean (tidal, current, thermal) generation

Funds may also be used for the purchase, installation and construction of energy efficiency improvements, such as:

  • High efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC)
  • Insulation
  • Lighting
  • Cooling or refrigeration units
  • Doors and windows
  • Electric, solar or gravity pumps for sprinkler pivots
  • Switching from a diesel to electric irrigation motor
  • Replacement of energy-inefficient equipment

What funding is available?
Loan guarantees on loans up to 75% of total eligible project costs
Grants for up to 25% of total eligible project costs
Combined grant and loan guarantee funding up to 75% of total eligible project costs

What are the grant terms?
Renewable Energy System Grants:
$2,500 minimum; $500,000 maximum

Energy Efficiency Grants:
$1,500 minimum; $250,000 maximum

Are there additional requirements?

  • Applicants must provide at least 75% of the project cost if applying for a grant only.
  • Applicants must provide at least 25% of the project cost if applying for loan, or loan and grant combination.
  • Projects greater than $200,000 require a technical report.
  • Energy efficiency projects require an energy audit or assessment.

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Rural Energy Grants, Small Grant Deadline Oct. 31

Rural Energy for America Program, Deadline April 30

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) is open to Agricultural Producers and Rural Small Businesses located in areas with populations of 50,000 or less. The program deals with commercially available technology that either produces energy or conserves energy.

USDA Rural Development is currently accepting applications for FY2015 funding. The official solicitation announcement was posted in the Federal Register on December 29, 2014, advertising two rounds of competitions. Round one grant applications will be due April 30, 2015, and round two grant applications will be June 30, 2015.

There are now three new grant application templates.

–              Total Project costs of $80,000 or less

–              Total Project Costs of $80,001 – $200,000

–              Total Project Costs Greater than $200,000

Grant awards are 25% of the total eligible project costs. Renewable Energy Projects have a minimum grant request of $2,500 and a maximum of $500,000, while Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects have a minimum grant request of $1,500 and maximum of $250,000.

The REAP program can provide Guaranteed Loans up to $25 million or 75% of Total Project Costs, whichever is less. Competitions are on a monthly basis throughout the year.

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Rural Energy for America Program, Deadline April 30