Agency
US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Program
Rural Development
Link
Website
Due date
October 31, 2019 - March 31, 2020. Depends on the funding amount, see 'Submission Details' below.
Location
National
Sector
Energy
Project funding
Up to $300,000 in grants may be requested
Program funding
$50 million
Funding size
$25M or more Up to $1M

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)

RFP Summary provided by the agency

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:

(1) Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Assistance and

(2) Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants.

The Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Assistance provides grants and guaranteed loans to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements to their operations. 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.

The Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grant is available to a unit of State, Tribal, or local government; instrumentality of a State, Tribal, or local government; institution of higher education; rural electric cooperative; a public power entity; or a council, as defined in 16 U.S.C. 3451. The recipient of grant funds, grantee, will 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.

What is the mission and focus of the program: research, social, economic or others?

Increase American energy independence by increasing the private sector supply of renewable energy and decreasing the demand for energy through energy efficiency improvements. Over time, these investments can also help lower the cost of energy costs for small businesses and agricultural producers.

How do you submit to this opportunity?

Applications for this program are accepted year round at your local office.

Who are the target applicants: cities, universities, companies, small business, nonprofits, or others?

  • Agricultural producers with at least 50% of gross income coming from agricultural operations, and
  • Small businesses in eligible rural areas.

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.

Submission Details:

Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Grants ($20,000 or less grant only request or a combination grant and guaranteed loan where the grant request is $20,000 or less competing for up to approximately 50 percent of the set aside funds). Application window closes October 31, 2019.

Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Grants ($20,000 or less grant only request or a combination grant and guaranteed loan where the grant request is $20,000 or less competing for the remaining set aside funds). Application window closes March 31, 2020.

Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Grants (Unrestricted grants, including combination grant and guaranteed loan where the grant request is greater than $20,000,). Application window closes March 31, 2020.

Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Guaranteed Loans. Continuous application cycle.

Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants. Application window closes January, 2020.

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