Grant Application Deadlines Announced for USDA's REAP Program
On 10/18, USDA announced the next annual deadlines for its Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which provides small businesses and agricultural producers loans and grants to fund renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
-REAP applicants requesting $20,000 or less that wish to have their application compete for the “Grants of $20,000 or less set aside” must be received no later than 4:30pm local time on October 31, 2016 or 4:30 pm local time on March 31, 2017.
-REAP applicants requesting grant funds of over $20,000 or a combination of a grant and guarantee loan, must submit complete applications no later than 4:30pm local time on March 31, 2017.
USDA also offers grant funding through its Energy Audit/Renewable Energy Development Assistance (REDA) program. This program sets up a “feeder” system for the general REAP grant as it provides up to $100,000 to eligible entities, who then conduct energy audits or provide renewable energy development assistance to rural small businesses and agricultural producers. Applications for this program are due by January 31, 2017. For more information, or to apply, click here.
For questions on any of the abovementioned programs and opportunities, please contact Adia Holland, USDA's Energy Coordinator for the Tennessee State Office, at adia [dot] holland [at] tn [dot] usda [dot] gov or 615-783-1373.