USDA has begun accepting grant applications for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). This competitive grant program is designed to support renewable energy projects such as solar arrays, wind turbines, and grain dryers. To be considered for Fiscal Year 2014 funds, applications must be received by your USDA Rural Development State Office by 4:30 p.m. Eastern time on the following dates:
July 7, 2014, for renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement grant applications and combination grant and guaranteed loan applications
July 31, 2014, for renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement guaranteed loan only applications, on a continuous basis.
More information on the program is available at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/Energy.html.
Also see this report from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition: Funding Available for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects
On Monday, May 5, 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of grants and guaranteed loans for eligible farms and other rural businesses under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for fiscal year 2014. Applicants can also apply for a combination grant and guaranteed loan. Read More...