The Fiscal Year 2013 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) was announced March 28. This grant and guaranteed loan program helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption and helps meet America’s critical energy needs.
Agricultural producers and rural small businesses are eligible to apply. Grants are available to reimburse 25 percent of the costs to purchase and install renewable energy or energy efficiency improvements. The guaranteed loans can cover 75 percent of the costs up to $25 million. Grants are also available to reimburse the 25 percent of the costs of a feasibility study for renewable energy projects up to $50,000.
Please note that there is approximately $20.8 million available nationwide, which is substantially less than in previous years. The program is expected to be highly competitive this year.
In order to be considered for Fiscal Year 2013 funds, complete applications must be received by the appropriate USDA Rural Development Area Office no later than 4:30 p.m. on the following dates:
- For renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement grant and combination grant and guaranteed loan applications – April 30, 2013.
- For renewable energy system feasibility study grant applications – April 30, 2013.
- For renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement guaranteed loan only applications — July 15, 2013.
The website is currently being updated, so please visit it soon at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/IA_bc_energy_reap.html. The website contains information including fact sheets, lists of consultants, energy auditors and grant writers, regulations, forms and updated application templates. The only changes to this year’s application templates are the additional of the two forms — the AD 3030, “Representations Regarding Felony Conviction and Tax Delinquent Status for Corporate Applicants” and AD 2106, “Form to Assist in Assessment of USDA Compliance with Civil Rights Laws.”
For more information about REAP, contact:
Kate Sand | Area Specialist-Business & Cooperative Programs
U.S. Department of Agriculture
909 E. 2nd Ave., Suite C | Indianola, IA 50125
Phone: 515.961.5365 ext 130 | Fax: 515.961.3509