USDA REAP grants for 2014

Applications are being accepted now for grants from the USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). According to Bryan Zulko, the amount of funds available is still being worked out, and an announcement is expected in February. Meanwhile, the number of applications is low this year. To me that means that if you want to apply, you’ve got a better chance than usual of getting in.

Section 9007 of the 2008 Farm Bill established a grant, loan, and loan guarantee program to assist eligible farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses in purchasing renewable energy systems and for making energy efficiency improvements.

Eligible projects include those that derive energy from a wind, solar, biomass, micro-hydro or geothermal source, or hydrogen derived from biomass or water using wind, solar, or geothermal energy sources. Awards will be made on a competitive basis for the purchase of renewable energy systems and to make energy improvements.

We applied in 2012 for Okra Paradise Farms and got a REAP grant, which greatly helped pay for 60 more solar panels on our farm workshop roof.

PDF flyer for REAP.

USDA REAP contact for south Georgia:

Al Burns
USDA Rural Development
2406 N. Tift Ave
Suite 103
Tifton, GA 31794
(office) 229-382-0273
(cell) 229-220-5067