USDA Rural Development is currently taking applications for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). The program provides assistance to rural small businesses and agriculture producers to complete a variety of energy saving projects. Offering both loan guarantees and grants, the REAP program helps eligible applicants install renewable energy systems, or to make energy efficiency improvements for businesses and agricultural producers.
USDA is making more than $280 million available to eligible applicants through the REAP program. USDA is offering grants for up to 25 percent of total project costs and loan guarantees for up to 75 percent of total project costs for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements. There are two upcoming REAP grant funding cycles with deadlines of April 30 and June 30, 2015. USDA is setting aside 20% of total funding for applications less than $20,000. To compete for the set aside funding, applications must be received by April 30, 2015.
Type of Eligible REAP Projects
- Purchasing or replacing equipment with more efficient units
- Most rural projects that reduce energy use and result in savings for the agricultural producers or small businesses are eligible
- Geothermal – electric generation and direct use
REAP grants are limited to $500,000 for renewable energy projects or $250,000 for energy efficiency improvements. The minimum REAP grant is $2,500 for renewable energy systems and $1,500 for energy efficiency improvements.
The REAP program is an example of the many ways that USDA is helping to revitalize rural economies to create opportunities for growth and prosperity, support innovative technologies, identify new markets for agricultural producers, and better utilize our nation’s natural resources.
Additional information on the REAP program and application forms can be located on the USDA Rural Development Rural Energy for America Program Website.
For more information on how to apply for REAP funding in South Dakota, contact a USDA Rural Development Program Specialist below:
Dave Franssens, Specialist (Sioux Falls)
Phone: (605) 330-4515, Ext. 128
Fax: (855) 262-1944
Darlene Bresson, Specialist (Watertown)
Phone: (605) 886-8202, Ext. 120
Fax: (855) 262-1945
Clark Guthmiller, Specialist (Pierre)
Phone: (605) 224-8870, Ext. 120
Fax: (855) 262-1942
Gary Wedel, Specialist (Mitchell)
Phone: (605) 996-1564, Ext. 105
Fax: (855) 262-1941
Hettianne Cekalla, Specialist (Rapid City)
Phone: (605) 342-0301, Ext. 118
Fax: (855) 262-1943
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $206.2 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers, and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.