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Rural Energy Pilot Program

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Required Letter of Intent Deadline: [DATE]
Complete Application Deadline: [DATE]

Rural Energy Pilot Program


What does this program do?

The Rural Energy Pilot Program (REPP) grant offers financial assistance for rural communities to further develop renewable energy.

Who may apply?

Eligible applicants to this program are Rural Energy Community Partnerships as defined in the REPP Notice of Funding Opportunity, Federal Register Notice.  

REPP partnerships may be comprised of, but are not limited to:

  • Non-profit entities;
  • State and local entities;
  • Tribal entities;
  • Municipalities and other public bodies.

How may funds be used?

REPP grant funds can be used to support: 

  • Community energy planning, capacity building, and technical assistance
  • Community efficiency and weatherization 
  • Installation and equipping of community-scale renewable energy technologies and systems

What is an eligible area?

A REPP partnership must serve a rural community as specified in the REPP Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFA) published in the Federal Register. Priority is given to distressed and high energy-burden communities, in which households spend a greater proportion of their income on energy costs compared to the average U.S. household.

What is the maximum amount of a grant?

Awards to successful applicants will be in the form of cost-share grants for up to 80 percent of total eligible project costs, not to exceed $2 million. 

What are the terms of the grant?

The grant term is 3 years.

How do I apply?

Interested applicants are encouraged to review the materials, including application deadlines, found in the REPP Notice of Funding Opportunity [INSERT DATE OF PUBLICATION IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER].

Application materials and instructions are available by clicking the To Apply tab of this Website.

What governs this program?

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Public Law 116 – 260) - provides the Secretary of Agriculture $10 million until expended to carry out a pilot program to offer financial assistance for rural communities to develop renewable energy. The REPP is governed by a Notice of Funding Opportunity originally published October 19, 2021 (86 FR 26656).

Why does USDA Rural Development do this?

The REPP meets a recognized need for federal support to further develop renewable energy to help meet our nation’s energy needs and combat climate change while prioritizing environmental justice, racial equity, and economic opportunity.

  1. Send an email to RuralEnergyPilotProgram@usda.gov to notify the Agency of your interest. The Agency will provide a response which includes details on how to submit the required Letter of Intent.
  2. Submit a letter to inform the Agency of your intentions as a rural energy community partnership to develop a clean energy community. Letters of intent are due to the Agency by: INSERT DATE.

    Instructions for writing the REPP Required Letter of Intent is available here, Required Letter of Intent Guide.
  3. On or before [120 DAYS AFTER REPP NOFO PUBLICATION] you will receive a response from the Agency.  

    Applicants receiving a Letter of Encouragement from the Agency are invited to submit a complete application. The Letter of Encouragement will include details on how to submit the required Complete Application. 
  4. Submit a Complete Application to the Agency by: INSERT DATE.

    Instructions for writing the REPP Complete Application are available here, Complete Application Guide

Anthony Crooks

You may also consult your State Rural Development Energy Coordinator.

Persons with disabilities that require alternative means for communication should contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Target Center at 
(202)720–2600 (voice).

Introductory Webinar

Rural Development staff will host an introductory Webinar on the Rural Energy Pilot Program (REPP) on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at 2:00 pm EST to provide an overview of the REPP, its purposes, opportunities, eligible applicants, and application requirements. 

A question and answer session on the new pilot program will follow immediately after the presentation. 

The link to register for the Introductory Webinar is provided here,

Upcoming Webinars

The USDA Rural Development Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBCS) will host a Rural Energy Pilot Program (REPP) Application Webinar series to assist potential applicants and stakeholder learn more about the funding opportunity. 

  • November 9, 2021: REPP Required Letter of Intent 
  • December 7, 2021: REPP Complete Application 
  • January 11, 2022: REPP Question & Answer Hour