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Grants to USA Agencies, IHEs, Councils, and Public Power Entities to Assess the Energy Efficiency of Rural Small Businesses and Farmers

CFDA or PIN Number:

CFDA Number:

10.868

ELIGIBILITY:

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Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance (REDA) Grant

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Rural Development


Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #184195

Grant Description

Grants and loans to USA and territories agencies, IHEs, public power entities, and rural electric cooperatives to assist rural small businesses and agricultural producers in evaluating their energy efficiency. Required registrations must be completed prior to submitting an application. This program helps promote American energy independence by increasing the private sector supply of renewable energy and decreasing the demand for energy through energy efficiency improvements. Over time, these investments can also help lower energy costs for small businesses and agricultural producers.

The assistance must be provided to agricultural producers and rural small businesses. Rural small businesses must be located in eligible rural areas. This restriction does not apply to agricultural producers. Assistance provided must consist of:

  • Energy audits.
  • Renewable energy technical assistance.
  • Renewable energy site assessments.

REAP has two types of funding assistance: (1) Renewable Energy Systems, Energy Efficiency Improvements (RES/EEI) and Energy Efficient Equipment and Systems (EEE) and (2) Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance (EA/REDA). The RES/EEI provides grants and guaranteed loans to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for the purchase and installation of renewable energy systems and to make energy efficiency improvements. The EEE provides guaranteed loans only to agricultural producers to purchase and install energy efficient equipment and systems for agricultural production and processing.

For further details on the types of funding assistance, see https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-07-26/pdf/2021-15785.pdf#page=2.

Eligible project costs may include:

  • Salaries directly related to the project.
  • Travel expenses directly related to conducting energy audits or renewable energy development assistance.
  • Office supplies.
  • Administrative expenses, up to a maximum of 5 percent of the grant, which include but are not limited to utilities, office space, operation expenses of office, and other project-related equipment.

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- State, Tribal, or local government entities
- Land-grant colleges or universities, or other higher education institutions
- Rural electric cooperatives
- Public power entity Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Councils

Funds may not be used for:
- Pay for construction-related activities
- Purchase or lease equipment
- Pay any judgment or debt owed to the U.S. Government
- Purchase goods or services from a person or entity with a conflict of interest
- Pay costs incurred to prepare applications
- Fund political or lobbying activities

Pre-Application Information:

Program Application Period: Applications due January 31, 2023 by 4:30 PM local time

Anticipated Award Date: Prior to September 30, 2022.

Applicants must submit separate applications for assistance, limited to one energy audit and one REDA request per fiscal year.

Applicants must have a Unique Identity ID (UEI) and must be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM). The registration is free, but several steps need to be completed (https://sam.gov/SAM/).

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$50,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum aggregate amount of an energy audit and REDA grant in a Federal fiscal year is $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Project Period: Up to 24 months for grants. Guaranteed loans are governed by the loan terms.

Contact Information:

Submit applications to the appropriate Rural Development Energy Coordinator in the State in which the applicant’s proposed project is located. See Supporting Documents, below.

For questions, contact your State Rural Development Energy Coordinator.

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