Rural Energy for America Program
What Are They?
The USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) offers grants and guaranteed loans to encourage renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvement upgrades to increase American energy independence. The program will pay part of the cost of installing a system that saves or produces energy.
Eligible renewable energy systems include: Wind, solar, renewable biomass (including anaerobic digesters), small hydro-electric, ocean, and geothermal.
Eligible energy efficiency improvement projects include: grain dryers, irrigation motors, heating systems, and lighting.
How much Can I Win?
You can receive 25% of the eligible costs for a project that reduces energy usage or produces renewable energy.
- Renewable Energy System Grant Amounts: $2,500 min to $500,000 max
- Energy Efficiency Grant Amounts: $1,500 min to $250,000 max
Since this program began, it has awarded over $700 million to thousands of farms and rural small businesses. This includes $361 million in REAP grants and loans for more than 2,900 renewable energy systems. Altogether, these systems are expected to generate more than 6 billion kilowatt hours annually – enough to power more than 5.5 million homes for a year.
Our Track Record
We’ve been writing REAP grants since the program’s inception. No one can guarantee you will win because it’s a competitive program and each submission deadline is different. We have, however, won more than 80% of the hundreds of grants we’ve submitted to the USDA.
Start your REAP grant
Begin the application process by filling out our online intake.