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Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Grants and Guaranteed Loans

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 10.868
U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
Nov 2, 2020

The REAP Renewable Energy System Grant and Loan Guarantee program provides financial assistance to agriculture producers and rural small businesses to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems or energy efficiency improvements.

Funds may be used for the purchase, installation and construction of renewable energy systems, such as:

  • Biomass (for example: biodiesel and ethanol, anaerobic digesters, and solid fuels)
  • Geothermal for electric generation or direct use
  • Hydropower below 30 megawatts
  • Hydrogen
  • Small and large wind generation
  • Small and large solar generation
  • Ocean (tidal, current, thermal) generation

Funds may also be used for the purchase, installation and construction of energy efficiency improvements, such as:

  • High efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC)
  • Insulation
  • Lighting
  • Cooling or refrigeration units
  • Doors and windows
  • Electric, solar, or gravity pumps for sprinkler pivots
  • Switching from a diesel to electric irrigation motor
  • Replacement of energy-inefficient equipment

Rural small businesses and agricultural producers are eligible to apply.

A list of specific requirements can be found on the program website.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Renewable Energy System Grants:

  • $2,500 minimum
  • $500,000 maximum

Energy Efficiency Grants:

  • $1,500 minimum
  • $250,000 maximum

Applicants can apply for grants, guaranteed loans, or a combination of the two. A percentage of matching funds is required based upon the type of project.

Application process

Links to additional guidance and the application instructions are available on the program website.

Applicants should contact their State Rural Development Energy Coordinator to begin the application process.


  • Grants of $20,000 or less and loan/grant combination of $20,000 or less deadlines are October 31, 2019 and March 31, 2020
  • Applications for Unrestricted Grants and unrestricted loan/grant combination deadline is March 31, 2020
  • Energy audit and renewable energy development assistance grants deadline is January 31, 2020
  • Guaranteed loan applications are accepted on a continuous cycle.

According to a Federal Register announcement, lenders may offer 180-day loan payment deferrals without prior agency approval until September 30, 2020.

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