USDA-Rural Development Accepting Grant Applications From Small Businesses and Farmers

Last Updated on Jan 7, 2015 at 11:10am | Energy

Loan and grant applications are now being accepted to support small businesses, farmers, and ranchers for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects through the USDA-Rural Development's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).
The first application deadline is April 30, 2015, and the energy grant covers up to 25% of energy improvements.

If you can answer "YES" to these three ques­tions, your project may be eligible for USDA-Rural Development REAP assistance:                                       
Do you:
  • Earn at least 51% of your income from farming or ranching?
  • Operate a privately owned, for-profit small business located in a rural area or town of 50,000 people or less? 
  • Are you looking for financial assistance to install one of the following (the project's technology must be readily available for purchase) at your business, farm, or ranch:
    • A system that will generate renewable energy OR
    • Eligible energy efficiency measures that will reduce energy costs?
Information about eligible areas for rural small businesses can be found on the USDA Income and Property Eligibility Website.
If you would like more information on this program, please contact Bruce Weaver, DE/MD Energy Coordinator, at or (302) 857-3629.