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Grants offered for farm energy efficiency

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- USDA is inviting applications from farmers and rural small businesses for funding to make energy efficiency improvements or to install renewable energy systems. For fiscal year 2014, USDA plans to award up to $12.3 million in grants and $57.8 million in loan guarantees. Additional REAP funds provided by the Farm Bill will be made available with a subsequent notice.

USDA is accepting applications for:

• Renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement loan guarantee and grant combinations;

• Renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement loan guarantees; and

• Renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement grants.

Requests for grants may not exceed 25 percent of a project’s cost – either for stand-alone grant requests or for grants combined with loan guarantees.

Information on how to apply for REAP funding and on the application deadlines (which vary by project type) is available on page 25564 of the May 5, 2014 Federal Register. https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/05/05/2014-10054/notice-of-funding-availability-for-the-rural-energy-for-america-program