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Stakeholder Announcement: USDA Seeks Applications for Rural Energy for America Program

USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson announced that the department is accepting applications for loan guarantees and grants for renewable energy
systems; and to make energy efficiency improvements, conduct energy audits and provide development assistance.

Funds are being made available under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). USDA is seeking applications for Fiscal Year 2022 funding. 

The deadlines to apply for grants are Oct. 31, 2021, and March 31, 2022. Applications for technical assistance grants are due Jan. 31, 2022. Applications for loan guarantees are accepted year-round.


Agricultural producers and rural small businesses are eligible applicants for loan guarantees and grants for renewable energy systems and to make energy efficiency improvements.

State and local governments, federally-recognized tribes, land-grant colleges or universities or other institutions of higher education, rural electric cooperatives, public power entities, and Resource Conservation & Development Councils (as defined in
16 USC §3451) are eligible applicants for grants to conduct energy audits and provide development assistance.

Interested applicants in Colorado are encouraged to contact Cindy Chadwick, Energy Coordinator, cindy.chadwick@usda.gov, well in advance of the application deadlines to discuss your project and ask any questions about the REAP program or the application process.

Additional information on the required materials and how to apply for the REAP program are available on page 40000 of the July 26, 2021, Federal Register.

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.