Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
The U.S.D.A. continually accepts applications for this grant program. Since applications are funded on a first-come, first-funded basis, it is essential to
submit your application as soon as possible. Grants up to 25% of eligible project costs are available. In addition, state and local matching funds are often
available. Permitted uses of funds include:
Energy Efficiency Improvement Grants up to $250,000 will fund: Replacement of equipment and/or improvements to a facility, building, or process that will reduce energy consumption.
- Post-application purchase of equipment (except tillage equipment/vehicles)
- Post-application construction
- Feasibility studies & business plans
- Energy audits & assessments
- Professional service fees (excluding application preparation)
- Permits and fees associated with environmental review
Renewable Energy Production Grants up to $500,000 will fund:
Renewable Energy: Renewable energy production derived from wind, solar, oceanic, hydroelectric, biomass, anaerobic digester, geothermal, or hydrogen derived from these sources.
Biomass: Production of fuel, thermal energy, or electric power from a biomass source that is available on a renewable or recurring basis including agricultural crops,
trees grown for energy production, wood waste, wood residues, plant residues/fibers, animal wastes, fats, oil, and greases. Biomass does not include paper that is commonly
recycled or un-segregated solid waste.
"I really liked the analogy that the grant writer is like a tax preparer. Technically everyone is allowed to do their own taxes, but anyone with a return more complex than
the 1040EZ form, usually gets assistance. Like a tax preparer, the REAP grant writer can get involved at various levels in the project depending on the owner's effort,
skill and type of project being considered. If the tax office gets a shoe box of receipts for a large complex farm tax return, the effort is going to be much more extensive
than a project in which engineering studies are done and info is well organized. In some projects, the grant writer is seen more as a project financial manager than just
assisting with writing the application.
NO ONE made a claim that a REAP grant application was simple or fast to complete. I seemed to get the impression all were in agreement that a simple form of the application
might involve 10 to 20 hours of effort and a complex full project application could be 20 to 60 hours. Factors influencing the time required included: response from applicant
to data request, complications in getting certain documents from 3rd parties, status of project engineering with cost estimates, and finally whether the project qualified to
use a simple or full application with all components needed."
- Roger Kasper, Wisconsin Department Of Trade & Consumer Protection
"Successful Wisconsin Grant Writer" meeting, March 1, 2010.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND HOW TO APPLY. Call Linda Davis at (608) 832-8003 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.