March 19, 2018
REAP provides two types of funding assistance:
Wind, solar, biomass, digesters, hydroelectric, and geothermal are among the energy systems that can be funded by REAP.
The 2014 Farm Bill provides $50 million for REAP in fiscal year (FY) 2018. Historically, Congress has also appropriated discretionary funds for REAP in addition to direct farm bill funding; with FY 2018 appropriations legislation still under debate, it still remains to be seen if discretionary funding will be allocated. If discretionary funds are provided, USDA will need to work quickly to add the additional funds to the existing REAP pool for FY 2018. USDA estimates that they will be able to make approximately 1,000 awards in FY 2018 based on the $50 million provided by the farm bill alone.
For complete information on REAP, see the NSAC Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm and Food Programs, as well as USDA’s REAP website.
Grants and Guaranteed Loans for Renewable Energy Production and Energy Efficiency Improvements
Grants for Energy Audits and Renewable Energy Planning and Development
For detailed information about the application process, read the Federal Register notice or contact the USDA Rural Development Energy Coordinator for your state. In some cases, applicants must submit a hard copy application to their State Energy Coordinator. In other cases, applications may be submitted online via grants.gov. All applicants must register through the System for Award Management (SAM) and must obtain a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Number System (DUNS) number.
Since its enactment in the 2002 Farm Bill, REAP funding has been used in all 50 states to provide homegrown energy and energy savings.
In the 2014 Farm Bill, REAP received permanent baseline funding of $50 million per year, which means that that funding for the program will continue into the future even if the next farm bill reauthorization provides no new money. As debates around the upcoming farm bill continue, NSAC will be urging Congress to protect permanent baseline funding for this important program.