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Interested in Renewable Energy for your Farm or Rural Small Business?

We can help! 

Contact Jena Thomas, for more information regarding how to apply for REAP grant funding, and increase your farm or rural small business's energy efficiency!

Keep reading below to learn more about the program, as well as eligible applicants and projects.

Renewable Energy  for America Program

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Are you ready to embark on a journey towards a more sustainable and renewable energy future? Whether you've been considering solar panels, harnessing the power of the wind, upgrading to energy-efficient equipment, or even delving into the realm of biofuels, there's an exciting opportunity that may be able to help fund your project: the Rural Energy for America Program.   

Thanks to grants made available through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and partnership with Spark Northwest, DSWCD is bringing this program to Central Oregon, making access to renewable energy solutions for your farm or rural small business a reality. 

Eligible Applicants

If you're curious about whether you're eligible to tap into the benefits of the Rural Energy for America Program, see if you qualify! 

Agricultural Producers

If 51% of your gross income comes from Ag operations (including agritourism), you could be eligble for funding through the Rural Energy for America Program. 

If you are unsure about the percentage of income derived from Ag operations: 
% = Gross Agricultural Revenue / (Gross Agricultural Revenue + Gross Off Farm Income)


Rural Small Businesses 

If you live in a rural community (less than 50,000 pop.) and operate a SBA-Standard small business you may also be eligible for funding. For-Profit businesses, cooperatives (501(c)(12)), rural electric utlities and tribal corps are all included in this eligibility group. 

Eligible Project Costs

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REAP grants can fund up to 25% of total eligible project costs! Eligible costs include equipment, installation, engineering, permits and licenses. REAP grants cannot cover residential energy projects, pre-application expenses, vehicles or payment to the applicant.

Reach out to learn more and apply!

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