USDA Rural Development accepting grant applications for 2021 renewable energy development

Applications Due January 31, 2021

Vermont Business Magazine USDA Rural Development is now accepting applications for the Rural Energy for America Program Energy Audit & Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants (REAP EA/REDA), with an application deadline of January 31, 2021. REAP EA/REDA grants strengthen American energy independence by helping rural businesses gain access to more sources of renewable energy and establish energy-efficiency solutions.

Eligible applicants include public-body organizations, state and local governments, institutions of higher education, rural electric cooperatives, and public-power entities, among others. Applications are available for both energy-audit assistance and renewable-energy site assessments and technical assistance. The maximum annual aggregate amount of an energy audit and REDA grant is $100,000. In 2020, the program provided $291,474 in funding for Vermont and New Hampshire rural communities.

Projects from 2020 include:

  • Lakes Region Community College – Technical assistance helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses throughout New Hampshire implement solar photovoltaic and wood thermal energy.
  • New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority - Provides businesses with energy-savings strategies and technical assistance to identify project funding sources through partner organizations.
  • Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation- Partners with the Biomass Energy Resource Center to help hospitality businesses like hotels and inns reduce fossil-fuel use and convert to efficient wood-heat systems.

For questions and guidance regarding REAP EA/REDA grant applications, contact USDA RD Business Program Energy Specialist Ken Yearman at (802) 828-6070 or [email protected].

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports housing, infrastructure improvements, business development, high-speed internet access, and community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care. For more information, visit If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.

Source: MONTPELIER, VT, December 8, 2020 – USDA Rural Development