The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications for grants that will help agricultural producers and rural small businesses make energy efficiency improvements and invest in renewable energy systems. In total, $1 billion worth of grants are available under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) with funding from the Inflation Reduction Act.

Recipients will be chosen quarterly though September 30, 2024. To ensure small projects have an opportunity to compete for funding, at least 20% of the funds will be set aside each year until June 30 for grant requests under $20,000. The maximum grant request is $1 million for renewable energy systems and $500,000 for energy efficiency projects.

This article appeared in the May 2023 issue of Journal of Nutrient Management on page 5.