USDA Rural Development has extended the deadline to apply for grants under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for fiscal year 2013 to May 31.
The REAP program was authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill and provides grants and loan guarantees to farmers and rural small businesses for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. The program is designed to help reduce energy costs and consumption.
USDA has extended the 2013 program funding deadlines as follows:
* Applications for renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement grants and combination grant and guaranteed loan will be accepted until May 31, 2013;
* Renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement guaranteed loan applications will be accepted until July 15, 2013;
* Renewable energy system feasibility study grant applications will be accepted until May 31, 2013.
More information on how to apply for the REAP program in Missouri can be obtained at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/MO-REAP.html or by calling the USDA Rural Development state office at 573-876-9321.
Since the passage of the 2008 Farm Bill and through the end of Fiscal Year 2012, REAP has funded nationwide over 6,800 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, feasibility studies, energy audits, and renewable energy development assistance projects.