Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grant Eligibility Assessment

Is a REAP grant or loan right for you?

Offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, REAP offers grants, guaranteed loans, or a combination of both to fund up to 25% of the total cost of renewable energy or energy efficiency projects. It’s highly competitive and not all applications are funded. The USDA has several eligibility requirements, so we’ve created this checklist to help you gauge whether you are eligible to apply.

Once you have completed this form, we will provide you with a complimentary review of your REAP grant/loan eligibility. If you prefer to print and complete this assessment form instead of submitting electronically below, please click here.


Please select all of the energy-efficiency or renewable-energy projects that you're interested in below:

Minimum project costs: $6,000
Minimum project costs: $10,000
Why we ask: All renewable energy projects must have an interconnection agreement with their local utility. If your project is below 25 kW, the interconnection agreement will be with your local electric cooperative/REMC. If your project adds more than 25 kW, the local electric cooperative/REMC needs to involve its wholesale power supplier. The agreement and rate vary based on the size of your project.
Why we ask: Your project must meet these minimum costs to be eligible for REAP.
Why we ask: Your project must meet these minimum costs to be eligible for REAP.
Why we ask: REAP project sites must be in rural areas with a population of fewer than 50,000 people.
Why we ask: The USDA doesn't necessarily consider a suburb a rural location. If you're not sure, we can help find an answer for you.

Why we ask: REAP applicants must be small businesses, farms, or some type of rural cooperative (such as ag co-ops, food co-ops, and electric co-ops).
Why we ask: REAP requires that U.S. citizens own more than half of any business that receives funding.
Why we ask: REAP projects can be for farm/business use only. Residential projects are not eligible for REAP.
Why we ask: REAP can't be used for projects that have already started. You can't have paid a portion of the costs or started construction/broken ground on the project and receive REAP funds.
Why we ask: The USDA prioritizes funding projects under $200,000. If you think your project costs will be more than $200,000, you can still apply.
Why we ask: You will need to provide quotes from a vendor as part of the REAP application.
Why we ask: REAP covers no more than 25% of the project costs. The USDA needs confirmation that you can afford the rest of the project costs.
Why we ask: Most energy-efficiency projects are required to have an energy audit. Energy audits compare your existing setup with the new project to determine how much energy the new project will save you, as well as your payback time. Energy audits must be performed by approved energy auditors, including Professional Engineers (P.E.). If you don't have an energy auditor, we will recommend one for you.
Why we ask: The application requires these bills. The energy auditor will also need them to determine your average energy usage with your current setup.
Why we ask: REAP projects must be complete two years after you receive funding.
Why we ask: You can submit a REAP application on your own, but a grant preparer has special expertise with REAP and can help make sure your application is the best it can be.


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