For the last two years, I have been busy writing USDA REAP grants for small rural businesses and agricultural producers. These grants are designed to help small business owners secure federal funding for solar or wind projects, and pay for energy-efficient technologies that in turn, help grow their businesses.
I get to know a lot of the needs of rural farm producers through the grants I manage and freelance articles I write. I’ve gotten pretty good at figuring out which projects make the most sense.
REAP stands for “Rural Energy for America.” Success from previous years cleared the way for President Trump to sign the 2018 Farm Bill and expand the program.
Legislators on both sides of the aisle came together in December to support the initiative, which is a big boost to rural businesses looking to expand while reducing their energy costs. The bill promises to provide $50 million a year in funding, which will help out a lot of small communities across America.
So far, I have successfully secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in REAP grants for farmers. E-mail me anytime to ask how to prepare the paperwork and seek out these funding opportunities. Every state offers them during two funding cycles each year: April 1 and October 31.