Rural Energy for America Program


Administered by the USDA, the REAP program provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and small businesses in rural areas to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems, make energy efficiency improvements, use renewable technologies that reduce energy consumption and participate in energy audits, renewable energy development assistance and feasibility studies. Find our more at:

REAP is comprised of three components:

  1. Renewable Energy System and Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loan and Grant Program
  2. Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grant Program
  3. Feasibility Studies Grant Program

Who is Eligible to Apply?
Eligibility is limited to agricultural producers and rural small businesses. An agricultural producer is an individual or entity directly engaged in the production of agricultural products whereby at least 50% of its gross income is derived from agricultural production. Business size is measured by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Table of Small Business Size Standards.

What are the Priority Selection Factors?
The following factors are used to rate eligible applications: Quantity of energy replaced, produced, or saved; Environmental benefits; Commercial availability; Technical merit; Readiness (grants only); Small agricultural producer/very small business; Simplified application/low cost projects; New grantee/borrower; Return on investment; and Loan interest rate (guaranteed loans only).

What Types of Projects are Eligible?
Eligible projects include but are not limited to the following: post-application purchase and installation of equipment; post-application non-residential construction or improvements; energy audits or assessments; permit or license fees; professional service fees; feasibility studies and technical reports; business plans; and retrofitting.

How Are Applications Made?
Agricultural producers, rural small businesses, and lenders are encouraged to contact the State Office to discuss the project and the application process. Annually, the Agency announces the availability of funds through the publication of a Notice of Funding Availability in the Federal Register. Applications are submitted to the State Office.

For Additional Information Contact:
Business and Cooperative Programs
1221 College Park Drive, Suite 200 | Dover, DE 19904
Phone: (302) 857-3628 | Fax: (855) 389-2243 | TDD: (302) 857-3585