USDA Announces New Grants for Rural America
The United States Department of Agriculture is offering Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grants to rural small businesses, farms, and ranches for purchasing, constructing, or installing renewable-energy systems or energy-efficiency upgrades.

USDA will accept applications throughout the year, with competition deadlines on Oct. 31, 2016, and March 31, 2017. A REAP grant will provide a 25 percent cash reimbursement of total-system costs, with a maximum grant of $500,000 for a renewable-energy system and $250,000 for energy efficiency upgrades.

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