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Rural Energy for America Program

Federal Agency


Office of Rural Development


To help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption and helps meet the Nation's critical energy needs.

Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements

Funding can be used for the development of a renewable energy system or an energy efficiency improvement project.

Decarbonization Considerations

Projects which develop or retrofit a renewable energy system that produces zero greenhouse gas emissions will be eligible for up to 50% federal grant share. Biomass and biogas projects are eligible for up to 25% federal grant share instead.

Equity Considerations

Projects located in a disadvantaged community or a distressed community will obtain 15 points in the application review process. To determine if your project is located in a Disadvantaged Community or a Distressed Community, please use the following USDA look-up map: https://ruraldevelopment. index.html?id=4acf083be4c44bb7864 d90f97de0c788.

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Other Notes

If interested, contact your State Rural Development Energy Coordinator to discuss your project and ask any questions about the application process:

Deadline (Announced or Anticipated)

There are 6 quarterly cycles to spend this funding by September 30, 2024

Funding Available


Max Award Amount


Expected Allocations


Average Award (Estimated)


Matching Funds

25-50% cost share required, varying by project types

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