USDA offers grant program

The Rural Energy Pilot Program grant offers financial assistance for rural communities to further develop renewable energy.

Funding from the REPP grant can be used to support community energy planning, capacity building, technical assistance, efficiency and more. The grant term is for three years and successful applicants may receive up to 80 percent of total eligible project costs, not to exceed $2 million.

Eligible applicants to the program must be part of the Rural Energy Community Partnerships, which include, but are not limited to:

Non-profit entities

State and local entities

Tribal entities

Municipalities and other public bodies

For more program details, view the brochure here or at and visit the site. To go directly to application instructions, click here or go to