The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has over 180 standing grant, loan and loan guarantee programs, each of which receives annual funding appropriated through the Farm Bill, which is renewed every five years by the U.S. Congress.
Grants: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Of the USDA's 180+ standing grant, loan and loan guarantee programs, 12 are dedicated specifically to supporting and advancing renewable energy projects. Another dozen can be used to support or implement renewable energy projects. Some programs accept applications on a rolling basis, others accept applications one and sometimes two times per year.
All grants and loans are restricted to projects that are located in or benefit rural areas (with populations of 50,000 or less).
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How to Find USDA Grants & Loans
USDA Map & Eligibility Search
First, it is advisable to use the USDA'S Map & Eligibility Search to learn if the address of the project you are proposing meets the USDA's location qualifications. Please click the button below and, in the space provided on the USDA's eligibility search tool, type in the address of your project.
USDA Rural Development operates over 50 financial assistance programs for a variety of rural applications. The programs that can be used for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects are listed below. Click on the buttons to view the programs and to follow links describing each program.
The USDA's Energy ProgramsInclude Advanced Biofuel Payment Program; Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program; Repowering Assistance Program;Rural Energy for America (REAP) Energy Audits and Renewable Energy Development Grants, and REAP Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans & Grants.
The USDA's Business Programs include Business and Industry Loan Guarantees (B&I), Rural Business Development Grants (RBDG), Rural Business Investment Program (RBIP), Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG), Intermediary Relending Program (IRP), Value Added Producer Grants (VAPG), and Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP).
The USDA's Electric Programs include Electric Infrastructure Loan & Loan Guarantee Program and High Energy Cost Grants.
Other USDA Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Grant Programs