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Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Loans and Grants

Provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase or install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements.

Terms and Qualification:
Businesses must be in an area other than a city or town with a population of greater than 50,000 inhabitants and the urbanized area of that city or town.

Agricultural producers may be in rural or non-rural areas.

Loan guarantee terms:

  • Loan guarantees on loans up to 75% of total eligible project costs.
  • Grants for up to 25% of total eligible project costs.
  • Combined grant and loan guarantee funding up to 75% of total eligible project costs.
  • $5,000 minimum loan amount.
  • $25 million maximum loan amount.
  • Up to 85% loan guarantee.
  • Rates and terms negotiated with the lender and subject to USDA approval.
  • Maximum term of 30 years for real estate.
  • Maximum term of 15 years for machinery and equipment.
  • Maximum term of 7 years for capital loans.
  • Maximum term of 30 years for combined real estate and equipment loans.

Information and Forms to Apply

Program Administrator:
Office of Rural Development, US Department of Agriculture – USDA; Business and Cooperative Programs (BCP)

See website for additional information

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