Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today invited applica tions for energy audit and renewable energy development assistance grants. The deadline to apply is February 12. These grants are part of USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which was created u nder the 2008 Farm Bill and reauthorized under the 2014 Farm Bill.
Energy audit and renewable energy development assist ance grants are available to units of State, Tribal or local governments and their instrumenta lities, institutions of hi gher education, rural electric cooperatives, public power entitie s or Resource Conservation and Development Councils. The Agency will host an informational webinar on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. eastern time to discuss the En ergy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grant Program. There is no cost for the webinar; however all wishing to participate must register for the event. Please visit, https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/789/7004 to complete the registration for the webcast.
The audio only por tion of the webinar will be available via phone by dialing Toll-Free (US & Canada) 1-888-669-0685 or International Dial-In (Toll) 1-862-255- 5362. Please reference the “USDA Event” when asked which call you are attempting to connect. Additional information about how to appl y for this funding is available in the REAP Funding Notice and about the REAP Final Rule – which makes several importa nt changes to the program based on public comment and the provisions in the 2014 Farm Bill – are available in the Federal Register http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-29.