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Grant of the Month: The Federal Rural Energy Assistance Program (REAP)

By May 19, 2024May 22nd, 2024No Comments

Thursday May 30th – 2 PM ET


From the office to the farm, how your business can go solar & lower your energy bills!

The USDA is announcing $145 million in funding for 700 loan and grant awards through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to help rural small business owners and farmers make energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy investments – could you or someone in your community benefit? Join this webinar to find out! 

In this session of the grant of the month club, we will talk about the incredible new funding opportunities through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to help agricultural producers and rural small business owners make energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy investments to lower energy costs, generate new income, and strengthen the resiliency of their operations. 

In the first hour of this event, we will feature organizations helping small businesses and farmers access REAP funding, and learn about what type of projects can qualify for these loans and grant awards. 

Speakers include:

  • Jess Fritz, Program Director for Sustainable Energy at Rural Action
  • Dana Vingris, Director of Grants and Development, Sustainable Ohio Public Energy Council
  • Emily Little, EEI Regional Associate, Solar United Neighbors
  • Janelle Darst, Communications Associate at Solar United Neighbors  
  • Leo Kowalski, Director of Transformation, PA Solar Center
  • Moderated by: Tracy Sabetta of Initiative Consulting

In the second hour, we’ll allow time for networking and conversation from groups in the region who are applying, or considering applying for the REAP program. 



This event is part of the ReImagine Appalachia Grant of the Month Club Series, an ongoing series which aims to share information on a funding streams and resources that we believe are of particular interest to rural communities, communities facing energy transition or deindustrialization, historically disinvested communities, and/or Appalachian communities.


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