Rural Energy Pilot Program Announced

Friday, January 21st, 2022

The purpose of the REPP is to provide financial assistance for rural communities to further develop renewable energy to help meet our nation's energy needs and combat climate change while prioritizing environmental justice, racial equity and economic opportunity.

To be eligible for this program, projects must contribute to the establishment or development of clean energy communities through the deployment of community-scale distributed renewable energy technologies or systems.

Who may apply?

Eligible applicants to this program are Rural Energy Community Partnerships as defined in the REPP Notice of Funding Opportunity, Federal Register Notice.  

REPP partnerships may be comprised of, but are not limited to:

  • Non-profit entities;

  • State and local entities;

  • Tribal entities;

  • Municipalities and other public bodies.

How may funds be used?

REPP grant funds can be used to support: 

  • Community energy planning, capacity building, and technical assistance

  • Community efficiency and weatherization 

  • Installation and equipping of community-scale renewable energy technologies and systems

***Key Dates*** 

Prior to the submission of an application, the Agency requires prospective applicants to inform the Agency by submitting a letter of intent electronically by no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, April 19, 2022, to be eligible for grant funding. Letters of Intent received prior to the deadline will be reviewed and afforded a response by the Agency. On or before May 19, 2022, the Agency will send a letter of response. Prospective applicants are invited to submit a complete application electronically no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, July 18, 2022, to be eligible for grant funding.

Contact

Anthony Crooks: telephone (202) 205-9322, email: RuralEnergyPilotProgram@usda.gov.