March 17, 10am–12pmWhat
U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development will host a meeting March 17 to discuss funding opportunities through the Rural Energy for America Program. Additionally, the Ohio Development Service Agency and the Toledo Port Authority will provide information on the assistance available through those entities.
10:00 a.m. USDA Rural Development
10:20 a.m. Ohio Development Service Agency, Office of Energy & Redevelopment
10:40 a.m. Toledo Port Authority and the Northwest Ohio Advanced Energy District
11:00 a.m. Questions
The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) is intended to encourage rural small for-profit businesses and agricultural producers to install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. The grant program can help pay for 25 percent of the total eligible project costs while the guaranteed loan program can help pay for 75 percent of the total eligible project costs. Please keep in mind that these programs can only assist with costs incurred after an application is received by Rural Development. Due to the recent passage of the Farm Bill, we anticipate program funding in excess of $70,000,000; a substantial increase in available funds as compared to Fiscal Year 2013.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please call Cindy Musshel at 614-255-2427, Christie Hooks at 614-255-2397 or Randy Monhemius at 614-255-2424. We can also be reached via email at the addresses listed above.