FREE technical assistance available for Maryland-based rural agricultural producers and small businesses to access USDA REAP funding

Maryland Clean Energy Center to provide support for grant applicants looking to reduce operating costs with an energy audit, efficiency upgrades, and renewable energy projects

The Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) was recently awarded a $155,400 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA/ Rural Development) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). These funds will allow MCEC to provide technical assistance and grant application support for Maryland-based rural agricultural producers and small businesses to access USDA REAP funding. 

The $145 million in funding, allocated nationally under the Inflation Reduction Act, provides loans and grants to make energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy investments to lower energy costs, generate new income, and strengthen the resiliency of their operations.

“It can be daunting to implement and fund cost saving energy and resilience projects, and the grant applications can be challenging,” said Katherine Magruder, Executive Director for the Maryland Clean Energy Center. “This USDA/ Rural Development award allows MCEC to offer grant writing services, and technical support, with coordinated financing expertise to assist with project planning, design, engineering, at no cost.”

MCEC will provide technical support and grant writing assistance, in partnership with the FEWSS Project, in order to meet the following rolling deadlines: December 31, 2023, March 31, 2024, June 30, 2024, and September 30, 2024. Assistance will include filing for the federal System for Award Management (SAM.gov) and Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) registrations, as well as support with completing a REAP grant application.

Interested participants should complete the USDA REAP Application Assistance Interest Form at https://bit.ly/MCEC-REAP.

Grant awards require a 50% cash match from the applicant, and non-solar projects valued at $40,000 and under, are strongly encouraged. MCEC will work directly with the USDA/ Rural Development Maryland Office to determine program and funding eligibility based on the USDA REAP requirements.