Sustainable Energy Grant Workshop for Businesses, Farms and Ranches – Wednesday March 11, 10:00 AM – 12:00, Chimacum Grange
Do you own a Jefferson County for-profit small business, farm or ranch? Have you been considering installing a renewable energy system or making significant energy efficiency improvements? If so, there is a USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) that may be able to provide Grant funding for up to 25% of the cost of a renewable energy installation or energy efficiency improvements. It can also provide loan guarantees. All of Jefferson County and Clallam County is considered rural, and most businesses in the county would qualify as small. The local USDA office recently gave a presentation on this program here, and to see if you would qualify and for more details, see the USDA WA site here. You can find the application forms here (Scroll down to “Rural Energy for America Program”). If you have questions about the program, contact Carlotta Donisi, the WA State USDA rep for this program, at firstname.lastname@example.org. or call her at 360-704-7724.
For those interested in applying for the grant, Carlotta will lead a workshop in Jefferson County to provide guidance on filling out the application on March 11, from 10:00 – 12:00 pm, at the Chimacum Grange, 9572 Rhody Dr, Chimacum, WA. Please review the application ahead of the meeting, including what documentation is required, and bring to the meeting any questions you have regarding how to fill out the form and what documentation is acceptable. And please RSVP to Cindy, email@example.com. Note that WSU Jefferson County and Local 2020 are partnering together to assist those interested in applying, and can continue to work with you after the meeting.
For projects with costs under $80,000 (which would correspond to grants less than $20,000) the deadline is April 30, 2015; applications submitted later but up to June 30 will compete with the unrestricted grant submittals. Applications are accepted year round.