Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) application deadline extended to June 14th

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED until June 14 for Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grants.

This Notice also increases to $65.2 million the funding available in Fiscal Year 2013 budget authority to fund REAP activities.

SUMMARY: The Rural Business-
Cooperative Service (Agency) published
a notice in the Federal Register of
March 29, 2013, (78 FR 19183)
announcing the acceptance of
applications for funds available under
the Rural Energy for America Program
(REAP) for Fiscal Year 2013. The
Consolidated and Further Continuing
Appropriations Act, 2013, provides
additional funding for REAP. This
Notice announces the availability of
approximately $65.2 million in Fiscal
Year 2013 budget authority to fund
REAP activities, which will support
approximately $31 million in grant
program level and approximately $142.3
million in guaranteed loan program
level, which includes approximately
$13 million of discretionary funding.
This Notice also extends the application
period to June 14, 2013, for both Fiscal
Year 2013 applicants and applicants
who submitted Fiscal Year 2012
applications and wish to submit written
requests to have their Fiscal Year 2012
applications considered for Fiscal Year
2013 funds.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Lisa Noty, USDA Rural Development,

Energy Division, 255 U.S. 

Highway 69, Suite 5, Garner, IA 50438.
Telephone: (641) 923–3666 extension
109. Email: lisa.noty@wdc.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The
Agency is amending the Available
Funds paragraph under Award
Information section in the Notice of
Funding Availability for the Rural
Energy for America Program published
on March 29, 2013, (78 FR 19183). The
Consolidated and Further Continuing
Appropriations Act, 2013, has provided
additional funding for REAP.
The March 29, 2013, Notice identified
up to $20.8 million available to the
REAP program, with up to $10.4 million
in grant program level and up to $43.4
million in guaranteed loan program
level. With the additional funding now
available, for Fiscal Year 2013, up to
$65.2 million of budget authority is
available to the REAP program, an
increase of approximately $44.4 million.
The REAP grant program level increases
approximately $20.6 million, from $10.4
million to up to $31 million, with grant
program levels for feasibility studies
increasing from $250,000 to up to
$350,000 and for grants of $20,000 or
less increasing from $4.1 million to up
to $12.4 million. The guaranteed loan
program level for Fiscal Year 2013
increases approximately $99 million,
from $43.4 million to $142.3 million,
which includes approximately $13
million in discretionary funds.
To reflect these changes in program
level funding, the Agency is amending
the funding levels and dollars available
for grants and guaranteed loans for
renewable energy system (RES) and
energy efficiency improvement (EEI)
projects and for grants for RES
feasibility studies.
The Agency is also amending, for a
second time, the application deadline
for three sets of applications: (1)
Renewable energy system (RES) and
energy efficiency improvement (EEI)
grants, (2) RES and EEI grant and loan
combinations and (3) RES feasibility
study grants. The Agency extended the
original deadline for these applications
from April 30, 2013, to May 31, 2013,
in a May 8, 2013, Notice (78 FR 26747).
The May 8, 2013, Notice, however,
inadvertently did not extend the
deadline for these same types of
applications for Fiscal Year 2012
applicants who wish to be considered
for Fiscal Year 2013 funding.
With this Notice, the Agency is
extending the application deadline for
the aforementioned grants to compete
for Fiscal Year 2013 funds to June 14,
2013. This extension applies to both
Fiscal Year 2013 applicants and to 

Fiscal Year 2012 applicants who wish to
submit a written request to have their
Fiscal Year 2012 applications
considered for Fiscal Year 2013 funds.
The application dates in this Notice
supersede those identified in the May 8,
2013, Notice. This Notice makes no
other changes to the March 29, 2013,
Notice.
The following Summary of Changes
apply to the March 29, 2013, Notice.
Summary of Changes
1. In the third column on page 19183,
the last sentence in the SUMMARY
section is revised to read as follows:
The Notice also announces the
availability of up to $65.2 million of
Fiscal Year 2013 budget authority to
fund these REAP activities, which will
support up to $31 million in grant
program level and up to $142.3 million
in guaranteed loan program level.
2. In the third column on page 19183,
the second paragraph under the DATES
section is revised to read as follows:
For renewable energy system and
energy efficiency improvement grant
applications and combination grant and
guaranteed loan applications, no later
than 4:30 p.m. local time June 14, 2013.
3. In the third column on page 19183,
the fourth paragraph under the DATES
section is revised to read as follows:
For renewable energy system
feasibility study applications, no later
than 4:30 p.m. local time June 14, 2013.
4. In the first column on page 19186,
the first sentence of the first paragraph
under the Award Information section,
Available Funds, is revised to read as
follows:
The amount of funds available for
renewable energy systems and energy
efficiency improvements in Fiscal Year
2013 will be up to $173 million.
5. In the second column on page
19186, the first sentence of the second
paragraph under the Award Information
section, Available Funds, is revised to
read as follows:
The amount of grant funds available
for renewable energy system feasibility
studies in Fiscal Year 2013 will be up
to $350,000.
6. In the second column on page
19186, the first sentence of the third
paragraph under the Award Information
section, Available Funds, is revised to
read as follows:
In order to ensure that small projects
have a fair opportunity to compete for
the funding and are consistent with the
priorities set forth in the statute, the
Agency will set-aside up to $12.4
million to fund grants of $20,000 or less.
7. In the first column on page 19189,
the first sentence of subparagraph
(1)(iv), is revised to read as follows:

Written requests to consider Fiscal
Year 2012 applications for Fiscal Year
2013 funds may be submitted at any
time during Fiscal Year 2013, up to and
including 4:30 p.m. local time on June
14, 2013.
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Dated: June 4, 2013.