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Energy Assistance Available for Rural Communities

Friday December 15th, 2017
Rural townships may apply for grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program. For last year's grant round, the deadline for applications was the end of January.
Grantees use the funds to help rural small businesses and agricultural producers with energy audits and renewable energy technical assistance and energy site assessments.
Eligible project costs may include:
• project-related salaries and travel expenses;
• office supplies; and
• administrative expenses up to 5 per­cent of the grant, including utilities, office space, and operation expenses for office and other project-related equipment.
For more information and applications, go to or contact Amanda Hope in the Pennsylvania Rural Development Office at (717) 237-2289 or