Announcements regarding hearings, grants, and public comment notices of importance to California's rural counties.

USDA Rural Development Rural Energy for America Program

USDA Rural Development is currently accepting applications for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).  The deadline to apply is October 31, 2018.  This grant program is designed to help agricultural producers and small business owners finance renewable energy and energy efficiency improvement projects.  Eligible projects include biomass (including anaerobic digesters) and solar, among other technologies.  Small business applicants must be located in eligible rural areas, typically populations of 50,000 or less, yet agricultural producers are not restricted by location for this program. 

Last year, California provided more than $200,000 in grants of $20,000 or less, with the average award of $16,969.  Complete program details, as well as how to apply, are available online at  For assistance with the application and materials contact California’s Energy Coordinator Rick Sturtevant at or (831) 975-7762.

$587 Million Available in Disaster Supplemental Funding

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Planning Grants for Wildfire

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