From the SC Promise Zone:
This workshop will center around the USDA Rural Energy for America Grant (REAP) which has a November 1 deadline and the USDA Value Added Producer Grant (Waiting on Notice). Many rural small business or farms are eligible for the REAP grant which funds 25% of an energy efficiency upgrade project. Any farmer who has been in business for a couple of years and currently producing a value added product should consider the Value added Producer Grant. Criteria to apply for these grants, funding projects and other resources to assist in rural business development will be discussed.