Need a little extra help financing your next maple improvement project? Here are four state and federal grant programs available for maple producers.
The REAP Program
The USDA’s REAP Program is designed to assist current producers with energy efficiency improvement projects. REAP stands for Rural Energy for America Program. Former project winners include plans for reverse osmosis and sap pre-heaters. Efficiency Project Grants can cover up to 25% of the project cost ranging from $1500 – $250,000. Applications are accepted in March and October.
Energy Efficiency Programs
Focus on Energy offers incentive programs for natural gas and electric efficiency upgrades in Wisconsin. This program offers an Agriculture Multiple Equipment Bonus which offers financial aid for the installation of two or more pieces of energy-saving equipment. The incentives range from $400 to $600. Check out the 2019 Agribusiness catalog for details.
If you are outside Wisconsin, contact your local energy utility or similar energy saving program in your state.
- Maine – Efficiency Maine
- Michigan – Contact your Local Utility
- Minnesota – Minnesota Energy Resources
- Ohio – Contact your Local Utility
- New York – NYSERDA
- New Hampshire – NHSaves
- Vermont – Efficiency Vermont
Department of Trade and Consumer Protection
Having a hard time getting your maple syrup to your consumer?
In Wisconsin’s Food and Agricultural Industry, the Department of Trade and Consumer Protection funded 58 projects totaling more than 1.6 million dollars in 2018. For example, this Spring, a Wisconsin-based maple producer was awarded a grant to help develop new single-serve syrup packaging. Check out the map to learn what other types of projects were funded by the Buy Local Buy Wisconsin program. For more information, see Buy Local Buy Wisconsin.
If you are outside Wisconsin, contact your state’s department of trade and consumer protection for similar programs.
Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency — DSIRE
Still haven’t found what you are looking for? Search the DSIRE database. Just click on your state and find the incentive that best fits your energy efficiency or renewable project.
Do you know of additional resources that aren’t listed here? If so, please share in the comments below! We would also love to hear about any improvement projects are you planning for next maple season.