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Download this Application to start the process

When can you start upgrades?

Less than a 1 year payback for upgrade of diesel to electric!!!

When done in conjunction with the to conversion/ upgrade to a new lower pressure irrigation system.

  • REAP grantees can start upgrades with their local irrigation dealer and begin their project once the completed grant application has been turned in to the USDA. Grantees have two years o complete their project.

  • EQIP grantees are allowed to begin upgrade after funding is approved.

How much money could be saved by converting two diesel pumps

New electric motors / switches /panels

Running Electrical lines $20,000
New pumps $10,000
    Total Typical costs $50,000

Rebates, grants, energy savings

REAP grants

Section 179 depreciation at a 20% tax rate $10,000
    Total savings first year  $64,500
Action Who will help? How much will it cost?
Site Survey¹ NRCS No cost to you
Conservation Action Plan
(CAP) Preparation
Energy Improvement Matters,
No cost to you
EQIP Funding Application Your local district conservation officer using your CAP A free service from NRCS
REAP Funding Application Energy Improvement Matters,
$600 application fee and 1% of the project cost if you win
State Grant Application Technical Service Provider, EIM Cost is dependent upon feasibility and incentives.
Tax Credits and Deductions Claimed Your accountant with some very basic guidance from your TSP Average cost for extra accounting work is $100 per hour. Check with your accountant.
  • EIM reserves the right to limit the number of applicants they accept for processing based on the announced state funding levels.

  • NRCS funds CAP preparation under their Conservation Practice 118. The Technical Service Provider is paid for his work when you complete forms.

Frequently Asked Questions

  How much of my time will this take?

Documents needed to write the grant application include: first two pages of Federal income tax return, DUNS number, articles of incorporation (if applicable), permits, letter of support from bank, proof of property control, copies of most recent 12 months of utility bills. Grant winners will need to turn in utility bills to report their energy usage for a two year period. The average EIM client will spend four hours providing information.

  Will I need to pay taxes on the grant award?

Almost all government grants are considered cash payments and are taxable events.

  What if I have already made upgrades to my property?

Any construction or purchase made prior to the grant application being officially received by the USDA is not eligible for grant awards.

When can I get the money?             $$$$$$$$

    • USDA REAP GRANTS: While the EIM application deadline is February 28, winners are usually announced between July and October. Payments are issued after the announcement of winners and the completion of the project.

    • USDA EQIP FUNDING: While applications must be made early in the year, projects are selected for support February to March and payment is made after project completion.

    • UTILITY COMPANY INCENTIVES: Utility program payments are typically monthly.

  • TAX CREDITS OR DEDUCTIONS: These are adjustments to your annual income tax. You should contact your accountant to find out specifics for your situation.

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for information on grants (317) 228-0134

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What do past winners say about EIM grant writers?

• Mr. Jones won a REAP grant and an EQIP grant. He says it is "well worth your time. It's just a matter of getting information together and getting it to EIM. Then the energy office asks you to complete some forms. The time I spent on the phone with EIM and driving to the Rural Development office was about 8 hours total. It was less than two weeks from the time I told Rural Development, 'we're done; come check it out,' to the time I got my money. That's a good deal." When asked about his experience with EIM, he states, "I thought you all were great. The process was smooth and I think a lot of that was because of you all. Any question I had, you were able to answer. I was one of two or three people in Arkansas who got awarded both REAP and EQIP and I think that was because of EIM.

• Mr. Akin says getting his grant was 'easy.' "You all did everything we expected you to do."

• "I liked that when I called with a question, it was answered promptly. It was good that I knew you and you knew me. It was a very personal experience. The grant process was really easy because you all made it easy" says Mr. Patterson.

• "I would do it again. It was well worth it" says Mrs. Swinney.