As of November 15, 2021

Below are the details of the current U.S. Government Funding Programs and Resources available to support companies and projects in renewable energy, the bioeconomy and energy efficiency.

Our assistance in obtaining grants, loans, loan guarantees, and other resources is led by Bill Hagy, a retired United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development expert.  Bill spent over three decades at the US Department of Agriculture progressing from a field agent to serving as Acting Under Secretary for Rural Development.  He spent his last three years at the agency as the Special Assistant for Renewable Energy to Former United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack where he advised on policy matters relating to alternative/renewable energy development.  He has deep knowledge of federal loan and funding programs and leads our services to clients seeking to access these programs that provide financial assistance for research, development, demonstration, and commercial scale renewable energy/ energy efficiency projects.

At Lee Enterprises Consulting, we have professionals dedicated to assisting our clients with grants, loans, loan guarantees, and other forms of assistance. We have over 150 subject-matter experts to assist with both the technical and business expertise needed for various programs.  We have a very low cost funding search which will help you identify all the federal and state grants, loans and loan guarantees available, and allow you a consultation with our expert about which might be the best option for your project. Contact us for more information.

America’s Seed Fund

OPPORTUNITY: America’s Seed Fund powered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/ Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I Program Funding Solicitation. The NSF STTR program focuses on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. DESCRIPTION: The NSF SBIR/STTR Program provides non-dilutive funding for the…

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Bioenergy Technologies Office: “Scale-Up of Integrated Biorefineries”

OPPORTUNITY: The FOA will support the highest priority research and development (R & R&D) areas identified for funding in 2022 (FY22) by BETO within biofuel and bioproduct technologies. The FOA will cover two BETO Programs: Advanced Algal Systems and Systems Development and Integration. All topic areas support the White House’s priority for advancing the domestic…

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Business and Industry Loan Guarantee Program

DESCRIPTION: Business & Industry Loan Guarantee Program offers loan guarantees up to $25 million to support rural businesses.  The purpose of the program is to improve, develop, or finance business, industry, and employment and improve the economic and environmental climate in rural communities; the conservation, development, and use of water for aquaculture purposes; and reducing…

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DOE $3 Million High Performance Computing Research at National Laboratories

OPPORTUNITY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $3 million to connect industry partners with U.S. National Laboratory high-performance computing (HPC) resources that will accelerate the development of breakthrough manufacturing and clean energy technologies. As part of DOE’s latest High-Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) solicitation, selected teams will apply advanced modeling, simulation,…

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DOE Direct Air Capture Combined with Dedicated Long-Term Carbon Storage

OPPORTUNITY: The U.S. Department of Energy announced the availability of funding to leverage existing low-carbon energy to scale-up direct air capture (DAC) technology combined with reliable carbon storage. DAC, a carbon dioxide removal approach, is a process that separates carbon dioxide (CO2) from ambient air. The separated CO2 can then be safely and permanently stored…

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DOE Energy Innovation Prize Cash Awards

OPPORTUNITY: DOE Energy Innovation Prize Provides Cash Awards to Organizations Prioritizing Climate Solutions for Underrepresented Communities. The new Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize that will award up to $2.5 million in cash prizes to groups and organizations that support entrepreneurship and innovation in communities historically underserved in climate and energy technology funding. DESCRIPTION: DOE’s Inclusive Energy…

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DOE Funding Opportunity for Innovations to Achieve Cleaner and More Efficient Manufacturing

OPPORTUNITY: This FOA supports manufacturing innovations for high performance clean energy technologies to drive economy-wide reductions in carbon emissions, including: Next-generation manufacturing processes that improve energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of energy-intensive industries Development of novel materials that improve the energy efficiency of manufacturing processes and resulting products Improving the systems and processes…

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National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Methods Development in Natural Products Research (SBIR/STTR)

DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this NOSI is to support small businesses for stimulation of technological innovation in natural products research. For the purposes of this NOSI, natural products include prebiotic, probiotic, herbal, botanical, microbial, and animal sources as well as extracts or constituents derived from them. Natural products offer a diverse reservoir of biologically active components.…

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Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)

OPPORTUNITY: This NOSA announces that the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service (Agency) is accepting grants, guaranteed loan, and combined grant and guaranteed loan applications under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) program for FY 2022. DESCRIPTION: REAP program helps applicants reduce energy costs and consumption and helps meet the Nation’s critical energy needs. Applications for…

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Title 17 Innovative Energy Loan Guarantee Program

DESCRIPTION: Program helps finance catalytic, replicable, and market-ready renewable energy and efficient energy technologies. ELIGIBLE PROJECTS: A project must meet the following four eligibility requirement to qualify: Innovative Technology; Greenhouse Gas Benefits; Located in the United States; and have Reasonable Prospect of Repayment. AVAILABLE FUNDING AND APPLICATION WINDOW: Up to $3.0 billion in loan guarantee authority is available. …

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USAID Foreign Assistance for Programs Overseas

  OPPORTUNITY USAID Foreign Assistance for Programs Overseas Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). The lack of sufficient, accessible, affordable, and reliable energy is a primary impediment to USAID’s core objective of poverty reduction. A modern energy sector underpins not only economic growth but also the expansion and improvement of services in all sectors of development, from…

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USDA Advanced Biofuel Payment Program

USDA Advanced Biofuel Payment Program Request for Applications OPPORTUNITY USDA Advanced Biofuel Payment Program provides producers payments to help offset costs associated with the production of advanced biofuels. Examples of advanced biofuels include biodiesel, ethanol (other than corn kernel), electricity and biogas produced from anaerobic digesters, and solid fuels. DESCRIPTION: Eligible Producers will be paid…

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USDA Announces OneRD Loan Guarantee Regulation

USDA is now accepting applications for four key loan guarantee programs under the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative! As a part of a series of regulatory reforms effective October 1, 2020, USDA has eliminated duplicative processes and has launched a common loan guarantee application for the Business & Industry Loan Guarantee Program, Rural Energy for America…

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USDA Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (Section 9003)

DESCRIPTION: USDA Section 9003 program provides loan guarantees up to $250 million to assist in the development, construction and retrofitting of new and emerging technologies. These technologies are: advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased products. ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Federal or state-chartered banks; Federally-recognized tribes; Cooperatives; Farm Credit Bank or other Farm Credit System institution with direct lending…

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USDA Forest Service 2022 Wood Innovations Grant Program

OPPORTUNITY: USDA Forest Service 2022 Wood Innovations Grant Program: The USDA Forest Service is now accepting applications for these funds through the 2022 Wood Innovations Grant Program and the 2022 Community Wood Grant Program. These grants are designed to develop and expand the use of wood products and strengthen emerging wood energy markets that support…

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USDA FY22 Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) Program

  OPPORTUNITY: USDA FY22 Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) Program. The purpose of the program is to promote economic development and job creation projects through the awarding of grant funds to eligible entities. Applications will compete in two separate categories, business opportunity grants, and business enterprise grants, for use in funding various business and community…

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USDA Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative

OPPORTUNITY: USDA Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative DESCRIPTION: The Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) seeks to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities. The purpose of this program is to fund projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who…

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USDA Rural Business Development Grants 2022

OPPORTUNITY: This notice is given to invite applications for grants under the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) Program for fiscal year (FY) 2022, subject to the availability of funding. This notice is being issued in order to allow applicants sufficient time to leverage financing, prepare and submit their applications, and give the Agency time to…

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USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Phase I Request for Applications (RFA) OPPORTUNITY The USDA SBIR Program funds early or “seed” stage research and development that has commercial potential. The program provides equity-free funding and entrepreneurial support at the earliest stages of company and technology development. This RFA is being released prior to the…

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USDA Solid Waste Management Grants

OPPORTUNITY: USDA Solid Waste Management Grants Program.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it is accepting grant applications under the Solid Waste Management Grants Program to reduce water pollution in rural areas by improving solid waste management. DESCRIPTION: Through this program, USDA provides grants to organizations that offer technical assistance or training to…

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  • Lee Enterprises Consulting’s 150 subject matter experts provide a broad spectrum of expertise to clients, and allows tailoring of interdisciplinary project teams to meet any project’s unique requirements.

  • Lee Enterprises Consulting’s project teams can be assembled cost-effectively, allowing clients to more efficiently manage projects with a single contract coordination point.

  • Lee Enterprises Consulting’s breadth brings focused, interdisciplinary solutions to support projects such as:
    • Implementing management and technical transitions following acquisitions or mergers
    • Performing a 3rd party independent review of your business plans or technology direction
    • Guiding you with experienced planning from bench, to scale up, to commercialization
    • Engineering and construction resource gaps using our specialists
    • Expanding into new product lines to diversify in traditional biofuel or chemical sectors
    • Implementing new technologies with a vendor-neutral perspective
    • Planning expansion into new geographies from the ground up
    • Providing interim leadership or project management

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