As of September 20, 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.

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 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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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SUPPORTING ANAEROBIC DIGESTION IN COMMUNITIES OPPORTUNITY Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SUPPORTING ANAEROBIC DIGESTION IN COMMUNITIES. The EPA supports the diversion of food waste and other organic materials from landfills. Anaerobic Digestion (AD) is an alternative to landfilling that results in environmental benefits. The goal of this funding opportunity is to increase…

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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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U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Initiative

OPPORTUNITY: HPC4EI conducts two regular solicitations annually, one in the fall and one in the spring. The spring solicitation will target qualified industry partners to participate in short-term, collaborative projects with DOE National Laboratories that address key manufacturing challenges and the development of new materials by applying modeling, simulation, and data analysis to solutions impacting…

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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 Agriculture Innovation Demonstration Center (AIC)

OPPORTUNITY: This Notice announces that the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service (Agency) is accepting fiscal year (FY) 2021 applications for the Agriculture Innovation Demonstration Center (AIC) program. DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this program is to establish and operate Agriculture Innovation Centers (Centers) that provide technical and business development assistance to agricultural producers seeking to engage in…

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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 Farm of the Future Funding

OPPORTUNITY: Farm of the Future is a competitive grant program to establish an agricultural test bed and demonstration site. It seeks to launch this rural testbed for precision agriculture, smart automation, data connectivity, and transfer, and to demonstrate best practices in climate-smart agriculture, forestry, and animal production systems that enhance sustainability and farm profitability. The…

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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 Organic Certification Cost Share Program

OPPORTUNITY: Organic producers and handlers can now apply for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds to assist with the cost of receiving or maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). DESCRIPTION: OCCSP provides cost-share assistance to producers and handlers of agricultural products for the costs of obtaining or maintaining organic certification under…

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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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  • 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

Contact us at (501)833-8511 or [email protected] to discuss how Lee Enterprises Consulting might assist with your business or project needs.