As of December 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 United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack during the Obama Administration 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.

Accelerating Innovations in Biomanufacturing Approaches

Accelerating Innovations in Biomanufacturing Approaches through Collaboration Between NSF and the DOE BETO-Funded Agile BioFoundry OPPORTUNITY: The Agile BioFoundry (ABF), a biomanufacturing consortium funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), is partnering with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund new research. This new funding opportunity is entitled “Accelerating Innovations…

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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 Carbon Utilization Technology: Improving Efficient Systems for Algae

OPPORTUNITY: This FOA specifically aims to increase the capability of algal (algae) systems to capture carbon dioxide and put it to productive use. Capturing this waste carbon then allows for algae to be cultivated into a variety of biofuels and bioproducts. The deployment of algal technologies in these projects will help lower algal system costs…

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DOE FY22 Waste Feedstock and Conversion R&D Funding Opportunity Announcement

DOE FY22 Waste Feedstock and Conversion R&D Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) OPPORTUNITY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) recently announced a new funding opportunity to improve the current science and infrastructure for converting waste streams, often disproportionately located in underserved communities, into valuable biofuels and bioproducts that can benefit the local…

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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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Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities National Funding Opportunity

Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities National Funding Opportunity (NFO)   OPPORTUNITY: Through the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities, USDA will support the production and marketing of climate-smart commodities through a set of pilot projects that provide voluntary incentives through partners to producers and landowners, including early adopters, to: implement climate-smart production practices, activities,…

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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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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 Equipment Grants Program (EGP)

USDA Equipment Grants Program (EGP) OPPORTUNITY: Equipment Grant Program (EGP) serves to increase access to shared-use special purpose equipment/instruments for fundamental and applied research for use in the food and agricultural sciences programs at institutions of higher education, including State Cooperative Extension Systems. The program seeks to strengthen the quality and expand the scope of…

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USDA Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities

USDA Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities OPPORTUNITY: Through the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities, USDA will support the production and marketing of climate-smart commodities through a set of pilot projects that provide voluntary incentives through partners to producers and landowners, including early adopters, to: implement climate-smart production practices, activities, and systems on working…

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USDA Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program

OPPORTUNITY: USDA Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program. Loan guarantees will be made to lenders to facilitate financing to qualified borrowers and projects for the start-up or expansion of activities in the middle of the food supply chain, particularly the aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storage, transportation, wholesaling, or distribution of food, to increase capacity and help…

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USDA Funding for Rural Energy Pilot Grants Program (REPP) for 2022

OPPORTUNITY: USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service (Agency) announces the availability of up to $10 million in competitive grants awarded to Rural Energy Community Partnerships (RECP) to further develop renewable energy to help meet our nation’s energy needs and combat climate change while prioritizing environmental justice, racial equity, and economic opportunity. Cost-share grants of up to 80…

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USDA Funding for Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) Grants for 2022

OPPORTUNITY: The Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) Grant Program offers grant assistance to create and augment high-wage jobs, accelerate the formation of new businesses, support industry clusters and maximize the use of local productive assets in eligible low-income rural areas. DESCRIPTION: The RISE Grant Program meets a recognized need for federal support of jobs accelerator…

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USDA Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program

USDA Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program OPPORTUNITY: The Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program (MPPEP) provides grants to help eligible processors expand their capacity. USDA Rural Development designed the MPPEP to encourage competition and sustainable growth in the U.S. meat processing sector and to help improve supply chain resiliency. DESCRIPTION: USDA is making grant…

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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 Program – Phase II

OPPORTUNITY: The USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program focuses on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. Unlike fundamental research, the USDA SBIR program supports small businesses in the creation of innovative, and/or disruptive technologies and enables the application of research advancements from conception into the market. Different…

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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.