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 FY22 Greenhouse Gas Reduction in First Generation Ethanol Production

DOE FY22 Greenhouse Gas Reduction in First-Generation Ethanol Production OPPORTUNITY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced funding to accelerate the production of biofuels and bioproducts to reduce emissions in hard-to-decarbonize sectors and create good-paying jobs in rural America. DOE is focused on applied research, development, and deployment to improve the performance and reduce…

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DOE FY22 Scale-Up of Integrated Biorefineries and Greenhouse Gas Reduction

DOE FY22 Scale-Up of Integrated Biorefineries and Greenhouse Gas Reduction OPPORTUNITY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced funding to accelerate the production of biofuels and bioproducts to reduce emissions in hard-to-decarbonize sectors and create good-paying jobs in rural America. DOE is focused on applied research, development, and deployment to improve the performance and…

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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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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 Bioproduct Pilot Program

OPPORTUNITY: The Bioproduct Pilot Program is a competitive grant program that will support research activities related to studying the benefits of using materials derived from covered agricultural commodities to produce construction and consumer products. Anticipated activities include techno-economic and life-cycle analyses relative to incumbent products; environmental and waste management implications; and product development and scale-up…

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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 Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops Program (FSCSC)

OPPORTUNITY: The FSCSC program provides financial assistance for specialty crop operations that incur eligible on-farm food safety program expenses related to obtaining or renewing a food safety certification in calendar years in 2022 or 2023. This program helps offset costs to comply with regulatory requirements and market-driven food safety certification requirements which is part of…

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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 FY 2022 Composting and Food Waste Reduction (CFWR)

USDA FY 2022 Composting and Food Waste Reduction (CFWR) OPPORTUNITY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), under the OUAIP, is soliciting applications from eligible applicants to host a CFWR pilot project for fiscal year (FY) 2022. DESCRIPTION: The purpose of the CFWR program is to enter into cooperative agreements with…

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USDA FY 2022 NIFA’s Supplemental and Alternative Crops (SAC) Competitive Grants Program

OPPORTUNITY: SAC Competitive Grants Program supports projects that lead to expanded adaptation and increased acres of canola grown in the United States for oil and industrial hemp grown for value-added products. SAC supports breeding, testing, and developing superior performing canola and industrial hemp varieties and production practices that result in improved cost efficiencies reduced grower…

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USDA Meat and Poultry Intermediary Lending Program

USDA Meat and Poultry Intermediary Lending Program OPPORTUNITY: The Meat and Poultry Intermediary Lending Program (MPILP) provides grant funding to intermediary lenders who finance – or plan to finance – the start-up, expansion, or operation of slaughter, or other processing of meat and poultry. The objective of the MPILP is to strengthen the financing capacity…

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USDA NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)

USDA NRCS Notice of Funding Opportunity; Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Classic Program (FY) 2022 OPPORTUNITY The purpose of CIG is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG projects present innovations that are expected to result in the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and…

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USDA Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC)

USDA Notice of Funds Availability for the Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC) for Fiscal Year 2022 OPPORTUNITY The intention of RPIC is to provide cooperative agreement funding to eligible applicants working to promote public-private, philanthropic partnerships in rural and Tribal communities that encourage economic and social development. These projects are intended to support rural America…

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USDA Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs Phase I Request for Applications (RFA) – FY 2023

USDA Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs Phase I Request for Applications (RFA) – FY 2023 OPPORTUNITY The current authorization for the Small Business Innovation Research and the Small Business Technology Transfer grant programs expires on September 30, 2022.  The 2023 RFA is being released before the program’s passage is reauthorized.…

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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

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