Below is a list of U.S. Government Funding Programs and Resources that are available to support companies and projects in renewable energy, the bioeconomy, and energy efficiency. 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.

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.

We have a very low-cost funding search that 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.

Programs & Resources

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program

USDA Agriculture Research Service (ARS) Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)

DOE National Laboratories and Technology Centers

USDA and DOE Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) Program

National Science Foundation I-Corp Program (ICAP)

DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Seed Funding

USDA Agriculture Research Service (ARS) Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Competitive Grants Program

DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF)

USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grant and Loan Guarantee

USDA Business and Industry (B&I) Program (for commercially proven technologies)

Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Program (Section (9003) –  both new innovative technologies and commercially proven  technologies

DOE Title XVII Loan Guarantee Program for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (REEE) Program

Small Business Administration 7A Program Loan Guarantee Program

USDA Community Facilities Grant, Direct Loan, and Loan Guarantee Programs

USDA Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program

USDA Funding for Biofuel Producer Program

USDA Funding for Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) Grants

USDA Stonger Funding for Rural Innovation Economy (RISE) Grants

USDA Forest Service Wood Innovations Grant Program

USDA Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative

USDA Solid Waste Management Grants

USDA Rural Business Development Grants

USDA Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Program

USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program Payment

EPA AgSTAR Program

Our Services

Analysis of available Federal & State Financial Support Resources

Grants/Loan/ Loan Guarantee Application Writing

Third-Party Technical Engineering Analysis

Technical Engineering Design and Specifications

Feedstock Availability Analysis

Off Take Product Marketing Analysis

Due Diligence

Feasibility Studies

Business Plans

Loan Guarantee Lender Interim/ Permanent Participation

Environmental Assessment

Application Packaging Assistance

Appraisals

Programs &
Resources

  • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

  • Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program

  • USDA Agriculture Research Service (ARS) Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)

  • DOE National Laboratories and Technology Centers

  • USDA and DOE Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) Program

  • National Science Foundation I-Corp Program (ICAP)
  • DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency- Energy (ARPA-E) Seed Funding

  • USDA Agriculture Research Service (ARS)Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts

  • DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF)

  • USDA Rural Energy For America Program (REAP)

  • USDA Business and Industry (B&I) Program (for commercially proven technologies)

  • Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Program (Section (9003) – for new innovative technologies

  • DOE Title XVII Loan Program for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (REEE) Program

  • Small Business Administration 7A Program

  • USDA Community Facilities Program

Our Services

  • Analysis of available Federal & State Financial Support Resources

  • Grants/Loan/ Loan Guarantee Application Writing

  • Third Party Technical Engineering Analysis

  • Technical Engineering Design and Specifications

  • Feedstock Availability Analysis

  • Off Take Product Marketing Analysis

  • Due Diligence

  • Feasibility Studies

  • Business Plans

  • Loan Guarantee Lender Interim/ Permanent Participation

  • Environmental Assessment
  • Application Packaging Assistance

  • Appraisals


  • 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.