The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy is soliciting applications from Inter-tribal Organizations and Alaska Native Regional Corporations to pilot a Technical Assistance Energy Providers Network. Up to $7 million in funding is available through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to develop regional energy experts to provide technical energy assistance and informational resources to their member Indian tribes, including Alaska Native villages.
Applications are due April 14, 2016, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.
Selected applicants must be willing to structure their technical assistance to best meet the needs of their member Indian tribes, resulting in clear measurable outcomes or end‐products that include a plan to become financially sufficient beyond the funding received from the Office of Indian Energy and a methodology of equitably providing services across member Indian tribes or Alaska Native villages.
As part of these inter-tribal regional programs, it is envisioned that energy experts would:
- Coordinate energy solutions among participating Indian tribes (including Alaska Native villages) within the region;
- Deliver technical assistance to participating Indian tribes (including Alaska Native villages) within the region;
- Build the human capacity of participating Indian tribes (including Alaska Native villages) by providing information to tribal leaders and staff through workshops or webinars;
- Serve as an information clearinghouse for participating Indian tribes (including Alaska Native villages);
- Network with regional and national energy organizations;
- Advise DOE’s Office of Indian Energy on the energy goals and needs within their region; and
- Enhance DOE’s technical assistance network across Indian Country.
DOE will only consider applications from (1) “Alaska Native Regional Corporations”; and (2) “Inter‐tribal Organizations” that, as part of their applications, provide written evidence of their authority to submit an application to this FOA on behalf of two or more Indian tribes. Evidence may include, but is not limited to, a resolution, ordinance, executive order, charter, P.L. 93‐638 contract, self‐governance compact, or other legal documentation. DOE will determine the sufficiency of the authorization based on the evidence submitted as part of the application. See the FOA for eligibility definitions.
DOE anticipates making awards that range from $300,000 to $1,000,000 for the entire period of performance of 3–5 years. After that time it is expected that the Inter-tribal technical assistance energy provider will be financially sufficient and can continue these efforts without further DOE support.
The Office of Indian Energy hosted an informational webinar about the funding opportunity and the application process on March 1, 2016. View the video and slides.
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted through EERE Exchange. DOE’s online application portal. DOE will not review or consider applications submitted through any other means. The Users’ Guide for Applying to the Department of Energy DOE Funding Opportunity Announcements is found at https://eere-Exchange.energy.gov/Manuals.aspx.