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Federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy, provide grant, loan, and technical assistance programs to support tribal energy projects. Find information about past funding opportunities.

Current Funding Opportunities

Close Date Organization Opportunity
12/20/2016 EPA

FY17 Guidelines for Brownfields Assessment Grants Program
EPA is accepting applications to empower states, communities, tribes, and nonprofits to assess brownfield sites. Consideration will be given to communities in EPA Regions 2 and 3 for projects that advance or contribute to community climate change resiliency through the green use or reuse of existing infrastructure, protection of greenfields, or similar activities to address flooding due to sea level rise, stormwater runoff, or an extreme weather event. Consideration will also be given to communities in EPA Region 9 to address climate change impacts caused by droughts.

Eligible entities include state, local, and tribal governments.

12/20/2016 EPA FY17 Guidelines for Brownfields Cleanup Grants Program
EPA announced funding to empower states, communities, tribes, and nonprofits to clean brownfield sites. States must prepare a draft Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA) that summarizes information about the site and contamination issues, cleanup standards, applicable laws, cleanup alternatives considered, and the proposed cleanup. An applicant can apply for up to $200,000 per brownfield site and can submit up to three siteirradiance and power forecasts used by utilities.
specific cleanup proposals.

Eligible entities include state, local, and tribal governments.

12/30/2016 DOE

SunShot Solar Forecasting 2

DOE's SunShot announced a funding opportunity for up to $10 million for six to eight projects focused on improving solar irradiance and power forecasts used by utilities. These tools will enable grid operators to manage the variability and uncertainty of solar power, ensuring that they can reliably and efficiently integrate large amounts of solar on to the grid.

Prior to submitting a full application for this opportunity, a brief, mandatory concept paper is due on December 30, 2016.

12/31/2016 U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA Solid Waste Management Grants
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications to help reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources through funding for organizations that provide technical assistance or training to improve the planning and management of solid waste sites. Funds can be used to evaluate current landfill conditions to identify threats to water resources, provide technical assistance to enhance the operation and maintenance of active landfills or help communities reduce the amount of solid waste coming into a landfill, or to prepare for closure and future use of a landfill site.

Eligible entities include most state and local government entities, nonprofits, federallly recognized tribes, and academic institutions.

01/09/2017 U.S. Department of Agriculture

National Conservation Innovation Grants
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies, while leveraging the federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection in conjunction with agricultural production. 

Eligible applicants include state, county, local, special district, and tribal governments; nonprofits and for-profit organizations; small businesses; and individuals.

01/18/2017 AmeriCorps

2017 AmeriCorps State and National Grants
AmeriCorps is accepting applications for the 2017 State and National Grants for two components: operating funds and AmeriCorps member positions. Grant award amounts vary and will generally cover a 3-year project period. 

Eligible entities include state, local, county, special district, and tribal governments; independent school districts; nonprofits; and public housing authorities.

01/31/2017 U.S. Department of Agriculture

Rural Energy for America Program - Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans & Grants
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing guarenteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.

Eligible areas include businesses must be in an area other than a city or town with a population of greater than 50,000 inhabitants and the urbanized area of that city or town. Eligible applicants include agricultural producers and rural small businesses, which may include tribal business entities, rural electric cooperatives and public power entities.

01/31/2017 EPA

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program
The EPA is accepting applications to provide financial assistance to community-based organizations, and local and tribal governments working on projects to address environmental and public health concerns. Approximately 40 one-year projects will be awarded at up to $30,000 each nationwide.

Eligible applicants must be one of the following entities: incorporated, non-proft, community-based organizations, federally organized tribal governments, and tribal organizations.

02/01/2017 U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Inc.

Healthy Watersheds Consortium

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities seeks applications for the 2017 Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program. The goal is to accelerate strategic protection of healthy, freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds. Funding ranges from $50,000 to $300,000. 

Eligible applicants include not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, for-profit companies, tribes, intertribal consortia, interstates, state, and local government agencies, including water utilities and wastewater facilities, and colleges and universities.

02/07/2017 Office of Indian Energy Deployment of Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy on Indian Lands

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy announced the issuance of a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for up to $6 million to install energy efficiency measures and deploy clean energy systems on Indian lands.

The Office of Indian Energy is soliciting applications from Indian tribes (including Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations) and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations to:

  1. Install energy efficiency measures and clean energy systems on tribal buildings


  2. Deploy clean energy systems on a community-scale.

In this instance, an eligible “Indian Tribe” (including Alaska Native villages) must be federally recognized as listed in Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible to Receive Services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs. Applications may also be submitted on behalf of an Indian Tribe(s) by an authorized Tribal Organization or Inter-Tribal Organization, provided evidence of that authority is provided as part of the application.

The intended results of the 50% cost shared projects selected under this FOA are immediate cost savings, reduced energy use, and increased energy security for Indian tribes, Alaskan Native villages, and tribal members.

An informational webinar on Dec. 1, 2016 (1 p.m. Mountain Time) to provide potential applicants with information on the FOA. In addition to describing the FOA in detail, presenters will discuss who is eligible to apply, what an application needs to include, cost share and other requirements, how to ask questions, and how applications will be selected for funding. If you are unable to attend the webinar, it will be recorded and posted for later viewing. Register for the webinar.

2/22/2017 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Deep Direct-Use Feasibility Studies

DOE's Geothermal Technologies Offices is accepting applications to conduct feasibility studies of large-scale, low-temperature deep-well geothermal systems coupled with advanced direct-use applications and cascaded surfacce technologies whose applications will extend the reach of geothermal into geologically distinct parts of the country.

This FOA will solicit applications that propose projects supporting DDU feasibility studies in two Topic Areas:

  • Topic Area 1 “DDU Feasibility Studies” will focus on the initial site selection, resource assessment, and feasibility study of DDU technology(s).
  • Topic Area 2 “DDU Community of Practice Administration and Techno-Economic Validation of DDU Projects” seeks to convene and establish a DDU Community of Practice (COP).

Eligible applicants include for-profit entities, education institutions, state, local, and tribal governments, and nonprofits.

03/17/2017 DOE

Solar in Your Community Challenge

The SunShot Prize: Solar in Your Community Challenge is a prize competition that aims to expand eletricity access to all Americansespecially underserved segments such as low- and moderate-income (LMI) households state, local, and tribal governments, and nonprofit organizations.

Competing teams need to design and deploy new and scalable business and financial models through the demonstration of solar projects and programs in their communities. These projects and programs must directly benefit:

  • LMI households, with at least 20% of the energy and benefits assigned to LMI households
  • Non-profit organizations; state, local, or tribal governments; or community service organizations, with at least 60% of the energy and benefits assigned to one of these types of entities.

Photovoltaic (PV) systems must be completed during the 18-month performance period and should aggregate between 25 and 5,000 kilowatts (peak DC capacity). A single entity cannot not be assigned more than 1,000 kilowatts from a single solar energy system.

09/30/2017 U.S. Department of the Interior

Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Coastal Program
FWS announced funding to provide direct technical and financial assistance to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on publicand private lands. Projects should specify benefits for species and habitats considering the expected effects of climate change. 

Eligible entities include state, local, and tribal governments.

Ongoing Opportunities

This list provides information on technical assistance, funding, and renewable energy credits for tribal energy projects from a variety of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and federal government programs. To explore current opportunities available to tribes, click on the titles of the solicitations below.

NC GreenPower Open RFP for Carbon Offsets and RECs

NC GreenPower is seeking proposals for projects that mitigate greenhouse gases; projects that reduce emissions indirectly from displaced electricity are not eligible. Priority will be given to purchasing carbon offsets from participating utility service territories in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

In addition, NC GreenPower is accepting bids for renewable energy credits (RECs) associated with renewable energy generated in North Carolina and supplied to the North Carolina electric grid. These bids provide NC GreenPower with a portfolio of available renewable energy projects to offer to NC GreenPower customers who purchase $15,000 or more annually on renewable energy credits (called a Brokered Bid). This is an ongoing, open-bid process for the Brokered Bid product only and includes any eligible renewable energy project, including large solar PV (over 5.0 kW) and large wind (over 10.0 kW).

USDA Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. Eligible areas including cities, villages, townships, and towns, including tribal lands, with no more than 20,000 residents. Funds can be used to purchase, construct, and/or improve essential community facilities, purchase equipment, and pay related expenses.

DOE Office of Indian Technical Assistance

The DOE Office of Indian Energy provides federally recognized Indian Tribes, including Alaska Native villages, tribal energy resource development organizations, and other organized tribal groups and communities, with technical assistance to advance tribal energy projects. 

Technical experts from DOE, DOE's national laboratories, and others are available to provide up to 40 hours of in-depth support, including strategic energy planning and project development support.

The goal of the technical assistance is to address a specific challenge or fulfill a specific need that is essential to a current project's successful implementation. The intended result is a tangible product or specific deliverable designed to help move the project forward.

Indian Land Tenure Foundation Grants

The Indian Land Tenure Foundation has several grants available for tribes focusing on education, cultural awareness, economic opportunity, or legal reform. The Foundation creates grants to Indian nations and nonprofit organizations, and work closely with several affiliate organizations, who share our mission and goals.

USDA Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications to assist rural communities that have experienced a significant decline in quantity or quality of drinking water due to an emergency, or in which such decline is considered imminent, to obtain or maintain adequate quantities of water that meets the standards set by the Safe Drinking Water Act. This emergency is considered an occurrence of an incident such as, but not limited to, a drought, earthquake, flood, tornado, hurricane, disease outbreak, or chemical spill.

DOI Indian Loan Guaranty, Insurance, and Interest Subsidy Program

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI’s) Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development is accepting loan applications on an ongoing basis through the Indian Loan Guaranty, Insurance, and Interest Subsidy Program. Operated by 12 Bureau of Indian Affairs regional offices cross the country in coordination with the Division of Capital Investment in Washington, D.C., the program is aimed at spurring the development of viable Indian businesses through conventional lender financing. Tribes or individuals simply apply for a loan through any lender that regularly engages in making loans; in cases where the lending institution would not otherwise approve a borrower’s loan application, the lender may apply for a loan guaranty. By helping reduce the risk incurred by lenders, the program helps borrowers secure financing that might otherwise be unavailable. Eligible entities include federally recognized Tribes and Alaska Native groups.p>

IRS Clean Renewable Energy Bonds

The Internal Review Service (IRS) is accepting applications for a volume cap of up to $800 million to finance the costs of a qualified renewable energy facility or facilities, such as wind, closed- or open-loop biomass, geothermal, solar, small irrigation, and other facilities. The application must indicate the expected date of construction and when each facility will be placed in service. Eligible applicants include governmental bodies, including Tribes, and cooperative electric companies.

USDA Biomass Crop Assistance Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) incentives will resume this summer. The incentives will assist farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners with growing, maintaining, and harvesting biomass that can be used for energy or bio-based products. Farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners can also receive financial assistance to grow biomass crops that will be converted into energy in selected BCAP project areas. New BCAP project area proposals will be solicited beginning this summer and accepted through fall 2015, with new project area announcements and enrollments taking place in early spring 2016. Once the call for solicitations is announced, Tribes will need to review the eligibility to ensure they qualify.