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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

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4/29/2016

U.S. Department of Transportation

TIGER Discretionary Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is accepting applications for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program to fund capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, metro area, or a region.
Eligible entities include state, local, and tribal governments.

4/30/2016

U.S. Department of the Interior

OIA Empowering Insular Communities Program

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs is requesting proposals for its Empowering Insular Communities Program which provides grant funding for sustainable energy strategies that help mitigate climate change. Eligible renewable energy and energy efficiency projects should incorporate commerciallyavailable technology. This may include energy from solar, wind, ocean, small hydropower,hydrogen, geothermal, and biomass as well as energy storage.

Eligible applicants are local government entities, independent authorities, and educational institutions in the U.S. territories of Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands, and theCommonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

5/4/2016

AmeriCorps

2016 AmeriCorps Indian Tribes FOA

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is announcing the availability of AmeriCorps Indian tribes grant funding that will place AmeriCorps members on the ground to help tackle the unique challenges facing Native American communities. It is designed to target resources on a core set of challenges, including disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans.

5/4/2016

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

National Tribal Air Association Operations Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting applications to provide air quality policy and regulatory analysis support for tribes. Applicants must state how they will make progress in addressing climate change and improving air quality. The program is designed to help educate tribes about climate change and air quality impacts on the human and environmental health of tribal communities.

5/9/2016

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Pollution Prevention Grant Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a two-year grant competition cycle to support Pollution Prevention assistance agreements. The grant program will deliver technical assistance and/or training to businesses to support projects that measurably reduce the environmental footprints of local and regional businesses. Eligible entities include state entities, federally recognized tribes, and intertribal consortia.

5/10/2016

U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program to identify and address natural resource objectives to benefit soil, water, wildlife, and related natural resources locally, regionally, and nationally. Through the Program, USDA seeks to co-invest with partners in innovative, workable, and cost-effective approaches to benefit farming, ranching, and forest operations. The full-proposal process is only open to applicants whose pre-proposal applications are selected by the agency to go forward from the pre-proposal stage. Eligible applicants include federally recognized tribes.

5/13/2016

PSEG Long Island

PSEG Long Island RFP

The PSEG Long Island released a Western Nassau request for proposals seeking 160 MWs of resources in Far Rockaway by Dec. 31,2020, increasing to 275 MWs by 2030. The RFP is open to all resource types that can meet the specified performance requirements, including conventional generation, energy efficiency, demand response, distributed energy resources, and energy storage resources.

5/13/2016

U.S. Department of Transportation

Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation is accepting applications to support planning, capital, and operating assistance for tribal public transit services. Proposals will be evaluated based on four factors: whether the project improves transit efficiency or increase ridership, maintains mobility or eliminates gaps in service for the tribes, improves or maintains access to important destinations and services, and results in other qualitative benefits such as greater access to jobs, education, and health care.

5/13/2016

U.S. Department of Transportation

FTA Low or No Emission Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is making available funding for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities, such as recharging, refueling, and maintenance faciliites. The program is designed to reduce carbon emissions and local air pollution. Eligible entities include state and tribal governments.

5/16/2016

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is accepting applications for the Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) to assist residents of public and Indian housing make progress towards economic and housing self-sufficiency. ROSS provides grant funding to eligible applicants to hire service coordinators to assess the needs of public and Indian housing residents and link them to supportive services that enable participants to increase earned income, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance, and make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency.

5/17/2016

U.S. Department of Energy

Cities-LEAP FOA for Data-Driven Decision Frameworks by Local and Tribal Governments

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) is accepting applications to help integrate energy analysis and data into their strategic decision making.

Cities-LEAP is making funding available to support the development and piloting of data-driven decision frameworks by local and tribal governments. These frameworks should advance model practices and processes that improve the ability of local and tribal governments to integrate, analyze, and understand varied datasets in order to pursue opportunities across all clean energy sectors. In order to develop these frameworks, local and tribal governments are strongly encouraged to partner with entities such as academic institutions, technology companies, utilities, regional planning bodies, and non-governmental organizations.

5/17/2016

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Pollution Prevention Information Network Grants Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting applications to support the development and delivery of pollution prevention information resources, tools, training, and related services. Pollution prevention refers to practices that reduce or eliminate the creation of pollutants through increased efficiency in the use of raw materials, energy, water, or other resources, or reduce the amount of hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant entering any waste stream or released to the environment. One grant focus area includes greenhouse gas emission mitigation and energy efficiency.Eligible entities include state and tribal governments.

5/23/2016

U.S. Department of the Interior

FY 2016 Tribal Climate Resilience Program

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs is accepting applications for tribal climate change adaptation, ocean and coastal management planning, and youth internships focused on climate adaptation. Eligible entities include federally-recognized tribes and Alaska Native communities.

5/31/2016

Pacific Power

Pacific Power RFP

Pacific Power is seeking proposals for a request for proposals (RFP) for the 2016 Blue Sky funding awards, which cover up to 100% of the capital costs to install qualifying, new renewable energy systems at non-residential sites within the Pacific Power service area. Eligible technologies include wind, solar, low-emissions biomass, wave, landfill gas, certified low-impact hydro, pipeline, or irrigation canal hydropower and geothermal. Projects must be operational by Dec. 31, 2017, with the possibility of extension. Please contact blueskyprojects@pacificpower.net for more questions.

6/3/2016

Tribal Council for the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians

Tribal Council for the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians RFP

The Tribal Council for the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians request for proposals (RFP) is seeking proposals to design, engineer, procure, and construct a solar photovoltaic ground-mounted system not to exceed 1.12 MW (DC) in capacity. The solar project is located near San Jacinto, Riverside County, California.

6/6/2016

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is requesting proposals to support practical prevention and source reduction tools or approaches to measurably improve the environmental footprints of businesses, municipal governments, and local communities. Proposed projects must carry out project activities using one or more of the following methods: surveys, studies, research, investigation, experimentation, education, training and demonstration. One grant focus area includes GHG mitigation and energy efficiency. Eligible entities include state and tribal governments.

6/10/2016

Portland General Electric Company

Portland General Electric Company RFP

The Portland General Electric Company (PGE) request for proposals is seeking proposals for qualified suppliers suppliers interested in providing an integrated package of services, including renewable energy marketing, community outreach and customer retention/acquisition programs, and/or the sourcing of Renewable Energy Certificates to support the PGE's voluntary renewable energy options. Purchase agreement(s) that result from this RFP shall be governed by PGE's Master Agreement for Service.

Notice of Intent to bid is due Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

6/14/2016

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Community Development Block Grant Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is accepting applications for the Community Development Block Grant Program to help with the development of viable Indian and Alaska Native communities, including the creation of decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities primarily for persons with low- and moderate- incomes. Approximately $56 million is available for 75 awards.

6/15/2016

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency is accepting applications to assist in implementing a sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program. The goal is to reduce overall risk to the population and structures from future hazard events. Eligible entities include states, territories, federally recognized tribes, and local communities.

6/28/2016

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is accepting applications to address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public housing and/or other HUD-assisted housing, including certain Indian housing, through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. The program helps communities transform neighborhoods by revitalizing severely distressed public and/or assisted housing and investing and leveraging investments in well-functioning services.

6/30/2016

U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA Strategic Economic and Community Development

Authorized by Section 6025 of the 2014 Farm Bill, the goal of SECD is to support communities that are working across jurisdictions to align resources; develop long-term community and economic growth strategies; and engage federal, state and local partners. By promoting this regional focus, USDA resources can be more effectively utilized and have a larger impact on rural capacity building and wealth creation. More than $300 million in funding is available through this opportunity.

7/3/2016

U.S. Department of the Interior

Energy and Mineral Development Program

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs is accepting applications to provide funding for projects that assess, evaluate, or otherwise promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands, particularly feasibility studies of community-scale energy development projects that promote local economic benefits and stronger tribal economies. Eligible entities include federally recognized tribes, authorized tribal organizations, and tribal energy resource development organizations.

7/3/2016

U.S. Department of the Interior

Tribal Energy Development Capacity Program

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs is accepting applications to help develop tribal capacity to regulate and manage energy resources. These awards are intended to complement the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership (HEARTH) Act, which restores the authority of tribes to develop and implement tribal laws governing the leasing of tribal surface trust lands for business and other purposes. The funding will enable eligible recipients to building capacity through the establishment of organizational structure(s) and/or business activities. Eligible entities include federally recognized tribes, Alaska Native villages, regional or village corporations, tribal organizations, and tribal energy resource development organizations.

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.