Current Funding Opportunities for Tribes – Up To $11.5 Million Available for Energy Infrastructure Deployment on Tribal Lands: Apply by April 19


Up To $11.5 Million Available for Energy Infrastructure Deployment on Tribal Lands: Apply by April 19

This FOA builds on efforts to strengthen tribal energy, economic infrastructure resource development, and electrification on tribal lands. This is also the first time that the Office of Indian Energy is issuing a FOA on an entirely fuel- and technology-neutral basis. This will expand the potential for tribes to use the particular resources available to them and is consistent not only with an all-of-the above energy policy, but also with the principles of tribal sovereignty and self-determination.One week remains to apply for the latest funding opportunity announcement (FOA) from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs. Up to $11.5 million in new funding is available to support Native American and Alaska Native communities interested in harnessing their vast undeveloped energy resources to deploy energy infrastructure on tribal lands.

This funding opportunity will solicit and select applications from Indian tribes, which include Alaska Native regional corporations and village corporations, and tribal energy resource development organizations in the following areas:

  • Topic Area 1: Install energy efficiency measures and/or energy generating systems for tribal buildings that may include deep energy retrofits, energy generating systems, or a combination of energy efficiency measures and energy generating systems.
  • Topic Area 2: Deploy community-scale energy generating systems on tribal lands to provide electricity to a substantial number of buildings or even an entire tribal community.
  • Topic Area 3: Install energy systems for autonomous operation to power single or multiple essential tribal loads during emergency situations, or to power a substantial number of essential tribal loads for community resilience.

Selected projects will take on a 50% cost share in order to reduce or stabilize energy costs, as well as increase energy security and resilience for Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages.

Applications are due April 19, 2018.

For additional details, read the press release and download the full FOA.

FOA Informational Webinar Available Online  

The Office of Indian Energy hosted an informational webinar on FOA eligibility, application, and cost-share requirements; the selection process; and more on February 27. View the webinar slides and video.

USDA Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Grants: Apply by April 30

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications to provide guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.

These loan guarantees and grants are part of USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption by purchasing and installing renewable energy systems and making energy efficiency improvements in their operations. Eligible systems may derive energy from wind, solar, hydro-electric, ocean, hydrogen, geothermal or renewable biomass (including anaerobic digesters).

The deadline to apply for grants is April 30, 2018. Applications for loan guarantees are accepted year round. Learn more about the program and how to apply. Note: Indian tribes are not directly applicable; however, Indian tribes with agricultural operations and/or small businesses may be eligible. Please see the eligibility requirements and/or contact USDA directly with questions.

More Funding Opportunities

View the Office of Indian Energy funding opportunities page for information on additional opportunities for which tribes may be eligible to apply.



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