Office of Indian Energy – Current Funding Opportunities for Tribes

Current Funding Opportunities for Tribes  

March 23, 2018

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

This funding opportunity announcement (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.On February 16, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $11.5 million in new funding to deploy energy infrastructure on tribal lands. This funding through the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs will support Native American and Alaska Native communities interested in harnessing their vast undeveloped energy resources.

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.

NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants: Apply by April 6

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is accepting applications to support the education of K-12 students and the public so they are knowledgeable of the ways in which their community can become more resilient to extreme weather events and/or other environmental hazards, and become involved in achieving that resilience.

Projects through these grants should build the environmental literacy necessary for communities to become more resilient to extreme weather and other environmental hazards they face. Project topics must relate to NOAA’s mission in the areas of ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, weather, and climate sciences and stewardship, and should focus on one or more of the goals of NOAA’s Next Generation Strategic Plan.

Tribal governments are eligible to apply. Learn more and apply by April 6, 2018.

HHS Social and Economic Development Strategies Grants: Apply by April 9

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Native Americans (ANA) is accepting applications for the Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) and Social and Economic Development Strategies for Alaska (SEDS-AK) grant opportunities.

SEDS and SEDS-AK grants support community-based projects that address the current social and economic conditions in Native American communities and promote social and economic self-sufficiency through advocacy and policy development on behalf of Native Americans. The purpose of the SEDS program area is to promote the health, safety, and well-being of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders from American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands. 

The SEDS-AK program is designed to provide targeted support for village-specific projects to improve and enhance the core capacity of Alaska Native village governments. This funding promotes economic and social self-sufficiency for Alaska Natives and is intended to respond to the unique governmental structures and needs in Alaska.

Applications for both opportunities are due April 9, 2018. Get more information on the SEDS and SEDS-AK programs.

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), which was created under the 2008 Farm Bill and reauthorized under the 2014 Farm Bill. 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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