Tribal Funding and News

Tribal Funding and News

Dec. 20, 2018

Funding Opportunities

DOE Announces Intent to Issue New Funding Opportunity for Tribal Energy Infrastructure Development

On Dec. 12, 2018, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs announced a Notice of Intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled “Energy Infrastructure Development on Indian Lands – 2019” early next year.

Through the planned FOA, the Office of Indian Energy intends to solicit applications from Indian tribes, which, for the purposes of the FOA, include Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations, and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations, to:

  • Install energy generating system(s) and/or energy efficiency measure(s) for tribal buildings;
  • Deploy community-scale energy generating system(s) on tribal lands; or
  • Install energy system(s) for autonomous operation (independent of the traditional centralized electric power grid) to power a single or multiple essential tribal facilities during emergency situations or for tribal community resilience.

DOE envisions awarding multiple financial assistance awards in the form of grants. Under the planned FOA and as required by statute, a 50% recipient cost share of the total project costs is required and must come from non-federal sources, unless otherwise allowed by law.

Through this planned FOA, the Office of Indian Energy will continue its efforts to maximize the deployment of energy solutions for the benefit of American Indians and Alaska Natives and help build the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to implement those energy solutions. This planned funding will help Native American and Alaska Native communities harness their vast energy resources to reduce or stabilize energy costs, as well as increase energy security and resilience. See the Office of Indian Energy website for a map and summaries of previous competitively funded projects.

Download the Notice of Intent (DE-FOA-0002031).

USDA 2019 Wood Innovation Program: Apply by January 23

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) U.S. Forest Service requests proposals to substantially expand and accelerate wood energy and wood products markets throughout the United States to support forest management needs on National Forest System and other forest lands.

This request for proposals focuses on the following priorities to:

  • Reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health on National Forest System and other forest lands.
  • Reduce costs of forest management on all land types.
  • Promote economic and environmental health of communities.

The intent of the Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity is to stimulate, expand, and support wood products markets and wood energy markets.

Eligible applicants are for-profit entities, state, local, and tribal governments, school districts, communities, not-for-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and special purpose districts (e.g., public utilities districts, fire districts, conservation districts, and ports).

Learn more and apply.

IEED Energy and Mineral Development Program (EMDP): Apply by January 25

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) is soliciting grant proposals from federally recognized Indian tribes with Indian land and Tribal Resource Development Organizations for projects that assess, evaluate, or otherwise promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. Grants are funded under discretionary, non-recurring appropriations by Congress.

Proposed projects must include resource inventories and assessments, feasibility studies, or other pre-construction studies that are necessary to promote the use and development of energy and mineral resources on Indian land.

The goal is to assist tribes by helping to expand tribal knowledge of energy and mineral resources on their lands and to bring tribal energy and mineral projects to the point where the economic benefits can be realized from the targeted resource in an economically efficient and environmentally sound manner.

Learn and apply.

Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program: Apply by January 31

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is accepting applications for the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Program to implement and sustain cost-effective measures designed to reduce the risk to individuals and property from natural hazards, while also reducing reliance on federal funding from future disasters. FEMA will provide allocations of $575,000 as required by the Stafford Act to states and territories; and a tribal set aside of $15 million for allocations up to $575,000 for Native American Indian tribal governments to support overall mitigation planning and projects. The remaining PDM funds will be awarded on a competitive basis with a focus on multi-state/tribal mitigation initiatives.

Applicants must submit applications via the Mitigation eGrants system on the FEMA Grants Portal. Applicants may submit a maximum of nine project sub-applications notwithstanding any project(s) submitted for the state/territory allocation or tribal set aside. In addition, any state or tribe willing to serve as the applicant for a multi-state or tribal activity may submit one additional plan or project sub-application.

Learn more and apply.


Former Intern Shares How Internship Led to Career at Sandia

Photo of 2016 Office of Indian Energy interns

2016 Indian Energy Intern Rachael Gutierrez recently wrote about her upbringing visiting her tribe, Yomba Shoshone Tribe in Nevada, and how it led her to DOE’s Office of Indian Energy summer internship at Sandia National Laboratories, which paved the way for her career path as a strategic planner at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California. Read more about Gutierrez’s internship experience on Sandia’s blog.

Learn more about the internship and how to apply on our College Student Internship web page. Applications will open early 2019.

DOE Webinar Covers Two Microgrid Case Studies

Blue Lake Rancheria and Citizen Potawatomi Nation are developing microgrids to provide electric service to their members and gain self-sovereignty. Fire Lake Energy, a tribal utility formed by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, is developing a 10-MW microgrid, and Blue Lake Rancheria aims to build a microgrid within an existing microgrid to serve a fuel station/food market. Project leaders from both tribes described the development of their microgrids on a November 28 webinar hosted by DOE. Read more in a recent Microgrid Knowledge article.


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