On December 23, Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn announced that the U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI's) Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) is soliciting grant proposals from Indian Tribes and Alaska Native regional and village corporations for projects to 1) build tribal capacity for energy resource development and 2) promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands.
Tribal Energy Development Capacity-Building Grant Proposals
Applications Due: February 18, 2014
Eligible Entities: Federally recognized Tribes, including Alaska Native regional and village corporations and tribal energy resource development organizations
The Tribal Energy Development and Capacity-Building (TEDC) grant program helps Tribes in assessing, developing, or obtaining the managerial and technical capacity needed to develop energy resources on Indian land and properly account for energy resource production and revenues, as provided for under Title V. Section 503 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The TEDC grants are intended to help eligible entities meet the following goals regarding energy resources they intend to develop, or are developing, on Indian land:
- Determine the current level of a tribe's or tribal energy resource development organization's technical, administrative, or management capacity for identified energy resource development activities
- Determine which technical, administrative, or management capacities for tribal energy resource development need enhancement
- Determine what processes and/or procedures may be used to eliminate capacity gaps or obtain the development of energy resources development capacity (including training and policy and code development)
- Determine how the processes and/or procedures identified will be implemented.
Examples of activities eligible for TEDC grants include, but are not limited to, assessing or determining how to develop or obtain an eligible entity's capacity for:
- Reviewing proposals for leases, business agreements, or rights-of-way
- Negotiating and reviewing leases, business agreements, or rights-of-way
- Evaluating the environmental effects of energy resource development projects the applicant may enter into, including those related to cultural resources
- Monitoring the compliance of a third party with the terms and conditions of any leases, business agreements, and rights-of-way the applicant may enter into
- Establishing or managing energy development-related departments or administrative divisions within the Tribe or tribal energy resource development organization
- Developing or enhancing tribal policies, codes, regulations, or ordinances related to regulating energy resource development
- Accounting for energy resource production and revenues.
Tribal Council resolution is a prerequisite for consideration of the grant proposal, due on or before February 18, 2014. Proposals may be mailed or hand-delivered to the Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, Attention: Ashley Stockdale, 1951 Constitution Ave., N.W., MS-20-MIB, Washington, D.C. 20240, or emailed to Ashley Stockdale.
IEED Grant Program to Assess, Evaluate, and Promote Development of Tribal Energy and Mineral Resources
Applications Due: February 18, 2014
Eligible Entities: Federally recognized Tribes, including Alaska Native regional and village corporations, and tribal energy resource development organizations
IEED, through the Division of Energy and Minerals (DEMD), is soliciting grant proposals for projects that explore for energy and mineral resources, inventory or assess known resources, or perform feasibility or market studies about the use and development of known energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. See the Federal Register Notice for information on eligibility and other requirements.
DEMD also offers tribes many in-house technical capabilities and services at no charge to tribes. For more on DEMD's technical services, see the Federal Register Notice or contact DEMD directly.
Grant awards are subject to the availability of funds as appropriated by Congress. Tribal Council resolution is a prerequisite for consideration of the grant proposal, due on or before February 18, 2014. Proposals may mailed or hand-delivered to the Department of the Interior, Division of Energy and Mineral Development, Attention: Energy and Mineral Development Program, c/o Dawn Charging, 13922 Denver West Parkway, Suite 200 (#253), Lakewood, CO 80401-3142, or emailed to Dawn Charging.