Current funding opportunities from federal agencies and other entities for tribal energy projects development and deployment.

Also, see information about other ongoing funding opportunities and the Office of Indian Energy's past funding opportunities.

For other assistance, see technical assistance. For policies and financial incentives by state, visit DSIRE.

9/30/21 DOE

Solar Impacts on Wildlife and Ecosystems Request for Information (RFI)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) has issued an RFI to gather input on solar land use and its impacts on wildlife and ecosystems.

Industry, government agencies, nonprofits, academia, research laboratories, and other stakeholders are encouraged to respond. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is specifically interested in information on current practices and trends as well as identifying what data or resources would enable greater confidence in solar energy impact assessments.

10/19/2021 EDA

FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act Build Back Better Regional Challenge

Through this American Rescue Plan Act Build Back Better Regional Challenge Notice of Funding Opportunity, the U.S. Economic Development Administration aims to assist communities and regions impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. This opportunity is designed as a two-phase competition- to help regions develop transformational economic development strategies and to fund the implementation of those strategies that will create and grow regional growth clusters.

10/05/2021 EPA

FY22 Brownfields Job Training Grant

This funding opportunity is open to eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, to deliver Brownfields Job Training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed, and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment across a spectrum of brownfield-related activities.

10/18/2021 DOC

NOAA Climate Program Office FY2022 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Program Office (CPO) is soliciting applications for eight individual competitions in Fiscal Year 2022. Several of these competitions are relevant to four high-priority climate risk areas CPO is focusing on to improve science understanding and/or capabilities that result in user-driven outcomes—Coastal Inundation, Marine Ecosystems, Water Resources, and Extreme Heat. Institutions of higher education; other nonprofits; commercial organizations; international organizations; and state, local, and tribal governments are eligible to apply.

10/25/2021 HUD

Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG)

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Indian Community Development Block Grant Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages provides federally recognized Native American tribal governments and tribal organizations funding for development projects that support the creation of decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities, primarily for persons of low and moderate incomes.

11/3/2021 BOR

WaterSMART Grants: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants

The WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants (formerly Challenge Grants) Reclamation provides 50/50 cost share funding to irrigation and water districts, tribes, states and other entities with water or power delivery authority.

The objective of this notice of funding is to invite eligible applicants to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the production of renewable energy, mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict, enable farmers to make additional on-farm improvements in the future, including improvements that may be eligible for Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) funding, and accomplish other benefits that contribute to sustainability in the western United States.

Projects are selected through a competitive process and the focus is on projects that can be completed within two or three years.

11/5/2021 DOE

 Energy Storage for Social Equity Initiative

The Energy Storage for Social Equity (ES4SE) Initiative, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Energy Storage Program, is a program by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories. ES4SE is designed to empower urban, rural, and tribal disadvantaged communities to consider energy storage technologies and applications as a viable path towards community prosperity, well-being, and resilience. 

The primary goal is to support disadvantaged communities affected by unreliable and expensive energy systems. Through this program, eligible communities have access to direct non-financial technical assistance and potential support for new energy storage project development and deployment.

11/14/2021 CEC

 EJ4Climate Grant Program

The North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is launching a first-of-its-kind USD $2 million grant program-EJ4Climate, to support environmental justice and climate resilience for underserved, vulnerable communities, and Indigenous communities across North America. EJ4Climate seeks to foster climate resilience by improving the capacity of communities to prepare for, withstand, respond to, and recover from hazardous events or disturbances related to climate change, which poses risks to human health, the environment, cultural resources, the economy, and quality of life.

This program will provide funding directly to Indigenous communities and community-based organizations to deliver environmental justice and advance local solutions to adapt to climate change. Eligible applicants include non-profit and non-governmental organizations, environmental groups, community-based associations, tribal nations, Indigenous Peoples, and communities.

12/1/2021 HUD

Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) -Competitive Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is accepting applications from eligible Indian Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) to carry out affordable housing activities for the benefit of low-income Native American families.

In accordance with the FY21 Consolidated Appropriations Act, HUD will prioritize grant applications that will spur housing construction and rehabilitation. Grant funds may be used to develop, maintain, and operate affordable housing in safe and healthy environments on Indian reservations and in other Indian areas and carry out other affordable housing activities. Grant funds must be used to primarily benefit low-income Indian families.

12/1/2021 BTO

IBUILD Fellowship

The IBUILD: Innovation in Buildings Graduate Research Fellowship is accepting applications from Master's and PhD students doing research in the area of building sciences.

The broad goal of this fellowship is to increase the presence of diverse perspectives supporting the larger mission of building energy efficiency and building decarbonization. Of particular interest in this year's solicitation are students working on deployment and market barriers research as well as those conducting collaborative research to increase market adoption around building energy efficiency and building decarbonization technologies.

IBUILD Fellows receive a competitive financial award package supporting the proposed research at their home institution and participate in professional development activities that provide access to a network of mentors and potential internships with national laboratories or industry. The IBUILD Fellowship is renewable for up to 3 years.

12/7/2021 GSA

Request for Information: Green Proving Ground Program

The U.S. Department of Energy along with the General Services Administration issued a request for information for technologies that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from commercial buildings; are ready for evaluation in occupied, operational buildings; and have potential for equitable, wide adoption in the U.S. marketplace.

Proposed innovations will be evaluated for use in federally or privately owned facilities, or both. Applicants are encouraged to include novel financing approaches and/or business models in proposals.

12/17/2021 DOE

Communities LEAP

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Communities Local Energy Action Program (LEAP) pilot initiative partners with communities across the nation to build community-driven action plans for clean energy-related economic development.

Through Communities LEAP, DOE will provide support from the top experts in clean energy and economic development to 24 to 36 competitively selected communities while they develop action plans for clean energy transitions. This opportunity is specifically open to low-income, energy-burdened communities that are also experiencing environmental justice concerns, or direct economic impacts resulting from a shift away from historical reliance on fossil fuels.

1/28/22 FEMA

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is accepting applications to help states, local communities, tribes, and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards. These include both acute extreme weather events and chronic stressors which have been observed and are expected to increase in the future.

2/1/2022 USDA

REAP Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Program

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) program assists rural small businesses and agricultural producers by conducting and promoting energy audits and providing Renewable Energy Development Assistance (REDA).This program strengthens American energy independence by increasing the private sector supply of renewable energy and decreasing the demand for energy through energy efficiency improvements.

The assistance must be provided to agricultural producers and rural small businesses. Rural small businesses must be located in eligible rural areas. This restriction does not apply to agricultural producers.

2/25/2022 DOE

Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is offering the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize that will award up to $2.5 million in cash prizes to groups and organizations that support entrepreneurship and innovation in communities historically underserved in climate and energy technology funding.

DOE’s Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize aims to create an inclusive and just innovation ecosystem in climate and energy technologies. Funds will support underrepresented groups and organizations with ongoing or proposed incubation, acceleration, and other community-based innovation services. The prize will also help lower barriers to entry to DOE funding opportunities and other forms of assistance for first-time applicants, people and organizations from underrepresented communities, underserved and frontline communities, and individuals from other nontraditional backgrounds.

2/28/2022 USDA

Rural Business Development Grants

This program provides technical assistance and training for small rural businesses. Small means that the business has fewer than 50 new workers and less than $1 million in gross revenue. This program is open to rural public entities including towns, communities, state agencies, authorities, nonprofit corporations, institutions of higher education, federally recognized tribes, and rural cooperatives (if organized as a private nonprofit corporation.

3/31/2022 EDA

FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act Indigenous Communities

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) aims to assist indigenous communities to recover economically from the coronavirus pandemic through this Indigenous Communities Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). 

EDA’s American Rescue Plan Indigenous Communities NOFO is designed to support indigenous communities as they respond to, and recover from, the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, including long-term recovery and resilience to future economic disasters.

Competitive applications for funding under this NOFO will propose projects designed to create the conditions for economic growth in indigenous communities and to accelerate economic recovery from the pandemic. These projects can include foundational economic infrastructure projects, such as such as broadband, energy, road, water, and wastewater infrastructure (including community water facilities), vocational and higher education facilities, and community health facilities that are necessary for future job creation.

Projects can also include non-construction projects to provide technical assistance to support business development, entrepreneurship assistance, economic development planning, rural prosperity, and workforce training in indigenous communities. Further, EDA seeks to fund projects representing diverse geographies, from rural and urban settings to projects on or near tribal lands.

3/31/2022 EDA

FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act Economic Adjustment Assistance

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) aims to assist communities and regions impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, including historically underserved communities through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

The ARPA EAA is designed to provide a wide-range of financial assistance to communities and regions as they respond to, and recover from, the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, including long-term recovery and resilience to future economic disasters.

Under this announcement, EDA solicits applications under the authority of the EEA program, which is flexible and responsive to the economic development needs and priorities of local and regional stakeholders. This is the broadest NOFO EDA is publishing under ARPA and any eligible applicant from any EDA Region may apply. EDA expects to fund a number of projects under this NOFO that support communities negatively impacted by the downturn in the coal economy, supporting transitioning away from coal.

5/30/2022 USDA

Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program provides loans and grants to Microenterprise Development Organizations to help microenterprises startup/grow through a Rural Microloan Revolving Fund and provides training and technical assistance to microloan borrowers and micro entrepreneurs.

5/30/2022 USDA

Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program provides zero-interest loans and grants to Rural Utilities Service’s Electric and Telecom Program borrowers to use the funds to help local businesses finance projects that will create and retain jobs.


2021 American Rescue Plan Electric School Bus Rebates

The U.S. Energy Protection Agency (EPA) will fund $7 million for electric school bus rebates in underserved communities.

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) appropriated funds to the EPA for “activities that identify and address disproportionate environmental or public health harms and risks in minority populations or low-income populations” under several programs, including the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). 

This program has not opened to accept applications. More details and supporting documents for this program will be posted on this page by the end of September.