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.

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Ongoing  USDA 

ReConnect Loan and Grant Program: High-Speed Internet for People Living in Rural Areas 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting applications on Sept. 6 for loans and grants to expand access to high-speed internet for millions of people in rural areas nationwide. USDA is making the awards available under the Rural Development Broadband ReConnect Program, which received new funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

TBD  DOE

Notice of Intent To Issue a Funding Opportunity in Support of the Hydrogen Shot and a University Research Consortium on Grid Resilience

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue a funding opportunity announcement to address two unique areas of interest: one with topic areas focused on supporting the DOE Hydrogen Shot on behalf of the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technologies Office and a second EERE-wide topic area focused on grid resilience through a university research consortium.

Intended to support research, demonstration, and deployment efforts in several areas, this potential funding will advance the Hydrogen Shot goal of reducing the cost of clean hydrogen to $1 per 1 kilogram in 1 decade ("1 1 1"), while supporting DOE's H2@Scale initiative to develop clean and affordable hydrogen across multiple sectors in the economy and improve energy resilience.

The potential funding will also seek to establish a grid resilience university consortium with agreements between universities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico to foster information sharing on best practices and cross-border dependencies. This consortium will work collaboratively with tribes, states, regions, industry, utilities, and other stakeholders to support grid resilience planning and pilot projects that can serve as models for others.

TBD DOE OCED

Carbon Capture Demonstration Projects Program Notice of Intent

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED), in collaboration with the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management and the National Energy Technology Laboratory, intends to issue a funding opportunity announcement for the Carbon Capture Demonstration Projects Program. 

The $2.54 billion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law program will focus on integrated carbon capture, transport, and storage technologies, and infrastructure that can be readily replicated and deployed at fossil energy power plants and major industrial sources of CO2

Selected projects will address technical, environmental, permitting, and financing challenges for commercial deployment. These demonstration systems will be required to meet specific project goals including the demonstration of at least 95% carbon capture efficiency and verification of secure geologic carbon storage.

TBD DOE

Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement to Deploy Energy Infrastructure on Tribal Lands

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (Office of Indian Energy) issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to release a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) this summer.

Through this planned FOA, the Office of Indian Energy intends to solicit applications from Indian tribes including Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations, Intertribal Organizations, and Tribal Energy Development Organizations, to install clean energy generating system(s) and/or energy efficiency measure(s) for tribal building(s); or, deploy community-scale clean energy generating system(s) or energy storage on Tribal Lands; or, install integrated 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.

The DOE Office of Indian Energy envisions awarding multiple financial assistance awards in the form of grants. The estimated period of performance for each award will be approximately from one to three years including a 12-month mandatory verification period.

To be notified when the FOA is issued, please subscribe to the DOE Office of Indian Energy email newsletter.

TBD DOE

Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement to Power Unelectrified Tribal Buildings

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (Office of Indian Energy) issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to release a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) this summer.

Through this planned FOA, the Office of Indian Energy intends to solicit applications from federally recognized Indian tribes including Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations, Intertribal Organizations, and Tribal Energy Development Organizations, to deploy energy infrastructure or integrated energy system(s) to provide electricity to Tribal buildings.

The DOE Office of Indian Energy envisions awarding multiple financial assistance awards in the form of grants. The estimated period of performance for each award will be approximately from one to three years including a 12-month mandatory verification period.

To be notified when the FOA is issued, please subscribe to the DOE Office of Indian Energy email newsletter.

TBD DOE

Applied Research and Development to Accelerate Decarbonization of American Industry

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced its intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) in August 2022 that will support the advancement of a range of decarbonization technologies that can shrink the carbon footprint of America's vital industries.

The “Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization FOA” is expected to include the following topics: chemicals, iron and steel, food and beverage products, cement and concrete, paper and forest products, and cross-sector technologies.

For more information visit the Advanced Manufacturing Office website.

TBD DOE

Interconnection Innovation e-Xchange Partnership To Connect More Clean Energy to the Grid

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched the Interconnection Innovation e-Xchange (i2X), a new partnership funded by President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that brings together grid operators, utilities, state and tribal governments, clean energy developers, energy justice organizations, and other stakeholders to help solve challenges associated with deploying clean energy resources to the electricity grid.

As the Biden Administration ramps up the expansion of new renewable energy to reach the nation's goal of a net-zero economy by 2050, i2X partners will develop solutions for faster, simpler, and fairer interconnection of clean energy resources through better data, road map development, and technical assistance.

The i2X program will provide technical assistance to partners to develop solutions to specific regional, state, and local interconnection issues. i2X partners will also address the inequities caused by burdensome interconnection processes in alignment with the Administration's Justice40 initiative.

Collaborating with participating i2X organizations, experts from DOE's Solar Energy and Wind Energy Technologies Offices and DOE's National Labs will develop a 5-year road map that sets goals and identifies research gaps and benchmarks for success.

TBD GRID Alternatives

Tribal Energy Plan Grant

Tribal Energy Plans help tribal communities work toward a better environment for all community members by providing a comprehensive road map as a guide to develop a more sustainable tribal nation. The Tribal Energy Plan establishes priority sustainable energy initiatives based on demonstrated effectiveness, unique local factors, and co-benefits such as improved local air quality, energy savings, and workforce development.

Tribal Energy Plan Grants are intended to support tribal communities to quickly and efficiently triage the known practical and impactful strategies to reduce greenhouse gas, lower energy costs, and operate more sustainably. Awardees can use grant funding to compensate the planning team for their time, contract the services of consultants or other third-party experts, and cover the costs of public meetings and other methods soliciting public input. Applicants may apply for up to $25,000 for up to 1 year.

8/15/2022 USDA

Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making available up to $4 million in cooperative agreement funds under the Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC) for eligible entities to help provide planning support, technical assistance, and training to foster placemaking activities in rural communities.

Qualified entities can use the funds to help rural communities create plans to enhance capacity for broadband access; preserve cultural and historic structures; and support the development of transportation, housing, and recreational spaces.

Eligible applicants include federally recognized tribes and tribal entities.

8/15/2022 DOE

Clean Energy Demonstrations on Current and Former Mine Land Program

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Request for Information (RFI) to inform a $500 million program funded by President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to place clean energy demonstration projects on current or former mine lands across America.

Public input is sought on how to design the program such that it will best encourage private-sector investment in clean energy projects leading to economic development for underserved communities located near current and former mine lands while advancing environmental justice.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted by email no later than 5 p.m. ET on Aug. 15, 2022.

DOE expects to announce a funding opportunity to solicit project proposals in 2023.

8/16/2022  DOE 

Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program Request for Information

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains issued a request for information seeking public input for a new $750 million Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program.  

The program will provide grants to small and medium-sized manufacturers to produce or recycle clean energy products or deploy cutting-edge greenhouse gas emissions reduction equipment at facilities in coal communities.  

8/19/2022 EPA

EPA 2022 Clean School Bus Rebate Program

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law of 2021 authorizes the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) to offer rebates to replace eligible old and new existing school buses with clean and zero-emission (ZE) models. Eligible applicants include:

  • State and local government entities that provide bus service
  • For-profit, not-for-profit, or nonprofit entities with the capacity to sell clean or ZE school buses or related charging or fueling infrastructure to school bus owners or arrange to finance for such a sale
  • Nonprofit school transportation associations
  • Indian tribes, tribal organizations, or tribally controlled schools are responsible for purchasing school buses or providing school buses for a school funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates application process includes SAM.gov account registration, application submission, review, and selection by EPA, purchase order submission and request for payment, payment receipt, new bus delivery, old bus replacement, and closeout. EPA anticipates offering $250 million each for clean school buses and zero-emission school buses. Applicants can request funds for replacing up to 25 buses.

8/31/2022 GRID Alternatives

TSAF Research Internship Program

The GRID Alternatives Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund (TSAF) is offering research interns up to $1,250 per month for the Fall 2022 academic semester (September–December) to engage in and gain experience in many aspects of the nonprofit solar industry. Intern(s) will assist in developing research and literature reviews related to renewable energy policy impacting tribal communities across Indian Country. 

The TSAF is excited to share its mission, vision, and goals through an internship that provides renewable energy-related communications skills, industry knowledge, and possible hands-on learning experiences. 

9/6/2022 DOE

Public Feedback to Inform $630 Million in Hydropower Investments

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public feedback to inform the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law's nearly $630 million in investments to make hydropower facilities more energy efficient and resilient.

The RFI solicits feedback from a wide range of stakeholders, including industry, clean-energy advocates, and officials in areas that generate hydroelectricity, on the structure of these programs, timing and distribution of funds, definitions of capital improvements, and selection criteria.

Comments must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on Sept. 6, 2022, and can be submitted by email. A public webinar will be held to provide additional information.

9/9/2022 DOE

FY22 Scale-Up of Integrated Biorefineries and Greenhouse Gas Reduction in First-Generation Ethanol Production (Scale-Up+)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $59 million in funding to accelerate the production of biofuels and bioproducts to reduce emissions in hard-to-decarbonize sectors and create good-paying jobs in rural America. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) supports high-impact technology research, development, and deployment (RD&D) to accelerate the economy and, in particular, the production of low-carbon fuels for the aviation, marine, rail, and long-haul trucking industries.

DOE is focused on applied RD&D to improve the performance and reduce the cost of biofuel production technologies and scale up production systems in partnership with the industry. By reducing costs and technical risks, these efforts can help pave the way for the biofuels industry to deploy commercial-scale integrated biorefineries. The breakthroughs from this funding will support President Biden's and DOE's goals of advancing the use of bioenergy, achieving cost-competitive biofuels production, and reaching a net-zero carbon economy by 2050.

Applicants must submit a concept paper on or before July 8 to be eligible to submit a full application. An informational webinar for potential applicants will be held on June 15.

9/15/2022 GRID Alternatives

Tribal Solar Gap Funding Grant

For tribal solar projects funded through federal, state, and other grant programs or initiatives that require a tribal cost-share, “gap” grants from GRID’s Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund are intended to get projects (solar PV on tribal buildings/facility/housing, solar + battery storage, solar charging stations, etc.) over the finish line. Applicants may apply for up to $250,000. 

9/20/2022 DOE

Funding Announcement for Water Desalination and Treatment Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy, in partnership with the National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI), issued a $5 million solicitation for small-scale desalination and water-reuse technologies.

The Pilot Program Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks proposals from research teams to design, build, operate, and test desalination and water reuse treatment systems that produce clean water from nontraditional water sources, such as brackish water, seawater, produced and extracted water, and wastewater. NAWI will select six to eight teams from industry, academia, and the U.S. National Laboratories, requiring a 35% cost share from each.

9/30/2022 DOE

Grid Hardening State/Tribal Formula Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) opened the application period for states, tribal nations, and territories to apply for the $2.3 billion formula grant program designed to strengthen and modernize America's power grid against wildfires, extreme weather, and other natural disasters exacerbated by the climate crisis.

The Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid formula grant program will provide $459 million annually to states and tribal nations over an anticipated five-year period to improve the resilience of the electric grid against disruptive events.

Grant application instructions are provided within the Administrative and Legal Requirements Document (ALRD) available on the IIJA 40101(d) Formula Grant website. DOE urges applicants to consult periodically with the website to receive updates on requirements, including responses to frequently asked questions.

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. ET on Sept. 30, 2022.

10/4/2022 EPA

Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting applications for a total of up to $50 million in initial grant funding to establish 5 to 10 Environmental Justice Thriving Community Technical Assistance Centers across the nation.  

The centers will provide an unprecedented level of on-the-ground support to help ensure federal resources are equitably distributed and address the environmental justice challenges low-income and underserved communities have faced for generations.  

This opportunity is available to public and private universities and colleges, public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations, and intertribal consortia (coalitions of two or more Indian tribal governments).  

10/3/2022 DOE SETO

Fiscal Year 2022 Solar Manufacturing Incubator Funding Opportunity Announcement

This $27 million funding opportunity seeks to invest in innovative research and development as well as research, development, and demonstration projects that enable continued cost reductions while developing next-generation solar technologies and boosting American solar manufacturing, especially in cadmium telluride photovoltaics.

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Technologies Office (SETO) expects to make between 6 to 17 awards under this funding opportunity, each ranging between $500,000 and $10 million. Selected projects will support the scaling of affordable solar generation and facilitate secure, reliable, integration of solar electricity into the nation's energy grid to benefit the U.S. economy.

SETO seeks diverse entrepreneurs, small businesses, and larger for-profit entities to apply. Interested applicants must submit a letter of intent by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on September 16.

10/7/2022 DOE

DOE Sunny Awards: New Community Solar Awards Program 

The Sunny Awards for Equitable Community Solar (Sunny Awards), a new prize program hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office’s National Community Solar Partnership, will recognize community solar projects and programs that increase equitable access to the meaningful benefits of community solar for subscribers and their communities. Up to $100,000 in prizes and several special recognition awards will be shared with prize winners.

10/17/2022 DOE SETO

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law: Photovoltaics Research and Development

Through this funding opportunity, the DOE Solar Technologies Office seeks to fund projects to reduce photovoltaic (PV) hardware costs and environmental impacts and increase perovskite module performance. Both research areas will support increased PV deployment needed to meet the Biden administration's goal of carbon emissions-free electricity sector by 2035 in two topic areas:

Topic Area 1 will fund up to 10 research projects at a maximum of $1.5 million per project to produce low-cost, high-throughput PV module designs and processing methods to reduce environmental burden; materials usage, market price, and availability in the metallization and contacting steps; and end-of-life handling of PV modules.

Topic Area 2 will fund up to two projects that will bring together teams of researchers from multiple institutions and/or companies to improve coordination among domestic researchers and address the major issues in perovskite solar cell devices that limit durability, scale-up, and efficiency. Selected projects are expected to be funded at a federal rate of up to $3 million annually for 3 to 5 years.

The $29 million PV Research and Development opportunity includes $10 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to advance reuse and recycling,

Interested applicants must submit letters of intent by August 5 and concept papers by August 12. Full applications are due by October 17.
10/21/2022 DOE

Carbon Dioxide Transport/Front-End Engineering Design Program Notice of Intent

The $100 million Carbon Dioxide Transport/Front-End Engineering Design Program will support the design of regional carbon dioxide pipeline systems to safely transport CO2 from key sources to centralized locations.

Projects will expand DOE’s knowledge of carbon transport costs, transport network configurations, and technical and commercial considerations to support the country’s broader efforts to develop and deploy carbon capture and CO2 removal technologies, carbon conversion, and storage at fully commercial scale.

10/26/2022 DOE

2023 Solar Decathlon Design Challenge

Buildings account for 35% of the nation's carbon emissions. To help change that and revolutionize the ways we design, build, operate, and renovate buildings, DOE is calling for college students to enter the Solar Decathlon 2023 Design Challenge.

The challenge provides multidisciplinary collegiate teams from across the globe with an unrivaled opportunity to compete to design sustainable, high-performance, low-carbon residential or commercial buildings powered by renewable energy.

10/28/2022 EPA

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.

11/10/2022 DOE

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law: Solar and Wind Grid Services and Reliability Demonstration

Issued by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy on behalf of the Solar Energy Technologies Office and Wind Energy Technologies Office, this opportunity will provide $26 million for up to 10 projects that demonstrate how large-scale solar, wind, and energy storage can support the grid by automatically adjusting to changing demand and disruptions.

Projects, which require testing at a plant of at least 10 megawatts from a mix of solar, wind, or other generation or storage technology, will also demonstrate how a clean energy grid prevents blackouts by quickly identifying and responding to faults.

Academic institutions, private companies, nonprofits, state and local governments, and tribal nations are encouraged to apply and form diverse teams that include representation from entities such as historically Black colleges and universities, minority-serving institutions, and community-based organizations.

Before submitting a full application, interested entities must submit a concept paper by Sept. 1, 2022 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

12/6/2022 DOE

Advancing Equity Through Workforce Partnerships 

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office will award $10 million for the development of collaborative workforce programs that will facilitate the rapid deployment of solar energy technologies while supporting an inclusive workforce with opportunities for union membership.  

Prior to submitting a full application, a brief letter of intent is due on Sept. 13, 2022, and concept papers are due Sept. 20, 2022. 

4/24/2023  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Community Economic Development Focus on Energy Communities 

The Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services is soliciting applications for approximately $3.2 million in Community Economic Development (CED) awards to directly support economic development, job creation, and business growth in energy communities—including coal, oil, gas, and power plant communities—across the country.  

Eligible communities are those that have experienced employment loss and/or economic dislocation events as a result of declines in the fossil fuel industry and/or are disproportionately reliant on fossil fuel energy production or distribution.  

CED projects may include the creation or expansion of business(es) that reduce emissions of toxic substances and greenhouse gases from existing and abandoned infrastructure and that prevent environmental damage that harms communities and poses a risk to public health and safety. Projects may also employ individuals from energy communities but focus on a range of other industries. 

5/31/2023 DOE

Notice of Intent (NOI) to Issue FOA for Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Regional Direct Air Capture Hubs

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a Notice of Intent (NOI) to fund the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law's $3.5 billion program to capture and store carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution directly from the air.

The Regional Direct Air Capture Hubs program will support four large-scale, regional direct air capture hubs that each comprise a network of carbon dioxide removal projects to help address the impacts of climate change, creating good-paying jobs and prioritizing community engagement and environmental justice. In addition to efforts to deeply decarbonize the economy through methods like clean power, efficiency, and industrial innovation, the widespread deployment of direct air capture technologies and CO2 transport and storage infrastructure plays a significant role in delivering on President Biden's goal of achieving an equitable transition to a net-zero economy by 2050.

3/15/2025 DOE

Amended and Restated Loan Guarantee Solicitation for Applications for Tribal Energy Development Projects

Through an amended and restated loan guarantee solicitation, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invites eligible lenders that have existing relationships with eligible borrowers (i.e., Indian tribes and tribal energy development organizations [TEDOs]) to apply for loans guarantees under the amended Energy Policy Act of 1992.

As amended, the Act authorizes the Secretary of Energy to issue loan guarantees of up to 90% of loans made to an Indian tribe or TEDO for eligible energy development projects. DOE's processing of loan guarantee applications under this authority is administered through the Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program (TELGP). As a key part of DOE's support of the Justice40 Initiative, TELGP aims to provide 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal investments—including investments in clean energy and energy efficiency—to disadvantaged communities.