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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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.

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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.

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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.

7/01/2022 DOE

Weatherization Program Notice BIL 22-1 and 22-2

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), provides $3.5 billion in funding for weatherization.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is accepting applications from states, tribes, and territories for new funding through the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), DOE's largest residential energy retrofit program. The expanded funding enabled by the BIL will allow grantees to retrofit thousands of low-income homes to make them healthier and more energy-efficient while lowering utility bills.

To access this funding, applicants will need to submit an application package as they do for regular formula funds, except the BIL application package will be based on a 5-year plan. The BIL Planning Workbook can be used to assist WAP grantees in preparing their 5-year funding applications.

7/6/2022 BIA

Tribal Climate Resilience and Ocean and Coastal Management Planning

The Secretary of the Interior, United States Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Office of Trust Services, Branch of Tribal Climate Resilience solicits proposals from federally recognized tribes and authorized tribal organizations to receive awards to support tribal climate resilience planning and strategy implementation, and ocean and coastal management planning.

The branch supports tribes as they prepare for climate change impacts on the tribal treaty and trust resources, economies, regenerative agriculture and food sovereignty, conservation practices, infrastructure, and human health and safety. The branch's Annual Awards Program will provide funding for projects that support tribal climate resilience as tribes incorporate science, including Indigenous and Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Indigenous languages, and technical information.

7/15/2022 TSAF

2022–2023 Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund Grant Program

The Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund (TSAF), a tribal-led program at GRID Alternatives, has announced its plans to issue requests for proposals and solicit applications for the 2022–2023 grant program for tribal renewable energy projects on June 1, 2022.

As one of the only grantmaking programs specifically designated for tribal solar projects and cultivating the next generation of tribal energy leaders, TSAF works in partnership with tribes to bring technical, financial, and cultural resources to support their projects and address their unique challenges and opportunities. The TSAF, GRID, and the National Tribal Program work in alignment to identify, develop, finance, and implement solar power projects that meet community needs, including education, hands-on training, and energy cost reductions for tribal members.

7/18/2022 USDA

Rural Energy Pilot Program—Final Application

The Rural Energy Pilot Program (REPP) grant offers financial assistance for rural communities to further develop renewable energy.

A REPP partnership must serve a rural community as specified in the REPP Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) published in the Federal Register. Priority is given to distressed and high energy-burden communities, in which households spend a greater proportion of their income on energy costs compared to the average U.S. household. Eligible applicants to this program are Rural Energy Community Partnerships as defined in the REPP Notice of Funding Opportunity, Federal Register Notice.

7/20/2022 DOE

Feedback for National Transmission Planning Study Tribal Engagement

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched the Building a Better Grid Initiative to catalyze the nationwide development of new and upgraded high-capacity electric transmission lines in support of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

 As one of the first steps, DOE is conducting the National Transmission Planning Study to identify transmission that will provide broad-scale benefits to electric customers, inform regional and interregional transmission planning processes, and identify interregional and national strategies to accelerate decarbonization while maintaining system reliability.

In the initial phase of development, DOE is asking tribal governments, tribal enterprises, tribal utilities, and American Indian communities for information about interest levels and feedback through the submission of statements of interest.

Statements of interest may include, but are not limited to:

  • Identifying Indian tribes or tribal enterprises engaged in large-scale clean energy development or regional transmission planning.
  • Providing a description of any tribal policies pertaining to large-scale clean energy development.
  • Identifying ways to enhance tribal engagement in transmission planning.
  • Any other interests or concerns relative to national or regional transmission planning.

Statements of interest can include responses to any or all the above topics or any other areas of interest and can be sent to David Hurlbut or Faith Smith.

7/25/2022 SETO

Renewables Advancing Community Energy Resilience (RACER) Final Application

Through this funding opportunity, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office will invest in locally appropriate energy resilience planning at the community level, including the development and integration of new and existing metrics and preparedness and response plans, via robust multi-stakeholder participation and collaboration. Where appropriate, opportunities will be identified for solar plus storage deployment in those locations that can best support increased resilience.

Renewables Advancing Community Energy Resilience will award $25 million in funding for projects to enable communities to utilize solar and solar-plus-storage to prevent disruptions in power caused by extreme weather and other events and to rapidly restore electricity if it goes down. Concept papers must be submitted by May 26, 2022.

Register for the April 27 informational webinar on this funding opportunity.

8/5/2022 EDA

Economic Recovery Corps Program

The Economic Development Administration (EDA), is seeking a Network Operator (an organization or coalition) to build, launch, and operate the Economic Recovery Corps program. The program will recruit and place at least 50–75 fellows in economic development organizations in underserved communities throughout the nation to help communities with limited resources and staff build more equitable, resilient, and future-focused economies and industry clusters. It will also provide information and analysis from across the country to accelerate the adoption of equitable economic development principles.

The organization or coalition selected for this $20–$25 million award will work collaboratively with EDA to create a well-structured, feasible, and scalable fellowship plan with a 5-year period of performance. The Network Operator should have expertise in running a fellowship, volunteer, or intern program. They should also have experience providing advanced economic development training and technical assistance to underserved populations.

8/5/2022 EDA

Equity Impact Investments Program

In cooperation with the Economic Development Administration (EDA), the Equity Impact Investments program is seeking applicants to build capacity and knowledge within organizations serving underserved populations and communities to help them effectively participate in local economic development efforts and strengthen their engagement in economic development initiatives. This program aims to enhance the ability of current EDA grantees to support underserved populations and communities. EDA is seeking applicants with a proven track record of effectively working with, conducting outreach to, and delivering outcomes for these communities.

Funding for the program ranges from $3 million to $10 million and will be dependent on reach, impact, and the number of grants awarded. Ideal budget requests per grant are between $3 million and $6 million.

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.

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.

9/20/2022 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.

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.

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.