Current funding opportunities from federal agencies and other entities for tribal energy projects development and deployment.
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.
State and tribal response programs oversee assessment and cleanup activities at brownfield sites across the country. The depth and breadth of these programs vary. Some focus on Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) related activities, while others are multi-faceted, addressing sites regulated by both CERCLA and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
This funding is intended for states and tribes that have the required management and administrative capacity within their government to administer a federal grant. The primary goal of this funding is to ensure that state and tribal response programs include, or are taking reasonable steps to include, certain elements of an environmental response program and that the program establishes and maintains a public record of sites addressed.
The Secretary of the Interior is soliciting proposals from tribal nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations, and tribally controlled colleges or universities to enter into a cooperative agreement to support tribal climate science needs through the hiring of tribal climate resilience liaisons in the U.S. Department of the Interior’s regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs).
The agreement provides a mechanism for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to provide the competitively selected tribal organizations with nonrecurring funding for mutually-agreed-upon tasks that address the climate science needs of the BIA and all tribal communities in the North Central, Midwest, and Northeast or Southeast CASC regions.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is offering paid summer internships to 2nd and 3rd-year undergraduate and enrolled graduate students to work in areas that will provide robust research and operational experience that will prepare the student for further study in NOAA fields, for application to fellowships, or for the NOAA mission workforce.
The U.S. Forest Service's Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program offer a unique opportunity for communities to acquire and conserve forests that provide public access and recreational opportunities, protect vital water supplies and wildlife habitat, serve as demonstration sites for private forest landowners, and provide economic benefits from timber and nontimber products.
City or township governments, federally recognized Native American tribal governments, (federally recognized), county governments, and nonprofits with 501(c) (3) status, other than institutions of higher education, are eligible to apply.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released new funding for the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I program for the Fiscal Year 2022 to support small business solar innovations. This year, the Solar Energy Technologies Office is issuing two topics. One is open to both SBIR and STTR applications, while the other is open to only STTR applications.
Through SBIR/STTR, U.S. small businesses are encouraged to engage in high-risk, innovative research and technology development with the potential for commercialization. Small businesses play a major role in spurring innovation and creating jobs in the U.S. economy. SBIR/STTR enables DOE to achieve its research and development goals through funding to small businesses. SBIR/STTR currently provides funding in two phases, but through DOE's Phase 0 assistance program, assistance may be provided to first-time applicants, minority-owned or women-owned small businesses, or small businesses from an under-represented state.
Under the Indian Housing Block Grant program, eligible Indian tribes and tribally designated housing entities receive grants to carry out a range of affordable housing activities.
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.
Offered by the U.S. Department of Treasury, the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program incentivizes community development and economic growth through the use of tax credits that attract private investment to distressed communities.
The NMTC Program attracts private capital into low-income communities by permitting individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit against their federal income tax in exchange for making equity investments in specialized financial intermediaries called Community Development Entities.
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is seeking applicants for its 2022 Executive Energy Leadership Program, otherwise known as "Energy Execs."
The U.S. Department of Agriculture– Forest Service is announcing the availability of up to $8 million in funding to support projects that will substantially expand and accelerate wood products and wood energy markets throughout the United States to support forest management needs on National Forest System and other forest lands.
Eligible applicants are for-profit entities, state, local, and tribal governments, school districts, community, not-for-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and special purpose districts.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture– Forest Service is announcing the availability of up to $5 million in funding to install a thermally led community wood energy system or build an innovative wood product facility. The Community Wood Grant Program, launched in 2020, provides funding for grants to install thermally led community wood energy systems or to build innovative wood product manufacturing facilities.
Eligible applicants are non-profits, state, local, and tribal governments, businesses, companies, corporations, institutions of higher education, and special purpose districts.
Through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Good Jobs Challenge Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), the Economic Development Agency (EDA) aims to assist communities and regions impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This ARPA Good Jobs Challenge NOFO is designed to help get Americans back to work by developing and strengthening regional systems to develop and execute sectoral partnerships that will lead to well-paying jobs. The goal of regional workforce training systems is to create and implement effective employer-driven training programs that will connect the existing and emerging skills needs of employers with workers and will help workers find and keep quality jobs and advance along their chosen career paths.
Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Direct Technical Assistance can provide holistic planning support at the earliest stages to communities that may not have the capacity to start on their own. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide support for project- or application-specific needs and community-wide resilience needs for up to 36 months. FEMA connects communities with experienced mentors who provide support and lessons learned.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is soliciting applicants for its Lab Embedded Entrepreneurship Program to accelerate the commercialization of clean energy technologies. Hosted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), West Gate will join three existing sites of the Lab Embedded Entrepreneurship Program to equip scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs with the training, technical resources, and mentorship they need to develop next-generation technologies that will pave the way to a zero-carbon economy.
Five innovators will be selected through a competitive process and will each receive two years of paid fellowships, national laboratory access, and research funding, along with mentorship and entrepreneurial training.
The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) 1890 National Scholars Program is implemented under the USDA Fellows Experience Program (FEP). Scholars accepted into the program will be appointed and may be eligible for noncompetitive conversion to full-time employment upon graduation.
The goal of the USDA 1890 National Scholars Program is to increase the number of minorities studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and related disciplines. The program will provide full tuition, employment, employee benefits, fees, books, and room and board each year for up to 4 years to selected students pursuing a bachelor's degree at eligible universities.
The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid internship at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facility during the summer.
The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the scholars with hands-on, practical experience in NOAA related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation and the annual Science & Education Symposium, scientific conferences where students present their research, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.
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.
The Renewable Energy Scholarship Foundation (RESF) provides academic scholarships to students in Oregon and Washington pursuing advanced studies in renewable energy. Study areas may include biomass, geothermal, wind, or solar, as well as related areas such as public policy and other social sciences.
RESF expects to award at least eight scholarships in 2022 based upon academic merit, accomplishments in the field, and demonstrated interest.
The Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize aims to fund organizations for ongoing and/or proposed activities related to climate and clean energy that support, build trust, and strengthen relationships and partnerships with disadvantaged communities. This prize seeks to enable and enhance business and technology incubation, acceleration, and other community-based and university-based entrepreneurship and innovation in climate and clean energy technologies.
Eligible applicants include nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations; state, local, and tribal governments and government entities; and for-profit companies. Academic institutions with experience in supporting environmental, climate, and energy justice are also eligible to apply.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business Development Grant program provides technical assistance and training for small rural businesses with 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. Grant funds must be used for projects that benefit rural areas or towns outside the urbanized periphery of any city with a population of 50,000 or more.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced an $18.6 million funding opportunity to help state, local, and tribal governments enhance the impact of the existing residential Weatherization Assistance Program and help lower energy costs for consumers.
Supported projects will expand the types of residential buildings eligible for energy efficiency retrofits, prepare more homes for electrification, increase opportunities for local clean energy jobs, and provide targeted benefits to communities disproportionally impacted by high energy burden. Each award will provide a maximum of $2 million over a 3-year performance period. The concept paper must be submitted in late January prior to application.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 1994 Tribal Scholars Program seeks to increase the number of American Indian and Alaska Native students studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and related disciplines.
The USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program combines classroom study with paid work experience that leads to employment at USDA. Through this program, USDA seeks to boost the number of students studying and graduating in food, agriculture, natural resources, and related fields of study, and help build the pipeline of future agricultural scientists and professionals. The program also strengthens USDA partnerships with 1994 land-grant institutions.
The Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) is a competitive grants program provided through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Secretary – Office of Transportation Policy. The program funds transportation highway and freight projects of national and regional significance that result in good-paying jobs, improve safety, apply transformative technology, and explicitly address climate change and racial equity and operational improvements directly related to system performance.
States, cities, counties, tribes, port authorities, and public transportation agencies are eligible to apply.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seeks to support a diverse and qualified pool of students for career development opportunities in NOAA related fields.
The Hollings Preparation Program (HPP) will prepare undergraduates to be competitive applicants for the full NOAA Hollings Scholarship in their sophomore year of college. HPP scholars will be paired with NOAA mentors primarily on the West Coast, including California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, and Alaska, for four to six weeks during the summer of 2022.
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 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.
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.
USDA Rural Development program that provides loan guarantees to assist in the development, construction, and retrofitting of new and emerging technologies for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals, and bio-based products.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, is soliciting applications for community technical assistance through the Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP). ETIPP works alongside the remote, island, and islanded communities to transform their energy systems and increase energy resilience.
Competitively selected communities will receive substantial technical assistance from the ETIPP network on energy analysis and planning to advance community-driven energy transitions. The ETIPP network combines the technical expertise of DOE and its national laboratories with the local insights and experience of regional partner organizations to identify and implement solutions that address community needs and goals.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is soliciting applications for grants that will advance equity in rural America by creating new opportunities in distressed communities. The Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) Grant Program offers grant assistance to create and augment high-wage jobs, accelerate the formation of new businesses, support industry clusters, and maximize the use of local productive assets in eligible low-income rural areas.
Rural jobs accelerator partnerships—including nonprofit, state, and tribal entities; institutions of higher education; and public bodies—with expertise in delivering economic and job training programs are eligible to apply.
Funding is available to support National Service programs to provide resources and staffing for organizations and agencies working to alleviate poverty and address poverty-related problems in local communities. Applicants may propose programming to aid communities in their efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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.
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.