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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5/4/2022 AmeriCorps

FY22 AmeriCorps State and National Tribal Grants

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.

5/6/2022 DOE

Clean Energy Innovator Fellowship Program

The U.S. Department of Energy announced the Clean Energy Innovator Fellowship, a $6 million program that sends recent graduates and energy professionals to work at critical energy organizations to advance clean energy solutions. This program will help increase access to clean energy career opportunities across the country and accelerate the national transition to a resilient and affordable clean energy economy.   

The Clean Energy Innovator Fellowship recruits talent from diverse backgrounds to spend up to two years supporting the work of eligible host organizations, which include public utility commissions, municipal and rural cooperative utilities, and grid operators, such as regional transmission organizations or independent systems operators. Innovator Fellows will receive a stipend and an educational allowance to support host institution projects that will help decarbonize the U.S. power system, electrify transportation and industry, and make the power system more equitable and inclusive.   

5/13/2022 Denali Commission

Funding Opportunity Announcement DC-WP-22-001

The Denali Commission solicits proposed projects throughout rural Alaska from eligible applicants seeking funding for the following program areas; Energy – general and wood heating systems, transportation, facilities for healthcare and community wellness, village infrastructure protection, sanitation, housing, broadband, economic development, workforce development, and infrastructure fund (new).

The Commission intends to make multiple awards as a result of this funding opportunity announcement, subject to the availability of funds, the quality of applications received, and other relevant considerations.

5/13/2022 DOE

RFI to support enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) pilot demonstration projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a request for information (RFI) to support $84 million in enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) pilot demonstration projects included in President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

The legislation authorizes DOE to support four competitively selected pilot projects that demonstrate EGS in different types of geology. The demonstration projects will provide valuable information about EGS in the field and help spur further growth of geothermal energy—which has the potential to be a critical source of abundant, always-available, zero-carbon energy and represents an opportunity for fossil communities to maintain economic stability by transitioning to clean energy generation. Responses to the RFI must be submitted via email to BIL_EGSPilotDemos@ee.doe.gov.

5/19/2022 DOE

Notice of Availability and Solicitation of Public Comment on DOE Draft Implementation Guidance

 The U.S. Department of Energy Manufacturing and Supply Chains Office invites public comment on its draft guidance on implementing sections 1005, extended product system rebate program, and 1006 , energy efficient transformer rebate program of the Energy Act of 2020. These draft guidance documents describe how DOE plans to structure and implement these two rebate programs, which the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) authorizes.

DOE is soliciting feedback on proposed definitions, the eligibility criteria and window, incentive payment calculations, and other issues. Public responses to this notice of availability will help DOE design programs to achieve the goals and priorities established under the BIL. DOE especially encourages feedback from owners of industrial or manufacturing facilities, commercial or multifamily residential buildings, utilities, and energy service companies, although all public responses will be heard and considered.

5/20/2022 DOE

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law RFI on Resilient and Efficient Codes Implementations

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office has issued a request for information (RFI) from the public that will inform the program development and execution of Section 40511 of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). This provision makes funding available to states, local governments, and partnerships through grants to help them drive the cost-effective implementation of building energy codes for improved efficiency and resilience.
The intent of this RFI is to obtain public input regarding the solicitation process and structure of a potential DOE funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to fund sustained cost-effective implementation of building energy codes in accordance with the IIJA This RFI seeks input on; Energy code implementation criteria and requirements for key topic areas, advanced energy codes and building resilience, methods to support sustained state energy and building resilience code implementation, funding, partnerships, eligible entities, and evaluation criteria, energy and environmental justice (EEJ) priorities.

5/20/2022 DOE

Notice of Availability on DOE Draft Implementation Guidance

The Notice of Availability (NOA) and Solicitation of Public Comment on the draft implementation guidance, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released on April 20th. The draft address sections 1005 and 1006 of the Energy Act of 2020, which the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law authorizes. These draft guidance documents describe how DOE is currently planning to structure and implement these two rebate programs.

DOE is soliciting feedback on proposed definitions, the eligibility criteria and window, incentive payment calculations, and other issues. Public responses to this NOA will help DOE design programs to achieve the goals and priorities established under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. DOE especially encourages feedback from owners of industrial or manufacturing facilities, commercial or multifamily residential buildings, utilities, energy service companies, although all public responses will be heard and considered.

5/25/2022

Washington State Department of Commerce

Energy Efficiency Grant Program

The Energy Efficiency Grant Program funds projects for improvements to existing public-owned facilities and related projects that result in energy and operational cost savings.

Energy efficiency grants are offered for improvements to existing publicly-owned (including tribally-owned) facilities and related projects that result in energy and operational cost savings. Projects will use non-fossil fuel devices and systems whenever possible and be cost-effective. Applicants must be public entities in the state of Washington which include; any city or town, county, special purpose district, municipal corporation, agency, port district or authority, political subdivision of any type, any other entity or authority of local government in corporate form or otherwise in order to apply.

5/25/2022

Washington State Department of Commerce

Solar Grant Program

Solar Energy grants provide competitive funding to install solar at public buildings and facilities, such as schools, hospitals, civic buildings, and wastewater treatment plants. These grants cut energy costs, reduce pollution and showcase solar projects in communities across the state.

Grants will fund new solar photovoltaic systems net-metered with existing publicly-owned (including tribally-owned) buildings or facilities in Washington. Projects must be between 20 kW AC and 100 kW AC and must provide 50% of the total project cost from other, non-state sources. Applicants must be public entities in the state of Washington which include; any city or town, county, special purpose district, municipal corporation, agency, port district or authority, political subdivision of any type, any other entity or authority of local government in corporate form or otherwise in order to apply.

5/26/2022 SETO

Renewables Advancing Community Energy Resilience (RACER) Concept Papers

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. Applicants must submit a concept paper to be eligible to submit a full application.

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

5/27/2022 DOE

Notice of Availability on DOE Draft Implementation Guidance

The Notice of Availability (NOA) and Solicitation of Public Comment on the draft implementation guidance, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released on April 20th. The draft address sections 1005 and 1006 of the Energy Act of 2020, which the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law authorizes. These draft guidance documents describe how DOE is currently planning to structure and implement these two rebate programs.

DOE is soliciting feedback on proposed definitions, the eligibility criteria and window, incentive payment calculations, and other issues. Public responses to this NOA will help DOE design programs to achieve the goals and priorities established under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. DOE especially encourages feedback from owners of industrial or manufacturing facilities, commercial or multifamily residential buildings, utilities, energy service companies, although all public responses will be heard and considered.

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.

6/2/2022 DOE

Grid Hardening State/Tribal Formula Grant Program RFI

On April 27, 2022, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a request for information (RFI) seeking input on the structure of the approximately $2.3 billion formula grant program to strengthen and modernize America's power grid against wildfires, extreme weather, and other natural disasters exacerbated by the climate crisis.

Established by President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and administered through DOE's new Building a Better Grid Initiative, the program will provide grants based on a formula that includes, among other things, population size, land area, probability and severity of disruptive events, and a locality's historical expenditures on mitigation efforts.

The RFI seeks feedback from States and Tribal Nations to inform DOE's structuring of the formula grants. Specifically, DOE is seeking input on anticipated application challenges, technical assistance support, and other critical data sources.

DOE is requesting feedback on the formula grant program Notice of Intent, draft application and award requirements, and draft award formula allocation. Comments must be received by June 2 and can be submitted by emailing 40101formulagrants@hq.doe.gov.

6/10/2022 DOE

Solar Communications Awards

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a new award program to recognize solar industry communications campaigns that reach underrepresented audiences and have the potential to increase the diversity of solar adopters and the solar workforce. The American-Made Shine On Awards for Inclusive Solar Outreach (Shine On Awards) will support DOE efforts to expand the equitable adoption of solar energy, especially in underrepresented communities, and to increase the diversity of the solar workforce.

Competitors may apply for consideration in residential solar adoption, community solar subscription, solar co-op subscription, utility-scale solar community engagement, and workforce recruitment and/or retention categories.

6/15/2022 DOE

Fifth Wood Heater Design Challenge

Brookhaven National Laboratory—in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office, the Alliance for Green Heat, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory—is hosting the Fifth Wood Heater Design Challenge to accelerate the design and deployment of clean and efficient wood and pellet heaters in the United States environmental footprint of domestic heating.

The Design Challenge will consist of a "Technology Slam" in the fall of 2022 where participants present their intended design, followed by the Stove Competition in the winter of 2023. There is one more workshop being held in advance of the Design Challenge.

6/17/2022 DOI

Indian Business Incubators Program Grants

The Indian Affairs Office of Indian Economic Development is soliciting applications for its Native American Business Incubators Program. Comments may be submitted via the Federal Register Notice through May 23, 2022.

Funds awarded through the program establish and operate business incubators that assist entrepreneurs by providing guidance and services like workspace, advice on how to access capital, business education, counseling, and mentorship opportunities to navigate obstacles in transforming their innovative ideas into operational businesses.

6/17/2022 EPA

Environmental Finance Center Grant Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting applications from eligible entities to serve as a Regional Environmental Finance Center (EFC) for an EPA Region.

Regional EFCs will provide eligible services either across their designated EPA Region or within a specific geographical regional or local area. A Regional EFC will either provide services for Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL)-funded water-related activities or multienvironmental media activities, which may also include water-related activities that are not funded through BIL. EPA will award separate grants to Regional EFCs for BIL-funded water activities and multienvironmental media activities that are not funded with BIL appropriations. National EFC(s) will provide BIL-funded water related activities.

6/20/2022 DOE

Deploying Solar with Wildlife and Ecosystem Services Benefits (SolWEB)—Final Application

Under this funding opportunity announcement, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) will award $10 million for innovative solutions and strategies that maximize benefits and minimize impacts to wildlife and ecosystems from solar energy infrastructure. SETO will invest in competitively selected research projects in two topic areas: 1) Wildlife-Solar Energy Interactions and 2) Ecosystem Services from Solar Facilities.

DOE is interested in projects that will produce results with broad relevance to solar stakeholders by establishing methods, technologies, models, best management practices, or resources that facilitate ground-mounted photovoltaic energy generation, including utility-scale and community solar, or concentrating solar-thermal power that is compatible with the surrounding wildlife. DOE is also interested in assessing and optimizing ecosystem benefits that solar energy facilities can provide, such as soil formation, pollination of food crops, and carbon sequestration. 

6/20/2022 DOE

Collegiate Wind Competition

The U.S. Department of Energy's Collegiate Wind Competition (CWC) brings together undergraduate students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as business, marketing, communications, policy, and social sciences, to prepare students from multiple disciplines to enter the wind energy workforce by providing real-world technology experience.

The 2023 competition will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, in conjunction with American Clean Power's CLEANPOWER 2023 Conference and Exhibition, scheduled for May 22–24, CWC organizers have implemented a new application process and timeline intended to broaden the reach and impact of the competition by making it more accessible. Teams selected to participate will be notified by July 1, 2022, and will be awarded project funds in the 2022–2023 academic year.

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

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Annual Awards Program

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.

7/18/2022 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.

07/25/2022 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.

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.