Current Funding Opportunities

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Federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, provide grant, loan, and technical assistance programs to support tribal energy projects. Find information about the Office of Indian Energy's past funding opportunities.

Current Funding Opportunities

Close Date Organization Opportunity
6/22/2018 Crayola

Crayola Creative Leadership Grants

Crayola is now accepting applications for the 2018 program, which provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary/middle schools. Beginning Dec. 1, 2018, submit applications for the opportunity to receive a grant to help build your school's creative capacity. Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000.

7/1/2018 Native Energy

Request for Renewable Energy Credits from New Community Wind Energy Project(s)

NativeEnergy is seeking multi-year supply of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) generated from one or more upcoming community-scale U.S. wind energy projects. This request is focused on smaller, technically viable wind projects that are financially challenged and need additional funding -- where NativeEnergy’s objective is to offer an attractive, fixed REC rate across multiple years necessary to close the project’s financial gap and move it forward. The above-market price offered herein will support premium renewable energy projects that generate host community benefits and other societal benefits.
This request shall remain open until the earlier of the date NativeEnergy procures a total REC quantity of 25,000 MWh/year, or July 1, 2018.

Project(s) will be able to meet the following conditions:

  1. RECs to be generated from one or more wind energy projects located in the U.S., excluding Hawaii and those states that participate in RGGI.
  2. Project(s) are not currently under construction and have an expected Commercial Operations Date (COD) no later than December 31, 2019.
  3. Seller will be able to demonstrate full ownership rights to the RECs.
  4. Project(s) must be eligible to participate in the Green-e Energy program.
  5. Seller must agree to cooperate with NativeEnergy in validating, registering, and periodically verifying the Project(s) in the voluntary carbon market, at NativeEnergy’s discretion.
  6. Seller will, at the applicable time, demonstrate via disclosure of its cash flow proforma that the revenues from the RECs are a necessary component to the financial viability of the Project(s). The proforma will be backed up by documentation of all major line item components including: a. Major capital costs (as evident by the Turbine Supply Agreement, transmission interconnect costs, etc.);b. Energy production estimate, demonstrated by an independent or defensible wind resource assessment with P50 and P90 production estimates; c. Power purchase agreement or independent power sales forecast over the term of the project, as applicable;d. O&M estimates, demonstrated by third party O&M services agreement or similar; e. Other annual payments including property lease payments, tax payments, and insurance.Confidential information not needed to demonstrate this financial need can be redacted. In lieu of disclosing this information to NativeEnergy, Seller and NativeEnergy can make use of a third party to conduct an independent evaluation of financial need.
  7. NativeEnergy’s preference is to purchase 100% of the REC output from the project.
  8. Strong preference is granted to projects that generate other benefits, to be documented and quantified. Such benefits include but are not limited to: community benefits (including lease payment to hosting landowners, tax benefits to the municipality), educational benefits, land use benefits, and environmental mitigation measures.
  9. Seller will need to provide all copies of environment permits and other federal, state, and local permits as applicable, and copies of minutes relating to public outreach, when available.Project(s) will have positive community acceptance and minimal environmental impact.
  10. Commercial scale solar projects that meet the above conditions will also be considered.

NativeEnergy is offering two possible contract structures for eligible projects (or a combination of the two), as provided below. Final structure will be determined from negotiations and mutual agreement between Seller and NativeEnergy. Favorable pricing will be granted to Seller’s early response to this Request, along with the project’s ability to demonstrate financial need for REC revenues, value to local community, and other potential societal benefits.

7/2/2018 DOI

Tribal Resilience and Ocean and Coastal Management and Planning

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), through the Office of Trust Services, is accepting applications to receive grants that support resilience and ocean and coastal management and planning. The Program will provide funding for tribal projects that support tribal resilience and ocean and coastal management planning as tribes incorporate science and technical information to prepare for the impacts of extreme events and harmful environmental trends.

Eligibility is limited to federally recognized tribes listed in the current Federal Register Notice of Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible to Receive Services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The preferred method of submitting proposals is by email to resilience.funding@bia.gov, Attention: Jo Ann Metcalfe. Proposals can also be mailed to Jo Ann Metcalfe at Central Office Acquisitions, 12220 Sunrise Valley Dr., Reston, VA 20191.

7/18/2018 HUD

Healthy Homes Production Grant Program for Tribal Housing

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is accepting applications to identify and remediate housing related health and safety hazards and develop comprehensive programs to identify these issues.

Eligible entities include Native American tribal governments and organizations.

7/31/2018 DOI

WaterSMART Grants: Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects

DOI is accepting applications to provide assistance with water or power delivery authority to undertake specific small-scale water efficiency projects that have been prioritized through planning efforts led by the applicant. These projects conserve and use water more efficiently; mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict; and accomplish other benefits that contribute to water supply reliability in the western United States.

Eligible entities include states, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the Western United States or United States Territories as identified in the Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902, as amended. 

Pending USDA

Rural Business-Cooperative Service

USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service has published a June 8, 2017 Federal Register notice to reopen the application period and to expand the types of entities eligible to apply for the Rural Transportation grants originally noted in a Nov. 18, 2016 Federal Register notice.

Assistance provided to Rural Areas under the program has historically included the provision of onsite technical assistance to local and regional governments, public transit agencies, and related Nonprofit and for-profit organizations in Rural Areas; the development of training materials; and the provision of necessary training assistance to local officials and agencies in Rural Areas. The original notice limited eligible entities to “qualified national nonprofit organizations.” It is USDA’s intent that otherwise qualified national organizations that are not nonprofits also be eligible. Therefore, in the reissuance of the Notice, the Agency is removing nonprofit'' as a condition for eligibility to apply and removing any additional references to "nonprofit'' found in the Nov. 18, 2016, notice. Because removing reference to ``nonprofits'' as a condition of eligibility increases the number of potential applicants, USDA is reopening the application period for a period of 90 days from the date the reissued notice is published in the FEDERAL REGISTER to allow entities sufficient time to apply for the grants. USDA is uncertain, however, whether extending the application period will provide sufficient time to evaluate applications and to make awards. Therefore, the Agency is removing in the reissued notice reference to the award date of Sep. 30, 2017, which was found in the Nov. 18, 2016, notice.

 

Ongoing Opportunities

This list provides information on technical assistance, funding, and renewable energy credits for tribal energy projects from a variety of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and federal government programs. To explore current opportunities available to tribes, click on the titles of the solicitations below.

NC GreenPower Open RFP for Carbon Offsets and RECs

NC GreenPower is seeking proposals for projects that mitigate greenhouse gases; projects that reduce emissions indirectly from displaced electricity are not eligible. Priority will be given to purchasing carbon offsets from participating utility service territories in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

In addition, NC GreenPower is accepting bids for renewable energy credits (RECs) associated with renewable energy generated in North Carolina and supplied to the North Carolina electric grid. These bids provide NC GreenPower with a portfolio of available renewable energy projects to offer to NC GreenPower customers who purchase $15,000 or more annually on renewable energy credits (called a Brokered Bid). This is an ongoing, open-bid process for the Brokered Bid product only and includes any eligible renewable energy project, including large solar PV (over 5.0 kW) and large wind (over 10.0 kW).

BPA ​Tribal Set-Aside for Low-Income Weatherization

The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has a long-standing commitment to provide funding for weatherization services to low-income households. In 1999, BPA specifically set aside funding to be targeted towards Native American homes to improve the installation of weatherization measures in both Indian Country and throughout the service territory of its public utility customers.

USDA Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. Eligible areas including cities, villages, townships, and towns, including tribal lands, with no more than 20,000 residents. Funds can be used to purchase, construct, and/or improve essential community facilities, purchase equipment, and pay related expenses.

Economic Development Assistance Programs, Department of Commerce

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) solicits applications from applicants in rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs.

Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities.

EDA provides strategic investments on a competitive- merit-basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States. There are no submission deadlines under this opportunity. Proposals and applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the publication of a new Economic Development Assistance Program Federal Funding Opportunity announcement.

USDA Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants

USDA is accepting applications for Energy Audits and Renewable Energy Development Assistance (EA REDA) grants to eligible agricultural producers and rural small businesses. These grants help promote American energy independence by increasing the private sector supply of renewable energy and decreasing the demand for energy through energy efficiency improvements. Eligible projects include energy audits, renewable energy technical assistance, and renewable energy site assessments.

Eligible entities include state and local governments, federally recognized tribes, rural electric cooperatives, public power entities, resource conservation and development councils, and land-grant colleges or universities.

USDA Emergency Watershed Protection Program

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service is helping communities address watershed impairments that pose imminent threats to lives and property. The Emergency Watershed Protection Program was established by congress to respond to emergencies created by natural disasters and designed to help people and conserve natural resources by relieving imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, drought, windstorms, and other natural occurrences.

Public and private landowners are eligible for assistance, but must be represented by a project sponsor that must be a legal subdivision of the State, such as a city, county, township or conservation district, and Native American Tribes or Tribal governments.

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Grants and Guaranteed Loans

USDA provides financial assistance to agriculture producers and rural small businesses to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems or complete energy efficiency improvements. An example of a potential funded project may be the installation of solar panels for hospitals or clinics to improve energy costs.

Office of Indian Energy Technical Assistance

The Office of Indian Energy provides federally recognized Indian Tribes, including Alaska Native villages, tribal energy resource development organizations, and other organized tribal groups and communities, with technical assistance to advance tribal energy projects. 

Technical experts from DOE, DOE's national laboratories, and others are available to provide up to 40 hours of in-depth support, including strategic energy planning and project development support.

The goal of the technical assistance is to address a specific challenge or fulfill a specific need that is essential to a current project's successful implementation. The intended result is a tangible product or specific deliverable designed to help move the project forward.

Indian Land Tenure Foundation Grants

The Indian Land Tenure Foundation has several grants available for tribes focusing on education, cultural awareness, economic opportunity, or legal reform. The Foundation creates grants to Indian nations and nonprofit organizations, and work closely with several affiliate organizations, who share our mission and goals.

USDA Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants

USDA is accepting applications to assist rural communities that have experienced a significant decline in quantity or quality of drinking water due to an emergency, or in which such decline is considered imminent, to obtain or maintain adequate quantities of water that meets the standards set by the Safe Drinking Water Act. This emergency is considered an occurrence of an incident such as, but not limited to, a drought, earthquake, flood, tornado, hurricane, disease outbreak, or chemical spill.

DOI Indian Loan Guaranty, Insurance, and Interest Subsidy Program

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI’s) Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development is accepting loan applications on an ongoing basis through the Indian Loan Guaranty, Insurance, and Interest Subsidy Program. Operated by 12 Bureau of Indian Affairs regional offices cross the country in coordination with the Division of Capital Investment in Washington, D.C., the program is aimed at spurring the development of viable Indian businesses through conventional lender financing. Tribes or individuals simply apply for a loan through any lender that regularly engages in making loans; in cases where the lending institution would not otherwise approve a borrower’s loan application, the lender may apply for a loan guaranty. By helping reduce the risk incurred by lenders, the program helps borrowers secure financing that might otherwise be unavailable. Eligible entities include federally recognized Tribes and Alaska Native groups.

IRS Clean Renewable Energy Bonds

The Internal Review Service (IRS) is accepting applications for a volume cap of up to $800 million to finance the costs of a qualified renewable energy facility or facilities, such as wind, closed- or open-loop biomass, geothermal, solar, small irrigation, and other facilities. The application must indicate the expected date of construction and when each facility will be placed in service. Eligible applicants include governmental bodies, including Tribes, and cooperative electric companies.

USDA Biomass Crop Assistance Program

USDA announced that Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) incentives will resume this summer. The incentives will assist farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners with growing, maintaining, and harvesting biomass that can be used for energy or bio-based products. Farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners can also receive financial assistance to grow biomass crops that will be converted into energy in selected BCAP project areas. New BCAP project area proposals will be solicited beginning this summer and accepted through fall 2015, with new project area announcements and enrollments taking place in early spring 2016. Once the call for solicitations is announced, Tribes will need to review the eligibility to ensure they qualify.

USDA Farm Bill Broadband Loans & Loan Guarantees

USDA is accepting applications to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide service at the broadband lending speed in eligible rural areas. To be eligible for a broadband loan, an applicant may be either a non-profit or for-profit organization, and must take one of the following forms: corporation; limited liability company (LLC); cooperative or mutual organization; a state or local unit of government; or Indian tribe or tribal organization.

Ford Family Foundation

The Ford Family Foundation is accepting applications to two funding opportunities for small or rural communites with populations under 35,000.

  • Good Neighbor Grant offers funding to address unexpected needs or simple projects. Grants are available between $1,000–$10,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Community Building Spaces Grant offers funding for the development of public spaces. Various uses of funding include land acquisition, purchasing buildings, construction and renovations, among other activities. Grants are available between $50,000–$250,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Environmental Infrastructure Loan Program 

Rural Community Assistance Corporation’s (RCAC) Environmental Infrastructure Loan Program helps create, improve, or expand the supply of safe drinking water, waste disposal systems and other facilities that serve rural communities. RCAC’s loan programs provide the early funds small rural communities need to determine feasibility and pay pre-development costs prior to receiving state &/or federal program funding. May also provide interim construction financing, and intermediate & long-term loans for system improvements. 

Eligible entities include nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and tribal governments. Projects must be located in rural areas with populations of 50,000 or less in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii and other pacific islands, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Community size is limited to 10,000 for long-term USDA guaranteed loans and short-term loans for which USDA is the long-term lender. Eligible projects include water, wastewater, solid waste & storm water facilities. Contact Mike Carroll at mcarroll@rcac.org