The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP) has up to $225 million to grant to tribal governments and Alaska Native entities for Tribal Home Electrification and Appliance Rebates programs. These programs will provide up to $14,000 per eligible tribal household for energy efficiency and electrification home upgrades.
Grants to Indian tribes for Tribal Rebates programs are not yet available. DOE intends to publish the full program requirements for the tribal home energy rebates in fall of 2023.
Intended Formula for Funding Allocations
On August 16, 2023, the DOE published its intended formula for the Tribal Home Electrification and Appliance Rebates program funding allocations in the Federal Register. Tribes, tribal organizations, and other stakeholders are welcome to submit comment to DOE on the intended formula and other elements of the program. To submit a comment, please email email@example.com and use the subject line “Comment on FRN for Tribal Rebates.”
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Other Funding Sources for Tribal Housing Upgrades
DOE highly encourages Tribes to consider how to integrate their funding for Tribal Rebates with other programs for Tribal Housing Upgrades. Some of the programs that can potentially be integrated with Tribal Rebates are listed below:
- The Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Tribal Electrification Program, which awards competitive grants to Tribes to electrify Tribal homes with clean electricity. Pre-applications are now open and are due Sept. 18, 2023.
- The DOE’s Tribal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program, which provides formula awards to Tribes for projects that reduce fossil fuel emissions or improve energy efficiency. Applications are now open and are due Jan. 31, 2024.
- The DOE’s Low-Income Communities Bonus Credit Program, which provides bonus tax credits for renewable energy projects developed on Tribal lands and for low-income households. Applications will open in the fall of 2023.
- The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Indian Housing Block Grant Program, which provides formula awards to Tribes or their Tribally-Designated Housing Entities for housing assistance.
When combining different funding sources, Tribes should keep in mind that the Tribal Rebates cannot be combined with other federal grants for the same single measure within a home energy upgrade. Tribes and Tribal partner organizations should reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about how Tribal rebates can be combined with other sources.
Virtual Tribal Consultation
Executive leaders of federally recognized tribes and Alaska Native entities were invited to attend a virtual tribal consultation, hosted on March 29, 2023. The session focused on how DOE can best work with tribal governments and Alaska Native entities to successfully implement home energy rebate programs to fund energy efficiency and electrification upgrades for tribal households.
Hiring Tribal Outreach Manager
SCEP is hiring a Tribal Outreach Manager to help deliver the $225M Tribal Home Electrification and Appliance Rebates programs under the Home Energy Efficiency and Electrification Rebate Programs appropriated through the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.
This program awards grants to tribal governments and Alaska Native entities to develop and implement a high-efficiency electric home rebate program for qualified electrification projects including electric heat pump HVAC and hot water systems; electric heat pump clothes dryers; electric stoves, cooktops, or ovens; electric circuit panel and wiring upgrades; and home insulation, air sealing, and ventilation upgrades.
DOE seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds across the United States. Preferred candidates will have experience in project management, working with (or directly for) an American Indian or Alaska Native tribal government, and working knowledge of/experience with energy efficient electric appliances, equipment, and technologies.