Funding, Technical Assistance and Renewable Energy Credits

Here you'll find information on technical assistance, funding, and renewable energy credits for tribal energy projects from other U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and federal government programs. For information on other federal, state, and utility energy efficiency and renewable energy incentives, and local policies on interconnection and net metering, see the database of state incentives for renewables and efficiency (DSIRE). For a complete list of opportunities through DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, see their funding page.

Current Opportunities for Tribes

To explore current opportunities available to tribes, click on the titles of the solicitations in the table below.

Funding Opportunity Close Date
Southern California Edison (SCE) Request for Proposals

Southern California Edison is seeking proposals for up to 125 MW of installed capacity from rooftop photovoltaics (1 MW to 2 MW range) and will allow, but not exceed, 25 MW from ground-mounted photovoltaics from facilities with gross power ratings of 500 kW to 10 MW. 

DOE Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontier and Innovation - Nearly $8 Million

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies' Emerging Technologies (ET) Program is accepting applications to support research and development of the next generation of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) technologies. The research and development will focus on developing regionally appropriate HVAC solutions that would offer significant potential energy savings for new and existing buildings, and on developing innovative approaches that could replace current vapor compression HVAC technologies and their use of refrigerants that harm the global environment. Concept papers are due Nov. 10, 2014. 

DOE Landscape Design for Sustainable Bioenergy Systems - $14 Million

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office, seeks interdisciplinary projects that apply landscape design approaches to integrate cellulosic feedstock productions into existing agricultural and forestry systems while maintaining or enhancing environmental and socioeconomic sustainability including ecosystem services and food, feed, and fiber production. Concept papers are due Nov. 21, 2014. 

DOE Advancing Solutions to Improve the Energy Efficiency of U.S. Commercial Buildings – $9 Million

DOE EERE, on behalf of the Building Technology Office, is seeking applications for investments in energy-saving technologies that can be tested and deployed in offices, shops, restaurants, hospitals, hotels, and other types of commercial buildings. The funding will facilitate the implementation of market-ready solutions across the United States to improve commercial building energy efficiency, with a goal of demonstrating 20% savings or more across a variety of approaches. Concept papers are due Nov. 22, 2014. 

USDA Forest Service Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Forest Service is seeking applications to substantially expand and accelerate wood energy and wood product markets throughout the United States to support forest management needs on National Forest System and other forest lands. 

DOE Alaska Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program for Community Energy Planning and Projects–Round Three

The DOE Office of Indian Energy is accepting applications for the third round of the Alaska Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program to assist Alaska Native corporations and federally recognized Alaska Native governments with accelerating clean energy projects. Alaska START is a competitive technical assistance opportunity aimed at achieving the following goals: 1) reducing the cost and use of energy for rural Alaska consumers and communities; 2) increasing local capacity, energy efficiency, and conservation through training and public education; and 3) increasing renewable energy deployment and financing opportunities for communities and utilities. Through Alaska START, DOE and the Denali Commission, along with DOE’s national laboratories and other local and national experts, will assist rural Alaska Native communities in developing strategic energy plans to help mitigate climate change, conducting energy awareness and training programs, and pursuing new renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities.

HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition - $1 Billion

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) National Disaster Resilience Competition makes $1 billion available to communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years. This competition responds to requests from state, local, and tribal leaders who have asked the federal government to help them prepare their communities for the impacts of climate change and support investments in more resilient infrastructure.

Southern California Edison Request for Offers

Southern California Edison (SCE) has issued a request for offers seeking up to 50 MW of renewable power from new distributed generating facilities to support SCE’s Preferred Resources Pilot in central and south Orange County via power purchase agreements. Eligible projects must be at least 500 kW and connected to its distributed system in the area.

EPA Indian Environmental General Assistance Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking grant proposals for the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP) from federally recognized tribal governments and eligible intertribal consortia for FY2016 work plan program development activities. The goal of the GAP is to assist tribes in developing the capacity to plan and establish environmental protection programs and to develop and implement solid and hazardous waste programs. Grant proposals are due Dec. 10, 2014. 


Learn More About Federal Government Grant Opportunities

For all federal government grant opportunities, see To access procurement opportunities offered throughout the federal government, see FedBizOpps and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

See information on Rural Business Enterprise Grants and Rural Business Opportunity Grants.

U.S. Department of Commerce

For funding opportunities, see the Economic Development Administration website.

U.S. Department of Energy

For funding opportunities through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), see EERE Financial Opportunities. For information on how to apply and the process EERE uses to evaluate applications, see New EERE Applicants.

The DOE Weatherization Assistance Program has funds to improve the energy performance of dwellings of low-income families using the most advanced technologies.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

See Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Tribal Agencies. If your Tribe is not a LIHEAP tribal grantee, you may need to contact your state agency for assistance.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

See information on grants for Indian housing and community development.

U.S. Department of the Interior – Bureau of Indian Affairs

See information on the Division of Energy and Mineral Development's Tribal Grant Program and for environmental resources for tribal energy development, see the Tribal Energy and environmental Information Clearinghouse.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

From the American Indian Environmental Office, see the Tribal Portal for information on grants and funding.