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
EPA Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act Grant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applications for a noncompetitive $50 million grant program to establish and enhance state and tribal response programs. Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) 128(a) response program grants are funded with State and Tribal Assistance Grant (STAG) appropriations. Generally, these response programs address the assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment of brownfields sites with actual or perceived contamination. 

01/31/15
EPA Environmental Education Model Grants Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques.

Applicants include colleges or universities, nonprofits, state education or environmental agencies, and tribes (which includes schools and community colleges controlled by tribe or nation).

02/02/15
EPA Workforce Development and Job Training Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting applications to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field, with a focus on solid and hazardous waste remediation, environmental health and safety, and wastewater-related training. Eligible entities include nonprofit organizations and state, local, and tribal governments (excluding Alaska), Alaska Native Regional Corporation, Alaska Native Village Corporation, and the Metlakatla Indian Community.

02/03/15
NFWF Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Program

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is accepting applications for up to $2.1 million to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnership for wetland, riparian, forest and coastal habitat restoration, urban wildlife conservation, stormwater management as well as outreach, education and stewardship. The 2015 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program will focus projects on water quality, watersheds, and the habitats they support.

Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, tribes, and educational institutions.

02/03/15
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.

02/06/15
HUD Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants - Approximately $76 Million

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is accepting applications to support communities that have undergone a comprehensive local planning process and are ready to implement their "Transformation Plan" to redevelop the neighborhood. HUD will award up to four grants, not to exceed $30 million each. Eligible applicants are public housing authorities, local governments, for-profits, nonprofits, and tribal entities.

02/09/15
USDA Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business Cooperative-Service Agency, under the Rural Energy for America Program, is accepting applications for Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance (REDA) grants to establish programs to assist agricultural producers and rural small businesses with evaluating energy efficiency and the potential to incorporate renewable energy technologies into their operations. Eligible entities include units of state, tribal, or local governments; instrumentalities of state, tribal, or local governments; institutions of higher education; rural electric cooperatives; public power entities, or councils, as defined in 16 U.S.C. 3451.

02/12/15
Pacific Gas and Electric Company Request for Offers

To achieve its procurement targets as required by California Public Utilities Commission, Pacific Gas and Electric Company has issued a request for offers for 74 megawatts (MW) of energy storage—50 MW on the transmission grid and an additional 24 MW on distribution circuits.

02/17/15
Defense Logistics Agency Energy Request for Proposals: Renewable Energy Supply for Department of Navy – Naval District of Washington

Defense Logistics Agency Energy has issued a request for proposals for a long-term supply and purchase of electricity generated from newly constructed renewable energy generation assets for delivery to various naval installations located in the Military District of Washington and the Pennsylvania, Jersey, Maryland (PJM) Power Pool market footprint. The long-term Renewable Energy Supply Agreement (RESA) states that the contractor agrees to finance, design, install, operate, and maintain a renewable power generation system on private land and the government will agree to purchase the energy produced from the system at a firm-fixed price. The RFP requests that the contractor furnish all labor, materials, tools, equipment, and incidentals required to produce and deliver electricity generated from a newly constructed off-site renewable energy generation system, which totals to 425,463,439 kilowatt-hours (kWhs) annually. At a minimum, the contractor's system must be capable of supplying at least 235 million kilowatt-hours annually.

02/17/15
USDA Community Connect Program Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications to establish essential broadband services in rural communities where it is currently not available. Funds can go to improve, construct or acquire a community center with provision of Computer Access Points. Grant funds for the community center will be limited to 10% of the requested grant amount or $150,000. If a community center is constructed with grant funds, the center must reside on property owned by the awardee. State, local, and tribal governments are eligible to apply. 

02/17/15
Defense Logistics Agency Energy Request for Proposals: Renewable Energy Supply Department of Navy - Middle Atlantic Region

Defense Logistics Agency Energy has issued a procurement for a long-term supply and purchase of electricity generated from newly constructed renewable energy generation assets for delivery to various naval installations located in the Middle Atlantic Region and PJM market footprint. The long-term RESA states that the contractor agrees to finance, design, install, operate, and maintain a renewable power generation system on private land and the government will agree to purchase the energy produced from the system at a firm-fixed price. The RFP requests that the contractor furnish all labor, materials, tools, equipment, and incidentals required to produce and deliver electricity generated from a newly constructed off-site renewable energy generation system, which totals 217,885,331 kWhs annually. At a minimum, the contractor's system must be capable of supplying at least 113 million kWhs annually.

02/17/15
FTA Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of approximately $5 million in funding to support planning, capital, and, in limited circumstances, operating assistance for tribal public transit services. Eligible applicants include federally recognized tribes or Alaska Native villages, groups, or communities.

02/18/15
DOE REDI Initiative Grants

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability is making up to $3.5 million in funding available for communities, including Tribes, to deploy smart grid tools and technologies to advance climate preparedness and resiliency of the electricity delivery infrastructure through the Resilient Electricity Delivery Infrastructure (REDI) Initiative. This funding opportunity supports the goals of the Administration's other initiatives to prepare the nation for the impacts of climate change by providing funding to local and tribal governments. Eligible communities across the country, including the Climate Action Champions the White House announced December, are encouraged to apply.

03/04/15
Native American CDFI Assistance Program

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) has opened the fiscal year (FY) 2015 funding round for the Community Development Financial Institutions Program (CDFI Program) and Native American CDFI Assistance Program (NACA Program). The awards will support Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) providing affordable financing and related services to low-income communities and populations that lack access to credit, capital, and financial services.

03/05/15
EPA Environmental Education Local Grants Program: $2.7 Million

The EPA is accepting applications for Environmental Education Local Grants to support locally focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills needed to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment.

The EPA expects to award three grants from each of its 10 Regional Offices, for a total of approximately 30 grants nationwide. Each grant will be approximately, but no more than, $91,000. Applicants must demonstrate how they will provide nonfederal matching funds of at least 25% of the total cost of the project.
03/06/15
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.

03/16/15
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 kilowatts and connected to SCE’s distributed system in the area.

04/01/15
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. 

05/08/15
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.p>

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

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (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.

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).

Learn More About Federal Government Grant Opportunities

For all federal government grant opportunities, see Grants.gov. 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.