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
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.

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.

Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities (SPARC) Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) SunShot Initiative is accepting applications for the Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities (SPARC) funding opportunity. The SPARC funding opportunity will establish a national recognition and technical assistance program for state, local, and tribals governments—driving greater solar deployment and making it possible for even more American homes and businesses to access affordable and renewable solar energy to meet their electricity needs. Funding recipients will establish and administer a national recognition program and also provide technical assistance and share best practices to communities seeking national recognition for cutting red tape and improving local solar market conditions.  

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.
Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation Pre-Feasibility Studies on Wood-Fired Heating Projects RFP

The Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation is soliciting pre-feasibility proposals to explore the pre-feasibility of a community heating projects for an individual facility, multiple facilities, community, and/or district heating projects that would utilize high-efficiency, low-emission, wood-fired systems. Eligible applicants are from interested and qualified consultants, firms, and organizations that would complete an outlined scope of work in a pre-determined rural Alaskan community. This RFP looks to determine the preliminary feasibility in the locations (selected by the Alaska Wood Energy Development Task Group) of submitted statements of interest in regards to site specifications and regional biomass. Average budget is approximately $10,000 per community. 

State of Virginia Request for Information

State of Virginia Request for Information (RFI) is seeking responses on a potential solar energy development project. The RFI is also seeking individuals and organizations that are interested in designing, building, and financing the solar energy public-private partnership project in Virginia.

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.

New York State Energy Research and Development RFP

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) requests proposals (RFP) from qualified parties to design, build, implement, operate, maintain and administer a web-based electronic generation attribute tracking system for New York State (New York Generation Attribute Tracking System (NYGATS). The NYGATS will be owned by New York State.

City of Grand Rapids Request for Proposals

The City of Grand Rapids Request for Proposals (RFP) is seeking proposals for the development and operation of a photovoltaic power system to be installed on the Butterworth Landfill site. The developer will enter a 15- to 20-year power purchase agreement with the city. A mandatory pre-proposal conference and site visit for interested bidders will be held on February 19 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Notice of intention should be submitted by February 17, 2015.

USDA Conservation Innovation Grant Program - $20 Million

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications to promote sharing of skills, knowledge, technologies, and facilities institutions to ensure that scientific and technological developments are accessible to a wider range of users. Eligible projects should promote environmental protection or natural resources enhancement, such as establishing and demonstrating how farm and ranch energy efficiency and renewable energy can be quantified with enough certainty to allow for engagement with voluntary and regulatory carbon markets. Projects can also focus on establishing and demonstrating how implementation of soil health management systems can be integrated into carbon markets, as well as ways to expand the capture and use of methane from livestock systems. Eligible entities include state, local, and tribal governments, non-government organizations, and individuals.

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.

EDA Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Program - $1.3 Million

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is accepting applications to help communities cultivate an environment for businesses to create well-paying manufacturing jobs in regions across the country and accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing. Winning communities will receive funding from 10 participating government agencies in areas such as reducing reliance on nonrenewable energy resources by encouraging the development and construction of solar energy systems and other renewable energy systems and improving transportation efficiency. Eligible entities include state, local and tribal governments, district organizations, institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations.

DOD Environmental Security Technology Certification Program RFP

The U.S. Department of Defense's (DOD's) Environmental Security Technology Certification Program request for proposals (RFP) is seeking proposals for demonstrations of energy technologies on DOD installations.Researchers from Federal organizations, universities, and private industry can apply for funding.

AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants FY15

The Corporation for National and Community Service is accepting applications for AmeriCorps Indian Tribes competition to prioritize the investment of national service resources in disaster services, economic opportunity, education, and more. Only federally recognized tribes can apply. Grant recipients are awarded up to $75,000 for a 12-month planning period and are expected to be better prepared to compete for an AmeriCorps program grant in the following grant cycle.

2015 Foster Grandparents Program - $3.2 Million

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) seeks to increase the impact of national service in Indian County by offering funding opportunities for new grants to Indian Tribes in geographic areas not currently served by FGP grantees. CNCS intends to fund Foster Grandparents Program tribal grants that support volunteers age 55 years and older in activities that serve community needs and respond to the National Performance Measures, which prioritizes the Education Focus Area. 

USDA Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Business Cooperative-Service Agency, under the Rural Energy for America Program, is accepting applications for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement grants of $20,000 or less to establish programs to assist agricultural producers and rural small businesses with evaluating the potential to incorporate renewable energy technologies into their operations.

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. 

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.

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.

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>

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 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.