Related Funding Opportunities

Here you'll find information on grants and funding opportunities 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 Funding Opportunities for Tribes

To explore current solicitations for tribal grant applications, click on the titles of the funding opportunities in the table below.

Funding Opportunity Close Date
Climate Action Champions Request for Applications

On Oct. 1, 2014, the Obama Administration announced a new Climate Action Champions competition that will identify, showcase, and invest in up to 15 local and tribal governments across the country that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to cutting carbon pollution and preparing for the impacts of a changing climate. Administered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the competition is a collaborative effort among multiple federal agencies.

With its dual focus on mitigating greenhouse gas pollution and building resilience to climate impacts at the local level, the Climate Action Champions competition takes an integrated approach to helping American communities accelerate and expand their efforts to address these interrelated goals.

In addition to being recognized as climate leaders, designated Climate Action Champions will have access to a broad range of federal support designed to advance their efforts, such as: technical assistance, decision-making data and tools, peer networking opportunities, access to DOE renewable energy experts, and the opportunity to participate in the DOE Office of Indian Energy’s Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program.

EDA FY14 Regional Innovation Grants - $15 Million

The EDA is seeking applications for three programs that develop innovation strategies:

  • The i6 Challenge, with up to $8 million available, aims to commercialize innovations, ideas, intellectual property and research into viable companies.
  • Science and Research Park Development Grants, with up to $5 million available, seek to provide research hubs and increase regional competitiveness in the field of energy efficient building technologies, renewable energy, and cogeneration.
  • Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds, with up to $2 million available, are intended to create sustainable financing institutions for innovation-based start-ups.

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

The 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.

USDA Rural Community Development Initiative - Nearly $6 Million

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service is seeking applications for Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) grants that will be awarded to organizations to provide critical financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop and strengthen their capacity to carry out housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects. Applicants must provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the federal grant. Eligible applicants: qualified private, nonprofit (including faith-based and community organizations and philanthropic foundations), and public (including tribal) intermediary organizations. 

NOAA Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program - $800,000

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is seeking applications to support management of regional and local ecosystem effects of sea level rise and coastal inundation through targeted research on key technologies, natural and nature-based infrastructure, physical and biological processes, and model evaluation. The funding is intended to integrate dynamic physical and biological processes with sea level rise and coastal inundation to improve the prediction of coastal ecosystem effects to enable enhanced coastal resiliency.

EPA Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)is seeking applications for the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program that will provide quick, targeted assistance to up to 25 communities using a variety of tools with demonstrated results and widespread application to help them achieve their goals for growth. Selected communities will work with an EPA-supported team of experts during a one-to-two day workshop where participants will learn about relevant strategies, policies, and practices for a specific smart growth development topic.

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.

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

THE 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.

CDFI Bond Guarantee Program - $525 Million
The U.S. Department of the Treasury is accepting applications for the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund. A total of $525 million in bonds is guaranteed for Fiscal Year 2014 to provide long-term, fixed-rate capital for projects in low-income and underserved communities.

Building upon its August announcement that $325 million in bonds had been guaranteed to support economic development opportunities across the country, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) announced today that an additional four bonds totaling $200 million were guaranteed in fiscal year (FY) 2014, bringing the total guaranteed to date to $525 million. All of the bond proceeds, provided through the Community Development Financial Institutions Bond Guarantee Program (CDFI Bond Guarantee Program), will provide long-term, fixed rate capital for projects in low-income and underserved communities.

EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking applications to support activities designed to empower and educate communities to understand environmental and public health issues and to identify ways to address these issues at the local level. The funding will focus on proposals supporting community-based preparedness and community climate resiliency efforts.

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.


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.