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 a variety of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and federal government programs. To explore current opportunities available to tribes, click on the titles of the solicitations in the table below.

Opportunity Close Date
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. 

EPA 2015 Pollution Prevention Grant Program - $4 Million

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting applications to encourage business to adopt strategies and solutions that can significantly reduce or eliminate pollution at its source. Eligible entities include state and tribal governments, and state colleges and universities. 

USDA Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) provides financial and technical assistance to help conserve agricultural lands, wetlands, and their related benefits. The Natural Resources Conservation Service is making $332 million in financial and technical assistance available and accepting applications from eligible entities, American Indian tribes, and private landowners who are seeking to conserve agricultural lands and grasslands and protect, restore, and enhance critical wetlands and their related benefits. 

Austin Energy RFP

Austin Energy is seeking request for proposals (RFP) for up to 600 megawatts (MW) of eligible utility-scale solar power capacity with a minimum facility size of 25 MW located in the ERCOT service region. The RFP includes options for both power purchase agreements (5-25 years) and direct ownership. The request goes toward the company's goal to generate 55% of its total electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025.

Alliant Energy RFP

Alliant Energy RFP seeking proposals to provide up to 200 MW of wind energy in Iowa. The proposal may consist of one or more wind resources in the MISO territory with contract terms of 10 or more years. Notice of intent to bid is due by May 6.

City of Palo Alto RFP

City of Palo Alto RFP seeking proposals to provide electricity generated from renewable energy to meet the city's renewable energy portfolio needs. Proposals should include an off-take volume between 30 GWh to 80 GWh annually. The city intends to execute one or more power purchase agreements for terms of 5 to 30 years.

EPA 2015 Pollution Prevention Information Network Grant Program - $800,000

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is  accepting applications to create a coordinated network of national pollution prevention (P2) information centers that promote P2 awareness and application of P2 practices. Proposals must address emphasis areas that include reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency, including activities states can include in state implementation plans to comply with EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Possible grant activities include information sharing, promoting mentoring between businesses, convening roundtables and technology exchange, partnering with colleges and universities to promote P2 research, creating technical assistance programs, and developing and promoting P2 case studies. Eligible entities include state and tribal governments, and state colleges and universities.

DOE START Renewable Energy Project Development Technical Assistance Program

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy is accepting applications for round three of the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program to provide tribes with technical assistance with furthering the development of community- and commercial-scale renewable energy projects. The application deadline has been extended through May 22, 2015.

NV Energy RFP

NV Energy request for proposals (RFP) is seeking proposals that would allow the company to acquire or partner to construct a renewable energy resource that would satisfy a 54-MW of planning capacity. The company is also looking for proposals for a build-transfer option for a 140-MW single axis tracking solar PV facility at a location provided by the bidder.

SBA Growth Accelerator Fund Competition
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is accepting applications for the Growth Accelerator Fund Competition to identify the nation's innovative accelerators and similar organizations and award them cash prizes they may use to fund their operations costs and allow them to bring startup competitions to scale and new ideas to life. This competition is open only to private entities, such as corporations or nonprofit organizations. SBA will award up to 80 market stimulation cash prizes of $50,000 each to the highest-rated contestants that are focused in Native American populations including American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian.

IEED Energy and Mineral Development Grants

The Secretary of the Interior, through the Office of lndian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), is soliciting grant proposals from federally recognized Indian tribes and tribal energy resource development organizations for projects that assess, evaluate, or otherwise promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. Grant awards are subject to the availability of funds as appropriated by Congress and allotted to IEED.

IEED Tribal Energy Development to Build Tribal Energy Development Capacity

The Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior, through the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, is is soliciting grant proposals from Indian tribes to build tribal capacity for energy resource development or management under the Department of the Interior's (DOl's) Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC) grant program. Funding is provided for two critical capacity-developing activities: 1) To build capacity through the establishment of organizational structure(s) and/or business entity structure(s) capable of engaging in commercial energy development or management activities, including but not limited to leasing property, meeting lending requirements, entering into standard business contracts, and forming joint venture partnerships (these structures include tribal business charters under federal law [Indian Reorganization Act, 25 U.S.C. 477, Section 17 Corporation] and corporations formed under state·or tribal incorporation codes); 2) To provide funding for the development or enhancement of key regulatory activities, including but not limited to the establishment of tribal policies, enactment of tribal regulations for leasing of surface land for energy development pursuant to the HEARTH Act, establishment of legal infrastructure for business formation, enactment of ordinances related to regulating and developing energy resource(s), and adoption of a secured transactions code or a memorandum of understanding, compact, or letter of intent with the state to register liens attached pursuant to this code. The preferred method of submitting grant proposals is via email at, Attention: Bernie Toyekoyah. If you have questions about the application process, please contact Bernie Toyekoyah, telephone 405-247-1652.

Green Business Development in Indian Country Start-Up Award

Trees, Water, & People is accepting applications for the Green Business in Indian Country Start-Up Award and offering assistance to one selected applicant in starting their own business in a related field. The winning applicant will receive the following benefits from Trees, Water, & People: 

  • Crowd-funding campaign on your business' behalf
  • Request to Trees, Water, & People's donors to contribute to your start-up company
  • Technical Assistance.
The amount will be entirely dependent upon the donations Trees, Water, & People receive, but may be up to $20,000. Eligible applicants are Native Americans who are starting their own renewable energy and/or energy efficiency related business.

DOE Tribal Energy Program Technical Assistance

The Tribal Energy Program, together with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, provides technical assistance to federally recognized tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and other organized tribal groups and communities to advance tribal renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

Technical experts from DOE, DOE's national laboratories, and others are available to provide up to 40 hours of in-depth support, including strategic energy planning and project development support.

The goal of the technical assistance is to address a specific challenge or fulfill a specific need that is essential to a current project's successful implementation. The intended result is a tangible product or specific deliverable designed to help move the project forward.

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).

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>

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.

Other Tools and Resources for Tribal Energy Development

For information on federal, state, and utility energy efficiency and renewable energy incentives, and local policies on interconnection and net metering, see the DOE-funded database of state incentives for renewables and efficiency (DSIRE). Established in 1995, DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information related to policies and incentives that support the nation's use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

For an efficient and convenient method of identifying and accessing all relevant federal government grant, loan, and technical assistance opportunities, see the Federal Energy Development Assistance Tool or visit the following agency Web pages:

U.S. Department of Agriculture

See information on Rural Business Development 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.