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).

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
DOT National Infrastructure Investment TIGER Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is making available $600 million under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 to national infrastructure investments. This appropriation is similar to the program funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 known as the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grants program. Eligible projects include highway or bridge projects eligible under title 23, United States Code (including bicycle and pedestrian related projects); public transportation projects eligible under chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code; passenger and freight rail transportation projects; port infrastructure investments; and intermodal projects. FY 2014 TIGER also allows for up to $35 million (of the $600 million available) to be awarded as grants for the planning of eligible transportation facilities. Eligible planning projects include activities related to the planning, preparation, or design of a single surface transportation project, or activities related to regional transportation investment planning, including transportation planning that is coordinated with interdisciplinary factors including housing, economic development, stormwater and other infrastructure investments and/or that addresses future risks and vulnerabilities, including extreme weather and climate change. Eligible entities include state and local governments, federally recognized tribes, U.S. territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations, other political subdivisions of state or local governments, and multi-state or multi-jurisdictional groups applying through a single lead applicant.

DOE Technology Incubator for Wind Energy Innovations – $4.5 Million

The U.S. Department of Energy is making available grants to accelerate widespread domestic deployment of wind energy by lowering the unsubsidized levelized cost of energy and achieving grid parity for wind energy. Applications must demonstrate clear potential to result in low-cost electricity production. Eligible entities: For-profit entities; educational institutions; nonprofits; state, local, and tribal government entities; federally funded research and development centers. Concept papers due: April 28, 2014

AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants FY 2014

With the FY 2014 AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Notice of Funding Opportunity, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in economic opportunity, education, veterans and military families, and disaster services in Native American communities.

EERE Geothermal Technologies Office Integrated Enhanced Geothermal Systems Research and Development

Through this funding opportunity announcement, the Geothermal Technologies Office’s (GTO's) Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) subprogram seeks to advance subsurface characterization via an integrated technical approach to EGS R&D—GTO encourages the community to integrate technologies to address the challenges associated with quantifying reservoir complexity. GTO is interested in increasing the precision and accuracy of directly measured parameters and improving the ability to constrain calculated or inferred reservoir properties from these direct measurements.  Critical parameters that GTO is interested in constraining include, but are not limited to: matrix to fracture heat transfer area, fluid mean residence time, in-situ stresses, fracture spacing, fracture aperture distribution, porosity, and reservoir volume.  GTO seeks research projects that will facilitate a better understanding of physicochemical conditions to optimize subsurface engineering and stimulation methods, as well as assess and enhance understanding of the evolution and sustainability of a reservoir during long-term operations. Concept paper submission deadline is March 21, 2014; full application submission deadline is April 30, 2014.

DOI Tribal Climate Change Grant

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is making available grants to support tribes that are addressing challenges of climate change in tribal communities. The grants will support planning for and adapting to future climate impacts on the entire range of tribal government functions and traditional use. Eligible entities are tribal governments.

EERE Low-Temperature Geothermal Mineral Recovery Program

Issued by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) on behalf of the Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), the Low-Temperature Mineral Recovery Program funding opportunity is intended to promote the advancement of thermal energy processes capable of converting geothermal heat sources into power, in conjunction with the development or exploitation of technologies capable of capturing, concentrating, and/or purifying valuable materials contained within geothermal brines to economically extract resources that can provide additional revenue streams to geothermal operators. This targeted initiative of the GTO focuses on strategic mineral extraction as a path to optimize the value stream of low-to-moderate temperature resources. The Energy Department seeks up to 10 one- to two-year feasibility and/or applied R&D projects that will lead to commercialized technologies. Geothermal mining of rare earth and near-critical metals are the focus of this research, with the intent to effectively lower the cost of geothermal energy production while diversifying and stabilizing the supply of critical materials for domestic industries. Concept papers are due March 2, 2014. Full applications are due May 2, 2014.

DOI WaterSMART: Development of Feasibility Studies Under the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program –$1.5 Million

The U.S. Department of the Interior is making available funds to support the efficient use of water, integrating water and energy policies to support the sustainable use of all natural resources, and coordinating the water conservation activities of various Interior bureaus and offices. Water reuse projects must reclaim and reuse municipal, industrial, domestic, or agricultural wastewater and naturally impaired ground water and/or surface waters. Reclaimed water can be used for a variety of purposes, such as environmental restoration, fish and wildlife, ground water recharge, power generation, municipal, domestic, industrial, agricultural,  or recreational. For more information, visit the funding opportunity description. Eligible entities: State, regional, or local authorities; Indian tribes or tribal organizations; and other entities such as a water district, wastewater district, or rural water district. Applicants must be located within the 17 western states or Hawaii.

EPA Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse Program – $700,000

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is making available funds to support development and ongoing maintenance of a web-based national information clearinghouse focused on smart growth. This clearinghouse will be designed to support communities by providing timely information that supports local decision-making that delivers better environmental and public health outcomes, such as lower air emissions, cleaner water, and better protection of open space and critical natural areas. Smart growth can also help communities reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation and building sectors, as well as help communities adapt to a changing climate. Eligible entities: State and local governments; territories and possessions of the United States, including the District of Columbia; foreign governments; international organizations; federally recognized tribes; interstate and intrastate organizations; public and private universities and colleges; and hospitals, laboratories, and other public or private nonprofit institutions.

DOE Water Power Program Wave Energy Converter Prize

The Energy Department will make $6.5 million available to develop a new competition that challenges individuals, universities, and existing and emerging companies to improve the performance and lower the cost of energy produced by  wave energy converter (WEC) devices. Once launched, the competition will help attract ideas across this emerging industry to demonstrate innovative technologies that produce energy from ocean waves. The funding opportunity announced today seeks an organization to develop and administer the WEC Prize.

DOE Commercial Building Technology Demonstrations Grant

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is making available grants to enhance and accelerate the deployment and adoption of a broad range of competitively solicited high-impact energy saving technologies as well as new technology integration approaches. Technologies selected under this funding opportunity will be ready for market adoption but may be underutilized due to market barriers, including perception of risk, gaps in information, and data on performance as well as cost.

USDA Forest Service Statewide Wood Energy Teams Cooperative Agreement

Through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Forest Service is making available $1.7 million in funding  under the Statewide Wood Energy Team Cooperative Agreement (SWET) program inviting public-private teams to seek funding to advance wood energy. The SWET cooperative agreement helps communities do initial planning, educational outreach, and preliminary assessments to identify promising wood energy opportunities. Activities may include workshops that provide technical, financial and environmental information, preliminary engineering assessments, and community outreach needed to support development of wood energy projects.

DOE MHK Environmental and Resource Characterization Instrumentation

The Energy Department will also make $3.5 million available for the development and testing of marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) sensors, instruments, and processing techniques. These funds will support the development of new instruments to measure the environmental impacts of MHK technologies, test and integrate environmental monitoring instrumentation packages, and develop and test sensors and instruments to collect data on the characteristics of waves, including their height, period, direction, and steepness. The data will allow WECs to more accurately assess approaching waves and more efficiently harness their energy.

DOE Solar Market Pathways

Through this funding opportunity, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy seeks to support regional, state, tribal, and locally-driven efforts to develop multi-year solar deployment plans that will help provide business certainty and establish a clear path for the next five to ten years of solar deployment. Specifically, this funding opportunity announcement is intended to enable replicable multi-year strategies that spur significant solar deployment, drive down solar soft costs, support local economic development efforts, and address the potential challenges arising from increased solar penetration on the electrical grid. Awardees are expected to convene stakeholder processes to develop their plan, and subgroups could address specific topics such as the net benefits and costs of solar electricity (to and from the grid), and/or develop solar deployment programs including, but not limited to, commercial property assessed clean energy financing, shared solar, and/or incorporating solar within their emergency response plans. Concept papers are due May 28, 2014. Full application deadline is July 3, 2014

USDA Forest Service Hazardous Fuels Wood-to-Energy Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the U.S. Forest Service Hazardous Fuels Wood-to-Energy Grant program, will provide about $2.8 million to help successful applicants complete the engineering design work needed to apply for public or private loans for construction and long-term financing of wood energy facilities.


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.

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. Environmental Protection Agency

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

Also see the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency publication, Funding Opportunities: A Directory of Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Environmental Protection Assistance Programs.