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
HUD Community Development Block Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is accepting applications to develop of viable Indian and Alaska Native communities, including the creation of decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities primarily for persons with low- and moderate-incomes. Applicants can use these funds to develop head start facilities, Boys and Girls Clubs, recreation centers, and job training programs.

Alliant Energy RFP

The Alliant Energy request for proposals (RFP) is seeking new solar projects from large utility-scale solar fields to small community solar programs that could increase its solar generation by 50 percent within the company's Iowa service territory. Potential projects should be 1 to 10 MW and be able to start supplying energy beginning in fourth quarter 2015 and available for purchase under a long-term power purchase agreement. 

Minnesota Power RFP

The Minnesota Power request for proposals (RFP) is seeking 1 MW of solar power as part of the company's EnergyForward Strategy and to meet Minnesota's solar energy standard. The solar generation facility must be located within St. Louis or Carlton Counties in Minnesota, begin generation in 2016, and shall be purchased under a long-term power purchase agreement.

DOE Inter-Tribal Technical Assistance Energy Provider Network RFI

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy is issuing a request for information (RFI) to gain input from inter-tribal organizations, tribes (including Alaska Native regional and village corporations), and other interested stakeholders on its efforts to develop an Inter-Tribal Technical Assistance Energy Provider Network.
It is envisioned that participating inter-tribal organizations would establish internal energy experts who would:

  • Coordinate energy solutions among participating Indian Tribes
  • Network with regional and national energy organizations 
  • Deliver technical assistance to participating Indian Tribes within the region
  • Provide information to tribal leaders and staff through workshops and webinars 
  • Advise DOE on the energy goals and needs within their region.
Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically attached to an email with the subject line "Responses to RFI" to no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Oct. 29, 2015.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Tribal Wildlife Grants

The Tribal Wildlife Grants are used to provide technical and financial assistance to tribes for development and implementation of programs that benefit fish and wildlife resources and their habitat. Activities may include, but are not limited to, planning for wildlife and habitat conservation, fish and wildlife conservation and management actions, fish and wildlife related laboratory and field research, natural history studies, habitat mapping, field surveys and population monitoring, habitat preservation, conservation easements, and public education that is relevant to the project. The funds may be used for salaries, equipment, consultant services, subcontracts, acquisitions and travel.

EPA Urban Waters Small Grant Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting applications for the Urban Waters Small Grants Program to address urban runoff pollution with a focus on underserved communities. Consideration will be given to projects that engage communities in learning about, planning, and developing stormwater infrastructure improvements such as rain gardens, planters, tree boxes, and more. Eligible entities include state, local, and tribal governments. 

FirstEnergy Ohio RFP

FirstEnergy Ohio request for proposals (RFP) is seeking up to 233,000 Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) and 6,800 Solar RECs for its Ohio utilities— Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric Illuminating, and Toledo Edison. Qualifying RECs and SRECs will be used by companies to meet the Ohio RPS requirements. 

EPA National Environmental Information Exchange Network Grant Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting applications for the National Environmental Information Exchange Network Grants Program to provide funding to state territories and federally recognized Indian tribes to support the development of the Environmental Information Exchange Network. 

University of Vermont and Burlington Electric Department RFP

The University of Vermont (UVM) and Burlington Electric Department (BED) request for proposals (RFP) is seeking proposals to develop 1 MW of solar energy projects on designated UVM campus properties, including rooftop installations and solar canopies over parking areas. BED will manage the RFP process. 

USDA National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting proposals for the National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant Program to assist the U.S. Forest Service in establishing the grant categories and recommendations of final proposals for the Forest Service to consider. The request for proposals is to address priority issues:

  • Analysis and solutions for development and redevelopment impacts on urban and community forests
  • Building human health through urban and community forestry
  • Climate change and its impact on trees and water.
Eligible applicants include federally recognized tribal governments and Indian housing authorities. An applicant may apply to more than one category; however, they are to use a separate application for each category.

DOE Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Indian Lands

Up to $6 million in funding is available to accelerate clean energy development on tribal lands. Through this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), DOE Office of Indian Energy will help Indian Tribes (including Alaska Native regional and village corporations) to install:

  • Facility-scale clean energy and energy efficiency projects and
  • Community-scale clean energy projects on Indian lands.

HUD ONAP Training and Technical Assistance

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Native American Program (ONAP) offers free specialized training and technical assistance for tribal and TDHE grant recipients in areas related to Indian housing programs, administration & management, development, and financing. Tribes or TDHE’s are encouraged to formally request training and technical assistance on a particular need by contacting Lisa Stewart at, or 206-220-6166.

USDA Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. Eligible areas including cities, villages, townships, and towns, including tribal lands, with no more than 20,000 residents. Funds can be used to purchase, construct, and/or improve essential community facilities, purchase equipment, and pay related expenses.

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.

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.

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).

USDA Biomass Crop Assistance Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) incentives will resume this summer. The incentives will assist farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners with growing, maintaining, and harvesting biomass that can be used for energy or bio-based products. Farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners can also receive financial assistance to grow biomass crops that will be converted into energy in selected BCAP project areas. New BCAP project area proposals will be solicited beginning this summer and accepted through fall 2015, with new project area announcements and enrollments taking place in early spring 2016. Once the call for solicitations is announced, Tribes will need to review the eligibility to ensure they qualify.

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.