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.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or 206-220-6166.
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.