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
EPA Brownfields and Land Revitalization Grant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making available funds to support development of area-wide plans for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. Plans must include implementation strategies for assessing, cleaning up, and reusing the brownfields sites as well as related brownfields and project area revitalization strategies. The funding is intended to support research, technical assistance, or training activities. 

Alaska Renewable Energy Fund Grants for Renewable Energy Projects

The Alaska Energy Authority is soliciting competitive applications from qualified applicants for the purpose of recommending grants for renewable energy projects to be funded by the Alaska State Legislature. To be eligible for a grant recommendation, the applicant must demonstrate formal approval and endorsement of its project by its governing authority (such as board of directors or executive management if it does not have a governing board) and be one of the following: an electric utility, an independent power producer, a local government, or a governmental entity (which includes tribal councils and housing authorities). For more information on applications and eligibility, see the funding opportunity description. 

Trees, Water & People Green Business in Indian Country Start-Up Award Competition

Aspiring Native entrepreneurs: Trees, Water & People (TWP) announces its Green Business Start-Up Award Competition! Solar technology, Indigenous agriculture, renewable energy projects, sustainable housing… the possibilities are limited only by your will to make it happen. TWP continues its Green Business Development Program this year through an award of up to $40,000 to help jumpstart your new business endeavors. Applications include a business plan, an operating budget and a start-up budget. Deadline for draft application and requests for an entrepreneur mentor is September 5, 2014. Mentors can help you develop your application to make the best presentation for your idea. Final drafts are due no later than 5 p.m. MDT, September 25, 2014. TWP Tribal Renewable Energy Program anticipates some great ideas for green businesses–solar technologies, indigenous agriculture, earth-based housing, and anything that respects and protects the earth.

DOE FOA: Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Indian Lands (DE-FOA-0001021)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the availability of up to $7 million in funding to accelerate clean energy development on tribal lands. Through this funding opportunity, the Tribal Energy Program, in cooperation with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, will help Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia: (1) Install clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings, and (2) Deploy clean energy systems on a community scale. Please note that only applications submitted through the EERE Exchange website will be considered. Any questions related to the FOA should be sent via email to  

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. 


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. Department of the Interior – Bureau of Indian Affairs

See information on the Division of Energy and Mineral Development's Tribal Grant Program

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.