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 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 Opportunities for Tribes

To explore current opportunities available to tribes, click on the titles of the solicitations in the table below.

Funding Opportunity Close Date
HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition - $1 Billion

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) National Disaster Resilience Competition makes $1 billion available to communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years. This competition responds to requests from state, local, and tribal leaders who have asked the federal government to help them prepare their communities for the impacts of climate change and support investments in more resilient infrastructure.

Southern California Edison Request for Offers

Southern California Edison (SCE) has issued a request for offers seeking up to 50 MW of renewable power from new distributed generating facilities to support SCE’s Preferred Resources Pilot in central and south Orange County via power purchase agreements. Eligible projects must be at least 500 kilowatts and connected to SCE’s distributed system in the area.

EDA Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Program - $1.3 Million

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is accepting applications to help communities cultivate an environment for businesses to create well-paying manufacturing jobs in regions across the country and accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing. Winning communities will receive funding from 10 participating government agencies in areas such as reducing reliance on nonrenewable energy resources by encouraging the development and construction of solar energy systems and other renewable energy systems and improving transportation efficiency. Eligible entities include state, local and tribal governments, district organizations, institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations.

USDA Conservation Innovation Grant Program - $20 Million

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications to promote sharing of skills, knowledge, technologies, and facilities institutions to ensure that scientific and technological developments are accessible to a wider range of users. Eligible projects should promote environmental protection or natural resources enhancement, such as establishing and demonstrating how farm and ranch energy efficiency and renewable energy can be quantified with enough certainty to allow for engagement with voluntary and regulatory carbon markets. Projects can also focus on establishing and demonstrating how implementation of soil health management systems can be integrated into carbon markets, as well as ways to expand the capture and use of methane from livestock systems. Eligible entities include state, local, and tribal governments, non-government organizations, and individuals.

DOD Environmental Security Technology Certification Program RFP

The U.S. Department of Defense's (DOD's) Environmental Security Technology Certification Program request for proposals (RFP) is seeking proposals for demonstrations of energy technologies on DOD installations.Researchers from Federal organizations, universities, and private industry can apply for funding.

DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations

The U.S. Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Office is accepting applications for up to $35 million for the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development and Demonstrations funding opportunity to advance fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, and enable early adoption of fuel cell applications, such as light duty fuel cell electric vehicles. This funding opportunity will accelerate American innovation in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies by supporting research and development advancements in demonstration and deployments of early fuel cell markets. Eligible entities include individuals, domestic entities (including tribes), and foreign entities. Concept papers are due April 2, 2015; full applications are due June 4, 2015.

EPA Tribal Training and Outreach Support for the American Indian Air Quality Training Program - $1.6 Million

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting applications to provide training, and technical and outreach support for the American Indian Air Quality Training Program, which provides workshop training, internships, and technical support to tribal governments seeking to investigate, develop, and establish air quality management programs for their lands. Eligible entities include states, local governments, territories, tribes, international organizations, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, labs, and other public or private nonprofits.

AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants FY15

The Corporation for National and Community Service is accepting applications for AmeriCorps Indian Tribes competition to prioritize the investment of national service resources in disaster services, economic opportunity, education, and more. Only federally recognized tribes can apply. Grant recipients are awarded up to $75,000 for a 12-month planning period and are expected to be better prepared to compete for an AmeriCorps program grant in the following grant cycle.

NOAA Environmental Literacy Program
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is accepting applications to support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning for formal and informal education projects implemented on regional to national scales, with the goal of increasing environmental stewardship and informed decision-making among public and K-12 audiences. Proposed projects should be between 2-5 years in duration and have total budget requests of $250,000 to $500,000 for all years of the project.

EPA Green Power Leadership Awards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Leadership Awards recognize exceptional achievement among EPA Green Power Partners and among green power suppliers. Applicants must: 

  • Be accepted as an EPA Green Power Partner by the time that the application materials are submitted.
  • Complete its green power purchase before the application period closes. 
  • Consider a 12-consecutive-month period when submitting green power purchase size, baseload electricity use, percentages, and other quantifiable information.

2015 Foster Grandparents Program - $3.2 Million

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) seeks to increase the impact of national service in Indian County by offering funding opportunities for new grants to Indian Tribes in geographic areas not currently served by FGP grantees. CNCS intends to fund Foster Grandparents Program tribal grants that support volunteers age 55 years and older in activities that serve community needs and respond to the National Performance Measures, which prioritizes the Education Focus Area. 

2015 Tribal Cooperative Landscape Conservation Program

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Bureau of Indian Affairs is making up to $8 million available to support tribal climate change adaptation and ocean and coastal management planning. Each winning proposal will receive no more than $250,000.
Applicants may request funding for the training and workshops, climate adaptation planning, travel, or ocean and coastal management planning.

USDA Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Business Cooperative-Service Agency, under the Rural Energy for America Program, is accepting applications for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement grants of $20,000 or less to establish programs to assist agricultural producers and rural small businesses with evaluating the potential to incorporate renewable energy technologies into their operations.

EPA Environmental Finance Center Grant Program - $8 Million

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting applications to provide multimedia environmental finance expertise and outreach to regulated communities to help them meet environmental requirements. The program aims to address environmental finance-related priorities such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, developing decision tools and financial strategies for adaptation to adverse weather events and/or climate change, and improving drinking water and wastewater utility water conservation, energy efficiency, management, and capital planning. Eligible entities include public educational institutions (including state, tribal, or municipal 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. 

DOE U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center: Energy and Water Program - $12.5 Million

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is accepting applications for the formation of a consortium to pursue five research and development topics at the nexus of energy and water. These topics are:

  • Water use reduction at thermoelectric plants
  • Treatment and management of non-traditional waters
  • Improving sustainable hydropower design and operation
  • Climate impact modeling, methods, and scenarios to support improved energy and water systems understanding
  • Data and analysis to inform planning, policy, and other decisions.
Each proposal will address all five topics. Eligible applicants include state, local, and tribal governments, for-profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofits.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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. 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.