Funding Opportunities from the US Department of Energy – September 14, 2020

DOE Indian Energy FOA—Apply by September 30

On March 27, DOE announced up to $15 million in new funding to deploy energy technology on tribal lands. This funding through the DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs will support Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations, Intertribal Organizations, and Tribal Energy Development Organizations. Should tribes so choose to unleash their vast undeveloped energy resources, this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) would help support those communities.

The intended results of the projects selected under this FOA are to stabilize or reduce energy costs and increase energy security and resiliency for Indian Tribes and tribal members.

DOE is soliciting applications to install energy technology on tribal lands. Specifically, the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs is soliciting applications to:

  • Install energy generating systems and energy efficiency measures for tribal buildings;
  • Deploy community-scale energy generating systems or energy storage on tribal lands;
  • Install integrated energy systems for autonomous operation (independent of the traditional centralized electric power grid) to power a single facility or multiple essential tribal facilities during emergency situations or for tribal community resilience; or
  • Deploy energy infrastructure or integrated energy systems to electrify tribal buildings.

Applications may also be submitted on behalf of an Indian Tribe(s) by an authorized Tribal Organization, provided evidence of that authority is included as part of the application.

The application deadline was extended to Sept. 30, 2020. See the FOA for all eligibility requirements and how to apply.

Native American Business Development Institute Grant—Apply by September 15

The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs is soliciting proposals from tribes for technical assistance funding to hire consultants to perform feasibility studies of economic development opportunities located in designated Opportunity Zones. These grants are also intended to fund applicants to obtain qualified guidance on how the development projects, businesses, or technologies they propose can attract investments from an Opportunity Fund.

Learn more and apply.

EPA Brownfields Program Assessment and Multipurpose Grants—Apply by October 28

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Brownfields Program provides funds to empower states, communities, tribes, and nonprofit organizations to prevent, inventory, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites.

Assessment Grants provide funding for developing inventories of brownfield sites, prioritizing sites, conducting community involvement activities, conducting planning, conducting site assessments, developing site-specific cleanup plans, and developing reuse plans related to brownfield sites. Assessment Grant funds may not be used to conduct cleanup activities. Learn more and apply.

Multipurpose Grants provide funding to carry out a range of eligible activities. Applicants can apply for up to $800,000 per grant under this solicitation. Multipurpose Grant applicants should have the capacity to conduct a range of eligible activities, for example:

  • Developing inventories of brownfield sites;
  • Prioritizing sites;
  • Conducting community involvement activities;
  • Conducting environmental site assessments;
  • Developing cleanup plans and reuse plans related to brownfield sites;
  • Conducting cleanup activities on brownfield sites owned by the applicant;
  • Developing an overall plan for revitalization.

Multipurpose Grant funding must be used to conduct both assessment and cleanup activities, and to develop an overall plan for revitalization of the target area if a plan does not already exist. Learn more and apply.

IEED DEMD Grants—Apply by December 2

The U.S. Department on Interior (DOI) Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), through its Division of Energy and Mineral Development (DEMD), is soliciting grant proposals from Tribes and Tribal Energy Development Organizations for technical assistance funding to hire consultants to identify, evaluate, or assess the market for energy or mineral resources that a Tribe will process, use, or develop.

DEMD anticipates awarding approximately 25–30 grants under this announcement ranging in value from approximately $10,000 to $2,500,000. The program can fund projects only 1 year at a time.

Applications are due Dec. 2, 2020. Learn more and apply.

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