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Nearly $88 Million in Funding and Technical Assistance Available for Tribes

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                Renewable Energy, Tribal Energy Program

May 2014 – Nearly $88 Million in Funding and Technical Assistance Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments


May 13, 2014 


The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following funding opportunities that may be of interest to tribes.


Funding Opportunities 

Nearly $88 million in funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Bureau of Reclamation, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below. 

Note that the Tribal Energy Program has added a new feature on its website highlighting hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities available to tribes at a glance. Be sure to check the funding opportunities list frequently for the most complete and up-to-date listing of funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments.

DOE Commercial Building Technology Demonstrations Grant – $10 Million

Applications Due: May 19, 2014
Eligible Entities: For-profit entities, educational institutions, nonprofits, state and local governments, federally recognized tribes

DOE is making available grants to enhance and accelerate the deployment and adoption of a broad range of competitively solicited high-impact energy saving technologies as well as new technology integration approaches. Technologies selected under this funding opportunity will be ready for market adoption but may be underutilized due to market barriers, including perception of risk, gaps in information, and data on performance as well as cost.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

DOE Solar Market Pathways Grant – $15 Million

Concept Papers Due: May 28, 2014
Applications Due: July 3, 2014
Eligible Entities: For-profit entities, educational institutions, nonprofits, state and local governments, federally recognized tribes, and federal agencies

DOE is making available grants to reduce solar “soft costs,” which are composed of access to capital, supply-chain costs, and connecting to the grid. Soft costs account for up to 64 percent of the cost of a residential solar installation. This funding opportunity supports demonstrations of methods and stakeholder processes to reduce those soft costs, as well as address market barriers, such as those within existing policy and regulatory environments. Case studies developed under this funding opportunity are intended to provide clear examples for consideration for replication by similar jurisdictions. 

For more information, see the funding opportunity description

DOE Marine and Hydrokinetic Research and Development University Consortium Grant – $4 Million

Applications Due: May 30, 2014
Eligible Entities: Domestic universities; for-profit entities and nonprofits; state, local, and tribal governments (eligible as a subrecipient, not a prime recipient); federal agencies

DOE is seeking applications for projects to accelerate the introduction and penetration of electric transportation technologies (ETT) into the cargo transport sector. Objectives include demonstrating reductions of petroleum use, greenhouse gas emissions, and criteria pollutant and toxic emissions; evaluating the market viability of cargo ETT; and collecting detailed information to analyze benefits and project viability.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description

DOE Zero Emission Cargo Transport Demonstration Program – $10 Million

Applications Due: June 11, 2014
Eligible Entities: Local governments, ports, metropolitan transportation authorities, air pollution control districts, or combinations of those governments, authorities, districts, and entities

The Pollution Prevention Information Network grant program funds regional centers that serve both regional and national pollution prevention information needs. Grantees determine audience needs and then supply quality information and training on source reduction and related pollution prevention practices. Grantees provide assistance and training to businesses whose lack of information may be an impediment to implementing source reduction, preventing pollution or adopting sustainable practices.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description

DOE Methane Observation Networks with Innovative Technology to Obtain Reductions (MONITOR) Program – $30 Million

Concept Papers Due: June 13, 2014
Eligible Entities: For-profit entities, educational institutions, nonprofits, state and local governments (as a member of a project team, but not a standalone applicant)

DOE is making available funding to support the development of disruptive approaches for methane emission detection and measurement that will enable widespread utilization and facilitate reductions in methane emissions. The program implementation focus is on “oil and gas systems” from the wellhead to the end user.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description

DOE State Energy Program 2014 Competitive Awards Program – $5 Million

Applications Due: June 30, 2014
Eligible Entities: State entities, including the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands

DOE is making available funding to advance policies, programs, and market strategies that accelerate job creation and reduce energy bills while increasing energy and climate security. This opportunity focuses on two areas: State Energy Planning and Innovative Opportunities for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA 2014 Statewide Wood Energy Grant – $1.7 Million

Applications Due: May 20, 2014
Eligible Entities: For-profit institutions, nonprofits, public- and state-controlled institutions of higher education, state and local governments, federally recognized tribes

USDA is making available funding to support collaborative statewide wood energy teams that advance the installation of commercially viable wood energy systems in the public and private sectors that use woody biomass generated from National Forest System lands and other land ownerships. Activities may include, but are not limited to, workshops and assistance that provide technical, financial, and environmental information, preliminary engineering assessments, and community outreach needed to support development of wood energy projects in the public and private sectors. Eligible projects must use at least some woody biomass from National Forest System lands.. 

For more information, see the funding opportunity description

USDA 2014 Hazardous Fuels Wood to Energy Grant Program – $2.8 Million  

Applications Due: June 3, 2014
Eligible Entities: Nonprofits, public- and state-controlled institutions of higher education, state and local governments, federally recognized tribes 

USDA is making available funding to support projects for which some or all of the woody biomass is generated from National Forest Service System lands as a result of hazardous fuel treatments, forest restoration activities, insect and disease mitigation, catastrophic weather events, or thinning overstocked stands. Examples of projects might include, but are not limited to, engineering design of a woody biomass boiler that generates steam at a sawmill, hospital, or school; a non-pressurized hot water system; a biomass power generation facility; or geographic or sector-based clusters of wood energy systems. Eligible projects must use at least some woody biomass from National Forest System lands. 

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART Program  – Total Funding TBD

Applications Due: June 6, 2014
Eligible Entities: State, Indian tribe, irrigation district, water district, or other organization with water or power delivery authority. Must be located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Virgin Islands

The Bureau of Reclamation has announced funding to promote efficient use of water, integrate water and energy policies to support the sustainable use of all natural resources, and coordinate with other Department bureaus and offices on water conservation activities. The purpose of the program is to improve water quality and ecological resilience, conserve water, and reduce conflicts over water through collaborative conservation efforts in the management of local watersheds. 

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EPA Diesel Emissions Reduction Act National Funding Assistance Program – $9 Million

Applications Due: June 17, 2014
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, tribal agencies/consortia, port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality, nonprofit organizations

EPA is soliciting proposals for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the EPA Administrator as poor air quality areas. Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions include verified emission control technologies such as exhaust controls, cleaner fuels, and engine upgrades, verified idle reduction technologies, verified aerodynamic technologies and low rolling resistance tires, certified engine repowers, and/or certified vehicle or equipment replacement. 

For more information, see the funding opportunity description

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More more information, please visit the calendar of 2014 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.
 


Regards,

DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401

tribal@go.doe.gov 

 

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website. 

 

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