Nov. 10-17: Consultation Sessions on the National Strategy for the Arctic Region Implementation Plan
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is hosting seven tribal consultation sessions and seven stakeholder outreach meetings to give Alaska Native federally recognized Tribes and corporations an opportunity to provide input on the National Strategy for the Arctic Region10-year plan to develop renewable energy resources in the Arctic region.
The National Strategy for the Arctic Region outlines U.S. strategic priorities for the region to respond effectively to emerging opportunities while pursuing efforts to protect and conserve the Arctic’s unique environment. The National Strategy builds upon existing initiatives by federal, state, local, and tribal authorities, the private sector, and international partners, and focuses efforts where opportunities exist and action is needed. An Implementation Plan was developed in January 2014 to outline the methodology, process, and approach for executing the strategy. To gather input on the plan, DOE, in conjunction with several other federal agencies, will host consultation sessions and meetings in a variety of locations, including these upcoming sessions:
In addition, written comments will be accepted through Dec. 12, 2014, to IndianEnergy@hq.doe.gov, or by fax to 202-586-1534.
Dec. 1-5: Alaska BIA Providers Conference
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Tribal Providers Conference is the second largest conference in Alaska, providing opportunities for tribal leaders, Native corporations, and rural representatives to connect with federal agencies. The five-day conference will feature 200 presenters covering programs, services, and opportunities for Alaska Natives. Don’t forget to swing by the DOE Office of Indian Energy booth! Early-bird registration ends Nov. 8.Register now.
Dec. 3: White House Tribal Nations Conference
President Obama will host the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. The conference will provide leaders from the 566 federally recognized Tribes the opportunity to interact directly with the President and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs. Each federally recognized Tribe will be invited to send one representative to the conference. Please RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, 10:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Email IndianCountry@who.eop.gov with any questions.
View the DOE Office of Indian Energy events calendar for information on additional trainings and events that may be of interest to Tribes.
Funding and Technical Assistance Opportunities
USDA Rural Community Development Initiative
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service is accepting applications for nearly $6 million in Rural Community Development Initiative grants that will be awarded to provide recipient organizations with critical financial and technical assistance to develop and strengthen their capacity to carry out housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applications for the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program that will provide quick, targeted assistance to up to 25 communities using a variety of tools with demonstrated results and widespread application to help them achieve their goals for growth. Selected communities will work with an EPA-supported team of experts during a one- to two-day workshop where participants will learn about relevant strategies, policies, and practices related to a specific smart growth development topic.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury is accepting applications for the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, which has opened the fiscal year 2015 funding round for the CDFI Program and Native American CDFI Assistance (NACA) Program.
Through the NACA Program, the CDFI Fund provides funding awards of up to $1 million to Certified CDFIs serving Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian populations or Native American areas defined as federally designated reservations, Hawaiian homelands, Alaska Native Villages, and U.S. Census Bureau-designated Tribal Statistical Areas (collectively, “Native Communities”) to build their financial capacity to lend to their target markets, and technical assistance grants of up to $150,000 to build Certified, Certifiable, and Emerging CDFIs’ organizational capacity to serve their target markets and sponsoring entities ability to create Certified CDFIs that serve Native communities. For more information, please visit the CDFI Fund website.
Proposals must be submitted byNov. 24, 2014. Learn more.
EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program
The EPA is seeking applications to support activities designed to empower and educate communities to understand environmental and public health issues and to identify ways to address these issues at the local level. The funding will focus on proposals supporting community-based preparedness and community climate resiliency efforts.
Proposals must be submitted by Dec. 15, 2014. Learn more.
Resources on Waste-to-Energy Now Available in Energy Resource Library
Check out the new biomass and waste-to-energy page in the DOE Office of Indian Energy's online Resource Library. In addition to finding links to other relevant publications and websites to assist Tribes with developing biomass and waste-to-energy projects, you can also:
Watch short Energy 101 videos on topics such as biofuels and feedstocks
Read news articles and blogs about waste-to-energy projects being implemented by Tribes
Access relevant presentations from previous Tribal Leader Forums.
Visit the Energy Resource Library for links to additional information on other renewable energy technologies as well as project development and finance, climate change, and more.