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August 2016 Funding Opportunities


U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Indian Energy

Upcoming Funding Opportunities, Webinar, and News for Tribes 

Aug. 4, 2016

Funding Opportunities

DOE to Issue New Funding Opportunity for Tribes

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy has posted a Notice of Intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled “First Steps Toward Developing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands – 2016” in August or September. Part of a comprehensive strategy for maximizing the development and deployment of energy solutions for the benefit of American Indians and Alaska Natives, the planned FOA will complement the technical assistance the Office of Indian Energy offers by providing funding to help tribal communities develop and sustain strategic energy solutions. 

Download the Notice of Intent.

Due Aug. 5: Rural Energy Savings Program Applications

As a reminder, applications are due tomorrow for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Energy Savings Program, which helps families and small businesses achieve cost savings by providing loans to qualified consumers to implement durable cost-effective energy efficiency measures. Eligible applicants include current and former Rural Utilities Service (RUS) borrowers, subsidiaries of current or former RUS borrowers, and entities that provide retail electric service needs in rural areas. Learn more and apply for the Rural Energy Savings Program.

Due Aug. 16: Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program Applications

Photo of the coast along Quinault Indian Nation Reservation.

Through this funding opportunity, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is seeking project proposals from non-federal partners to implement habitat restoration actions that will restore coastal ecosystems and improve resiliency. The primary focus is to develop healthy and sustainable coastal ecosystems through on-the-ground habitat restoration actions. Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education; nonprofit or for-profit organizations; U.S. territories; and state, local, and Native American tribal governments. Learn more and apply for the Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program.

Due Aug. 22: Homeland Security National Training Program Applications

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is accepting applications for the Homeland Security National Training Program to help improve the nation's ability to respond to and recover from all-hazard events. Applicants must currently administer an existing training program relevant to the selected focus areas, or have demonstrated expertise to create and administer a training program capable of developing and delivering training for a national, whole-community audience relevant to the selected focus areas. Selected focus areas include cybersecurity, hazardous materials, economic recovery, and rural preparedness. Eligible applicants include state, local, tribal, and territorial governments; nonprofit organizations; and higher education institutions. Learn more and apply for the Homeland Security National Training Program.

Visit our website for other funding opportunities.

Upcoming Event

Aug. 31 Webinar: Project Regulatory Considerations

Photo of Moapa's solar utility project

This month’s free webinar, "Project Regulatory Considerations", is on Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. Presented by the Office of Indian Energy in partnership with Western Area Power Administration, this webinar will provide an overview of the many permitting and project regulatory issues that need to be addressed when developing energy projects, including:

  • The Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Home Ownership (HEARTH) Act
  • Land use, noise, birds, and other biological resources
  • Visual impact
  • Soil erosion and water quality
  • Public health and safety
  • Cultural and paleontological resources
  • Solid and hazardous wastes
  • Air quality
  • Climate.

There is no charge to attend the webinar, but registration is required. Register for this webinar.

If you missed one of our webinars, you can listen to and download presentations from past webinars on our website.


Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Celebrate Initial Step Toward Achieving Its Tribal Energy Vision

 Photo of two men ribboncutting a solar project.

On July 25, the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians celebrated the installation of a 1-megawatt solar photovoltaic system co-funded by a DOE grant. Office of Indian Energy Director Chris Deschene and Program Manager Lizana Pierce joined members of the tribal council and staff, along with project partners, for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The system is designed to help power the tribal administrative building, preschool, Tribal Hall, and other key community facilities, meeting 80% of those buildings’ yearly energy needs and saving an estimated $6.4 million in electricity costs over the next 20 years. Read more about the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians solar project.

Director Deschene Promotes Opportunities to Partner with Tribes at Solar Conference

 Photo of Solar Today August issue.

Office of Indian Energy Director Chris Deschene recently spoke to attendees at the American Solar Energy Society’s 2016 Solar Conference about the emerging opportunity to partner with tribes on renewable energy development. Deschene’s presence at the conference, along with Office of Indian Energy Senior Policy Advisor Doug MacCourt, correlated with the article, “A New Path to Prosperity in Indian Country: Exploring Opportunities for Clean Energy Development on Tribal Lands,” which was featured prominently in the Summer 2016 issue of SOLAR TODAY magazine. Read more about how the Office of Indian Energy is fostering opportunities for tribal-industry partnerships.

Biomass Adventures and More: Ute Mountain Ute Youth Energy Day

 Photo of Ute Mountain Ute

Technical experts from DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory led an energy workshop July 6 on the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation in Colorado as part of the Office of Indian Energy’s Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program. Through START, tribal project teams receive technical expertise and unbiased guidance in a variety of project development areas, including education and outreach. Read the full blog about the Ute Mountain Ute Youth Energy Day.

WINS Summer Internship Wraps Up

 Photo of a group in a building.

On July 29, eight participants in the American University’s Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) program wrapped up their internship at DOE. The WINS program offers students of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian nations the opportunity to build leadership and advocacy skills while living, studying, and interning in Washington, D.C. For eight weeks the interns worked with the Office of Indian Energy as well as other DOE offices. In addition, the Office of Indian Energy’s College Student Internship Program is currently underway. Learn more about the summer interns.



Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs
1000 Independence Ave. SW
Washington DC 20585

For more information on the Office of Indian Energy, visit our website and see our brochure.


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