USDA Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grant: Applications Due Feb. 12
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), under the Rural Energy for America Program, is accepting applications for Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance (REDA) grants to establish programs to assist agricultural producers and rural small businesses with evaluating energy efficiency and the potential to incorporate renewable energy technologies into their operations. State, tribal, and local governments and their instrumentalities are eligible to apply. Applications are due Feb. 12, 2015. Learn more and apply.
Tribes Eligible to Apply for REDI Initiative Funding: Applications Due Mar. 4
DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability is making up to $3.5 million in funding available for communities, including Tribes, to deploy smart grid tools and technologies to advance climate preparedness and resiliency of the electricity delivery infrastructure through the Resilient Electricity Delivery Infrastructure (REDI) Initiative. This funding opportunity supports the goals of the Administration's other initiatives to prepare the nation for the impacts of climate change by providing funding to local and tribal governments. Eligible communities across the country, including the Climate Action Champions the White House announced December, are encouraged to apply. Applications are due March 4, 2015. Learn more and apply.
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. Learn more and apply.