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Grants to USA Native American Tribes and Tribal Organizations to Implement Energy Technologies in Tribal Locations

Clean Energy Technology Deployment on Tribal Lands - 2022

GrantWatch ID# 191318
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs
CFDA Number: 81.087
Funding or PIN Number: DE-FOA-0002774
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Important Dates
Deadline: 02/09/23 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA Native American tribes, tribal energy development organizations, and intertribal organizations to implement energy technologies within tribal areas. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support the installation of clean energy-generating systems in tribal locations or buildings on tribal lands. The purpose of the program is to promote energy independence and economic development, with the ancillary benefit of providing employment on tribal lands through the use of commercially warrantied clean energy technologies that meet the needs and resources of Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

The DOE Office of Indian Energy is soliciting applications from Indian Tribes, which include Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations (hereafter referred collectively as “Indian Tribes”), Intertribal Organizations, and Tribal Energy Development Organizations to:

  1. Install clean energy generating system(s) and/or energy efficiency measure(s) for Tribal Building(s) (Topic Area 1); or, 
  2. Deploy community-scale clean energy generating system(s) or community energy storage on Tribal Lands (Topic Area 2); or, 
  3. Install integrated energy system(s) for autonomous operation (independent of the traditional centralized electric power grid) to power a single or multiple essential Tribal Building(s) during emergency situations or for tribal community resilience (Topic Area 3). 

DOE may issue awards in one, multiple, or none of the Topic Areas. For further information on each of the aforementioned Topic Areas, see pp 14-25 in the FOA listed in Supporting Documents below.

 Through this FOA, the DOE’s Office of Indian Energy will continue its efforts to maximize the deployment of energy solutions for the benefit of American Indians and Alaska Natives and help build the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to implement those energy solutions. In support of these objectives, the DOE Office of Indian Energy is soliciting applications to deploy clean energy technology on Tribal Lands.

Projects selected under this FOA are intended to reduce or stabilize energy costs and increase energy security and resiliency for Indian Tribes and tribal members. The potential energy savings or energy generation, level of commitment, and capabilities of the Applicant and project participants to accomplish the project objectives will be major factors in selecting projects for funding. Applications must also demonstrate the potential for economic and environmental benefits to the Indian Tribe and tribal community.


  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Pursuant to its authorizing statute, DOE’s Office of Indian Energy will only consider applications from: (1) An Indian Tribe; (2) Intertribal Organization, or (3) Tribal Energy Development Organization; and (4) on whose Tribal Lands the project(s) will be located (see Section III.A., Eligibility Information, and Appendix A for further definition). Applications from a consortium of Indian Tribes (Tribal Consortium) will be accepted but must be submitted by a single Indian Tribe acting as the Applicant representing the Consortium. Applications may also be submitted on behalf of Indian Tribe(s) by an authorized Tribal Organization, provided evidence of that authority is supplied as part of the application.

For more information on eligible applicants, see pp.29-32.

For applications specifically not of interest, see p. 26 of the FOA in Supporting Documents below.

For funding restrictions, see p. 57 of the FOA in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information
- FOA Issue Date: November 1, 2022
- Informational Webinar: November 29, 2022 at 3:00 pm Eastern Time
- Submission Deadline for Applications: February 9, 2023 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time
- Expected Date for DOE Selection Notifications: Late Spring/Early Summer 2023
- Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations: 90 days after receipt of any requested supplemental information

All application submissions must be submitted via IE-Exchange. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications at least 48 hours in advance of the submission deadline.

Each Applicant (unless the Applicant is an individual or federal awarding agency that is excepted from those requirements under 2 CFR § 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the federal awarding agency under 2 CFR § 25.110(d)) is required to:
(1) Be registered in the SAM at before submitting its application;
(2) Provide a valid UEI in its application; and
(3) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a federal awarding agency.
*Entities should start the UEI and SAM registration process as soon as possible.

In addition, the following registrations are required before submitting an application:
- IE-Exchange
- FedConnect
- (Please note that applications will not be accepted through

Please note: Registration requirements could take several weeks to process and are required prior to submitting an application.

Questions regarding the content of this FOA must be submitted no later than three (3) business days prior to the application due date. All questions and answers related to this FOA will be posted on IE-Exchange at: In order to view questions specific to this FOA you must first select this specific FOA Number and then “Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)”. For general questions, see Questions and Answers at

A 20% cost share of the total allowable costs of the project (i.e., the sum of the DOE share, and the Recipient share of allowable costs equals the total allowable cost of the project) is required. If requested by the Applicant as part of its application, a cost share reduction to not less than 10% may be considered, based on poverty rate and median household income of the tribal community relative to the statewide median household income (see Section III.B.2. and ‘Application Forms and Templates’ for this FOA on IE-Exchange).

Payment will be made electronically on a reimbursement basis.

Applicants may submit more than one application to this FOA (including more than one application under a particular Topic Area), provided each application is for a distinctively different project and each application addresses only one Topic Area.

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FAQs questions and answers:

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
DOE anticipates making approximately 6 to 15 awards under this FOA.

Estimated Size of Grant
DOE funding per individual award will range from:
(1) No less than $100,000 to a maximum of $2,000,000 for Topic Area 1,
(2) No less than $250,000 to a maximum of $4,000,000 for Topic Area 2,
(3) No less than $100,000 to a maximum of $2,000,000 for Topic Area 3.a., and
(4) No less than $250,000 to a maximum of $4,000,000 for Topic Area 3.b.

Term of Contract
DOE anticipates making awards with a period of performance of approximately two (2) to four (4) years including the mandatory 12-month verification period.

Contact Information
To apply online:

For questions about this FOA, email:

Questions related to the registration process and use of the IE-Exchange website must be
submitted to: as DOE is unable to assist with IE-Exchange issues. (Please include FOA name and number in subject line.)

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