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Grants to USA Native American Tribes and Tribal Organizations to Provide Electricity to Tribal Buildings

Powering Unelectrified Tribal Building(s) - 2022

GrantWatch ID# 207649
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-0002771
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Important Dates
Deadline: 02/23/23 5:00 PM Eastern Time Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA Native American tribes, intertribal organizations, and tribal energy development organizations for projects to provide electricity to tribal buildings. Interested applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support the deployment of integrated energy systems and energy infrastructure for the electrification of tribal buildings that would otherwise be unelectrified.

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 provide electric power to Tribal Buildings, which otherwise would be unelectrified, by deploying

  1. Integrated energy system(s) for electrification (Topic Area 1), or
  2. Energy infrastructure for electrification (Topic Area 2)

For purposes of this FOA, “unelectrified” means Tribal Buildings that are not connected to (1) the traditional centralized electric power grid, and not connected to (2) an integrated energy system(s) operating independent of the traditional centralized electric power grid. 

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. 12-18 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. 


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.

Indian Tribes includes Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations.

For definitions and information regarding eligible applicants, see p. 22 of the FOA listed in Supporting Documents below.

For applications specifically not of interest, see p. 18 of the FOA in Supporting Documents below.

For funding restrictions, see p. 49 of the FOA in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information
FOA Issue Date: November 1, 2022
Informational Webinar: December 1, 2022 at 3:00 pm Eastern Time
Submission Deadline for Applications: February 23, 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

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

It is essential that the required registrations be completed as soon as possible as some may take several weeks to process. The following registrations are required before submitting an application:
a. IE-Exchange (The IE-Exchange registration does not have a delay.)
b. Obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number
c. System for Award Management
d. FedConnect
e. (Applications will not be accepted through

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).

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.

Payment will be made electronically on a reimbursement basis.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
DOE anticipates making approximately 4 to 10 awards under this FOA.

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

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.

DOE will accept only new applications under this FOA. DOE will not consider applications for renewals or continuations of existing DOE funded awards through this FOA.

Contact Information
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For questions about this FOA, email:

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