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Grants to USA Indian Tribes and Tribal Organizations to Convert Homes to Zero-Emissions Systems

Tribal Electrification Program


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U.S. Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 09/18/23
Deadline: 12/22/23 11:59 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations to convert homes to zero-emissions electricity systems. Applicants are required to submit a pre-application prior to a full grant application. Funding is intended to transform existing electricity systems, introduce zero-emissions energy systems to unelectrified homes, and carry out necessary repairs.

Permissible Uses:

Successful applications will be limited to projects directly related to the planning and implementation of electrification through:

  1. The provision of electricity to unelectrified Tribal homes through zero-emissions energy systems; and/or
  2. Transitioning electrified Tribal homes to zero-emissions energy systems; and/or
  3. Associated home repairs and retrofitting necessary to install and prepare for zero-emissions energy systems.

Funding is available for one of the three below purposes:

  • Planning – “Planning” in the context of the Tribal Electrification Program is defined as the development of a strategy to transition electrified Tribal homes to zero-emissions energy systems. Planning activities are acceptable uses of TEP funds when those plans are directly related to that transition, and the connection must be justified in the application.
  • Implementation – “Implementation” in the context of the Tribal Electrification Program is defined as the process of putting the planned activities into action or executing the various stages of the electrification project, such as installing electrical infrastructure, deploying power sources and ensuring the availability of electricity to the Tribal communities. Implementation aims to turn the funding and planning into tangible results to bring electricity access and benefits to the Tribal areas. 
  • Both planning and implementation – Projects that include elements of both planning and implementation descriptions. A request for planning dollars and implementation dollars will be accepted with a viable budget and a clear request within the proposal. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility is limited to Federally recognized Indian Tribes and Tribal Organizations authorized by Indian Tribal governments (Tribes and Tribal Organizations as defined in 25 U.S.C. 5304(e) to include Alaska Natives and ANCs), Tribal coalitions, Tribal entities (as defined in Memorandum M-23-09), or as identified by the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool.

Preference will go to:
- Tribes with potential to implement community-scale projects,
- Tribes with higher poverty (see Definitions), and/or
- Tribes with fewer resources and less expertise to develop electrification projects at community or individual home levels.

Any use of funding outside the immediate electrification project proposed is restricted.

Pre-Application Information
Application and Awards Timeline:
- August 15, 2023 - Pre-application Period begins
- September 18, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. EST - Pre-application DEADLINE
- September 19, 2023 - October 27, 2023 - Pre-application review
- October 28, 2023 - November 03, 2023 - Invites and Declines
- November 06, 2023 - Full application period begins
- December 22, 2023, by at 11:59 p.m. EST - Full application DEADLINE
- January 02, 2024 - February 15, 2024 - Full application review
- March 01, 2024 - Award announcements

Technical assistance (TA) in the following areas will be available to funding applicants and recipients in the form of training or consultation through, among others, the Office of Indian Economic Development: Proposal preparation, project management, contract management, and related administrative topics. To request TA send an email to the email, below, and in the subject line please state “TA Request: Tribe/Organization Name”.


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Contact Information
Submit pre-applications and request technical assistance via email to

Office of the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs
Department of the Interior 1849 C Street, N.W. MS-4660-MIB
Washington, DC 20240
(202) 734-1025

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