Tribal Energy Development Capacity Grants


To provide development grants to Indian tribes for use in developing and sustaining the managerial and technical capacity needed to develop their energy resources, and to properly account for resulting energy production and revenues. Proposals from tribes should strive to achieve the following stated goals: Evaluated the type and range of energy development activities that a tribe way want to assume under a TERA; Determine the current level of scientific, technical, administrative, for financial management capacity of the tribe to assume responsibility for the identified development activities; and determine which scientific, technical, administrative, or financial management capacities need enhancement and what process and/or procedures the grantee may use to eliminate these capacity gaps.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Bureau of Indian Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Direct Payments for Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Title XXVI (Indian Energy) of the Energy Policy Act of 1992, as amended (25 CFR, Section 3502(a)(2)(A)).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Federally Recognized Tribal Governments and their members.
Application for financial assistance must contain a formal signed resolution of the governing body of the tribe; a proposal describing the planned activities and deliverable products; and a detailed budget estimate. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applications must meet all requirements published in the Federal Register notice and be submitted to IEED, Division of Indian Energy Policy Development, Room 20 - South Interior Building, 1951 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20245.
Award Procedure
Recommendations from an IEED technical evaluation committee must be approved by the Director, IEED.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
30 to 45 days.
An applicant with a rejected TEDC proposal may appeal the denial of the application to the Department of the Interior's Board of Indian Appeals or may bring suit in U.S. District Court. Full appeal procedures are found in 25 CFR Part 900.
The TEDC program cannot award multi-year funding for a project. Funding available for building energy development capacity is subject to annual appropriations by Congress and therefore IEED can only consider single-year projects.
How are proposals selected?
The proposal ranking criteria factors are as follows: (1) Resource potential; (2) Energy development history and current status; (3) Existing energy development capabilities; (4) Intent to develop and retain energy development capacity within tribal government or business entities; (5) Demonstrated willingness to develop independent energy development business entity; and (6) Tribal commitment to staff, training, or monetory resources.
How may assistance be used?
Federally recognized tribes whose lands are held in trust or restricted fee by the Federal government. For more information contact the headquarters office.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
During the life of the TEDC project, SF-425 Federal Finanical Reports and quarterly progress reports are to be submitted to the IEED project coordinator assigned to the project. The beginning and ending quarter periods are based on the acutal start date of the TEDC project. This date can be determined between the IEED project coordinator and the tribe. The quarterly report can be a one to two page summary of events, accomplishments, problems and/or results that took place during the quarter. Quarterly reports are due two weeks after the end of the a project's fiscal quarter. For Final Report, the tribe must deliver all products and data generated by the proposed assessment project to IEED through the TEDC project coordinator within two weeks after completion of the project. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. The SF 425, Federal Financial Report is required. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Financial records must be retained for three years from the date of submission of the single audit report. Procurement records must be retained for three years from the date of the final payment. Property records must be retained for three years from the date of disposition, replacement, or transfer. Records pertaining to any litigation, audit exceptions, or claims must be retained until the dispute has been resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are made on an annual basis and the funds remain available until expended by the recipient. The timing of payments will be negotiated by the Regional Office, Contract Officer, and the recipient. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Information not available.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Regional Office Contract Officer.
Headquarters Office
Director IEED, Division of Indian Energy Policy Development, Room 20 - South Interior Building, 1951 Constitution Avenue, Washington, District of Columbia 20245 Phone: (202) 219-0740 Fax: (202) 208-4564
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 12 $0; FY 13 est $400,000; and FY 14 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Determined on an annual basis, subject to appropriations.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Published in Federal Register Notice annually.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2012: Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boys Reservation - Tribal Energy Resource Development Plant; Passamaqooddy Tribe of Pleasant Point - Development of tribal governmental development entity and skills needs assessment; Prairie Band Potawatomi - Develop energy vision, viable energy development options, and action plan. Fiscal Year 2013: Information Not Available. Fiscal Year 2014: Information Not Available.


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