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The Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development Now Accepting Grant Proposals for Energy and Mineral Development Programs

November 3, 2018

The Secretary of Interior, through the Division of Energy and Mineral Development (DEMD), Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) is currently accepting grant proposals received from Federally recognized tribal organizations and Tribal Energy Development Programs for projects that assess, evaluate, or otherwise promote the productive use or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. Grant awards are discretionary, and subject to the availability of funds as appropriated by Congress on a year-to-year basis.


EMDP Projects may include:

–      Performing initial resource exploration;

–      Defining potential targets for development;

–      Performing market analysis to establish production/demand for a given commodity;

–      Perform economic evaluation and analysis of the resources; and

–      Other pre-construction studies necessary to promote the use and development of known energy and mineral resources.


DEMD requires that grant proposals include: (1) a current tribal resolution authorizing the proposed project; (2) a proposal describing the planned activities and deliverable products; (3) a detailed budget estimate; and (4) a designated tribal lead.


Resources Eligible for Funding:

–      Minerals

–      Biomass- Woody and Waste

–      Hydro

–      Solar

–      Wind

–      Geothermal

–      Oil

–      Natural Gas

–      and Coal


In-House Technical Assistance Available:

DEMD offers many in-house technical capabilities and services to tribes at no charge. Tribes can maximize the value of the EMDP projects by fully using DEMD’s services, or by using DEMD’s services in conjunction with reputable consultants. Please see the EMDP Solicitation for Proposals for a comprehensive list of available services.


Resources and Informational Documents:

–       General Proposal Best Practices

–       EMDP Quarterly Reporting

–       EMDP Final Reporting

–       Technical Assistance Guide


Report Templates:

–       Tribal Resolution Example/Template

–       Quarterly Report Template

–       Final Report Template


Technical Expert Contacts:

Complete proposal application packages may be submitted electronically to: Amy Wilson, Attn: Energy and Mineral Development Program,IEEDGrants@bia.gov


Please refer to Section V of the EMDP Solicitation, Application Submittal Instructions, for detailed instructions regarding both electronic and hard copy proposal submissions.

Amy Wilson

Division of Energy and Mineral Development

Attn: Energy and Mineral Development Program

13922 Denver West Parkway

Suite 200

Lakewood, CO 80401

For more information, please visit the grant funding program page at https://www.bia.gov/as-ia/ieed/division-energy-and-mineral-development/tribal-toolbox/tribal-funding.

Last modified: November 3, 2018