U.S. Department of Interior: Grant Program to Assess, Evaluate and Promote Development of Tribal Energy and Mineral Resources
The Grant Program to Assess, Evaluate and Promote Development of Tribal Energy and Mineral Resources supports projects that assess, evaluate, or otherwise promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. Energy and Mineral Development Program (EMDP) grants must be used by an Indian tribe for energy and mineral projects that conduct resource inventories and assessments, feasibility studies, or other pre-construction studies necessary to promote the use and development of known energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. Energy and mineral resources may include: conventional energy resources such as oil, gas, coal, uranium, and coal bed gas; renewable energy resources such as wind, solar, biomass, hydro, and geothermal; industrial minerals such as sand and gravel; precious minerals such as gold, silver, and platinum; base minerals such as lead, copper, and zinc; and ferrous metal minerals such as iron, tungsten, and chromium. An “Indian land” means any tract or interest therein, in which the surface or mineral estate is owned by one or more Indian tribes, in federal trust or restricted status.
The goals of the EMDP are to help tribes expand tribal knowledge of their energy and mineral resources; provide tribes with guidance on how their resources can be developed in an environmentally acceptable manner; and bring tribal energy and mineral projects to the point where economic benefits can be realized from their resources. An attempt will be made to support a diversity of project types in terms of the resource to be studied (conventional energy, renewable energy, or mineral), the type of evaluation being applied (resource assessments, feasibility studies, or pre-construction studies), scale of the project, technology, geographic location, and tribal representation.
Amount: Up to 35 awards will be made that range from $1,000-$100,000.
Eligibility: Federally-recognized Indian tribes and tribal energy resource development organizations.
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