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Deadline: October 9, 2017

U.S. Department of Interior: Grant Program to Build Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC)

The Grant Program to Build Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC) seeks to support programs to build tribal capacity for energy resource development or management. For this program, capacity building refers to developing organizational structures, business entity structures, or developing or enhancing regulatory functions, all related to tribal energy development for the purpose of strengthening tribal capacity for development and management of energy projects. Funding is provided for two critical capacity-developing activities:

  • To build capacity through the establishment of organizational structure(s) and/or business entity structure(s) capable of engaging in commercial energy development or management activities, including but not limited to: leasing property, meeting lending requirements, entering into standard business contracts, and forming joint venture partnerships. These structures include: tribal business charters under federal law Section 17 Corporations, corporations formed under state or tribal incorporation codes, and Tribal Utility Authorities formed under federal, state, or tribal code.
  • To provide funding for the development or enhancement of key regulatory activities, including but not limited to the establishment of tribal policies, enactment of tribal regulations for leasing of surface land for energy development pursuant to the HEARTH Act (see the Authorizing Statute section of the solicitation for background), establishment of legal infrastructure for business formation, enactment of ordinances related to regulating and developing energy resource(s), and adoption of a secured transactions code or a memorandum of understanding, compact, or letter of intent with the state to register liens attached pursuant to this code.

Amount: Up to 35 grants will be made that range from $1,000-$99,000.

Eligibility: Federally recognized Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Villages, regional or village corporations, tribal organizations, and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=295312

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