Funding Opportunities
August 20, 2020
Dear Members, Partners and Friends:

The Community Forest Program is a competitive grant program that provides financial assistance to tribal entities, local governments and non-profit organizations to acquire and establish community forests.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting applications for five grant programs.

USDA's Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) is accepting applications to help cover costs for organic certification.

Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program is accepting applications to restore and conserve fish and wildlife habitat.

The Native American Business Development Institute is soliciting proposals from Tribes for technical assistance funding to hire consultants to perform feasibility studies.

The Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs has extended its deadline for funding for energy technology on tribal lands.

The Department of the Interior's Tribal Energy Development Capacity Program is seeking proposals to develop Tribal management, organizational and technical capacity.

First Nations Development Institute is now accepting applications for its Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Program. 

USDA published a Recreation Economy at USDA Economic Development Resources for Rural Communities to provide rural community leaders and economic development practitioners a resource guide to federal services, grants and loans.
USDA is Requesting Applications for the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program

Deadline: January 11, 2021
USDA Forest Service is requesting applications for the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community Forest Program or CFP). The Community Forest Program is a competitive grant program that provides financial assistance to tribal entities, local governments and non-profit organizations to acquire and establish community forests that provide community benefits.

The CFP offers the opportunity for communities to acquire and conserve forests that provide public access and recreational opportunities, protect vital water supplies and wildlife habitat, serve as demonstration sites for private forest landowners and provide economic benefits from timber and non-timber products.

Community benefits include economic benefits through active forest management, clean water, wildlife habitat, educational opportunities and public access for recreation.

For More Information
Tribal government officials should submit applications, either electronic or hardcopy, to the appropriate Forest Service Region/Institute. To find your Forest Service regional coordinator, click here. To find your regional forest manager, click here.
Several Grant Programs Open at the Institute of Museum and Library Services 

Deadline: November 16, 2020
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting applications for five grant programs. IMLS mission is to advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development.


Applications for all five programs are due on November 16, 2020. IMLS invites grant applicants to view a webinar on how to choose the appropriate funding opportunity and learn more about the specific programs, visit https://www.imls.gov/webinars/.

For More Information
Visit the IMLS website at https://www.imls.gov/grants/grant-programs and find the staff responsible for that program.
USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Costs for Organic Certification

Deadline: October 31, 2020
Organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through USDA's Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for eligible certification expenses paid between Oct. 1, 2019, and Sept. 30, 2020. Applications are due October 31, 2020.

Eligible producers include any certified producers or handlers who have paid organic certification fees to a USDA-accredited certifying agent. Eligible expenses for cost-share reimbursement include application fees, inspection costs, fees related to equivalency agreement and arrangement requirements, travel expenses for inspectors, user fees, sales assessments and postage.

For More Information
To learn more about organic certification cost share, visit the OCCSP webpage, view the notice of funds availability on the Federal Register, or contact the FSA county office at your local USDA Service Center
USFS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Accepting Proposals

Deadlines: September 30, 2020
The Department of the Interior, USFS, Division of Natural Resources and Conservation Planning Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) Program provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance to restore and conserve fish and wildlife habitat for the benefit of federal trust resources. Regional and field staff work with partners to identify habitat conservation priorities and delineate geographic focus areas in their Regional strategic plans.

Program priorities include restoring trust with local communities; modernizing infrastructure and fencing projects; hunting and fishing, including habitat preservation to support robust populations of wildlife for recreational use by the American public; the National Wildlife Refuge System, with a focus on conservation activities and projects on private lands near National Wildlife Refuge lands; and expanding priority habitats, reducing habitat fragmentation, establishing conservation buffers and providing wildlife movement corridors that result in self-sustaining systems. 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through September 30, 2020.

For More Information
Applicants seeking technical or financial assistance from the PFW Program are requested to consult with the Regional PFW Program office BEFORE developing or submitting an application.
DOI Native American Business Development Institute Grant

Deadline: September 15, 2020
The Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), through its Native American Business Development Institute (NABDI), is soliciting proposals from Tribes for technical assistance funding to hire consultants to perform feasibility studies of economic development opportunities located in designated Opportunity Zones.

Grants are intended to fund applicants to obtain qualified guidance on how the development projects, businesses or technologies they propose can attract investments from an Opportunity Fund. Consultants may include universities and colleges, private consulting firms, non-academic/non-profit entities or others. IEED anticipates awards of approximately twenty to twenty-five grants ranging from approximately $25,000 to $75,000.

For More Information
Contact James R. West, Native American Business Development Institute Manager, Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, Room 6049-B, 12220 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191 at (202) 595-4766 or jamesr.west@bia.gov.
DOI Tribal Energy Development Capacity Grant Program Accepting Proposals

Deadline: September 1, 2020
The Department of the Interior's Division of Energy and Mineral Development Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), is soliciting grant proposals for it's Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC) grant program.

The TEDC program seeks to develop the Tribal management, organizational and technical capacity needed to maximize the economic impact of energy resource development on American Indian and Native Alaskan land. The energy project(s) can be existing or planned, Tribally owned or privately owned. Capacity developing activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Establishment of organizational structure(s) and/or business entity structure(s) capable of engaging in commercial energy development or management activities, including leasing property, meeting lending requirements, entering into standard business contracts and forming joint venture partnerships;
  • Establishing Tribal business charters under Federal law; corporations formed under Federal, State or Tribal incorporation codes; and Tribal utility authorities under Federal, State or Tribal codes;
  • Development or enhancement of Tribal policies; enactment of Tribal regulations for leasing of surface land for energy development pursuant to the HEARTH Act; establishment of legal infrastructure for business formation; enactment of ordinances to regulate or develop energy resources 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 such a code. 

For More Information
Visit the TEDC program webpage or contact Winter Jojola-Talburt at (720) 407-0668 or winter.jojola-talburt@bia.gov.
Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs Energy Funding Deadline Extended

Deadline: August 27, 2020
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs announced up to $15 million in new funding for energy technology on tribal lands to stabilize or reduce energy costs and increase energy security and resiliency for Indian Tribes and tribal members.

DOE is soliciting applications to install energy technology on tribal lands. Projects can:

  • Install energy generating systems and energy efficiency measures for tribal buildings;
  • Deploy community-scale energy generating systems or energy storage on tribal lands;
  • Install integrated energy systems for autonomous operation (independent of the traditional centralized electric power grid) to power a single facility or multiple essential tribal facilities during emergency situations or for tribal community resilience; or
  • Deploy energy infrastructure or integrated energy systems to electrify tribal buildings.

The intended results of the cost shared projects are to stabilize or reduce energy costs and increase energy security and resiliency for Indian Tribes and tribal members. In addition to the extended deadline, the cost share requirement has been adjusted.

For More Information
For more information, please visit the . For general information or inquiries, please contact OIEPP 's help desk at indianenergy@hq.doe.gov. OIEPP accepts applications for technical assistance at an ongoing basis, to apply contact ie-ta@hq.doe.gov.
First Nations’ Native Agriculture & Food Systems College Scholarships

Deadline: October 15, 2020
First Nations Development Institute is now accepting applications for its Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Program. The scholarships encourage more Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian college students to enter agriculture and agriculture-related fields so they can better assist their communities with efforts to reclaim local food systems control. 

For More Information
The online application can be found at https://www.firstnations.org/grantmaking-scholarshipFor more information, contact Abi Whiteing, Lead Program Officer,
awhiteing@firstnations.org or (303) 774-7836.
Recreation Economy at USDA Economic Development Resources for Rural Communities Available
USDA recently published a guide for rural community leaders Recreation Economy at USDA Economic Development Resources for Rural Communities to provide a complete list of programs at Rural Development, the Forest Service and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture that can be used to support recreational economies in rural America.
 
This guide addresses key factors necessary to build a sustainable recreational economy including natural resource management, conservation activities, infrastructure investment, business development and more. The section on loans, grants and other resources is valuable.
 
To Download the Guide, click below:

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