Tribal Energy Development Capacity Grants
OFFICE OF INDIAN ENERGY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Title XXVI (Indian Energy) of the Energy Policy Act of 1992, as amended (25 CFR, Section 3502(a)(2)(A)).
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.
Types of Assistance
Direct payments for specified use.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Federally recognized tribes whose lands are held in trust or restricted fee by the Federal government.
Federally recognized Indian tribal governments.
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.
Application and Award Process
None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
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.
Recommendations from an IEED technical evaluation committee must be approved by the Director, IEED.
Due 60 days after announcement of grant availability in the Federal Register.
Range of Approval/Disapproval 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.
Formula and Matching Requirements
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, adn the recipient.
Post Assistance Requirements
During the life of the TEDC project, Financial Status 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.
All non-Federal entities that expend $500,000 or more of Federal awards in a year ($300,000 for fiscal year ending on or before December 30, 2003) are required to obtain an annual audit in accordance with the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 and OMB Circular A-133. Non-federal 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 OMB Circular 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.
FY 07 $374,773; FY 08 $1,000,000; and FY 09 est not available.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Determined on an annual basis, subject to appropriations. In FY 07 awards were limited to $50,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Published in Federal Register Notice annually.
Regional or Local Office
Regional Office Contract Officer.
IEED, Division of Indian Energy Policy Development, Room 20 - South Interior Building, 1951 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20245, Phone: (202)219-0740, Fax: (202) 208-4564.
Web Site Address
Energy and Mineral Development Program.
Examples of Funded Projects
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.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
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.