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Eligible States for Energy Projects in Tribal Communities

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GRID Alternatives - Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund (TSAF)

Conf. Date:

06/15/22

Deadline Date:

07/15/22 5:00 PM MST

Description:

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Grants to USA Tribes, nonprofit organizations, IHEs, and schools in eligible states for energy projects in tribal communities. Funding is intended for solar projects to be installed on residential homes and facilities that benefit the community. The program aims to address challenges and opportunities related to energy sovereignty, climate resilience, and resource sustainability. Applicants may be based in the lower 48 states and Alaska.

TSAF Grant Priorities

  • The TSAF will provide necessary capital to support the development of new solar projects in tribal communities around Indian Country
  • The TSAF supports and encourages solar education, training, and workforce development in tribal communities
  • The TSAF prioritizes the development of long-term energy plans to increase tribal energy security and resiliency.

The TSAF in collaboration with tribes and tribal leaders aims to address challenges and opportunities related to energy sovereignty, climate resilience and resource sustainability.

TSAF Funding Areas

  1. Tribal Facility Solar Project Funding can include rooftop, carport or ground-mount solar installations that meet the energy needs of the tribal community.
    • Tribal Facility Solar Projects Priority: The TSAF will provide necessary funding to tribes for solar installations on tribal facilities that have the potential to generate significant cost-savings to the tribe, and/or catalyze other business development outcomes.
    • Tribal Facility Solar Projects Objectives:
      • To enhance and strengthen tribal energy development and infrastructure
      • To support solar projects that benefit tribal community members, tribal staff/administration, and/or tribal programs
      • To serve tribal facilities with high energy needs and costs
  2. Tribal residential solar project funding is designated for solar energy installed on a single-family home or small multi-family complex to significantly reduce the financial burden spent on electricity costs. Tribal residential solar projects will be for low-income single-family homes in tribal communities.
    • Tribal Residential Solar Projects Priority: The TSAF will provide necessary funding to tribes for solar installations on tribal homes to generate significant cost-savings to tribal residents.
    • Tribal Residential Solar Projects Objectives:
      • To bring solar energy to low-income single-family homes or small multi-family complexes on tribal land
      • To reduce and stabilize energy costs for low-income tribal members
      • To serve tribal members with high energy needs and costs

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 203997

Estimated Size of Grant:

Tribes are eligible to apply for up to $200,000 total, which can include one or both of the funding areas, for example: $125,000 facility + $75,000 residential.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The TSAF is committed to serving, supporting, and strengthening American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribal communities by investing in solar energy development and sustainability.

The TSAF eligibility criteria is as follows:
- Federally recognized tribal governments in the lower 48 states and Alaska (tribal government programs, such as tribal housing authority, cultural departments, economic development entities, etc.)
- Tribally-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations (fiscally-sponsored tribal community organizations, tribal community organizations without a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status may submit an application through a sponsoring organization if the sponsor has IRS 501(c)(3) status and can provide written authorization confirming its willingness to act as the fiscal sponsor.
- Schools that are tribally-controlled 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and schools that are tribally-operated such as tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), any public or Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools.
- The definition of “tribal-led” is: an organization in which a majority (>51%) of the board of directors and leadership team are American Indian or Alaska Native. Organizations that are not tribal-led are not eligible to apply (with or without a fiscal sponsor).
- For tribal facility projects, the community served must be designated low-to-moderate income (LMI) as demonstrated by eligibility for federal, state, or tribal low-income programs, or with Census data.
- For tribal household or multi-family projects, the resident households must be 80% or below the area median income as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or another LMI-serving program.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund 2022-2023 Grants
Wed, Jun 15, 2022 11am-12pm MST

The TSAF 2022-2023 grant program for tribal solar projects focus on building renewable energy infrastructure that are feasible, cost-effective, and engage broad tribal community participation by incorporating aspects of workforce development and training. Please attend to learn more about the tribal solar grant opportunities!

Register at:
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3474169095063303696

Pre-Application Information:

TSAF Grant Timeline and Reporting:
- RFP – Invite to Apply Notification: June 1, 2022
- TSAF Informational Webinar: June 15, 2022 at 11am-12pm MST
- Grant Application Due: July 15, 2022 by 5:00 PM MST
- Grant Award/denial Notifications: August 8-12, 2022
- Grant Timeline (Project Fiscal Year Start/End): September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023
- Grantee Check-ins With TSAF Staff: September 2022, January 2023, April 2023, July 2023
- Grantee Final Report Due: September 30, 2023

The TSAF application must conform to the following requirements:
- All applicants will need to secure a tribal resolution or a letter of support from your tribal council or board of directors acknowledging the application for the proposed project.
- TSAF Applications are due July 15, 2022 by 5:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST), 4:00 p.m. PST, 6:00 p.m. CST, 7:00 p.m. EST. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications at least 24 hours in advance of the submission deadline.
- Applicants may revise or update their application until the expiration of the application submission deadline.

FAQs: https://tribalsolar.org/faq/

Recorded Informational Webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvjh0007PHc

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please click “Complete Intake Form” to be directed to the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund’s “prospective applicant” database that will capture your Tribe’s interest in applying for a Facility and/or Residential grant.
https://grid.tfaforms.net/342031

For all Tribal Solar grant funding questions and related inquiries please contact
Christian Weaver at grants@tribalsolar.org

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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