Tribal Electrification Program 

Funding for:

What does this funding get me?

Funds appropriated through section 80003 of the IRA gave $150 million to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to be used for:

  • The provision of electricity to unelectrified Tribal homes through zero-emissions energy systems
  • Transitioning electrified Tribal homes to zero-emissions energy systems
  • Associated home repairs and retrofitting as necessary to install the zero-emissions energy systems.

The anticipated award size is between $250,000 and $20 million.

Am I eligible?

Federally-recognized Tribal Governments and Native American Organizations (including cooperatives, corporations, partnerships, associations) are eligible. Tribal consortia must coordinate with Federally-recognized tribes within their service area.

How can I access the money?

Eligible parties should download and complete the pre-application and application on the BIA website.

What is the timeline?

The program includes two rounds of funding. The first application period ended December 22, 2023. Award announcements will be made in March 2024. The BIA will publish guidance on round two in 2024 once timelines are established, likely in the second half of 2024. 

What other incentives could I use to help me accomplish my goals?

If you are installing solar or certain other clean energy technologies, check out the clean electricity investment tax credit for individuals, businesses or tax-exempt entities.

Further assistance may be available to low-income homes installing solar energy when NC and SC receive their grants under the Solar for All program (part of the IRA’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund).

Check out DOE’s Tribal Home Electrification and Appliance Rebates Program.

Check the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) for additional incentives that may be offered by your state, local government, or utility, as well as important federal, state, and local policies. For questions regarding DSIRE, contact Justin Lindemann (NC Clean Energy Technology Center) at jplindem@ncsu.edu.

Where can I get more information?

  • More information can be found at the BIA website
  • A presentation from the Department of the Interior is available. 
  • You may be able to get technical assistance with this program from the EPA’s Region 4 Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center (EJ TCTAC), also called Resource for Assistance and Community Training in Region 4 on Environmental Justice (REACT4EJ), which provides technical assistance to residents, community organizations, and Federally recognized tribal nations in Region 4 states including North and South Carolina. REACT4EJ can assist in developing capabilities and identifying resources for understanding or resolving EJ circumstances. Visit REACT4EJ.org to learn more and connect with their team.
  • As you look at current federal funding opportunities and those anticipated in 2024, SSDN’s Local Infrastructure Hub (LIH) program has resources that may be able to help!  The LIH program supports local governments and community-based organizations that are working on cross-cutting projects at the intersection of addressing climate impacts and promoting racial wealth equity.  Learn more on the LIH website or through this one-pager.  The application for LIH support is a light lift and is linked HERE! Reach out to Nick Deffley if you have questions about eligibility or need guidance.
  • For specific questions about this program or for more assistance, contact Jessica Finkel at info@energyfundsforall.org.