Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee

Funding for:

What does this funding get me?

The $75 million in funds, allocated to the Department of Energy (DOE), can support a broad range of projects and activities for the development of energy resources, products, and services that utilize commercial technology. The Inflation Reduction Act increased the total loan authority from $2 billion to $20 billion and provided $75 million to carry out the program. 

Eligible projects include but are not limited to: electricity generation, transmission, and/or distribution facilities, utilizing renewable or conventional energy sources; energy storage facilities, whether or not integrated with any of the above; energy resource extraction, refining or processing facilities; energy transportation facilities, including pipelines; district heating and cooling facilities; cogeneration facilities; and distributed energy project portfolios, including portfolios of smaller distributed generation and storage facilities employed according to a unified business plan.

Am I eligible?

DOE’s Tribal energy financing is available to eligible Federally-recognized Tribes or tribal entities, including Alaska Native villages or regional or village corporations, or other financial institutions or Tribes meeting certain criteria established by DOE, that can demonstrate being eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Tribes or their wholly-owned entities with appropriate legal authority. In addition, a Tribal Energy Development Organization (TEDO) that is wholly or substantially owned by a Federally-recognized Tribe is eligible.

How can I access the money?

Eligible parties should apply with the DOE Loan Programs Office.

More applicant resources on the financing process.

Contact TELGP@hq.doe.gov for more information.

What is the timeline?

Awards are available until August 31, 2028.

DOE will evaluate applications in two phases. Following a favorable determination based on this two-phase review, DOE will commence more extensive due diligence and the negotiation of transaction terms.

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

Other programs through the DOE Loan Programs Office.

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?

  • An overview of the funding opportunity can be found at EnergyCommunities.gov.
  • More information can be found at the DOE website
  • Contact TELGP@hq.doe.gov with questions.
  • In addition to the resources listed above, a variety of organizations offer¬†technical assistance that may help you access these funds. They are listed on our Get Help page.
  • For specific questions on this program or for more assistance, contact Jessica Finkel at info@energyfundsforall.org.