Tribal Energy Development Capacity Grants

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.
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.


Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - Regional Office Contract Officer.


Program Accomplishments

None.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Federally recognized tribes whose lands are held in trust or restricted fee by the Federal government.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federally Recognized Tribal Governments and their members.

Credentials/Documentation

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.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

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.

Award Procedures

Recommendations from an IEED technical evaluation committee must be approved by the Director, IEED.

Deadlines

Due 60 days after announcement of grant availability in the Federal Register.

Authorization

Title XXVI (Indian Energy) of the Energy Policy Act of 1992, as amended (25 CFR, Section 3502(a)(2)(A)).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

30 to 45 days.

Appeals

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.

Renewals

The TEDC program cannot award multi-year funding for a project. Funding available for building energy development capacity is subject to annual appropriations by Congress and therefore IEED can only consider single-year projects.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

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

Reports

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.

Audits

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.

Records

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.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-2100-7-8-302.

Obigations

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.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Regional Office Contract Officer.

Headquarters Office

IEED, Division of Indian Energy Policy Development, Room 20 - South Interior Building, 1951 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20245, Telephone: (202)219-0740, Fax: (202) 208-4564.

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.



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