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The Secretary of the Interior (“Secretary”), through the Division of Energy and
Mineral Development (DEMD), Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) solicits grant proposals from federally recognized Indian tribes’ with Indian land and Tribal Resource Development Organizations for projects that assess, evaluate, or otherwise promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands.
Grants are funded under discretionary, non-recurring appropriations by Congress each year.
Proposed projects must include resource inventories and assessments, feasibility studies, or other pre-construction studies that are necessary to promote the use and development of energy and mineral resources on Indian land.
The goal of the EMDP is to assist tribes by helping to expand tribal knowledge of energy and mineral resources on their lands and to bring tribal energy and mineral projects to the point where the economic benefits can be realized from the targeted resource in an economically efficient and environmentally sound manner.
Historically, the DEMD receives more EMDP grant proposals than can be funded under the discretionary program appropriated for that funding cycle.
The DEMD, therefore, will award funds to the highest-ranking proposals, at its preference.
Awards are based on the individual merit of the proposal, which is measured by well-defined criteria and based on established ranking procedures.
The DEMD supports a wide assortment of project types and will always attempt to promote diversity in terms of both geographic location and tribal representation.