U.S. Department of the Interior announces two BIA funding opportunities

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WASHINGTON—On April 22, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development released two funding opportunities for tribes:

The Energy and Mineral Development Program will provide funding for projects that assess, evaluate, or otherwise promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands, particularly feasibility studies of community-scale energy development projects that promote local economic benefits and stronger tribal economies. Eligible entities include federally recognized tribes, authorized tribal organizations, and tribal energy resource development organizations.

The Tribal Energy Development Capacity Program will help develop tribal capacity to regulate and manage energy resources. These awards are intended to complement the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership (HEARTH) Act, which restores the authority of tribes to develop and implement tribal laws governing the leasing of tribal surface trust lands for business and other purposes. The funding will enable eligible recipients to build capacity through the establishment of organizational structure(s) and/or business entity structures capable of engaging in commercial energy development or management activities. The awards will also support tribal development or enhancement of key regulatory activities. Eligible entities include federally recognized tribes, Alaska Native villages, regional or village corporations, tribal organizations, and tribal energy resource development organizations. 

Applications for both funding opportunities are due July 8, 2016.