Indigenous Communities Program (American Rescue Plan)
Economic Development Administration (EDA)
To develop and execute economic development projects that indigenous communities need to recover from the pandemic and to create the conditions for economic growth in indigenous communities and to accelerate economic recovery from the pandemic.
Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements
Only eligible for Indian Tribes, a consortium of Indian Tribes, or other public or private non-profit entities serving Native Hawaiians, Native Pacific Islanders of Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau.
Example projects in the NOFO include foundational economic infrastructure projects, such as energy, road, water, and wastewater infrastructure (including community water facilities). Consider focusing on fundamental improvements to the efficiency and electrification of existing buildings, including weatherization of support facilities like community centers, schools, or housing. Upgrading community facilities with solar plus battery storage can convert such facilities into community resiliency hubs that serve as emergency power centers and cooling centers. Community centers, libraries, schools, and small airports could all serve in this capacity for emergencies. Similarly, consider using this funding to support resiliency through battery storage (as opposed to generators) for public safety operations and other critical facilities.
See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/
EDA plans on funding construction and non-construction projects that cost between approximately $500,000 and $5,000,000 under this NOFO.