Indigenous Communities Program (American Rescue Plan) - American Cities Climate Challenge

Indigenous Communities Program (American Rescue Plan)

Federal Agency

Sub-Department

Economic Development Administration (EDA)

Purpose

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.

Decarbonization Considerations

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.

Equity Considerations

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/

Helpful Tips

N/A

Other Notes

EDA plans on funding construction and non-construction projects that cost between approximately $500,000 and $5,000,000 under this NOFO.

Deadline (Announced or Anticipated)

April 19, 2022

Funding Available

$100,000,000

Max Award Amount

$5,000,000

Expected Allocations

50

Average Award (Estimated)

$2,000,000

Matching Funds

Not required

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