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Transitioning Tribal Colleges and Universities to Clean Energy

Federal Agency


Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs


To support the planning and deployment of clean energy projects and curriculum.

Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements

DOE will only consider applications from (1) Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs); and (2) on whose campus(es) the proposed project(s) will be located.

Decarbonization Considerations

Projects are intended to promote energy development, efficiency, and use; reduce or stabilize energy costs; strengthen energy and economic infrastructure for natural resource development and electrification; and bring electric power and service. Energy efficiency measures are an eligible use of available funding. Pairing clean energy deployment with energy efficiency measures is a great way to utilize funding to the fullest extent, minimize energy costs, and reduce carbon emissions.

Equity Considerations

See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources:

Helpful Tips

“Clean Energy” for purposes of this FOA, means (1) energy efficiency or (2) renewable energy, where "energy efficiency” means efficient energy use, or to reduce the amount of energy required to provide products and services through “energy efficiency measures” (see definition below) and “renewable energy” is power generated from sources that are constantly being replenished, including, but are not limited to, bioenergy, geothermal energy, hydrogen, hydropower, marine energy, solar energy, and wind energy.

Other Notes

See the list of awardees here:

Deadline (Announced or Anticipated)

July 27, 2023

Funding Available


Max Award Amount

$250,000 for Topic Area 1, $4,000,000 for Topic Area 2

Expected Allocations


Average Award (Estimated)

Topic Area 1: $100,000 - $250,000Topic Area 2: $250,000 - $4,000,000

Matching Funds

10% cost share required

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