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Energy nonprofit GRID Alternatives said it launched a new grant program to help tribes bolster their capacity to develop and implement renewable energy projects across Indian Country. 

Oakland, Calif.-based GRID said the Tribal Energy Capacity Building Grant is available to federally recognized tribes and tribal-led organizations. The grants of up to $200,000 over two years are designed to support projects that promote energy sovereignty and resilience. That might include projects such as solar installations, energy efficiency measures, or fostering community engagement in sustainable energy practices, according to a news release. 

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The funding is facilitated through GRID’s Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund (TSAF), which will host an information webinar about the grant program on April 9 at 1 p.m. EST. Applications are due May 31, 2024 and awards will be announced in June 2024. 

The new grants are a part of the nonprofit’s ongoing commitment to supporting tribes in their journey toward energy independence, according to Tanksi Clairmont, co-executive director of GRID’s National Tribal Program. The funding, Clairmont said, “will provide tribes and Indigenous communities with the necessary resources and expertise to advance their renewable energy goals and address energy challenges in a way that aligns with their cultural values and priorities.”

TSAF hopes the grant program will foster collaboration, knowledge sharing, and capacity building within tribal communities, driving the transition to clean, sustainable energy solutions, according to a release. 

The grant application process is open to all federally recognized Native American tribes, Alaska Native villages, and tribally-led entities.

The new capacity-building grant program is one of several TSAF funding and professional development opportunities that the nonprofit hopes will empower tribes and Indigenous communities to lead the way in shaping a more sustainable future for generations, according to Co-executive Director Talia Martin of GRID’s National Tribal Program.

TSAF is also accepting applications for its Tribal Facility and Residential Grant through May 1, 2024. The organization’s Tribal Energy Plan Grant and Tribal Gap Fund Grant open in early May with applications due by July 2024.   

Tribal energy leadership opportunities are also available for enrolled tribal members who are interested in learning more about renewable energy in Indian Country. 

The TSAF Summer Associates program is also currently accepting applications, and starting in Spring 2024 the applications for the 2024-2025 Tribal Energy Innovators Fellowship, 2024-2025 Scholarship program, and 2024-2025 Internship program will be accepting applications.

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