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Office of Indian Energy has posted a Notice of Intent to Issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy has posted a Notice of Intent to Issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled “First Steps Toward Developing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands – 2016” in August or September.
Through the planned FOA, the Office of Indian Energy intends to solicit applications from Indian tribes (including Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations) and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations to:
•    Conduct energy options analyses
•    Benchmark baseline energy use and efficiency options
•    Develop energy organizations
•    Conduct climate resiliency planning
•    Establish policy, regulations, and codes to reduce energy use or promote energy develop
•    Obtain skills and training related to energy use and development.
Part of a comprehensive strategy for maximizing the development and deployment of energy solutions for the benefit of American Indians and Alaska Natives, the planned FOA will complement the technical assistance the Office offers by providing funding to help tribal communities develop and sustain strategic energy solutions.
Read more in Office of Indian Energy Director Chris Deschene's new blog post.
Download the Notice of Intent.

USDA Seeks Applications for Broadband Grants for Rural Communities, Nearly $12 Million is Available Nationwide

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is soliciting applications for grants to establish broadband in unserved rural communities through its Community Connect Program announced State Director Vicki Walker today. The program helps to fund the deployment of broadband into rural communities where it is not economically viable for private sector providers to offer service. Access to fast, reliable broadband is critical for our rural communities,” Walker said. “It helps rural entrepreneurs run their businesses and create jobs, enables rural residents to access additional education opportunities, and contributes to a higher quality of life. That is why USDA is committed to continuing our efforts to make broadband more accessible to those who live and work in rural areas through Community Connect and our other telecommunications programs.”
 
USDA plans to award up to $11.7 million in grants nationwide through the Community Connect Program. The grants fund broadband infrastructure to help foster economic growth by delivering connectivity to the global marketplace, as well as broadband for community centers and public institutions.
 
The minimum grant amount is $100,000 and the maximum award amount is $3 million. USDA announced new rules in 2013 to better direct Community Connect grants to areas where they are most needed and encourages potential applicants to review these rules before applying. Prior Community Connect grants cannot be renewed. However, existing Community Connect awardees may submit applications for new projects, which USDA will evaluate as new applications. The deadline to apply is June 17, 2016. For more information on how to apply, see page 22567 of the April 18, 2016, Federal Register.
 
SparrowHawk has helped several organizations upgrade or enhance their broadband services including a Community Connect grant for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation amounting to over $300,000.