Indian Affairs | Tribal Energy Development Capacity Grant Program

Tribal Energy Development Capacity Grant Program

The Division of Energy and Mineral Development (DEMD) annually provides tribes an opportunity to participate in the Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC) grant program.  The purpose of the TEDC grant program is to develop tribal managerial, organizational and technical capacity needed to maximize the economic impact of energy resource development on Indian land.  The TEDC grant gives tribes the ability to develop or enhance their business and regulatory environment for energy resource development.  This program provides financial assistance for tribes to:

1)      Establish business entity structures and/or organizational structures related to energy resource development; and/or

2)      Develop or enhance key regulatory activities

Activities eligible for TEDC grant funding:

1)      Eligible business entity formation activities

o   Developing  legal infrastructure for business formation;

o   Establishing tribally chartered corporations under tribal corporation codes with an energy resource development focus;

o   Establishing tribal business charters under federal law (IRA Section 17 corporation).

2)      Eligible regulatory activities:

o  Developing or enhancing tribal policies, codes, regulations, or ordinances related to regulating and developing energy resource(s), including land lease regulations enacted pursuant to the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership (HEARTH) Act for energy development purposes or for business purposes attendant to an energy project;

o   Adopting secured transaction codes and subsequent joint power agreement with the tribe’s respective state.


       List of FY 2013 Grant Recipients  - pdf

Create a Successful Business and Regulatory Environment 

For DEMD's step-by-step process of creating a successful business and regulatory environment for tribal energy resource development, please view this link.