Indian Affairs | Tribal Grant Program

Tribal Grant Program to Assess, Evaluate and Promote Development of Tribal Energy and Mineral Resources

Each year, the Division of Energy and Mineral Development provides tribes an opportunity to participate in a grant program known as the Energy and Mineral Development Program (EMDP). This program provides financial assistance to tribes and Indian allottees in evaluating their energy (conventional and renewable), and mineral resource potential on their lands. In turn, this provides tribes and allottees with the information they need to promote their lands, negotiate the best agreements with partners or investors, and eventually develop their resources.

DEMD solicits proposals from tribes and using a competitive review system selects qualified projects for funding. DEMD staff will also monitor those projects to ensure that the best possible product is obtained for the funds allocated. EMDP projects may include such activities as performing initial exploration and defining potential targets for development; performing market analyses to establish production/demand for a given commodity; provide outreach and education to tribes concerning energy or mineral development issues; perform economic evaluation and analyses of the resource; and promote completed projects at industry conferences and to prospective partners or investors. 



Energy and Mineral Development Proposals (EMDP) must include four (4) mandatory components as follows: 

  1. A current tribal resolution authorizing the proposed project
  2. A proposal describing the planned activities and deliverable products
  3. A detailed budget estimate, and
  4. A designated project lead person, authorized to make decisions


Click below for a full copy of the Federal Register/Vol. 78 No. 245/Friday, December 20, 2013, Submission and application instructions:

2013 EMDP Solicitation & Proposal Writing Instructions

To view a sample EMDP mineral assessment proposal please click the link below:

Sample EMDP Mineral Proposal

Frequently Asked Questions:

FAQ - Awarded EMDP Projects    


U.S. Department of the Interior - Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs

Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development

Division of Energy and Mineral Development

13922 Denver West Parkway - Suite 200 (#253)

Lakewood, CO 80401-3142     


For Further Information Contact:

If you have questions about the EMDP program or submission process, please contact:

Primary Contact: Dawn Charging, Direct Phone: (720) 407-0652; email:


For technical questions about the commodity you wish to assess or develop, please contact the appropriate DEMD staff member listed below:

Mineral Projects (precious metals, sand and gravel)

Lynne Carpenter, (720) 407-0605; e-mail:

David Holmes, (720) 407-0609; e-mail:

Conventional Energy Projects (oil, natural gas, coal)

Bob Just, (720) 407-0611; e-mail:

Renewable Energy Projects (biomass, wind, solar, hydroelectric)

Winter Jojola-Talburt, (720) 407-0668; e-mail:

Geothermal Energy

Bob Just, (720) 407-0611; e-mail:   



Submit grant proposals on or before: 

February 18, 2014