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What is the Energy and Mineral Development Program (EMDP) Grant?

Offering solutions to Tribes for all their renewable and non-renewable energy and mineral needs

Our Division of Energy and Mineral Development provides the opportunity for Tribes to receive financial assistance to evaluate the energy and mineral resource potential of their lands through its grants. We know that millions of acres of Tribal lands hold vast natural resources. We support development efforts led by Tribes in accordance with Tribal goals and priorities.

Resources Eligible for Funding

  • Biomass — Woody and Waste
  • Hydro
  • Solar
  • Wind
  • Geothermal
  • Oil
  • Natural gas
  • Coal bed methane
  • Uranium
  • Coal
  • Industrial minerals (sand and gravel)
  • Precious minerals (gold, silver, and platinum)
  • Base minerals (lead, copper, and zinc)
  • Ferrous metal minerals (iron, tungsten, and chromium)   

Activities Eligible for Funding

  • Resource Assessment
  • Exploration Studies
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Studies
  • Engineering Studies
  • Economic Evaluation
  • Defining Potential Targets for Development

Application Process

Interested in applying? Learn how.

Past Recipients

Read success stories.

See recently funded projects.

Need Technical Assistance?

In addition to our grants, many of our in-house technical capabilities and expert services are available for FREE to Tribes.   

We’re committed to offering the technical support needed to assist Tribes in exploring and developing energy and mineral resources to meet their long-term goals to support their people. 

Commodity Contacts:

Fluid Minerals Jerome Cuzella   Petroleum Geologist   (720) 407-0619  jerome.cuzella@bia.gov  

Solid Minerals   Dennis Bodenchuk   Branch Chief   (303) 594-4772  dennis.bodenchuk@bia.gov 

Renewable and Distributed Generation   Jennifer Reimann Technical Support (720) 701-2358jennifer.reimann@bia.gov

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