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

PROVIDED BY OFFICE OF INDIAN ENERGY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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 

We always strive to promote diversity in terms of both geographic location and tribal representation. 

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. 

Related documents: 

Resources for current grant recipients 

Contact Us:

Division of Energy and Mineral Development, Attn: Energy and Mineral Development Program
13922 Denver West Parkway, Suite 200
Lakewood, CO 80401
(303) 969-5270
emdpgrants@bia.gov

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

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 

 

     

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