Indian Affairs | Tribal Grant Program

Grant Funding Program

Energy and Mineral Development Program (EMDP)

The Division of Energy and Mineral Development (DEMD) will evaluate EMDP grant proposals received from Federally recognized tribal organizations and Tribal Energy Development Programs for projects that assess, evaluate, or otherwise promote the productive use or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. Grant awards are discretionary, and subject to the availability of funds as appropriated by Congress on a year-to-year basis.


To find the 2017 EMDP Solicitation please click here,  Energy and Mineral Development Program Grant Proposal Solicitation 2017 or go directly to BIA-000-0006-DEMD at,


EMDP Projects May Include:

  • Performing initial resource exploration;
  • Defining potential targets for development;
  • Performing market analysis to establish production/demand for a given commodity;
  •  Perform economic evaluation and analysis of the resources; and
  • Other pre-construction studies necessary to promote the use and development of known energy and mineral resources.

Resources Eligible for Funding:

  • Minerals
  • Biomass – Woody and Waste
  • Hydro
  • Solar
  • Wind
  • Geothermal
  • Oil
  • Natural Gas,
  • and Coal

In-House Technical Assistance Available:
DEMD offers many in-house technical capabilities and services to tribes at no charge. Tribes can maximize the value of the EMDP projects by fully using DEMD’s services, or by using DEMD’s services in conjunction with reputable consultants. Please see the 2017 EMDP Solicitation for Proposals for a comprehensive list of available services.


DEMD requires that grant proposals include: (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 tribal lead. Proposals are due to DEMD by 5:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time on September 25, 2017.



EMDP Frequently Asked Questions 

General Proposal Best Practices

EMDP Proposal Best Practices

EMDP Quarterly Reporting

EMDP Final Reporting

Technical Assistance Guide

EMDP Grant Matrix


Tribal Resolution Example/Template

Quarterly Report Template

Final Report Template

Please contact DEMD with any questions or inquiries.
If you have questions about the EMDP program or submission process, please contact:
Amy Wilson, Direct: 720-407-0623; Cell: 720-692-7508;

DEMD Division Chief:
Stephen Manydeeds, 720-407-0600;

Commodity Group Leads:

Solid Minerals
Duane Matt, 720-407-0605;

Fluid Minerals
Roger Knight, 720-407-0613;

Renewable and Distributed Energy Projects
Michael Stevenson, 720-407-0626;

Proposal Submissions:
Please send tribal resolution, budget, tribal lead contact, and completed proposal and appendices electronically to:

Amy Wilson
Attn.: Energy and Mineral Development Program

As an alternative, you may send completed proposals via United States Postal Service, FedEx, or United States Parcel Service to:

Amy Wilson
Division of Energy and Mineral Development
Attn: Energy and Mineral Development Program
13922 Denver West Parkway
Suite 200
Lakewood, CO 80401