Indian Affairs | Tribal Grant Program

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

Now accepting applications for the EMDP grant

Each year, the Division of Energy and Mineral Development (DEMD) 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 federally recognized tribes and Indian allottees on trust lands to evaluate 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 develop their energy resources.

DEMD solicits proposals from federally recognized tribes annually, subject to congressional appropriations. Using a competitive review system, DEMD selects qualified projects for grant funding. DEMD staff provides technical assistance while monitoring the energy projects to ensure the best possible product is obtained for the limited funds allocated.

EMDP projects may include activities, such as:

  • performing initial exploration;
  • 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.  

Resources Eligible for Funding:

Click here to view the 2016 solicitation and instructions for grant writing

View the EMDP Solicitation on (By visiting this site you will be leaving the Indian Affairs website. Indian Affairs does not monitor and is not responsible for content on external sites.)

View the EMDP Guidance for Small Scale Biomass

Click here to view the EMDP informational brochure

Click here to view the list of 2014 EMDP Award Recipients


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

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

Sample EMDP Mineral Proposal

Frequently Asked Questions:

FAQ - Awarded EMDP Projects    



Send tribal resolutions and completed proposals electronically in one file, to:

Ms. Rebecca Naragon, Attn: Energy and Mineral Development Program at


For Further Information Contact: 

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

Rebecca Naragon, Direct Phone: (202) 208-4401; e-mail:      


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) 

Dennis Bodenchuck, (720) 407-0603; 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 

Roger Knight, (720) 407-0613; e-mail: