Frequently Asked Questions

Can my organization apply for TSAF funding if we reside off trust land/reservation?
Yes, if your organization is “tribally-led” with a 501(c)(3) non-profit status in which the majority of people it serves are tribal citizens. 

What if my tribe is not federally recognized?
The TSAF will only provide grant funding to tribes who are federally-recognized due to the certain inherent rights of self-government (i.e., tribal sovereignty) and protections on tribal and trust lands, especially in regard to environmental sustainability (i.e., energy planning, development, and infrastructure).

Does each proposed project need a tribal council resolution or letter of support for TSAF funding? 
Yes. We request that tribal leadership (council, government, legislature, etc.) acknowledge the proposed project, philanthropic funding, and potential communications activities.

Do you fund tribes in Alaska? What about Hawaii, Canada or Mexico?
The TSAF currently funds federally-recognized tribes in the lower 48 states and Alaska. 

If our tribe/tribal organization incurs expenses related to the proposed project prior to the start of the grant period, can we include these costs in the budget?
No. All costs must be incurred between the stated grant period start and end dates.

How do I gather and prepare the required financial documents?
The TSAF encourages you to work with your tribe/tribal organization’s accountant to prepare a clear and accurate project budget and budget narrative. Project applications without complete budget documents will not be considered. 

Can the TSAF and/or GRID provide assistance in developing our tribe/tribal organization’s grant application? 
TSAF will offer a recorded webinar on June 15, 2022 for potential applicants to learn about the background, funding priorities and goals, application process, and answer general questions. On a limited basis, TSAF staff is available via phone call or email to answer specific questions (e.g. eligibility for a specific grant).

Does the TSAF require reporting as part of a grant award? 
Yes, all funding opportunities will require applicants to submit reports within 30 days of the end of the grant period.  Reporting templates will be provided during the first grantee check-in call. 

What types of project costs are allowable? 
Allowable project costs include supplies, solar equipment and construction materials, in-kind personnel (salary + fringe), contractual costs (including interconnection and permitting costs), and project contingency funds. The TSAF is supportive of solar+battery storage and electric vehicle charging stations.

How can I get feedback on a proposal submitted that was not funded? 
Unfunded applicants may submit an email request with your tribe/tribal organization name and type of project to grants@tribalsolar.org

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