Frequently Asked Questions

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Question 1: Do the two FOA’s released today fund electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) infrastructure?
Answer 1:

As stated in Section III.F. Questions Regarding Eligibility (page 25) of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), “DOE will not make eligibility determinations for potential Applicants prior to the date on which applications to this FOA must be submitted. The decision of whether to submit an application in response to this FOA lies solely with the Applicant.

 

However, for your purposes in making that decision, we offer the following based on the limited information provided in your question:

 

As described in Executive Summary (page 1) and Section I.A. (page 6) of the Funding Opportunity announcement (FOA), Powering Unelectrified Tribal Building(s) – 2022 (DE-FOA-0002771), applications are being solicited to provide electric power to Tribal Buildings, which otherwise would be unelectrified, by deploying (1) integrated energy system(s) (Topic Area 1) or (2) energy infrastructure (Topic Area 2).

 

Therefore, unless the EVSE infrastructure meets the Topic Areas above and as described in the FOA document, it would not meet the intent of the FOA.

 

If this response does not fully answer your questions, please submit another more specific question, providing additional information.

Question 2: Can a tribal government apply if we are not a federally recognized tribe?
Answer 2:

No, tribal governments not federally recognized are not eligible for funding. Specifically, per Section III.A. of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (beginning on page 23) “eligibility for award under this FOA is restricted to: (1) an Indian Tribe; (2) Intertribal Organization; or (3) Tribal Energy Development Organization; and (4) on whose Tribal Lands the project(s) will be located.

 

Where,

 

““Indian Tribe,” for the purposes of this FOA and as defined in in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. § 5304),2 means any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (85 Stat. 688) [ 43 U.S.C. § 1601, et seq.], which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians. See below for further definition.

 

For the purposes of this FOA, an eligible Indian tribe, band, nation or other organized group or community (including Alaska Native villages), must be federally recognized as listed in Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible to Receive Services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs, published by the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs in the Federal Register on January 28, 2022, 87 FR 19.”

 

Question 3: Can you please tell me if a Tribal Authority Letter would be acceptable in lieu of a Tribal Resolution? The Nation has written in to its constitution the authority for our Executive, the Governor, to unilaterally approve an application to funding opportunities via Tribal Authority Letter, as opposed to using a Tribal Resolution, which goes through a lengthier process with our tribal legislature.
Answer 3:

The form of commitment and cost sharing is dependent on the entity applying as the applicant and the authorities that entity has been granted. If the applicant is an Indian tribe that has a Tribal Council, the applicant must submit an executed Tribal Council Resolution – a Tribal Authority Letter is not sufficient. As set forth in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), Section IV.C.6., Applicant Tribal Council Resolution or Declaration of Commitment and Cost Sharing File, if an Indian tribe is the applicant, “that statement of commitment and cost sharing must be in the form of an executed Tribal Council Resolution, unless an Indian Tribe does not have a Tribal Council. If an Indian Tribe does not have a Tribal Council, the statement of commitment and cost sharing may be in a format other than a Tribal Council Resolution and must include evidence of the statutory or other legal authority authorizing that form of commitment in lieu of a Tribal Council Resolution. Such evidence must establish that the commitment submitted carries the same level of Tribal leadership commitment as a Tribal Council Resolution.”

 

If, however, an application is being submitted on behalf of Indian Tribe(s) by an authorized Tribal Organization, as that term is defined on page 24 of the FOA, “evidence of that authority is required as part of the application, along with a declaration (or resolution) from the Tribal Organization, and a letter of commitment from all other project participants. Evidence may include, but is not limited to, a constitution, resolution, ordinance, executive order, charter, or other legal documentation (see IV.C.5., Eligibility Statements and Evidence).”

 

Whereas, if an application is being submitted by a Tribal Energy Development Organization, as that term is defined on page 24 of the FOA, the FOA states on page 40, ”the statement of commitment and cost sharing may be in the form of a declaration or resolution signed by an authorized representative able to commit the entity.”

Question 4: Are Tribal organizations other than federally recognized tribes eligible as indicated on Grants.gov?
Answer 4:

Yes, Tribal organizations  other than federally recognized tribes are eligible applicants under this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), as specified under Section III.A.

Section III.A. (page 23) of the FOA states, “In accordance with EPAct 2005 authorities and consistent with 2 CFR § 910.126(b), eligibility for award under this FOA is restricted to: (1) an Indian Tribe; (2) Intertribal Organization; or (3) Tribal Energy Development Organization; and (4) on whose Tribal Lands the project(s) will be located.” See the definitions in Section III.A. or Appendix A of the FOA. Additionally, as stated on page 24 of the FOA, “[a]pplications may also be submitted on behalf of Indian Tribe(s) by an authorized “Tribal Organization”, provided evidence of that authority is included as part of the application.”

Therefore, “Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)” as specified on Grants.gov are eligible, provided that the Native American tribal organization is an Intertribal Organization or Tribal Energy Development Organization as defined in Section III.A. of the FOA. Further, Tribal Organizations (as that term is defined on page 24 of the FOA) are not directly eligible; however, they may submit an application on behalf of an Indian tribe (as defined on page 23 of the FOA), provided they have evidence of that authority.

Non-federally recognized tribes and tribal organizations, other than the ones identified in Section III.A. of the FOA, are not eligible applicants.

Question 5: We have been reviewing the Powering Electrified Tribal Buildings funding opportunity (DE-FOA-0002771) as part of our work to support rural Alaska communities to design and construct electric distribution systems to electrify homes and Tribal buildings. Many small Tribal communities in Alaska cannot access this funding due to the cost-share requirement. Can you remove the cost-share match for Alaska Native villages, consistent with E.O. 13985 and Section 6 of E.O. 13175?
Answer 5:

Cost share is mandated by statute and therefore, the Office of Indian Energy does not have the discretion to remove the cost share requirement. Specifically, the statute as amended by the Energy Act of 2020 specifically states the “Secretary of Energy may reduce any applicable cost share required of an Indian tribe, intertribal organization, or tribal energy development organization in order to receive a grant under this 3 subsection to not less than 10 percent if the Indian tribe, intertribal organization, or tribal energy development organization meets criteria developed by the Secretary of Energy, including financial need.” [Emphasis added]

As such, see Section III.B., Cost Sharing, beginning on page 19 of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) document, that states “a 20% cost share of the total allowable costs of the project (i.e., the sum of the DOE share, and the Recipient share of allowable costs equals the total allowable cost of the project) is required.” However, applicants may request a cost share reduction from the required 20% to 10% as part of their application (see Section III.B.2).  

Please also be aware that the subject FOA is soliciting applications “to provide electric power to Tribal Buildings, which otherwise would be unelectrified, by deploying (1) integrated energy system(s) (Topic Area 1) or (2) energy infrastructure (Topic Area 2). For purposes of this FOA, “unelectrified” means Tribal Buildings that are not connected to (1) the traditional centralized electric power grid, and not connected to (2) an integrated energy system(s) operating independent of the traditional centralized electric power grid.” [Emphasis added]

Therefore, to be eligible, please ensure those Alaska communities are currently not served by an existing integrated energy system (i.e., microgrid). You may also wish to explore the Clean Energy Technology Deployment on Tribal Lands – 2022 FOA (DE-FOA-0002774).

Question 6: 1) Many Alaska Tribal communities are "islanded" microgrids with a small number of facilities powered by a diesel power plant. For these communities, are the buildings in the community considered to be electrified if connected to this island microgrid? 2) Is development of integrated energy systems such as wind/solar with batteries an eligible project for the entire micro-grid? 3) If a tribal facility is imminently at risk of losing electrification due to an environmental threat or planned project, is the facility eligible to be served by this funding opportunity? 4) If a tribal facility is currently served by damaged, unreliable, out of code, or unsafe electrical services, is it considered to be electrified? If such a facility were to be included in a project under this funding opportunity, would it be considered eligible to be electrified? If so, what types of proof/backup of eligibility would be required? 5) A collection of tribal facilities is each currently powered intermittently by their own home diesel generators. Would connection of all of these facilities into a single integrated energy system be considered an eligible project?
Answer 6:

1)     Per Section I.A. of the subject Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), DE-FOA-0002771, is soliciting applications “to provide electric power to Tribal Buildings, which otherwise would be unelectrified, by deploying (1) integrated energy system(s) (Topic Area 1) or (2) energy infrastructure (Topic Area 2). For purposes of this FOA, “unelectrified” means Tribal Buildings that are not connected to (1) the traditional centralized electric power grid, and not connected to (2) an integrated energy system(s) operating independent of the traditional centralized electric power grid.” [Emphasis added]

Therefore, Alaska Native communities with “islanded” microgrids would be considered connected to “an integrated energy system(s) operating independent of the traditional centralized electric power grid” and hence, electrified for purposes of this FOA and not eligible under the Powering Unelectrified Tribal Building(s) – 2022 FOA.

However, those Alaska communities with “islanded” microgrids may be interested in exploring Topic Area 3 under the Clean Energy Technology Deployment on Tribal Lands – 2022 FOA (DE-FOA-0002774).

 

2)     As stated in Section III.F. Questions Regarding Eligibility (page 31) of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), “DOE will not make eligibility determinations for potential Applicants prior to the date on which applications to this FOA must be submitted. The decision of whether to submit an application in response to this FOA lies solely with the Applicant.

However, for your purposes in making that decision, we offer the following:

Per Section I.B. of the FOA (page 11), ““Integrated Energy System(s)” under Topic Area 1 must, as a minimum, provide power to Tribal Building(s) and include: (1) clean energy generating system(s); (2) controls and management system(s); and (3) energy storage system(s). Such systems may also include (4) conventional energy generation device(s); however, conventional energy generation device(s) are eligible only if used solely as a dispatchable stand-by power source.”

The FOA also states on page 11, “[n]ote that some components of the proposed integrated energy system(s) may already exist and, therefore, not all of the components must be proposed for DOE funding; however, the integrated energy system(s) as a whole must meet the requirements under Topic Area 1. See definitions under Appendix A.”

 

3)     As stated under #2 above and in Section III.F. Questions Regarding Eligibility (page 31) of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), “DOE will not make eligibility determinations for potential Applicants prior to the date on which applications to this FOA must be submitted. The decision of whether to submit an application in response to this FOA lies solely with the Applicant.

As stated under #1 above and in Section I.A., for purposes of this FOA, ““unelectrified” means Tribal Buildings that are not connected to (1) the traditional centralized electric power grid, and not connected to (2) an integrated energy system(s) operating independent of the traditional centralized electric power grid.” [Emphasis added]

Therefore, if the facility does not current meet the definition of unelectrified as defined in the FOA, it is not eligible.

 

4)     Please see the response to #3 above.

 

5)     As stated under #2 and #3 above and in Section III.F. Questions Regarding Eligibility (page 31) of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), “DOE will not make eligibility determinations for potential Applicants prior to the date on which applications to this FOA must be submitted. The decision of whether to submit an application in response to this FOA lies solely with the Applicant.

However, for your purposes in making that decision, we offer the following:

Per Section I.A., for purposes of this FOA, ““unelectrified” means Tribal Buildings that are not connected to (1) the traditional centralized electric power grid, and not connected to (2) an integrated energy system(s) operating independent of the traditional centralized electric power grid.”

Therefore, if the collection of tribal facilities are currently are not connected to (1) the traditional centralized electric power grid, and not connected to (2) an integrated energy system(s) operating independent of the traditional centralized electric power grid, then those facilities would be considered unelectrified.

Question 7: I have some questions regarding the Tribal Grants / Funding that are available. 1) Are there any Tribal Grants currently available regarding Energy projects such as; Solar, Battery Storage, Microgrid, or EV Charging? 2) Is there a cost-sharing and or matching requirements for the Tribal Grants? 3) Can a third-party help manage the grant application process and funding disbursements for the Tribal Businesses, Colleges, etc.?
Answer 7:

I have some questions regarding the Tribal Grants / Funding that are available. 

 

  1. Regarding funding opportunities for Indian tribes, the Office of Indian currently has two Funding Opportunities Announcements (FOAs) current open, as follows:

 

  1. Deploy clean energy technology on Tribal lands (DE-FOA-0002774)  

Applications due February 9, 2023

Information webinar November 29, 2022 (1:00-3:00 Mountain)

 

  1. Power unelectrified Tribal buildings (DE-FOA-0002771)

Applications due February 23, 2023

Information webinar December 1, 2022 (1:00-3:00 Mountain)

 

Please review the FOAs for eligible technologies. You may also wish to explore the DOE Office of Indian Energy’s Current Funding Opportunities | Department of Energy and Funding - Energy Communities for other opportunities.

 

  1. Per the FOAs issued by the DOE Office of Indian Energy under Section III.B., “[u]nless DOE approves a requested cost share reduction, a 20% cost share of the total allowable costs of the project (i.e., the sum of the DOE share, and the Recipient share of allowable costs equals the total allowable cost of the project) is required.”

 

However, Applicants may request a cost share reduction as part of their application, as set forth in Section III.B. of the FOA documents. As stated under Section III.B.2, “[c]ost share reduction requests of less than 10% of the Total Project Costs will not be considered. Cost share reductions from the required 20% to 10% will be based on financial need, specifically (1) poverty rate, or (2) median household income of the tribal community as a percentage of statewide median household income.”

 

  1. Regarding a third-party managing the grant application process and funding disbursements, the DOE Office of Indian Energy will only make awards and provide funding to eligible applicants or those eligible to submit an application on behalf of an eligible Indian tribe as defined in the FOA documents (Section III.A.).
Question 8: We would like to know if we can apply for a project in two separate villages on the same application? We would be applying to put battery systems that are almost identical in each village. To us it makes sense to do two in one application to cut down on duplicate administration.
Answer 8:

Per the Executive Summary on page 2 of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) document, “Applicants may submit more than one application to this FOA (including more than one application under a particular Topic Area), provided each application is for a distinctively different project and each application addresses only one Topic Area. Each application must have a distinct title, unique Control Number as assigned by IE-Exchange during the registration process, and be readily distinguishable. Each application must be limited to a single unique and distinct project; unrelated projects cannot be consolidated in a single application.”

 

Per Section III.F. “DOE will not make eligibility determinations for potential Applicants prior to the date on which applications to this FOA must be submitted. The decision of whether to submit an application in response to this FOA lies solely with the Applicant.”

 

However, based on the limited information provided, we offer the following in making your decision.

 

If the projects are in two distinct villages, albeit similar in scope, they would be considered unrelated and cannot be consolidated into a single application.

Question 9: SAM registration, Exchange and Login.gov have been problematic for many remote Alaska tribes who have poor internet and are unable to access the web. Can applications be submitted via email?
Answer 9:

The DOE Office of Indian Energy is unable to accept applications through any other means than IE-Exchange.

 

For security purposes, two-factor authentication is now required to access IE-Exchange, requiring applicants to create a Login.gov profile. Further, the other required registrations are required to apply for and accept an award. Specifically,

  1. System for Award Management (SAM) registration, including obtaining a Universal Entity Identifier (UEI), is required to apply for and accept a federal award;
  2. FedConnect registration is required to receive federal award documents; and
  3. Grants.gov registration is required in order to receive automatic updates when amendments to the FOA have been posted.

 

Question 10: Are Tribes permitted to work with National Labs as subcontractors/sub-grantees for this FOA?
Answer 10:

There are no prohibitions against an eligible applicant working with a DOE/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), including DOE laboratories, or non-DOE/NNSA FFRDCs. For purposes of this response, the terms National Laboratory and FFRDC are used interchangeably.

 

However, project involvement of DOE/NNSA FFRDCs or non-DOE/NNSA FFRDCs comes with additional requirements. The use of an FFRDC must be consistent with its authority under its federal contract. Specifically, the cognizant Contracting Officer for the FFRDC must authorize, in writing, the use of the FFRDC on the proposed project and this authorization must be submitted with the application. The following wording is acceptable for this authorization:

 

Authorization is granted for the (insert National Laboratory name) to participate in the proposed project. The work proposed for the (insert National Laboratory name) is consistent with or complementary to the missions of the (insert National Laboratory name) and will not adversely impact execution of the federally assigned programs at the (insert National Laboratory name).

 

Additionally, the value of and funding for the FFRDC portion of the work may or may not be included in the award to a successful applicant. Rather, DOE will fund a DOE/NNSA FFRDC contractor through the DOE Annual Operating Plan (AOP) and non-DOE/NNSA FFRDCs will be funded through an interagency agreement with the sponsoring agency. However, in some cases, DOE FFRDCs are funded through a subrecipient agreement with the prime recipient of the federal award. The FFRDC then executes an agreement with the prime recipient to arrange work structure, project execution, and any other matters. Regardless of these arrangements, the entity that applied as the prime recipient for the project will remain the prime recipient for the project.

 

Because FFRDCs are funded by the federal government, costs they incur generally may not be used to meet the FOA cost share requirement. Although the FFRDC portion of the work is usually excluded from the award to a successful applicant, the applicant’s cost share requirement will be based on the total cost of the project, including the applicant’s, the subrecipient’s, and the FFRDCs portions of the project.


Further, the prime recipient will be the responsible authority regarding the settlement and satisfaction of all contractual and administrative issues including, but not limited to, disputes and claims arising out of any agreement between the prime recipient and the FFRDC contractor.

Question 11: We would like to provide a battery storage system for one of our tribal nation customer. To my knowledge, there may not be a battery storage manufacturer that exists within the Buy America Guidelines. Is there a way to provide a battery storage system that does not fit the Buy America Guidelines?
Answer 11:

Per the Buy America requirements prescribed under Section 70914 of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and as included in Appendix C of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) beginning on page 93, “none of the project funds (includes federal share and Recipient cost share) may be used for a project for infrastructure unless:

  1. all iron and steel used in the project are produced in the United States--this means all manufacturing processes, from the initial melting stage through the application of coatings, occurred in the United States;
  2. all manufactured products used in the project are produced in the United States—this means the manufactured product was manufactured in the United States; and the cost of the components of the manufactured product that are mined, produced, or manufactured in the United States is greater than 55 percent of the total cost of all components of the manufactured product, unless another standard for determining the minimum amount of domestic content of the manufactured product has been established under applicable law or regulation; and
  3. all construction materials are manufactured in the United States—this means that all manufacturing processes for the construction material occurred in the United States.”

 

Please review Appendix C of the FOA beginning on page 93 to see whether the proposed project meets the definition of infrastructure and confirm that there are no battery storage systems available that meet the requirements above. If both apply, per Appendix C (page 95), “[i]n limited circumstances, DOE may waive the application of the Buy America requirements where DOE determines that: (1) applying the Buy America requirements would be inconsistent with the public interest; (2) the types of iron, steel, manufactured products, or construction materials are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities or of a satisfactory quality; or (3) the inclusion of iron, steel, manufactured products, or construction materials produced in the United States will increase the cost of the overall project by more than 25 percent. If an Applicant is seeking a waiver of the Buy America requirements, it may submit a waiver request after it has been notified of its selection for negotiation of award.” [Emphasis added] See Appendix C of the FOA (page 95) for the content of a waiver request.

Question 12: My question is: can a building not yet built count as an “unelectrified building” for the purposes of this FOA?
Answer 12:

Per Section I.B. (page 8) of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), “[p]roposed installations may be for either: (1) Existing “Tribal Building(s)”; or (2) New “Tribal Building(s)” that are currently being constructed or planned to be constructed during the proposed grant period”, provided the building not yet built would otherwise would be unelectrified as defined in the FOA.

Question 13: I am writing to find out some information regarding your grant opportunity available on grants.gov (DE-FOA-0002771) and (DE-FOA-0002774). I am interested in finding out if there are any additional similar grant opportunities from the past 2 years. Also, I am interested in seeing some copies of proposals that were awarded these opportunities?
Answer 13:

Summaries of all projects funded through DOE’s Office of Indian Energy are posted on its website at Tribal Energy Projects Database | Department of Energy. Besides an interactive map, those funded projects are included in a table which can be sorted by year and technology. Further, a list of projects selected for negotiation of award in 2021 can be found at DOE Awards $12 Million to Tribal Communities to Maximize Deployment of Energy Technology | Department of Energy and those selected for negotiation of award on 2022 can be found at DOE Awards $9 Million to Tribal Communities To Enhance Energy Security And Resilience | Department of Energy.

 

Copies of applications submitted in response to a competitive Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) are not publicly available.

 

Question 14: Can Tribes utilize the Investment or Production Tax Credits authorized under the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 as part of the mandatory Cost Share requirement?
Answer 14:

To be eligible as cost share, any investment or production tax credits received under the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 would need to be monetized, received and contributed to the project during the grant period. Additionally, direct payments in lieu of tax credits are not considered federal funding after receipt by a grantee and may also be used as cost share, provided those funds are received and contributed to the project during the grant period.

 

Please see Section III.B.4., Cost Share Types and Allowability, on page 29 of the funding opportunity announcement for sources of funds which may not be used to meet cost share.

Question 15: I have a question regarding eligible activities for the Powering Unelectrified Tribal Buildings grant program. Could a Tribe use this funding to acquire existing distribution lines that a co-op owns to provide that power as a tribal utility or as part of some strategy? Versus building new?
Answer 15:

No, if existing distribution lines exist, the buildings those existing distribution lines provide electricity for would not be considered unelectrified for purposes of this funding opportunity announcement. Only energy infrastructure for Tribal Building(s), which otherwise would be unelectrified, are eligible.

Question 16: Do universities and small businesses located on tribal lands also qualify for this grant opportunity?
Answer 16:

Per Section III.F. (page 32) of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), “DOE will not make eligibility determinations for potential Applicants prior to the date on which applications to this FOA must be submitted. The decision of whether to submit an application in response to this FOA lies solely with the Applicant.”

 

However, for your purposes in making that decision, we offer the following based on the limited information provided:

 

Regarding applicant eligibility, universities and small businesses are not, in and of themselves, eligible applicants, unless that entity is an Indian Tribe, Intertribal Organization; or Tribal Energy Development Organization, or an eligible entity applying on behalf of an Indian Tribe or Tribes, as defined under Section III.A. of the FOA.

 

Regarding building eligibility, universities and small business buildings are not precluded as eligible Tribal Building(s) as defined under the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), provided as stated in Section I.B. (page 8) of the FOA that “the eligible tribal entity has or has been granted certain rights and duties, specifically the ability to exercise authority, direction, and control over the project” and the census tract in which those buildings reside have a majority of residents are persons who are Natives (as defined in section 3(b) of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. § 1602(b)) or are enrolled members of a federally recognized Tribe or village.

 

Note that ownership of those eligible Tribal Building(s) “may be private, collective, or common and some of those rights and duties may be held by different parties. Tribal Building(s) are those where the eligible tribal entity has the authority to augment or modify the building and where the building is owned by the eligible tribal entity or tribal members or tribal organization, or the eligible tribal entity has a long-term lease (as a minimum, for the useful life of the proposed project).”

 

More specifically, per page 8 of the FOA “Tribal Buildings may include, but are not limited to, tribal member homes, schools, community buildings, clinics/hospitals, tribal government buildings, fire stations, police stations, radio stations, washaterias, utility facilities (such as water/wastewater systems), or tribal businesses.” [Emphasis added]

Question 17: I am wondering whether higher education institutions can work as subcontractors/sub-grantees of an eligible prime.
Answer 17:

There is no prohibition to higher education institutions being a subcontractor or sub-grantee to an eligible applicant under this funding opportunity announcement.

Question 18: Can the cost of performing the feasibility study be reimbursed or included in the proposal?
Answer 18:

No, the cost of performing a feasibility study cannot be reimbursed or included in an application to the subject Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). Per Section I.C. of the FOA, Application Specifically Not of Interest, “[a]pplications proposing studies, design, and engineering (excluding final design and engineering), or development (pre-construction) activities; or any other activity which does not directly result in the installation of equipment to generate electricity and/or heating or cooling, reduce energy use, or enhance energy storage and delivery infrastructure” are not of interest. [Emphasis added]

 

Further, per Section I.B. of the FOA, a comprehensive feasibility study is required as part of the application and therefore, must be completed prior to the submittal of an application. Additionally, per Section III.B. “Except for pre-award costs with prior DOE approval, only cost share contributions made during the period of performance of the grant, if awarded, can be considered. Any costs incurred prior to award selection cannot be considered as cost share or for reimbursement by DOE.”