Announcement SGC Announces Release of Tribal Government Challenge Planning Grant Program Solicitation and Gap Analysis RFP


Tribal Government Challenge Planning Grant Program

Funded by the California Energy Commission (CEC) and administered by the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC), the Tribal Government Challenge Planning Grant Program will provide funds for California Tribes to conduct planning to identify solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve clean energy access, and advance climate adaptation and resiliency on Tribal lands and in Tribal communities.

The goals of this program are to:

  • Support planning activities that promote clean energy access and energy efficiency, with a focus on promoting public health, reducing emissions, and supporting climate adaptation and resiliency in Tribal communities. These planning activities can include:
    • increasing access to clean transportation and clean energy options,
    • increasing agricultural energy efficiency,
    • increasing energy affordability,
    • increasing energy efficiency in buildings, and
    • planning for climate impacts and risks to energy systems and community members.
  • Support the State of California’s climate and energy policies through Tribal planning and analysis.

Important dates:

  • Pre-Proposal Assistance Webinar: Wednesday, March 18, 2020; 1:00 p.m.
  • Deadline for written questions: Thursday, April 2, 2020; 5:00 p.m.
  • Deadline to submit proposals: Tuesday, June 2, 2020; 5:00 p.m. (extended from May 22, 2020) · updated 5/13/2020
  • Anticipated Notice of Award: Friday, July 1, 2020 · updated 5/13/2020

Access the Tribal Government Challenge Planning Grant Program Solicitation here:

Statewide Gap Analysis of Tribal Lands: Clean Energy, Climate Planning, and Climate Adaptation and Resilience

SGC and CEC have also released a Statewide Gap Analysis to provide the State with a snapshot of Tribes’ current renewable energy, climate change, and other relevant and related needs and priorities. The goals of the Gap Analysis are to:

  • Improve understanding and knowledge of needs related to tribal access to energy efficiency, clean energy generation, clean transportation, alternative fuel infrastructure, and energy resiliency.
  • Improve understanding of past or ongoing tribal efforts and needs around climate change impacts to tribal communities, including any efforts around adaptation and building resilience in tribal communities.
  • Improve State understanding of tribal environmental programs, including climate-related data collection, tribal research efforts, and which universities, other research institutions, and local and regional governments have collaborative relationships with Tribes.
  • Use the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research’s Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program (ICARP) Adaptation Clearinghouse and other communication tools to share recommendations, strategies, implementation guidelines, and best practices among State agencies and Tribes.
  • Identify Tribes with interest in and capacity to organize regional tribal events on the above topics.
  • Improve the State of California’s understanding of the underlying issues related to tribal efforts on all the topics listed in the bullets above, as well as tribal access to climate-related State funding opportunities.

Important dates:

  • Pre-Bid Webinar:Wednesday, March 25, 2020 (2:00-3:00 p.m.).
  • Deadline for Written Questions: March 30, 2020; 5:00 p.m.
  • Deadline to Submit Proposals: April 17, 2020; 5:00 p.m.
  • Award Determination Posted: May 6, 2020

Access the Statewide Gap Analysis of Tribal Lands RFP here:

For more information about the CEC’s Tribal Program: