The Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (otherwise known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, or BIL), which was signed into law by President Joe Biden on November 15, 2021, has made historic investments in American infrastructure. The various US Department of the Interior (DOI) grant programs for land management and environmental resilience have received substantial new financial support under the BIL. New resources the DOI has obtained through BIL include:
- The law provides $8.3 billion for water and drought resilience. BIL investments will finance water efficiency and recycling programs, rural water supply projects, WaterSMART grants and dam safety to ensure that irrigators, tribes and neighboring communities receive adequate assistance and support.
- The act provides $1.5 billion for wildfire resilience. These funds will specifically invest in forest restoration, hazardous fuel management, and post-wildfire restoration activities at US national parks, forest/grasslands, and federal fire departments.
- The act provides $1.4 billion for ecosystem restoration and resilience, including funding for stewardship contracts, ecosystem restoration projects, invasive species detection and prevention, and wildlife restoration efforts. native vegetation.
- The law provides $466 million for climate resilience and tribal infrastructure. These funds will invest in projects such as climate adaptation planning, ocean and coastal management planning, capacity building and relocation, managed retreat and in-place hazard protection planning. climatic. They will also help finance the construction, repair, improvement and maintenance of irrigation and water supply systems, dam safety, water sanitation and other facilities in tribal communities.
- The law provides $16 billion for legacy pollution cleanup, such as plugging orphan wells and reclaiming abandoned mining lands, which will help communities eliminate hazardous conditions and pollution caused by past coal mining .
- The act provides $2.5 billion for Indian water rights settlements.
Below is a complete list of outstanding funding opportunity notices for DOI grant programs. These programs typically fall into several distinct categories that are often repeated by state, including:
- Management of forest and wood resources
- Plant conservation and restoration management
- Management of cultural and paleontological resources
- Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Management
- Management of invasive and harmful plants
- Threatened and endangered species
- Wildlife Resource Management
- Fuel management and community fire assistance
The DOI primarily distributes funds in the form of grants. However, the DOI’s Bureau of Indian Affairs also makes loans through its Indian Loan Guarantee and Insurance Program (IGLP) and its Indian Loan Economic Development Program.
Bureau of Indian Affairs – Capital Investments Division, Indian Loan Guarantee and Insurance Scheme
Through the Indian Loan Guarantee and Insurance Program (ILGP), the Capital Investment Division of the Bureau of Indian Affairs helps Native American and Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes and individuals obtain reasonable interest rates on business loans.
Economic development of Indian loans
This program helps federally recognized Indian tribal governments, Native American organizations, and American Indians secure funding from private sources to promote business development initiatives aimed at improving the economies of federally recognized Indian reservations. However, this program does not appear to have funding available at this time.
* Andrew Bryant, Faegre Drinking Policy Assistant, contributed to this article.