Trees, Water & People Accepting Applications for Green Business in Indian Country Start-Up Award

tribal programTrees, Water & People’s (TWP) Tribal Renewable Energy Program is excited to offer the Green Business in Indian Country Start-Up Award for a second year in a row. The award, valued at $10,000 – $20,000, includes cash and technical assistance to help jump-start new business endeavors in Indian Country.

Applicants must provide a business plan, an operating budget, and a start-up budget. Application materials and details on the award can be found at Completed applications are due no later than 5 p.m. MDT, Tuesday, September 1, 2015. The deadline to request an entrepreneur mentor is June 15, 2015. Mentors can help develop applications to make the best presentation of ideas.

Leading up to the Award application deadline, a five-day Green Business Development in Indian Country workshop will be hosted May 31 – June 5, 2015 at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Scholarships and a limited number of travel stipends are available for this workshop through the generous support of the Putnam Foundation. For details and to register for this workshop, please visit This workshop is not required to apply for the Start-Up Award.

“Some of the most important work we do is helping Native individuals create jobs and provide green alternatives to industries from outside the community that are less sustainable for health and environment. This award gives us the opportunity to promote local economies and benefits to the environment,” said Jamie Folsom, TWP’s National Director.

Trees, Water & People is proud to sponsor this award and offer assistance to Native American entrepreneurs who are eager to create and grow their green business ideas. For more information about our Tribal Renewable Energy Program please visit

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Upcoming Training: Green Business Development for Native Americans

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This five-day course for aspiring “green” entrepreneurs from tribes throughout the country is based on the Indianpreneurship curriculum developed by ONABEN. It is designed to offer students the basic knowledge they need to tackle the challenges of starting a business, especially on reservations.

All students should leave the training with products including outlines for a business plan, start-up budget, and operating budget. These items are important in attracting any kind of investment in a new enterprise, and are required to apply for Trees, Water & People’s Tribal Renewable Energy Program’s Green Business Start-up Award.


Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center, Pine Ridge, South Dakota


July 6 – July 12, 2014


Scholarships are available to Native Americans who are interested in attending this training. To be eligible, you must have a business idea that is centered in sustainability, renewable energy, or other “green” business ideas.

To receive a scholarship, you must complete all application materials.

Application Checklist:

All items due June 13, 2014

For questions please email Jamie Folsom at or call 970-484-3678.