Funding

The Tribal Climate Change Funding Guide is intended to provide up-to-date information on grants, programs and plans that may assist tribes in addressing climate change through a broad range of sectors. We will update this guide regularly, so please check back often. If you have questions or updates for this guide, email: kathy@uoregon.eduPlease note that for entries that are accepting applications continuously, the grant deadline column will list "12/31/2017" as the grant deadline. This ensures that those grants will appear immediately after those grants with a set deadline.

Title Organization Grant Deadline Description Category Funding Amount Geography Website
Federally-Recognized Tribes Extension Program NIFA 04/26/2017

The Federally-Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP) funds Extension programs on American Indian Reservations and Tribal jurisdictions that address the unique needs and problems of American Indian Tribal Nations. FRTEP is the link to building Indian community capacity through 4-H and tribal youth development, agriculture and natural resource management, and entrepreneurship and business development. This competitive grant program seeks to provide education and research-based knowledge to those who might not otherwise receive it.

tribal youth, education, development, community, social justice, agriculture, management, planning, policy, sustainability, Varies. National Link
WaterSMART Grants: Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects DOI, Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), WaterSMART 04/27/2017

The objective of this FOA is to invite states, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on small-scale on-the-ground projects that seek to conserve, better manage, or otherwise make more efficient use of water supplies.

climate change, precipitation, water, management, mitigation, adaptation, sustainability, natural resources Up to $75,000 in Federal funds per proposal will be available through this FOA to implement small-scale on-the-ground efficiency projects. The total project costs of each proposal submitted for funding under this FOA is limited to $150,000. National Link
Patagonia Environmental Grant Patagonia Environmental Grant 04/30/2017

Patagonia funds only environmental work. We are most interested in making grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. Because we believe that the most direct path to real change is through building grassroots momentum, our funding focuses on organizations that create a strong base of citizen support.
We support small, grassroots, activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas, working on multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect our environment. We think the individual battles to protect a specific stand of forest, stretch of river or indigenous wild species are the most effective in raising more complicated issues—particularly those of biodiversity and ecosystem protection—in the public mind. We help local groups working to protect local habitat and frontline communities through bold, original actions. We look for innovative groups that produce measurable results, and we like to support efforts that force the government to abide by its own—our own—laws.

climate change, adaptation, mitigation, natural resources $5,000 and $20,000. National Link
Alfalfa and Forage Research Program NIFA 05/01/2017

Alfalfa and Forage Research Program (AFRP) will support the development of improved alfalfa forage and seed production systems. Proposals submitted to AFRP should address one or more of the following priorities: (1) Improving alfalfa forage and seed yield through better nutrient, water and/or pest management; (2) Improving persistence of alfalfa stands by lessening biotic or abiotic stresses; (3) Improving alfalfa forage and seed harvesting and storage systems to optimize economic returns; (4) Improving estimates of alfalfa forage quality as an animal feed to increase forage usage in animal feeds; and/or (5) Breeding to address biotic and abiotic stresses that impact forage yield and persistence and the production of seed for propagation.

cattle, livestock, sustainability, management, infrastructure, food supplies, feed supplies, wild foods, foraging $0 - $250,000 National Link
Food Distribution Program Nutrition Education Projects USDA 05/01/2017

Since 2008, FNS awards funding for nutrition education projects through Food Distribution Program Nutrition Education (FDPNE) grants each fiscal year. Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) and State agencies (SAs) that are current FDPIR allowance holders (have a direct agreement with FNS to administer FDPIR) are eligible to apply for funds to conduct projects that provide nutrition information and services to FDPIR participants. The FY 2017 SNAP Education Plan Guidance is the basis for FDPNE nutrition, gardening, and physical activities.

health education, food justice, human health, diet, noncommunicable disease, nutrition, exercise, $3,000-$2,000. National Link
Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project #4 (IR-4) NIFA 05/01/2017

The purpose of the IR-4 program is to enable the crop protection industry to provide safe, effective, and economical crop protection products for growers and consumers of minor/specialty crops. The crop protection industry cannot justify the costs associated with the research and development, registration, production, and marketing of crop protection products for minor/specialty crops due to the smaller market base and limited sales potential. The IR-4 program provides the assistance needed to ensure that new and more effective crop protection products are developed and made available to minor/specialty crop producers. These efforts require effective collaborations among federal agencies, the crop protection industry, and land-grant colleges and universities.

farm, agriculture, sustainability, conservation, local economy, efficient, environment, infrastructure, development, Varies. National Link
Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) Design and Development Launch Pilots NSF 05/16/2017

Preliminary Proposals DUE FEBRUARY 14, 2017. Diversity – of thought, perspective, and experience – is essential for excellence in research and innovation in science and engineering.[1] Full participation of all of America’s STEM talent is critical to the advancement of science and engineering for national security, health, and prosperity. America’s STEM talent pool has a competitive advantage when it is enriched by diversity of perspectives and approaches, which in turn enriches knowledge across STEM.Women, persons with disabilities, African Americans/Blacks, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Native Pacific Islanders, and persons from economically disadvantaged backgrounds have been historically underrepresented and underserved in various fields of science and engineering across all levels – from preK-12 to long-term workforce participation. [2],[3] Inclusion of talent from all sectors of American society is necessary for the health and vitality of the science and engineering community and its societal relevance. NSF INCLUDES is a comprehensive initiative to enhance U.S. leadership in science and engineering discovery and innovation by seeking and effectively developing STEM talent from all sectors and groups in our society. Over several years, NSF will invest in alliances and build a national network to achieve significant impact at scale in transforming STEM education and workforce pathways so they are fully and widely inclusive and equitable opportunities for participation are provided. New networks, systems, and partnerships as well as approaches to using data for change will be hallmarks of NSF INCLUDES. The initiative will serve as a testbed in real time over the next ten years for designing, implementing, studying, and refining change models that are based on collective impact-style approaches, and on networks that support adoption and adaptation at scale. This approach is a substantial shift away from current practice, which often involves highly successful but locally focused efforts. Undertaking change through collective impact at national scale is unprecedented. Success will be evident in the formation and enactment of new policies and practices in institutions, professional societies, and scientific culture that position inclusion and equity as core values for excellence in STEM.

stem, science, climate science, community engagement, health, biology, math, social justice, diversity Amount varies. National Link
Southern Rockies LCC Applied Science Funding Opportunity DOI, Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), WaterSMART 05/16/2017

Proposed projects are expected to deliver new capabilities that address the priority resources identified and shared by Reclamation and the partners involved in the Southern Rockies LCC. Projects should focus on the geographic boundaries of the Southern Rockies LCC, use the best available science to develop knowledge, information, and tools, and lead to the enhanced management of priority resources that affect or are affected by water resources management in a changing climate within the Southern Rockies LCC. See website for complete list of science needs. Please note that tribal needs are an explicitly addressed as Science Need 7: Identify Tribal information needs related to conservation and management of natural and cultural resources.

Natural Resource Management, Conservation, Cultural Resource Management $100,000 ceiling Southwest Link
WaterSMART Applied Science Grants for Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative LCC, BoR, DOI 05/16/2017

Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), Reclamation is providing cost-shared funding on a competitive basis for applied science projects within the Desert LCC in fiscal year (FY) 2014. In general, this FOA provides funding for projects to analyze the impacts of climate change to natural or cultural resources that affect or are affected by water resources, and to develop tools to address those impacts within boundaries of the Desert LCC. More specifically, the funding categories in this FOA are based on two Critical Management Questions (CMQs) developed by the Desert LCC, including: (1) how to incorporate climate change information in the development of environmental flow needs for riparian species and habitat; and, (2) how changing wildfire regimes may impact the sensitive ecosystems within the Desert LCC.

Water Resources, Cultural and Natural Resource Management up to $100,000. Southwest, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, International (Northern Mexico) Link
Best Climate Practices- Local Resilience to Climate Disaster Risk NGO 05/21/2017

Floods, drought, heat waves and other extreme weather events pose potential losses to persons and communities: losses in life and health, economic damages, displacement, and reduced access to basic needs and services, such as water, food, energy, and education.
Disaster risk reduction (DRR) entails systematic efforts to reduce those factors in our societies that amplify the impacts of natural hazards. It includes such actions as building more resilient infrastructures, investing in disaster preparedness and in early warning systems, developing new tools such as micro insurances and nature-based solutions, among many others. Disaster risk reduction, with its aim to strengthen the resilience of communities to all hazards, is an essential piece of the sustainable development agenda.

climate change, management, planning, policy, conservation Varies. National Link
LOUISIANA SEA GRANT COLLEGE PROGRAM NGO 05/22/2017

SoI is required and due by 5 pm on Friday, March 3, 2017. Full Proposals: Full Proposals will only be accepted if a SoI was submitted. For this funding opportunity, Louisiana Sea Grant seeks responsive research that provides scientific and socioeconomic information, design innovation, as well as policy guidance, for fisheries management, climate change adaptation, resilient communities, and ecosystem restoration in coastal systems and communities in Louisiana. Coastal Louisiana offers a laboratory of restoration, protection, and adaptation projects that together with laboratory studies, field investigations, models, and/or socioeconomic tools and synthesis products, offer innovative opportunities for research projects that should improve understanding of coastal ecosystem function and help predict the responses of ecosystems and communities to a changing climate and/or planning activities. SoIs must include an outreach plan that demonstrates a connection with user groups, such as resource managers, communities, and/or informal and formal learners. Proposed projects should be for a 24-month maximum duration (but may be less than 24 months). PIs should focus on outcomes that can be achieved during this timeframe.

climate change, marine, fisheries, aquaculture, commercial, industrial, ocean, health, adaptation, mitigation, estuary Varies. Louisiana, Delta Link
Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership USDA 05/24/2017

The 2014 Farm Bill replaced the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Program with the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership as an enrollment option under ACEP – WRE. WREP continues to be a voluntary program through which NRCS signs agreements with eligible partners to leverage resources to carry out high priority wetland protection, restoration and enhancement and to improve wildlife habitat.

land, easement, property, restoration, habitat, management, conservation, climate change, wetland, riparian, estuary, swamp, marsh, pond Varies. National Link
Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program USDA 05/26/2017

The Rural Cooperative Development Grant program helps improve the economic condition of rural areas by helping non-profit corporations or higher education institutions in the startup, expansion or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other mutually-owned businesses through cooperative development.

Rural Development, Economic development, Business Development, Community Development, management, infrastructure, local economy, Maximum Grant Amount up to $200,000 National Link
Higher Education Challenge Grants Program NIFA 05/30/2017

Projects supported by the Higher Education Challenge Grants Program will: (1) address a state, regional, national, or international educational need; (2) involve a creative or non-traditional approach toward addressing that need that can serve as a model to others; (3) encourage and facilitate better working relationships in the university science and education community, as well as between universities and the private sector, to enhance program quality and supplement available resources; and (4) result in benefits that will likely transcend the project duration and USDA support.

education, higher education, graduate school, collaboration, curriculum, Varies. National Link
Building Capacity for Science Communication: Partnership Awards National Academy of Sciences 06/01/2017

The National Academy of Sciences is offering two awards of $37,500 each to support the development of collaborative science communication researcher-practitioner partnerships. These awards are intended to facilitate projects that pursue research interests aligned with the recently released report, Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda.

agencies, tribes, collaboration, partnership, partner science, climate science, science communication, cross-agency, implementation, research Two awards of $37,500 are available. National Link
Compton Foundation Grants Compton Foundation 06/01/2017

Inquiries accepted on a rolling basis. Proposals are not accepted unless invited. The Compton Foundation has a unique approach to giving, making grants to groups based on two categories of work—leadership and storytelling. But giving goes to progressive social change, toward a “peaceful, just, and sustainable world.” Within that goal, a considerable amount goes toward the environment and curbing climate change.

climate change, community, adaption, planning, storytelling, oral history, social justice Varies. National Link
Colorado Conservation Innovation Grant NCRS 06/02/2017

The purpose of CIG is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies, while leveraging the Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches (such as market-based systems) into NRCS technical manuals and guides or to the private sector. CIG is used to apply or demonstrate previously proven technology in order to increase adoption with an emphasis on opportunities to scale proven, emerging conservation strategies. CIG promotes sharing of skills, knowledge, technologies, and facilities among communities, governments, and other institutions to ensure that scientific and technological developments are accessible to a wider range of users. CIG funds projects targeting innovative on-the-ground conservation, including pilot projects and field demonstrations.

climate change, sustainability, conservation, management, prevention, restoration Up to $75,000. Colorado Link
Science to Solutions Teams Science for Nature and People Partnership 06/07/2017

The Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) is soliciting requests for funding proposals to convene interdisciplinary teams to tackle clear and intriguing science questions, with the outcomes forging a direct path to informing policy or practice. There is special emphasis on proposals on the issues of climate change, sanitation, and water security.

climate change, adaptation, mitigation, conservation, infrastructure, planning, policy, water resources, natural resources, legislation, management Varies. National Link
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Food Safety Challenge Area USDA, NIFA 06/21/2017

This AFRI Challenge Area promotes and enhances the scientific discipline of food safety, with an overall aim of protecting consumers from microbial and chemical contaminants that may occur during all stages of the food chain, from production to consumption. This requires an understanding of the interdependencies of human, animal, and ecosystem health as it pertains to foodborne pathogens. The long-term outcome for this program is to support the development and deployment of science based knowledge to improve the safety and nutritional quality of food without sacrificing flavor, acceptability, and affordability. In order to achieve this outcome, this program will support multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants that address the Program Area Priority, Effective Mitigation Strategies for Antimicrobial Resistance (see Food Safety RFA for details).

Food Safety, Food Security, Community Development, Sustainable Agriculture, infrastructure, distribution, foundation, sustainability $0 - $1,200,000 National Link
FWS National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program FY 2015 06/30/2017

The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (Section 305, Title III, Public Law 101‐646, 16 U.S.C. 3954) established the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program (NCWCGP) to acquire, restore, and enhance wetlands in coastal States through competitive matching grants to State agencies. The primary goal of the NCWCGP is the long‐term conservation of coastal wetland ecosystems. In FY 2013, the NCWCGP will fund 24 to 26 individual projects encompassing 4,690 to 5,500 acres of coastal habitat.

Wetlands, Coasts, Conservation $25,000-$1,000,000. Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Coastal Link
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Partners for Fish and Wildlife DOI 06/30/2017

Funding available for wetland and associated upland habitat restoration and enhancement projects for conservation of native Great Lakes fish and wildlife populations, particularly migratory birds. Particularly in the Great Lakes area, but not limited to.

habitat, restoration, management, conservation, wetlands, marsh, swamp, estuary Up to $25,000. Great Lakes, Minnesota Link
The George Gund Foundation Grants The George Gund Foundation 07/15/2017

Gund is interested in using cities to address climate change, giving to support clean energy, green business, smart growth and city sustainability. The foundation has a very strong focus on Cleveland, but still gives quite a bit to national or regional projects that share its interests. Groups in the region should take definitely note, but those outside shouldn't necessarily rule it out.

climate change, adaptation, mitigation, conservation, planning, policy, sustainability Varies. Natioanl Link
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area NIFA 08/02/2017

This AFRI Challenge Area focuses on multidisciplinary systems approaches, which integrate new technologies and strategic management that solve water availability and quality challenges in food production systems. The long-term goal of this program is to sustainably increase agricultural productivity and availability of safe and nutritious food while significantly reducing water use and preserving water quality. The projects are expected to transform how abundant, safe, and nutritious food is produced, processed, distributed, and consumed within the limits of available water from traditional and non-traditional sources. Applications are invited from eligible entities to submit integrated Research, Education and/or Extension projects in two specific grant types: Coordinated Agricultural Projects (CAP) and Strengthening (Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement) CAP grants — see Water for Food Production Systems RFA for details.

food security, water, irrigation, resources, conservation, sustainability, infrastructure, management, planning, policy, farm, food, local economy, accessibility $0 - $5,200,000 National Link
Coastal Programs (FWS) DOI, FWS 08/30/2017

The Coastal Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. Coastal Program staff coordinate with project partners, stakeholders and other Service programs to identify geographic focus areas and develop habitat conservation priorities within these focus areas.

climate change, marine health, coastal effects, riparian zone, mitigation, adaptation, planning, policy, jurisdiction, public, private, land ownership, Up to $500,000. National Link
Technical Assistance to Tribes FY 2017 DOI, Bureau of Reclamation 08/31/2017

The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), through the Native American Affairs Technical Assistance to Tribes Program (Technical Assistance Program [TAP]), provides technical assistance to Indian tribes and tribal organizations. The TAP is intended to establish cooperative working relationships, through partnerships with Indian tribes and tribal organizations, to ensure that tribes have the opportunity to participate fully in the Reclamation Program as they develop, manage, and protect their water and related resources.

water rights, water health, privatization, resource management $200,000 United States Link
Ayrshire Foundation: Grants for Climate Change Ayrshire Foundation 09/15/2017

Besides its geographic preferences, the Ayrshire Foundation has very few hard-and-fast rules for giving. The bottom line is it gives a lot of money each year in order to invest in opportunities for a better world. Climate change is at the forefront of the environmental focus area.

climate change, community engagement, development, planning, policy $10,000-$100,000 Californai, Michigan Link
Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations DOI 09/30/2017

The Secretary of the Interior established the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program, Program) to implement the land consolidation provisions of the Cobell Settlement Agreement, which provided $1.9 billion to consolidate fractional land interests across Indian country. The Buy-Back Program allows interested individual owners to sell their land for immediate transfer to the recognized tribe that exercises jurisdiction. This effort will strengthen tribal sovereignty and put decision-making in the hands of the tribal government, freeing up resources that have been locked-up as land interests that have fractionated over time. The Buy-Back Program has announced 105 locations where land consolidation activities such as planning, outreach, mapping, mineral evaluations, appraisals or acquisitions are scheduled to take place through the middle of 2021. The Buy-Back Program is interested in partnering with the eligible tribes that have jurisdiction over these 105 locations, as well as any locations that may be added to the implementation schedule, to gain their direct participation in land consolidation efforts given the tribes’ unique qualifications to perform land consolidation activities for their reservations. Consequently, the Program intends to, whenever feasible and practical, enter into single source cooperative agreements with these eligible tribes to not only capitalize on their unique knowledge of their reservations but also to improve the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the Program. Eligible tribes will be given the opportunity to apply for a cooperative agreement, whenever feasible and practical, prior to the implementation of the Buy-Back Program at the location under their jurisdiction.

sovereignty, jurisdiction, reclamation, administration, management, self-determination Land-based. United States Link
National Science Foundation-CBET CBET 10/20/2017

The goal of the Environmental Engineering program is to support transformative research which applies scientific and engineering principles to avoid or minimize solid, liquid, and gaseous discharges, resulting from human activities on land, inland and coastal waters, and air, while promoting resource and energy conservation and recovery. The program also fosters cutting-edge scientific research for identifying, evaluating, and monitoring the waste assimilative capacity of the natural environment and for removing or reducing contaminants from polluted air, water, and soils. Any proposal investigating sensors, materials or devices that does not integrate these products with an environmental engineering activity or area of research may be returned without review.

climate change, adaptation, mitigation, conservation, planning, policy Up to $100,000. National Link
The George Gund Foundation Grants The George Gund Foundation 11/15/2017

Gund is interested in using cities to address climate change, giving to support clean energy, green business, smart growth and city sustainability. The foundation has a very strong focus on Cleveland, but still gives quite a bit to national or regional projects that share its interests. Groups in the region should take definitely note, but those outside shouldn't necessarily rule it out.

climate change, adaptation, mitigation, conservation, planning, policy, sustainability Varies. National Link
Joint Fire Science Program Research Funding Opportunity DOA/DOI, JFSP (Joint Fire Science Program) 11/17/2017

The interagency Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is requesting proposals in the following task statements:  Landscape fuel treatment strategies and wildfire managementEffects of changing wildfire management strategies, Post-fire recoveryFire effects on herbaceous and shrub species, Validating mesoscale, atmospheric boundary prediction models and tools, and Factors that affect the co-management of wildland fire risk.

landscape development, habitat restoration, institutional barriers, social barriers, wildfire response strategies Award amount varies; see full announcement. National, Canada, focus on forested areas in western U.S. and southeastern U.S. Link

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