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.edu.

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Title Organization Grant Deadlinesort descending Description Category Funding Amount Geography Website
Strengthening the Public’s and/or K-12 Students’ Environmental Literacy for Community Resilience to Extreme Weather Events and Environmental Changes 2/08/2016 The goal of this Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) is to strengthen the public’s and/or K-12 students environmental literacy to enable informed decision-making necessary for community resilience to extreme weather events and environmental changes. Many U.S. communities face significant environmental changes, natural disasters, or economic disruptions (U.S Department of Commerce FY2014-FY2018 Strategic Plan). Projected future environmental changes include increased global temperatures, more frequent heat waves, rising sea levels, increased frequency of extreme precipitation events, acidification of the ocean, modifications of growing seasons, changes in storm frequency and intensity, alterations in species ranges and migration patterns, earlier snowmelt, increased drought, and altered river flow volumes (NOAA’s Next Generation Strategic Plan, 2010; The Third National Climate Assessment, 2014). Communities must increase their resilience now and build a long-term foundation for resilience in the future. Projects should build the environmental literacy necessary for community resilience by focusing on geographic awareness and an understanding of Earth systems and the threats and vulnerabilities that are associated with a community’s location. Education $250,000-500,000 National, Northwest, Southwest, Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, Alaska Link
HUD Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants Program HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) 2/09/2016 The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is accepting applications for the Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant Program to leverage investments in public schools and education programs, early learning programs and services, and improved access to jobs. Eligible projects should incorporate sustainable development into their proposals, such as energy efficiency, green building, renewable energy, and public transportation. Community Development, Economic Development, Housing & Urban Development. This NOFA announces the availability of approximately $10 million in funds for Choice Neighborhoods grants. HUD anticipates awarding approximately 4 Planning and Action Grants not to exceed $2 million each, and approximately 4 Planning Grants not to exceed $500,000 each.  If funds are appropriated by Congress, HUD may, at its discretion, use additional FY2016 Choice Neighborhoods funding to make additional awards under this NOFA. National Link
Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program EPA 2/12/2016 The purpose of the EJCPS Program is for EPA to provide financial assistance to enable community-based organizations to collaborate and partner with other stakeholders (e.g., industry, government, academia, etc.) to develop and implement solutions that will significantly address environmental and/or public health issues at the local level. Environmental Justice, Environmental Health, public health up to $120,000 National, Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, Southeast, Midwest, Alaska Link
CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTION - TRIBAL LIAISON BIA, DOI 2/12/2016 The Secretary of the Interior (Secretary), through the Office of Trust Services, hereby solicits cooperative agreement/co-operative agreement proposals from tribal non-profit, non-governmental organizations, tribally controlled colleges or universities serving management fields impacted by climate change to enter into a cooperative agreement for the identification and hiring of tribal climate science liaisons to address tribal climate change science needs. This agreement provides a mechanism for the BIA to provide the Tribal Organization with non-recurring funding for mutually agreed upon tasks in keeping with the climate science needs of the BIA and all tribal communities in the respective region (per boundaries of U.S. Geological Survey Climate Science Centers see map of CSCs). Tribal Liaison, BIA, Climate Adaptation National Link
2016 Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program USFWS 2/15/2016 In 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will partner with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to administer the FWS Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program (DFP) for students and recent graduates interested in a conservation career. Conservation, Fellowship, Natural Resources Management Fellowship National Link
Scenario Planning to Advance Safety Culture and Minimize Risk in Offshore Oil and Gas Operations National Academies of Sciences: Gulf Research Program 2/17/2016 These grants will support projects that seek to break new ground to address an old or a new problem through innovation. By innovation, we mean the development of new approaches, technologies, or methods and/or the application of new expertise through the engagement of novel, non-traditional disciplinary or cross-sectoral perspectives. Responsive grants could include research, methods development, or approaches for translating or applying scientific evidence to decision making. These grants are modeled on the National Science Foundation’s EArly concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER). They are not intended for incremental research in well-studied areas. A Letter of Intent is required for this funding opportunity. Southeast Link
ANA Funding Opportunity Esther Martinez Immersion Administration for Native Americans 3/04/2016 The purposed of the Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance- Esther Martinez Immersion (EMI) program is to provide financial assistance to community driven projects designed to preserve Native American languages through Native American language nests, Native American language survival schools, and Native language restoration programs. ANA is interested in supporting locally determined projects designed to reduce or eliminate community problems and achieve community goals. Funded EMI projects reflect specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound outcomes and include specific strategies for achieving intended performance. All EMI grants must have a start date of 8/1. Cultural Preservation, Language, Native Communities $100,000-$300,000 Alaska, Hawaii, Pacific Islands, Guam Link
ANA Funding Opportunity Social and Economic Development Administration for Native Americans 3/04/2016 The purpose of the Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) program is to promote economic and social self-sufficiency for American Indians, Alaska Natives, native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders from American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The SEDS program supports the principal that social and economic development are inter-related and essential for the development of thriving Native communities. The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) is interested in support community-driven projects designed to grow local economies, increase the capacity of tribal governments, strengthen families, preserve Native cultures, and increase self-sufficiency and community well-being. Funded SEDS projects will reflect specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timebound outcomes and include specific strategies for reducing or eliminating community problems and achieving long-range community goals. Economic development, Sustainable Development, Community Development $100,000-$400,000 Alaska, Indian Tribes, Pacific Islands, Hawaii, Guam Link
ANA Funding Opportunity Native Language Preservation and Maintenance Administration for Native Americans (ANA) 3/04/2016 The purpose of the Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance (P&M) program is to assist Native Americans in ensuring the survival and continuing vitality of Native American languages. ANA is interested in supporting locally determined projects to reduce or eliminate community problems and achieve community goals. Funded projects reflect Specific, measureable, achievable, relevant and time-bound outcomes \and include specific strategies for achieving intended performance. Culture, Language, preservation $100,000-$300,000 Indian Tribes, Pacific Islands, Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands... Link
ANA Funding Opportunity Environmental Regulatory Enhancement Administration for Native Americans (ANA) 3/04/2016 The purpose of the Environmental Regulatory Enhancement (ERE) program is to provide funding for the costs of planning, developing, and implementing programs designed to improve the capability of tribal governing bodies to regulate environmental quality pursuant to federal and tribal environmental laws. The ERE program supports the principle that projects must follow tribal cultural preservation and natural resource management priorities in order to achieve environmentally healthy, sustainable Native American and Alaska Native communities. The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) is therefore interested in supporting locally designed projects that strengthen tribal environmental regulatory programs in a manner consistent with the goals of native communities. Planning, Development, Cultural Preservation, Native Communities $100,000-$300,000 Alaska, Indian Tribes Link
2016 Science to Action Fellowships USGS 3/15/2016 $10,000 fellowship for up to two students to interact with NCCWSC scientists and develop a policy-relevant product related to the impacts of climate change on fish and/or wildlife resources Fellowship, Climate Adaptation $10,000 Fellowship National Link
USFWS/NPLCC 2016 Funding Opportunity Announcement USFWS, NPLCC 3/18/2016 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) receives funds to support collaborative science and knowledge activities of the NPLCC. The USFWS Pacific Region awards these funds for financial assistance through a competitive process for projects, studies, and events that support natural and cultural resource conservation in the face of climate change and other landscape-scale stressors. The NPLCC recognizes the importance of considering both western science and traditional knowledges to advance landscape-scale conservation and sustainable resource management. Natural Resource Conservation, Cultural Resource Conservation, Climate Change, Financial Assistance Awards are contingent on the availability of funds. A total estimated amount of $50,000 to $200,000 USFWS funding for 1 to 5 projects may be awarded under this announcement... (see link for details) North Pacific Link
GBLCC FY16 Funding Request for Pre-Proposals for Information Synthesis, Knowledge Discovery, and Conservation Planning USFWS 3/25/2016 The Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative intends that awards under this announcement will support its mission and goals regarding how climate change and other stressors affect natural and cultural resources within the geographic range of the GBLCC. Landscape Conservation, Climate Change, Cultural Resource. $25,000-$200,000 per proposal award. National Link
Opportunity for Technical Assistance for Remote Alaska Communities Energy Efficiency Competition (Phase 2: Technical Assistance) DOE (Department of Indian Energy) & EERE (Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy) 3/31/2016 The Office of Indian Energy and EERE have issued a Notice of Technical Assistance (NOTA) to significantly accelerate efforts by remote Alaskan communities to adopt sustainable energy strategies. The Remote Alaskan Communities Energy Efficiency Competition will empower Alaskan communities and Alaska Native villages to develop effective tools to advance the use of reliable, affordable, and energy efficient solutions that are replicable throughout Alaska and other Arctic regions...Only selected Community Efficiency Champions from Phase 1 will be eligible to apply for Phase 2 of the competition to receive technical assistance from DOE. Selected communities will be eligible to compete for up to $1 million in grant funding ($3.3 million total) to implement energy saving measures. Energy Efficiency, Remote Community Development. Selected communities will be eligible to compete for up to $1 million in grant funding ($3.3 million total) to implement energy saving measures. Alaska Link
Research to Action: Assessing and Addressing Community Exposures to Environmental Contaminants NIH (National Institutes of Health) 5/05/2016 This Funding Opportunity Announcement encourages applications using community-engaged research methods to investigate the potential health risks of environmental exposures of concern to the community and to implement an environmental health action plan based on research findings. Public Health, Environmental Risks, Community Health. The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. National. Link
Matching Awards Program NFF 6/16/2016 The National Forest Foundation (NFF) Matching Awards Program (MAP) provides funding for results-oriented on-the-ground projects that enhance forest health and outdoor experiences on National Forests and Grasslands. Outdoors, Forests, Grasslands, Conservation, Restoration, habitat, Water, Wildlife Average rewards have been approximately $27,000. National Link
Matching Awards Program (2) NFF 6/16/2016 The National Forest Foundation (NFF) Matching Awards Program (MAP) provides funding for results-oriented on-the-ground projects that enhance forest health and outdoor experiences on National Forests and Grasslands. Outdoors, Forests, Grasslands, Conservation, Restoration, habitat, Water, Wildlife Average rewards have been approximately $27,000. National Link
Recovery Implementation Fund DOI, FWS Applications accepted continuously This opportunity provides funds to accomplish high priority recovery tasks for high priority, FWS-managed, endangered and threatened species in the US such that known threats to the species may be reduced or eliminated. It is limited to projects carrying out actions described in a species’ approved recovery plan, in the implementation schedule of a species’ approved recovery plan, actions recommended in a completed 5-year status review of the species or in a spotlight species action plan, or projects documenting species’ response to climate change. Natural Resources, Wildlife Varies Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Local Governments Reimbursement Program EPA Applications accepted continuously In the event of a release (or threatened release) of hazardous substances, EPA may reimburse local governments for expenses related to the release and associated emergency response measures. The Local Governments Reimbursement Program provides a "safety net" of up to $25,000 per incident to local governments that do not have funds available to pay for response actions. Emergency Management, Disaster, Adaptation, Health, Natural Resources Up to $25,000 per incident Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Tribal Eco-Ambassadors Program EPA Applications accepted continuously EPA conducts research in partnership with tribal colleges and universities (TCUs). Selected professors from eight different TCUs will receive funding and technical support from EPA to work with a group of students to solve environmental and public health issues most important to their tribal communities, ranging from sustainable building materials to monitoring of local drinking water wells. Health, Research, Water, Natural Resources Varies Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Clean Water Indian Set-Aside Grant Program EPA, IHS Applications accepted continuously The Clean Water Indian Set-Aside Grant Program (CWISA Program) provides funding for wastewater infrastructure to Indian tribes and Alaska Native Villages. The CWISA Program is administered in cooperation with the Indian Health Service (IHS). EPA uses the IHS Sanitation Deficiency System priority lists to identify and select projects for CWISA program funding. To be considered for CWISA Program funding, tribes must identify their wastewater needs to the IHS Sanitation Deficiency System. Applications must be submitted within 12 months of disaster declaration date. Water Varies; average $300,000, grants have been awarded between$16,000 and $1,600,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Cooperative Landscape Conservation and Adaptive Science FWS Applications accepted continuously The USFWS uses a science-based, adaptive framework for setting and achieving cross-program conservation objectives that strategically address the problems fish and wildlife will face in the future. This framework, called Strategic Habitat Conservation, is based on the principles of adaptive management and uses population and habitat data, ecological models, and focused monitoring and assessment efforts to develop and implement strategies that result in measurable fish and wildlife population outcomes. In addition, by leveraging resources and strategically targeting science to inform conservation decisions and actions, Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC) are being established to create a network of partners working in unison to ensure the sustainability of America's land, water, wildlife and cultural resources.Financial assistance will be awarded for science projects and LCC-prioritized biological planning, conservation design and adaptive management projects to include: research; inventory design and implementation; monitoring; goal and priority setting associated with efficient and effective conservation; development of implementation strategies; and projects supporting all other FWS organizational efforts, including planning, establishment maintenance, and general business operations. Note that applications are accepted at <a href='grants.gov' target='_blank'>grants.gov</a> under Funding Opportunity Number: F12AS00184. Management, Conservation, Research Varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
Climate Solutions University NGO Applications accepted continuously CSU aids local rural communities, connected through a peer learning network, by offering training, expertise, and support in climate adaptation planning. Through this training, expertise, and support, CSU strengthens local leadership, public engagement, and ecosystem protection efforts in rural communities. CSU is offering two distance‐learning programs in 2013; the Climate Adaptation Plan Development Program and the Climate Adaptation Plan Implementation Program. The development program results in a local climate adaptation plan (focusing on forest and water resource resilience). The implementation plan supports participants in moving the plan into action. Each program has 8 positions available. Each participating community receives $100K in training, mentoring, and access to tools/resources; however, communities must commit a cost-share in the form of staff time and related resources. Adaptation Each participating community receives $100K in training, mentoring, and access to tools/resources Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Hewlett Foundation Grants NGO Applications Accepted Continuously The Hewlett Foundation’s Environment Program is committed to reducing these emissions to avoid the most severe effects of climate change. We pursue our goal with strategies in the following areas: Clean Power--Increase renewable energy and energy efficiency while reducing fossil fuel development and use for electricity generation.Clean transportation--Increase fuel efficiency and access to transit, biking and walking options, while constraining the growth of high-carbon fossil fuels for transportation. Building broad support--Engage diverse members of the public. The Hewlett Foundation also has a grant program dedicated to conserving land in the US West. Conservation, Energy efficiency, Sustainable Development Varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
NSF Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) NSF Applications accepted continuously The Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) provides awards to Tribal Colleges and Universities, Alaska Native-serving institutions, and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions to promote high quality science (including sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, statistics, and other social and behavioral science as well as natural science and education disciplines), technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, research, and outreach. TCUP-eligible institutions are predominantly two-year and community colleges. Support is available to TCUP-eligible institutions (see the Additional Eligibility subsection of Section IV of this solicitation) for Instructional Capacity Excellence in TCUP Institutions (ICE-TI), Broadening Participation Research in STEM Education (BPR) Projects, Targeted STEM Infusion Projects (TSIP), and Catalyzing Opportunities for Research and Education (CORE). Education varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
Section 306D Water and Waste system Grants for Alaskan Villages USDA Applications accepted continuously Meant to fund water and waste disposal systems in rural Alaskan Villages. Funds must be used for development and construction of water and wastewater systems to correct dire health and sanitation conditions in those villages. Many communities in remote rural Alaska, where villages are accessible by plane or boat only, are essentially inaccessible during the long, hard winters. They lag far behind the lower 48 States in having safe and dependable drinking water and suitable waste disposal systems available. Construction costs are extremely high. This is due in part to the severe weather conditions, which makes laying pipe difficult, if not impossible. These conditions also require the use of insulated pipe, or in areas of permafrost, above ground utilidors, often with heat traced insulated pipe. The vast distances from the transportation hub of Anchorage to a village increases costs substantially as the material must be delivered by barge or air. Adaptation, Emergency Management, Water, Health, Natural Resources The maximum grant is 75 percent of the project cost. Alaska, Coastal Link
Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants USDA Applications accepted continuously The purpose of this grant is to assist rural communities that have experienced a significant decline in quantity or quality of drinking water due to an emergency, or in which such decline is considered imminent, to obtain or maintain adequate quantities of water that meets the standards set by the Safe Drinking Water Act. This emergency is considered an occurrence of an incident such as, but not limited to, a drought, earthquake, flood, tornado, hurricane, disease outbreak or chemical spill, leakage or seepage. Adaptation, Emergency Management, Water, Natural Resources $150,000 or $500,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Coastal, Alaska, Midwest Link
Section 306C Water and Waste Disposal Grants to Alleviate Health Risks USDA Applications accepted continuously The purpose of this grant is to provide water and waste disposal facilities and services to low income rural communities whose residents face significant health risks. Every effort is made to identify and fund the neediest projects. Adaptation, Water, Health, Natural Resources Generally, applicants are expected to borrow as much as they can afford to repay, as in the regular loan program. However, water and waste disposal systems can obtain up to 100 percent grants to construct basic drinking water, sanitary sewer, solid waste disposal and storm drainage to serve the residents of Colonias. Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
Emergency Watershed Protection Program USDA Applications accepted continuously The Emergency Watershed Protection Program responds to emergencies created by natural disasters. The program is designed to help people and conserve natural resources by relieving imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, wind­storms, and other natural occurrences. All projects undertaken, with the exception of the purchase of floodplain easements, must have a project sponsor. Water, Natural Resources, Adaptation, Disaster, Emergency Management, Health Varies Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program USDA Applications accepted continuously The Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area RFA focuses on the societal challenge to adapt agroecosystems and natural resource systems to climate variability and change and implement mitigation strategies in those systems. In the Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area RFA, specific program areas are designed to achieve the long-term outcome of reducing the use of energy, nitrogen, reducing GHG emissions from practices, and water in the production of food, feed, fiber, and fuel; reduce GHG emissions from these agroecosystems; and increase carbon sequestration. Project types supported by AFRI within this RFA include multi-function integrated research, education, and/or extension projects and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants. Education, Natural Resources, Research, Adaptation, Mitigation, Land, Health, Energy, Water Varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link

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