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 Categorysort descending Funding Amount Geography Website
Preserve America Initiative Internal Funding Program NOAA

This popular internal funding program is designed to stimulate efforts within NOAA to preserve, protect and promote the agency's heritage assets. Projects from FY05 through FY12 have varied in scope from interpreting historic and cultural resources in NOAA's care to capturing oral histories of NOAA employees and constituents. Must be partnered with a NOAA partner.

Education, Conservation, Research Individual awards of up to $12,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development NGO

RFP closed for 2016. The Seventh Generation Fund is an Indigenous non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and maintaining the uniqueness of Native peoples throughout the Americas. It offers an integrated program of advocacy, small grants, training and technical assistance, media experience and fiscal management, lending its support and extensive expertise to Indigenous grassroots communities. Its Sustainable Communities Program Area provides seed money, organizational support and technical training to Native grassroots community-based projects striving for holistic community health and renewal. It supports traditional agricultural methods, renewable forms of energy and sustainable strategies for development that preserve or restore traditional life-ways for future generations.

Education, Energy, Environmental Justice, Health, Research Individual awards of up to $5,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Midwest, Alaska Link
EPA's Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program Grant EPA

Deadline passed as of June 16, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. The Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program Request for Proposals (RFP #EPA-OITA-AIEO-2016-001) is designed to assist Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) to conduct research on environmental and climate change issues within their campus and tribal communities. With this RFP, the EPA is seeking to award several grants of up to $50,000 to enable awardees to prepare course curriculum, conduct their research project, select student participants, and identify equipment and materials necessary to successfully complete their science research study within a one academic year time frame. Specific problems that may be addressed include, but are not limited to: climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, air quality, water quality, and waste management. EPA will be accepting applications for this RFP through Friday, June 17, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). For a copy of the Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program RFP, please visit https://www.epa.gov/tribal/tribal-ecoambassadors-program.

Education, Environmental Restoration, Scientific Research, Climate Adaptation, Mitigation up to $50,000 National Link
Environmental Education Model Grants Program - Solicitation Notice for 2014 (US EPA) US EPA

There will be no RFP for FY 2016. Under this solicitation EPA is seeking grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education (EE) projects that promote environmental stewardship and help develop informed, knowledgeable and responsible citizens. EPA expects to award EE grants in order to provide financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques and that will serve as models that can be replicated in a variety of settings.

Education, environmental stewardship, Development up to $192,200 National, (tribal ed.) Link
Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program Rural Utilities Service (RUS)

The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. For example, this program can link teachers and medical service providers in one area to students and patients in another.

Education, Health, Community Development, Technology, Innovation, Rural Development, Connectivity, Access and Availability $50,000 to $500,000 Rural Link
Higher Education Challenge Grants Program NIFA

Deadline passed as of May 30, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. 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
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program USDA

Deadline passed as of June 28, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. 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
NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellowship NSF

Through the SEES Fellows Program, NSF seeks to advance science, engineering, and education to inform the societal actions needed for environmental and economic sustainability and human well-being while creating the necessary workforce to address these challenges. The Program's emphasis is to facilitate investigations that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and address issues of sustainability through a systems approach, building bridges between academic inquiry, economic growth, and societal needs. The Fellow's proposed investigation must be interdisciplinary and allow him/her to obtain research experiences beyond his/her current core disciplinary expertise.

Education, Research Unknown; $7,000,000 in total funding Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
NSF Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) NSF 12/31/2017

Proposals accepted anytime. 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, scholarship, academia, graduate, research varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
Wetlands Mitigation Banking Program (NRCS) NRCS (National Resources Conservation Service), USDA

RFP Closed for 2016. Expect Announcement Winter of 2016-17. The purpose of this notice is to announce the availability of Wetland Mitigation Banking Program grant funds for the development and establishment of mitigation banks and banking opportunities solely for agricultural producers with wetlands subject to the Wetland Conservation Compliance provisions of the 1985 Food Security Act (as amended).

Eligibility includes federally recognized Native American tribal governments. Up to $1,000,000 per award. National. Link
Local Governments Reimbursement Program EPA 12/31/2017

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
FEMA Emergency Management Performance Grants (EMPG) Program FEMA

The purpose of FEMA’s Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) program is to make grants to States, to assist State, local, tribal, and territorial governments in preparing for all hazards. The EMPG program supports efforts to build and sustain core capabilities across the nation. Past outcomes have included strengthening governance integration, approved emergency plans, trainings, and whole community approaches to emergency management. FEMA anticipates awarding approximately 58 grants with an available funding amount of $332 million. Periods of performance will last 24 months.

Emergency Response Varies Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, International (US Territories) Link
National Clean Diesel Funding Tribal Assistance Program EPA

EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality is soliciting proposals nationwide for Tribal projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas.

Emissions Reduction, Clean Energy, Transportation Infrastructure, Mitigation Varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
DERA Tribal RFP EPA

Grant deadline unknown for 2016. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now accepting proposals for the Tribal Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program FY 2015 funded through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program.

Emissions Reduction, Community Development Total funds of $1 million National Link
DERA Tribal Grant Program EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) is now soliciting proposals from tribal applicants for projects that reduce emissions from older diesel engines. The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is $1 million and will be funded through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). This is the first time EPA has offered a separate Tribal Request for Proposals (RFP), and this is in response from feedback from tribal communities

Emissions Reduction, Mitigation, Energy efficiency Varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
Clean Diesel Tribal Grants (Environmental Protection Agency) EPA

Deadline passed as of August 23, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality is soliciting proposals nationwide for Tribal projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets located in areas designated as having poor air quality. EPA anticipates $1 million will be awarded to eligible Tribal applicants.

emissions, alternative energy, sustainability, climate adaptation, air quality Award varies. See announcement. United States Link
Grant Program to Assess, Evaluate and Promote Development of Tribal Energy and Mineral Resources BIA

Deadline unknown for 2018. Previous deadline 9/25/2017. Federally-recognized Indian tribes and tribal energy resource development organizations for projects that assess, evaluate, or otherwise promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands.

emissions, energy, footprint, sustainability, infrastructure, conservation, management, development, minerals, mining Up to $100,000. National Link
Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife

Recognizing that more than half of all species listed as endangered or threatened spend at least part of their life cycle on private land, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began working with private landowners to foster stewardship on private lands. To encourage this cooperation, the service has four grant programs available through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund. These programs include Traditional Conservation Grants, Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance Grants, Habitat Conservation Plan Land Acquisition Grants, and Recovery Land Acquisition Grants.

Endangered Species, Biodiversity, Habitat Conservation, Land Acquisition & Recovery. Up to $2,000,000. National Link
Recovery Implementation Grants FWS 12/31/2017

Applications are accepted on a continual basis. The FWS Ecological Services Program provides Federal financial assistance on a competitive basis to secure information about endangered, threatened or candidate species, to aid in the recovery of these species, to avert listing of species pursuant to the Endangered Species Act, and to help conserve the ecosystems upon which these species depend.

endangered species, management, conservation, prevention, assisstance Up to $100,000. United States, National Link
Bureau of Indian Affairs Endangered Species Program Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

Deadline passed as of January 16, 2017. Deadline for 21018 unknown. The Bureau of Indian Affairs has announced plans to provide funding (of up to $150,000 per applicant) in an effort to support restoration, management, and economic development, of “tribal trust resources”, as they are defined in the FOA attachment: "Those natural resources, either on or off Indian lands, retained by, or reserved by or for Indian tribes through treaties, statutes, judicial decisions, and executive orders, which are protected by a fiduciary obligation on the part of the U.S." (BIA, Endangered Species Program, Ranking Criteria and Application Process). As highlighted in the application process, the project proposals are expected to promote tribal revenue, through the utilization of these resources. Therefore, significant effort and concern should be placed in the preservation of important natural and traditional resources.

Endangered Species, Tribal Trust Resources, Restoration, Management, Economic Development. The maximum funding request is $150,000 per application. The funding request cannot include the tribal indirect rate. Midwest, West, Pacific, Northwest, East, Southeast, Alaska, Southwest, Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, Southern Plains, Navajo, Eastern Oklahoma Link
Green Neighborhoods Grant Program NGO

The Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program will award grants and provide educational resources to affordable housing developers and related public agencies who choose to pursue LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development certification. Preference will be given to qualifying projects that meet additional goals, including the redevelopment of infill and previously developed sites, effort to strengthen the surrounding neighborhoods, commitment to engage stakeholders in the development process, and the provision of green housing for a range of income levels.

Energy Individual awards of $25,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
High Energy Cost Grants (USDA) USDA 12/11/2017

The USDA Rural Development High Energy Costs Grant assists energy providers and other eligible entities in lowering energy costs for families and individuals in areas with extremely high per-household energy costs (275 percent of the national average or higher.) The funds may be used to finance the acquisition, construction or improvement of facilities serving eligible communities. NOTE: Program details may change over time. Before you begin an application, please confirm you have the most current information by emailing Rural Electric Program staff or consulting the program instructions listed in the section above titled "What Governs this Program?"

Energy conservation, Infrastructure, Community development $100,000-$3,000,000 National Link
Tribal Energy Development and Capacity-Building (TEDC) Grant Program DOI; OIEED

No RFP announced for 2016 as of 4/13/2016. The TEDC grant program helps tribes in assessing, developing, or obtaining the managerial and technical capacity needed to develop energy resources on Indian land and properly account for energy resource production and revenues, as provided for under Title V. Section 503 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

Energy Development Varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southesat, National, Alaska 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)

RFP closed. 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
Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Indian Lands DOE, Office of Indian Energy

Deadline passed as of February 7, 2016. Deadlaine for 2018 unkown. In an effort by the Department to foster a more holistic engagement with Tribes on energy issues, the Department’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Tribal Energy Program and its activities are being consolidated into DOE’s Office of Indian Energy. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) builds on efforts by the Tribal Energy Program, and the authorities granted the Office of Indian Energy under EPAct 2005, to accelerate deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technology on Indian Lands.

Energy efficiency, Renewable energy, Energy, clean energy, community, development Award amount varies. Indian Lands Link
Solicitation for Proposals for the Grant Program to Build Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC) Bureau of Indian Affairs

Deadline passed as of 10/9/2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs for the Department of the Interior (Assistant Secretary), through the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), Division of Energy and Mineral Development (DEMD) is soliciting grant proposals from federally recognized Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Villages, regional or village corporations, tribal organizations, and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations to build tribal capacity for energy resource development or management under the Department of the Interior's Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC) grant program. For this program, capacity building refers to developing organizational structures, business entity structures, or developing or enhancing regulatory functions, all related to tribal energy development for the purpose of strengthening tribal capacity for development and management of energy projects.

energy, development, capacity building, management $1,000-$300,000 National Link
DOE START Program DOE, Office of Indian Energy

Through the START Program, DOE Office of Indian Energy and DOE national laboratory experts provide technical assistance for tribal clean energy development by supporting community- and commercial-scale renewable energy projects across the country. Since its launch in December 2011, the START Program has helped 21 tribal communities advance their clean energy technology and infrastructure projects — from solar and wind to biofuels and energy efficiency.

Energy, Development, Community, Technology, Infrastructure Unklnown National, Indian Tribes, Alaska Link
National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program EPA

EPA's National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas.

Energy, Diesel Varies Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Build Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC) DOI, BIA

Deadline passed as of 10/9/2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. For this program, capacity building refers to developing organizational structures, business entity structures, or developing or enhancing regulatory functions, all related to tribal energy development for the purpose of strengthening tribal capacity for development and management of energy projects.

energy, footprint, sustainability, emissions, economy, infrastructure, management, development, assessment, Up to $300,000. United States, National Link
Diesel Emission Reduction Act Grants EPA

This program aims to work aggressively to reduce the pollution emitted from diesel engines across the country through the implementation of varied control strategies and aggressive involvement of national, state, and local partners.

Energy, Health Individual grants typically range from $100,000 - $300,000 with an average award of $125,000. Larger individual grants typically range from $500,000 - $2 million with an average award of $650,000. Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link

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