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 Amountsort descending Geography Website
Great Lakes Climate Assessment Grants

GLISA is soliciting proposals from organizations that will engage networks of stakeholders in science-grounded processes to identify, assess, and/or resolve climate-related problems or management issues.

Natural Resource Management $25,000-$50,000 Northeast, Midwest, International, Canada, Great Lakes Link
FY17 and FY18 Region 6 Wetland Program Development Grants EPA

Deadline passed as of April 14, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs) assist state, tribal, local government (S/T/LG) agencies and interstate/intertribal entities in developing or refining state/tribal/local programs which protect, manage, and restore wetlands. The primary focus of these grants is to develop/refine state and tribal wetland programs. A secondary focus is to develop/refine local (e.g. county or municipal) programs.

wetlands, marshes, estuary, climate change, management, restoration, conservation, planning, policy $25,000-$550,000. South Central, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisianna Link
USFS Hazardous Fuels Wood to Energy Grant Program FS, DOA

The U.S Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC) requests proposals for wood energy projects that require engineering services necessary for final design and cost analysis. The Hazardous Fuels Wood to Energy (W2E) Grant Program will fund projects for which some or all of the woody biomass is generated from National Forest Service System lands as a result of hazardous fuel treatments, forest restoration activities, insect and disease mitigation, catastrophic weather events, or thinning overstocked stands. Projects that use woody biomass from multiple land ownerships (State, Tribal, or private lands) and multiple sources (wood products facilities, urban wood waste, etc.) will be considered as long as some of the woody biomass is generated from National Forest System lands. Projects that do not anticipate using any wood from National Forest System lands will not be eligible. The woody biomass must be used in commercially proven wood energy systems to produce thermal, electrical, liquid, or gaseous energy. Examples of projects might include, but are not limited to, engineering design of a woody biomass boiler that generates steam at a sawmill, hospital, or school; a nonpressurized hot water system; a biomass power generation facility; or geographic or sector-based clusters of wood energy systems. The lack of a professional engineering design often limits the ability of an applicant to secure Federal, State, or private funding. This program is intended for applicants seeking financial assistance to complete the necessary engineering design work, including permitting or other preconstruction analyses, required to secure public or private funding for construction of wood energy projects.

Renewable energy, Natural Resource Management, Disaster Mitigation $25,000-250,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
Rockefeller Family Fund NGO 12/31/2017

Applications accepted continuously. This foundation focuses on public education of the risks of global warming, conservation of natural resources, protection of health as affected by the environment, meaning implementation of environmental laws, and public participation in national environmental policy debates. Grant applicants must submit a letter of inquiry online. If accepted, the applicant will be invited to submit a full proposal for evaluation.

Climate Change Impacts, Conservation, public health $25,000-30,000 National Link
Funders' Network Local Sustainability Matching Fund NGO

The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN) announces round 3 of the Local Sustainability Matching Fund. The Matching Fund is intended both to support significant urban sustainability projects and to build bridges between public sector sustainability leaders and local foundations. The Fund will provide matching investments from national foundations on a competitive basis to build partnerships between sustainability directors and local place-based foundations to advance discrete sustainability initiatives that demonstrate broad-based community support and engagement.

Development, Sustainability $25,000-75,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Strengthening the Public’s and/or K-12 Students’ Environmental Literacy for Community Resilience to Extreme Weather Events and Environmental Changes

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
Abandoned Mine Reclamation (AMLR) Program DOI

Deadline unknown. The Office of Surface Mining awards grants to States and Tribes to support the operation of APPROVED State and Tribal abanodned mine land (AML) reclamation programs. Approved programs use grant funds for mine site reclamation projects on eligible lands, which are lands and waters mined or affected by coal mining processess that occurred prior to August 7, 1977 as well as certain post-1977 and noncoal mining activity.

Pollution Prevention, Hazardous Waste Disposal $260,000-$62,000,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative - Landscape Conservation Planning and Design (USFWS) USFWS

The Desert LCC is embarking on a Climate-Smart Landscape Conservation Planning and Design project that will: produce spatially explicit data and information about focal resources, chosen by the Desert LCC members; seek to understand the effects of climate change and other landscape stressors on natural resources; integrate social and economic information to understand what these resources might look like in the future; and result in collaborative adaptation responses that are useful and implementable by our partners.

Habitat Conservation, design, Planning $270,000 Desert Link
Stanislaus River Salmon Project Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service

Deadline passed as of October 26, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. Staff that work pursuant to the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) in California's Central Valley have a need for timely access to standardized, high-quality adult and juvenile salmonid monitoring data. To address that need, this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) will provide funds used for: (1) collecting and reporting new juvenile Chinook salmon and steelhead monitoring data collected with rotary screw traps deployed near Caswell State Park on the Stanislaus River in California's Central Valley, and (2) data entry and management activities that transfer historical adult Chinook salmon escapement data from a variety of paper and digital data formats to a standardized database structure.

Salmon, restoration, climate change, rehabilitation, $279,580-$790,000 California, Pacific Coast Link
Food Distribution Program Nutrition Education Projects USDA

Deadline passed as of May 1, 2017. Dealine for 2018 unknown. 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
Impact Assessment of DOI Natural and Cultural Resources Recovery Support Function under the National Disaster Recovery Framework DOI

RFP closed March 2016. The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is the coordinating agency for the Natural and Cultural Resources (NCR) Recovery Support Function (RSF) under the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF). The DOI Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance (OEPC), as the lead for the Department, has coordinated with DOI bureaus and NCR RSF major and supporting agencies to deploy many staff to the disaster areas to provide technical assistance to help affected states, tribes, and local communities recover natural and cultural resources impacted by wildfires in TX, Hurricane Isaac in LA, Superstorm Sandy in NY, NJ, and CT, floods in CO, floods in NM Santa Clara Pueblo, and mudslides in WA.

Planning, Disaster Recovery, Environmental Policy, Technical Assistance, Cultural Resources $30,000 National Link
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM EPA

Deadline passed as of January 31, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community. The EJSG Program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. Applying organizations are encouraged to have a direct connection to the vulnerable affected, community impacted by environmental harms and risks.

environmental hazards, human health outcomes, public health, community, local environment $30,000 United States Link
WCS Graduate Scholarship Program NGO

Nominations accepted continously. The WCS Graduate Scholarship Program (GSP) is part of a WCS strategy to invest in developing individual conservation leaders around the world. The GSP provides access to international graduate education opportunities (masters or doctoral programs) to exceptional conservationists from Asia/Pacific, Africa, Latin America, and North American indigenous groups. Scholars are nominated by WCS global conservation staff and are selected based on their exceptional abilities and potential to become leaders of the conservation movement in their home countries.

climate change, scholarship, school, funding, conservation, environment, science, humanities $30,000-$36,000 toward tuition, board, and fees. United States, International Link
2016 NOAA California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program Department of Commerce

RFP closed. Expect announcement in Summer/Fall 2016. The California B-WET Program is a competitive grant program that supports existing, high quality environmental education programs, fosters the growth of new, innovative programs, and encourages capacity building and partnership development for environmental education programs throughout the entire the San Francisco Bay, Monterey Bay, and Santa Barbara Channel watersheds. Successful projects provide Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) for students and related professional development for teachers.

Environmental Education, Capacity building, Watershed conservation $30,000-$60,000 California (San Francisco Bay, Monterey Bay, and Santa Barbara Channel watersheds) Link
EPA Region 8 Wetland Program Development Grants EPA

Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs) provide eligible applicants an opportunity to conduct and promote the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution. All proposals submitted under this RFP must be for projects that build or refine state/tribal/local government wetland programs. Implementation of wetland protection programs is not an eligible project under this announcement.

Conservation, Wetlands $300,000 ceiling Midwest Link
WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for FY 2016 (BOR) BoR

Recent Deadline was 1/18/2017. Next Deadline Unknown. 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 the Bureau of Reclamation on projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency, benefit endangered and threatened species, facilitate water markets, or carry out other activities to address climate-related impacts on water or prevent any water-related crisis or conflict.

Irrigation, Planning, Mitigation $300,000 to $1,000,000 National, water supply Link
KR Foundation Funding for Sustainable Behavior and Sustainable Finance KR Foundation 01/31/2018

KR Foundation address root causes of climate change and environmental degradation, and safeguard the planetary boundaries. The mission of KR Foundation is to help provide answers to, stimulate mind shifts about, and encourage action on, the long-term challenges faced by current and future generations living on a planet with finite resources, fragile ecosystems, and climate change. Read more about our mission here. As a philanthropic foundation, KR Foundation typically engages in areas where neither governments nor markets actors seem to have incentives to act. Not restricted by short-term considerations and profit concerns, KR Foundation engages in non-profit activities with long-term impact on our climate and environment. KR Foundation prioritises communication and advocacy activities within our program areas but will also consider proposals in other areas with a high potential for impact that meet our general criteria for funding. Please contact the Foundation prior to submitting a proposal that does not match the Foundation’s program areas. Please note that KR Foundation does not fund local and community-based activities unless they are truly scalable and have a clear international perspective. Proposals focusing on local development activities will not be considered.

non-profit, international, climate change, awareness $300,000- $800,000 International Link
Native American Agricultural Fast Track Fund (NAAFTF)

Deadline passed. Deadline for 2017 unknown.Class counsel in the Keepseagle v. Vilsack settlement today announced details about the Native American Agricultural Fast Track Fund (NAAFTF), a one-time distribution of $38 million in settlement funds. Awards from this fund will be made on a competitive basis to non-profit organizations, tribal programs and educational institutions which provide agricultural, business, technical or advocacy services to existing and aspiring Native American farmers and ranchers. Note that 6/24/2016 is the deadline for Letters of Intent; there is a webinar to provide technical assistance for applications on June 1, 2016.

Agriculture, Development, Ranching $38,000,000 in total funds National Link
Alaska Sustainble Salmon Fund State-funded

Deadline passed June 15, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. Projects must directly relate to one of the following congressionally authorized uses: Restoring or protecting salmon or steelhead habitat; Maintenance of salmon or steelhead populations necessary for subsistence fishing.

Conservation, Salmon $4,000,000 total; funding per project varies Alaska Link
Preservation Technology and Training Grants National Parks Service, National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

Deadline passed as of November 3, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. 2017 Preservation Technology and Training Grants (PTT Grants) are intended to create better tools, better materials, and better approaches to conserving buildings, landscapes, sites, and collections. PTT Grants will support the following activities: Innovative research that develops new technologies or adapts existing technologies to preserve cultural resources (typically $25,000 to $40,000). Specialized workshops or symposia that identify and address national preservation needs (typically $15,000 to $25,000). How-to videos, mobile applications, podcasts, best practices publications, or webinars that disseminate practical preservation methods or provide better tools for preservation practice (typically $5,000 to $15,000).

historic preservation, cultural preservation, curator, conservation $40,000 National Link
American Indian and Alaskan Native STEM Engagement (MAIANSE) NASA

Deadline passed as of January 10, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The goals of the MAIANSE are to utilize NASA’s unique contributions in collaboration with tribal colleges and universities and other tribal-serving institutions to improve the overall quality of the Nation’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. Notice of Intent to propose due November 10, 2016 (DATE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

higher education, academic success, educational support $400,000 United States Link
Guidelines for Brownfields Assessment Grants EPA

Deadline passed as of December 22, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. EPA’s Brownfields Program provides funds to empower states, communities, tribes, and nonprofits to prevent, inventory, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites.

assessment, planning, development, restoration, sustainability, hazards, pollution, industry $42,000,000 United Sttes Link
Patagonia Environmental Grant Patagonia Environmental Grant

Deadline passed as of April 30, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. 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
NSF Water Sustainability and Climate Grant NSF

The National Science Foundation’s Water Sustainability and Climate program addresses one of the most urgent challenges the world is currently facing, that of water quantity and quality in the light of human needs, as well as climate variability. The overall goal of this program is to improve the understanding of interactions between the water system and land use changes. Topics of interest include 1) Frameworks or models that can be used to predict impacts of human development, climate change, land use on the water system; 2) Determining the potential inputs, outputs, and potential changes in water quality and quantity in response to human development, climate change, and land use; and 3) Determining how our built water systems and governance systems can be made more reliable, resilient, and sustainable to meet multiple needs.

Water Resource Management $5,000,000 ceiling Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Explore Fund--The North Face Annual Grant The North Face (Corporation)

Deadline unknown for FY 2017. The North Face Explore Fund provides $500,000 annually in grants to nonprofit organizations working in powerful and creative ways to encourage participants to experience outdoor activities and develop an enduring appreciation of the outdoors. Since its founding in 2010, the Explore Fund has provided more than 400 grants to nonprofit organizations that serve thousands of people in communities around the country. The Explore Fund reflects a significant commitment by The North Face to introduce more people to the joy of exploring the outdoors and the natural world.

Environmental Education $5,000-$25,000 National Link
Open Space Institute Catalyst Program Open Space Institute

Daedline passed as of March 1, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. OSI’s Catalyst Program advances the practical application of climate and watershed science for land protection through grants and technical assistance. The grants enable land trusts to integrate science into conservation planning and outreach.

climate change, community, social justice, conservation, sustainability. adaptation, mitigation $5,000-$35,000. Midwest, Southeast, Northeast Link
Water Conservation Field Services Program (BOR) Bureau of Reclamation

The Bureau of Reclamation's Upper Colorado Region is requesting applications for the Water Conservation Field Service Program. The mission of the Reclamation is to manage, develop, and protect water and related resources in an environmental and economically sound manner in the interest of the American public.

Water Conservation, Water resources, Natural resources. $5,000-$75,000 Colorado, Western United States Link
Community Capacity and Land Stewardship Grant Program USDA, National Forest Foundation

Deadline for 2017: 11/14/2017. Deadline for 2018 Unknown. Through this Community Capacity Land Stewardship (CCLS) grant program, the NFF is administering USDA agency funds to provide capacity building support for local collaborative efforts that work toward achieving watershed restoration objectives within the geographic focus areas. The purpose of this grant program is to provide the tools and support necessary to achieve watershed and landscape scale restoration while also furthering goals that contribute to the economic sustainability of communities. The NFF has partnered with USDA agencies and other partners in the Pacific coastal states to create and implement this innovative capacity building grant program in support of collaboratives and community-based organizations throughout the area. Through this grant program the National Forest Foundation will administer funds to help collaboratives and community-based organizations address their capacity building needs that further their on-the-ground watershed restoration goals. Applications submission is via an electronic submission process. Submission instructions are listed in the RFP. Please note that the submission deadline is May 1st, 2018 for Southeast Alaska, and the submission deadline for California is currently unknown.

Land Management, Conservation, Restoration, watershed, local economy, sustainability $5,000-24,000 Northwest, California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska (Southeast) Link
Community-Based Collaborative Action Grants UDOE

Deadline passed as of June 9, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. By design, Collaborative Actions allow conversations to emerge that shape the community and social context, and catalyze positive dynamics. These actions may be permanent or temporary, tangible or intangible, and may include creative placemaking, mapping, art installations or community events. They are typically small-scale, low-cost, and short in duration, but often fit into a larger community effort.

social justice, community building, human health, peace courts, community organizing, relationship building $5,000. National 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

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