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 ascending Geography Website
ACEP Wetland Reserve Easements USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Oregon

RFP Closed. Under the Wetlands Reserve Easements (WRE) component, NRCS helps to restore, protect and enhance enrolled wetlands.

Wetlands, Restoration Where NRCS determines that grasslands of special environmental significance will be protected, NRCS may contribute up to 75 percent of the fair market value of the agricultural land easement. Oregon Link
Arctic Audubon Small Grants NGO

RFP closed--announcement expected in Fall 2016. This grant funds conservation related projects that support our mission to protect Alaska’s ecosystems by encouraging research, education, and management that will contribute to appreciation and good stewardship of our natural heritage. Proposed projects should enhance the understanding and conservation of Northern Alaska’s organisms and/or ecosystems. Projects dedicated to increasing public awareness and knowledge of conservation issues are appropriate, as are projects that develop educational tools. High school and middle school students and teachers are encouraged to apply.

Conservation, Education Varies; up to $2,000 Alaska Link
NSF Ocean Acidification Grant NSF

The new National Ocean Policy calls for actions to improve understanding of and capacity to respond to ocean acidification, recognizing the potential adverse impacts of an acidifying sea upon marine ecosystems. The effects of ocean acidification could significantly affect strategies for developing practices towards the sustainability of ocean resources. Basic research concerning the nature, extent nd impact of ocean acidification on oceanic environments in the past, present and future is required. Research challenges include: Understanding the geochemistry and biogeochemistry of ocean acidification; Understanding how ocean acidification interacts with biological, chemical and physical processes at the organismal level, and how such interactions impact the structure and function of ecosystems, e.g. through life histories, adaptive evolution, food webs, biogeochemical cycling, and interactions with other changes in the ocean (e.g., temperature, stratification, circulation patterns); and Understanding how the earth system history informs our understanding of the effects of ocean acidification on the present day and future ocean. To apply, see http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503477

Ocean, Research, Ocean Acidification Varies; total program funding 1$1,250,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, Alaska, Coastal Link
Solid Waste Management Grants USDA

To make grants to public bodies and private non-profit organizations providing technical assistance and training to reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources and improve planning and management of solid waste sites. This assistance is available in rural areas and towns with a population of 10,000 or less.

Water, Regulatory, Natural Resources, Health Varies; previous grants between $10,000-$220,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Coastal, Alaska Link
Clean Water Indian Set-Aside Grant Program EPA, IHS 12/31/2017

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
The Joyce Foundation NGO

This foundation supports funding opportunities in Great Lakes protection and restoration. Submitted proposals must address one of four areas: 1) Reduce polluted, non-point source runoff from both agriculture and built areas. 2) Protect and restore critical habitats such as wetlands through improved hydrology and other means. 3) Improve coastal health through increased use of green infrastructure and financing conventional infrastructure. 4) Implement the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. The foundation will also consider proposals relating to implementation of local, state, and regional climate and energy plans.

Restoration, Conservation Varies; average $135,000 Great Lakes, Northeast Link
Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change Program NSF

The goal of research funded under the interdisciplinary P2C2 solicitation is to utilize key geological, chemical, and biological records of climate system variability to provide insights into the mechanisms and rate of change that characterized Earth’s past climate variability, the sensitivity of Earth’s climate system to changes in forcing, and the response of key components of the Earth system to these changes. Important scientific objectives of P2C2 are to: 1) provide comprehensive paleoclimate data sets that can serve as model test data sets analogous to instrumental observations; and 2) enable transformative syntheses of paleoclimate data and modeling outcomes to understand the response of the longer-term and higher magnitude variability of the climate system that is observed in the geological record.

Research, Adaptation, Mitigation Varies; $9,750,000 total funding, with 35 projects anticipated to be funded Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Northwest Climate Hub USDA

Deadline passed as of December 5, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown.

Contingent upon available funds the Northwest Climate Hub requests proposals to support our mission to serve farms, forests and rangelands in a changing climate. An estimated amount of $350,000 is available for approximately 5-10 projects. There are additional funds available (at least $50,000) to fund one proposal that is designed to assist the NW Climate Hub in serving Alaska, such as efforts focused on Alaska meeting its food security needs under climate change.
Alaska, agriculture, wilderness, climate change, adaptation, mitigation Varies. 5-10 intended awards with up to $350,000 total program funding. Alaska, Pacific Northwest, Unties States, West Coast Link
WaterSMART: Development of Feasibility Studies under the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program (FY) 2017 Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation

Deadline passed as of January 5, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknownWater reclamation and reuse feasibility studies help states, tribes, and local communities tackle water supply challenges. Feasibility studies funded under the Title XVI Program support the development of water reclamation and reuse projects to supplement urban and irrigation water supplies through water reclamation and reuse, thereby improving efficiency, providing flexibility during water shortages, and diversifying the water supply. Water reclamation and reuse projects provide growing communities with new sources of clean water while promoting water and energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

water security, health, quality, reuse, sustainability, management, infrastructure Varies. United States Link
Solar in Your Community Challenge DOE 12/31/2017

Last deadline: 3/17/2017. Unknown for 2017. The Solar in Your Community Challenge encourages the development of innovative financial and business models that serve low- and moderate-income communities that may have been left out of the solar boom. Offering $5 million in cash prizes and technical assistance over 18 months, the challenge supports teams across the country to develop projects or programs that reach underserved customers in their communities, while proving that these business models can be widely replicated and scaled up.

solar power, renewable energy, infrastructure, business models, climate change, carbon emissions, reduce Varies. National Link
The Employees Community Fund (ECF) of The Boeing Company Boeing

Application deadlines dependent on state requirements. Qualifying charitable or educational organizations can apply for grants from the Employees Community Fund (ECF) of The Boeing Company, which has been empowering employees to pool their tax-deductible donations for greater impact for more than 60 years. Employee advisory boards work to locally distribute combined employee donations, which are made through recurring payroll deductions or one-time gifts, to nonprofits in their community. Boeing pays all administrative costs so 100 percent of every employee dollar helps strengthen local communities. ECF grants have gone toward community projects such as aiding the homeless, stocking food banks, helping at-risk children succeed in school, providing job training for the unemployed, funding critical health services, supporting veterans programs and more.

climate change, environmental protection, conservation, community, human health, social justice Varies. UNites States, International Link
Compton Foundation Grants Compton Foundation

Deadline passed as of June 1, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. 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
Northeast Resilient Landscapes Fund (Rolling Basis) Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

As changing climate threatens to unravel decades of work to protect wildlife habitats, land protection must focus on the places most likely to harbor plants and animals. Recognizing that challenge, we launched the Resilient Landscapes Initiative to integrate climate science into conservation planning and to protect resilient landscapes throughout the eastern United States. OSI partners with conservation organizations in the Northeast to assemble networks of protected lands most likely to preserve plant and animal diversity in a changing climate. The Fund supports projects in four focus areas in New England, the mid-Atlantic, and the Central Appalachians offering the greatest opportunity to conserve missing links for resiliency in the overall landscape. The Fund provides capital grants and loans to qualified non-profits for the acquisition of land or conservation easements on climate-resilient lands, capitalized with a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

climate change, conservation, landscape, sustainability, adaptation, mitigation Varies. West Virginia, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, Southern New Hampshire, Maine Link
Ecolab Foundation Grants EcoLab Foundation 12/31/2017

Focus Areas of Giving- Youth and Education: programs that promote youth development, particularly for youth at-risk, Civic & Community Development: affordable housing, work readiness, crisis assistance and hunger relief, Environment & Conservation: hands-on environmental learning programs, Arts & Culture: arts education for children and youth as well as support for museums and the performing arts.

climate change, conservation, social justice, civic engagement, housing, shelter, food justice, adaptation, mitigation Varies. Nationalo, regional 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
The George Gund Foundation Grants The George Gund Foundation 12/31/2017

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
The George Gund Foundation Grants The George Gund Foundation

Deadline passed as of July 15, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. 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
Oak Foundation: Grants for Marine and River Conservation Oak Foundation 12/31/2017

Letters of Intent accepted continuously. Oak is a global foundation headquartered in Geneva and derived from the wealth of the Duty Free Shoppers business, and it deals strictly with big global problems. Its marine conservation program is consistent with this, and in the past year began shifting focus to the problems of fisheries, both small and industrial, and reducing plastic waste in bodies of water.

marine, water, fisheries, aquaculture, pollution, acidification, commercial, subsistence, plastics, conservation, climate change Varies. International, Global Link
Tomkat Charitable Trust: Grants for Climate & Energy Tomkat Charitable 12/31/2017

Tomkat does not accept proposals, but they can be reached by email. This fund is strongly and vocally in support of clean energy development and sustainable living. Aside from energy, Steyer and wife Taylor (get it, Tomkat), are also invested in healthy foods and sustainable food systems, going so far as to start their own ranch. They also back some education stuff and more run-of-the-mill environmentalism, but their biggest giving to date has gone to energy and climate. 

climate change, sustainability, food justice, subsistence, emissions, conservation, coal, carbon Varies. International Link
George and Amanda Hanley Foundation: Grants for Climate Change George and Amanda Hanley Foundation 12/31/2017

They do not accept unsolicited proposals. Visit page for contacs. George is a Chicago trader who started his philanthropy giving scholarships and supporting universities. Amanda is an active eco-blogger and environmental nonprofit leader. Together their foundation gives to sustainability and clean energy projects, focused in the Midwest, particularly when it comes to schools.

climate change, sustainability, social justice, conservation, education Varies. National Link
Hewlett Foundation: Grants for Climate Change Hewlett Foundation 12/31/2017

Grantseekers can find Hewlett’s climate change grants through its Climate and Energy subprogram, which focuses on reducing greenhouse gasses through the following areas:
Clean energy and the reduction fossil fuel use. This area of giving lasers in on increasing renewable energy use (think solar, wind and geothermal) and energy efficiency.
Clean transportation. Hewlett focuses its clean transportation giving on increasing fuel efficiency as well as access to alternate methods of transportation such as biking, walking and public transportation.
Building and increasing public support. This area of giving focuses on growing public support among diverse members of the community of clean energy and transportation efforts.

climate change, conservation, sustainability, social justice, Varies. National, International, San Francisco, California Link
Henry P. Kendall Foundation: Grants for Climate Change Henry P. Kendall Foundation 12/31/2017

Kendall is a regional foundation based in Boston that isn't quite what you'd call a climate funder, as its sole focus is sustainable food systems. But its focus on food is driven by goals of improving health, coupled with sustainability and reducing greenhouse gas produced in agriculture.

food justice, climate change, agriculture, health, human health, social justice, conservation, sustainability Varies. National Link
KENDEDA FUND: Grants for Climate Change KENDEDA FUND 12/31/2017

Complex global challenges like climate change should become the drivers for solutions-based, equitable decision-making. We help young people and community leaders gain the skills and knowledge to become active participants in addressing these challenges. Our People, Place, and Planet work aims to address social and ecological challenges through community-based solutions and leadership.

climate change, conservation, sustainability, social justice Varies. International Link
Kresge Foundation: Climate Change Grants kresge foundation 12/31/2017

Funding opportunities take three forms: Open on an ongoing basis, without deadlines. Open for a limited time, with specific deadlines. By invitation from a Kresge program officer.­­­
Communities that address climate change head-on will be better prepared for new circumstances and uncertainties. Decisions about infrastructure, building design, land use, transportation and other policy and funding issues can make communities stronger, more equitable and more resilient to the changing climate.

Climate change, environment, social justice, food justice, agriculture, sustainability, conservation, carbon, emissions, adaptation, mitigation Varies. National Link
LOUISIANA SEA GRANT COLLEGE PROGRAM NGO

SoI is required and due by 5 pm on Friday, March 3, 2017. Full Proposals: Full Proposals will only be accepted on May 22, 2017 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
Federally-Recognized Tribes Extension Program NIFA

Deadline passed as of April 26, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. 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
Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act EPA

Deadline passed as of April 10, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The program will make up to $1 billion in credit assistance loans available to state, local, and tribal governments; private entities; partnerships; and State Revolving Fund programs for large infrastructure projects such as drinking water and wastewater treatment, improved energy efficiency, and drought mitigation.

climate change, planning, policy, conservation, water resources Varies. National Link
Science to Solutions Teams Science for Nature and People Partnership

Deadline passed as of June 7, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown.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
Best Climate Practices- Local Resilience to Climate Disaster Risk NGO

Deadline passed as of May 21, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. 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
Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership USDA

Deadline passed as of May 24, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. 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

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