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 Organizationsort descending Grant Deadline Description Category Funding Amount Geography Website
ETBR LCC 2013 Request for Proposals Targeting High Priority Knowledge Gap LCC

The Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) announced today a funding opportunity for research proposals that address high priority knowledge gaps associated with natural resource conservation and management across the nation’s heartland.Research projects under consideration for 2014 funding must address one or both of the following science themes as they relate to prairie restoration, river restoration, agroecology conservation practices and/or urban watershed management.

Conservation, Natural Resource Management $100,000 ceiling Northeast, Midwest Link
WaterSMART Applied Science Grants for Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative LCC, BoR, DOI

Deadline passed as of May 16, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), Reclamation is providing cost-shared funding on a competitive basis for applied science projects within the Desert LCC in fiscal year (FY) 2014. In general, this FOA provides funding for projects to analyze the impacts of climate change to natural or cultural resources that affect or are affected by water resources, and to develop tools to address those impacts within boundaries of the Desert LCC. More specifically, the funding categories in this FOA are based on two Critical Management Questions (CMQs) developed by the Desert LCC, including: (1) how to incorporate climate change information in the development of environmental flow needs for riparian species and habitat; and, (2) how changing wildfire regimes may impact the sensitive ecosystems within the Desert LCC.

Water Resources, Cultural and Natural Resource Management up to $100,000. Southwest, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, International (Northern Mexico) Link
Great Lakes Funding Partnership Opportunity Model Forest Policy Program

This is an action-oriented implementation opportunity for communities in the Great Lakes. Model Forest Policy Program is inviting up to 6 communities to partner with us on a 3-year grant we are submitting to the Great Lakes Protection Fund.

technical support, Consultation, Ecosystem Protection, water quality, Development Unknown Great Lakes area Link
Native American Business Development Institute (NABDI) Feasibility Study Program NABDI

Deadline passed as of August 12, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown, The Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), through its Native American Business Development Institute (NABDI), is soliciting proposals from federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska federally recognized tribal entities for technical assistance funding to hire consultants to perform feasibility studies of economic development opportunities. These feasibility studies will empower American Indian tribes/Alaska federally recognized tribal entities and tribal businesses to make informed decisions regarding their economic futures. Feasibility studies may concern the viability of an economic development project or business or the practicality of a technology a tribe or entity may choose to pursue.

economy, business, development, infrastructure, growth, technology, energy $1,000-$100,000. National Link
NASA Innovations in Tribal Education--Climate NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Office of Education is accepting proposals under the Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP), and includes calls for proposals in the following program elements for Fiscal Year 2013: NASA Innovations in Climate Education - Tribal (NICE-T) and Tribal College and University Experiential Learning Opportunities – (TCU ELO).

Education Varies Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska 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
Earth System, Technology, and Energy Education for MUREP (ESTEEM) NASA

Deadline passed as of January 10, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. NASA’s Office of Education Earth Systems, Technology, and Energy Education for MUREP (ESTEEM) solicits proposals from Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), as identified by the U .S. Department of Education, to strengthen institutional capacity in conducting STEM undergraduate degree seeking programs with a focus on Earth System Science (ESS )and Climate Resiliency and enhance pre-service secondary education STEM preparation. Within ESS, focus areas are atmospheric composition, weather, climate variability and changes, water and energy cycle, carbon cycle and ecosystems, and earth surface and interior.

Notice of Intent to propose due November 10, 2016 (DATE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
higher education, climate change, STEM sciences, adaptation, resilience $1,000,000 National Link
Scenario Planning to Advance Safety Culture and Minimize Risk in Offshore Oil and Gas Operations National Academies of Sciences: Gulf Research Program

RFP closed--letters of intent due Feb 2016; full applications April 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.

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Building Capacity for Science Communication: Partnership Awards National Academy of Sciences

Deadline passed as of June 1, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The National Academy of Sciences is offering two awards of $37,500 each to support the development of collaborative science communication researcher-practitioner partnerships. These awards are intended to facilitate projects that pursue research interests aligned with the recently released report, Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda.

agencies, tribes, collaboration, partnership, partner science, climate science, science communication, cross-agency, implementation, research Two awards of $37,500 are available. National Link
Resilient Communities 2017 National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Deadline passed as of March 30, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. Wells Fargo and NFWF have partnered to create the Resilient Communities program. Through improvements to natural features and enhanced community capacity, the program will help communities prepare for future impacts associated with sea level rise, water quantity and quality and forest conservation. By taking advantage of natural features like wetlands, resilient shorelines, urban tree canopies, natural forests and healthy upstream watersheds, communities can accrue quality of life benefits today, enhance fish and wildlife resources, and help prepare for foreseeable resiliency challenges. The program places special emphasis on inclusion and helping traditionally underserved, low- and moderate-income communities build capacity for resiliency planning and investments in “greener” infrastructure. Lower income communities are often most vulnerable, communities are stronger and bounce back more quickly after an impact/disaster when people work together and have the skills, knowledge and capacity to rebuild. Wells Fargo and NFWF will invest in these two focus areas: Category 1: Adaptation through Regional Conservation Projects Category 2: Community Capacity Building and Demonstration Projects

adaptation, resilience Category 1 Adaptation: Approximately $1.5 million is available in 2017. Grants in this category will range from $200,000 to $500,000 in each of the three regions (see map in Geographic Focus section) to support highly-impactful and visible conservation projects that help prepare for fire in the Western Region, floods and droughts in the Central Region and sea-level rise in the Eastern Region. Category 2: Community Capacity Building and Demonstration Projects: Approximately $500,000 is available in 2017 to support highly-impactful and visible projects that help communities understand, organize and take action to address risks and opportunities through improved resilience brought about by enhanced natural features. Projects can take place anywhere in the United States. Special consideration is given to projects that measurably benefit low- to-moderate income neighborhoods and advance social cohesion. These projects will range from $100,000 to $250,000 and should address multiple cities and communities. National, Northwest, Midwest Link
Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Program 2015 Request for Proposals (National Fish and Wildlife Foundation) National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

This grant program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships for wetland, riparian, forest and coastal habitat restoration, urban wildlife conservation, stormwater management as well as outreach, education and stewardship. Projects should focus on water quality, watersheds and the habitats they support.

Community Development, habitat restoration, Conservation Awards range from $20,000* to $50,000 with an average size of $30,000 National Link
Matching Awards Program National Forest Foundation

Deadline passed as of June 26, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The Matching Awards Program is a nationally competitive grant program that provides federal funds for direct on-the-ground projects benefiting America's National Forests and Grasslands. The program supports action-oriented projects that enhance outdoor experiences, forest and ecosystem health, and engage local communities in caring for their public lands. The current NFF strategic plan focuses on the Program Areas of Outdoor Experiences and Forest Health. MAP requires projects show a strong commitment to civic engagement and community involvement through direct public involvement.

Outdoors, Forests, Grasslands, Conservation, Restoration, habitat, Water, Wildlife Average Award: $28,522 National Link
National Forest Foundation Travel Scholarships National Forest Foundation

The National Forest Foundation is pleased to offer an exciting opportunity for recent grant recipients to leverage their conservation impact. NFF grant recipients are eligible to submit an application to win free round trip e-Passes anywhere that Southwest Airlines flies in the continental US and Puerto Rico in 2017. Winners can use e-Passes to travel to workshops, trainings, conferences, or other similar events or activities related to the NFF's Mission: Engaging Americans in promoting the health and public enjoyment of our National Forests. Applicant organizations must have received an NFF grant between 2011 and 2017 and be in good standing with no overdue reports or other deliverables.

conservation, funding, conference, research, consortium, travel nationalq Link
Tribal Public Health and Climate Change National Indian Health Board

Deadline passed as of November 30, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. The National Indian Health Board (NIHB), with support from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Climate and Health Program in the National Center for Environmental Health, is pleased to announce a call for applications for a Building Tribal Capacity for Climate Change Resilience award. Designed to enhance the capacity of Tribes, this funding will provide up to three (3) Tribes with grants ranging from $75,000 to $89,000 for the opportunity to increase the level of programming, research, and/or coordination and communication between the Tribal programs, community, and key partners involved in addressing the health consequences of climate change. NIHB will assist in sharing lessons learned and best practices with the Tribal awardees, CDC's Climate and Health Program, Tribal Climate Change Workgroup members, and other key stakeholders.

public health, climate change, infrastructure, management, adaptation, human health outcomes, Three (3) Tribes with grants ranging from $75,000 to $89,000 United States 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
Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline passed as of August 2, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unkown. The Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) Program supports the generation of extended time series of data to address important questions in evolutionary biology, ecology, and ecosystem science. Research areas include, but are not limited to, the effects of natural selection or other evolutionary processes on populations, communities, or ecosystems; the effects of interspecific interactions that vary over time and space; population or community dynamics for organisms that have extended life spans and long turnover times; feedbacks between ecological and evolutionary processes; pools of materials such as nutrients in soils that turn over at intermediate to longer time scales; and external forcing functions such as climatic cycles that operate over long return intervals.

Environmental Biology, Scientific Research, Ecosystem Science, Community Research, Feedbacks. Awards are not to exceed $90,000 total per year and $450,000 over a five-year effort. The foundation anticipates making six awards annually, pending availability of funds. The solicitation outlines renewal procedures following the initial award. National. Link
Environmental Engineering National Science Foundation-CBET 10/20/2017

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

climate change, adaptation, mitigation, conservation, planning, policy Up to $100,000. National Link
Colorado Conservation Innovation Grant NCRS

Deadline passed as of June 2, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The purpose of CIG is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies, while leveraging the Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches (such as market-based systems) into NRCS technical manuals and guides or to the private sector. CIG is used to apply or demonstrate previously proven technology in order to increase adoption with an emphasis on opportunities to scale proven, emerging conservation strategies. CIG promotes sharing of skills, knowledge, technologies, and facilities among communities, governments, and other institutions to ensure that scientific and technological developments are accessible to a wider range of users. CIG funds projects targeting innovative on-the-ground conservation, including pilot projects and field demonstrations.

climate change, sustainability, conservation, management, prevention, restoration Up to $75,000. Colorado Link
National Forest Foundation Matching Awards Program (MAP) NFF (MAP)

In 2015, the NFF revised its strategic plan to focus on the program areas of Outdoor Experiences and Forest Health. The coming grant round is the first round under the new guidelines. Please, make sure to review the application information carefully as the granting focus has changed.

Matching Funds, Forestry, preservation, Restoration Unknown National, Forest Link
Native American Food Security Grant NGO

The purpose of the Native American Food Security project is to support Native organizations working to eliminate food insecurity among tribal elders in rural and/or reservation-based Native American communities in Arizona, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma. There is a particular focus on locally-grown, healthy foods, and assist in the development or expansion of locally-controlled and locally-based food systems that provide healthy foods to senior community members while also supporting local food producers and the local economy.

Health, Natural Resources Individual awards between $20,000 and $25,000 Arizona, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Southeast, Southwest Link
Conserving Nature’s Stage (CNS) Climate Resilience program NGO

Deadline passed as of November 14, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. The Nature Conservancy is pleased to announce a Technical Assistance Grant program as part of our Conserving Nature’s Stage (CNS) Climate Resilience program. This program was created with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF). The Technical Assistance grants will help advance the practical application of climate resilience science to conservation. Funded projects are expected to focus on land protection planning and applied research guiding climate change resilient conservation efforts on the ground. This program encourages the use of an array of relevant climate science tools, with particular emphasis on the application of The Nature Conservancy’s terrestrial resilience and connectivity science.

climate change, adaptation, mitigation, management, climate science, conservation There will likely be 3 - 6 grants awarded, ranging from $15,000 - $30,000. Idaho, Oregon, Washington 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
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Proposals for America's Great Outdoors Landscape Stewardship Program NGO

The America's Great Outdoors: Landscape Stewardship Program, is an initiative designed to develop community-based partnerships that further the conservation of fish, wildlife, plants, and other natural resources in distinct landscapes.It is intended to help bring together public and private partners to replicate successful community-driven regional landscape conservation coalitions.
The program provides competitive grants for efforts to create and increase capacity of new and fledgling community-based landscape conservation coalitions, including development of measurement goals for conservation success, mentoring and training sessions for new coalitions, and fostering coordination between local communities and federal natural resource agencies.

Natural Resources, Wildlife, Conservation, Research, Education Individual awards between $10,000 and $40,000; Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation NGO 12/31/2017

Applications accepted continuously. This foundation offers grant assistance in 6 major program areas. Two such areas are the “Public Understanding of Science,” and the “Basic Research” areas. Through these programs, the foundation offers grants for high-quality, original STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) research that benefits the scientific community, as well as increases the public understanding of relevant and complex scientific issues. A grant applicant must first submit a letter of inquiry that outlines the idea of the grant, since the foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals. If accepted, the applicant will receive notice to submit a full proposal for evaluation.

Research Varies Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska 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
Climate Solutions University NGO 12/31/2017

Applications accepted throughout the year. 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
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
Wildlife Conservation Society's Climate Adaptation Fund NGO

Deadline passed as of April 7, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The program seeks to support actions that anticipate and respond to potential climate change impacts and maximize long-term conservation success. To achieve these ends, the program prioritizes projects that manage for dynamic ecological processes, landscape functionality, and species assemblages, rather than those aimed at maintaining historical conditions or individual species. Applicants must specify the sources of science and analyses upon which their adaptation project is based, and articulate how that climate adaptation science informs the proposed conservation goals and actions. The program also prioritizes projects that will use strategic communications activities to scale up their conservation impact.

Wildlife Adaptation, conservation, management, climate change, adaptation, mitigation, biodiversity $2.5 million total funding Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Hewlett Foundation Grants NGO 12/31/2017

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
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

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