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.

Titlesort ascending Organization Grant Deadline Description Category Funding Amount Geography Website
Woody Biomass Utilization Grant USDA

Goals of the grant program are: Promote projects that target and help remove economic and market barriers to using woody biomass for renewable energy; Assist projects that produce renewable energy from woody biomass while protecting the public interest; Reduce the public's cost for forest restoration by increasing the value of biomass and other forest products generated from hazardous fuels reduction and orest health activities on forested lands; Create incentives and/or encourage business investment that uses woody biomass from our nation's forestlands for renewable energy projects.

Biomass, Energy, Forest Management $50,000-$250,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska 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
Wildfire Community Assistance in Montana, North Dakota & South Dakota DOI, BLM

This grant will be awarded to projects that 1) promote community assistance programs that will be used to develop local capability including, but not limited to; Wildfire planning, wildfire mitigation actions, and wildland fire education/prevention, 2) promote community-wide wildfire protection planning; conduct education programs about wildfire; and implement hazardous fuels reduction activities and related monitoring, on federal land, or on adjacent non-federal land, that reduce the wildfire risk to communities and benefit resources on federal land, and/or 3) promote Fire Adapted Communities.

Wildfire Mitigation and Adaptation, Community Resilience Awards are for $125,000 Northwest, Midwest Link
White House Champions of Change Award Nominations US White House

Funding unknown for 2017. President Obama has challenged us all to help win the future by out-educating, out-innovating, and out-building our competitors in the 21st century. Know someone who is doing extraordinary things to make a difference in your community? Nominate them to be a Champion of Change. We’ll consider your nominations as we feature people who are bringing about change in their communities on the White House website to share their ideas on how to win the future.

Leadership, Award, Climate Initiatives See Description National 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
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
Western Washington Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office Fisheries Restoration Opportunities DOI-FWS

Deadline passed as of August 31, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. Proposals will only be considered for project locations within western Washington State, specifically for: Chehalis River watershed in southwest Washington State. Proposals may include but are not limited to: fish passage, in-stream and riparian habitat restoration, introduced species management (including aquatic invasive species), or education and outreach, Lake Sammamish specifically related to kokanee restoration and monitoring, Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO) employment at Makah and Quinault National Fish Hatcheries, Analysis of migratory patterns in bull trout in western Washington, Status assessments of Olympic mudminnow, or Analysis of scales and bony structures from anadromous fish.

fisheries, wetlands, restoration, hatcheries, aquatic resources, conservation, research, salmon, habitat Up to $100,000. Washington state Link
Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative Coastal Systems FY17 DOI

Deadline passed as of July 20,2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. Our mission is to promote coordination, dissemination and development of applied science to inform landscape level conservation, including terrestrial-marine linkages in the face of a changing climate and related stressors. Congress provides seed funding for our LCC through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Service administers these funds through financial assistance on a competitive basis for projects, studies, and events that advance the scientific and public community's understanding of large-scale changes in landscape characteristics and the impacts of these changes on important species.

climate change, adaptation, mitigation, public, community, wildlife, biodiversity, sustainability, conservation, landscape, policy, management $60,000-$90,000. Alaska, Alaska CSC Link
Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative FWS, LCC

The USFWS is seeking proposals on behalf of the Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative, WALCC. The Mission of the WALCC is to promote coordination, dissemination, and development of applied science to inform landscape level conservation, including terrestrial marine linkages, in the face of landscape scale stressors, focusing on climate change.

Conservation $20,000-70,000 Alaska, Western Alaska Link
Weatherization Formula Grants DOE

Program to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce their total residential expenditures, and improve their health and safety. The priority population for the Weatherization Assistance Program is people who are particularly vulnerable, such as the elderly, persons with disabilities, families with children, high residential energy users, and households with high energy burden.

Energy, Health Varies 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
WaterSMART: Water Recycling and Reuse Research under the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program for Fiscal Year 2017 Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation

Deadline passed as of February 6, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. Water reclamation and reuse research helps states, tribes, and local communities tackle water supply challenges. Research funded under the Title XVI Program (Title XVI Research) supports the implementation of water reclamation and reuse projects under development to supplement urban and irrigation water supplies through water 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.

Development, water reuse, Infrastructure, management, planning, sustainability, up to $300,000 United States 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
WaterSMART: Drought Resiliency Project Grants for Fiscal Year 2015 Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of the Interior’s (Interior) WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America’s Resources for Tomorrow) Program

The Nation’s largest wholesale water supplier, Reclamation, is supporting their customers, stakeholders, and partners by building resiliency to drought and climate change throuigh the implmentation of this Drought Resiliency program. The program seeks to assist in proactive drought response, resiliencey, adaptation, and more.

Natural Resources, Resiliency, Development, Responsiveness Up to $300,000 National 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
WaterSMART: Cooperative Watershed Management Program Grants BoR, DOI

Deadline unknown for FY 2017. The Cooperative Watershed Management Program (CWMP) contributes to the WaterSMART strategy by providing funding to watershed groups to encourage diverse stakeholders to form local solutions to address their water management needs. The purpose of the CWMP is to improve water quality and ecological resilience, conserve water, and reduce conflicts over water through collaborative conservation efforts in the management of local watersheds.

Conservation, Natural Resource Management $100,000-$1,000,000 Northwest, Southwest, Western US Link
WaterSMART Grants: Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects DOI, Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), WaterSMART

Deadline passed as of April 27, 2017. Deadline for 2018 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 Reclamation on small-scale on-the-ground projects that seek to conserve, better manage, or otherwise make more efficient use of water supplies.

climate change, precipitation, water, management, mitigation, adaptation, sustainability, natural resources Up to $75,000 in Federal funds per proposal will be available through this FOA to implement small-scale on-the-ground efficiency projects. The total project costs of each proposal submitted for funding under this FOA is limited to $150,000. National 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
Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program Department of the Interior: U.S. Geological Survey

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources, is requesting proposals for matching grants to support research on the topic of improving and enhancing the nation’s water supply. This opportunity supports research to better understand the changes in quantity and quality of water resources in response to a changing climate, population shifts, and land use changes.

Water Resources, Natural Resource Conservation, Infrastructure Development, Population Shifts, Land Use Changes, Innovation. Projects may be one to three years in duration and applicants may request up to $250,000 total in federal funds. National Link
Water Management, Planning and Pre-Development (N34) (Water Management) and the Water Rights Negotiation/Litigation (R31) (Water Rights) Programs United States Department of the Interior, BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS, Northwest Regional Office

Deadline passed as of September 2, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. Programs support the litigation and negotiation of Indian water rights, studies to determine the quantity of surface and groundwater supplies, identify arable lands, determine historical water use, water requirements for resources such as fish and wildlife, and the amounts of water required for irrigates agriculture, and relates engineering and economic studies for water delivery.

water rights, irrigation, watershed, water health, water, Award amount 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
Water Conservation Field Services Program- Phoenix Area Office BoR, DOI

The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite irrigation and water districts, states, local governments, water providers, and other entities that have an association with a Reclamation project to leverage their money and resources, by cost sharing with Reclamation, on projects/activities that make more efficient use of existing water supplies through water conservation and efficiency within the Phoenix Area Office boundaries. Eligibility includes tribes. R14SF32010.

Water Conservation $25,000 ceiling Southwest, see application for details Link
Water Conservation Field Services Program - Yuma Area Office BoR, DOI

The objective of this FOA is to invite irrigation and water districts, states, local governments, water providers, and other entities that have a tie to Reclamation projects to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on activities/projects that make more efficient use of existing water supplies through water conservation and efficiency in the YAO Area of Responsibility. Eligibility includes Indian tribes.

Water Conservation $100,000 ceiling Southwest, See application for more details Link
Water Conservation Field Services Program - Southern California Area Office BoR, DOI

The objective of this FOA is to invite irrigation and water districts, Indian Tribes, states, local governments, water providers, and other entities that have a tie to Reclamation projects to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on activities/projects that make more efficient use of existing water supplies through water conservation and efficiency in the SCAO.

Water Conservation $100,000 ceiling Northwest, Southwest, See application for more details 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
Water & Waste Disposal Technical Assistance & Training Grants USDA Rural Development

This program helps qualified, private non-profits provide technical assistance and training to (a) identify and evaluate solutions to water and waste problems; (b) assist applicants in preparing applications for water and waste disposal loans/grants; and (c) assist associations in improving operation and maintenance of existing water and waste facilities in eligible rural areas.

Water, waste disposal, training See guidance National Link
Washington Environmental Quality Incentives Program USDA 03/16/2018

EQIP provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in order to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation or improved or created wildlife habitat. Eligible program participants receive financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices, or activities like conservation planning, that address natural resource concerns on their land. Payments are made to participants after conservation practices and activities identified in an EQIP plan of operations are implemented. Contracts can last up to ten years in duration.

natural resources, agriculture, water and air quality, conservation, Washington Link
Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentives Program (VPA-HIP) USDA

The Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentives Program (VPA-HIP) encourages private landowners to voluntarily make their land available to the public for wildlife-dependent recreation. States and tribes approved for funding of this Farm Service Agency (FSA) program use the funds as incentives to encourage private landowners of farms, ranches, and forests to make that land available to the public for wildlife-dependent recreation. This may include hunting or fishing. The overall goal of VPA-HIP is to enhance wildlife habitat and management and to boost local economies through activities that attract wildlife enthusiasts.

Conservation, recreation varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
Volkswagen (VW) Clean Air Act Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund National Tribal Air Association 01/02/2018

On October 2, 2017 (The Trust Effective Date, or TED), the United States District Court approved the final Mitigation Trust Agreements, completing the settlement with automaker Volkswagen AG (VW), to resolve allegations that VW violated the Clean Air Act (CAA) by selling diesel-engine cars that produced excess emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx). The Mitigation Trust Agreements are designed to reduce NOx emissions from other diesel engine vehicles, thereby mitigating the effects of the VW violations. All 567 federally-recognized Tribes can apply for beneficiary status.

NOx emission reduction, mitigation National Link
Village Safe Water Program/Alaska Native Village and Rural Communities Program EPA, State-funded

The Village Safe Water Program provides technical and financial support to communities to design and construct water and wastewater systems. It is meant to assist Alaska Native Villages and Alaska rural communities with the construction of new or improved drinking water and wastewater systems. This funding can also be used to provide training and technical assistance in the operations and maintenance of these systems.

Water, Natural Resources, Education Varies Northwest, Alaska Link

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