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 Amount Geography Website
National Clean Diesel Funding Tribal Assistance Program EPA

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

Emissions Reduction, Clean Energy, Transportation Infrastructure, Mitigation Varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
National Conservation Innovation Grants U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service

Deadline passed as of January 9, 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) to EQIP eligible producers, 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 the 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 projects targeting innovative on-the-ground conservation, including pilot projects, field demonstrations, and on-farm conservation research. On-farm conservation research is defined as an investigation conducted to answer a specific conservation-related question using a statistically valid design while employing farm-scale equipment on farm fields.

conservation, agriculture, management, research, planning $2,000,000 United States Link
National Disaster Resilience Competition HUD

The National Disaster Resilience Competition makes $1 billion available to communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years. The competition promotes risk assessment and planning and will fund the implementation of innovative resilience projects to better prepare communities for future storms and other extreme events. Funding for the competition is from the Community Development Block Grant disaster recovery (CDBG-DR) appropriation provided by the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 (PL 113-2). PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DEADLINE IS ONLY AN ESTIMATE--SEE LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Disaster Resilience, Infrastructure, Disaster Mitigation Varies See application for more information Link
National Environmental Information Exchange Network Grant Program EPA

Deadline passed as of November 18, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. The Exchange Network Grant Program provides funding to tribes, inter-tribal consortia, states and territories to develop and implement the information technology and information management capabilities they need to actively participate in the Exchange Network. It supports the exchange of environmental data and collaborative work within the Exchange Network. Grantees will make the geospatial services standards and procedures developed through these efforts available to all Exchange Network Partners through EPA’s Reusable Component Services (RCS) database.

Regulatory, Research, Health, Natural Resources Individual awards range from $50,000 to $300,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, 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
National Fish Habitat Partnership -- Desert Fish 2015 NGO, USFWS

The Desert Fish Habitat Partnership is requesting submission of project proposals for the 2015 National Fish Habitat Partnership funding cycle and other potential funding sources. Projects should directly address the habitat needs of desert fish, specifically those identified in the DFHP Framework for Strategic Conservation of Desert Fish.

Natural Resource Management, Conservation Unknown Northwest, Southwest 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
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
National Forest Foundation's Matching Awards Program USDA

The NFF is currently soliciting proposals for its Matching Awards Program (MAP), a grant program that provides matching funds for direct on-the-ground and citizen-based monitoring projects benefiting America's National Forests and Grasslands. MAP funds can be used to support conservation and restoration projects benefiting wildlife habitat, recreation, watershed health, and community-based forestry. By pairing federal funds—provided through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Forest Service—with non-federal dollars raised by award recipients, the resources available to nonprofit partners to implement projects are effectively doubled.

Natural Resources, Wildlife, Research, Conservation, Water Varies Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National (Excludes Hawaii), Alaska Link
National Indoor Environments Program: Reducing Public Exposure to Indoor Pollutants EPA

This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible entities for demonstration, training, outreach and/or education cooperative agreements that will have a national scale impact to reduce exposure to indoor air contaminants and yield measurable environmental outcomes.

Air Pollution, public health Up to $200,000 annually for up to 3 years Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest, US territories Link
National Native Health Research Training Initiative IHS

Deadline passed as of October 30, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. This initiative will help build capacity and disseminate new and best practices for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) health research and promote Tribally-driven research activity through a variety of educational and training opportunities. Focus will be on the promotion of health research and related opportunities for AI/AN students, highlighting promising practices and practice-based approaches to improving the health of AI/AN people,and culture-based approaches to reducing health disparities between AI/AN people and the U.S. population. Other areas will focus on resilience and protective factors and their role in AI/AN health outcomes, innovative and culturally-based approaches to improving the health of AI/AN youth, and dissemination of study findings in AI/AN health science research to investigators and providers working in or with Tribal communities as well as Tribal leaders and health officials. Activities will include the planning, coordination, and hosting of research meetings and conferences, webinars, hosting of a website/webpage for dissemination of AI/AN health science research information, and other activities to be determined.

health services, management, training, medicine, health care $100,000-$225,000 United States, Indian Country Link
National Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grant Program: Regional Center Grants to Enhance Food Safety USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Unknown if grant is being awarded during FY 2016. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) have joined in a collaborative partnership to administer and manage the National Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program: Regional Center Grants to Enhance Food Safety. This program is designed to develop and implement a comprehensive food safety training, education and technical assistance program for those affected by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The intention of this program is to begin building an infrastructure that will support a national food safety training, education, extension, outreach, and technical assistance system and provide significant opportunities for funding through subcontracts and for partnerships with eligible stakeholder groups, including community-based and non-governmental organizations.

Development, Infrastructure, Education, Food Safety, Food Security Up to $1,150,000 National Link
National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program USDA

Deadline passed as of June 15, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown.The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council is seeking innovative grants proposals for program development, research, and collaboration to address the following two strategic priority issues: proposals that demonstrate the connection between the personal benefits of urban forests and quality of life within a community through community engagement; and proposals that design an urban forestry recruitment program and retention strategies that support existing urban forestry academic curricula. Urban and community forests demonstrate benefits including urban heat island reduction. NOTE: Pre-proposals are due by June 17, see website for details.

Research, Health, Natural Resources, Land, Conservation, Mitigation, Adaptation, Wildlife Individual awards of up to $600,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative First Nations Development Institute

Deadline passed as of February 17, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknonwn. Accessing healthy food is a challenge for many Native communities. Without access to healthy foods, a nutritious diet and good health are out of reach. The goal of the NAFSI project is to build local and systemic infrastructure in Native American communities focusing on supporting projects that increase access to fresh, healthy foods and improve the overall health and well-being of Native children and families. This project is also intended to help increase knowledge of and control over where food comes from and help increase knowledge of the linkages between food and Native cultures, and between families’ income and entrepreneurially-related food ventures.

Health, Natural Resources, Environmental Justice, Education, Land, NGO Varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Midwest, Alaska Link
Native American Affairs Office Technical Assistance Program DOI

The Bureau of Reclamation’s Office of Native American and International Affairs has a Technical Assistance for Tribes program. This program assists Federally recognized Indian Tribes to develop, manage and protect their water and related resources. Past project have included water needs assessments, improved water management studies, water quality data collection and assessments, and water measurement studies.

Water, Natural Resources, Education, Research Individual awards of up to $100,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest 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
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
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
NOAA 2016 Coral Reef Conservation Program International Coral Reef Conservation Cooperative Agreements NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) provides matching grants for international coral reef conservation projects. CRCP solicits proposals that will support the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program’s International Strategy 2010-2015 (International Strategy). The International Strategy focuses on supporting existing regional efforts in four priority regions based on their interconnections with U.S. reef ecosystems and existing initiatives and partnerships. Two of these four priority regions will be considered under this Federal Funding Opportunity: the Wider Caribbean and Micronesia...In FY 2016, the CRCP will accept applications for cooperative agreements of up to a two-year project period focused on building international capacity for the effective ecosystem-based management of coral reef ecosystems.

Coral Reefs, Conservation, Marine Funding...expected to be approximately $600,000. NOAA expects each applicant will request between $75,000 and $300,000 annually for an award with a project period up to two years. Funding after the first year generally depends on future Congressional appropriations, NOAA/CRCP priorities, and recipient performance in the first year(s) of the award. The Caribbean, Pacific Islands, Micronesi, Pacific Ocean, Pacific Link
NOAA Coastal and Estuarine Land Conversation Program Grant NOAA

The Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) was authorized for the purpose of protecting important coastal and estuarine areas that have significant conservation, recreation, ecological, historical, or aesthetic values, or that are threatened by conversion from their natural, undeveloped, or recreational state to other uses. This announcement solicits applications for land acquisition projects (fee simple interest or conservation easements) that are expected to be completed within 18 months from the start date of the award. NOAA-NOS-OCRM-2014-2003828.

Estuarine Conservation Varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Coastal Link
NOAA Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants NOAA

Deadline passed as of August 16, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. NOAA has developed the Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program to build resilience of coastal ecosystems, communities and economies in the U.S. The Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency awards will fund projects that develop healthy and sustainable coastal ecosystems through habitat restoration and conservation.

Sustainability, Ecosystem Health, Coastal Ecosystems, Resiliency, habitat restoration, Habitat Conservation Accepting proposals requesting $100,000 to $2 million. National, Coastal Ecosystems Link
NOAA Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Project Grants FWS

Using funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) Program anticipates funding wetland and associated upland habitat restoration and enhancement projects for conservation of native Great Lakes fish and wildlife populations, particularly migratory birds.

Habtat Restoration Up to $25,000 Northeast, Midwest, Great Lakes Link
NOAA Marine Debris Prevention through Education and Outreach NOAA

Funds will be awarded to grants that target the prevention of marine debris in the marine and coastal environments through the implementation of dedicated education and outreach activities. Projects awarded through this grant competition are expected to educate the public about marine debris through activities including, but not limited to: 1. encouraging changes in behavior to address marine debris; 2. developing, using, and disseminating tools, products, and campaigns to improve efforts to address marine debris; and, 3. engaging the public in active, personal participation (e.g. a small-scale shoreline cleanup with students or other hands-on activities, etc.).

Coastal, Marine Ecosystems $20,000-$100,000 Northwest, Southwest, Southeast, Northeast, Alaska, National Link
NOAA Sea Grant Coastal Community Climate Adaptation Initiative 2013 NOAA, DOC

This climate adaptation initiative is designed to support action to prepare for the current and predicted impacts of climate variability and change on America's coastal communities. Applications to this competition must propose projects that identify and address the vulnerabilities a coastal community may face in adapting to climate change. Projects must be carried out in active partnership with local (county or municipal) leadership, and should include cooperation with relevant state, NOAA, and other Federal agencies, or other organizations, as appropriate.

Adaptation, Mitigation, Conservation, Coastal Individual awards of up to $100,000 Northwest, Southwest, Southeast, Northeast, National, Alaska, Coastal Link
North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Small Grants Program

The North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Small Grants Program is accepting proposals for projects involving long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetland and associated upland habitat that benefits wetland dependent migratory birds, primarily waterfowl. A one to one match of non-federal funds to the NAWCA request is required.

Wetlands Conservation, Migratory Bird Conservation $1,000-$75,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, National, Alaska Link
North American Wetlands Conservation Act 2018 U.S. Standard Grants FWS

Deadline passed as of July 14, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The U.S. Standard Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. These projects must involve only long-term protection, restoration, enhancement and/or establishment of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds. A 1:1 match is required.

wetlands, riparian zone, conservation, restoration, monitoring, migratory birds, wildlife, aviary, Up to $1,000,000. National, United States Link
Northeast Resilient Landscapes Initiative Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Capitalized with a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Northeast Resilient Landscapes Fund provides capital grants and loans to land protection projects within selected regions of the northeast, mid-Atlantic and central Appalachians. Projects must lie in one of OSI’s four Focus Areas, demonstrate the use of Resilient Landscape concepts and meet the other grant criteria detailed below.
OSI awards grants to qualified non-profit organizations through a competitive process with the assistance of an advisory board comprised of experts with knowledge of natural resources, conservation policy and land conservation funding.

climate change, conservation, landscape, sustainability, adaptation, mitigation Varies. East Coast, New York, Maine, New Jersey, Appalachia, Northeast United States 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
NSF Coastal SEES NSF

NSF’s Coastal SEES program focuses on the sustainability of coastal systems, which include barrier islands, mudflats, beaches, estuaries, cities, towns, recreational areas, maritime facilities, continental seas and shelves, and the overlying atmosphere. The Coastal SEES program, in short, seeks to 1) advance understanding of fundamental, interconnected processes in coastal systems, 2) improve capabilities for predictingfuture coastal system states and impacts, and 3) identify pathways for research to be translated to policy and management domains, enhancing coastal resiliency.

Coastal, Research $800,000-$2,000,000 Northweest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, Alaska, National, Coastal Link
NSF Division Ocean Science: Physical Oceanography Grant NSF

NSF’s Division of Ocean Sciences offers a funding opportunity on the subject of Physical Oceanography. In years past, this program has funded several climate change-focused research projects, including climate impacts on proglacial lake outbursts, the role of ice in large lake response to climate change, effects of lunar nodal tide on climate variability, and ocean data assimilation to research climate change.

Ocean, Coastal Unknown Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Coastal Link

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