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
Preserve America Initiative Internal Funding Program NOAA

This popular internal funding program is designed to stimulate efforts within NOAA to preserve, protect and promote the agency's heritage assets. Projects from FY05 through FY12 have varied in scope from interpreting historic and cultural resources in NOAA's care to capturing oral histories of NOAA employees and constituents. Must be partnered with a NOAA partner.

Education, Conservation, Research Individual awards of up to $12,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
REAP Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Grant and Guaranteed Loan Program USDA

Program supporting renewable energy development in small rural businesses and agriculture. NOTE: See link for more information about deadlines.

Renewable energy, Infrastructure Varies, see weblink Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Regional Conservation Partnership Program USDA

Deadline passed as of April 21, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. Through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), NRCS seeks to co-invest with partners in innovative, workable, and cost-effective approaches to benefit farming, ranching, and forest operations, local economies, and the communities and resources in a watershed or other geographic area. RCPP partners develop project applications, as described in this notice, to address specific natural resource objectives in a proposed area or region. Partnering organizations design, promote, implement, and evaluate the project outcomes. NRCS will select final RCPP projects following a two-phase application process that includes: (1) a pre- proposal application and (2) a full-proposal application. NRCS will assess and evaluate RCPP project applications against four criteria: solutions, contributions, innovation, and participation. The full-proposal process is only open to applicants whose pre-proposal applications are selected by the agency to go forward from the pre-proposal stage.

Agriculture, Natural Resource Management, Farming, Forestry, Ranching, Watershed, Collaboration $10,000,000. National, International (US Territories) Link
Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program NOAA

Deadline passed as of February 16, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The NOAA Climate Program Office’s (CPO) Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program supports research teams that conduct innovative, interdisciplinary, user-inspired, and regionally relevant research that informs resource management and public policy. CPO funds a network of RISA teams across the United States (US) and Pacific Islands, which are a model for interdisciplinary science and assessment. NOAA’s RISA program is overseen by CPO’s Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI) division. CSI’s mission is to inform improvements in resilience and preparedness in diverse socio-economic regions and sectors throughout the US and abroad through the use of climate knowledge and information. Our research advances the nation’s understanding of climate-related risks and vulnerabilities across sectors and regions, and the development of tools to foster more informed decision making.

Climate change, public planning, policy, management, climate science, research Up to $700,000. United States Link
Regional Vulnerability Assessments for Ocean Acidification NOAA

Deadline passed as of January 13, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. NOAA/OAR/Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) is soliciting proposals for collaborative projects of up to 2 years in duration that synthesize ocean acidification information at a regional scale (e.g. Large Marine Ecosystem, large estuary or collection of small estuaries, and state or collection of states in US waters) to determine where societal vulnerabilities to ocean acidification exist or are emerging, in order to provide actionable information for marine resource decision makers. This funding opportunity will not support the collection of new chemical or ecological observations or species response data. Social science data collection is permitted.

marine, climate change, fisheries, management, adaptation, vulnerability assessment, climate science $100,000-$350,000. National, Coastal communities Link
Remote Alaskan Communities Energy Efficiency Competition Request for Information USDOE

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing a new initiative to significantly accelerate adoption of sustainable clean and energy efficiency strategies in remote rural Alaskan communities. For the purposes of this initiative, “remote or rural areas” include communities with a population of 5,500 or less that are not connected by an all-weather road or rail to Anchorage or Fairbanks, or with a population of 1,500 or less that are connected by road or rail to Anchorage or Fairbanks. Through the proposed competitive process, the Remote Alaskan Communities Energy Efficiency Competition is being designed to empower Alaskan communities to develop solutions for effectively advancing the use of reliable, affordable, and energy efficient solutions that are applicable throughout rural communities in Alaska and potentially in other Arctic regions.

Community, Clean Energy The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing a new $4 million initiative to significantly accelerate efforts by remote Alaskan communities to adopt sustainable energy strategies. National, watershed Link
Request for Proposals from Indian Tribes and Intertribal Consortia for Nonpoint Source Management Grants Under Clean Water Act Section 319 EPA

The primary goal of a nonpoint source management program is to control nonpoint source pollution through management measures and practices. Projects should focus on watershed-based plans and on-the-ground projects that will result in significant steps towards solving NPS impairments. Fresh, coastal and estuarine projects are eligible for funding through this opportunity. Applicants should include in their proposal a description of how the project fits into the watershed context.
EPA has incorporated water quality projects for tribes in recognition that not all tribes have developed standards and may need additional time and/or technical assistance in order to develop estimates of the NPS pollutants.

Health, Regulatory, Water, Coastal, Natural Resources, Environmental Justice Total program funding, $3 million. 25 competitively funded grants. Proposals may request up to $150,000. Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Request for Proposals from Indian Tribes and Intertribal Consortia for Nonpoint Source Management Grants Under Clean Water Act (CWA) EPA

Deadline passed as of January 25, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. To develop and/or implement watershed-based plans and on-the-ground projects that will result in significant steps towards solving Nonpoint Source (NPS) impairments on a watershed-wide basis. Eligible entities are strongly encouraged to submit proposals that develop and/or implement watershed-based plans designed to protect unimpaired waters and/or restore NPS-impaired waters.

water, restoration, planning, policy, prevention, development, pollution, cleanup, treatment Up to $100,00. United States Link
Request for Proposals: Innovative Approaches to Ecological Drought Northwest Climate Science Center

Through this solicitation, the NW CSC is seeking innovative projects to help us assess which ecosystem components and ecological processes are most vulnerable to pronounced water deficiencies and to test or demonstrate new methods or technologies intended to lessen or adapt to the ecological impacts of drought. Study areas should be located in the region serviced by the NW CSC (Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and western Montana). Collaboration with federal, state, tribal, and other resource-management organizations that may apply the project results and products is strongly encouraged. For more information and to download the funding announcement, visit: https://my.usgs.gov/rfpManager/event/show/48399.

Drought, ecosystems, ecology Northwest Link
Research to Action: Assessing and Addressing Community Exposures to Environmental Contaminants NIH (National Institutes of Health)

Deadline unknown for FY 2017. This Funding Opportunity Announcement encourages applications using community-engaged research methods to investigate the potential health risks of environmental exposures of concern to the community and to implement an environmental health action plan based on research findings.

Public Health, Environmental Risks, Community Health. The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. 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
RESTORE Estuary Program EPA

Deadline passed as of August 1, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals to develop and stand-up a place-based estuary program encompassing one or more of the following bays in Florida’s northwest panhandle region: Perdido Bay, Pensacola Bay, Escambia Bay, Choctawhatchee Bay, St. Andrews Bay and Apalachicola Bay.

restoration, conservation, adaptation, mitigation, management, planning, policy, habitat, population, biodiversity, Varies. Florida Link
Risk Management Education Partnership Program USDA

Deadline passed as of July 10, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The purpose of this cooperative agreement program is to deliver crop insurance education and risk management training to U.S. agricultural producers to assist them in identifying and managing production, marketing, legal, financial, and human risk.

climate change, human health, sustainability, agriculture, economy, management, planning, policy Varies. National Link
RNRF Sustained Achievement Award Renewable Natural Resources Foundation (RNRF)

RFP Closed for 2016. The Sustained Achievement Award recognizes a long-term contribution and commitment to the protection and conservation of natural resources by an individual.

Natural Resources, Conservation of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection. Unknown. National. Link
Rocky Mountain Section Grants GSA

Deadline passed as of March 1, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. Funding available for undergraduate Earth Science research. Special consideration for projects focused on the Rocky Mountain region. Student must be a member of the GSA.

geology, climate science, student, scholarship, $750 Rocky Mountain Region, and Midwest Link
Rural Community Development Initiative Grants USDA

Deadline passed as of 7/25/2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. USDA is accepting applications to provide fundig to help nonprofit housing and community development organizations support housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas.

rural development, tribal housing, facilities, development projects, non-profit housing, economic development, infrastructure Minimum grant award is $50,000; maximum grant award is $250,000. United States Link
Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program USDA

Deadline passed as of May 25, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The Rural Cooperative Development Grant program helps improve the economic condition of rural areas by helping non-profit corporations or higher education institutions in the startup, expansion or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other mutually-owned businesses through cooperative development.

Rural Development, Economic development, Business Development, Community Development, management, infrastructure, local economy, Maximum Grant Amount up to $200,000 National Link
Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans & Grants USDA

Deadline passed as of March 31, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. Provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.

rural development, infrastructure, renewable energy, sustainable Unrestricted Grants (up to $500,000) National Link
Rural Housing Preservation Grants The Rural Housing Service (RHS)

The Rural Housing Service (RHS) announces that it is soliciting applications under its Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) program. The HPG program is a grant program which provides qualified public agencies, private nonprofit organizations, which may include but not be limited to Faith-Based and Community Organizations, and other eligible entities grant funds to assist very low- and low-income homeowners in repairing and rehabilitating their homes in rural areas. In addition, the HPG program assists rental property owners and cooperative housing complexes in repairing and rehabilitating their units if they agree to make such units available to low- and very low-income persons.

Community Development, Housing, Infrastructure Up to $50,000 Rural Link
Russell Family Foundation NGO

The Russell Family Foundation aims to protect and restore Puget Sound by supporting an environmental education program. They support organizations that provide opportunities for outdoor environmental education experiences throughout Puget Sound. These organizations deliver outdoor experiential learning to students in 5th through 12th grade who live in urbanized areas.

Restoration, Conservation Previous round of awards were ~$43,000 Puget Sound, Washington, Northwest Link
Saltonstall-Kennedy Competitive Research Program Dept. of Commerce

Deadline passed as of December 9, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. The objective of the S-K Grant Program is to address the needs of the fisheries and fishing communities in optimizing economic benefits by building and maintaining sustainable fisheries and practices, dealing with the impacts of conservation and management measures, and increasing other opportunities to use existing infrastructure to support keeping working waterfronts viable. Proposals submitted to this competition must address at least one of the following priorities: Marine Aquaculture; Fisheries Data Collection; Techniques for Reducing Bycatch and other Adverse Impacts; Adapting to Climate Change and Other Long Term Ecosystem Change; Promotion, Development and Marketing; Socio-Economic Research; and Territorial Science.

marine health, fisheries, management, sustainability, climate change, adaptation $25,000-$300,000 United States Link
Science for Sustainable and Healthy Tribes EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research on science for sustainable and healthy tribes. This solicitation is focused on research to develop sustainable solutions to environmental problems that affect tribes. The objectives of the awards to be made under this solicitation are to improve understanding of: 1) the health impacts of climate change on tribal populations; and 2) the health impacts of indoor air pollution exposures that derive from or are directly affecting traditional tribal life-ways and cultural practices. In both cases, projects should focus on impacts to vulnerable sub-populations of the Tribal communities. Proposals should also consider sustainable, culturally appropriate and acceptable pollution prevention, and adaptation/mitigation strategies.

Tribal Health, Adaptation, Mitigation The total funding available is $6 million; individual projects may be funded for up to $920,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska 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
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
Ski Conservation Fund: White River National Forest The National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Partnered with Vail Resorts, Inc., Copper Mountain and Arapahoe Basin, the NFF offers a grant opportunity to help maintain and enhance the quality of the White River National Forest.

Forestry, watershed conservation, recreation, wildlife habitat Funding is distributed as a match to an anticipated in-kind non-Federal donation of at least 50% of the total award. White River National Forest, Rockies Mountains, CO Link
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program: Environmental Technology Developers EPA, SBIR

Deadline passed as of October 20, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) mission is to protect human health and the environment. EPA’s SBIR Program supports small businesses (500 or fewer employees) to develop and commercialize novel environmental technologies that support this mission.

small business, economy, technology, development, information, Approximately 18 Phase I firm-fixed price contract awards for $100,000 for "proof of concept" United States Link
Smart Growth Implementation Assistance (SGIA) Program EPA

Communities receive direct technical assistance from team of national experts in one of two areas: policy analysis (e.g., reviewing state and local codes, school siting guidelines,transportation policies, etc.) or public participatory processes (e.g., visioning, design workshops, alternative analysis, build-out analysis, etc.). The assistance is tailored to the community's unique situation and priorities. EPA provides the assistance through a contractor team –not a grant. Through a multiple-day site visit and a detailed final report, the multi-disciplinary teams provide information to help the community achieve its goal of encouraging growth that fosters economic progress and environmental protection.

Infrastructure, Smart Growth Competitive program in which awardees receive technical assistance from experts; no funds dispersed Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse Grants EPA

Under this solicitation, EPA intends to fund further development and ongoing maintenance of a web-based national information clearinghouse focused on smart growth. This clearinghouse will be designed to support communities by providing timely information that supports local decision-making that delivers better environmental and public health outcomes from growth and development

Development, Database, Smart Growth varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
Social and Economic Development Strategies for Alaska ANA

Deadline passed as of June 22, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The Administration for Native Americans (ANA), within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), announces the availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 funds for new community-based projects under the ANA Social and Economic Development Strategies for Alaska-SEDS-AK. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is focused on community-driven projects designed to grow local economies, strengthen Alaskan Native families, including the preservation of Alaskan Native American cultures, and decrease the high rate of current challenges caused by the lack of community-based businesses, and social and economic infrastructure in Alaskan Native communities.

adaptation, infrastructure, economic, planning, policy, management, social justice, community development Varies. Alaska Link
Social and Economic Development Strategies for Native Americans ANA, DHS

Deadline passed as of June 22, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. ANA promotes social and economic self-sufficiency in communities through SEDS grants. These competitive financial assistance grants support locally determined projects designed to reduce or eliminate community problems and achieve community goals. This approach to promoting self-sufficiency encourages communities to shift away from programs that result in dependency on services and move toward projects that increase community and individual productivity through community development. SEDS grants fund social and economic development projects in on- and off-reservation native communities and provide federal support for self-determination and self-governance among Native American people. ANA also provides technical assistance through contractors who will help potential applicants with the planning and program development needed for a successful proposal. See the ANA website for a listing of technical assistance providers in your region.

Adaptation, Research, social justice, economic, infrastructure, management, sovereignty, self-determination Individuals awards between $50,000 and $375,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Pacific Islands/Hawaii Link

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