Funding

The Tribal Climate Change Funding Guide is intended to provide up-to-date information on grants, programs and plans that may assist tribes in addressing climate change through a broad range of sectors. We will update this guide regularly, so please check back often. If you have questions or updates for this guide, email: kathy@uoregon.eduPlease note that for entries that are accepting applications continuously, the grant deadline column will list "12/31/2017" as the grant deadline. This ensures that those grants will appear immediately after those grants with a set deadline.

Title Organization Grant Deadline Description Category Funding Amountsort descending Geography Website
Alaska CSC Funding Opportunity USGS

Recent Deadline was 1/18/2017. Next Deadline Unknown. SOIs are invited for projects that support regional CSC science priorities. CSC funded projects cover a variety of topics that address the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, ecosystems, & the communities they support.

climate science, vulnerability assessment, climate change Approximately $1,600,000 to $1,800,000 may be available. Alaska, United States 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
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
Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Indian Lands DOE, Office of Indian Energy

Deadline passed as of February 7, 2016. Deadlaine for 2018 unkown. In an effort by the Department to foster a more holistic engagement with Tribes on energy issues, the Department’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Tribal Energy Program and its activities are being consolidated into DOE’s Office of Indian Energy. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) builds on efforts by the Tribal Energy Program, and the authorities granted the Office of Indian Energy under EPAct 2005, to accelerate deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technology on Indian Lands.

Energy efficiency, Renewable energy, Energy, clean energy, community, development Award amount varies. Indian Lands 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
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts (SBEBP) Challenge Area USDA, NIFA

Deadline passed as of November 17, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. In the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts (SBEBP) Challenge Area specific program areas are designed to achieve the long term outcome of reducing the national dependence on foreign oil through the development and production of regionally-appropriate sustainable bioenergy systems that materially deliver advanced liquid transportation biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts.

alternative energy, biofuel, sustainability, bioenergy Award amount varies. $21,000,000 in total program funding. United States Link
AFRI Foundational: Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities USDA, NIFA

Deadline passed as of August 31, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. This AFRI Foundational Program Area of Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities (AERC) supports projects involving rigorous research and analysis that improves the sustainability of agricultural and related activities in rural areas, protects the environment, enhances quality of life, and alleviates poverty. Topical issues include, but are not limited to, the interactions between agriculture, environment and communities in rural areas; demographic changes and impacts; consumer preferences or behavior; decision-making under uncertainty; market structure and performance; policy design and impact; or agricultures impact on the environment. The AERC Program Area primarily supports social and behavioral science disciplines such as economics, sociology, political science, history, geography and others. Interdisciplinary efforts involving social and nonsocial science disciplines are also invited. Domestic and international partnerships that leverage resources and are mutually beneficial to the applicant, other U.S. states, or other countries are encouraged.

sustainability, poverty, agriculture, environment, rural communities Award amount varies. Total program funding $17,000,000. United States Link
Joint Fire Science Program Research Funding Opportunity DOA/DOI, JFSP (Joint Fire Science Program) 11/17/2017

The interagency Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is requesting proposals in the following task statements:  Landscape fuel treatment strategies and wildfire managementEffects of changing wildfire management strategies, Post-fire recoveryFire effects on herbaceous and shrub species, Validating mesoscale, atmospheric boundary prediction models and tools, and Factors that affect the co-management of wildland fire risk.

landscape development, habitat restoration, institutional barriers, social barriers, wildfire response strategies Award amount varies; see full announcement. National, Canada, focus on forested areas in western U.S. and southeastern U.S. Link
HUD Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Program U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development

Deadline for 2016 passed as of July 18, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unkown. Grant aims to provide technical assistance that will help HUD partners "navigate complex housing and community development challenges by equipping them with the knowledge, skills, tools, capacity, and systems to implement HUD programs and policies successfully."

tribal housing, housing developments, zoning, city planning Award amounts $500,000 to $20 million. $58 million total grant funds. National. Link
Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program USDA

Deadline passed as of October 3, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. The purpose of the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Program is to assist in the development of new and emerging technologies for the development of Advanced biofuels, Renewable chemicals, and Biobased product manufacturing. This is achieved through guarantees for loans made to fund the development, construction, and Retrofitting of Commercial scale Biorefineries using Eligible technology and of Biobased product manufacturing facilities that use technologically new commercial scale processing and manufacturing equipment and required facilities to convert Renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of biorefineries into end-user products on a commercial scale.

bioenergy, biofuel, sustainability, climate change, community development, economic growth, commercial development Award amounts vary. National Link
Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (2501 Program) USDA

Deadline passed as of July 29, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknownThe 2501 Program provides funding to eligible organizations for training and technical assistance projects designed to assist socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers in owning and operating viable agricultural enterprises. The 2501 Program extends USDA's capacity to work with members of farming and ranching communities by funding projects that enhance the equitable participation of socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers in USDA programs. It is OAO's (Office of Advocacy and Outreach) intention to build lasting relationships between USDA, awardee organizations, and socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers.

agricultural, food security, veterans, ranching, environmental justice, technical assistance, business, Award amounts vary; total program funds $8.4 million. National, Rural Link
Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Youth Initiative (TYI) Program Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

Deadline passed as of January 15, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. "Initiative funding will be distributed on a competitive basis to tribes and inter-tribal organizations for the support and development of tribal youth programs focused on science in line with conservation and resource management. The programs will provide opportunities for youth to become engaged in the field of natural resource management and foster their interest in pursuing educational opportunities and a career in natural resources management" (Bureau of Indian Affairs, Tribal Youth Initiative (TYI) Program, Ranking Criteria and Application Process). See link for more details.

Conservation Science, Resource Management, Tribal Youth Programs. Award packages can range from $2,000 - $70,000 per application. Midwest, West, Pacific Northwest, East, Southeast, Alaska, Southwest, Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, Southern Plains, Navajo, Eastern Oklahoma.
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area USDA, NAIF

Deadline passed as of November 17, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. This AFRI Challenge Area focuses on the priority to mitigate and adapt to climate variability and change. It supports activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration in agricultural and forest production systems, and prepare the nation's agriculture and forests to adapt to variable climates. The long-term outcome for this program is to reduce the use of energy, nitrogen fertilizer, and water by ten percent and increase carbon sequestration by fifteen percent through resilient agriculture and forest production systems. In order to achieve this outcome, this program will support multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants.

Climate Mitigation, Agriculture, Climate Adaptation, reduce climate impacts, Award varies. $8,400,00 total program funding. Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Clean Diesel Tribal Grants (Environmental Protection Agency) EPA

Deadline passed as of August 23, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality is soliciting proposals nationwide for Tribal projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets located in areas designated as having poor air quality. EPA anticipates $1 million will be awarded to eligible Tribal applicants.

emissions, alternative energy, sustainability, climate adaptation, air quality Award varies. See announcement. United States Link
USFWS/NPLCC 2016 Funding Opportunity Announcement USFWS, NPLCC

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) receives funds to support collaborative science and knowledge activities of the NPLCC. The USFWS Pacific Region awards these funds for financial assistance through a competitive process for projects, studies, and events that support natural and cultural resource conservation in the face of climate change and other landscape-scale stressors. The NPLCC recognizes the importance of considering both western science and traditional knowledges to advance landscape-scale conservation and sustainable resource management.

Natural Resource Conservation, Cultural Resource Conservation, Climate Change, Financial Assistance Awards are contingent on the availability of funds. A total estimated amount of $50,000 to $200,000 USFWS funding for 1 to 5 projects may be awarded under this announcement... (see link for details) North Pacific 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
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
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
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative DOI, FWS

Deadline passed as of April 13, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The Coastal Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides technical and financial assistance to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. The Coastal Program is not a conventional grants program, in that it does not solicit projects through a request for proposals. Instead, projects are developed strategically, in coordination with partners, and with substantial involvement from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) field biologists. The Coastal Program Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding is available to coastal areas within the U.S. portion of the Great Lakes basin which includes parts of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.

Conservation, Water, Wildlife, Coastal, Anishnaabeg, marine resources, water health, biodiversity, habitat, restoration, management, Awards vary. Northeast, Great Lakes Link
Homeland Security National Training Program Department of Homeland Security, FEMA

Deadline passed as of August 22, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unkonown. The Department of Homeland Security Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Homeland Security National Training Program (HSNTP), Continuing Training Grants (CTG) program plays an important role in the implementation of the National Preparedness System by supporting the building, sustainment, and delivery of core capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal (the Goal) of a secure and resilient Nation. Delivering core capabilities requires the combined effort of the whole community, rather than the exclusive effort of any single organization or level of government. The FY 2016 HSNTP/CTG supports efforts to build and sustain core capabilities across Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery mission areas, with specific focus on addressing the training needs of our Nation. Objectives: FY 2016 HSNTP/CTG training programs will provide training solutions to address specific national preparedness gaps, correlate training needs with exercise activities and outcomes, incorporate the core capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal, and ensure training is available and accessible to a nationwide audience.

homeland security, mitigation, hazard preparedness, natural disaster Awards vary. Total program funding: $11,521,000. National Link
Farmers Market Promotion Program USDA

RFP Closed for FY 2016. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), AMS, requests applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) to competitively award grants to eligible applicants for projects that establish, expand, and promote direct producer-to-consumer marketing.

Farmers Market, Local Foods, Sustainability, Bioregionalism, Sustainable Agriculture, Community Development. Capacity Building: Minimum grant award is $50,000. Maximum award is $250,000. Community Development, Training, and Technical Assistance: Minimum grant award is $250,000. Maximum award $500,000. United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. 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
Tribal Pollution Prevention Network's Tribal Colleges Extension Program NGO

The purpose of the TCEP is to enable 1994 institutions to deliver science-based, culturally relevant extension education programs designed to address public needs and improve quality of life. The TCEP is intended to be a component of the applicant 1994 institution’s land-grant roadmap or strategic planning process. To the extent practicable, priorities should reflect NIFA’s national critical needs areas: 1) Development of sustainable energy; 2) Increased global food security; 3) Adaptation of agriculture and natural resources to global climate change; 4) Reduction of childhood and adolescent obesity; and 5) Improved food safety. The Tribal Colleges Extension Program-Special Emphasis (TCEP-SE) for fiscal year (FY) 2014 will be to conduct specialized, focused projects as a complement to a full extension department operations.

Education Ceiling of $170,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
"Supporting Resilient Coastal Communities in a Changing Climate" Competition NOAA, COCA

DEadline oassed as of OCtober 24, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown.The Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA) program addresses the needs of decision-makers dealing with pressing climate-related issues in coastal and marine environments. The program is designed to support interdisciplinary teams of researchers in the development and transition of climate-related research and information to advance decision-making in coastal communities and coastal and marine ecosystems. For the FY17 competition, we define “coastal communities” as one or more coastal counties, cities, towns, neighborhoods, tribes, etc. Tribes or indigenous communities do not need to be federally recognized in order to be eligible for this funding opportunity. Outcomes of COCA projects inform the response and coping capacity of decision-making and management communities to climate variability and change.

climate resources, climate education, research, coastal resource management, sustainability, restoration COCA intends to support projects up to $300,000 for up to two years. National 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
Environmental Education Local Grants Program (EPA) United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Environmental Education.

The purpose of the Environmental Education Local Grants Program is to support locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment.

Environmental Education, Education Development, Deadline Unknown for 2017. The total funding for this competitive opportunity is approximately $2,730,000 nationwide. EPA expects to award three grants from each of the EPA’s 10 Regional Offices, for a total of approximately 30 grants nationwide. The award amount for each of these grants will be approximately, but no more than, $91,000 in federal funds. The award amounts and the number of awards are subject to the availability of funds, the quality and quantity of proposals received, and other applicable considerations. United States, U.S. Territories, the majority of the educational activities must take place in the United States; or in the United States and Canada or Mexico; or in the U.S. Territories. Link
Inter-Tribal Technical Assistance Energy Providers Network DOE, Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs

Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department’s Office of Indian Energy is soliciting applications from “Alaska Native Regional Corporations” and “Inter-tribal Organizations” to provide technical assistance on a regional basis, to best meet the needs of their member Indian tribes, resulting in clear measurable outcomes or end-products that include a plan to become financially sufficient beyond DOE’s Office of Indian Energy funding and a methodology of equitably providing services across member Indian tribes or Alaska Native villages.

Technical Assistance, Economic Development, Energy Innovation. DOE anticipates making awards that range from $300,000 to $1,000,000 for the entire period of performance of 3–5 years. After that time it is expected that the Inter-tribal technical assistance energy provider will be financially sufficient and can continue these efforts without further DOE support. Alaska, Tribal Lands Link
First Steps toward Developing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands – 2016 DOE

Deadline passed as of October 20, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. Under the planned FOA, the Office of Indian Energy intends to solicit applications from Indian Tribes (including Alaska Native regional corporations and village corporations) and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations under the following topic areas: (1) Conduct energy options analyses (Topic Area 1); (2) Establish baseline energy use (Topic Area 2); (3) Develop energy organizations (Topic Area 3); (4) Conduct climate resiliency planning (Topic Area 4); (5) Establish policy, regulations, and codes to reduce energy use or promote energy develop (Topic Area 5); and, (6) Obtain skills and training related to energy use and development (Topic Area 6). It is expected that proposed activities will result in specific measurable results or end-products that will lead to the development and deployment of energy solutions, and/or build knowledge or skills necessary to implement successful strategic energy solutions.

climate change, carbon emissions, clean energy, sustainable energy, energy planning DOE currently anticipates making eight to twenty grant awards in amounts ranging from $50,000 to $250,000. The actual level of funding, if any, depends on Congressional appropriations. National Link
Funding Opportunity: pre-proposal request Western AK LCC Terrestrial Systems Theme USFWS, Western AK LCC (Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative)

RFP closed. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) receives funds to support collaborative science and knowledge activities of the Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC). 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.

Terrestrial Systems Due to the limited funds available, modest funding requests (< $100,000.00) are encouraged, however, higher amounts may be requested with appropriate justification. 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

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