Funding

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

Title Organizationsort descending Grant Deadline Description Category Funding Amount Geography Website
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
Fiscal Year 2014 Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program (USEPA) EPA

The EPA is funding SRA grants and/or cooperative agreements to fund projects supporting pollution prevention/source reduction and resource conservation. The five goals of the grant program are: 1. Reduce the generation of GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions to mitigate climate change; 2. Reduce the manufacture and use of hazardous substances to improve human and ecological health; 3. Reduce the use of water and conserve other natural resources to protect ecosystems; 4. Create business efficiencies that derive economic benefits and improve environmental performance while addressing goals 1, 2, or 3; and 5. Institutionalize and integrate pollution prevention practices by way of technical services, policies, and initiatives while addressing goals 1, 2 or 3.

GHG Emissions Reduction, Hazardous Waste Reduction, Water Conservation, Business Efficiency, Sustainble Business, Pollution Prevention $10,000-$147,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southesat, National, Alaska Link
Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program EPA

The purpose of the EJCPS Program is for EPA to provide financial assistance to enable community-based organizations to collaborate and partner with other stakeholders (e.g., industry, government, academia, etc.) to develop and implement solutions that will significantly address environmental and/or public health issues at the local level.

Environmental Justice, Environmental Health, public health up to $120,000 National, Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, Southeast, Midwest, Alaska Link
EPA Region 4 Wetlands Program Development Grants EPA

Deadline unknown for 2017. Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs) provide eligible applicants an opportunity to conduct and promote the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution. All proposals submitted under this RFP must be for projects that build or refine state/tribal/local government wetland programs. Implementation of wetland protection programs is not an eligible project under this announcement

Conservation, Wetlands, Scientific Data $100,000-$250,000 EPA region 4; South; Southeast Link
Human and Ecological Health Impacts Associated with Water Reuse and Conservation Practices (USEPA) EPA

The US Environmental Protection Agency, as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications to conduct research on and demonstration of human and ecological impacts of treated wastewater applications (reclaimed water and wastewater reuse), and water conservation practices including the use of non-traditional water sources as well as more comprehensive long-term management and availability of water resources.

Resesarch, Wastewater, water quality, Water Conservation Up to $750,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska 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
EPA Region 5 Wetlands Program Development Grants EPA

RFP Closed for FY 2016. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants to build or refine state/tribal/local government wetland programs.

Wetlands, Conservation, Scientific Data $50,000-$500,000 EPA Region 5; Midwest, Great Lakes Link
Diesel Emission Reduction Act Grants EPA

This program aims to work aggressively to reduce the pollution emitted from diesel engines across the country through the implementation of varied control strategies and aggressive involvement of national, state, and local partners.

Energy, Health Individual grants typically range from $100,000 - $300,000 with an average award of $125,000. Larger individual grants typically range from $500,000 - $2 million with an average award of $650,000. Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
EPA Region 7 Wetlands Program Development Grants EPA

Deadline unknown for FY 2017. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants to build or refine state/tribal/local government wetland programs.

Wetlands, Conservation, Scientific Data $100,000-$300,000 EPA Region 7; Midwest Link
EPA Brownfield Grant Program EPA

Application deadlines depend on EPA regional office, and grant type. See website for more information. The goal of the program is to “Empower states, communities and other stakeholders to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely cleanup and sustainably reuse “brownfields”. Brownfields include property that has development limitations based on contamination by a controlled substance. This program funds environmental assessment, clean up and training jobs activities.

Health Varies Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National Link
Environmental Education Regional Model Grants EPA

Deadline passed as of January 31, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. EPA's Office of Environmental Education grants program supports environmental education projects that enhance the public's awareness, knowledge, and skills to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions towards the environment.

Disaster Planning, Education, Natural Resources, Adaptation, Health, Conservation, Environmental Justice $500 to $2,500 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
EPA Region 8 Wetlands Program Development Grants EPA

Deadline unknown for 2017. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants to build or refine state/tribal/local government wetland programs.

Wetlands, Conservation, Scientific Data $25,000-$250,000 EPA Region 8; Midwest; Mountain West 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
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
National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program EPA

EPA's National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program is soliciting proposals nationwide for 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.

Energy, Diesel Varies Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Urban Waters Small Grants EPA

EPA’s Urban Waters Program helps local residents and their organizations, particularly those in underserved communities, restore their urban waters in ways that also benefit community and economic revitalization. One of the ways the Urban Waters Program is accomplishing this mission is through the Urban Waters Small Grants Program. This program recognizes that healthy and accessible urban waters can help grow local businesses and enhance educational, recreational, social, and employment opportunities in nearby communities.

Water, urban communities, community revitalization Up to $60,000 per award Unknown Link
Modeling of Climate Change Mitigation, Impacts and Adaptation EPA

Deadline passed as of September 12, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals to advance the field of climate economic modeling to assist decision makers and the public in effectively responding to the challenges and opportunities posed by climate change. The work involved in this effort includes two distinct modeling capabilities. The first is computable general equilibrium (CGE) modeling of climate mitigation and impacts at the level of disaggregation of U.S. states. The second is integrated assessment modeling (IAM) and assessment of multiple greenhouse gases (GHGs) and air pollutants to enhance understanding of climate change impacts.

climate change modeling, climate science, mitigation, adaptation, carbon emissions, greenhouse gases $100,000-250,000 awards available. National Link
Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Tribal Set-Aside Program EPA

Most types of projects that improve the health of the public being served by the drinking water system are eligible for funding. Funds may also be used to conduct project feasibility studies, engineering design work, and for project administration.

Water, Health, Research Varies Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Guidelines for Brownfields Cleanup Grants EPA

Deadline passed as of December 22, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. EPA’s Brownfields Program provides funds to empower states, communities, tribes, and nonprofits to prevent, inventory, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites.

infrastructure, development, restoration, planning $12,000,000 United States 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
Tribal Solid Waste Management Assistance Project EPA

The Tribal Solid Waste Interagency Workgroup was created to coordinate federal assistance to tribes to help them comply with the municipal solid waste landfill regulations. Successful proposals should characterize/assess open dumps, develop integrated waste management (IWM) plans, develop and implement alternative solid waste management activities/facilities; or develop and implement cleanup, closure, and post-closure programs for open dumps in Indian Country. Each proposal must address only one of the four proposal categories described above.

Water, Regulatory, Research 10 Individual awards ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM EPA

Deadline passed as of January 31, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community. The EJSG Program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. Applying organizations are encouraged to have a direct connection to the vulnerable affected, community impacted by environmental harms and risks.

environmental hazards, human health outcomes, public health, community, local environment $30,000 United States Link
Alaska Tribal Multi-Media Grant Program EPA

Grant status unknown. Demonstration Grants range from $5,000 to $30,000 for local environmental projects that improve health and the environment throughout rural Alaska communities

Health Primary recipients receive approx. $80K each for a four year period, and sub-award individual demonstration project funding that ranges from $5,000 to $30,000. Northwest, Alaska Link
Guidelines for Brownfields Assessment Grants EPA

Deadline passed as of December 22, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. EPA’s Brownfields Program provides funds to empower states, communities, tribes, and nonprofits to prevent, inventory, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites.

assessment, planning, development, restoration, sustainability, hazards, pollution, industry $42,000,000 United Sttes Link
Air Climate and Energy (ACE) Centers EPA

Deadline Unknown. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications for Air, Climate and Energy (ACE) Centers. EPA is interested in supporting research on the development of sound science to systematically inform policy makers at the state and local levels regarding the development of innovative approaches to enable effective implementation of air pollution control strategies to achieve the greatest public health benefits by reducing exposure to harmful air pollution

Research, Air Pollution Control, public health Up to $10,000,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
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
DERA Tribal Grant Program EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) is now soliciting proposals from tribal applicants for projects that reduce emissions from older diesel engines. The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is $1 million and will be funded through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). This is the first time EPA has offered a separate Tribal Request for Proposals (RFP), and this is in response from feedback from tribal communities

Emissions Reduction, Mitigation, Energy efficiency Varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
Hazardous Waste Management Grant Program for Tribes EPA

Deadline passed as of May 18, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals from federally-recognized tribes or intertribal consortia for the development and implementation of hazardous waste programs and for building capacity to address hazardous waste management in Indian country. In accordance with the EPA Indian Policy of 1984, EPA recognizes tribal governments as the primary parties for managing programs for reservations.

Hazardous Waste Management $74,775 ceiling Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest 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
EPA's Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program Grant EPA

Deadline passed as of June 16, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. The Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program Request for Proposals (RFP #EPA-OITA-AIEO-2016-001) is designed to assist Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) to conduct research on environmental and climate change issues within their campus and tribal communities. With this RFP, the EPA is seeking to award several grants of up to $50,000 to enable awardees to prepare course curriculum, conduct their research project, select student participants, and identify equipment and materials necessary to successfully complete their science research study within a one academic year time frame. Specific problems that may be addressed include, but are not limited to: climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, air quality, water quality, and waste management. EPA will be accepting applications for this RFP through Friday, June 17, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). For a copy of the Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program RFP, please visit https://www.epa.gov/tribal/tribal-ecoambassadors-program.

Education, Environmental Restoration, Scientific Research, Climate Adaptation, Mitigation up to $50,000 National Link

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