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
"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
EPA Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act Grant EPA

RFP closed for 2016. The EPA is seeking applications for a noncompetitive $50 million grant program to establish and enhance state and tribal response programs. Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) 128(a) response program grants are funded with State and Tribal Assistance Grant (STAG) appropriations. Generally, these response programs address the assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment of brownfields sites with actual or perceived contamination.

Response program, assessment, redevelopment, cleanup EPA will consider funding requests up to a maximum of $1.0 million per state or tribe for FY2015. National Link
Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program

Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise (EESLR) Program proposals serve to enhance the management of regional and local ecosystem effects of sea level rise and coastal inundation through targeted research on key technologies, natural and nature-based infrastructure, physical and biological processes, and model evaluation. Integrating dynamic physical and biological processes with sea level rise and coastal inundation, this program strives to improve the prediction of coastal ecosystem effects to enable enhanced coastal resiliency.

Conservation, Mitigation, preparation, Coastal, Research, Infrastructure, Modeling estimated $150,000-$200,000 (program grossing $800,000) Alaska, Coastal, Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Coastal Link
Great Lakes Fisheries and Wildlife Restoration Act (GLFWRA) USFWS

The USFWS requests interested entities to submit restoration, research and regional project proposals for the restoration of the Great Lakes Basin fish and wildlife resources, as authorized by the GLFWRA. The purpose of the act is to provide assistance to States, Indian Tribes, and other interested entities to encourage cooperative conservation, restoration and management of the fish and wildlife resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes Basin.

Habitat restoration, Conservation, Restoration, Species management. Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,700,000 National Link
2016 Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program USFWS

RFP Closed. In 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will partner with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to administer the FWS Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program (DFP) for students and recent graduates interested in a conservation career.

Conservation, Fellowship, Natural Resources Management Fellowship National Link
Bureau of Indian Affairs Invasive Species (IS) Program Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

Deadline passed as of January 15, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown.The Bureau of Indian Affairs has announced plans to provide funding opportunities (ranging between $2,500-$250,000 per application), in an attempt to promote Tribal practice of invasive species (IS) management, and mitigation of consequential environmental impacts. Projects will have a participatory, planning and treatment focus, collaboratively aimed at sustainable and effective environmental management.

Invasive Species, Environmental Stewardship, Management. Funding awards can range between $2,500-$250,000 per application. Midwest, West, Pacific Northwest, East, Southeast, Alaska, Southwest, Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, Southern Plains, Navajo, Eastern Oklahoma. Link
Drought Response Program: Drought Contingency Planning Grants DOI, Bureau of Reclamation, WaterSMART

Last deadline: 2/14/2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The objective of this FOA is to invite states, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing Drought Contingency Planning with Reclamation to build resilience to drought in advance of a crisis. Applicants under this FOA may request funding to develop a new drought plan or to update an existing drought plan (collectively, Drought Contingency Plans). Applicants may also request technical assistance from Reclamation for the development of elements of the Drought Contingency Plan (Project). Through this FOA, Reclamation seeks to support collaborative planning efforts that use a proactive approach to build long-term resiliency to drought. Drought Contingency Plans developed under this program are required to include participation by multiple stakeholders to encourage more comprehensive plans that address issues important to different sectors (e.g., agricultural, municipal, and environmental). Participation by multiple stakeholders will also broaden support for mitigation and response actions identified in the plans. In addition, Drought Contingency Plans developed under this FOA must include consideration of climate change impacts to water supplies, in order to support long term resiliency to climate change.

climate change, drought, mitigation, adaptation, infrastructure, planning, policy, Funding Group I: up to $300,000 for projects that can be completed within two years. Funding Group II: up to $750,000 for larger projects that can be completed within three years. National Link
Drought Resiliency Project Grants DOI, Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), WaterSMART

Last Deadline 2/14/2017. Unknown for 2018. The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite states, tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on Drought Resiliency Projects that will increase the reliability of water supply; improve exchange of water; and provide benefits for fish, wildlife, and the environment to mitigate impacts caused by drought.This helps to prepare for and address the impacts of drought and climate change.

Drought Resiliency, Planning, Infrastructure, Water Management, Drought Mitigation, Natural Resource Management Funding Group I: Up to $300,000 in Federal funds provided through this FOA will be available for projects that generally should be completed in two years. Funding Group II: Up to $750,000 in Federal funds provided through this FOA will be available for larger projects that may take up to three years to complete. Projects in this group will be funded on an annual basis. Funding for the second and third y ears of the project is contingent upon future appropriations. West 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
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
Section 306C Water and Waste Disposal Grants to Alleviate Health Risks USDA 12/31/2017

Applications accepted continuously. The purpose of this grant is to provide water and waste disposal facilities and services to low income rural communities whose residents face significant health risks. Every effort is made to identify and fund the neediest projects.

Adaptation, Water, Health, Natural Resources Generally, applicants are expected to borrow as much as they can afford to repay, as in the regular loan program. However, water and waste disposal systems can obtain up to 100 percent grants to construct basic drinking water, sanitary sewer, solid waste disposal and storm drainage to serve the residents. Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
EPA Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program EPA, NGO

Smart Growth America and Global Green USA are soliciting applications for technical assistance, which is available under grants EPA awarded to these two organizations through the Office of Sustainable Communities' Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities grant program. (Listen to the November 6 webinar about both offerings.) Global Green USA's technical assistance is based on the LEED for Neighborhood Development standard, which provides a nationally recognized method for creating neighborhoods that are walkable, bikeable, resource-efficient, and equitable. At the conclusion of the assistance, the team will provide recommendations for both physical and policy changes that can enhance neighborhood sustainability.

Sustainable Development, infrastructure, planning, policy, climate change Grant provides assistance as opposed to cash National, Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, Southeast, Midwest, Alaska Link
Alaska Native Fund NGO

RFP closed for 2016. The Alaska Native Fund’s purpose is to 'advance Alaska Native priorities for protecting the land and sustaining our ways of life.' The Fund provides an Indigenous framework for addressing critical environmental issues and promotes innovative strategies to strengthen capacity of Alaska Native organizations and communities. The Fund’s goals are: 1) Leverage more foundation and donor resources for Native organizations; 2) Support Alaska Native strategies and solutions on environmental issues; and 3) Build relationships to grow and strengthen conservation in Alaska. The Fund supports Alaska Native-led projects that incorporate Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge to; address the impacts of climate change, promote sustainable alternatives to extractive industries, ensure food security in the marine environment and draw connections between human and environmental health. PLEASE NOTE: 12/1/2014 is the due date for a letter of inquiry.

Environmental Justice, Regulatory Grant range for qualifying Alaska Native organizations: $10,000-$20,000; Individuals: up to $10,000. Northwest, Alaska Link
Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program USDA

Applications accepted year-round. This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.

housing, infrastructure, facilities, rural Grants and Loans available. Award amount varies. United States Link
United Fresh Start Foundation Community Grants Program USDA

Deadline passed as of April 20, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The initiative extends the foundation’s work beyond the school day, to provide children with access to fresh fruit and vegetables afterschool, on the weekends, during summer breaks and in other creative venues. The program provides $25,000 in grants to local community organizations and groups that share the United Fresh Start Foundation’s commitment to increasing kids’ access to fresh produce, helping them develop healthy habits to last a lifetime. Grants will support programs, events and/or activities that increase children’s access to fresh produce.

food justice, distribution, nutrition, education, diet, health, noncommunicable disease,accessibility, local, fresh, economy, school, youth Grants are available up to a maximum of $2,500. National Link
Rural Business Development Grants USDA

Deadline for 2016 unknown. See application for details. RBDG is a competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas that have fewer than 50 employees and less than $1 million in gross revenues. Programmatic activities are separated into enterprise or opportunity type grant activities.

small business, rural business, family-owned, private business, Grants range from $10,000 up to $500,000. United States Link
HUD Community Development Block Grant Program HUD

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is accepting applications for grants to develop viable Indian and Alaska Native communities, including the creation of decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities, primarily for people with low and moderate incomes. Applicants can use these funds to develop Head Start facilities, Boys & Girls Clubs, recreation centers, and job training programs.

Housing, Community Development, Mitigation HUD is making available through this NOFA $58,856,810 for Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages. National 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
Community-based Marine Debris Removal NOAA, DOC

The NOAA Marine Debris Program provides funding to catalyze the implementation of locally driven, community-based marine debris prevention, assessment, and removal projects that will benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and NOAA trust resources. Funding for this purpose comes through the NOAA Marine Debris Program as appropriations to the Office of Response and Restoration, National Ocean Service. The funding is, in part, administered through a grant competition with the NOAA Restoration Center’s Community-based Restoration Program. Projects awarded through this grant competition have strong on-the-ground habitat components involving the removal of marine debris and derelict fishing gear, as well as activities that provide social benefits for people and their communities in addition to long-term ecological habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources.

Health, Conservation Individual awards between $15,000 and $150,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska 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
Estuary Habitat Restoration Program Project Solicitation USACE

On behalf of the Estuary Habitat Restoration Council, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is soliciting proposals for estuary habitat restoration projects. Congress has appropriated limited funds to USACE for implementation of the Estuary Habitat Restoration Program. Eligible projects must provide ecosystem benefits, have scientific merit, be technically feasible, be able to adapt to the impacts associated with climate change, and be cost-effective.

Coastal, Conservation, Research, Land, Wildlife, Water Individual awards between $200,000 and $1,000,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Coastal, Alaska Link
Bring Back the Natives/More Fish NGO, DOI, USDA

RFP closed for FY 2015; Unknown grant status for FY 2016. Bring Back the Natives funds on-the-ground efforts to restore, protect, and enhance native aquatic species to their historic range. Projects should involve partnerships between communities, agencies, private landowners, and organizations and should focus on habitat needs of species such as fish, invertebrates, and amphibians. The Bring Back the Natives/More Fish program invests ins conservation activities that restore, protect, and enhance native populations of sensitive or listed fish species across the United States, especially in areas on or adjacent to federal agency lands.

Natural Resources, Wildlife, Aquatice Species Conservation Individual awards between $25,000 and $100,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Marine Fisheries Initiative DOC, NOAA

The National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Region, is seeking proposals under the MARFIN program for research and development projects in the Gulf and Mexico, as well as off the coast of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. These projects address specific goals in the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Strategic Plan, specifically goals relating to: 1) rebuilding over‐fished marine fisheries; 2) maintaining currently productive fisheries; and 3) integrating conservation of endangered species into management practices. The priority areas listed for this Federal Funding Opportunity are as follows: 1) Bycatch, 2) Management of reef fish, 3) Red Snapper research, 4) Economic and sociocultural studies, 5) Integrated Ecosystem Assessment. Detailed information on each of the priority areas is available in the full announcement, through the grants.gov link below. Analyzing the influence of climate change and sea‐level rise is specifically called out through priority area.

Natural Resources, Wildlife, Coastal, Water, Fisheries, Conservation, Research, Adaptation Individual awards between $25,000 and $175,000 Southeast, Coastal Link
Community Forest Program U.S. Forest Service

Deadline passed as of January 13, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The Forest Service is authorized to provide financial assistance grants to local governments, Indian tribes, and qualified nonprofit organizations (including land trusts) to establish community forests that provide defined benefits...Project will focus on private forest lands that are threatened by conversion to nonforest uses, are not lands held in trust by the United States, and can provide defined community benefits and allow public access and/or Forest Lands that are at least five acres in size, suitable to sustain natural vegetation, and at least 75 percent forested. Forests are determined by both the presence of trees and the absence of non-forest uses.

Forest Conservation, Forestry, management Individual awards for projects have reached up to $400,000. National Link

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