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
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
BLM CO – Vegetation Management and Fuels Reduction BLM

Unknown for 2017. The project/program is to restore and maintain healthy, productive ecosystems and wildlife populations through management activities including to continue to reduce the risk of undesirable catastrophic wildfires. Disruption of the presettlement disturbance regimes and climate have caused vegetative changes that now put many of Colorado’s ecosystems at risk of uncharacteristic damaging wildfire and unhealthy conditions.

Environmental Science, Healthy Ecosystems, Wildfires, Environmental Management, Stewardship. Individual awards may range from $2,000-$400,000. Colorado. Link
Green Neighborhoods Grant Program NGO

The Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program will award grants and provide educational resources to affordable housing developers and related public agencies who choose to pursue LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development certification. Preference will be given to qualifying projects that meet additional goals, including the redevelopment of infill and previously developed sites, effort to strengthen the surrounding neighborhoods, commitment to engage stakeholders in the development process, and the provision of green housing for a range of income levels.

Energy Individual awards of $25,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Coastal Resilience Networks (CRest) DOC

Grant Status Unknown. The purpose of this notice is to solicit grant proposals from eligible organizations to implement activities that enhance resilience of coastal communities to natural hazard and climate risks through a regional or national network. Proposals must leverage, enhance, or create a system in which one or more coastal hazard issues can be addressed through partnerships to improve coordination and collaboration throughout the region. Partnerships must include multiple institutions, disciplines, and sectors at the local, state, and federal level. Proposals submitted in response to this announcement should provide beneficial public outcomes for coastal communities to address existing and potential future climate and hazard risks to coastal infrastructure, local economies, vulnerable populations, and the natural environment.

Coastal, Conservation, Disaster, Research, Water Individual awards of up to $100,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, Pacific Islands, Coastal, National, International (US Territories) Link
NOAA Sea Grant Coastal Community Climate Adaptation Initiative 2013 NOAA, DOC

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

Adaptation, Mitigation, Conservation, Coastal Individual awards of up to $100,000 Northwest, Southwest, Southeast, Northeast, National, Alaska, Coastal Link
Native American Affairs Office Technical Assistance Program DOI

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

Water, Natural Resources, Education, Research Individual awards of up to $100,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest Link
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
Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program USDA

Deadline passed as of March 21, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. This program was designed to assist 1994 Land-Grant Institutions (Tribal Colleges) in building institutional research capacity through applied projects that address student educational needs and solve community, reservation or regional problems.

Research, Education, Land, Natural Resources, curriculum, higher education, scholarship Individual awards of up to $200,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National. Midwest, Alaska Link
Lake Erie Protection Fund State-funded

The Lake Erie Protection Fund provides small grants, up to $15K, for projects which will provide a direct benefit to Lake Erie or its tributary watersheds in Ohio. Projects must assist with the implementation of the Lake Erie Protection and Restoration Plan (2008), leading to better management decisions for environmental and economic development. Rolling deadlines.

Natural Resources, Wildlife, Water Individual awards of up to $30,000 Midwest, Coastal Link
Collaborative Forest Restoration Program USDA

Grant status unknown for FY 2016. The U.S. Forest Service requests applications for forest restoration projects on Federal, Tribal, State, County, Land Grant, or Municipal forest lands in New Mexico that are designed through a collaborative process that includes affected communities and other stakeholders. Individuals, businesses, groups and other organizations are encouraged to collaborate on the design, implementation, and monitoring of projects that value local and traditional knowledge, promote healthy and productive forests and watersheds, and build ownership and civic pride.

Conservation, Research, Education, Land, Natural Resources, Water Individual awards of up to $360,000 Southwest, New Mexico 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
National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program USDA

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

Research, Health, Natural Resources, Land, Conservation, Mitigation, Adaptation, Wildlife Individual awards of up to $600,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
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
Rural Development Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants USDA 12/31/2017

Applications accepted continuously. This program provides grants to assist rural communities that have had a significant decline in quantity or quality of drinking water. Grant may fund waterline extensions from existing systems, construction of new water lines; repairs to existing systems, construction of new wells, reservoirs, transmission lines, treatment plants, and other water sources. . Priority is given to areas with less than 5,000 people, low-income areas, and communities facing imminent decline and shortage of water.

Water, Natural Resources, Health, Emergency Individual awards range from 150,000 to $500,000 depending on the severity of decline in quantity or quality of water. Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Development, Management and Protection of Indian Tribal Water Resources DOI

The objective of this Funding Opportunity is to invite Federally-recognized Indian Tribes to leverage their money and resources with the Bureau of Reclamation on projects/activities that provide the opportunity to develop, manage, and protect tribal water resources. Examples of these types of activities include –but are not limited to – piping and/or lining of canals and laterals, installation of automation and/or water measurement devices, and other projects to improve efficiencies of irrigation water supply, conveyance, and distribution systems. To be eligible for funds, the Tribe must have tribal or Bureau of Indian Affairs irrigation projects located within the administrative boundaries of the located within the administrative boundaries of the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Snake River Area Office. See section Vllll of the Funding Opportunity Announcement for a map of the administrative boundaries of the Snake River Area Office.

Water Individual awards up to $20,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund NOAA, DOC

The Pacific Coast Salmon Recovery Fund (PCSRF) was established to address the need to protect, restore and conserve Pacific chinook, chum, coho, pink and sockeye salmon and steelhead, and their habitat. The PCSRF supplements existing state, tribal and federal programs to foster development of federal-state-tribal-local partnerships in salmon recovery and conservation by providing grants to the eligible states, tribal commissions, and tribes.

Water, Wildlife, Natural Resources, Fisheries, Conservation, Coastal, Research Individual awards up to $30,000,000 Northwest, Southwest, Coastal, Alaska Link
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants DOE

The Energy and Environmental Block Grant program assists local, state and tribal governments in developing and implementing strategies to help the nation meet its energy and climate goals. The purpose of the program is to help eligible entities reduce fossil fuel emissions, reduce the total energy use of eligible entities and improve energy efficiency in the transportation, building, and other sectors. Of the $3.2 billion in total program funds, $2.8 billion will be allocated as authorized in Title V, Subtitle E of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. An additional $400 million will be available in competitive grants.

Energy, Regulation, Adaptation, Mitigation, Research Individual awards usually range between $50,000 and $200,000 per year, with some exceptions for larger awards. Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska 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
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
Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations DOI

Deadline passed as of 9/30/2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The Secretary of the Interior established the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program, Program) to implement the land consolidation provisions of the Cobell Settlement Agreement, which provided $1.9 billion to consolidate fractional land interests across Indian country. The Buy-Back Program allows interested individual owners to sell their land for immediate transfer to the recognized tribe that exercises jurisdiction. This effort will strengthen tribal sovereignty and put decision-making in the hands of the tribal government, freeing up resources that have been locked-up as land interests that have fractionated over time. The Buy-Back Program has announced 105 locations where land consolidation activities such as planning, outreach, mapping, mineral evaluations, appraisals or acquisitions are scheduled to take place through the middle of 2021. The Buy-Back Program is interested in partnering with the eligible tribes that have jurisdiction over these 105 locations, as well as any locations that may be added to the implementation schedule, to gain their direct participation in land consolidation efforts given the tribes’ unique qualifications to perform land consolidation activities for their reservations. Consequently, the Program intends to, whenever feasible and practical, enter into single source cooperative agreements with these eligible tribes to not only capitalize on their unique knowledge of their reservations but also to improve the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the Program. Eligible tribes will be given the opportunity to apply for a cooperative agreement, whenever feasible and practical, prior to the implementation of the Buy-Back Program at the location under their jurisdiction.

sovereignty, jurisdiction, reclamation, administration, management, self-determination Land-based. United States Link
Local Food Promotion Program USDA

RFP Closed for FY 2016. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), requests applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) to competitively award grants to eligible applicants to plan or implement projects that assist in the development, improvement, and/or expansion of intermediary local and regional food business supply chain activities (e.g. activities that do not involve direct producer‐to‐consumer sales). Approximately $13 million is available to fund applications under this solicitation.  

Local Foods Promotion, Local Agriculture, Bioregionalism, Sustainability. LFPP planning grant award levels range from $25,000 to $100,000. LFPP implementation grant award levels range from $100,000 to $500,000. An applicant is limited to one LFPP award in a funding year. LFPP funding will be available for use beginning September 30, 2016. United States, the District of Columbia, Tribal Governments, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. 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
Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) USDA

Deadline passed as of June 24, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown.The VAPG program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based, value-added products. Generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income are the goals of this program. You may receive priority if you are a beginning farmer or rancher, a socially-disadvantaged farmer or rancher, a small or medium-sized farm or ranch structured as a family farm, a farmer or rancher cooperative, or are proposing a mid-tier value chain. Grants are awarded through a national competition. Each fiscal year, applications are requested through a notice published in the Federal Register and through an announcement posted on Grants.gov.

Small Farmers and Ranchers, Sustainable Agriculture, Family Farms, Marketing Opportunities. Maximum Grant Amount: $75,000 for planning grants; $250,000 for working capital grants National. Link
Indigenous Biocultural Exchange Fund Indigenous Biocultural Exchange Fund

Deadline passed as of August 27, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The Indigenous Biocultural Exchange Fund (IBEX) offers opportunities to attend a global biocultural event/exchange or a meeting of international significance which impacts the applicants' home territory or region. This fund supports indigenous peoples and local communities to have a voice in the policies and forums that concern biocultural diversity at a global level.

environmentalism, biodiversity, biocultural, social justice, community activism, environmental justice, global networks, international, indigenous Maximum of $5000 awarded funding (flexibility on budget submission). Global, United Stated, International, National 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
Climate Action Champions Competition

FY 2016 funding status unknown. The Obama Administration is committed to taking decisive action to combat climate change. Today, the Administration announced a new Climate Action Champions competition that will identify, showcase, and invest in up to 15 local and tribal governments across the country that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to cutting carbon pollution and preparing for the impacts of a changing climate. The competition will be administered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and will be implemented in collaboration with a broad range of Federal agencies.The Climate Action Champions’ dual focus on both mitigation of greenhouse gas pollution and building resilience to climate impacts at the local level makes this competition unique.

Adaptation, Mitigation, Implementation Non-monetary--see application for details Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Alaska, National Link
NOAA Broad Agency Announcement NOAA

Deadline passed as of 9/30/2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The purpose of this notice is to request applications for projects associated with NOAA’s strategic plan and mission goals. The funded research, projects, or sponsorships must address one or more of the four mission goals in NOAA’s strategic plan (Climate adaptation and mitigation and responding to climate and its impacts; Weather-Ready nation –society is prepared for and responds to weather-related events; marine fisheries, habitats, and biodiversity sustained within healthy and productive ecosystems; and resilient coastal communities and economies –environmentally and economically sustainable). Funding appropriation is dependent on FY 2014 and FY 2015 appropriations. The anticipated start date will be three to six months after receipt by NOAA, with applications generally submitted for a one-year award period.

Climate Mitigation, Climate Adaptation, Disaster Preparedness, Biodiversity, Planning Not Specified Northweest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, Alaska, National, Coastal Link
Bullitt Foundation NGO

Deadline passed as of September 20, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. Grant Applications accepted on a rolling deadline, next deadline is September 15, 2016. See website for more details. Note that individual grants offered by the foundation may have differing deadlines. The mission of the Bullitt Foundation is to protect the natural environment through promotion of responsible human activities and sustainable development in the Pacific Northeast. The foundations program areas include Ecosystem Services; Energy, Industry, and Technology; Urban Ecology; and Leadership and Civic Engagement. Grant applicants must submit a letter of inquiry online. If accepted, the applicant will be invited to submit a full proposal for evaluation. Please note that letters of inquiry are due 9/15/2014, with full applications being due 11/1/2014.

Development, Conservation Past grants have ranged from $2,000-$75,000 Northwest, Oregon, Idaho, British Colombia, western Montana, and Alaska (from the Cook Inlet to the Canadian border) Link
Environmental Quality Incentives Program USDA, NRCS

Deadline for 2016 unkown. See application for details. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to plan and implement conservation practices that improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related natural resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland. EQIP may also help producers meet Federal, State, Tribal, and local environmental regulations.

agriculture, production, conservation, climate adaptation, private forestland, non-industrial, natural resource management Payments vary. Financial assistance payments through EQIP are made to eligible producers, to implement approved conservation practices on eligible land or to help producers develop Conservation Activity Plans (CAP) to address specific land use issues. Payments are made on completed practices or activities identified in an EQIP contract that meet NRCS standards. Payment rates are set each fiscal year and are attached to the EQIP contract when it is approved. Payment rates for each conservation practice can be found at each NRCS State Programs website. Tribes are eligible for higher rates of pay, and may also be issued advance payments up to 50 percent of the established payment rate to purchasing materials or contracting services to begin installation of approved conservation practices. Federally recognized Indian Tribes are not subject to payment or EQIP contract limitations. United States 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

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