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
Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska NativeVillages HUD

The purpose of the ICDBG program is to develop viable Indian and Alaska Native communities, including decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities. Recipients can use the funding to support rehabbing or building new housing or to buy land for housing. They can use it toward infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer facilities. Recipients can also spur economic development including commercial and industrial projects. This has included community and health centers, energy conservation projects, or new businesses such as shopping centers, manufacturing plants, restaurants, convenience stores and gas stations. 10 million in this year’s competition set aside for mold prevention & remediation.

Infrastructure, public health Varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
HUD Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants Program HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is accepting applications for the Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant Program to leverage investments in public schools and education programs, early learning programs and services, and improved access to jobs. Eligible projects should incorporate sustainable development into their proposals, such as energy efficiency, green building, renewable energy, and public transportation.

Community Development, Economic Development, Housing & Urban Development. This NOFA announces the availability of approximately $10 million in funds for Choice Neighborhoods grants. HUD anticipates awarding approximately 4 Planning and Action Grants not to exceed $2 million each, and approximately 4 Planning Grants not to exceed $500,000 each.  If funds are appropriated by Congress, HUD may, at its discretion, use additional FY2016 Choice Neighborhoods funding to make additional awards under this NOFA. National Link
National Native Health Research Training Initiative IHS

Deadline passed as of October 30, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. This initiative will help build capacity and disseminate new and best practices for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) health research and promote Tribally-driven research activity through a variety of educational and training opportunities. Focus will be on the promotion of health research and related opportunities for AI/AN students, highlighting promising practices and practice-based approaches to improving the health of AI/AN people,and culture-based approaches to reducing health disparities between AI/AN people and the U.S. population. Other areas will focus on resilience and protective factors and their role in AI/AN health outcomes, innovative and culturally-based approaches to improving the health of AI/AN youth, and dissemination of study findings in AI/AN health science research to investigators and providers working in or with Tribal communities as well as Tribal leaders and health officials. Activities will include the planning, coordination, and hosting of research meetings and conferences, webinars, hosting of a website/webpage for dissemination of AI/AN health science research information, and other activities to be determined.

health services, management, training, medicine, health care $100,000-$225,000 United States, Indian Country 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
Grant: Antarctic-Arctic Challenge Instrumentl

Are you working on a research project that is connected to the Antarctic or Artic regions? Do you need more funding to make it a success? Join our Antarctic-Arctic Challenge! We're giving out $750 USD in Instrumentl Research Grants that can be applied to your overall crowdfunding campaign. You’ll be raising funds alongside other amazing researchers in your field. You keep whatever you raise, so even if you don’t win the challenge, you earn funds to do your research. It's a win-win!

Research, Education, Arctic, Antarctic $750 USD Arctic, Antarctic, National Link
International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) and UN Environment Grants Programme 2017 International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), United Nations

Deadline passed as of September 15, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The ICRI/UN Environment Grants Programme is designed to encourage projects that demonstrate and catalyze enhanced protection and management of coral reefs and related ecosystems, in particular by promoting resilience of ecosystems, dependent people and economic sectors. Innovative and replicable projects will be favourably considered.

coral reefs, ocean acidification, marine ecology, marine biology, conservation, climate change, adaptation, mitigation Up to $60,000. Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, International Link
KENDEDA FUND: Grants for Climate Change KENDEDA FUND 12/31/2017

Complex global challenges like climate change should become the drivers for solutions-based, equitable decision-making. We help young people and community leaders gain the skills and knowledge to become active participants in addressing these challenges. Our People, Place, and Planet work aims to address social and ecological challenges through community-based solutions and leadership.

climate change, conservation, sustainability, social justice Varies. International Link
KR Foundation Funding for Sustainable Behavior and Sustainable Finance KR Foundation 01/31/2018

KR Foundation address root causes of climate change and environmental degradation, and safeguard the planetary boundaries. The mission of KR Foundation is to help provide answers to, stimulate mind shifts about, and encourage action on, the long-term challenges faced by current and future generations living on a planet with finite resources, fragile ecosystems, and climate change. Read more about our mission here. As a philanthropic foundation, KR Foundation typically engages in areas where neither governments nor markets actors seem to have incentives to act. Not restricted by short-term considerations and profit concerns, KR Foundation engages in non-profit activities with long-term impact on our climate and environment. KR Foundation prioritises communication and advocacy activities within our program areas but will also consider proposals in other areas with a high potential for impact that meet our general criteria for funding. Please contact the Foundation prior to submitting a proposal that does not match the Foundation’s program areas. Please note that KR Foundation does not fund local and community-based activities unless they are truly scalable and have a clear international perspective. Proposals focusing on local development activities will not be considered.

non-profit, international, climate change, awareness $300,000- $800,000 International Link
Kresge Foundation: Climate Change Grants kresge foundation 12/31/2017

Funding opportunities take three forms: Open on an ongoing basis, without deadlines. Open for a limited time, with specific deadlines. By invitation from a Kresge program officer.­­­
Communities that address climate change head-on will be better prepared for new circumstances and uncertainties. Decisions about infrastructure, building design, land use, transportation and other policy and funding issues can make communities stronger, more equitable and more resilient to the changing climate.

Climate change, environment, social justice, food justice, agriculture, sustainability, conservation, carbon, emissions, adaptation, mitigation Varies. National Link
ETBR LCC 2013 Request for Proposals Targeting High Priority Knowledge Gap LCC

The Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) announced today a funding opportunity for research proposals that address high priority knowledge gaps associated with natural resource conservation and management across the nation’s heartland.Research projects under consideration for 2014 funding must address one or both of the following science themes as they relate to prairie restoration, river restoration, agroecology conservation practices and/or urban watershed management.

Conservation, Natural Resource Management $100,000 ceiling Northeast, Midwest Link
Great Basin LCC Project Funding LCC

The Great Basin LCC is excited to announce support for Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) projects for 2014. These funds will be used to support western scientific-focused projects which (1) pertain to invasive species, fire,sagebrush habitats and sagebrush-dependent species, (2) provide management-relevant tools and information for strategic decision-making in the face of changing climate,and (3) address one or more of the six GNLCC objectives; these funds will be used to support TEK-focused projects which (1) clearly identify a management utility or application, (2) be applicable to some portion of the geographic range of the GBLCC, and (3) address one of the following eligible activities: Support assessment of climate-related impacts and adaptation planning for cultural or subsistence resources that are traditionally gathered or huntedor forplaces of historic cultural value.

Research, Natural Resource Management, traditional knowledges $20,000-$100,000 Northwest, Midwest, Great Basin Link
WaterSMART Applied Science Grants for Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative LCC, BoR, DOI

Deadline passed as of May 16, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), Reclamation is providing cost-shared funding on a competitive basis for applied science projects within the Desert LCC in fiscal year (FY) 2014. In general, this FOA provides funding for projects to analyze the impacts of climate change to natural or cultural resources that affect or are affected by water resources, and to develop tools to address those impacts within boundaries of the Desert LCC. More specifically, the funding categories in this FOA are based on two Critical Management Questions (CMQs) developed by the Desert LCC, including: (1) how to incorporate climate change information in the development of environmental flow needs for riparian species and habitat; and, (2) how changing wildfire regimes may impact the sensitive ecosystems within the Desert LCC.

Water Resources, Cultural and Natural Resource Management up to $100,000. Southwest, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, International (Northern Mexico) Link
Great Lakes Funding Partnership Opportunity Model Forest Policy Program

This is an action-oriented implementation opportunity for communities in the Great Lakes. Model Forest Policy Program is inviting up to 6 communities to partner with us on a 3-year grant we are submitting to the Great Lakes Protection Fund.

technical support, Consultation, Ecosystem Protection, water quality, Development Unknown Great Lakes area Link
Native American Business Development Institute (NABDI) Feasibility Study Program NABDI

Deadline passed as of August 12, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown, The Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), through its Native American Business Development Institute (NABDI), is soliciting proposals from federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska federally recognized tribal entities for technical assistance funding to hire consultants to perform feasibility studies of economic development opportunities. These feasibility studies will empower American Indian tribes/Alaska federally recognized tribal entities and tribal businesses to make informed decisions regarding their economic futures. Feasibility studies may concern the viability of an economic development project or business or the practicality of a technology a tribe or entity may choose to pursue.

economy, business, development, infrastructure, growth, technology, energy $1,000-$100,000. National Link
NASA Innovations in Tribal Education--Climate NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Office of Education is accepting proposals under the Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP), and includes calls for proposals in the following program elements for Fiscal Year 2013: NASA Innovations in Climate Education - Tribal (NICE-T) and Tribal College and University Experiential Learning Opportunities – (TCU ELO).

Education Varies Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
American Indian and Alaskan Native STEM Engagement (MAIANSE) NASA

Deadline passed as of January 10, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The goals of the MAIANSE are to utilize NASA’s unique contributions in collaboration with tribal colleges and universities and other tribal-serving institutions to improve the overall quality of the Nation’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. Notice of Intent to propose due November 10, 2016 (DATE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

higher education, academic success, educational support $400,000 United States Link
Earth System, Technology, and Energy Education for MUREP (ESTEEM) NASA

Deadline passed as of January 10, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. NASA’s Office of Education Earth Systems, Technology, and Energy Education for MUREP (ESTEEM) solicits proposals from Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), as identified by the U .S. Department of Education, to strengthen institutional capacity in conducting STEM undergraduate degree seeking programs with a focus on Earth System Science (ESS )and Climate Resiliency and enhance pre-service secondary education STEM preparation. Within ESS, focus areas are atmospheric composition, weather, climate variability and changes, water and energy cycle, carbon cycle and ecosystems, and earth surface and interior.

Notice of Intent to propose due November 10, 2016 (DATE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
higher education, climate change, STEM sciences, adaptation, resilience $1,000,000 National Link
Scenario Planning to Advance Safety Culture and Minimize Risk in Offshore Oil and Gas Operations National Academies of Sciences: Gulf Research Program

RFP closed--letters of intent due Feb 2016; full applications April 2016. These grants will support projects that seek to break new ground to address an old or a new problem through innovation. By innovation, we mean the development of new approaches, technologies, or methods and/or the application of new expertise through the engagement of novel, non-traditional disciplinary or cross-sectoral perspectives. Responsive grants could include research, methods development, or approaches for translating or applying scientific evidence to decision making. These grants are modeled on the National Science Foundation’s Early concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER). They are not intended for incremental research in well-studied areas. A Letter of Intent is required for this funding opportunity.

Southeast Link
Building Capacity for Science Communication: Partnership Awards National Academy of Sciences

Deadline passed as of June 1, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The National Academy of Sciences is offering two awards of $37,500 each to support the development of collaborative science communication researcher-practitioner partnerships. These awards are intended to facilitate projects that pursue research interests aligned with the recently released report, Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda.

agencies, tribes, collaboration, partnership, partner science, climate science, science communication, cross-agency, implementation, research Two awards of $37,500 are available. National Link
Resilient Communities 2017 National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Deadline passed as of March 30, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. Wells Fargo and NFWF have partnered to create the Resilient Communities program. Through improvements to natural features and enhanced community capacity, the program will help communities prepare for future impacts associated with sea level rise, water quantity and quality and forest conservation. By taking advantage of natural features like wetlands, resilient shorelines, urban tree canopies, natural forests and healthy upstream watersheds, communities can accrue quality of life benefits today, enhance fish and wildlife resources, and help prepare for foreseeable resiliency challenges. The program places special emphasis on inclusion and helping traditionally underserved, low- and moderate-income communities build capacity for resiliency planning and investments in “greener” infrastructure. Lower income communities are often most vulnerable, communities are stronger and bounce back more quickly after an impact/disaster when people work together and have the skills, knowledge and capacity to rebuild. Wells Fargo and NFWF will invest in these two focus areas: Category 1: Adaptation through Regional Conservation Projects Category 2: Community Capacity Building and Demonstration Projects

adaptation, resilience Category 1 Adaptation: Approximately $1.5 million is available in 2017. Grants in this category will range from $200,000 to $500,000 in each of the three regions (see map in Geographic Focus section) to support highly-impactful and visible conservation projects that help prepare for fire in the Western Region, floods and droughts in the Central Region and sea-level rise in the Eastern Region. Category 2: Community Capacity Building and Demonstration Projects: Approximately $500,000 is available in 2017 to support highly-impactful and visible projects that help communities understand, organize and take action to address risks and opportunities through improved resilience brought about by enhanced natural features. Projects can take place anywhere in the United States. Special consideration is given to projects that measurably benefit low- to-moderate income neighborhoods and advance social cohesion. These projects will range from $100,000 to $250,000 and should address multiple cities and communities. National, Northwest, Midwest Link
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
National Forest Foundation Travel Scholarships National Forest Foundation 12/22/2017

The National Forest Foundation is pleased to offer an exciting opportunity for recent grant recipients to leverage their conservation impact. NFF grant recipients are eligible to submit an application to win free round trip e-Passes anywhere that Southwest Airlines flies in the continental US and Puerto Rico in 2017. Winners can use e-Passes to travel to workshops, trainings, conferences, or other similar events or activities related to the NFF's Mission: Engaging Americans in promoting the health and public enjoyment of our National Forests. Applicant organizations must have received an NFF grant between 2011 and 2017 and be in good standing with no overdue reports or other deliverables.

conservation, funding, conference, research, consortium, travel nationalq Link
National Forest Foundation Matching Awards Program National Forest Foundation 01/23/2018

The National Forest Foundation (NFF) Matching Awards Program (MAP) provides funding for results-oriented on-the-ground projects that enhance forest health and outdoor experiences on National Forests and Grasslands. MAP supports the implementation of on-the-ground conservation and restoration projects that have an immediate, quantifiable impact on the National Forest System. These projects provide a lasting impact to the lands, waters, and wildlife of the National Forest System through the alteration of the physical environment. There are two proposal deadlines, round 1: January 23, 2018 and round 2: June 13, 2018.

forest health, conservation, restoration, water, wildlife, community involvement, outdoor experiences Average Request: $25,828 Link
Tribal Public Health and Climate Change National Indian Health Board

Deadline passed as of November 30, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. The National Indian Health Board (NIHB), with support from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Climate and Health Program in the National Center for Environmental Health, is pleased to announce a call for applications for a Building Tribal Capacity for Climate Change Resilience award. Designed to enhance the capacity of Tribes, this funding will provide up to three (3) Tribes with grants ranging from $75,000 to $89,000 for the opportunity to increase the level of programming, research, and/or coordination and communication between the Tribal programs, community, and key partners involved in addressing the health consequences of climate change. NIHB will assist in sharing lessons learned and best practices with the Tribal awardees, CDC's Climate and Health Program, Tribal Climate Change Workgroup members, and other key stakeholders.

public health, climate change, infrastructure, management, adaptation, human health outcomes, Three (3) Tribes with grants ranging from $75,000 to $89,000 United States Link
Preservation Technology and Training Grants National Parks Service, National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

Deadline passed as of November 3, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. 2017 Preservation Technology and Training Grants (PTT Grants) are intended to create better tools, better materials, and better approaches to conserving buildings, landscapes, sites, and collections. PTT Grants will support the following activities: Innovative research that develops new technologies or adapts existing technologies to preserve cultural resources (typically $25,000 to $40,000). Specialized workshops or symposia that identify and address national preservation needs (typically $15,000 to $25,000). How-to videos, mobile applications, podcasts, best practices publications, or webinars that disseminate practical preservation methods or provide better tools for preservation practice (typically $5,000 to $15,000).

historic preservation, cultural preservation, curator, conservation $40,000 National Link
Decision, Risk and Management Sciences (DRMS) National Science Foundation 01/18/2018

The Decision, Risk and Management Sciences program supports scientific research directed at increasing the understanding and effectiveness of decision making by individuals, groups, organizations, and society. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, doctoral dissertation research improvement grants (DDRIGs), and workshops are funded in the areas of judgment and decision making; decision analysis and decision aids; risk analysis, perception, and communication; societal and public policy decision making; management science and organizational design. The program also supports small grants that are time-critical (Rapid Response Research - RAPID) and small grants that are high-risk and of a potentially transformative nature (EArly-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research - EAGER).

research, decision making, public policy Varies National 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
Environmental Engineering National Science Foundation-CBET

Last deadline: 10/20/2017. The goal of the Environmental Engineering program is to support transformative research which applies scientific and engineering principles to avoid or minimize solid, liquid, and gaseous discharges, resulting from human activities on land, inland and coastal waters, and air, while promoting resource and energy conservation and recovery. The program also fosters cutting-edge scientific research for identifying, evaluating, and monitoring the waste assimilative capacity of the natural environment and for removing or reducing contaminants from polluted air, water, and soils. Any proposal investigating sensors, materials or devices that does not integrate these products with an environmental engineering activity or area of research may be returned without review.

climate change, adaptation, mitigation, conservation, planning, policy Up to $100,000. National Link
Volkswagen (VW) Clean Air Act Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund National Tribal Air Association 01/02/2018

On October 2, 2017 (The Trust Effective Date, or TED), the United States District Court approved the final Mitigation Trust Agreements, completing the settlement with automaker Volkswagen AG (VW), to resolve allegations that VW violated the Clean Air Act (CAA) by selling diesel-engine cars that produced excess emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx). The Mitigation Trust Agreements are designed to reduce NOx emissions from other diesel engine vehicles, thereby mitigating the effects of the VW violations. All 567 federally-recognized Tribes can apply for beneficiary status.

NOx emission reduction, mitigation National Link
Colorado Conservation Innovation Grant NCRS

Deadline passed as of June 2, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The purpose of CIG is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies, while leveraging the Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches (such as market-based systems) into NRCS technical manuals and guides or to the private sector. CIG is used to apply or demonstrate previously proven technology in order to increase adoption with an emphasis on opportunities to scale proven, emerging conservation strategies. CIG promotes sharing of skills, knowledge, technologies, and facilities among communities, governments, and other institutions to ensure that scientific and technological developments are accessible to a wider range of users. CIG funds projects targeting innovative on-the-ground conservation, including pilot projects and field demonstrations.

climate change, sustainability, conservation, management, prevention, restoration Up to $75,000. Colorado Link

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