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
Bureau of Indian Affairs Invasive Species (IS) Program Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

Last deadline passed January 17, 2017. Notice of funding has not been announced for 2018.

Invasive Species Midwest, West, Pacific Northwest, East, Southeast, Alaska, Southwest, Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, Southern Plains, Navajo, Eastern Oklahoma. Link
Request for Proposals: Innovative Approaches to Ecological Drought Northwest Climate Science Center

Through this solicitation, the NW CSC is seeking innovative projects to help us assess which ecosystem components and ecological processes are most vulnerable to pronounced water deficiencies and to test or demonstrate new methods or technologies intended to lessen or adapt to the ecological impacts of drought. Study areas should be located in the region serviced by the NW CSC (Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and western Montana). Collaboration with federal, state, tribal, and other resource-management organizations that may apply the project results and products is strongly encouraged. For more information and to download the funding announcement, visit: https://my.usgs.gov/rfpManager/event/show/48399.

Drought, ecosystems, ecology Northwest 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
Climate Change Adaptation- Tribal Liaison BIA, DOI

RFP closed. The Secretary of the Interior (Secretary), through the Office of Trust Services, hereby solicits cooperative agreement/co-operative agreement proposals from tribal non-profit, non-governmental organizations, tribally controlled colleges or universities serving management fields impacted by climate change to enter into a cooperative agreement for the identification and hiring of tribal climate science liaisons to address tribal climate change science needs. This agreement provides a mechanism for the BIA to provide the Tribal Organization with non-recurring funding for mutually agreed upon tasks in keeping with the climate science needs of the BIA and all tribal communities in the respective region (per boundaries of U.S. Geological Survey Climate Science Centers see map of CSCs).

Tribal Liaison, BIA, Climate Adaptation National Link
CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTION-TRIBAL LIAISONS FOR 3 REGIONS ONLY DOI, BIA

Dadline passed as of August 26, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. The Secretary of the Interior (Secretary), through the Office of Trust Services, hereby solicits proposals from tribal non-profit, non-governmental organizations, and tribally controlled colleges or universities, to enter into 3 separate cooperative agreements for the identification and hiring of 3 tribal climate science liaisons in the Midwest region, the North Central region and the combined Northeast/Southeast region (see location information under the link description) to address tribal climate change science needs in the appropriate science centers. This agreement provides a mechanism for the BIA to provide the Tribal organization with non-recurring funding for mutually agreed upon tasks in keeping with the climate science needs of the BIA and all tribal communities in the North Central Climate Science Center region (see map of DOI Climate Science Centers).

BIA, Climate adaptation, Tribal Liaison, Job Opportunity, North Central CSC, Southwest CSC North Central CSC, Southwest CSC, National Link
Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2017 OEERE

The FOA will provide grants to federal agencies for the following three topic areas:
Combined heat and power, Renewable energy, Energy efficiency deep retrofits.

renewable energy, self sufficiency, tribal programming United States 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
WCS Climate Adaptation Fund Wildlife Conservation Society

Grants will be one to two years in length. Awards will be made to non-profit conservation organizations for applied, on-the-ground projects focused on implementing priority conservation actions for climate adaptation at a landscape scale.

climate change, adaptation, mitigation, conservation, landscape, region, planning, policy United States, International (US Territories) Link
Underrepresented Community Grants (National Parks Service) NPS

Deadline passed as of July 31, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. In FY2017, Congress appropriated $500,000 for grants that support survey, inventory, and designation of historic properties in underrepresented communities. Eligible projects will must result in the submission of a new nomination to the National Register/National Historic Landmark, or an amendment to an existing NR/NHL nomination to include the underrepresented community.

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
Oregon Environmental Quality Incentives Program USDA 03/16/2018

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. Eligible program participants receive financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices, or activities like conservation planning, that address natural resource concerns on their land. Payments are made to participants after conservation practices and activities identified in an EQIP plan of operations are implemented. Contracts can last up to ten years in duration.

agriculture, conservation planning, natural resources Oregon Link
Washington Environmental Quality Incentives Program USDA 03/16/2018

EQIP provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in order to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation or improved or created wildlife habitat. Eligible program participants receive financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices, or activities like conservation planning, that address natural resource concerns on their land. Payments are made to participants after conservation practices and activities identified in an EQIP plan of operations are implemented. Contracts can last up to ten years in duration.

natural resources, agriculture, water and air quality, conservation, Washington Link
Energy Infrastructure Deployment on Tribal Lands- 2018 Department of Energy, Office of Indian Energy

Submission Deadline TBD. The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Indian Energy is charged by Congress under the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self Determination Act of 2005 (Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005), Title V, § 502, codified at 42 USC § 7144e and 25 USC § 3501 et seq.) , to “provide, direct, foster, coordinate, and implement energy planning, education, management, conservation, and delivery programs that – (1) Promote Indian tribal energy development, efficiency, and use; (2) Reduce and stabilize energy costs; (3) Enhance and strengthen Indian tribal energy and economic infrastructure relating to natural resource development and electrification; and (4) Bring electric power and service to Indian land and homes for tribal members located on Indian lands or acquired, constructed, or improved (in whole or in part) with Federal funds.” 42 USC § 7144e(b). Through this planned Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the DOE’s Office of Indian Energy will be continuing its efforts to maximize the deployment of energy solutions for the benefit of American Indians and Alaska Natives and help build the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to implement those energy solutions. Specifically, DOE’s Office of Indian Energy may solicit applications from Indian Tribes including Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations (hereafter referred to as “Indian Tribe”) and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations to: (1) Install energy efficiency measures and/or energy generating system(s) for Tribal Buildings (Area of Interest 1); (2) Deploy community-scale energy generating system(s) on Tribal lands (Area of Interest 2); (3) Install energy system(s) for autonomous operation to power a single or multiple essential tribal loads for a short period of time during an emergency situation or for long-term tribal community resilience. (Area of Interest 3). This Notice is issued so that interested parties are aware of the DOE’s intention to issue this FOA in the near term. All of the information contained in this Notice is subject to change. DOE will not respond to questions concerning this Notice. However, once the FOA has been released, DOE will provide an avenue for potential Applicants to submit questions.

energy, tribal lands, tribal energy development. management, conservation, natural resources 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
International Engagement Ready Communities Competition USDOE

Deadline passed as of June 12, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. This program is designed to support empirical research on successful international engagement strategies and develop best practice reports and a competitiveness assessment tool. These elements will be incorporated into a user-friendly economic development organization (EDO) toolkit and training guide to help local communities assess and increase their ability to become globally competitive while enhancing their trade and FDI promotion activities.

economy, global trade, business, support, planning, policy, management, growth, infrastructure $600,000 National 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
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Food Safety Challenge Area USDA, NIFA

Deadline passed as of June 21, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown.This AFRI Challenge Area promotes and enhances the scientific discipline of food safety, with an overall aim of protecting consumers from microbial and chemical contaminants that may occur during all stages of the food chain, from production to consumption. This requires an understanding of the interdependencies of human, animal, and ecosystem health as it pertains to foodborne pathogens. The long-term outcome for this program is to support the development and deployment of science based knowledge to improve the safety and nutritional quality of food without sacrificing flavor, acceptability, and affordability. In order to achieve this outcome, this program will support multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants that address the Program Area Priority, Effective Mitigation Strategies for Antimicrobial Resistance (see Food Safety RFA for details).

Food Safety, Food Security, Community Development, Sustainable Agriculture, infrastructure, distribution, foundation, sustainability $0 - $1,200,000 National Link
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational Program US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)

Deadline passed as of 9/30/2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The AFRI Foundational Program supports grants in the six AFRI priority areas to continue building a foundation of knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challenges. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Single-function Research Projects, multi-function Integrated Projects, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants are expected to address one of the Program Area Priorities (see Foundational Program RFA for details).

social justice, community health, environmentalism, veterinary, food justice, energy, agriculture, technology, food science, agricultural science, rural $0 - $2,500,000. United States, National Link
Alfalfa and Forage Research Program NIFA

Deadline passed as of May 1, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. Alfalfa and Forage Research Program (AFRP) will support the development of improved alfalfa forage and seed production systems. Proposals submitted to AFRP should address one or more of the following priorities: (1) Improving alfalfa forage and seed yield through better nutrient, water and/or pest management; (2) Improving persistence of alfalfa stands by lessening biotic or abiotic stresses; (3) Improving alfalfa forage and seed harvesting and storage systems to optimize economic returns; (4) Improving estimates of alfalfa forage quality as an animal feed to increase forage usage in animal feeds; and/or (5) Breeding to address biotic and abiotic stresses that impact forage yield and persistence and the production of seed for propagation.

cattle, livestock, sustainability, management, infrastructure, food supplies, feed supplies, wild foods, foraging $0 - $250,000 National Link
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area NIFA

Deadline passed as of August 2, 2017 Deadline for 2018 unknown. This AFRI Challenge Area focuses on multidisciplinary systems approaches, which integrate new technologies and strategic management that solve water availability and quality challenges in food production systems. The long-term goal of this program is to sustainably increase agricultural productivity and availability of safe and nutritious food while significantly reducing water use and preserving water quality. The projects are expected to transform how abundant, safe, and nutritious food is produced, processed, distributed, and consumed within the limits of available water from traditional and non-traditional sources. Applications are invited from eligible entities to submit integrated Research, Education and/or Extension projects in two specific grant types: Coordinated Agricultural Projects (CAP) and Strengthening (Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement) CAP grants — see Water for Food Production Systems RFA for details.

food security, water, irrigation, resources, conservation, sustainability, infrastructure, management, planning, policy, farm, food, local economy, accessibility $0 - $5,200,000 National Link
USDA Wood Innovations Grants USDA Forest Service 01/22/2018

The Wood Innovations Grants funding supports traditional wood utilization projects, expands wood energy markets, and promotes using wood as a construction material in commercial buildings. These grants and cooperative agreements support the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113–79), Rural Revitalization Technologies (7 U.S.C. 6601), and the nationwide challenge of disposing of hazardous fuels and other wood residues from the National Forest System and other forest lands in a manner that supports wood energy and wood products markets. The Forest Service supports proposals that significantly stimulate or expand wood energy and wood products markets that support the long-term management of National Forest System and other forest lands. The 2018 Request for Proposals focuses on the following priorities:

  • Reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health on National Forest System and other forest lands;
  • Reduce costs of forest management on all land types;
  • and Promote economic and environmental health of communities.

Equipment purchases, basic research, and construction will NOT be funded under this funding opportunity.

forest health, forest management, hazardous fuels reduction, economic health, environmental health $0-$250,000 National Link
Fertile Ground Grant Program Seeds of Native Health, AHA, AICAF 12/19/2017

The new Fertile Ground Grant Program funds tribes, Native advocates, Native youth, and Native-led organizations to create sustainable community health improvements through nutrition and food sovereignty efforts. The grants of up to $35,000 will provide support for:

  • Native-led convenings to identify community health priorities
  • Advocacy and policy strategies that address improving health outcomes
  • Access to healthy food
  • Food sovereignty work rooted in tradition, culture, and Indigenous knowledge.

The program is funded by $100,000 from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community through its Seeds of Native Health philanthropic campaign and $100,000 from the AHA through its Voices for Healthy Kids campaign. AICAF will serve as the intermediary partner and administer the program.

nutrition, food sovereignty, community health, tradition, culture, indigenous knowledge $0-$35,000 National 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
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
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative DOI, FWS 09/30/2018

The Coastal Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides technical and financial assistance to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. The Coastal Program is not a conventional grants program, in that it does not solicit projects through a request for proposals. Instead project work plans are developed strategically, in coordination with partners, and with substantial involvement from Service field staff. Projects must advance our mission, promote biological diversity, and be based upon sound scientific biological principles. The Coastal Program - Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding is available to coastal areas within the U.S. portion of the Great Lakes basin which includes parts of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.

Conservation, Water, Wildlife, Coastal, Anishnaabeg, marine resources, water health, biodiversity, habitat, restoration, management, $1,000-$200,000 Northeast, Great Lakes Link
Solicitation for Proposals for the Grant Program to Build Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC) Bureau of Indian Affairs

Deadline passed as of 10/9/2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs for the Department of the Interior (Assistant Secretary), through the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), Division of Energy and Mineral Development (DEMD) is soliciting grant proposals from federally recognized Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Villages, regional or village corporations, tribal organizations, and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations to build tribal capacity for energy resource development or management under the Department of the Interior's Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC) grant program. For this program, capacity building refers to developing organizational structures, business entity structures, or developing or enhancing regulatory functions, all related to tribal energy development for the purpose of strengthening tribal capacity for development and management of energy projects.

energy, development, capacity building, management $1,000-$300,000 National Link
Honor the Earth Grant Programs NGO 12/20/2017

Honor the Earth is a Native-led organization that works toward breaking the geographic and political isolation of tribal communities, as well as increasing financial resources for organization and change in the environmental sector. Honor the Earth is collaborating with Kalliopeia Foundation and Frances Fund on a grant-making initiative entitled Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities. This initiative focuses on re-localizing sustainable energy and food economies as a means to mitigate climate change and nurture cultural and spiritual restoration.

Environmental Justice, Energy, Adaptation, Agriculture, Mitigation, Health $1,000-$5,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, International (Canada) Link
North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Small Grants Program

The North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Small Grants Program is accepting proposals for projects involving long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetland and associated upland habitat that benefits wetland dependent migratory birds, primarily waterfowl. A one to one match of non-federal funds to the NAWCA request is required.

Wetlands Conservation, Migratory Bird Conservation $1,000-$75,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, National, Alaska Link
Crown Family Philanthropies: Grants for Climate & Energy Crown Family Philanthropies

The successor to the Arie and Ida Crown foundation, Crown Family Philanthropies funds a bevy of social causes in Chicago and in the Midwest more broadly. Grants for environmental issues, including climate change, constitute some of this largesse. The award amounts are large, but relatively few, and an organization must meet numerous criteria to get them.

climate change, adaptation, community, education, curriculum, social justice. conservation, sustainability $10 million in total programming. Chicago, Cook county, Michigan Link
Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program (SRA) EPA

RFP Closed for 2016.  SRA awards support pollution prevention through source reduction and resource conservation work. Applicants must demonstrate new or innovative techniques for education or training that promote P2 and source reduction efforts.

Pollution, Mitigation, source reduction, resource conservation, education and training development $10,000 - $147,000 per year National Link

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