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
FY 2015 Species Recovery Grants to Tribes (NOAA)

The Species Recovery Grants to Tribes Program serves to support recovery efforts primarily benefitting threatened or endangered (declared by the authority of the NMFS or the NMFS and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). Conservation efforts could potentially include research, management, monitoring, and/or outreach activities.

Conservation, endangered species, Management, Research up to $100,000 (program grossing approximately $300,000) National, U.S. Link
Native American Agricultural Fast Track Fund (NAAFTF)

Deadline passed. Deadline for 2017 unknown.Class counsel in the Keepseagle v. Vilsack settlement today announced details about the Native American Agricultural Fast Track Fund (NAAFTF), a one-time distribution of $38 million in settlement funds. Awards from this fund will be made on a competitive basis to non-profit organizations, tribal programs and educational institutions which provide agricultural, business, technical or advocacy services to existing and aspiring Native American farmers and ranchers. Note that 6/24/2016 is the deadline for Letters of Intent; there is a webinar to provide technical assistance for applications on June 1, 2016.

Agriculture, Development, Ranching $38,000,000 in total funds 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
Strengthening the Public’s and/or K-12 Students’ Environmental Literacy for Community Resilience to Extreme Weather Events and Environmental Changes

The goal of this Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) is to strengthen the public’s and/or K-12 students environmental literacy to enable informed decision-making necessary for community resilience to extreme weather events and environmental changes. Many U.S. communities face significant environmental changes, natural disasters, or economic disruptions (U.S Department of Commerce FY2014-FY2018 Strategic Plan). Projected future environmental changes include increased global temperatures, more frequent heat waves, rising sea levels, increased frequency of extreme precipitation events, acidification of the ocean, modifications of growing seasons, changes in storm frequency and intensity, alterations in species ranges and migration patterns, earlier snowmelt, increased drought, and altered river flow volumes (NOAA’s Next Generation Strategic Plan, 2010; The Third National Climate Assessment, 2014). Communities must increase their resilience now and build a long-term foundation for resilience in the future. Projects should build the environmental literacy necessary for community resilience by focusing on geographic awareness and an understanding of Earth systems and the threats and vulnerabilities that are associated with a community’s location.

Education $250,000-500,000 National, Northwest, Southwest, Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, Alaska 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
Community-Scale Clean Energy Projects in Indian Country Grants

DOE is soliciting applications from Indian Tribes, Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations and Tribal Consortia to install “community-scale” or “facility-scale” clean energy systems on Indian lands to provide electricity and/or heating and cooling for local use in tribal buildings. For purposes of this announcement, “clean energy systems” include “renewable energy systems” and “combined heat and power systems.” Projects selected under this Funding Opportunity Announcement are intended to reduce energy costs and increase energy security for Indian Tribes and tribal members. Please note that on DOE website this grant can be found by searching for: DE-FOA-0000852.

Renewable energy $50,000-1,500,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
DOE Alaska START Program for Community Energy Planning and Projects (DOE)

The US Dept of Energy Office of Indian Energy is accepting applications for the third round of the Alaska Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program to assist Alaska Native corporations and federally recognized Alaska Native governments with accelerating clean energy projects.

Planning, Development, Sustainability Unknown Alaska 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
FWS National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program FY 2015

Deadline passed as of June 30, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (Section 305, Title III, Public Law 101‐646, 16 U.S.C. 3954) established the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program (NCWCGP) to acquire, restore, and enhance wetlands in coastal States through competitive matching grants to State agencies. The primary goal of the NCWCGP is the long‐term conservation of coastal wetland ecosystems. In FY 2013, the NCWCGP will fund 24 to 26 individual projects encompassing 4,690 to 5,500 acres of coastal habitat.

Wetlands, Coasts, Conservation $25,000-$1,000,000. Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Coastal Link
Great Lakes Climate Assessment Grants

GLISA is soliciting proposals from organizations that will engage networks of stakeholders in science-grounded processes to identify, assess, and/or resolve climate-related problems or management issues.

Natural Resource Management $25,000-$50,000 Northeast, Midwest, International, Canada, Great Lakes Link
Rural Health Network Development Planning Program Department of Health and Human Services 01/03/2018

The goals of the Network Planning program are centered around approaches that will aid providers in better serving their communities given the changes taking place in health care, as providers move from focusing on the volume of services to focusing on the value of services. This program will bring together key parts of a rural health care delivery system, particularly those entities that may not have collaborated in the past under a formal relationship, to establish and improve local capacity and coordination of care. The program will support one year of planning with the primary goal of helping networks create a foundation for their infrastructure and focusing member efforts to address important regional or local community health needs.

health, community health, rural health, social services. accessibility, quality, availability Amount varies. United States, National Link
The George Gund Foundation Grants The George Gund Foundation 03/15/2018

Gund is interested in using cities to address climate change, giving to support clean energy, green business, smart growth and city sustainability. The foundation has a very strong focus on Cleveland, but still gives quite a bit to national or regional projects that share its interests. Groups in the region should take definitely note, but those outside shouldn't necessarily rule it out.

climate change, adaptation, mitigation, conservation, planning, policy, sustainability Varies. National Link
The George Gund Foundation Grants The George Gund Foundation

Deadline passed as of July 15, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. Gund is interested in using cities to address climate change, giving to support clean energy, green business, smart growth and city sustainability. The foundation has a very strong focus on Cleveland, but still gives quite a bit to national or regional projects that share its interests. Groups in the region should take definitely note, but those outside shouldn't necessarily rule it out.

climate change, adaptation, mitigation, conservation, planning, policy, sustainability Varies. National Link
ANA Funding Opportunity Esther Martinez Immersion Administration for Native Americans

RFP closed for 2016. The purposed of the Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance- Esther Martinez Immersion (EMI) program is to provide financial assistance to community driven projects designed to preserve Native American languages through Native American language nests, Native American language survival schools, and Native language restoration programs. ANA is interested in supporting locally determined projects designed to reduce or eliminate community problems and achieve community goals. Funded EMI projects reflect specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound outcomes and include specific strategies for achieving intended performance. All EMI grants must have a start date of 8/1.

Cultural Preservation, Language, Native Communities $100,000-$300,000 Alaska, Hawaii, Pacific Islands, Guam Link
ANA Funding Opportunity Social and Economic Development Administration for Native Americans

RFP closed for 2016. The purpose of the Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) program is to promote economic and social self-sufficiency for American Indians, Alaska Natives, native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders from American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The SEDS program supports the principal that social and economic development are inter-related and essential for the development of thriving Native communities. The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) is interested in support community-driven projects designed to grow local economies, increase the capacity of tribal governments, strengthen families, preserve Native cultures, and increase self-sufficiency and community well-being. Funded SEDS projects will reflect specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timebound outcomes and include specific strategies for reducing or eliminating community problems and achieving long-range community goals.

Economic development, Sustainable Development, Community Development $100,000-$400,000 Alaska, Indian Tribes, Pacific Islands, Hawaii, Guam Link
ANA Funding Opportunity Native Language Preservation and Maintenance Administration for Native Americans (ANA)

RFP closed for 2016. The purpose of the Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance (P&M) program is to assist Native Americans in ensuring the survival and continuing vitality of Native American languages. ANA is interested in supporting locally determined projects to reduce or eliminate community problems and achieve community goals. Funded projects reflect Specific, measureable, achievable, relevant and time-bound outcomes \and include specific strategies for achieving intended performance.

Culture, Language, preservation $100,000-$300,000 Indian Tribes, Pacific Islands, Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands... Link
ANA Funding Opportunity Environmental Regulatory Enhancement Administration for Native Americans (ANA)

Deadline passed as of June 22, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The purpose of the Environmental Regulatory Enhancement (ERE) program is to provide funding for the costs of planning, developing, and implementing programs designed to improve the capability of tribal governing bodies to regulate environmental quality pursuant to federal and tribal environmental laws. The ERE program supports the principle that projects must follow tribal cultural preservation and natural resource management priorities in order to achieve environmentally healthy, sustainable Native American and Alaska Native communities. The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) is therefore interested in supporting locally designed projects that strengthen tribal environmental regulatory programs in a manner consistent with the goals of native communities.

Planning, Development, Cultural Preservation, Native Communities, social justice,policy, infrastructure $100,000-$300,000 Alaska, Indian Tribes Link
Alaska Renewable Energy Fund Grants Alaska Energy Authority

RFP closed. AEA is soliciting competitive applications from qualified applicants for the purpose of recommending grants for renewable energy projects to be funded by the Alaska State Legislature Eligible Entities

Renewable energy, Development Varies Alaska
AmeriCorps State and National Grants FY 2016 Americorps

Deadline varies by state; RFP for National grants closed for 2016. The AmeriCorps State and National Grants provide funding to engage AmeriCorps members in service interventions strengthen communities. Focus areas for the grants include: Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Stewardship, Healthy Futures, and Veterans and Military Families. Grants may be used to provide support for direct services that contribute to increased energy and water efficiency, renewable energy use, or improving at-risk ecosystems.

Development, Community Improvement Varies National, Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, Alaska, Midwest Link
AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants Americorps

Deadline unknown for FY 2017. AmeriCorps seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in economic opportunity, education, veterans and military families, and disaster services in Native American communities. Through this grant competition, CNCS will continue to focus on national service programs that: • Improve academic outcomes for children, youth, and young adults - reflecting the extensive experience and past success of national service programs in education; • Serve veterans and military families or engage veterans and military families in service; • Increase community resiliency through disaster preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation; and • Increase economic opportunities for communities and AmeriCorps members.

Veteren Services, Disaster Preparation, Education varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, National, Alaska Link
Social and Economic Development Strategies for Alaska ANA

Deadline passed as of June 22, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The Administration for Native Americans (ANA), within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), announces the availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 funds for new community-based projects under the ANA Social and Economic Development Strategies for Alaska-SEDS-AK. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is focused on community-driven projects designed to grow local economies, strengthen Alaskan Native families, including the preservation of Alaskan Native American cultures, and decrease the high rate of current challenges caused by the lack of community-based businesses, and social and economic infrastructure in Alaskan Native communities.

adaptation, infrastructure, economic, planning, policy, management, social justice, community development Varies. Alaska Link
Administration for Native Americans (ANA) Grants ANA, DHS

RFP Closed April 2016. Competitively selected awards will fund projects focused in the following areas: Environmental Regulatory Enhancement, Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance, Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance–Esther Martinez Immersion, Social and Economic Development Strategies, and Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies. ANA project funding is available in short-term development terms of 12, 24, 36, and 60 months.

Environmental Regulation, Sustainable Development varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, 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
Ayrshire Foundation: Grants for Climate Change Ayrshire Foundation 03/15/2018

Last deadline: 3/15/2017. Unknown for 2017. Besides its geographic preferences, the Ayrshire Foundation has very few hard-and-fast rules for giving. The bottom line is it gives a lot of money each year in order to invest in opportunities for a better world. Climate change is at the forefront of the environmental focus area.

climate change, community engagement, development, planning, policy, ngo $10,000-$100,000 California, Michigan Link
Ayrshire Foundation: Grants for Climate Change Ayrshire Foundation

Deadline passed as of September 15, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. Besides its geographic preferences, the Ayrshire Foundation has very few hard-and-fast rules for giving. The bottom line is it gives a lot of money each year in order to invest in opportunities for a better world. Climate change is at the forefront of the environmental focus area.

climate change, community engagement, development, planning, policy $10,000-$100,000 Californai, Michigan Link
Grant Program to Assess, Evaluate and Promote Development of Tribal Energy and Mineral Resources BIA

Deadline unknown for 2018. Previous deadline 9/25/2017. Federally-recognized Indian tribes and tribal energy resource development organizations for projects that assess, evaluate, or otherwise promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands.

emissions, energy, footprint, sustainability, infrastructure, conservation, management, development, minerals, mining Up to $100,000. National Link
FY 2016 Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Climate Resilience Program Funding Opportunity BIA

RFP Closed for FY 2016. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) announces funding for awards to support tribal climate change adaptation, ocean and coastal management planning, and youth internships focused on climate adaptation. Awards are subject to available funding.

Climate Resilience, $50,000-$250,000; depends on project type National Link
Tribal Energy Development Capacity Program BIA, Department of the Interior

Deadline passed as of July 8, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unkown. These awards are intended to complement the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership (HEARTH) Act (25 U.S.C. § 415), which restores the authority of tribes to develop and implement tribal laws governing the leasing of tribal surface trust lands for business and other purposes. The funding described in this Notice is intended to enable eligible recipients to take advantage of the opportunity for self-determination afforded by the HEARTH Act by building capacity through the establishment of organizational structure(s) and/or business entity structure(s) capable of engaging in commercial energy development or management activities.

Community Development, Economic Development, Energy Development, Resource Management. Total funding amount provided under program is approximately $1,500,000. Individual award ceiling and floor undetermined. National, Tribal Lands. 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
2015 Tribal Cooperative Landscape Conservation Program BIA, DOI

RFP closed for FY 2015. No current news for 2016. The Tribal Cooperative Landscape Conservation Program will provide funding to support tribal projects to address climate change adaption and ocean and coastal management planning. In FY 2015, $8 million will be available for tribes to implement projects that address climage change impacts through vulnerability analysis, adaption planning, and increased monitoring cycles for climate change management, as well as to projects that ensure ocean and coastal resource health, resiliency, community safety and economic security for present and future generations.

Adaptation planning, Ocean and Coastal Management planning, Vulnerability analysis, Monitoring, Community Resilience up to $250,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link

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