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 Amount Geography Website
The George Gund Foundation Grants The George Gund Foundation 12/31/2017

Last deadline: 3/15/2017. Unknown for 2017. 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
Alaska Community Foundation: Strengthening Organizations NGO 12/31/2017

Grant is on a rolling deadline. 6/1/2016 was most recent deadline.Grant awards will support professional staff and board of directors in their efforts to access tools, develop practical skills, and cultivate support systems needed to effectively achieve the organization’s mission in the areas of leadership development, organizational development, program development, collaboration and community engagement, and evaluation of effectiveness. 

Non-profit Infrastructure, Administrative Support The guidelines state applicants can request up to $10,000, but awards typically range from $3,000 to $5,000. Call anytime to talk with an ACF Program Officer about your project. Alaska Link
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation NGO 12/31/2017

Applications accepted continuously. This foundation offers grant assistance in 6 major program areas. Two such areas are the “Public Understanding of Science,” and the “Basic Research” areas. Through these programs, the foundation offers grants for high-quality, original STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) research that benefits the scientific community, as well as increases the public understanding of relevant and complex scientific issues. A grant applicant must first submit a letter of inquiry that outlines the idea of the grant, since the foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals. If accepted, the applicant will receive notice to submit a full proposal for evaluation.

Research Varies Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Ayrshire Foundation: Grants for Climate Change Ayrshire Foundation 12/31/2017

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
Clean Water Indian Set-Aside Grant Program EPA, IHS 12/31/2017

Applications accepted continuously. The Clean Water Indian Set-Aside Grant Program (CWISA Program) provides funding for wastewater infrastructure to Indian tribes and Alaska Native Villages. The CWISA Program is administered in cooperation with the Indian Health Service (IHS). EPA uses the IHS Sanitation Deficiency System priority lists to identify and select projects for CWISA program funding. To be considered for CWISA Program funding, tribes must identify their wastewater needs to the IHS Sanitation Deficiency System. Applications must be submitted within 12 months of disaster declaration date.

Water Varies; average $300,000, grants have been awarded between $16,000 and $1,600,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Climate Solutions University NGO 12/31/2017

Applications accepted throughout the year. CSU aids local rural communities, connected through a peer learning network, by offering training, expertise, and support in climate adaptation planning. Through this training, expertise, and support, CSU strengthens local leadership, public engagement, and ecosystem protection efforts in rural communities. CSU is offering two distance‐learning programs in 2013; the Climate Adaptation Plan Development Program and the Climate Adaptation Plan Implementation Program. The development program results in a local climate adaptation plan (focusing on forest and water resource resilience). The implementation plan supports participants in moving the plan into action. Each program has 8 positions available. Each participating community receives $100K in training, mentoring, and access to tools/resources; however, communities must commit a cost-share in the form of staff time and related resources.

Adaptation Each participating community receives $100K in training, mentoring, and access to tools/resources Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Conservation Stewardship Program USDA 12/31/2017

Applications accepted continuously. The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) helps agricultural producers maintain and improve their existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities to address priority resources concerns. Participants earn CSP payments for conservation performance—the higher the performance, the higher the payment.

Stewardship, Conservation A person or legal entity may not receive more than $200,000 during fiscal years 2014 through 2018. $150 million total program funding. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Caribbean and Pacific Island areas. Link
Ecolab Foundation Grants EcoLab Foundation 12/31/2017

Focus Areas of Giving- Youth and Education: programs that promote youth development, particularly for youth at-risk, Civic & Community Development: affordable housing, work readiness, crisis assistance and hunger relief, Environment & Conservation: hands-on environmental learning programs, Arts & Culture: arts education for children and youth as well as support for museums and the performing arts.

climate change, conservation, social justice, civic engagement, housing, shelter, food justice, adaptation, mitigation Varies. Nationalo, regional Link
Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants USDA 12/31/2017

Applications accepted continuously. The purpose of this grant is to assist rural communities that have experienced a significant decline in quantity or quality of drinking water due to an emergency, or in which such decline is considered imminent, to obtain or maintain adequate quantities of water that meets the standards set by the Safe Drinking Water Act. This emergency is considered an occurrence of an incident such as, but not limited to, a drought, earthquake, flood, tornado, hurricane, disease outbreak or chemical spill, leakage or seepage.

Adaptation, Emergency Management, Water, Natural Resources, Emergency $150,000 or $500,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Coastal, Alaska, Midwest Link
Emergency Watershed Protection Program USDA 12/31/2017

Applications accepted continuously. The Emergency Watershed Protection Program responds to emergencies created by natural disasters. The program is designed to help people and conserve natural resources by relieving imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, wind­storms, and other natural occurrences. All projects undertaken, with the exception of the purchase of floodplain easements, must have a project sponsor.

Water, Natural Resources, Adaptation, Disaster, Emergency Management, Health Varies Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
George and Amanda Hanley Foundation: Grants for Climate Change George and Amanda Hanley Foundation 12/31/2017

They do not accept unsolicited proposals. Visit page for contacs. George is a Chicago trader who started his philanthropy giving scholarships and supporting universities. Amanda is an active eco-blogger and environmental nonprofit leader. Together their foundation gives to sustainability and clean energy projects, focused in the Midwest, particularly when it comes to schools.

climate change, sustainability, social justice, conservation, education Varies. National Link
Henry P. Kendall Foundation: Grants for Climate Change Henry P. Kendall Foundation 12/31/2017

Kendall is a regional foundation based in Boston that isn't quite what you'd call a climate funder, as its sole focus is sustainable food systems. But its focus on food is driven by goals of improving health, coupled with sustainability and reducing greenhouse gas produced in agriculture.

food justice, climate change, agriculture, health, human health, social justice, conservation, sustainability Varies. National Link
Hewlett Foundation Grants NGO 12/31/2017

Applications Accepted Continuously. The Hewlett Foundation’s Environment Program is committed to reducing these emissions to avoid the most severe effects of climate change. We pursue our goal with strategies in the following areas: Clean Power--Increase renewable energy and energy efficiency while reducing fossil fuel development and use for electricity generation.Clean transportation--Increase fuel efficiency and access to transit, biking and walking options, while constraining the growth of high-carbon fossil fuels for transportation. Building broad support--Engage diverse members of the public. The Hewlett Foundation also has a grant program dedicated to conserving land in the US West.

Conservation, Energy efficiency, Sustainable Development Varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
Hewlett Foundation: Grants for Climate Change Hewlett Foundation 12/31/2017

Grantseekers can find Hewlett’s climate change grants through its Climate and Energy subprogram, which focuses on reducing greenhouse gasses through the following areas:
Clean energy and the reduction fossil fuel use. This area of giving lasers in on increasing renewable energy use (think solar, wind and geothermal) and energy efficiency.
Clean transportation. Hewlett focuses its clean transportation giving on increasing fuel efficiency as well as access to alternate methods of transportation such as biking, walking and public transportation.
Building and increasing public support. This area of giving focuses on growing public support among diverse members of the community of clean energy and transportation efforts.

climate change, conservation, sustainability, social justice, Varies. National, International, San Francisco, California 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
Kresge Foundation NGO 12/31/2017

Applications accepted continuously; please also see solicitations page on the Kresge Foundation's website. This foundation’s Environment program invests in projects within the U.S., as well as selects initiatives in Canada. Projects must revolve around the following strategies: (1) building the field of climate change adaptation, (2) fostering development of place-based adaptation strategies, and (3) informing and promoting climate-wise policies and practices. The foundation primarily accepts grants by invitation; however, preliminary applications can be submitted that includes background information about the proposal. If program staff determine that the project has potential for funding, the grant seeker will be asked to provide additional information.

Climate Change Adaptation Varies US, Canada, National, 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
Local Governments Reimbursement Program EPA 12/31/2017

Applications accepted continuously. In the event of a release (or threatened release) of hazardous substances, EPA may reimburse local governments for expenses related to the release and associated emergency response measures. The Local Governments Reimbursement Program provides a "safety net" of up to $25,000 per incident to local governments that do not have funds available to pay for response actions.

Emergency Management, Disaster, Adaptation, Health, Natural Resources Up to $25,000 per incident Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants Program NOAA 12/31/2017

Last deadline: 3/15/2017. Unknown for 2017. This program is intended to build resilience by reducing the risk to coastal communities, economies and ecosystems from extreme weather events and climate-related hazards. Funding opportunity #: NOAA-NOS-NRPO-2017-200

Climate change, adaptation, mitigation, policy, planning, management, aquaculture, marine, fisheries, subsistence, commercial $250,000 to $1,000,000. National Link
Oak Foundation: Grants for Marine and River Conservation Oak Foundation 12/31/2017

Letters of Intent accepted continuously. Oak is a global foundation headquartered in Geneva and derived from the wealth of the Duty Free Shoppers business, and it deals strictly with big global problems. Its marine conservation program is consistent with this, and in the past year began shifting focus to the problems of fisheries, both small and industrial, and reducing plastic waste in bodies of water.

marine, water, fisheries, aquaculture, pollution, acidification, commercial, subsistence, plastics, conservation, climate change Varies. International, Global Link
Recovery Implementation Fund DOI, FWS 12/31/2017

Applications accepted continuously. This opportunity provides funds to accomplish high priority recovery tasks for high priority, FWS-managed, endangered and threatened species in the US such that known threats to the species may be reduced or eliminated. It is limited to projects carrying out actions described in a species’ approved recovery plan, in the implementation schedule of a species’ approved recovery plan, actions recommended in a completed 5-year status review of the species or in a spotlight species action plan, or projects documenting species’ response to climate change.

Natural Resources, Wildlife Varies Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Rockefeller Family Fund NGO 12/31/2017

Applications accepted continuously. This foundation focuses on public education of the risks of global warming, conservation of natural resources, protection of health as affected by the environment, meaning implementation of environmental laws, and public participation in national environmental policy debates. Grant applicants must submit a letter of inquiry online. If accepted, the applicant will be invited to submit a full proposal for evaluation.

Climate Change Impacts, Conservation, public health $25,000-30,000 National 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
Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems in Oregon Grants USDA, RD 12/31/2017

REAP (formerly known as the "006" program) offers grants and/or loan guarantees for the purchase and installation of renewable energy generating systems. Assistance is limited to small businesses, farmers and ranchers. Projects must be located in a rural area. REAP grants and guarantees may be used individually or in combination. Together, they may finance up to 75 percent of a project's total cost. Grants can never finance more than 25 percent f a project or $500,000 -- whichever is less. While applications are accepted continuously, funding is not always available. Please see website for opportunity to sign up to be notified about funding availability.

Renewable energy, Rural Development Varies, includes loans Oregon, Northwest Link
Science to Action Fellowships USGS 12/31/2017

Last deadline: 3/15/2017. Unknown for 2017. The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center is soliciting Statements of Interest from graduate students interested in the 2017 Science to Action Fellowship. The fellowship provides an opportunity for students to work closely with USGS staff and partners to develop a product that supports climate change decision making.

Fellowship, Climate Adaptation $10,000 Fellowship National Link
Section 306C Water and Waste Disposal Grants to Alleviate Health Risks USDA 12/31/2017

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

Adaptation, Water, Health, Natural Resources Generally, applicants are expected to borrow as much as they can afford to repay, as in the regular loan program. However, water and waste disposal systems can obtain up to 100 percent grants to construct basic drinking water, sanitary sewer, solid waste disposal and storm drainage to serve the residents. Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
Section 306D Water and Waste system Grants for Alaskan Villages USDA 12/31/2017

Applications accepted continuously. Meant to fund water and waste disposal systems in rural Alaskan Villages. Funds must be used for development and construction of water and wastewater systems to correct dire health and sanitation conditions in those villages. Many communities in remote rural Alaska, where villages are accessible by plane or boat only, are essentially inaccessible during the long, hard winters. They lag far behind the lower 48 States in having safe and dependable drinking water and suitable waste disposal systems available. Construction costs are extremely high. This is due in part to the severe weather conditions, which makes laying pipe difficult, if not impossible. These conditions also require the use of insulated pipe, or in areas of permafrost, above ground utilidors, often with heat traced insulated pipe. The vast distances from the transportation hub of Anchorage to a village increases costs substantially as the material must be delivered by barge or air.

Adaptation, Emergency Management, Water, Health, Natural Resources The maximum grant is 75 percent of the project cost. Alaska, Coastal Link
Solar in Your Community Challenge DOE 12/31/2017

Last deadline: 3/17/2017. Unknown for 2017. The Solar in Your Community Challenge encourages the development of innovative financial and business models that serve low- and moderate-income communities that may have been left out of the solar boom. Offering $5 million in cash prizes and technical assistance over 18 months, the challenge supports teams across the country to develop projects or programs that reach underserved customers in their communities, while proving that these business models can be widely replicated and scaled up.

solar power, renewable energy, infrastructure, business models, climate change, carbon emissions, reduce Varies. National Link
Surdna Foundation NGO 12/31/2017

Applications continued continuously; see website for more information.This foundation invests in projects that support their program areas of Sustainable Environments, Strong Local Economies, Thriving Cultures, Community Revitalization, and Effective Citizenry. Organizations are eligible for a max of three consecutive years of funding. Grants are assessed three times a year (February, May, and September), and must be submitted three to four months prior to staff review.

Sustainable Environments Varies National Link
Tomkat Charitable Trust: Grants for Climate & Energy Tomkat Charitable 12/31/2017

Tomkat does not accept proposals, but they can be reached by email. This fund is strongly and vocally in support of clean energy development and sustainable living. Aside from energy, Steyer and wife Taylor (get it, Tomkat), are also invested in healthy foods and sustainable food systems, going so far as to start their own ranch. They also back some education stuff and more run-of-the-mill environmentalism, but their biggest giving to date has gone to energy and climate. 

climate change, sustainability, food justice, subsistence, emissions, conservation, coal, carbon Varies. International Link

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