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
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
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
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
Solid Waste Management Grants USDA

To make grants to public bodies and private non-profit organizations providing technical assistance and training to reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources and improve planning and management of solid waste sites. This assistance is available in rural areas and towns with a population of 10,000 or less.

Water, Regulatory, Natural Resources, Health Varies; previous grants between $10,000-$220,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Coastal, Alaska 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
South Central CSC funding Opportunity USGS

Recent Deadline was 1/18/2017. Next Deadline Unknown. SOIs are invited for projects that support regional CSC science priorities. CSC funded projects cover a variety of topics that address the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, ecosystems, & the communities they support.

climate science, vulnerability assessment, climate change Approximately $1,600,000 to $1,800,000 may be available. South Central, United States Link
Southeast Resilient Landscapes Fund Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

2017 deadline: 11/06/2017. Deadline for 2018 Unknown. Capitalized with a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Southeast Resilient Landscapes Fund (Fund) provides capital grants and loans to land protection projects within three selected regions of the southeast. Projects must lie in one of OSI’s resilience focus areas, demonstrate the use of Resilient Landscape concepts and meet the other grant criteria detailed below. OSI awards grants to qualified non-profit organizations through a competitive process with the assistance of an advisory board comprised of experts with knowledge of natural resources, conservation policy and land conservation funding.

climate change, environmental protection, conservation, sustainability, adaptation, mitigation $100,000-$400,000. the Southern Cumberlands in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee; the Southern Blue Ridge in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee; and the Greater Pee Dee River in South Carolina and North Carolina Link
Southern Rockies LCC Applied Science Funding Opportunity DOI, Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), WaterSMART

Deadline passed as of May 16, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. Proposed projects are expected to deliver new capabilities that address the priority resources identified and shared by Reclamation and the partners involved in the Southern Rockies LCC. Projects should focus on the geographic boundaries of the Southern Rockies LCC, use the best available science to develop knowledge, information, and tools, and lead to the enhanced management of priority resources that affect or are affected by water resources management in a changing climate within the Southern Rockies LCC. See website for complete list of science needs. Please note that tribal needs are an explicitly addressed as Science Need 7: Identify Tribal information needs related to conservation and management of natural and cultural resources.

Natural Resource Management, Conservation, Cultural Resource Management $100,000 ceiling Southwest Link
Species Recovery Grants to Tribes NOAA, DOC

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) recognizes the unique importance of many protected species to tribes and values ongoing efforts by tribal nations to conserve and protect species under NMFS jurisdiction.
This grant supports conservation of endangered, threatened, and candidate or proposed species, as well as post-delisting monitoring of recovered species. Funded activities may include the development and implementation of management plans, scientific research, and public education and outreach.

Natural Resources, Wildlife, Conservation, Research, Education $20,000-$100,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Stanislaus River Salmon Project Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service

Deadline passed as of October 26, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. Staff that work pursuant to the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) in California's Central Valley have a need for timely access to standardized, high-quality adult and juvenile salmonid monitoring data. To address that need, this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) will provide funds used for: (1) collecting and reporting new juvenile Chinook salmon and steelhead monitoring data collected with rotary screw traps deployed near Caswell State Park on the Stanislaus River in California's Central Valley, and (2) data entry and management activities that transfer historical adult Chinook salmon escapement data from a variety of paper and digital data formats to a standardized database structure.

Salmon, restoration, climate change, rehabilitation, $279,580-$790,000 California, Pacific Coast Link
START Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Indian Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Offi ce of Indian Energy is now accepting applications for the third round of
its Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance
Program. Through START, Tribes can get customized technical assistance for furthering the development of
community- and commercial-scale renewable energy projects. Applications are due May 1, 2015; up to fi ve
projects will be selected in June 2015.

Renewable energy, Development Unknown National, Tribes, Alaska Link
START Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance DOE, Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs

The DOE Office of Indian Energy is now accepting applications for the third round of the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance Program to provide Tribes with technical assistance with furthering the development of community- and commercial-scale renewable energy projects.

Renewable energy, Infrastructure See application National, Northwest, Southwest, Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, Alaska Link
Statewide Wood Energy Teams Grants FS, DOA

The U.S. Forest Service is providing leadership and funding on behalf of a USDA multiagency Wood to Energy Initiative by offering this Request for Proposals to support collaborative statewide wood energy teams that advance the installation of commercially viable wood energy systems in the public and private sectors that use woody biomass generated from National Forest System lands and other land ownerships. Public-private statewide teams are invited to seek funding to support the development of geographic and/or sector-based clusters of wood energy projects. Activities may include, but are not limited to, a) workshops and assistance that provide technical, financial, and environmental information; b) preliminary engineering assessments; and c) community outreach needed to support development of wood energy projects in the public and private sectors. Only proposals for work planned in States that have National Forest System lands will be considered.

Renewable energy, Development Varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) USDA

Deadline unknown for 2017. 2016 deadline passed on June 30, 2016. To advance projects which support long-term community and economic growth strategies that reflect both multi-jurisdictional stakeholder collaboration and capitalize upon the unique strengths of the rural area. Through this provision, USDA Rural Development is empowered to work further with rural communities to align resources with long-range and multi-jurisdictional challenges and needs by leveraging federal, state, local, or private funding. Applicants to any of several existing Rural Development programs whose projects support the implementation of multi-jurisdictional strategic economic and community development plans may apply for priority consideration through SECD. Consideration will be based on: (1) How well the project supports a multijurisdictional plan and (2) How well the plan addresses collaboration, regionalism, and investments from other federal and philanthropic agencies. Interested participants are encouraged to have their plans reviewed by their State's staff early in the process for feedback and possible modification prior to submitting with the formal application.

Rural Development see website National Link
Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program DOE

The Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program is part of the DOE Office of Indian Energy effort to assist in the development of tribal renewable energy projects. Through START, Tribes in the 48 contiguous states and Alaska can apply for and are selected to receive technical assistance from DOE and national laboratory experts to move projects closer to implementation.

Renewable energy, Infrastructure technical assistance, not funds, are provided Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska 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
Surdna Foundation NGO

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
Systems-Based Research for Evaluating Ecological Impacts of Manufactured Chemicals EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR), and Chemical Safety for Sustainability (CSS) research programs is funding grants with the goal of applying systems-based approaches for identifying, addressing, and reducing uncertainties from limited exposure data and stressor-response relationships.EPA is seeking applications focusing on integrated, transdisciplinary research that would advance scientific understanding of potential for impacts to ecosystem wellbeing associated with the use of manufactured chemicals.Specifically, the RFA solicits proposals for systems-based research to develop and apply innovative metrics and modeling approaches to improve evaluation of ecological resilience and impact analyses, and to support environmental sustainability. Successful proposals will translate emerging and advanced methods, data, and computational tools to address complexity of these systems and distill drivers of adverse outcomes to ecological organisms and populations.

Research, Chemical Pollution Up to $800,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Alaska, National Link
TEK Baseline Research NPS

Deadline passed as of June 30, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown, TEK is an interdisciplinary and collaborative field that gleans ecological information from traditionally associated tribes. This information will be used for active management of ecosystems, resulting in better stewardship. Tribes will be involved, including permission from the Tribal Councils for the project to proceed. To collect baseline information, this project has three research prongs.

Traditional knowledge, TEK, ecology, elders, indigenous science, climate change, management, conservation Up to $32,000. National Link
The Joyce Foundation NGO

This foundation supports funding opportunities in Great Lakes protection and restoration. Submitted proposals must address one of four areas: 1) Reduce polluted, non-point source runoff from both agriculture and built areas. 2) Protect and restore critical habitats such as wetlands through improved hydrology and other means. 3) Improve coastal health through increased use of green infrastructure and financing conventional infrastructure. 4) Implement the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. The foundation will also consider proposals relating to implementation of local, state, and regional climate and energy plans.

Restoration, Conservation Varies; average $135,000 Great Lakes, Northeast Link
The Nathan Cummings Foundation Grants The Nathan Cummings Foundation

Letters of Intent accepted on a rolling basis. The Nathan Cummings Foundation invests in four focus areas that together advance our vision of a healthy planet and a healthy democracy. We will accelerate a just transition to a more inclusive clean economy, where communities on the front lines are creating solutions to the climate crisis and where prosperity for all people is not at odds with a healthy environment. We are determined to advance racial and economic justice, by unlocking markets that have excluded generations from economic opportunity, reforming systems that criminalize too many and lifting up new models of democratic inclusion. We will use our influence as an investor and grantmaker to increase corporate and political accountability, spurring greater transparency and more democratic systems and structures. We believe in the transformative power of the arts, contemplative practice and religious traditions to change hearts and minds. We seek to move people to act for social change by amplifying the voices, creativity and culture that can build empathy, nurture compassion and shift narratives about race, class, gender and ethnicity, who has power and how we value the planet.

climate change, conservation, adaptation, social justice, Varies National Link
TIGER Discretionary Grants DOT

Deadline unknown for 2017. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is accepting applications for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program to fund capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, metro area, or a region.

Transportation, Infrastructure, Development Varies National Link
Tomkat Charitable Trust: Grants for Climate & Energy Tomkat Charitable

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
Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program USDA

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

Research, Education, Land, Natural Resources, curriculum, higher education, scholarship Individual awards of up to $200,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National. Midwest, Alaska Link
Tribal Energy Development and Capacity-Building (TEDC) Grant Program DOI; OIEED

No RFP announced for 2016 as of 4/13/2016. The TEDC grant program helps tribes in assessing, developing, or obtaining the managerial and technical capacity needed to develop energy resources on Indian land and properly account for energy resource production and revenues, as provided for under Title V. Section 503 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

Energy Development Varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southesat, National, Alaska 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
Tribal Energy Program Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy on Indian Lands DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program, in conjunction with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, is pleased to announce the availability of up to $7 million in funding to accelerate clean energy development on tribal lands

Renewable energy, Development Varies National, Alaska, Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast Link
Tribal Heritage Grants NPS

RFP closed. Expect announcement in winter of 2016. The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorizes grants to Federally recognized Indian tribes for cultural and historic preservation projects. These grants assist Indian Tribes, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiian Organizations in protecting and promoting their unique cultural heritage and traditions.

Cultural Resource Management, Historic Preservation, Government-to-Government Relationships varies National Link
Tribal Pollution Prevention Network's Tribal Colleges Extension Program NGO

The purpose of the TCEP is to enable 1994 institutions to deliver science-based, culturally relevant extension education programs designed to address public needs and improve quality of life. The TCEP is intended to be a component of the applicant 1994 institution’s land-grant roadmap or strategic planning process. To the extent practicable, priorities should reflect NIFA’s national critical needs areas: 1) Development of sustainable energy; 2) Increased global food security; 3) Adaptation of agriculture and natural resources to global climate change; 4) Reduction of childhood and adolescent obesity; and 5) Improved food safety. The Tribal Colleges Extension Program-Special Emphasis (TCEP-SE) for fiscal year (FY) 2014 will be to conduct specialized, focused projects as a complement to a full extension department operations.

Education Ceiling of $170,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
Tribal Preservation Program HPF

Deadline passed as of August 31, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) provides annually appropriated funding to Tribes that have signed agreements with the National Park Service designating them as having an approved Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) to protect and conserve important Tribal cultural and historic assets and sites. The grant funding assists THPOs in executing their tribe's historic preservation programs and activities pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1996, as amended, and other relevant laws.

historical objects, cultural significance, tribal resilience, history, preservation, management, documentation, revitalization, restoration Up to $150,000. Untied States, National Link

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