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
Alaska State's First Lady Volunteer Awards State-funded

RFP closed, expect next announcement winter of 2016. The awards recognize volunteers who engage in unpaid charitable activities, demonstrate personal commitment to long-term volunteer services, and make a significant impact for Alaskans. Nominations are due March 3rd.

Volunteer Recognition Unknown Alaska Link
Alaska Sustainble Salmon Fund State-funded

Deadline passed June 15, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. Projects must directly relate to one of the following congressionally authorized uses: Restoring or protecting salmon or steelhead habitat; Maintenance of salmon or steelhead populations necessary for subsistence fishing.

Conservation, Salmon $4,000,000 total; funding per project varies Alaska Link
Alaska Tribal Multi-Media Grant Program EPA

Grant status unknown. Demonstration Grants range from $5,000 to $30,000 for local environmental projects that improve health and the environment throughout rural Alaska communities

Health Primary recipients receive approx. $80K each for a four year period, and sub-award individual demonstration project funding that ranges from $5,000 to $30,000. Northwest, Alaska Link
American Indian and Alaskan Native STEM Engagement (MAIANSE) NASA

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

higher education, academic success, educational support $400,000 United States Link
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
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
ANA Funding Opportunity Environmental Regulatory Enhancement Administration for Native Americans (ANA)

RFP closed for 2016. 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 $100,000-$300,000 Alaska, Indian Tribes 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 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 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
Arctic Audubon Small Grants NGO

RFP closed--announcement expected in Fall 2016. This grant funds conservation related projects that support our mission to protect Alaska’s ecosystems by encouraging research, education, and management that will contribute to appreciation and good stewardship of our natural heritage. Proposed projects should enhance the understanding and conservation of Northern Alaska’s organisms and/or ecosystems. Projects dedicated to increasing public awareness and knowledge of conservation issues are appropriate, as are projects that develop educational tools. High school and middle school students and teachers are encouraged to apply.

Conservation, Education Varies; up to $2,000 Alaska Link
Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities (USDA Rural Utilities Services) USDA

RFP closed. Most recent round of awards was in 2015. The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announces the availability of up to $10 million in competitive grants to assist communities with extremely high energy costs. The grant funds may be used to acquire, construct, or improve energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities serving communities where average annual residential expenditure for home energy exceeding 275 percent of the national average. Eligible projects also include on-grid and off-grid renewable energy projects and implementation of energy efficiency, and energy conservation projects for eligible communities.

Energy conservation, Infrastructure, Community development $50,000-$3,000,000 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
Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge NGO

Grant status unknown for 2016. This unique competition is open to teams that include at least two accredited college or university students, graduate students, or post-doctoral students. Founded by Craig Barrett, Former Chairman and CEO of Intel Corporation and long-time Board Member of the NFF, the Challenge encourages and rewards innovative market-based solutions to natural resource issues affecting National Forests and Grasslands and hopes to cultivate a new generation of entrepreneurial natural resource and business leaders. The objectives of the Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge are: 1) to develop and launch market-based solutions that satisfy multiple goals of forest health, sustainable use, and economic development, including job creation, 2) to stimulate creative thinking to address problems and identify opportunities that benefit the National Forests and Grasslands, 3) to educate students and their partners about the practical steps necessary to design and implement market-based solutions to natural resource challenges and 4) to prepare students to work with interdisciplinary partners in response to complex natural resource challenges.

Conservation, Grasslands, Forests, Business $75,000 top prize, $25,000 runner up Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) USDA, Farm Service Agency

Grant deadline unknown for 2016. The Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) provides financial assistance to owners and operators of agricultural and non-industrial private forest land who wish to establish, produce, and deliver biomass feedstocks.

Agriculture, farmers, Forrestry, Biomass $12,500,000 to $22,500,000 National Link
Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program USDA

Deadline passed as of October 3, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. The purpose of the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Program is to assist in the development of new and emerging technologies for the development of Advanced biofuels, Renewable chemicals, and Biobased product manufacturing. This is achieved through guarantees for loans made to fund the development, construction, and Retrofitting of Commercial scale Biorefineries using Eligible technology and of Biobased product manufacturing facilities that use technologically new commercial scale processing and manufacturing equipment and required facilities to convert Renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of biorefineries into end-user products on a commercial scale.

bioenergy, biofuel, sustainability, climate change, community development, economic growth, commercial development Award amounts vary. National Link
BLM CO – Vegetation Management and Fuels Reduction BLM

Unknown for 2017. The project/program is to restore and maintain healthy, productive ecosystems and wildlife populations through management activities including to continue to reduce the risk of undesirable catastrophic wildfires. Disruption of the presettlement disturbance regimes and climate have caused vegetative changes that now put many of Colorado’s ecosystems at risk of uncharacteristic damaging wildfire and unhealthy conditions.

Environmental Science, Healthy Ecosystems, Wildfires, Environmental Management, Stewardship. Individual awards may range from $2,000-$400,000. Colorado. Link
BLM Utah Challenge Cost Share Program BLM, DOI

Deadline passed as of August 1, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. The principle purpose of the CCS program is to promote cost-share partnerships with non-federal entities for the purpose of public land management of important resources such as cultural, fisheries, recreation, wildlife, listed and non-listed special status plant species and native plant communities.

Natural Resource Management $2,500-$45,000 Southwest, Utah Link
Boeing Company: Grants for Climate Change Boeing

Application deadlines dependent on state requirements. Through purposeful investments, employee engagement and thoughtful advocacy efforts, Boeing and its employees support innovative partnerships and programs that align with our strategic objectives, create value and help build better communities worldwide. This includes improving access to globally competitive learning as well as workforce and skills development, sustaining the environment, and supporting our military and veteran communities.

climate change, community engagement, conservation, mitigation, adaptation, Varies National, Washington, California, Washington D.C., International. Link
Bring Back the Natives/More Fish NGO, DOI, USDA

RFP closed for FY 2015; Unknown grant status for FY 2016. Bring Back the Natives funds on-the-ground efforts to restore, protect, and enhance native aquatic species to their historic range. Projects should involve partnerships between communities, agencies, private landowners, and organizations and should focus on habitat needs of species such as fish, invertebrates, and amphibians. The Bring Back the Natives/More Fish program invests ins conservation activities that restore, protect, and enhance native populations of sensitive or listed fish species across the United States, especially in areas on or adjacent to federal agency lands.

Natural Resources, Wildlife, Aquatice Species Conservation Individual awards between $25,000 and $100,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Incubator Technologies (BENEFIT) DOE

RFP closed in April for FY 2016. The BENEFIT FOA includes the following Areas of Interest: Incubators (Off-Roadmap): 1: Open Topic for Energy Efficiency Solutions for Residential and Commercial Building; 2: Innovative Sensors & Sensor Systems; 3: Advanced Energy-Efficient Clothes Dryers; 4: Highly Insulating Building Envelope Components. ***Please note that concept papers are due 3/6/2014, and full grant proposal is due 4/21/2014.

Research, Technology Development, Energy efficiency varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Midwest, Alaska Link
Building the Capacity of Tribes to Address the Health Impacts of Climate Change EPA

Deadline passed as of July 15, 2016. Deadline for 2016 unkown. This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals to enable tribal climate change and health impacts curriculum development and training, web communications, and outreach.

Curriculum Development, Climate Impacts, Training, Outreach, Climate Education, Capacity Building $600,000 total funding available National Link
Bullitt Foundation NGO

Deadline passed as of September 20, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. Grant Applications accepted on a rolling deadline, next deadline is September 15, 2016. See website for more details. Note that individual grants offered by the foundation may have differing deadlines. The mission of the Bullitt Foundation is to protect the natural environment through promotion of responsible human activities and sustainable development in the Pacific Northeast. The foundations program areas include Ecosystem Services; Energy, Industry, and Technology; Urban Ecology; and Leadership and Civic Engagement. Grant applicants must submit a letter of inquiry online. If accepted, the applicant will be invited to submit a full proposal for evaluation. Please note that letters of inquiry are due 9/15/2014, with full applications being due 11/1/2014.

Development, Conservation Past grants have ranged from $2,000-$75,000 Northwest, Oregon, Idaho, British Colombia, western Montana, and Alaska (from the Cook Inlet to the Canadian border) Link
Bureau of Indian Affairs Endangered Species Program Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

Deadline passed as of January 16, 2017. Deadline for 21018 unknown. The Bureau of Indian Affairs has announced plans to provide funding (of up to $150,000 per applicant) in an effort to support restoration, management, and economic development, of “tribal trust resources”, as they are defined in the FOA attachment: "Those natural resources, either on or off Indian lands, retained by, or reserved by or for Indian tribes through treaties, statutes, judicial decisions, and executive orders, which are protected by a fiduciary obligation on the part of the U.S." (BIA, Endangered Species Program, Ranking Criteria and Application Process). As highlighted in the application process, the project proposals are expected to promote tribal revenue, through the utilization of these resources. Therefore, significant effort and concern should be placed in the preservation of important natural and traditional resources.

Endangered Species, Tribal Trust Resources, Restoration, Management, Economic Development. The maximum funding request is $150,000 per application. The funding request cannot include the tribal indirect rate. Midwest, West, Pacific, Northwest, East, Southeast, Alaska, Southwest, Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, Southern Plains, Navajo, Eastern Oklahoma Link
Bureau of Indian Affairs Hatchery Maintenance Program Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

Deadline passed as of January 15, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown.The Bureau of Indian Affairs has announced plans to provide funding for fish (and/or shellfish) hatchery maintenance initiatives, within the eligible jurisdictions focused on in the program. Specifically, hatcheries owned by Federally-recognized Tribes, or the BIA. This merit based project will look at the following factors when considering candidates for funding awards: health, safety and security; water quality; economic value; rights protection; resource value; and tribal youth. Further details about the funding application process, contact information, and ranking criteria can be found through the link to the BIA's application document.

Hatcheries, Fish, Maintenance, The BIA plans to award roughly $2.4 million in competitive funds for this program. Midwest, West, Pacific Northwest, East, Southeast, Alaska, Southwest, Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, Southern Plains, Navajo, Eastern Oklahoma Link
Bureau of Indian Affairs Invasive Species (IS) Program Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

Deadline passed as of January 15, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown.The Bureau of Indian Affairs has announced plans to provide funding opportunities (ranging between $2,500-$250,000 per application), in an attempt to promote Tribal practice of invasive species (IS) management, and mitigation of consequential environmental impacts. Projects will have a participatory, planning and treatment focus, collaboratively aimed at sustainable and effective environmental management.

Invasive Species, Environmental Stewardship, Management. Funding awards can range between $2,500-$250,000 per application. Midwest, West, Pacific Northwest, East, Southeast, Alaska, Southwest, Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, Southern Plains, Navajo, Eastern Oklahoma. Link
Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Youth Initiative (TYI) Program Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

Deadline passed as of January 15, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. "Initiative funding will be distributed on a competitive basis to tribes and inter-tribal organizations for the support and development of tribal youth programs focused on science in line with conservation and resource management. The programs will provide opportunities for youth to become engaged in the field of natural resource management and foster their interest in pursuing educational opportunities and a career in natural resources management" (Bureau of Indian Affairs, Tribal Youth Initiative (TYI) Program, Ranking Criteria and Application Process). See link for more details.

Conservation Science, Resource Management, Tribal Youth Programs. Award packages can range from $2,000 - $70,000 per application. Midwest, West, Pacific Northwest, East, Southeast, Alaska, Southwest, Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, Southern Plains, Navajo, Eastern Oklahoma.
Choice Neighborhood Planning Grants HUD

Deadline passed as of 6/28/2017. Deadline for 2017 unknown. The Choice Neighborhoods program targets funding to improve severely distressed public and/or HUD-assisted Multifamily housing that is located in distressed neighborhoods. Planning Grants support the development of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans which, when implemented, will be expected to achieve the following three core goals:1. Housing: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood; 2. People: Improve educational outcomes and intergenerational mobility for youth and supports delivered directly to youth and their families; and 3. Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families’ choices about their community

Urban Infrastructure, community revitalization Varies, maximum award $30 million Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program FY 2015 EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality

RFP Closed for FY 2016. Deadline unknown for 2017. EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating at or servicing goods movement facilities located in areas designated as having poor air quality. Further, priority for funding may be given to projects which result in outcomes that benefit affected communities, those that engage local communities with respect to the design and performance of the project, and those which can demonstrate the ability to promote and continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project has ended. - EPA

Air Quality, Environmental Protection, Emissions Reductions, Pollution The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is approximately $13.5 million. EPA regional offices will award the cooperative agreements for projects resulting from this announcement. EPA anticipates awarding one to four cooperative agreements per Region from this announcement, subject to availability of funds, the quality of proposals received, and other applicable considerations. - EPA National Link
Clean Diesel Tribal Grants (Environmental Protection Agency) EPA

Deadline passed as of August 23, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality is soliciting proposals nationwide for Tribal projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets located in areas designated as having poor air quality. EPA anticipates $1 million will be awarded to eligible Tribal applicants.

emissions, alternative energy, sustainability, climate adaptation, air quality Award varies. See announcement. United States Link

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