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
Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program Rural Utilities Service (RUS)

The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. For example, this program can link teachers and medical service providers in one area to students and patients in another.

Education, Health, Community Development, Technology, Innovation, Rural Development, Connectivity, Access and Availability $50,000 to $500,000 Rural 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
DOE Solar Market Pathways Grant DOE

This funding opportunity seeks to support regional, state, tribal, and locally-driven efforts to develop multi-year solar deployment plans that will help provide business certainty and establish a clear path for the next five to ten years of solar deployment. Specifically, this FOA is intended to enable replicable multi-year strategies that spur significant solar deployment, drive down solar soft costs, support local economic development efforts, and address the potential challenges arising from increased solar penetration on the electrical grid. Awardees are expected to convene stakeholder processes to develop their plan, and subgroups could address specific topics such as the net benefits and costs of solar electricity (to and from the grid), and/or develop solar deployment programs including, but not limited to, commercial property assessed clean energy financing, shared solar, and/or incorporating solar within their emergency response plans. Please note that a concept paper must be submitted by 5/28/2014, but that full proposals are not due until 7/2/2014. Also note that this grant can be found at the website provided by searching for: DE-FOA-0001071.

Solar Energy, Planning $100,000-$4,000,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
DOE START Program DOE, Office of Indian Energy

Through the START Program, DOE Office of Indian Energy and DOE national laboratory experts provide technical assistance for tribal clean energy development by supporting community- and commercial-scale renewable energy projects across the country. Since its launch in December 2011, the START Program has helped 21 tribal communities advance their clean energy technology and infrastructure projects — from solar and wind to biofuels and energy efficiency.

Energy, Development, Community, Technology, Infrastructure Unklnown National, Indian Tribes, Alaska Link
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation NGO

This foundation supports environmental action according to a four part main strategy (see weblink for more).The foundation’s Environmental Program strives to meet its main strategies through grant awards. The Environment Program awards grants through invited proposals and the occasional funding competition. Funding opportunities may also be available through organizations administering re-granting programs supported by the foundation.

Conservation, Clean Energy Varies Tri-State Area, Northeast Link
Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Tribal Set-Aside Program EPA

Most types of projects that improve the health of the public being served by the drinking water system are eligible for funding. Funds may also be used to conduct project feasibility studies, engineering design work, and for project administration.

Water, Health, Research Varies Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Drought Response Program: Drought Contingency Planning Grants DOI, Bureau of Reclamation, WaterSMART

Last deadline: 2/14/2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The objective of this FOA is to invite states, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing Drought Contingency Planning with Reclamation to build resilience to drought in advance of a crisis. Applicants under this FOA may request funding to develop a new drought plan or to update an existing drought plan (collectively, Drought Contingency Plans). Applicants may also request technical assistance from Reclamation for the development of elements of the Drought Contingency Plan (Project). Through this FOA, Reclamation seeks to support collaborative planning efforts that use a proactive approach to build long-term resiliency to drought. Drought Contingency Plans developed under this program are required to include participation by multiple stakeholders to encourage more comprehensive plans that address issues important to different sectors (e.g., agricultural, municipal, and environmental). Participation by multiple stakeholders will also broaden support for mitigation and response actions identified in the plans. In addition, Drought Contingency Plans developed under this FOA must include consideration of climate change impacts to water supplies, in order to support long term resiliency to climate change.

climate change, drought, mitigation, adaptation, infrastructure, planning, policy, Funding Group I: up to $300,000 for projects that can be completed within two years. Funding Group II: up to $750,000 for larger projects that can be completed within three years. National Link
Early Career: Anticipating the Environmental Impacts and Behavioral Drivers of Deep Decarbonization EPA

Deadline passed as of February 10, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research that will contribute to an improved ability to understand and anticipate the public health and environmental impacts and behavioral drivers of significant changes in energy production and consumption in the United States, particularly those changes associated with advancing toward the deep decarbonization necessary to achieve national and international climate change mitigation objectives and avoid the most significant health, environmental, and economic impacts of climate change. The proposed research is intended to contribute to the development of new insights and predictive tools related to the multimedia, life-cycle impacts of the decarbonization of electricity generation; the electrification of end uses; the adoption of low-carbon emitting, renewable fuels; and the adoption of energy efficiency measures. The proposed research is also intended to contribute to an improved understanding of the drivers of individual, firm (i.e. business), and community decisions that affect energy consumption patterns, including decisions about the adoption of new technologies and energy efficiency measures

climate change, mitigation, carbon emissions, renewable, fuel, infrastructure, Up to $300,000. United States Link
Earth System, Technology, and Energy Education for MUREP (ESTEEM) NASA

Deadline passed as of January 10, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. NASA’s Office of Education Earth Systems, Technology, and Energy Education for MUREP (ESTEEM) solicits proposals from Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), as identified by the U .S. Department of Education, to strengthen institutional capacity in conducting STEM undergraduate degree seeking programs with a focus on Earth System Science (ESS )and Climate Resiliency and enhance pre-service secondary education STEM preparation. Within ESS, focus areas are atmospheric composition, weather, climate variability and changes, water and energy cycle, carbon cycle and ecosystems, and earth surface and interior.

Notice of Intent to propose due November 10, 2016 (DATE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
higher education, climate change, STEM sciences, adaptation, resilience $1,000,000 National Link
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
Economic Development Administration FY2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity EDA

The Economic Development Administration intends to award investments in regions experiencing severe economic distress as a result of natural disasters, which are often exacerbated by climate change. The program supports development and implementation of regionally based, long-term economic development strategies in response to Federally Declared disasters. This opportunity stems from a $200 million investment to support communities that received a major disaster designation in Fiscal year 2011 (between October 1, 2010 and September 30, 2011). Applicants must demonstrate a clear nexus between the proposed project work and disaster recovery/resilience efforts.

Disaster Relief, Infrastructure Varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Alaska, National Link
Economic Development Assistance Programs EDA

EDA’s programs provide economically distressed communities and regions with comprehensive and flexible resources to address a wide variety of economic needs and are designed to lead to the creation or retention of jobs and enhanced private investment. EDA’s programs support local and regional economic development efforts to establish a foundation for vibrant economies throughout the United States. Through these programs, EDA supports bottom-up strategies that build on regional assets to spur economic growth and resiliency. EDA encourages its partners throughout the country to develop initiatives that present new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities. Note that the deadline is 9/13/13, however the program also has a rolling set of deadlines.

Economic development Varies Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
ECOSOLUTION GRANT Captain PLanet Foundation

Deadline passed as of January 31, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. ecoSolution Grants are intended to support solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes. ecoSolution Grants are available to educators working with youth in the United States (international projects are by invitation only).

climate impacts, adaptaion, mitigation, solution, youth, student $500-2500. United States Link
ECOTECH GRANTS Captain Planet Foundation

Deadline passed as of December 30, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. ecoSolution Grants (previously called “Small Grants”) have been the defining basis of Captain Planet Foundation’s work over the last 25 years. In that time, we’ve funded over 2,100 projects that have impacted 1.2 million youth around the world – actively fulfilling our mission to build the next generation of environmental stewards and change-agents. ecoSolution Grants are intended to support solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes.

technology, climate impacts, environmental education, conservation, management, climate science $500-2500. United States Link
Energy and Mineral Development Program BIA, Department of the Interior

Deadline passed as of July 5, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unkown.The Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs for the Department of the Interior (Assistant Secretary), through the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), announces funding for awards to Federally-recognized Indian tribes, authorized tribal organizations, 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, particularly feasibility studies of community-scale energy development projects that promote local economic benefits and stronger tribal economies.

Community Development, Energy Development, Economic Development, Resource Development. The estimated total program funding which will be provided for this program is $5,000,000. Individual award ceiling and floor, unknown. National, Tribal Lands. Link
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants DOE

The Energy and Environmental Block Grant program assists local, state and tribal governments in developing and implementing strategies to help the nation meet its energy and climate goals. The purpose of the program is to help eligible entities reduce fossil fuel emissions, reduce the total energy use of eligible entities and improve energy efficiency in the transportation, building, and other sectors. Of the $3.2 billion in total program funds, $2.8 billion will be allocated as authorized in Title V, Subtitle E of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. An additional $400 million will be available in competitive grants.

Energy, Regulation, Adaptation, Mitigation, Research Individual awards usually range between $50,000 and $200,000 per year, with some exceptions for larger awards. Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Environmental Education Local Grants Program (EPA) United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Environmental Education.

The purpose of the Environmental Education Local Grants Program is to support locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment.

Environmental Education, Education Development, Deadline Unknown for 2017. The total funding for this competitive opportunity is approximately $2,730,000 nationwide. EPA expects to award three grants from each of the EPA’s 10 Regional Offices, for a total of approximately 30 grants nationwide. The award amount for each of these grants will be approximately, but no more than, $91,000 in federal funds. The award amounts and the number of awards are subject to the availability of funds, the quality and quantity of proposals received, and other applicable considerations. United States, U.S. Territories, the majority of the educational activities must take place in the United States; or in the United States and Canada or Mexico; or in the U.S. Territories. Link
Environmental Education Model Grants Program - Solicitation Notice for 2014 (US EPA) US EPA

There will be no RFP for FY 2016. Under this solicitation EPA is seeking grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education (EE) projects that promote environmental stewardship and help develop informed, knowledgeable and responsible citizens. EPA expects to award EE grants in order to provide financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques and that will serve as models that can be replicated in a variety of settings.

Education, environmental stewardship, Development up to $192,200 National, (tribal ed.) Link
Environmental Education Regional Model Grants EPA

Deadline passed as of January 31, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. EPA's Office of Environmental Education grants program supports environmental education projects that enhance the public's awareness, knowledge, and skills to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions towards the environment.

Disaster Planning, Education, Natural Resources, Adaptation, Health, Conservation, Environmental Justice $500 to $2,500 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Environmental Engineering Funding Opportunity NSF

Deadline passed as of October 20, 2016. Dealine for 2017 unknown. The goal of the Environmental Engineering program is to encourage transformative research which applies scientific and engineering principles to avoid or minimize solid, liquid, and gaseous discharges, resulting from human activities on land, inland and coastal waters, and air, while promoting resource and energy conservation and recovery. The program also fosters cutting-edge scientific research for identifying, evaluating, and monitoring the waste assimilative capacity of the natural environment and for removing or reducing contaminants from polluted air, water, and soils.

Environmental Engineering, Scientific Research, Pollutants, Contaminants, Resource Conservation, Energy Conservation. The duration of unsolicited awards is generally one to three years. The typical annual award size for the program is around $100,000. Principal Investigators requesting a substantially higher amount must consult with the Program Director prior to the submission of a proposal, to avoid the possibility of the proposal being returned without review. National. Link
Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program EPA

The purpose of the EJCPS Program is for EPA to provide financial assistance to enable community-based organizations to collaborate and partner with other stakeholders (e.g., industry, government, academia, etc.) to develop and implement solutions that will significantly address environmental and/or public health issues at the local level.

Environmental Justice, Environmental Health, public health up to $120,000 National, Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, Southeast, Midwest, Alaska Link
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM EPA

Deadline passed as of January 31, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community. The EJSG Program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. Applying organizations are encouraged to have a direct connection to the vulnerable affected, community impacted by environmental harms and risks.

environmental hazards, human health outcomes, public health, community, local environment $30,000 United States Link
Environmental Literacy Grants for Building Capacity of Informal and Formal Educators NOAA

The goal of this Funding Opportunity is to build the capacity of informal educators (including interpreters and docents) and/or formal educators (pre- or in-service) to use NOAA data and data access tools to help K-12 students and/or the public understand and respond to global change. This funding opportunity identifies two priority categories of eligible applicants, both of equal importance. .

Education Total funds available are $3,000,000; individual projects may be funded up to $1,000,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Environmental Quality Incentives Program USDA, NRCS

Deadline for 2016 unkown. See application for details. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to plan and implement conservation practices that improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related natural resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland. EQIP may also help producers meet Federal, State, Tribal, and local environmental regulations.

agriculture, production, conservation, climate adaptation, private forestland, non-industrial, natural resource management Payments vary. Financial assistance payments through EQIP are made to eligible producers, to implement approved conservation practices on eligible land or to help producers develop Conservation Activity Plans (CAP) to address specific land use issues. Payments are made on completed practices or activities identified in an EQIP contract that meet NRCS standards. Payment rates are set each fiscal year and are attached to the EQIP contract when it is approved. Payment rates for each conservation practice can be found at each NRCS State Programs website. Tribes are eligible for higher rates of pay, and may also be issued advance payments up to 50 percent of the established payment rate to purchasing materials or contracting services to begin installation of approved conservation practices. Federally recognized Indian Tribes are not subject to payment or EQIP contract limitations. United States Link
Environmental Solutions for Communities Grants Program NGO

RFP closed. Expect Announcement before Winter 2016. Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation seek to promote sustainable communities through Environmental Solutions for Communities by supporting highly-visible projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. Funding priorities include 'greening' traditional infrastructure and public projects such as storm water management and flood control, urban forestry, and education and training of community leaders on sustainable practices.

Economic development, Sustainable Development Varies National, Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, Alaska, Midwest, Please see website for more details as within regions priority is given to projects from certain areas Link
EPA Brownfield Grant Program EPA

Application deadlines depend on EPA regional office, and grant type. See website for more information. The goal of the program is to “Empower states, communities and other stakeholders to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely cleanup and sustainably reuse “brownfields”. Brownfields include property that has development limitations based on contamination by a controlled substance. This program funds environmental assessment, clean up and training jobs activities.

Health Varies Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National Link
EPA Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program EPA, NGO

Smart Growth America and Global Green USA are soliciting applications for technical assistance, which is available under grants EPA awarded to these two organizations through the Office of Sustainable Communities' Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities grant program. (Listen to the November 6 webinar about both offerings.) Global Green USA's technical assistance is based on the LEED for Neighborhood Development standard, which provides a nationally recognized method for creating neighborhoods that are walkable, bikeable, resource-efficient, and equitable. At the conclusion of the assistance, the team will provide recommendations for both physical and policy changes that can enhance neighborhood sustainability.

Sustainable Development, infrastructure, planning, policy, climate change Grant provides assistance as opposed to cash National, Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, Southeast, Midwest, Alaska Link
EPA Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act Grant EPA

RFP closed for 2016. The EPA is seeking applications for a noncompetitive $50 million grant program to establish and enhance state and tribal response programs. Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) 128(a) response program grants are funded with State and Tribal Assistance Grant (STAG) appropriations. Generally, these response programs address the assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment of brownfields sites with actual or perceived contamination.

Response program, assessment, redevelopment, cleanup EPA will consider funding requests up to a maximum of $1.0 million per state or tribe for FY2015. National Link
EPA Healthy Communities Grant Program--Northeast EPA

The Healthy Communities Grant Program is EPA New England’s main competitive grant program to work directly with communities to reduce environmental risks, protect and improve human health and improve the quality of life. The Healthy Communities Grant Program will achieve this through identifying and funding projects that: 1) Target resources to benefit communities at risk [areas at risk from climate change impacts, areas impacted by stormwater run-off, environmental justice areas of potential concern, urban areas and sensitive populations (e.g. children, elderly, tribes, and others at increased risk)]; 2) Assess, understand, and reduce environmental and human health risks; 3) Increase collaboration through community-based projects; 4) Build institutional and community capacity to understand and solve environmental and human health problems; 5) Advance emergency preparedness and resilience; 6) Achieve measurable environmental and human health benefits. In order to qualify as eligible projects under the Healthy Communities Grant Program, proposted projects must take place within New England states and must meet several criteria including: (1) Be located in and/or directly benefit one or more of the Target Investment Areas; and (2) Identify how the proposed project will achieve measurable environmental and/or public health results in one or more of the Target Program Areas

Human Health, Risk Mitigation $25,000 ceiling Northeast Link
EPA Indoor Air and Climate Change Funding Opportunity EPA

This RFA seeks to understand the health effects from climate change mediated by indoor environments. A specific interest is the evaluation of adaptation guidelines, such as energy-saving building modifications, from a health perspective. Additional optional goals are 1) the understanding of behavioral adaptations, e. g. time spent outdoors, or use of natural ventilation and 2) extension of building ventilation models to newer energy-efficient buildings and evaluation of existing models against independent data sets.

Health, Infrastructure, Research $500,000-$1,000,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link

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