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
Wildlife Conservation Society's Climate Adaptation Fund Wildlife Conservation Society 04/08/2020

With funding managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society, the WCS Climate Adaptation Fund will provide up to $2.5 million in competitive grants in 2020. Grants will run one to two years in length. Awards will be made to non-profit conservation organizations for applied, on-the-ground projects focused on implementing priority conservation actions designed to help wildlife and ecosystems adapt to climate change at a landscape scale.

climate change, adaptation, mitigation, conservation, landscape, region, planning, policy $50,000 - $250,000 United States, International (US Territories) Link
FY 2020 Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program Department of Homeland Security - FEMA 04/15/2020

The THSGP is one tool among a comprehensive set of initiatives authorized by Congress and implemented by the Administration to help strengthen the Nation against risks associated with potential terrorist attacks. Funding under the FY 2020 THSGP is provided to strengthen tribes' capacity to prepare for and respond to emergency situations.

disaster preparedness, recovery, natural disasters, capacity, emergency preparedness National Link
Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant USDA 04/30/2020

The Agency will make grants to public bodies and private nonprofit corporations, (such as States, counties, cities, townships, and incorporated towns and villages, boroughs, authorities, districts, and Indian tribes on Federal and State reservations) to provide associations Technical Assistance and/or training with respect to essential community facilities programs. The Technical Assistance and/or training will assist communities, Indian Tribes, and Nonprofit Corporations to identify and plan for community facility needs that exist in their area. Once those needs have been identified, the Grantee can assist in identifying public and private resources to finance those identified community facility needs.

community facilities, infrastructure, planning, training, technical assistance up to $150,000 National Link
Tribal Wildlife Grants Program DOI, USFWS 05/04/2020

The Tribal Wildlife Grants Program provides a competitive funding opportunity for Federally Recognized Tribal Governments to develop and implement programs for the benefit of wildlife and their habitats, including species of Native American cultural or traditional importance and species that are not hunted or fished. 

Natural Resources, Wildlife, Water, Fisheries, Conservation, Research, Education, Conservation, habitat, Wildlife, preservation Up to a maximum of $200,000 for a single project. Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Matching Awards Program National Forest Foundation 06/09/2020

The National Forest Foundation (NFF) Matching Awards Program (MAP) provides funding for results-oriented on-the-ground projects that enhance forest health and outdoor experiences on National Forests and Grasslands. The current NFF strategic plan focuses on the Program Areas of Outdoor Experiences and Forest Health.

National Forests, restoration, impacts, forest health, civic engagement, community involvement Average grant $25,032 National Link
OR/WA 2020 Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Projects DOI, BLM 07/19/2020

BLM Oregon/Washington has an opportunity to work with partner organizations to assist with the conservation of various species, to include federally-listed, candidate and Bureau of sensitive species. Conservation includes, but is not limited to, gaining knowledge about species and their habitats, providing for protection or management of species and their habitats, augmenting species, restoring, and enhancing rare species habitat.

endangered species, conservation, habitat protection, habitat enhancement, stewardship, monitoring, restoration $5,000-$500,000 National Link
OR/WA Forest and Woodlands Resource Management BLM, DOI 07/19/2020

Funded projects under this program will focus on high priority work such as activities that promote forest and woodland health, sustainable forest management, fire resiliency, infrastructure development for future sustainable timber harvest, biomass utilization, habitat conservation needs, and insect, disease and fire recovery. These activities could include, but are not limited to: planting trees, pre-commercial and commercial thinning, salvage/sanitation forest treatments, control of competing vegetation, fuels reduction, riparian or upland restoration, project development and layout, planning analysis and document preparation needed in concert with or to carry out Land Use Planning Decisions, Endangered Species Act or cultural clearances, data collection, and monitoring.

forest health, forest management, fire resiliency, infrastructure, timber, biomass, conservation Up to $50,000 Oregon, Washington Link
Tribal Colleges and Universities Program NSF 09/20/2020

The Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) provides awards to Tribal Colleges and Universities, Alaska Native-serving institutions, and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions to promote high quality science (including sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, statistics, and other social and behavioral sciences as well as natural sciences), technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, research, and outreach. Support is available to TCUP-eligible institutions (see the Additional Eligibility subsection of Section IV of this solicitation) for transformative capacity-building projects through Instructional Capacity Excellence in TCUP Institutions (ICE-TI)Targeted STEM Infusion Projects (TSIP)TCU Enterprise Advancement Centers (TEA Centers), and Preparing for TCUP Implementation (Pre-TI). Collaborations that involve multiple institutions of higher education led by TCUP institutions are supported through Partnerships for Geoscience Education (PAGE) and Partnerships for Documentary Linguistics Education (PADLE). Finally, research studies that further the scholarly activity of individual faculty members are supported through Small Grants for Research (SGR) and Science Education Alliance Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science in Tribal Colleges and Universities (SEA-PHAGES in TCUs). Through the opportunities highlighted above, as well as collaborations with other National Science Foundation (NSF) units and other organizations, TCUP aims to increase Native individuals' participation in STEM careers and improve the quality of STEM programs at TCUP-eligible institutions. TCUP strongly encourages the inclusion of activities that will benefit veterans.

Education, scholarship, academia, graduate, research $200,000-$3,000,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
National Fish Passage Program Fish and Wildlife Service 09/30/2020

The National Fish Passage Program (NFPP) is a voluntary program that provides direct technical and financial assistance to partners. The program works in partnership to provide fish (and other aquatic organisms) passage and restore aquatic connectivity for the benefit of federal trust resources

fisheries, salmon, anadromous fish, habitat restoration, conservation, sustainability, aquatic resources, biodiversity, watershed connectivity, fish passage, culverts, trust resources Up to $2,000,000. National, Untied States Link
WaterSMART Drought Response Program: Drought Resiliency DOI, BOR 10/14/2020

The objective of this FOA is to invite states, tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on Drought Resiliency Projects that will increase the reliability of water supplies; improve water management; and provide benefits for fish, wildlife, and the environment to mitigate impacts caused by drought.

Drought Resiliency, Planning, Infrastructure, Water Management, Drought Mitigation, Natural Resource Management up to $750,000 Western U.S. Link
Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2) NSF 10/20/2020

The goal of research funded under the interdisciplinary P2C2 solicitation is to utilize key geological, chemical, atmospheric (gas in ice cores), and biological records of climate system variability to provide insights into the mechanisms and rate of change that characterized Earth's past climate variability, the sensitivity of Earth's climate system to changes in forcing, and the response of key components of the Earth system to these changes. Important scientific objectives of P2C2 are to: 1) provide comprehensive paleoclimate data sets that can serve as model test data sets analogous to instrumental observations; and 2) enable transformative syntheses of paleoclimate data and modeling outcomes to understand the response of the longer-term and higher magnitude variability of the climate system that is observed in the geological and cryospheric records.

Research, Adaptation, Mitigation $20,000-$1,000,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational and Applied Science Program USDA, NIFA 11/18/2020

There are multiple deadlines to submit letters of intent starting with February 19, 2020. View the RFA for more information. The AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program supports grants in six AFRI priority areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Research-only, extension-only, and integrated research, education and/or extension projects are solicited in this Request for Applications (RFA). See Foundational and Applied Science RFA for specific details.

social justice, community health, environmentalism, veterinary, food justice, energy, agriculture, technology, food science, agricultural science, rural United States, National Link
DOE Office of Indian Energy : On-Request Technical Assistance DOE 12/31/2020

Applications accepted year round. Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages can apply annually to receive on-request technical assistance with energy planning; housing, building energy efficiency, and resilience; project development; village power; and policy and regulation. Assistance is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy and its national laboratories, along with other partnering organizations, at no cost.

sustainability, climate change, energy, emissions, infrastructure, development, planning, policy, technical assistance Varies. National Link
Local Governments Reimbursement Program EPA 12/31/2020

Applications accepted year-round. 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
Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) National Science Foundation (NSF) 12/31/2020

Proposals accepted year-round. The Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) Program supports the generation of extended time series of data to address important questions in evolutionary biology, ecology, and ecosystem science. Research areas include, but are not limited to, the effects of natural selection or other evolutionary processes on populations, communities, or ecosystems; the effects of interspecific interactions that vary over time and space; population or community dynamics for organisms that have extended life spans and long turnover times; feedbacks between ecological and evolutionary processes; pools of materials such as nutrients in soils that turn over at intermediate to longer time scales; and external forcing functions such as climatic cycles that operate over long return intervals.

Environmental Biology, Scientific Research, Ecosystem Science, Community Research, Feedbacks. Awards are not to exceed $90,000 total per year and $450,000 over a five-year effort. The foundation anticipates making six awards annually, pending availability of funds. The solicitation outlines renewal procedures following the initial award. National Link
Multi-Family Housing Loan Guarantees USDA 12/31/2021

The program works with qualified private-sector lenders to provide financing to qualified borrowers to increase the supply of affordable rental housing for low- and moderate-income individuals and families in eligible rural areas and towns. Construction, improvement and purchase of multi-family rental housing for low to moderate income families and individuals is the primary objective for this program. Funding may also be available for:

  • Buying and improving land
  • Providing necessary infrastructure
  • For a complete list see Code of Federal Regulations, 7CFR Part 3565.205
housing, rural communities, development, infrastructure varies Rural Areas Link
2019 National Urban and Community Forestry Cost Share Grant Program USFS

Most Recent Deadline: 3/30/2020. The U&CF program requests innovative proposals that strengthen urban and community forest resiliency and align with the goals in the National Ten Year Urban Community Forestry Action Plan (2016-2026). Collaborative solutions may include but are not limited to: research; prevention; planning; policy; preparedness; implementation; best management practices; recovery; and reforestation that promotes the resilience of our Nation's urban and community forests. 

Urban Forests, Community Forests Assessment, Planning, Resilience, Forest Management, Natural Disasters, Prevention, Collaboration $100,000-$300,000 National Link
AEA Biomass Engineering Design and Permitting Request Alaska Energy Authority, Alaska Wood Energy Development Task Group

Deadline passed on 1/30/2018. Deadline for 2019 Unknown. The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) is one of the partners in the Alaska Wood Energy Development Task Group (AWEDTG), whose mission is to increase the responsible use of wood heating systems in Alaska. For the last eight years, the AWEDTG has been providing pre-feasibility studies to communities interested in wood heating systems for community buildings. This program is funded through grants from the U.S. Forest Service with matching funds provided by the State of Alaska, and the pre-feasibility studies are provided at no cost to the communities. In order to continue the project development of strong wood heating projects, the AEA would like to fund the next step in the biomass project development process (design and permitting) to prepare projects for financing. The applicants selected to be awarded funding can choose either a pass-through community-managed grant or an AEA-managed project. Monthly progress reporting will be required. Eligible projects are limited to wood heating projects in communities in Alaska that have completed a prefeasibility assessment or feasibility study within the last 10 years.

biomass, energy, community, wood-heat, engineering, design Up to $150,000 Alaska Link
Conserving Nature’s Stage (CNS) Climate Resilience program NGO

Deadline passed as of November 14, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. The Nature Conservancy is pleased to announce a Technical Assistance Grant program as part of our Conserving Nature’s Stage (CNS) Climate Resilience program. This program was created with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF). The Technical Assistance grants will help advance the practical application of climate resilience science to conservation. Funded projects are expected to focus on land protection planning and applied research guiding climate change resilient conservation efforts on the ground. This program encourages the use of an array of relevant climate science tools, with particular emphasis on the application of The Nature Conservancy’s terrestrial resilience and connectivity science.

climate change, adaptation, mitigation, management, climate science, conservation There will likely be 3 - 6 grants awarded, ranging from $15,000 - $30,000. Idaho, Oregon, Washington Link
EDA Planning Program and Local Technical Assistance Program EDA

Applications accepted year-round. Under the Planning program EDA assists eligible recipients in creating regional economic development plans designed to build capacity and guide the economic prosperity and resiliency of an area or region. As part of this program, EDA supports Partnership Planning investments to facilitate the development, implementation, revision, or replacement of Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS), which articulate and prioritize the strategic economic goals of recipients’ respective regions.

economy, resilience, sustainability, development, infrastructure, policy, local, regional Up to $300,000. National Link
EPA Region 5 Wetlands Program Development Grants EPA

RFP Closed for FY 2016. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants to build or refine state/tribal/local government wetland programs.

Wetlands, Conservation, Scientific Data $50,000-$500,000 EPA Region 5; Midwest, Great Lakes Link
FY 2017 Climate Science Centers Re-Competition DOI

Deadline passed as of July 19, 2016. Deadline for 2016 unkown. DOI is posting funding for the creation of four Climate Science Centers. Three of the regions – Alaska, Northwest and Southeast – are re-competitions of the hosting arrangements currently in place in those regions. The program announcement invites proposals to host each CSC (including identification of consortium partners), and to determine if their proposed science, partnership, and program support activities and strategies are appropriate to serve in these roles. To facilitate the financial assistance application process, a series of conference calls or webinars will be conducted by the NCCWSC to accommodate inquiries from Applicants about this program and the proposal review, evaluation, and selection process. These 2-hour sessions will be scheduled as follows: May 17, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. EDT, Eastern Daylight Time
; May 18, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. EDT, Eastern Daylight Time Interested applicants should email Kristen Donahue, kdonahue@usgs.gov, to obtain call-in/web address information.

Climate Science, Partnership, Science Network, Climate Adaptation, Mitigation up to $800,000 National, Alaska, Northwest, Southeast Link
FY17 and FY18 Region 10 Wetland Program Development Grants EPA

Deadline passed as of March 28, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs) assist state, tribal, local government (S/T/LG) agencies and interstate/intertribal entities in developing or refining state/tribal/local programs which protect, manage, and restore wetlands. The primary focus of these grants is to develop/refine state and tribal wetland programs. A secondary focus is to develop/refine local (e.g. county or municipal) programs.

climate change, conservation, management, estuary, marsh, wetlands, planning, policy, government, jurisdiction, restoration. adaptation, mitigation $25,000-$300,000. Pacific Northwest, the Northwest Link
Impact Assessment of DOI Natural and Cultural Resources Recovery Support Function under the National Disaster Recovery Framework DOI

RFP closed March 2016. The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is the coordinating agency for the Natural and Cultural Resources (NCR) Recovery Support Function (RSF) under the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF). The DOI Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance (OEPC), as the lead for the Department, has coordinated with DOI bureaus and NCR RSF major and supporting agencies to deploy many staff to the disaster areas to provide technical assistance to help affected states, tribes, and local communities recover natural and cultural resources impacted by wildfires in TX, Hurricane Isaac in LA, Superstorm Sandy in NY, NJ, and CT, floods in CO, floods in NM Santa Clara Pueblo, and mudslides in WA.

Planning, Disaster Recovery, Environmental Policy, Technical Assistance, Cultural Resources $30,000 National Link
Modeling of Climate Change Mitigation, Impacts and Adaptation EPA

Deadline passed as of September 12, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals to advance the field of climate economic modeling to assist decision makers and the public in effectively responding to the challenges and opportunities posed by climate change. The work involved in this effort includes two distinct modeling capabilities. The first is computable general equilibrium (CGE) modeling of climate mitigation and impacts at the level of disaggregation of U.S. states. The second is integrated assessment modeling (IAM) and assessment of multiple greenhouse gases (GHGs) and air pollutants to enhance understanding of climate change impacts.

climate change modeling, climate science, mitigation, adaptation, carbon emissions, greenhouse gases $100,000-250,000 awards available. National Link
Recovery Implementation Grants FWS

Applications are accepted on a continual basis, consideration of applications will be based on the FWS budget cycle. The FWS Ecological Services Program provides Federal financial assistance on a competitive basis to secure information about endangered, threatened or candidate species, to aid in the recovery of these species, to avert listing of species pursuant to the Endangered Species Act, and to help conserve the ecosystems upon which these species depend.

endangered species, management, conservation, prevention, assisstance Up to $100,000. United States, National Link
Rural Business Development Grants USDA

 Application deadlines vary by state. Check with your local program staff. RBDG is a competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas that have fewer than 50 employees and less than $1 million in gross revenues. Programmatic activities are separated into enterprise or opportunity type grant activities.

small business, rural business, family-owned, private business, rural communities Grants range from $10,000 up to $500,000. United States Link
Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant Program USDA

Deadline Passed 03/31/2019. Deadline Unknown for 2020. The Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program provides funding for rural projects through local utility organizations. USDA provides zero-interest loans to local utilities which they, in turn, pass through to local businesses (ultimate recipients) for projects that will create and retain employment in rural areas. The ultimate recipients repay the lending utility directly. The utility is responsible for repayment to USDA.

Economic Development, Rural Development, Grants and Loans Up to $300,000 in grants may be requested to establish the RLF Up to 10 percent of grant funds may be applied toward operating expenses over the life of the RLF Up to $2 million in loans may be requested National Link
The Employees Community Fund (ECF) of The Boeing Company Boeing

Application deadlines dependent on state requirements. Qualifying charitable or educational organizations can apply for grants from the Employees Community Fund (ECF) of The Boeing Company, which has been empowering employees to pool their tax-deductible donations for greater impact for more than 60 years. Employee advisory boards work to locally distribute combined employee donations, which are made through recurring payroll deductions or one-time gifts, to nonprofits in their community. Boeing pays all administrative costs so 100 percent of every employee dollar helps strengthen local communities. ECF grants have gone toward community projects such as aiding the homeless, stocking food banks, helping at-risk children succeed in school, providing job training for the unemployed, funding critical health services, supporting veterans programs and more.

climate change, environmental protection, conservation, community, human health, social justice Varies. UNites States, International Link
The George Gund Foundation Grants The George Gund Foundation

Deadline Passed as of 3/15/2018. Deadline for 2019 Unknown. Gund is interested in using cities to address climate change, giving to support clean energy, green business, smart growth and city sustainability. The foundation has a very strong focus on Cleveland, but still gives quite a bit to national or regional projects that share its interests. Groups in the region should take definitely note, but those outside shouldn't necessarily rule it out.

climate change, adaptation, mitigation, conservation, planning, policy, sustainability Varies. National Link

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