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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.edu. Please note that for entries that are accepting applications continuously, the grant deadline column will list "12/31/2024" as the grant deadline. This ensures that those grants will appear immediately after those grants with a set deadline.

Title Organization Sort descending Grant Deadline Description Funding Amount Geography Website
EPA's Office of Water supports the National Tribal Water Council (NTWC) EPA

Deadline passed as of August 11, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. EPA's Office of Water supports the National Tribal Water Council (NTWC), composed of tribal governmental representatives, to increase communications, promote sharing of technical information and best management practices for Indian country, raise awareness of tribes on priority water issues, and facilitate tribal input on actions to protect water quality and provide safe drinking water in tribal communities. EPA supports the efforts of the National Tribal Water Council through a multi-year cooperative agreement to a recipient who manages and supports the operations of the Council, and assists in developing and completing products in coordination with the NTWC. Eligible recipients interested in managing the NTWC under this cooperative agreement may apply by submitting applications to EPA for this competitive process.

Categories: intertribal, water health, water rights, water management

Total award $1,100,000. National Link
Pollution Prevention Grant: Environmental Justice Through Safer and More Sustainable Products EPA

Deadline passed. Most recent deadline: June 20, 2023. The purpose of the Pollution Prevention Grant: Environmental Justice Through Safer and more Sustainable Products is to provide pollution prevention (P2) technical assistance to businesses (e.g., information, training, expert advice) in order to improve human health and the environment in disadvantaged communities by increasing the supply, demand and use of safer and more sustainable products, such as those that are certified by EPA’s Safer Choice program, or those that conform to EPA’s Recommendations for Specifications, Standards and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing (Recommendations).

Categories: BIL, pollution, air quality, technical assistance, health

$100,000 to $800,000 for individual projects; up to $1.2 million for multi-state or multi-tribal projects National, US territories Link
Clean School Bus Rebates EPA

Deadline Passed. Most Recent Deadline January 31, 2024. EPA’s new Clean School Bus Program is providing at least $500 million in funding to replace existing school buses with zero-emission and low-emission models. Beginning September 2023 through January 2024, EPA will be hosting a series of webinars on who is eligible, who is prioritized, and how to apply for the 2023 Clean School Bus Rebates.

Categories: Clean energy, transportation, zero-emission, education

Varies. National Link
Tribal Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program FY 2018 EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality

Deadline Passed 04/03/2019. Deadline Unknown for 2020. EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) 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 located in areas designated as having poor air quality. Further, priority for funding will be given to projects which result in outcomes that benefit affected communities, those that engage affected 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. 

Categories: emissions, alternative energy, sustainability, climate adaptation, air quality

Awards will range from $0-$800,000. United States Link
Environmental Education Local Grants EPA Region 10

Deadline Passed 01/06/2020. Deadline Unknown for 2020.  The purpose of the Environmental Education Local Grants Program in Region 10 is to support locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental and conservation issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment.

Categories: Environmental Education, stewardship, public awareness, conservation

$50,000-$100,000 National. Link
Tribal Training and Outreach Support for the American Indian Air Quality Training Program EPA, AIAQTP, R&IEL

Grant deadline unknown for 2016. This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible entities to provide tribal training, technical and outreach support for the American Indian Air Quality Training Program. The American Indian Air Quality Training Program (AIAQTP) provides workshop training, internships and technical support to tribal governments seeking to investigate, develop and establish air quality management programs for lands under their jurisdiction and provides opportunity for American Indian students to pursue environmental careers in the field of air quality management. The Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center is a component of the AIAQTP, and is a partnership effort between the selected grant recipient and EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, hosted by the Radiation and Indoor Environments National (R&IEL) laboratory in Las Vegas, to provide a full spectrum of technical support to tribes undertaking air quality monitoring and related activities.

Categories: workshop training, technical support, internships, Air Quality

Up to $1,600,000 National, Las Vegas 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.

Categories: Sustainable Development, infrastructure, planning, policy, climate change

Grant provides assistance as opposed to cash National, Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, Southeast, Midwest, Alaska Link
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program: Environmental Technology Developers EPA, SBIR

Deadline passed as of October 20, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) mission is to protect human health and the environment. EPA’s SBIR Program supports small businesses (500 or fewer employees) to develop and commercialize novel environmental technologies that support this mission.

Categories: small business, economy, technology, development, information,

Approximately 18 Phase I firm-fixed price contract awards for $100,000 for "proof of concept" United States Link
Village Safe Water Program/Alaska Native Village and Rural Communities Program EPA, State-funded

The Village Safe Water Program provides technical and financial support to communities to design and construct water and wastewater systems. It is meant to assist Alaska Native Villages and Alaska rural communities with the construction of new or improved drinking water and wastewater systems. This funding can also be used to provide training and technical assistance in the operations and maintenance of these systems.

Categories: Water, Natural Resources, Education

Varies Northwest, Alaska Link
Integrating Human Health and Well-Being with Ecosystem Services EPA, Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Research Program

Unknown for 2017. Specifically, this research examines how communities can integrate ecosystem services with human health and well-being to inform their decision making and management practices. This RFA aims to develop information that allows communities to integrate environmental, societal and economic information and to better manage multiple stressors and their cumulative impacts on humans and ecosystems. The ultimate goal is to help communities achieve their own objectives while taking advantage of more relevant and accessible information about ecosystem services.

Categories: Community Development, Community Resilience, Climate Resilience, Public Health, Management, Ecosystem Services.

Up to a total of $600,000 for regular awards and $400,000 for early-career awards, including direct and indirect costs, with a maximum duration of three years. National. Link
FDPIR Program Nutrition Education Grants FDPIR, USDA

Deadline Passed April 30, 2019. Deadline Unknown for 2020. Since 2008, FNS awards funding for nutrition education projects through Food Distribution Program Nutrition Education (FDPNE) grants each fiscal year. Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) and State agencies (SAs) that are current FDPIR allowance holders (have a direct agreement with FNS to administer FDPIR) are eligible to apply for funds to conduct projects that provide nutrition information and services to FDPIR participants. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 SNAP Education Plan Guidance is the basis for FDPNE nutrition, gardening, and physical activities

Categories: food, nutrition, distribution. gardening

Ceiling $220,000
Floor $2,000
National Link
2023 Flood Mitigation Assistance Swift Funding Opportunity Federal Emergency Management Agency 1/15/2025

Deadline for Applications, January 15, 2025. The Flood Mitigation Assistance Swift Current (Swift Current) effort provides funding to mitigate buildings insured through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) after a major disaster declaration following a flood-related disaster event to reduce risk against future flood damage. Structures that are considered substantially flood-damaged during and after a flood event are eligible for Swift Current. Once a disaster declaration is issued, the local community can submit a project for consideration. 

Categories: flood, flood mitigation assistance, disaster, emergency management

National Link
Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) FEMA

Most recent Deadline: February 29, 2024. The application period is now open for FEMA's FY23 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Programs. The BRIC program priorities are to Enhance climate resilience and adaptation, Promote equity and prioritize disadvantaged communities, Incorporate nature-based solutions, Incentivize natural hazard risk reduction activities, and Encourage the adoption and enforcement of updated building codes. For those interested in Direct Technical Assistance (DTA) for BRIC, they can help design holistic, equitable hazard mitigation solutions. $1B is available for the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grant Program: https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation/building-resilient-infrastructur…. BRIC Direct Technical Assistance Request: https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation/building-resilient-infrastructur…

Categories: Emergency, management, mitigation, pre-disaster, risk reduction

$1B is available for the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grant Program. National Link
Hazard Mitigation Assistance Programs FEMA

Recent Deadline: 1/29/2021. FEMA's hazard mitigation assistance provides funding for eligible mitigation measures that reduce disaster losses. Mitigation planning breaks the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction and repeated damage. Hazard mitigation includes long-term solutions that reduce the impact of disasters in the future. FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance has five grant programs. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). Assists in implementing long-term hazard mitigation planning and projects following a Presidential major disaster declaration.Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program. Provides funds for planning and projects to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to buildings that are insured annually under the National Flood Insurance Program.Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Program. Provides funds annually for hazard mitigation planning and projects.HMGP Post Fire Grant. Assistance available to help communities implement hazard mitigation measures after wildfire disasters.Building Resilient Infastructure and Communities (BRIC). Support for states, local communities, tribes and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards.

Categories: Adaptation, Research, Mitigation, Water, Disaster, Emergency Management, Land, Fire, Flood

Varies Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Safeguarding Tomorrow Revolving Loan Fund Program FEMA

Deadline passed. Most recent deadline: April 28, 2023. The Safeguarding Tomorrow through Ongoing Risk Mitigation (STORM) Act became law on Jan. 1, 2021 and authorizes FEMA to provide capitalization grants to states, eligible federally recognized tribes, territories and the District of Columbia to establish revolving loan funds that provide hazard mitigation assistance for local governments to reduce risks from natural hazards and disasters. These low interest loans will allow jurisdictions to reduce vulnerability to natural disasters, foster greater community resilience and reduce disaster suffering. Federally recognized tribes that received a major disaster declaration are eligible to apply. Currently, this includes 20 tribal nations.

Categories: hazard mitigation, technical assistance, drought, extreme heat, storms, wildfire, flood, earthquake, community resilience

Varies National, US territories Link
The FY 2022 Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) FEMA

Deadline passed. Most recent deadline: February 10, 2023. The purpose of the AFG Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards. The program provides direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated emergency medical service (EMS) organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTA). The funds provide critically needed resources that equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operational efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience.Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.In awarding grants, the Administrator of FEMA is required to consider the following:The findings and recommendations of the Technical Evaluation Panel (TEP).The degree to which an award will reduce deaths, injuries, and property damage by reducing the risks associated with fire related and other hazards.The extent of an applicant’s need for an AFG grant and the need to protect the United States as a whole.The number of calls requesting or requiring a firefighting or emergency medical response received by an applicant.

Categories: fire-related hazards, emergency preparedness, public safety, firefighters

up to $9,000,000 National Link
Flood Mitigation Assistance Program FEMA

Deadline passed. Most recent deadline: January 27, 2023. The Flood Mitigation Assistance Program is a competitive grant program that provides funding to states, local communities, federally recognized tribes and territories. Funds can be used for projects that reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings insured by the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA chooses recipients based on the applicant’s ranking of the project and the eligibility and cost-effectiveness of the project. FEMA requires state, local, tribal and territorial governments to develop and adopt hazard mitigation plans as a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for hazard mitigation assistance projects. For more information, go to the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance.

Categories: Flood mitigation, disaster mitigation, infrastructure, development, community

Varies National Link
FEMA Emergency Management Performance Grants (EMPG) Program FEMA

The purpose of FEMA’s Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) program is to make grants to States, to assist State, local, tribal, and territorial governments in preparing for all hazards. The EMPG program supports efforts to build and sustain core capabilities across the nation. Past outcomes have included strengthening governance integration, approved emergency plans, trainings, and whole community approaches to emergency management. FEMA anticipates awarding approximately 58 grants with an available funding amount of $332 million. Periods of performance will last 24 months.

Categories: Emergency Response

Varies Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, International (US Territories) Link
Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program Region 10 FEMA

Deadline passed. Most recent deadline: July 29, 2022. The purpose of the RCPGP is to build regional capacity to manage catastrophic incidents by improving and expanding collaboration for catastrophic incident preparedness. The strategic priorities for the FY 2022 RCPGP are equity, climate resilience, and readiness. Learn more and apply here.

Categories: Climate resilience, disaster response, equity, hazards

Up to $1,200,000 Oregon, Washington, Idaho Link
Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants FEMA

Deadline past 2018. Deadline unknown for 2019. The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, "front line" firefighters available in their communities. The goal of SAFER is to enhance the local fire departments' abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards established by the NFPA (NFPA 1710 and/or NFPA 1720).

Categories: firefighters, staffing, capacity building, training

Varies National Link
Protecting Bering Sea Marine Resources Grant First Nations

Deadline passed. Most recent deadline: May 25, 2022. First Nations is now accepting applications under our Stewarding Native Lands (SNL) program for Native communities that are working to protect marine resources in the Bering Sea ecoregion. Through this grant opportunity, First Nations will provide grant resources to Bering Sea Native communities to address the depletion of marine resources needed to sustain their communities and people. First Nations expects to award approximately 10 grants of $50,000 each to eligible organizations. Organizations that have not been formalized as a nonprofit are encouraged to apply through a fiscal sponsor. Learn more and apply here.

Categories: Bering Sea, marine resources, sustainability, climate change

$50,000 Bering Sea Link
Native Arts Initiative First Nations Development Institute

Last deadline: 10/19/2017. Deadline unknown 2019. First Nations (First Nations) Development Institute has launched a new Supporting Native Arts grant opportunity under its Native Arts Initiative (formerly known as the "Native Arts Capacity Building Iniative" or NACBI). First Nations will award about 15 Supporting Native Arts grants of up to $32,000 each to Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal government programs that have existing programs in place that support Native artists and the field of traditional Native arts, as well as a demonstrated commitment to increasing the inter-generational transfer of knowledge of traditional Native artistic practices and perpetuation and proliferation of traditional Native arts.

Categories: Native Artists, Native Arts, non-profit organizations, tribal, capacity building, stewardship

Up to $32,000 Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Upper Midwest Link
GATHER Food Sovereignty Grant First Nations Development Institute

Most recent deadline: 1/14/2021. With the generous support of the Indigenous Peoples Fund at Tides Foundation, First Nations will establish a Gather Food Sovereignty Grant that will support work contributing to building a national movement that will fulfill a vision of Native communities and food systems that are self-directed, well-resourced and supported by community policies and systems. This opportunity is targeting emerging projects that focus on developing Tribal Food Sovereignty. Through the first round of the Gather Food Sovereignty Grant, First Nations expects to award up to 13 grant awards of approximately $32,000 to support Native American-led food sovereignty work. Link:

Categories: food sovereignty, food systems, economic growth, entrepreneurship

$32,000 National Link
Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative First Nations Development Institute

Deadline passed as of February 17, 2017. Deadline for 2019 unknonwn. Accessing healthy food is a challenge for many Native communities. Without access to healthy foods, a nutritious diet and good health are out of reach. The goal of the NAFSI project is to build local and systemic infrastructure in Native American communities focusing on supporting projects that increase access to fresh, healthy foods and improve the overall health and well-being of Native children and families. This project is also intended to help increase knowledge of and control over where food comes from and help increase knowledge of the linkages between food and Native cultures, and between families’ income and entrepreneurially-related food ventures.

Categories: Health, Natural Resources, Environmental Justice, Education, Land, NGO

Varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Midwest, Alaska Link
Native Youth and Culture Fund First Nations Development Institute

Deadline Passed as of 3/08/2018. Deadline for 2019 Unknown. We are pleased to announce this 2018 Request for Proposals (RFP) for projects that focus on youth and incorporate culture and tradition to address social issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, mental health or other social issues. Specifically, we are seeking projects that focus on one or more of these four priority areas: Preserving, strengthening or renewing cultural and/or spiritual practices, beliefs and values. Engaging both youth and elders in activities that demonstrate methods for documenting traditional knowledge, practices and/or beliefs, where culturally appropriate. Increasing youth leadership and their capacity to lead through integrated educational or mentoring programs. Increasing access to and sharing of cultural customs and beliefs through the use of appropriate technologies (traditional and/or modern), as a means of reviving or preserving tribal language, arts, history or other culturally relevant topics.

Categories: native youth, elders, culture, tradition, social issues, drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, mental health, education, tribal language, traditional knowledge

$5000-$20,000 National Link
Advancing Tribal Nature-Based Solutions Grant First Nations Development Institute

Most Recent Deadline: May 22, 2024. Tribes and Native communities are on the front lines of climate change, experiencing extreme weather, rising sea levels, extended drought, warming temperatures, and melting permafrost. The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report demonstrates that climate change affects Indigenous peoples more severely and earlier than other populations. Many tribes and Native communities are located in remote and coastal locations, which increases their vulnerabilities to flooding and wildfire. Furthermore, subsistence and cultural practices rely on healthy ecosystems that are stewarded by Native peoples. To support climate action that addresses adaptation and disaster preparation First Nations established the second project under its newly created Climate Initiative, Advancing Tribal Nature-Based Solutions. This project is designed to provide tribes and Native nonprofits with resources to support climate action that addresses adaptation and disaster preparation (e.g., wildfires, flooding, drought) through the application of nature-based solutions based on Native knowledge. For more information and to apply, visit: https://www.firstnations.org/rfps/advancing-tribal-nature-based-solutions-grant

Categories: Emergency response planning and preparation
Climate proofing infrastructure and services
Climate risk governance and capacity building
Wildlife management and habitat restoration
Workforce development initiatives (e.g., community training opportunities, youth conservation programs, paid internships)
Capacity building for the organization and staff (e.g, specialized trainings, transportation)
Departmental and programmatic development and advancement
Updating tribal climate adaptation and resource management plans

Total requested funds in project budgets under this funding opportunity should not exceed $200,000. National Link
Fox River Natural Resource Damage Assessment Fish and Wildlife Service

Deadline Passed 09/30/2018. Deadline Unknown for 2019. The Fox River Green Bay Natural Resource Trustees restore natural resources injured by the release of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) into the Lower Fox River and Green Bay, WI. The Trustees allocate funding, provided by settlement dollars from responsible parties, to restoration projects that fulfill the natural resource objectives of the 2003 Joint Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for The Lower Fox River and Green Bay Area and the 2016 Restoration Plan Update under the authority of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act. The Lower Fox River Green Bay NRDA is not a conventional grants program, in that it does not solicit for projects through a formal request for proposals on Grants.gov; instead project idea forms are developed strategically in coordination with the Trustee Council. Following the review process, if a project is selected a grant will be awarded. The Service will also award single source grant agreements based on the criteria outlined in Section VI without competition under justification 505DM 2.14.B.4 as appropriate. Applicants seeking funding under this program should review the requirements and selection criteria and contact the restoration coordinator to discuss their project concept prior to submitting an application for funding. Funding opportunity #: F18AS00023

Categories: natural resources, damage assessment, restoration, planning

$25,000-$1,000,000 Wisconsin, Fox River, Green Bay Link
The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program Forest Service, Department of Agriculture

Deadline passed. Most recent deadline: January 12, 2024. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service, State, Private & Tribal Forestry, is requesting applications for the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community Forest Program or CFP). CFP is a competitive grant program that provides financial assistance to Indian Tribes, local governments, and qualified conservation non-profit organizations to establish community forests through the fee simple acquisition of private forest land. The purpose of the program is to establish community forests by protecting forestland from conversion to non-forest uses and provide community benefits including public recreation, environmental and economic benefits, and forest-based educational programs. Public access is required for all projects. To apply, interested local government and nonprofit applicants must submit applications to the State Forester where the property is located. Tribal applicants must submit applications to equivalent Tribal government officials. All applications must be received by State Foresters or Tribal governments by January 12th, 2024. https://www.fs.usda.gov/sites/default/files/community-forest-prog-fy24-…

Categories: forest conservation, community, sustainable forestry, management, education, stewardship, recreation, collaboration

Individual grant applications may not exceed $600,000, which does not include technical assistance requests. National Link
Friends Research Fund Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Deadline passed. Most recent deadline: May 12, 2023. The Friends Research Fund annually awards individual grants ranging from $500 - $3000 to undergraduate and graduate students for faculty-supervised projects that enhance the understanding, appreciation, preservation, and/or protection of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Students have an opportunity to share their findings with the public at the annual Monument Research Symposium.

Categories: student grant, research, environment

$500-$3000 Oregon, California Link
TWS Native American Professional Development Partnership with USFS FS, DOA

US Forest Services Research and Development has entered into a partnership with The Wildlife Society (TWS) that includes support for Native American wildlife biology college and graduate students to both attend the national annual conference, and to gain experience working with Forest Service R&D wildlife research biologists or ecologists in a Research Assistant position for a field season. TWS is committed to developing wildlife biology expertise within Native American communities, and helping to prepare the students for successful careers. R&D is committed to partnerships with tribes and tribal colleges. USFS scientists will submit proposals detailing their interest, while Native American students will submit separate applications. USFS proposals that include a specific student will also be considered. Please contact Monica Tomosy, National Wildlife Research Program Leader and Liaison to the National
Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center USDA Forest Service Research, for more information: mstomosy@fs.fed.us; 703-402-5625.

Categories: Research, Natural Resource Management

Varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest