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 "12/31/2023" 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 Amountsort ascending Geography Website
FY17 WIC Special Project Grants Full Mini DOA- Food and Nutrition Service

Deadline passed as of September 11, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The purpose of the fiscal year (FY) 2017 WIC Special Project Grants is to help WIC State Agencies develop, implement, and evaluate new or innovative methods of service to meet the changing needs of WIC participants, with special attention to the improved delivery of program services and demonstrate national or regional significance.

food, nutrition, food security, food assistance, community health, wellness, diet, WIC, Up to $500,000. National, United States Link
Farm Business Management and Benchmarking Competitive Grants Program USDA

Deadline passed. Most recent deadline: April 8, 2022. The Farm Business Management and Benchmarking (FBMB) Competitive Grants Program provides funds for improving the farm management knowledge and skills of agricultural producers by maintaining and expanding a national, publicly available farm financial management database to support improved farm management. Learn more and apply here.

Farm business, agriculture, financial management Up to $500,000 National Link
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Education and Workforce Development USDA, NIFA

Deadline Passed 07/19/2018. Deadline Unknown for 2019. The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Education and Workforce Development (EWD) (formerly the Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative, or ELI) focuses on developing the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences. In FY 2018, EWD invites applications in four areas: professional development opportunities for K-14 teachers and education professionals; training of undergraduate students in research and extension; fellowships for predoctoral candidates; and fellowships for postdoctoral scholars. See EWD Request for Applications for specific details.

research, education, food, agriculture, training up to $500,000 National Link
Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program EPA

Deadline passed. Most recent deadline: April 14, 2023. The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (CPS) Cooperative Agreement Program provides financial assistance to eligible organizations working on or planning to work on projects to address local environmental and/or public health issues in their communities, using EPA's "Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model." The CPS Program assists recipients in building collaborative partnerships to help them understand and address environmental and public health concerns in their communities. Applications submitted in response to this funding opportunity must address one of the following five broad categories:  

  • community-led air and other pollution monitoring, prevention, and remediation, and investments in low- and zero-emission and resilient technologies and related infrastructure and workforce development that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants; 
  • mitigating climate and health risks from urban heat islands, extreme heat, wood heater emissions, and wildfire events; 
  • climate resiliency and adaptation;  
  • reducing indoor toxics and indoor air pollution; or  
  • facilitating engagement of marginalized communities in Local, State and Federal public processes, such as advisory groups, workshops, and rulemakings 

     

Environmental Justice, Environmental Health, public health, collaboration, non-profit organizations, air pollution, climate resiliency, adaptation, up to $500,000 National, Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, Southeast, Midwest, Alaska Link
Climate Hubs Funding Opportunity USDA, US Forest Service

Deadline passed as of April 17, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. This funding supports syntheses, tools, or best management practices to forest and rangeland managers including the National Forest System. Funding will support work fulfilling the needs of forest landowners, forest managers, ranchers, and farmers (agroforestry only) to adapt and/or mitigate for climate change within the United States.

climate change, mitigation, adaption, management, forestry, conservation, sustainability, collaboration Up to $50,000. National, Northwest, Southeast, Northeast, South Central, South, Midwest Link
The Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Grantmaking Program EPA

Deadline passed. Most recent deadline: June 30, 2023. The new Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Grantmaking (EJ TCGM) Program is a competition to select multiple Grantmakers around the nation to reduce barriers to the federal grants application process communities face and increase the efficiency of the awards process for environmental justice grants. Grantmakers will design competitive application and submission processes, award environmental justice subgrants, implement a tracking and reporting system, provide resources and support to communities, all in collaboration with EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights. Apply on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=346337

competition, environmental justice, community, IRA Up to $50,000,000 National, US territories Link
Rural Housing Preservation Grants The Rural Housing Service (RHS)

The Rural Housing Service (RHS) announces that it is soliciting applications under its Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) program. The HPG program is a grant program which provides qualified public agencies, private nonprofit organizations, which may include but not be limited to Faith-Based and Community Organizations, and other eligible entities grant funds to assist very low- and low-income homeowners in repairing and rehabilitating their homes in rural areas. In addition, the HPG program assists rental property owners and cooperative housing complexes in repairing and rehabilitating their units if they agree to make such units available to low- and very low-income persons.

Community Development, Housing, Infrastructure Up to $50,000 Rural Link
Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program USDA 12/31/2023

Applications are accepted year round. Provides loans and grants to Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs) to:

  • Provide microloans to help microenterprises startup and growth through a Rural Microloan Revolving Fund
  • Provide training and technical assistance to microloan borrowers and micro entrepreneurs
business development, rural areas, microenterprise Up to $50,000 Rural Areas Link
Green Infrastructure Capacity Building Grant Na'ah Illahee Fund

Deadline passed. Most recent deadline: July 24, 2023. Na'ah Illahee Fund seeks to fund the development of projects that aim to revitalize and strengthen Mother Earth and her living systems. They are looking to fund the capacity of groups who are doing the work and will implement Integrated and Green Infrastructure projects in their community. Projects must include at least one focus area: integrated water systems, projects that reduce and treat stormwater, implementation of clean and renewable energy, energy sovereignty, and more.

energy, water, waste management, conservation Up to $50,000 Greater Northwest Region Link
OR/WA Forest and Woodlands Resource Management BLM, DOI

Deadline passed. Most recent deadline: April 14, 2023. 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
Wildfire Risk Reduction Program for Rural Communities New Mexico Counties

Deadline for 2018 past. Deadline for 2019 unknown. The 2018-2019 Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program grant cycle will give priority to applicants who request funding for outreach and education projects (i.e. Fire Adaptive Communities, Firewise, Ready, Set, Go) that encourage reducing wildfire risk on private lands and can show a direct benefit to BLM lands. The program is also encouraging CWPP updates for plans that are more than five years old. Requirements for CWPP updates are included with the program information. A limited number of hazardous fuel reduction projects will be considered and should focus on treatments to private lands with a direct benefit to BLM lands.

wildfire, risk reduction, BLM lands, education, hazards up to $50,000 New Mexico Link
Alaska Marine Education and Training Mini-Grant Program NOAA, Department of Commerce

Deadline passed. Most recent deadline: April 22, 2023. The National Marine Fisheries Service is soliciting competitive applications for the fiscal year 2023 Alaska Marine Education and Training Mini-Grant Program. Projects are being solicited to improve education and training on marine resource issues throughout the region and increase scientific education for marine-related professions among coastal community residents.

education, coastal, marine, natural resources Up to $50,000 Alaska Link
WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants DOI, BOR

Deadline passed. Most recent deadline: July 28, 2022. The WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants Reclamation provides 50/50 cost share funding to irrigation and water districts, tribes, states, and others with water or power delivery authority. This funding opportunity invites eligible applicants to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with reclamation on projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently. Learn more and apply here.

Water efficiency, irrigation, renewable energy, conservation Up to $5,000,000 Western United States or United States Territories Link
Climate Ready Tribes (CRT) Initiative Mini-Award for Climate and Health Communication National Indian Health Board

Deadline Passed 11/28/2018. Deadline Unknown for 2019The CRT Initiative Mini-Award for Climate and Health Communication offers a small amount of funding to conduct low-cost, local work, such as creating brochures/posters, writing newsletters, exhibiting at a health fair, conducting internal training for staff, or hosting a meeting with community partners or community members to discuss climate change and health in some capacity. This opportunity may be a better fit for Tribes who are interested in smaller projects, or do not have staff/time to conduct larger and more complex projects right now. 

climate change, health, tribal communities, adaptation, planning up to $5,000 National Link
Disaster Assistance for State Units on Aging (SUAs) and Tribal Organizations in Major Disasters HHS

Deadline Passed 09/09/2019. Deadline Unknown for 2020. Grants awarded under this announcement are to provide disaster reimbursement and assistance funds to those State Units on Aging (SUAs), and federally recognized Tribal Organizations who are currently receiving a grant under Title VI of the Older Americans Act (OAA), as amended. These funds only become available when the President of the United States declares a Major Disaster and may only be used in those areas designated in the Major Disaster Declaration issued by the President of the United States under the Robert T. Stafford Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. Eligible SUAs and Title VI Tribal grantees should discuss all disaster applications with ACL Regional staff before submitting a formal application. The amount of funds requested should be discussed with Regional staff before the application is completed. Providing a draft of the narrative justification for the application to the Regional Office will help expedite the processing of an award. SUAs, and federally recognized Tribal Organizations currently receiving a grant under Title VI of the OAA must submit proposals electronically via http://www.grants.gov. At http//www.grants.gov, you will be able to download a copy of the application packet, complete it off-line, and then upload and submit the application via the Grants.gov website. Statutory Authority Title III of the Older Americans Act (OAA) (42 U.S.C. 3030), as amended by the Older American Act Amendments of 2016, P.L. 114-144

Disaster Assistance up to $450,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, National, Alaska Link
FY 2019 National Environmental Information Exchange Network Grant Solicitation Notice EPA

Deadline Passed 04/08/2019. Deadline Unknown for 2020. The EPA Exchange Network Grant Program is soliciting project proposals that use the Environmental Information Exchange Network (EN) to:

  • Facilitate sharing of environmental data, especially through shared and reusable services.
  • Streamline data collection and exchanges to improve its timeliness for decision making.
  • Increase the quality and access to environmental data through discovery, publishing, outbound, and analytical services so it is more useful to environmental managers.
  • Develop foundational EN shared services to reduce burden and avoid costs for co-regulators and the regulated community.
  • Expand and improve participation in the EN by strengthening the requisite information management and technology capabilities for interested parties to fully participate in the EN
Regulatory, Research, Environmental Data, Decision Making Up to $400,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS) USDA

Deadline Passed 2/24/2020. Deadline Unknown for 2021. The purpose of this program is to support research, education/teaching, and extension projects that increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in STEM. NIFA intends this program to address educational needs within broadly defined areas of food, agriculture, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences. WAMS-funded projects improve the economic health and viability of rural communities by developing research and extension initiatives that focus on new and emerging employment opportunities in STEM occupations.

women, minorities, STEM, rural, food security, sustainability, agriculture, natural resources, education, economic health Up to $400,000 National Link
FY18 National Climate Change & Wildlife Science Center Program DOI

Deadline Passed 4/9/2018. Deadline Unknown for 2019. This program was created to ensure that the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center is responsive to the research and management needs of Federal and State agencies to provide science and technical support regarding the impacts of climate change in fish, wildlife, plants and ecological processes. National coordination of research and modeling at regional centers will ensure uniformity of downscaling and forecasting models and standardized information to support management of fish and wildlife resources and regional partnership collaborations.

climate change, biodiversity, wildlife, fisheries, aquatic resources, research, climate models, management, policy, planning, conservation Up to $4,500,000. National, United States Link
Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program Overview US Forest Service

Deadline Passed 11/27/2019. Deadline Unknown for 2020. Congress established the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) with Title IV of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (PDF, 40 KB) and reauthorized it in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 Section 8629 (the Farm Bill). The purpose of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program is to encourage the collaborative, science-based ecosystem restoration of priority forest landscapes and:

  • encourage ecological, economic, and social sustainability;
  • leverage local resources with national and private resources;
  • facilitate the reduction of wildfire management costs, including through re-establishing natural fire regimes and reducing the risk of uncharacteristic wildfire;
  • demonstrate the degree to which various ecological restoration techniques achieve ecological and watershed health objectives; and,
  • encourage utilization of forest restoration by-products to offset treatment costs, to benefit local rural economies, to and improve forest health.
collaborative, forest restoration, old growth stands, fire adaptation, watershed health, ecological restoration up to $4 million National Link
National Center for Sustainable Water Infrastructure Modeling Research (USEPA) EPA

The US Environmental Protection Agency, as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking initial applications proposing the creation of a National Center for Sustainable Water Infrastructure Modeling Research that facilitates technology transfer of open source water infrastructure models and shares green infrastructure tools and research advancements with local communities and stakeholders.

Research, Water, Infrastructure Up to $4 million Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southesat, National, Alaska Link
Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP) USDA

Deadline passed. Most recent deadline: Feburary 25, 2022. The purpose of this program is to establish an Extension presence and support Extension outreach on Federally Recognized Indian Reservations and Tribal jurisdictions of Federally-Recognized Tribes. This program seeks to continue the Land Grants mission of inclusion - providing education and research-based knowledge to those who might not otherwise receive it. Learn more and apply here.

Land Grant, education, outreach, research, Tribal youth development, economic and workforce development, food sovereignty, Native language and culture preservation Up to $360,000 National Link
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Funding Opportunities Robert Wood Johnson Foundation health, health equity, climate change, climate change impacts, racial equity up to $350,000 National Link
BLM OR/WA Rogue Native Plant Partnership BLM

Deadline passed as of July 3, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration (2015-2020) identifies a need to be better prepared to respond appropriately to large-scale disturbances and other stressors that threaten important plant communities and the ecosystem services they provide on Federal, state, local, and private land. The stressors include the spread of invasive plant species, altered wildlife regimes, habitat modification, land overuse, and climate change. The key component to achieving this vision is improving the availability of appropriate native seed, seedlings, and container stock. These materials are currently difficult to acquire in sufficient quantities across the Rogue Basin, often resulting in the use of non-native plants, cultivars, or native plant materials that are not adapted to local site conditions, thus limiting restoration success. The proposed project would fund a partnership of regional land management agencies, nongovernmental organizations, tribes, seed growers, nurseries, and restoration practitioners who would work together to implement the National Seed Strategy, thereby improving restoration outcomes across the Rogue Basin.

biodiversity, invasive, plants, wildlife, habitat, restoration, conservation, management, technical assistance, climate change, adaptation, mitigation Up to $35,000. Oregon, Washington Link
TEK Baseline Research NPS

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

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

Native Artists, Native Arts, non-profit organizations, tribal, capacity building, stewardship Up to $32,000 Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Upper Midwest Link
Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant Program USDA 12/31/2023

Rolling Deadline. 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
Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant NOAA Fisheries

Deadline passed. Most recent deadline: October 31, 2022. NOAA Fisheries is accepting applications for the Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Competition. This funding will support the promotion, development and marketing of U.S. fisheries. Awards maximum is $300,000. Learn more and apply here.

Fisheries development, aquaculture, community participation, sustainability Up to $300,000 National Link
Climate Smart Humanities Organizations NEH

Deadline passed. Most recent deadline: September 14, 2023. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Office of Challenge Programs is accepting applications for the Climate Smart Humanities Organizations program. This program supports comprehensive assessment and strategic planning efforts by humanities organizations to mitigate physical and operational environmental impacts and adapt to a changing climate. Projects will result in climate action and adaptation planning documents or similar detailed assessments including prioritized, measurable actions and their expected outcomes. Proposals must address how strategic planning for climate change will increase the organization’s resilience and support its work in the humanities over the long term. Projects are financed through a combination of federal matching funds and gifts raised from third-party non-federal sources.

humanities, hazard mitigation, energy audits, risk assessment, infrastructure Up to $300,000 National Link
WaterSMART: Drought Resiliency Project Grants for Fiscal Year 2015 Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of the Interior’s (Interior) WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America’s Resources for Tomorrow) Program

The Nation’s largest wholesale water supplier, Reclamation, is supporting their customers, stakeholders, and partners by building resiliency to drought and climate change throuigh the implmentation of this Drought Resiliency program. The program seeks to assist in proactive drought response, resiliencey, adaptation, and more.

Natural Resources, Resiliency, Development, Responsiveness Up to $300,000 National Link
Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program (Tribal Transit Program) Department of Transportation, Fedeal Transit Association

Deadline Passed 07/09/2019. Deadline Unknown 2020. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of approximately $5 million in funding provided by the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program (Tribal Transit Program (TTP)), as authorized by 49 U.S.C. 5311(c)(1)(A), as amended by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST), Public Law 114-94 (December 4, 2015). This is a national solicitation for project proposals and includes the selection criteria and program eligibility information for Fiscal Year 2018 projects. The primary purpose of these competitively selected grants is to support planning, capital, and, in limited circumstances, operating assistance for tribal public transit services. Funds distributed to Indian tribes under the TTP should not replace or reduce funds that Indian tribes receive from states through FTA’s Section 5311 program.

transportation, roads and highways, accessability up to $300,000 Link

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