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 "12/31/2020" as the grant deadline. This ensures that those grants will appear immediately after those grants with a set deadline.

Title Organization Grant Deadline Description Categorysort ascending Funding Amount Geography Website
Kresge Foundation kresge foundation

Funding opportunities take three forms: Open on an ongoing basis, without deadlines. Open for a limited time, with specific deadlines. By invitation from a Kresge program officer.­­­
Communities that address climate change head-on will be better prepared for new circumstances and uncertainties. Decisions about infrastructure, building design, land use, transportation and other policy and funding issues can make communities stronger, more equitable and more resilient to the changing climate.

Climate change, environment, social justice, food justice, agriculture, sustainability, conservation, carbon, emissions, adaptation, mitigation Varies. National Link
WaterSMART Drought Response Program: Drought Contingency Planning DOI, Bureau of Reclamation, WaterSMART

Deadline Passed 02/05/2020. Deadline Unknown 2021. The objective of this funding opportunity 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 drought contingency planning with Reclamation to build resilience to drought in advance of a crisis. Applicants under this funding opportunity may request funding to develop a new drought plan or to update an existing drought plan.

climate change, drought, mitigation, adaptation, infrastructure, planning, policy, $1,000-$200,000 National Link
Hewlett Foundation: Grants for Climate Change Hewlett Foundation

Deadlines Vary. Grantseekers can find Hewlett’s climate change grants through its Climate and Energy subprogram, which focuses on reducing greenhouse gasses through the following areas: Clean energy and the reduction fossil fuel use. This area of giving lasers in on increasing renewable energy use (think solar, wind and geothermal) and energy efficiency. Clean transportation. Hewlett focuses its clean transportation giving on increasing fuel efficiency as well as access to alternate methods of transportation such as biking, walking and public transportation. Building and increasing public support. This area of giving focuses on growing public support among diverse members of the community of clean energy and transportation efforts.

climate change, conservation, sustainability, social justice, Varies. National, International, San Francisco, California Link
KENDEDA FUND: Grants for Climate Change KENDEDA FUND

Complex global challenges like climate change should become the drivers for solutions-based, equitable decision-making. We help young people and community leaders gain the skills and knowledge to become active participants in addressing these challenges. Our People, Place, and Planet work aims to address social and ecological challenges through community-based solutions and leadership.

climate change, conservation, sustainability, social justice Varies. International Link
Ecolab Foundation Grants EcoLab Foundation

Deadline Passed for 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. Focus Areas of Giving- Youth and Education: programs that promote youth development, particularly for youth at-risk, Civic & Community Development: affordable housing, work readiness, crisis assistance and hunger relief, Environment & Conservation: hands-on environmental learning programs, Arts & Culture: arts education for children and youth as well as support for museums and the performing arts.

climate change, conservation, social justice, civic engagement, housing, shelter, food justice, adaptation, mitigation Varies. Nationalo, regional Link
Northeast Resilient Landscapes Fund (Rolling Basis) Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

As changing climate threatens to unravel decades of work to protect wildlife habitats, land protection must focus on the places most likely to harbor plants and animals. Recognizing that challenge, we launched the Resilient Landscapes Initiative to integrate climate science into conservation planning and to protect resilient landscapes throughout the eastern United States. OSI partners with conservation organizations in the Northeast to assemble networks of protected lands most likely to preserve plant and animal diversity in a changing climate. The Fund supports projects in four focus areas in New England, the mid-Atlantic, and the Central Appalachians offering the greatest opportunity to conserve missing links for resiliency in the overall landscape. The Fund provides capital grants and loans to qualified non-profits for the acquisition of land or conservation easements on climate-resilient lands, capitalized with a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

climate change, conservation, landscape, sustainability, adaptation, mitigation Varies. West Virginia, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, Southern New Hampshire, Maine Link
Compton Foundation Grants Compton Foundation

The Compton Foundation has a unique approach to giving, making grants to groups based on two categories of work—leadership and storytelling. But giving goes to progressive social change, toward a “peaceful, just, and sustainable world.” Within that goal, a considerable amount goes toward the environment and curbing climate change. As of the beginning of 2018, we have closed our online inquiry system, and we have moved to an invitation-only grantmaking process. Visit website for more information. 

climate change, community, adaption, planning, storytelling, oral history, social justice Varies. National Link
Ayrshire Foundation: Grants for Climate Change Ayrshire Foundation

Deadline Passed as of 3/15/2018. Deadline Unknown for 2019. Besides its geographic preferences, the Ayrshire Foundation has very few hard-and-fast rules for giving. The bottom line is it gives a lot of money each year in order to invest in opportunities for a better world. Climate change is at the forefront of the environmental focus area.

climate change, community engagement, development, planning, policy, ngo $10,000-$100,000 California, Michigan Link
Boeing Company: Grants for Climate Change Boeing

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

climate change, community engagement, conservation, mitigation, adaptation, Varies National, Washington, California, Washington D.C., International. Link
Climate and Large-Scale Dynamics NSF

Proposals Accepted Any Time. The goals of the Program are to: (i) advance knowledge about the processes that force and regulate the atmosphere synoptic and planetary circulation, weather and climate, and (ii) sustain the pool of human resources required for excellence in synoptic and global atmospheric dynamics and climate research. Research topics include theoretical, observational and modeling studies of the general circulation of the stratosphere and troposphere; synoptic scale weather phenomena; processes that govern climate; the causes of climate variability and change; methods to predict climate variations; extended weather and climate predictability; development and testing of parameterization of physical processes; numerical methods for use in large-scale weather and climate models; the assembly and analysis of instrumental and/or modeled weather and climate data; data assimilation studies; development and use of climate models to diagnose and simulate climate and its variations and change.

climate change, climate science, weather, atmospheric dynamics, climate models Amount Varies. National, United States Link
Predictive Multiscale Models for Biomedical, Biological, Behavioral, Environmental and Clinical Research (U01) DOE

Deadline passed as of 9/29/2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The goal of this interagency funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to support the development of multiscale models to accelerate biological, biomedical, behavioral, environmental and clinical research. The NIH, ARO, DOE, FDA, NASA, NSF, and ONR recognize that in order to efficiently and effectively address the challenges of understanding multiscale biological and behavioral systems, researchers will need predictive, computational models that encompass multiple biological and behavioral scales.This FOA supports the development of non-standard modeling methods and experimental approaches to facilitate multiscale modeling, and active participation in community-driven activities through the Multiscale Modeling (MSM) Consortium

climate change, climate science, social science, community-based projects, community, predictions, projections, future models, research Varies. National Link
Fort Wainwright AK Climate Change Baseline Analysis DOD

Deadline passed as of March 6, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknonwn. The U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Wainwright, Alaska (USAG FWA) owns and manages approximately 1.6 million acres in Interior Alaska. The USAG FWA is requesting assistance to facilitate a climate change baseline analysis with requirements to analyze climate change effects and management strategies for Fort Wainwright and its Training Lands.

climate change, climate science, outcomes, policy, adaptation, mitigation, baseline, analysis, conservation, $181,190 total for 1 available award. Alaska, Northwest Link
First Steps toward Developing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands – 2016 DOE

Deadline passed as of October 20, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. Under the planned FOA, the Office of Indian Energy intends to solicit applications from Indian Tribes (including Alaska Native regional corporations and village corporations) and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations under the following topic areas: (1) Conduct energy options analyses (Topic Area 1); (2) Establish baseline energy use (Topic Area 2); (3) Develop energy organizations (Topic Area 3); (4) Conduct climate resiliency planning (Topic Area 4); (5) Establish policy, regulations, and codes to reduce energy use or promote energy develop (Topic Area 5); and, (6) Obtain skills and training related to energy use and development (Topic Area 6). It is expected that proposed activities will result in specific measurable results or end-products that will lead to the development and deployment of energy solutions, and/or build knowledge or skills necessary to implement successful strategic energy solutions.

climate change, carbon emissions, clean energy, sustainable energy, energy planning DOE currently anticipates making eight to twenty grant awards in amounts ranging from $50,000 to $250,000. The actual level of funding, if any, depends on Congressional appropriations. 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
Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative Coastal Systems FY17 DOI

Deadline passed as of July 20,2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. Our mission is to promote coordination, dissemination and development of applied science to inform landscape level conservation, including terrestrial-marine linkages in the face of a changing climate and related stressors. Congress provides seed funding for our LCC through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Service administers these funds through financial assistance on a competitive basis for projects, studies, and events that advance the scientific and public community's understanding of large-scale changes in landscape characteristics and the impacts of these changes on important species.

climate change, adaptation, mitigation, public, community, wildlife, biodiversity, sustainability, conservation, landscape, policy, management $60,000-$90,000. Alaska, Alaska CSC Link
Patagonia Environmental Grant Patagonia Environmental Grant

Deadline passed as of April 30, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. Patagonia funds only environmental work. We are most interested in making grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. Because we believe that the most direct path to real change is through building grassroots momentum, our funding focuses on organizations that create a strong base of citizen support. We support small, grassroots, activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas, working on multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect our environment. We think the individual battles to protect a specific stand of forest, stretch of river or indigenous wild species are the most effective in raising more complicated issues—particularly those of biodiversity and ecosystem protection—in the public mind. We help local groups working to protect local habitat and frontline communities through bold, original actions. We look for innovative groups that produce measurable results, and we like to support efforts that force the government to abide by its own—our own—laws.

climate change, adaptation, mitigation, natural resources $5,000 and $20,000. National Link
Wildlife Conservation Society's Climate Adaptation Fund Wildlife Conservation Society

Previous Deadline was 04/08/2020. Deadline for 2021 unknown. 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
Science to Solutions Teams Science for Nature and People Partnership

Deadline passed as of June 7, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown.The Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) is soliciting requests for funding proposals to convene interdisciplinary teams to tackle clear and intriguing science questions, with the outcomes forging a direct path to informing policy or practice. There is special emphasis on proposals on the issues of climate change, sanitation, and water security.

climate change, adaptation, mitigation, conservation, infrastructure, planning, policy, water resources, natural resources, legislation, management Varies. National Link
Crown Family Philanthropies: Grants for Climate & Energy Crown Family Philanthropies

The successor to the Arie and Ida Crown foundation, Crown Family Philanthropies funds a bevy of social causes in Chicago and in the Midwest more broadly. Grants for environmental issues, including climate change, constitute some of this largesse. The award amounts are large, but relatively few, and an organization must meet numerous criteria to get them.

climate change, adaptation, community, education, curriculum, social justice. conservation, sustainability $10 million in total programming. Chicago, Cook county, Michigan Link
Rockefeller Family Fund NGO

Applications accepted continuously. This foundation focuses on public education of the risks of global warming, conservation of natural resources, protection of health as affected by the environment, meaning implementation of environmental laws, and public participation in national environmental policy debates. Grant applicants must submit a letter of inquiry online. If accepted, the applicant will be invited to submit a full proposal for evaluation.

Climate Change Impacts, Conservation, public health $25,000-30,000 National Link
Climate Program Office FY 2020 DOC, NOAA

Deadline Passed 10/28/2019. Deadline Unknown for 2020. CPO’s strategy addresses challenges in the areas of: (1) Weather and climate extremes, (2) Climate impacts on water resources, (3) Coasts and climate resilience, (4) Sustainability of marine ecosystems, and (5) Changing atmospheric composition and its impacts. Making progress in addressing climate-related societal challenges, and realizing benefits for NOAA’s public and private partners, requires that these mission-focused capabilities be integrated across CPO to align research, applications, transitions, and operations, and to meet the information needs for a resilient society. Key components of this effort are annual Notice of Funding Opportunities, competitive grants programs and other types of support that advance and extend NOAA’s foundational capabilities and applications research. Proficiency in these core areas ensures that CPO’s infrastructure is always in place to meet the intelligence and resilience challenges of our changing climate.

climate administration, climate change, adaptation, climate science, planning, management $50,000-300,000 National, United States Link
FY 2018 – 2020 - Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) Announcement Type: Initial NOAA

Past deadline: May 15, 2019. The notice requests proposals for special projects and programs associated with NOAA's strategic plan and mission goals. There are four mission goals described in the Broad Agency Announcement including Climate Adaptation and Mitigation, Weather-Ready Nations, Healthy Oceans, and Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies. This broad agency announcement is a mechanism to encourage research, education and outreach, innovative projects, or sponsorships that are not addressed through NOAA competitive discretionary programs. It is not a mechanism for awarding congressionally directed funds.

climate adaptation, mitigation, weather preparedness, disaster preparedness, oceans, coasts There are no funds specifically appropriated by Congress for this BAA. Funding for potential projects in this notice is contingent upon the availability of Fiscal Year 2018, Fiscal Year 2019, and Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations. Applicants are hereby given notice that funds have not yet been appropriated for any proposed activities in this notice. National Link
Microgrid 2014 MVP Challenge DOE

DOE is accepting applications for the Microgrid 2014 MVP Challenge, a competition to support resiliency and adaptation in communities across the nation. Entries will be judged according to four criteria: resiliency, clean energy system, efficiency, and cost effectiveness.

Clean Energy, Energy efficiency, Infrastructure $100,000 National, Alaska, Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest Link
Citizen Science Competitive Funding Program USFS

Deadline Passed 12/05/2019. Deadline Unknown for 2020. The USDA Forest Service delivers world-class science, technology, and land management to sustain the Nation's forests and grasslands in collaboration with communities and our partners. In 2017, the agency launched the Citizen Science Competitive Funding Program (CitSci Fund) to support innovative projects that address science and resource management information needs while connecting people to the land and one another.

citizen science, forest management, grasslands, community building, healthy ecosystems up to $25,000 National Link
Alfalfa and Forage Research Program NIFA

Deadline passed as of May 1, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. Alfalfa and Forage Research Program (AFRP) will support the development of improved alfalfa forage and seed production systems. Proposals submitted to AFRP should address one or more of the following priorities: (1) Improving alfalfa forage and seed yield through better nutrient, water and/or pest management; (2) Improving persistence of alfalfa stands by lessening biotic or abiotic stresses; (3) Improving alfalfa forage and seed harvesting and storage systems to optimize economic returns; (4) Improving estimates of alfalfa forage quality as an animal feed to increase forage usage in animal feeds; and/or (5) Breeding to address biotic and abiotic stresses that impact forage yield and persistence and the production of seed for propagation.

cattle, livestock, sustainability, management, infrastructure, food supplies, feed supplies, wild foods, foraging $0 - $250,000 National Link
Regional Initiative to Accelerate CCUS Deployment DOE

Deadline Passed 06/03/2019. Deadline Unknown for 2020. The primary objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to award projects that identify and address onshore regional storage and transport challenges facing commercial deployment of Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS). Projects will focus on Addressing Key Technical Challenges; Facilitate Data Collection, Sharing, and Analysis; Evaluate Regional Infrastructure; and Promote Regional Technology Transfer.

carbon storage, utilization, energy, storage, data collection, infrastructure, technology up to $7,000,000 Link
California Resilience Challenge 2020 Grant Program Bay Area Council Foundation

Deadline Passed 02/07/2020. Deadline Unknown for 2021. The California Resilience Challenge is a $2 million statewide competition to support innovative projects that address climate change-related threats and help safeguard the state against wildfire, drought, flood and extreme heat events. Recipients will receive grant awards of up to $200,000 for climate adaptation planning projects. The California Resilience Challenge will provide resources to local communities throughout the state, including cities, counties, California Native American tribes, special districts, and more, that are affected by climate change-related natural disasters.

California, resilience, wildfire, drought, flood, extreme heat, adaptation $100,000-$200,000 California Link
Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program USDA

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
ReConnect Loan and Grant Program

Deadline Passed 07/12/2019. Deadline Unknown for 2020. The ReConnect Program is an innovative new pilot program that offers unique federal financing and funding options in the form of loans, grants, and loan/grant combinations to facilitate broadband deployment in areas of rural America that don’t currently have sufficient access to broadband. This pilot program will generate private sector investment to deploy broadband infrastructure to provide high-speed internet e-Connectivity to as many rural premises as possible, including homes, community facilities for healthcare and public safety, schools, libraries, farms, ranches, factories, and other production sites. For those who are applying for 100% loan, the deadline is July 12, 2019. 

broadband, rural areas, infrastructure, high-speed internet, capacity building Up to $200,000,000 is available for loan/grant combinations. The maximum amount that can be requested in an application is $25,000,000 for the loan and $25,000,000 for the grant. Loan and grant amounts will always be equal. Rural Areas Link
Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee USDA

Deadline Passed 09/30/2018. Deadline Unknown for 2019. The Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program (Broadband Program) furnishes loans and loan guarantees to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide service at the broadband lending speed in eligible rural areas. For more information on other programs administered by RUS Telecommunications please visit : http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/all-programs/telecom-programs. Broadband loans provide funding on a technology-neutral basis for financing:

  • The construction, improvement, and acquisition of facilities required to provide service at the broadband lending speed including facilities required for providing other services through the same facilities
  • The cost of leasing facilities required to provide service at the broadband Lending speed if such lease qualifies as a capital lease under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • An acquisition, under certain circumstances and with restrictions
  • For additional detail see 7 CFR 1738
broadband access, internet, implementation, development, rural communities varies Rural Areas Link

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