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 Categorysort descending Funding Amount Geography Website
Clean Water Indian Set-Aside Grant Program EPA, IHS

Applications accepted continuously. The CWISA program provides funding for wastewater infrastructure to American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages. Funds may be used for planning, design, and construction of wastewater collection and treatment systems. The CWISA program is administered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in cooperation with the Indian Health Service (IHS) Sanitation Facilities Construction program.

Water Varies; average $300,000, grants have been awarded between $16,000 and $1,600,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Development, Management and Protection of Indian Tribal Water Resources DOI

The objective of this Funding Opportunity is to invite Federally-recognized Indian Tribes to leverage their money and resources with the Bureau of Reclamation on projects/activities that provide the opportunity to develop, manage, and protect tribal water resources. Examples of these types of activities include –but are not limited to – piping and/or lining of canals and laterals, installation of automation and/or water measurement devices, and other projects to improve efficiencies of irrigation water supply, conveyance, and distribution systems. To be eligible for funds, the Tribe must have tribal or Bureau of Indian Affairs irrigation projects located within the administrative boundaries of the located within the administrative boundaries of the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Snake River Area Office. See section Vllll of the Funding Opportunity Announcement for a map of the administrative boundaries of the Snake River Area Office.

Water Individual awards up to $20,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Water Conservation Field Services Program- Phoenix Area Office BoR, DOI

The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite irrigation and water districts, states, local governments, water providers, and other entities that have an association with a Reclamation project to leverage their money and resources, by cost sharing with Reclamation, on projects/activities that make more efficient use of existing water supplies through water conservation and efficiency within the Phoenix Area Office boundaries. Eligibility includes tribes. R14SF32010.

Water Conservation $25,000 ceiling Southwest, see application for details Link
Water Conservation Field Services Program - Yuma Area Office BoR, DOI

The objective of this FOA is to invite irrigation and water districts, states, local governments, water providers, and other entities that have a tie to Reclamation projects to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on activities/projects that make more efficient use of existing water supplies through water conservation and efficiency in the YAO Area of Responsibility. Eligibility includes Indian tribes.

Water Conservation $100,000 ceiling Southwest, See application for more details Link
Water Conservation Field Services Program - Southern California Area Office BoR, DOI

The objective of this FOA is to invite irrigation and water districts, Indian Tribes, states, local governments, water providers, and other entities that have a tie to Reclamation projects to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on activities/projects that make more efficient use of existing water supplies through water conservation and efficiency in the SCAO.

Water Conservation $100,000 ceiling Northwest, Southwest, See application for more details Link
Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants BoR, DOI

Deadline unknown for 2017. The objective of this FOA is to invite Indian Tribes, irrigation districts, water districts and other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the state of California to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on projects that save water, improve water management, create new supplies for agricultural irrigation, improve energy efficiency, and benefit endangered species. Projects should also increase the capability or success rate of on-farm water conservation or water use efficiency projects that can be undertaken by farmers and ranchers through irrigation system improvements and irrigation efficiency enhancements.

Water Conservation, Agriculture varies Northwest, Southwest, California Link
Water Conservation Field Services Program (BOR) Bureau of Reclamation

The Bureau of Reclamation's Upper Colorado Region is requesting applications for the Water Conservation Field Service Program. The mission of the Reclamation is to manage, develop, and protect water and related resources in an environmental and economically sound manner in the interest of the American public.

Water Conservation, Water resources, Natural resources. $5,000-$75,000 Colorado, Western United States Link
NSF Water Sustainability and Climate Grant NSF

The National Science Foundation’s Water Sustainability and Climate program addresses one of the most urgent challenges the world is currently facing, that of water quantity and quality in the light of human needs, as well as climate variability. The overall goal of this program is to improve the understanding of interactions between the water system and land use changes. Topics of interest include 1) Frameworks or models that can be used to predict impacts of human development, climate change, land use on the water system; 2) Determining the potential inputs, outputs, and potential changes in water quality and quantity in response to human development, climate change, and land use; and 3) Determining how our built water systems and governance systems can be made more reliable, resilient, and sustainable to meet multiple needs.

Water Resource Management $5,000,000 ceiling Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
WaterSMART Applied Science Grants for Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative LCC, BoR, DOI

Deadline passed as of May 16, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), Reclamation is providing cost-shared funding on a competitive basis for applied science projects within the Desert LCC in fiscal year (FY) 2014. In general, this FOA provides funding for projects to analyze the impacts of climate change to natural or cultural resources that affect or are affected by water resources, and to develop tools to address those impacts within boundaries of the Desert LCC. More specifically, the funding categories in this FOA are based on two Critical Management Questions (CMQs) developed by the Desert LCC, including: (1) how to incorporate climate change information in the development of environmental flow needs for riparian species and habitat; and, (2) how changing wildfire regimes may impact the sensitive ecosystems within the Desert LCC.

Water Resources, Cultural and Natural Resource Management up to $100,000. Southwest, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, International (Northern Mexico) Link
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Water for Agriculture Challenge Area USDA

Deadline passed as of August 4, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. This AFRI Challenge Area addresses critical water resources issues such as drought, excess soil moisture, flooding, quality and others in an agricultural context. Funding will be used to develop management practices, technologies, and tools for farmers, ranchers, forest owners and managers, public decision makers, public and private managers, and citizens to improve water resource quantity and quality. The long-term goal of the AFRI Water for Agriculture Challenge Area is to tackle critical water issues by developing both regional systems for the sustainable use and reuse, flow and management of water, and at the watershed and farm scales, water issues focused on production and environmental sustainability efforts. Project types supported within this Challenge area are multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects and Food and Agricultural Enhancement (FASE) Grants.

Water Resources, Drought, Flooding, Water Quality, Agriculture varies, total program funding $10,700,000 National Link
Water Management, Planning and Pre-Development (N34) (Water Management) and the Water Rights Negotiation/Litigation (R31) (Water Rights) Programs United States Department of the Interior, BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS, Northwest Regional Office

Deadline passed as of September 2, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. Programs support the litigation and negotiation of Indian water rights, studies to determine the quantity of surface and groundwater supplies, identify arable lands, determine historical water use, water requirements for resources such as fish and wildlife, and the amounts of water required for irrigates agriculture, and relates engineering and economic studies for water delivery.

water rights, irrigation, watershed, water health, water, Award amount varies. National Link
Technical Assistance to Tribes FY 2017 DOI, Bureau of Reclamation

Deadline passed as of August 31, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), through the Native American Affairs Technical Assistance to Tribes Program (Technical Assistance Program [TAP]), provides technical assistance to Indian tribes and tribal organizations. The TAP is intended to establish cooperative working relationships, through partnerships with Indian tribes and tribal organizations, to ensure that tribes have the opportunity to participate fully in the Reclamation Program as they develop, manage, and protect their water and related resources.

water rights, water health, privatization, resource management $200,000 United States Link
Oregon Domestic Well Safety Program (DWSP) DWSP, Oregon Local Public Health Authorities

Deadline passed as of December 12, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. This request for proposals (RFP) is intended to increase the capacity of Oregon Local Public Health Authorities (LPHAs) and tribal public health authorities, particularly those that have identified domestic wells and water security as local priorities through county hazard assessments*. The Oregon Health Authority's (OHA) Domestic Well Safety Program (DWSP) intends to provide grants to support outreach efforts identified by LPHAs in their proposals to this RFP. In working with LPHAs, the DWSP will help plan and deliver outreach and interventions to communities of concern, as identified by LPHAs.

water safety, water health, access, infrastructure $7,500 Oregon Link
WaterSMART: Development of Feasibility Studies under the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program (FY) 2017 Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation

Deadline passed as of January 5, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknownWater reclamation and reuse feasibility studies help states, tribes, and local communities tackle water supply challenges. Feasibility studies funded under the Title XVI Program support the development of water reclamation and reuse projects to supplement urban and irrigation water supplies through water reclamation and reuse, thereby improving efficiency, providing flexibility during water shortages, and diversifying the water supply. Water reclamation and reuse projects provide growing communities with new sources of clean water while promoting water and energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

water security, health, quality, reuse, sustainability, management, infrastructure Varies. United States Link
Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Tribal Set-Aside Program EPA

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

Water, Health, Research Varies Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
WaterSMART Grants: Water Marketing Strategy Grants DOI

Deadline passed as of April 19, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The objective of this FOA is to invite states, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation to develop a water marketing strategy to help prevent water-related conflicts and contribute to water supply sustainability. Applicants under this FOA may request funding to conduct planning activities to develop a water marketing strategy to establish or expand water markets or water marketing.

water, health, restoration, water rights, jurisdiction, government, plannign, policy, sustainability, access, conservation, adaptation, mitigation Up to $400,000. National Link
Emergency Watershed Protection Program USDA

Applications accepted continuously. The Emergency Watershed Protection Program responds to emergencies created by natural disasters. The program is designed to help people and conserve natural resources by relieving imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, wind­storms, and other natural occurrences. All projects undertaken, with the exception of the purchase of floodplain easements, must have a project sponsor.

Water, Natural Resources, Adaptation, Disaster, Emergency Management, Health Varies Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska 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.

Water, Natural Resources, Education Varies Northwest, Alaska Link
Native American Affairs Office Technical Assistance Program DOI

Deadline for 2018 Unknown. The Bureau of Reclamation’s Office of Native American and International Affairs has a Technical Assistance for Tribes program. This program assists Federally recognized Indian Tribes to develop, manage and protect their water and related resources. Past project have included water needs assessments, improved water management studies, water quality data collection and assessments, and water measurement studies.

Water, Natural Resources, Education, Research Individual awards of up to $100,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest Link
Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants USDA

Applications accepted continuously. This program provides grants to assist rural communities that have had a significant decline in quantity or quality of drinking water. Grant may fund waterline extensions from existing systems, construction of new water lines; repairs to existing systems, construction of new wells, reservoirs, transmission lines, treatment plants, and other water sources. . Priority is given to areas with less than 5,000 people, low-income areas, and communities facing imminent decline and shortage of water.

Water, Natural Resources, Health, Emergency Individual awards range from 150,000 to $500,000 depending on the severity of decline in quantity or quality of water. Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Solid Waste Management Grants USDA

To make grants to public bodies and private non-profit organizations providing technical assistance and training to reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources and improve planning and management of solid waste sites. This assistance is available in rural areas and towns with a population of 10,000 or less.

Water, Regulatory, Natural Resources, Health Varies; previous grants between $10,000-$220,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Coastal, Alaska Link
Tribal Solid Waste Management Assistance Project EPA

The Tribal Solid Waste Interagency Workgroup was created to coordinate federal assistance to tribes to help them comply with the municipal solid waste landfill regulations. Successful proposals should characterize/assess open dumps, develop integrated waste management (IWM) plans, develop and implement alternative solid waste management activities/facilities; or develop and implement cleanup, closure, and post-closure programs for open dumps in Indian Country. Each proposal must address only one of the four proposal categories described above.

Water, Regulatory, Research 10 Individual awards ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Request for Proposals from Indian Tribes and Intertribal Consortia for Nonpoint Source Management Grants Under Clean Water Act (CWA) EPA

Deadline passed as of January 25, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. To develop and/or implement watershed-based plans and on-the-ground projects that will result in significant steps towards solving Nonpoint Source (NPS) impairments on a watershed-wide basis. Eligible entities are strongly encouraged to submit proposals that develop and/or implement watershed-based plans designed to protect unimpaired waters and/or restore NPS-impaired waters.

water, restoration, planning, policy, prevention, development, pollution, cleanup, treatment Up to $100,00. United States Link
Urban Waters Small Grants EPA

EPA’s Urban Waters Program helps local residents and their organizations, particularly those in underserved communities, restore their urban waters in ways that also benefit community and economic revitalization. One of the ways the Urban Waters Program is accomplishing this mission is through the Urban Waters Small Grants Program. This program recognizes that healthy and accessible urban waters can help grow local businesses and enhance educational, recreational, social, and employment opportunities in nearby communities.

Water, urban communities, community revitalization Up to $60,000 per award Unknown Link
Water & Waste Disposal Technical Assistance & Training Grants USDA Rural Development

This program helps qualified, private non-profits provide technical assistance and training to (a) identify and evaluate solutions to water and waste problems; (b) assist applicants in preparing applications for water and waste disposal loans/grants; and (c) assist associations in improving operation and maintenance of existing water and waste facilities in eligible rural areas.

Water, waste disposal, training See guidance National Link
Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund NOAA, DOC 03/19/2018

Funding Opportunity #: NOAA-NMFS-WCRO-2018-2005484. The Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund (PCSRF) program makes such funding available to the States of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, California, and Alaska, and federally recognized tribes of the Columbia River and Pacific Coast (including Alaska) for projects necessary for the conservation of salmon and steelhead populations that are listed as threatened or endangered, or identified by a State as at-risk to be so-listed, for maintaining populations necessary for exercise of tribal treaty fishing rights or native subsistence fishing, or for the conservation of Pacific coastal salmon and steelhead habitat.

Water, Wildlife, Natural Resources, Fisheries, Conservation, Coastal, Research Award Ceiling: $25,000,000 Northwest, Southwest, Coastal, Alaska Link
WaterSMART: Cooperative Watershed Management Program (CWMP) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Bureau of Reclamation (BOR)

Deadline unknown for FY 2017. The objective of this funding opportunity announcement is to invite eligible entities to submit proposals for Phase I activities to establish or further develop a watershed group. Funding provided under this announcement may be used to develop a mission statement, project concepts, and/or a restoration plan. Funding opportunity #R16-FOA-DO-008.

Watershed Restoration, Planning $100,000 West Link
WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program Phase: FY2018 Bureau of Reclamation

Deadine Passed as of 1/31/2018. Deadline for 2019 Unknown. This FOA is seeking proposals for activities to develop a watershed group, complete watershed restoration planning activities, and to design watershed management projects. This FOA is for Phase I of the Cooperative Watershed Management Program. Funding opportunity #: BOR-DO-18-F005

watersheds, restoration planning, management Award Ceiling: $100,000 National Link
EPA Region 7 Wetland Program Development Grants EPA

Wetland Program Development Grants provide eligible applicants an opportunity to conduct and promote the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution. All proposals submitted under this RFP must be for projects that build or refine state/tribal/local government wetland programs.

Wetland Conservation, Water Pollution Varies Midwest Link
USDA Seeks Partner Proposals to Protect and Restore Critical Wetlands USDA, Wetland Reserve Enhacenment Partnership

Funding will be provided through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP), a special enrollment option under the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program's Wetland Reserve Easement component. It is administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Under WREP, states, local units of governments, non-governmental organizations and American Indian tribes collaborate with USDA through cooperative and partnership agreements. These partners work with willing tribal and private landowners who voluntarily enroll eligible land into easements to protect, restore and enhance wetlands on their properties. WREP was created through the 2014 Farm Bill and was formerly known as the Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program.

Wetland Protection $17.5 million in financial and technical assistance to help eligible conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands. National, watershed, wetland Link

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