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
Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Indian Lands DOE, Office of Indian Energy

Deadline passed as of February 7, 2016. Deadlaine for 2018 unkown. In an effort by the Department to foster a more holistic engagement with Tribes on energy issues, the Department’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Tribal Energy Program and its activities are being consolidated into DOE’s Office of Indian Energy. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) builds on efforts by the Tribal Energy Program, and the authorities granted the Office of Indian Energy under EPAct 2005, to accelerate deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technology on Indian Lands.

Energy efficiency, Renewable energy, Energy, clean energy, community, development Award amount varies. Indian Lands Link
Solicitation for Proposals for the Grant Program to Build Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC) Bureau of Indian Affairs

Deadline passed as of 10/9/2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs for the Department of the Interior (Assistant Secretary), through the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), Division of Energy and Mineral Development (DEMD) is soliciting grant proposals from federally recognized Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Villages, regional or village corporations, tribal organizations, and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations to build tribal capacity for energy resource development or management under the Department of the Interior's Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC) grant program. For this program, capacity building refers to developing organizational structures, business entity structures, or developing or enhancing regulatory functions, all related to tribal energy development for the purpose of strengthening tribal capacity for development and management of energy projects.

energy, development, capacity building, management $1,000-$300,000 National Link
DOE START Program DOE, Office of Indian Energy

Through the START Program, DOE Office of Indian Energy and DOE national laboratory experts provide technical assistance for tribal clean energy development by supporting community- and commercial-scale renewable energy projects across the country. Since its launch in December 2011, the START Program has helped 21 tribal communities advance their clean energy technology and infrastructure projects — from solar and wind to biofuels and energy efficiency.

Energy, Development, Community, Technology, Infrastructure Unklnown National, Indian Tribes, Alaska Link
National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program EPA

EPA's National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program 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 operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas.

Energy, Diesel Varies Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Build Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC) DOI, BIA

Deadline passed as of 10/9/2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. For this program, capacity building refers to developing organizational structures, business entity structures, or developing or enhancing regulatory functions, all related to tribal energy development for the purpose of strengthening tribal capacity for development and management of energy projects.

energy, footprint, sustainability, emissions, economy, infrastructure, management, development, assessment, Up to $300,000. United States, National Link
Diesel Emission Reduction Act Grants EPA

This program aims to work aggressively to reduce the pollution emitted from diesel engines across the country through the implementation of varied control strategies and aggressive involvement of national, state, and local partners.

Energy, Health Individual grants typically range from $100,000 - $300,000 with an average award of $125,000. Larger individual grants typically range from $500,000 - $2 million with an average award of $650,000. Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Weatherization Formula Grants DOE

Program to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce their total residential expenditures, and improve their health and safety. The priority population for the Weatherization Assistance Program is people who are particularly vulnerable, such as the elderly, persons with disabilities, families with children, high residential energy users, and households with high energy burden.

Energy, Health Varies Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants DOE

The Energy and Environmental Block Grant program assists local, state and tribal governments in developing and implementing strategies to help the nation meet its energy and climate goals. The purpose of the program is to help eligible entities reduce fossil fuel emissions, reduce the total energy use of eligible entities and improve energy efficiency in the transportation, building, and other sectors. Of the $3.2 billion in total program funds, $2.8 billion will be allocated as authorized in Title V, Subtitle E of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. An additional $400 million will be available in competitive grants.

Energy, Regulation, Adaptation, Mitigation, Research Individual awards usually range between $50,000 and $200,000 per year, with some exceptions for larger awards. Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
FY 2017 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program DOE

Deadline Passed 12/08/2017. Deadline for 2018 Unknown.The Office of Science (SC) of the Department of Energy hereby announces its continuing interest in receiving grant applications for support of work in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics

energy, science, environmental science, research, technology, physics Varies. National Link
Energy Infrastructure Deployment on Tribal Lands- 2018 Department of Energy, Office of Indian Energy 04/19/2018

Specifically, under this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), DOE’s Office of Indian Energy is soliciting applications from Indian Tribes, which include Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations, and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations to: Install energy efficiency measures and/or energy generating system(s) for tribal building(s) (Topic Area 1); Deploy community-scale energy generating system(s) on tribal lands (Topic Area 2); and Install energy system(s) for autonomous operation (Topic Area 3). Applications may also be submitted on behalf of an Indian Tribe(s) by an authorized Tribal Organization or Inter-Tribal Organization, provided evidence of that authority is included as part of the application. The intended results of the 50% cost-shared projects selected under this FOA are to reduce or stabilize energy costs and increase energy security and resilience for Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages. DOE expects to make approximately $5.5 million to $11.5 million of federal funding available for new awards under this FOA, subject to the availability of appropriated funds. The actual level of funding, if any, depends on Congressional appropriations. DOE anticipates making approximately 6 to 15 awards under this FOA. The DOE Office of Indian Energy will conduct an informational webinar on February 27, 2018 (3:00 Eastern) to provide information on the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to potential applicants. In addition to describing the FOA in detail, information will be provided on who is eligible to apply, what an application needs to include, cost share and other requirements, how to ask questions, and how applications will be selected for funding. If you are unable to attend the webinar, it will be recorded and posted for later viewing. Register for the webinar at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/9161586469085685249 

energy, tribal lands, tribal energy development. management, conservation, natural resources $50,000-$1,000,000 National Link
Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline passed as of August 2, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unkown. The Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) Program supports the generation of extended time series of data to address important questions in evolutionary biology, ecology, and ecosystem science. Research areas include, but are not limited to, the effects of natural selection or other evolutionary processes on populations, communities, or ecosystems; the effects of interspecific interactions that vary over time and space; population or community dynamics for organisms that have extended life spans and long turnover times; feedbacks between ecological and evolutionary processes; pools of materials such as nutrients in soils that turn over at intermediate to longer time scales; and external forcing functions such as climatic cycles that operate over long return intervals.

Environmental Biology, Scientific Research, Ecosystem Science, Community Research, Feedbacks. Awards are not to exceed $90,000 total per year and $450,000 over a five-year effort. The foundation anticipates making six awards annually, pending availability of funds. The solicitation outlines renewal procedures following the initial award. National. Link
Explore Fund--The North Face Annual Grant The North Face (Corporation)

Deadline unknown for FY 2017. The North Face Explore Fund provides $500,000 annually in grants to nonprofit organizations working in powerful and creative ways to encourage participants to experience outdoor activities and develop an enduring appreciation of the outdoors. Since its founding in 2010, the Explore Fund has provided more than 400 grants to nonprofit organizations that serve thousands of people in communities around the country. The Explore Fund reflects a significant commitment by The North Face to introduce more people to the joy of exploring the outdoors and the natural world.

Environmental Education $5,000-$25,000 National Link
2018 Environmental Education Local Grant Program EPA 03/15/2018

Through this grant program, EPA intends to provide financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques, that will serve to increase environmental and conservation literacy and encourage behavior that will benefit the environment.

In addition to other environmental topics, the 2018 EE Local Grant Program includes support for projects that reflect the intersection of environmental issues with agricultural best-practices, conservation of natural resources, food waste management, and natural disaster preparedness.

Applicants must apply under the Request for Proposal (also known as a Solicitation Notice) for the EPA Region in which the funded project would be located.

environmental education, agricultural practices, food waste management, natural disaster preparedness $50,000-$100,000 National. Link
2016 NOAA California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program Department of Commerce

RFP closed. Expect announcement in Summer/Fall 2016. The California B-WET Program is a competitive grant program that supports existing, high quality environmental education programs, fosters the growth of new, innovative programs, and encourages capacity building and partnership development for environmental education programs throughout the entire the San Francisco Bay, Monterey Bay, and Santa Barbara Channel watersheds. Successful projects provide Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) for students and related professional development for teachers.

Environmental Education, Capacity building, Watershed conservation $30,000-$60,000 California (San Francisco Bay, Monterey Bay, and Santa Barbara Channel watersheds) Link
FY2016 NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Hawaii Program US Department of Commerce, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration),

The NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Hawaii Program is a federal funding opportunity which meets NOAA's mission of science, service and stewardship. This B-WET program supports the vision of a future where societies and their ecosystems are healthy and resilient in the face of sudden or prolonged change. The purpose for this financial assistance is to support our communities by developing a well-informed citizenry involved in decision-making that positively impacts our coastal, marine and watershed ecosystems in the State of Hawaii. This opportunity is a competitively-based grant that provides funding to assist in the development of new programs, encourage innovative partnerships among environmental education programs and support geographically targeted programs to advance environmental education efforts that complement national and state school requirements.

Environmental Education, Coastal, Marine, Watershed, Hawaii. $25,000-$150,000. Hawaii. Link
Environmental Education Local Grants Program (EPA) United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Environmental Education.

The purpose of the Environmental Education Local Grants Program is to support locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment.

Environmental Education, Education Development, Deadline Unknown for 2017. The total funding for this competitive opportunity is approximately $2,730,000 nationwide. EPA expects to award three grants from each of the EPA’s 10 Regional Offices, for a total of approximately 30 grants nationwide. The award amount for each of these grants will be approximately, but no more than, $91,000 in federal funds. The award amounts and the number of awards are subject to the availability of funds, the quality and quantity of proposals received, and other applicable considerations. United States, U.S. Territories, the majority of the educational activities must take place in the United States; or in the United States and Canada or Mexico; or in the U.S. Territories. Link
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM EPA

Deadline passed as of January 31, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community. The EJSG Program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. Applying organizations are encouraged to have a direct connection to the vulnerable affected, community impacted by environmental harms and risks.

environmental hazards, human health outcomes, public health, community, local environment $30,000 United States Link
Honor the Earth Grant Programs NGO

Deadline Passed 12/20/2017. Deadline for 2018 Unknown. Honor the Earth is a Native-led organization that works toward breaking the geographic and political isolation of tribal communities, as well as increasing financial resources for organization and change in the environmental sector. Honor the Earth is collaborating with Kalliopeia Foundation and Frances Fund on a grant-making initiative entitled Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities. This initiative focuses on re-localizing sustainable energy and food economies as a means to mitigate climate change and nurture cultural and spiritual restoration.

Environmental Justice, Energy, Adaptation, Agriculture, Mitigation, Health $1,000-$5,000 Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, International (Canada) Link
Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program EPA

Deadline Passed as of 2/16/2018. Deadline for 2019 Unknown.The purpose of the EJCPS Program is for EPA to provide financial assistance to enable community-based organizations to collaborate and partner with other stakeholders (e.g., industry, government, academia, etc.) to develop and implement solutions that will significantly address environmental and/or public health issues at the local level.

Environmental Justice, Environmental Health, public health up to $120,000 National, Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, Southeast, Midwest, Alaska Link
Alaska Native Fund NGO

RFP closed for 2016. The Alaska Native Fund’s purpose is to 'advance Alaska Native priorities for protecting the land and sustaining our ways of life.' The Fund provides an Indigenous framework for addressing critical environmental issues and promotes innovative strategies to strengthen capacity of Alaska Native organizations and communities. The Fund’s goals are: 1) Leverage more foundation and donor resources for Native organizations; 2) Support Alaska Native strategies and solutions on environmental issues; and 3) Build relationships to grow and strengthen conservation in Alaska. The Fund supports Alaska Native-led projects that incorporate Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge to; address the impacts of climate change, promote sustainable alternatives to extractive industries, ensure food security in the marine environment and draw connections between human and environmental health. PLEASE NOTE: 12/1/2014 is the due date for a letter of inquiry.

Environmental Justice, Regulatory Grant range for qualifying Alaska Native organizations: $10,000-$20,000; Individuals: up to $10,000. Northwest, Alaska Link
Administration for Native Americans (ANA) Grants ANA, DHS

RFP Closed April 2016. Competitively selected awards will fund projects focused in the following areas: Environmental Regulatory Enhancement, Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance, Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance–Esther Martinez Immersion, Social and Economic Development Strategies, and Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies. ANA project funding is available in short-term development terms of 12, 24, 36, and 60 months.

Environmental Regulation, Sustainable Development varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, National, Alaska Link
Northeast Resilient Landscapes Fund OSI

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 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. Through an in-depth review process, we selected four focus areas in order to target funds most effectively. A fact brochure with maps for each focus area can be downloaded:

environmental resiliency, land conservation West Virginia, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine Link
BLM CO – Vegetation Management and Fuels Reduction BLM

Unknown for 2017. The project/program is to restore and maintain healthy, productive ecosystems and wildlife populations through management activities including to continue to reduce the risk of undesirable catastrophic wildfires. Disruption of the presettlement disturbance regimes and climate have caused vegetative changes that now put many of Colorado’s ecosystems at risk of uncharacteristic damaging wildfire and unhealthy conditions.

Environmental Science, Healthy Ecosystems, Wildfires, Environmental Management, Stewardship. Individual awards may range from $2,000-$400,000. Colorado. Link
Environmental Sustainability Funding Opportunity NSF

Last deadline: 10/20/2017. The goal of the Environmental Sustainability program is to promote sustainable engineered systems that support human well-being and that are also compatible with sustaining natural (environmental) systems. These systems provide ecological services vital for human survival. Research efforts supported by the program typically consider long time horizons and may incorporate contributions from the social sciences and ethics. The program supports engineering research that seeks to balance society's need to provide ecological protection and maintain stable economic conditions.

Environmental Sustainability, Social Sciences Research, Environmental Ethics, Economic Sustainability, Engineering. The duration of unsolicited awards is generally one to three years. The typical award size for the program is around $100,000 per year. Proposals requesting a substantially higher amount than this, without prior consultation with the Program Director, may be returned without review. United States, National Link
Indigenous Biocultural Exchange Fund Indigenous Biocultural Exchange Fund

Deadline passed as of August 27, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The Indigenous Biocultural Exchange Fund (IBEX) offers opportunities to attend a global biocultural event/exchange or a meeting of international significance which impacts the applicants' home territory or region. This fund supports indigenous peoples and local communities to have a voice in the policies and forums that concern biocultural diversity at a global level.

environmentalism, biodiversity, biocultural, social justice, community activism, environmental justice, global networks, international, indigenous Maximum of $5000 awarded funding (flexibility on budget submission). Global, United Stated, International, National Link
Partners for Places Partners for Places

A successful matching grant program, Partners for Places creates opportunities for cities and counties in the United States and Canada to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations.
National funders invest in local projects to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being of all residents. Through these projects, Partners for Places fosters long-term relationships that make our urban areas more prosperous, livable, and vibrant.

environmentalism, social justice, green space, economy, development, restoration, urban development The grant program will provide partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000 for one year projects, or $50,000 and $150,000 for two year projects. National, United States Link
NOAA Coastal and Estuarine Land Conversation Program Grant NOAA

The Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) was authorized for the purpose of protecting important coastal and estuarine areas that have significant conservation, recreation, ecological, historical, or aesthetic values, or that are threatened by conversion from their natural, undeveloped, or recreational state to other uses. This announcement solicits applications for land acquisition projects (fee simple interest or conservation easements) that are expected to be completed within 18 months from the start date of the award. NOAA-NOS-OCRM-2014-2003828.

Estuarine Conservation Varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Coastal Link
Farmers Market Promotion Program USDA

RFP Closed for FY 2016. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), AMS, requests applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) to competitively award grants to eligible applicants for projects that establish, expand, and promote direct producer-to-consumer marketing.

Farmers Market, Local Foods, Sustainability, Bioregionalism, Sustainable Agriculture, Community Development. Capacity Building: Minimum grant award is $50,000. Maximum award is $250,000. Community Development, Training, and Technical Assistance: Minimum grant award is $250,000. Maximum award $500,000. United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Link
Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, Pacific Northwest CESU USGS

Deadline passed as of August 18, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. US Geological Survey is offering a funding opportunity to a CESU parnter to develop a synthesis of knowledge that clearly identifies what is known and not known about the response of Northwest forest communities to changing fires regimes. This synthesis will provide an important resource for regional managers and help identify future science opportunities for the NW CSC to pursue. In particular, managers need information about how climate change will affect fire regimes and what plant communities will return after stand-replacing fires. This information is critical for development of post-fire restoration projects and forest management plans.

fire, wildfire, management, mitigation, adaptation, climate change, community, resilience, preparedness Up to $98, 313. National, Untied States Link
National Fish Passage Program Fish and Wildlife Service

Deadline passed as of 9/30/2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The National Fish Passage Program (NFPP) is a voluntary program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements and grants to partners to provide fish (and other aquatic organisms) passage and restore aquatic connectivity for the benefit of federal trust resources.

fisheries, salmon, anadromous fish, habitat restoration, conservation, sustainability, aquatic resources, biodiversity, watershed connectivity, fish passage, culverts Up to $2,000,000. National, Untied States Link

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