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 Category Funding Amountsort ascending Geography Website
Texas NRCS Urban Conservation Project Department of Agriculture

Deadline Passes December 11, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The NRCS - Texas State Office, an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is seeking support from and opportunities to partner with like minded natural resource conservation partners. The overall intent of this solicitation is to solicit partnerships to help enhance the implementation of key conservation objectives and priorities outlined further in this document. .The Texas NRCS Urban Conservation Project is an effort to challenge community organizations, educational institutions and Indian tribes to establish community and school gardens across Texas. The simple act of planting a garden can help unite neighbors in a common effort and inspire locally-led solutions to challenges facing our state. Challenges that can be addressed with locally-led solutions can be diverse in an urban setting. Addressing hunger with an urban garden can bring communities together and initiate other positive outcomes for people. Pollinator habitat planned with urban gardens can provide an increase in harvest potential while providing food and habitat for declining insect communities in Texas.As part of the USDA’s Urban Agriculture toolkit, the Texas NRCS Urban Conservation Project will provide technical and financial assistance to eligible entities to establish gardens for food production and for attracting and maintaining monarch butterflies and the establishment of seasonal high tunnels to extend the growing season of fruits and vegetables. Conservation entities are invited to apply for NRCS assistance with the following key conservation objectives:1. Provide learning experiences in natural resources conservation to urban communities.2. Address food deserts.3. Create urban gardening projects that develop urban properties into vegetable production sites.4. Improve access to healthy, affordable food at a local level.5. Leverage non-Federal resources to achieve positive natural resources conservation outcomes. Funding Opportunity #: USDA-NRCS-TX-UCP-18-01

natural resources, conservation, community health, education, urban gardens, food production $13,500-$150-000 Texas Link
Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) USDA, Farm Service Agency

Grant deadline unknown for 2016. The Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) provides financial assistance to owners and operators of agricultural and non-industrial private forest land who wish to establish, produce, and deliver biomass feedstocks.

Agriculture, farmers, Forrestry, Biomass $12,500,000 to $22,500,000 National Link
Recovery Challenge DOI, FWS

Deadline Passed 04/26/2019. Deadline Unknown for 2020. The Recovery challenge funding opportunity is to enhance and increase partnerships with agencies and organizations implementing highest priority recovery actions for federally listed endangered and threatened species, and in particular for genetically-sound breeding, rearing and reintroduction programs. Section 2(a)(5) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, 16 U.S.C. 1535, as amended, authorizes the use of Federal financial assistance to encourage the States and other interested parties to develop and maintain conservation programs to safeguard the Nation's heritage in fish, wildlife and plants for the benefit of all citizens. In addition, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019 (H.J. Res. 31, 116th Cong. Div. E, Title I (2019)) authorized specific funding for the Recovery Challenge funding opportunity.

endangered species, species recovery, reintroduction, conservation $100-$3,000,000 National Link
Historic Revitalization Sub-grant Program (HRSP) DOI, National Park Service

Deadline Passed 04/01/2019. Deadline Unknown for 2020. The goal of this program is to support the rehabilitation of historic properties listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Applicants must make subgrants for physical preservation projects. Eligible subgrant recipients must be within the jurisdiction of the applicant. Project must be in communities defined as "rural" by the US Bureau of the Census.

restoration, preservation, historic properties $100,000-$750,000 National Link
FY2019 Office of Weather and Air Quality Research Programs Department of Commerce

Deadline Passed 03/20/2019. Deadline Unknown for 2020. There will be eight grant competitions from this notification valued at approximately $16,200,000 as follows: 1) High Impact Weather Testbeds, 2) Joint Technology Transfer Initiative (JTTI), 3) Air Quality Research and Forecasting, 4) Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment - Southeast U.S. (VORTEX-SE), 5) Infrasound Detection of Tornadoes and High Impact Weather, 6) Next Generation of Mesoscale Weather Observing Platforms, 7) Snowpack and Soil Moisture Observations and Data Assimilation to Improve the National Water Model (NWM), and 8) Subseasonal to Seasonal (S2S).

These eight competitions are focused on improving NOAA's understanding and ultimately its weather and water forecasting services through engagement with the external scientific community on key science gaps of mutual interest through funded grant opportunities.One of the key themes is supporting applied research and development that leads to the demonstration in NOAA’s testbeds during the project period of new high impact weather, water, and air quality observing and forecasting applications, including new data or products, improved analysis techniques, better statistical or dynamic forecast models and techniques, and communication of that information to better inform the public. Go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=309267 for more information. 

Environment, natural resources, science, technology, research, development $100,000-$500,000 National Link
Southeast Resilient Landscapes Fund Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

2017 deadline: 11/06/2017. Deadline for 2018 Unknown. Capitalized with a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Southeast Resilient Landscapes Fund (Fund) provides capital grants and loans to land protection projects within three selected regions of the southeast. Projects must lie in one of OSI’s resilience focus areas, demonstrate the use of Resilient Landscape concepts and meet the other grant criteria detailed below. OSI awards grants to qualified non-profit organizations through a competitive process with the assistance of an advisory board comprised of experts with knowledge of natural resources, conservation policy and land conservation funding.

climate change, environmental protection, conservation, sustainability, adaptation, mitigation $100,000-$400,000. the Southern Cumberlands in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee; the Southern Blue Ridge in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee; and the Greater Pee Dee River in South Carolina and North Carolina Link
ANA Funding Opportunity Social and Economic Development Administration for Native Americans

RFP closed for 2016. The purpose of the Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) program is to promote economic and social self-sufficiency for American Indians, Alaska Natives, native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders from American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The SEDS program supports the principal that social and economic development are inter-related and essential for the development of thriving Native communities. The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) is interested in support community-driven projects designed to grow local economies, increase the capacity of tribal governments, strengthen families, preserve Native cultures, and increase self-sufficiency and community well-being. Funded SEDS projects will reflect specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timebound outcomes and include specific strategies for reducing or eliminating community problems and achieving long-range community goals.

Economic development, Sustainable Development, Community Development $100,000-$400,000 Alaska, Indian Tribes, Pacific Islands, Hawaii, Guam Link
DOE Solar Market Pathways Grant DOE

This funding opportunity seeks to support regional, state, tribal, and locally-driven efforts to develop multi-year solar deployment plans that will help provide business certainty and establish a clear path for the next five to ten years of solar deployment. Specifically, this FOA is intended to enable replicable multi-year strategies that spur significant solar deployment, drive down solar soft costs, support local economic development efforts, and address the potential challenges arising from increased solar penetration on the electrical grid. Awardees are expected to convene stakeholder processes to develop their plan, and subgroups could address specific topics such as the net benefits and costs of solar electricity (to and from the grid), and/or develop solar deployment programs including, but not limited to, commercial property assessed clean energy financing, shared solar, and/or incorporating solar within their emergency response plans. Please note that a concept paper must be submitted by 5/28/2014, but that full proposals are not due until 7/2/2014. Also note that this grant can be found at the website provided by searching for: DE-FOA-0001071.

Solar Energy, Planning $100,000-$4,000,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
Regional Vulnerability Assessments for Ocean Acidification NOAA

The purpose of this document is to advise the public that NOAA/OAR/Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) is soliciting proposals for collaborative projects of up to 3 years in duration that synthesize ocean acidification information at a regional scale (e.g. Large Marine Ecosystem, large estuary or collection of small estuaries, and state or collection of states in US waters) to determine where societal vulnerabilities to ocean acidification exist or are emerging, in order to provide actionable information for marine resource decision makers and/or bolster the resilience of the nation's Blue Economy. This funding opportunity will not support the collection of new chemical or ecological observations or species response data.

ocean acidification, marine ecosystems, estuaries, resilience, data collection $100,000-$350,000. National, Coastal communities Link
ANA Funding Opportunity Esther Martinez Immersion Administration for Native Americans

RFP closed for 2016. The purposed of the Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance- Esther Martinez Immersion (EMI) program is to provide financial assistance to community driven projects designed to preserve Native American languages through Native American language nests, Native American language survival schools, and Native language restoration programs. ANA is interested in supporting locally determined projects designed to reduce or eliminate community problems and achieve community goals. Funded EMI projects reflect specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound outcomes and include specific strategies for achieving intended performance. All EMI grants must have a start date of 8/1.

Cultural Preservation, Language, Native Communities $100,000-$300,000 Alaska, Hawaii, Pacific Islands, Guam Link
ANA Funding Opportunity Environmental Regulatory Enhancement Administration for Native Americans (ANA)

Deadline passed as of June 22, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The purpose of the Environmental Regulatory Enhancement (ERE) program is to provide funding for the costs of planning, developing, and implementing programs designed to improve the capability of tribal governing bodies to regulate environmental quality pursuant to federal and tribal environmental laws. The ERE program supports the principle that projects must follow tribal cultural preservation and natural resource management priorities in order to achieve environmentally healthy, sustainable Native American and Alaska Native communities. The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) is therefore interested in supporting locally designed projects that strengthen tribal environmental regulatory programs in a manner consistent with the goals of native communities.

Planning, Development, Cultural Preservation, Native Communities, social justice,policy, infrastructure $100,000-$300,000 Alaska, Indian Tribes Link
National Urban and Community Forestry Cost Share Grant Program USFS

Most Recent Deadline: 3/30/2020. The U&CF program requests innovative proposals that strengthen urban and community forest resiliency and align with the goals in the National Ten Year Urban Community Forestry Action Plan (2016-2026). Collaborative solutions may include but are not limited to: research; prevention; planning; policy; preparedness; implementation; best management practices; recovery; and reforestation that promotes the resilience of our Nation's urban and community forests. 

Urban Forests, Community Forests Assessment, Planning, Resilience, Forest Management, Natural Disasters, Prevention, Collaboration $100,000-$300,000 National Link
ANA Funding Opportunity Native Language Preservation and Maintenance Administration for Native Americans (ANA)

RFP closed for 2016. The purpose of the Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance (P&M) program is to assist Native Americans in ensuring the survival and continuing vitality of Native American languages. ANA is interested in supporting locally determined projects to reduce or eliminate community problems and achieve community goals. Funded projects reflect Specific, measureable, achievable, relevant and time-bound outcomes \and include specific strategies for achieving intended performance.

Culture, Language, preservation $100,000-$300,000 Indian Tribes, Pacific Islands, Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands... Link
High Energy Cost Grants (USDA) USDA

Applications are currently being accepted. The USDA Rural Development High Energy Costs Grant assists energy providers and other eligible entities in lowering energy costs for families and individuals in areas with extremely high per-household energy costs (275 percent of the national average or higher.) The funds may be used to finance the acquisition, construction or improvement of facilities serving eligible communities. NOTE: Program details may change over time. Before you begin an application, please confirm you have the most current information by emailing Rural Electric Program staff or consulting the program instructions listed in the section above titled "What Governs this Program?"

Energy conservation, Infrastructure, Community development $100,000-$3,000,000 National Link
EPA Region 4 Wetlands Program Development Grants EPA

Deadline unknown for 2017. Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs) 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. Implementation of wetland protection programs is not an eligible project under this announcement

Conservation, Wetlands, Scientific Data $100,000-$250,000 EPA region 4; South; Southeast Link
National Native Health Research Training Initiative IHS

Deadline passed as of October 30, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. This initiative will help build capacity and disseminate new and best practices for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) health research and promote Tribally-driven research activity through a variety of educational and training opportunities. Focus will be on the promotion of health research and related opportunities for AI/AN students, highlighting promising practices and practice-based approaches to improving the health of AI/AN people,and culture-based approaches to reducing health disparities between AI/AN people and the U.S. population. Other areas will focus on resilience and protective factors and their role in AI/AN health outcomes, innovative and culturally-based approaches to improving the health of AI/AN youth, and dissemination of study findings in AI/AN health science research to investigators and providers working in or with Tribal communities as well as Tribal leaders and health officials. Activities will include the planning, coordination, and hosting of research meetings and conferences, webinars, hosting of a website/webpage for dissemination of AI/AN health science research information, and other activities to be determined.

health services, management, training, medicine, health care $100,000-$225,000 United States, Indian Country Link
The AI for Earth Innovation RFP National Geographic Society, Microsoft's AI for Earth Program

Deadline Passed 10/08/2018. Deadline Unknown for 2019. The National Geographic Society (NGS) and Microsoft’s AI for Earth program are partnering to support the exploration of how AI can help us understand, engage, and protect the planet. The $1 million AI for Earth Innovation Grant will provide grants to 5-15 novel projects that improve the way we monitor, model, and ultimately manage Earth’s natural systems for a more sustainable future. The grants will support the creation and deployment of open source trained models and algorithms that are available to other environmental researchers and innovators and thereby have the potential to provide exponential impact. To qualify, applications should outline a proposal to use AI for conservation in at least one of the following core areas: Biodiversity conservation, climate change, agriculture, and water. Please note the RFP deadline and also the project timeline is different from other National Geographic grant programs. On the Eligibility Requirement popup, check the box for a 6 months later start date, so you can still access the Grants Portal. But in the application, input January 1, 2019 as your start date. Projects should be complete by December 31, 2019.

artificial intelligence, innovation, monitoring, climate modeling, management, natural resources, environment, sustainability $100,000-$200,000 National 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
Tribal Practices for Wellness In Indian Country Centers for Disease Control- NCCDPHP

Deadline Passed as of 2/20/2018. Deadline for 2019 Unknown. This 3-year Notice of Funding Opportunity supports tribal practices identified by tribal health leaders that build resiliency and connections to community, family, and culture, which over time, can reduce risk factors for chronic disease among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Recipients will include up to 14 American Indian Tribes, Alaska Native villages, or American Indian or Alaska Native tribally designated organizations. No more than two awards to tribes and tribal organizations will be made within a single Indian Health Service Area. Up to 14 Urban Indian Organizations will also be funded to address the same strategies for that portion of their patient populations that is American Indian and Alaska Native. Recipients will address these strategies: Connect cultural teachings to health and wellness, Seasonal cultural practices that support health and wellness, Social and cultural activities that promote community wellness,Collaborations that strengthen well-being, Intergenerational learning that supports well-being and resilience, Promote traditional healthy foods, Promote traditional and contemporary physical activities. The long-term goals are to reduce morbidity and mortality due to heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.

cultural practices, health and wellness, community wellness, intergenerational learning, resilience, traditional foods, chronic disease $100,000-$150,000 National Link
North American Wetlands Conservation Act 2020-2021 U.S. Standard Grants FWS

Deadline Passed 07/03/2019. Deadline Unknown for 2020. The U.S. Standard Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. Projects must involve only long-term protection, restoration, enhancement and/or establishment of wetland and associated upland habitats to benefit migratory birds. This program supports the DOI and FWS mission of protecting and managing the nation's natural resources by collaborating with partners and stakeholders to conserve land and water and to expand outdoor recreation and access.

wetlands, riparian zone, conservation, restoration, monitoring, migratory birds, wildlife, aviary, $100,000-$1,000,000 National, United States Link
Assistance to High Energy Cost Communities Department of Agriculture, Utilities Program

Deadline Passes December 11, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces the availability of up to $10 million in competitive grants to assist communities with extremely high energy costs. The grant funds may be used to acquire, construct, or improve energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities serving communities where the average annual residential expenditure for home energy exceeds 275% of the national average. Eligible projects also include on-grid and off-grid renewable energy projects and the implementation of energy efficiency and energy conservation projects for eligible communities. Projects cannot be for the primary benefit of a single household or business. Grant funds may not be used for the preparation of the grant application, payment of utility bills, fuel purchases, routine maintenance or other routine operating costs, or for the purchase of any equipment, structures, or real estate not directly associated with the provision of community energy services. See the Notice of Solicitation of Applications published October 12, 2017 at 82 FR 47446.

rural communities, high energy costs, construction, renewable energy, energy conservation $100,000- $3,000,000 National Link
Southern Rockies LCC Applied Science Funding Opportunity DOI, Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), WaterSMART

Deadline passed as of May 16, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. Proposed projects are expected to deliver new capabilities that address the priority resources identified and shared by Reclamation and the partners involved in the Southern Rockies LCC. Projects should focus on the geographic boundaries of the Southern Rockies LCC, use the best available science to develop knowledge, information, and tools, and lead to the enhanced management of priority resources that affect or are affected by water resources management in a changing climate within the Southern Rockies LCC. See website for complete list of science needs. Please note that tribal needs are an explicitly addressed as Science Need 7: Identify Tribal information needs related to conservation and management of natural and cultural resources.

Natural Resource Management, Conservation, Cultural Resource Management $100,000 ceiling Southwest 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
ETBR LCC 2013 Request for Proposals Targeting High Priority Knowledge Gap LCC

The Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) announced today a funding opportunity for research proposals that address high priority knowledge gaps associated with natural resource conservation and management across the nation’s heartland.Research projects under consideration for 2014 funding must address one or both of the following science themes as they relate to prairie restoration, river restoration, agroecology conservation practices and/or urban watershed management.

Conservation, Natural Resource Management $100,000 ceiling Northeast, Midwest 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
Farm Business Management and Benchmark Competitive Grants Program NIFA

Deadline passed as of April 17, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The Farm Business Management and Benchmarking (FBMB) Competitive Grants Program provides funds to (1) improve the farm management knowledge and skills of agricultural producers; and (2) establish and maintain a national, publicly available farm financial management database to support improved farm management.

agriculture, food sovereignty, food justice, nutrition, accessibility, fresh produce, human health, diet, noncommunicable disease, economy, local $100,000 - $500,000 National Link
NextGen 2019 Grant- RFP Ray C. Anderson Foundation

Deadline Passed 07/12/2019. Deadline Unknown for 2020. The Ray C. Anderson Foundation is a grantmaking Foundation committed to advancing the legacy of its namesake by supporting environmental sustainability initiatives. Ray’s five grandchildren, along with their spouses, comprise the NextGen Committee of the Foundation, which makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees for worthwhile grants and initiatives. In 2018, the NextGen Committee decided to focus its philanthropic efforts on programs to help address global warming. In September 2018, they awarded a $90,000 grant to Second Nature. Building upon the success of that process, and with the desire to increase the breadth of quality proposals, the Committee is issuing a new call for proposals for one $100,000 grant that can help reverse global warming.

greenhouse gas emissions, climate education, communication, engagement $100,000 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
BLM Idaho Wildland Urban Interface Community Fire Assistance DOI, BLM

Deadline Passed 8/26/2018. Deadline Unknown for 2019. BLM has an opportunity to work with a partner organization to assist with Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Community Fire Assistance established by the Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Act to allow the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to enter into financial assistance agreements with local communities to reduce the risk and impact of catastrophic wildfires. This program is in support of protecting the American family, putting America back to work, and creating a conservation stewardship legacy second only to Teddy Roosevelt by providing an opportunity to support planning and implementation of hazardous fuels reduction projects in Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas and education and outreach programs that help create fire adapted communities and resilient landscapes.

wildfires, conservation, stewardship, education, wildfire prevention, hazardous fuels reduction, adaptation $100,000 Idaho Link
BLM OR/WA Plant Conservation and Restoration Master Funding Opportunity BLM OR/WA

Deadline Passed 08/27/2019. Deadline Unknown for 2020. The Plant Conservation and Restoration Management Program was created in response to large-scale wildfires in the Western U.S. Because of a lack of native seed, in 2001 Congress directed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to establish a native plant material program and recommended that federal and non-federal partners coordinate efforts through the Plant Conservation Alliance established in 1994 (House Report 106-914). The Plant Conservation Program provides leadership in identifying, maintaining, and restoring Western native plant communities on public lands. 

conservation, wildlife, biodiversity, native species, endangered, recovery, restoration, habitat, policy $10,000-$850,000 Oregon Washington Link

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