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 Category Funding Amountsort descending Geography Website
Bureau of Indian Affairs Invasive Species (IS) Program Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

Last deadline passed January 17, 2017. Notice of funding has not been announced for 2018.

Invasive Species Midwest, West, Pacific Northwest, East, Southeast, Alaska, Southwest, Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, Southern Plains, Navajo, Eastern Oklahoma. Link
Request for Proposals: Innovative Approaches to Ecological Drought Northwest Climate Science Center

Through this solicitation, the NW CSC is seeking innovative projects to help us assess which ecosystem components and ecological processes are most vulnerable to pronounced water deficiencies and to test or demonstrate new methods or technologies intended to lessen or adapt to the ecological impacts of drought. Study areas should be located in the region serviced by the NW CSC (Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and western Montana). Collaboration with federal, state, tribal, and other resource-management organizations that may apply the project results and products is strongly encouraged. For more information and to download the funding announcement, visit: https://my.usgs.gov/rfpManager/event/show/48399.

Drought, ecosystems, ecology Northwest Link
Scenario Planning to Advance Safety Culture and Minimize Risk in Offshore Oil and Gas Operations National Academies of Sciences: Gulf Research Program

RFP closed--letters of intent due Feb 2016; full applications April 2016. These grants will support projects that seek to break new ground to address an old or a new problem through innovation. By innovation, we mean the development of new approaches, technologies, or methods and/or the application of new expertise through the engagement of novel, non-traditional disciplinary or cross-sectoral perspectives. Responsive grants could include research, methods development, or approaches for translating or applying scientific evidence to decision making. These grants are modeled on the National Science Foundation’s Early concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER). They are not intended for incremental research in well-studied areas. A Letter of Intent is required for this funding opportunity.

Southeast Link
Climate Change Adaptation- Tribal Liaison BIA, DOI

RFP closed. The Secretary of the Interior (Secretary), through the Office of Trust Services, hereby solicits cooperative agreement/co-operative agreement proposals from tribal non-profit, non-governmental organizations, tribally controlled colleges or universities serving management fields impacted by climate change to enter into a cooperative agreement for the identification and hiring of tribal climate science liaisons to address tribal climate change science needs. This agreement provides a mechanism for the BIA to provide the Tribal Organization with non-recurring funding for mutually agreed upon tasks in keeping with the climate science needs of the BIA and all tribal communities in the respective region (per boundaries of U.S. Geological Survey Climate Science Centers see map of CSCs).

Tribal Liaison, BIA, Climate Adaptation National Link
CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTION-TRIBAL LIAISONS FOR 3 REGIONS ONLY DOI, BIA

Dadline passed as of August 26, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. The Secretary of the Interior (Secretary), through the Office of Trust Services, hereby solicits proposals from tribal non-profit, non-governmental organizations, and tribally controlled colleges or universities, to enter into 3 separate cooperative agreements for the identification and hiring of 3 tribal climate science liaisons in the Midwest region, the North Central region and the combined Northeast/Southeast region (see location information under the link description) to address tribal climate change science needs in the appropriate science centers. This agreement provides a mechanism for the BIA to provide the Tribal organization with non-recurring funding for mutually agreed upon tasks in keeping with the climate science needs of the BIA and all tribal communities in the North Central Climate Science Center region (see map of DOI Climate Science Centers).

BIA, Climate adaptation, Tribal Liaison, Job Opportunity, North Central CSC, Southwest CSC North Central CSC, Southwest CSC, National Link
Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2017 OEERE

The FOA will provide grants to federal agencies for the following three topic areas:
Combined heat and power, Renewable energy, Energy efficiency deep retrofits.

renewable energy, self sufficiency, tribal programming United States Link
National Forest Foundation Travel Scholarships National Forest Foundation

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The National Forest Foundation is pleased to offer an exciting opportunity for recent grant recipients to leverage their conservation impact. NFF grant recipients are eligible to submit an application to receive free round trip e-Passes anywhere that Southwest Airlines flies in the continental US and Puerto Rico. Recipients can use e-Passes to travel to workshops, trainings, conferences, or other similar events or activities related to the NFF's Mission: Engaging Americans in promoting the health and public enjoyment of our National Forests. Applicant organizations must have received an NFF grant between 2012 and 2018 and be in good standing with no overdue reports or other deliverables. All travel must occur before January 10, 2019. 

conservation, funding, conference, research, consortium, travel National Link
WCS Climate Adaptation Fund Wildlife Conservation Society

Grants will be 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 for climate adaptation at a landscape scale.

climate change, adaptation, mitigation, conservation, landscape, region, planning, policy United States, International (US Territories) Link
Underrepresented Community Grants (National Parks Service) NPS

Deadline passed as of July 31, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. In FY2017, Congress appropriated $500,000 for grants that support survey, inventory, and designation of historic properties in underrepresented communities. Eligible projects will must result in the submission of a new nomination to the National Register/National Historic Landmark, or an amendment to an existing NR/NHL nomination to include the underrepresented community.

National Link
Volkswagen (VW) Clean Air Act Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund National Tribal Air Association 09/01/2018

On October 2, 2017 (The Trust Effective Date, or TED), the United States District Court approved the final Mitigation Trust Agreements, completing the settlement with automaker Volkswagen AG (VW), to resolve allegations that VW violated the Clean Air Act (CAA) by selling diesel-engine cars that produced excess emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx). The Mitigation Trust Agreements are designed to reduce NOx emissions from other diesel engine vehicles, thereby mitigating the effects of the VW violations. All 567 federally-recognized Tribes can apply for beneficiary status.

NOx emission reduction, mitigation National Link
Oregon Environmental Quality Incentives Program USDA

Deadline Passed as of 3/16/2018. Deadline Unknown for 2019. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to plan and implement conservation practices that improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related natural resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland. Eligible program participants receive financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices, or activities like conservation planning, that address natural resource concerns on their land. Payments are made to participants after conservation practices and activities identified in an EQIP plan of operations are implemented. Contracts can last up to ten years in duration.

agriculture, conservation planning, natural resources Oregon Link
Washington Environmental Quality Incentives Program USDA

Deadline Passed as of 3/16/2018. Deadline Unknown for 2019. EQIP provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in order to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation or improved or created wildlife habitat. Eligible program participants receive financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices, or activities like conservation planning, that address natural resource concerns on their land. Payments are made to participants after conservation practices and activities identified in an EQIP plan of operations are implemented. Contracts can last up to ten years in duration.

natural resources, agriculture, water and air quality, conservation, Washington 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
Watershed Implementation DOI, BOR

Deadline Passed as of 3/1/2018. Deadline for 2019 Unknown. Funding Opportunity #: BOR-MP-18-F004. The Bureau of Reclamation intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), for grants/cooperative agreements for the following program: The Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA), 1992, Public Law 102-575, Title 34, 3406 (b)(1) and 3406 (b)(23) . The main objectives of the CVPIA for Fiscal Year 2018 is to be able to demonstrate a high probability of contributing to recovery of anadromous species, especially through mitigation of existing threats or factors inhibiting recovery of the species. Open announcement of grants/cooperative agreements opportunities through the CVPIA would facilitate meeting these objectives. Additional, information about the Trinity River Restoration Program (TRRP) can be found online at: http://www.trrp.net. Successful applicants will enter into a financial assistance agreement with Reclamation. Period of Performance will not exceed 5 years from date of issuance. System for Award Management (SAM) applies to this FOA. Prospective recipients must be registered on the SAM database or offeror is ineligible for an award. Information on SAM registration can be obtained via the Internet at http://www.sam.gov. The FOA must be downloaded at the grants.gov website.

anadromous species, mitigation, restoration Texas Link
3D Elevation Program (3DEP) DOI, Geological Survey 09/30/2018

Funding Opportunity #: G17AS00116. DEP was developed to respond to needs for high-quality topographic data and for a wide range of other three-dimensional representations of the Nation's natural and constructed features. This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is issued to facilitate the collection of lidar and derived elevation data for the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP). The BAA continues the USGS's long-standing approach to elevation data acquisition through a combination of contracting through the USGS Geospatial Products and Services Contracts (GPSC) and partner acquisitions. The BAA is meant to provide increased visibility to these existing processes for data acquisition partnerships to the broadest stakeholder community possible.

topographic data, elevation data acquisition, research National Link
FY2018 AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants Corporation for National and Community Service Corporation for National and Community Service

Deadline Passed 5/02/2018. Deadline Unknown for 2019. AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen communities. An AmeriCorps member is an individual who engages in community service through an approved national service position. Members may receive a living allowance and other benefits while serving. Upon successful completion of their service, members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust that members can use to pay for higher education expenses or apply to qualified student loans.

community service, disaster prevention and relief, education, employment, labor, training, environment National Link
Evaluating the Effects of Traditional Harvest and Climate on Common Camas (Camassia quamash) in Weippe Prairie, Idaho

"Common camas (Camassia quamash) is a culturally important wetland plant, used as a staple food source by many indigenous peoples of western North America for thousands of years. Camas populations were once widespread, but conversion of wetland prairies to agriculture has led to declines in suitable habitat. Edible camas bulbs were traditionally harvested by digging the bulbs from soil, and it has been hypothesized that this process can result in an increase in the number of camas plants growing in harvested areas. Given that camas depends on seasonally wet prairies, climate and water balance are also likely drivers of camas population density fluctuations. To better understand the influences on camas populations, I conducted an experiment at the Weippe Prairie, Idaho historical site to evaluate the strength of treatment effects of simulated traditional harvest practices, including harvest, fire, and a combination of harvest and fire on three reproductive classes of common camas plants. I considered these impacts on native and non-native prairie grasses, litter, and bare ground as well. My experiment was conducted alongside of a longer-term camas population monitoring program. I used a 10-year set of camas density and flowering rate observations to analyze responses of camas to climatic and hydrological variables including average departure from 30-year means of precipitation, and minimum and maximum temperature, as well as water balance values including minimum soil moisture, actual evapotranspiration, and water deficit. I also evaluated the effects of elevation and topographic wetness index on camas densities within the study area. Study results indicate that both harvesting practices and climactic variation can have significant impacts on camas plant productivity and reproduction, and can maintain favorable growing conditions."

traditional resources, camas, land management, climate change impacts, harvest practices, monitoring, restoration Idaho Link
CDC Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response Applied Research (PHEPRAR) CDC

Deadline Passed 05/17/2018. Deadline Unknown for 2019. OPHPR aims to support innovative research to improve the ability of CDC and its partners, especially state and local health departments, to effectively prepare for and respond to public health emergencies and disasters. Research topics were identified and prioritized through a systematic process, based on the needs of OPHPR. Topic areas in this solicitation are as follows (refer to the announcement for detailed explanations and requirements): Topic 1: Determining Requirements to Ensure Entities Have Effectively Inactivated Biological Select Agents and Regulated Nucleic Acids. Topic 2: Utility of the National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI) for State and Local Public Health Preparedness Activities. Topic 3: Incident Management Systems (IMS) Promising Measures of Performance and Effectiveness. Topic 4: Evidence-Based Interventions to Mitigate Adverse Impacts on At-Risk Populations. Topic 5: Identifying Information Needs and Communication Channels for Reaching At-Risk Populations during Emergencies

research, health, public health, emergency preparedness, management, mitigation, at-risk populations National Link
International Engagement Ready Communities Competition USDOE

Deadline passed as of June 12, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. This program is designed to support empirical research on successful international engagement strategies and develop best practice reports and a competitiveness assessment tool. These elements will be incorporated into a user-friendly economic development organization (EDO) toolkit and training guide to help local communities assess and increase their ability to become globally competitive while enhancing their trade and FDI promotion activities.

economy, global trade, business, support, planning, policy, management, growth, infrastructure $600,000 National Link
Building Capacity for Science Communication: Partnership Awards National Academy of Sciences

Deadline passed as of June 1, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. The National Academy of Sciences is offering two awards of $37,500 each to support the development of collaborative science communication researcher-practitioner partnerships. These awards are intended to facilitate projects that pursue research interests aligned with the recently released report, Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda.

agencies, tribes, collaboration, partnership, partner science, climate science, science communication, cross-agency, implementation, research Two awards of $37,500 are available. National Link
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Food Safety Challenge Area USDA, NIFA

Deadline passed as of June 21, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown.This AFRI Challenge Area promotes and enhances the scientific discipline of food safety, with an overall aim of protecting consumers from microbial and chemical contaminants that may occur during all stages of the food chain, from production to consumption. This requires an understanding of the interdependencies of human, animal, and ecosystem health as it pertains to foodborne pathogens. The long-term outcome for this program is to support the development and deployment of science based knowledge to improve the safety and nutritional quality of food without sacrificing flavor, acceptability, and affordability. In order to achieve this outcome, this program will support multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants that address the Program Area Priority, Effective Mitigation Strategies for Antimicrobial Resistance (see Food Safety RFA for details).

Food Safety, Food Security, Community Development, Sustainable Agriculture, infrastructure, distribution, foundation, sustainability $0 - $1,200,000 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
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area NIFA

Deadline passed as of August 2, 2017 Deadline for 2018 unknown. This AFRI Challenge Area focuses on multidisciplinary systems approaches, which integrate new technologies and strategic management that solve water availability and quality challenges in food production systems. The long-term goal of this program is to sustainably increase agricultural productivity and availability of safe and nutritious food while significantly reducing water use and preserving water quality. The projects are expected to transform how abundant, safe, and nutritious food is produced, processed, distributed, and consumed within the limits of available water from traditional and non-traditional sources. Applications are invited from eligible entities to submit integrated Research, Education and/or Extension projects in two specific grant types: Coordinated Agricultural Projects (CAP) and Strengthening (Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement) CAP grants — see Water for Food Production Systems RFA for details.

food security, water, irrigation, resources, conservation, sustainability, infrastructure, management, planning, policy, farm, food, local economy, accessibility $0 - $5,200,000 National Link
WaterSMART Drought Response Program: Drought Contingency Planning Bureau of Reclamation

Deadline Passed as of 2/13/2018. Deadline for 2019 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 Drought Contingency Planning with Reclamation to build resilience to drought in advance of a crisis. Applicants under this FOA may request funding to develop a new drought plan or to update an existing drought plan (collectively, Drought Contingency Plans). Applicants may also request technical assistance from Reclamation for the development of elements of the Drought Contingency Plan (Project).

drought, contingency planning, resilience $0-$200,000 National Link
Fertile Ground Grant Program Seeds of Native Health, AHA, AICAF

Deadline Passed 12/19/2017. Deadline for 2018 Unknown.The new Fertile Ground Grant Program funds tribes, Native advocates, Native youth, and Native-led organizations to create sustainable community health improvements through nutrition and food sovereignty efforts. The grants of up to $35,000 will provide support for:

  • Native-led convenings to identify community health priorities
  • Advocacy and policy strategies that address improving health outcomes
  • Access to healthy food
  • Food sovereignty work rooted in tradition, culture, and Indigenous knowledge.

The program is funded by $100,000 from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community through its Seeds of Native Health philanthropic campaign and $100,000 from the AHA through its Voices for Healthy Kids campaign. AICAF will serve as the intermediary partner and administer the program.

nutrition, food sovereignty, community health, tradition, culture, indigenous knowledge $0-$35,000 National Link
Earth System, Technology, and Energy Education for MUREP (ESTEEM) NASA

Deadline passed as of January 10, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. NASA’s Office of Education Earth Systems, Technology, and Energy Education for MUREP (ESTEEM) solicits proposals from Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), as identified by the U .S. Department of Education, to strengthen institutional capacity in conducting STEM undergraduate degree seeking programs with a focus on Earth System Science (ESS )and Climate Resiliency and enhance pre-service secondary education STEM preparation. Within ESS, focus areas are atmospheric composition, weather, climate variability and changes, water and energy cycle, carbon cycle and ecosystems, and earth surface and interior.

Notice of Intent to propose due November 10, 2016 (DATE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
higher education, climate change, STEM sciences, adaptation, resilience $1,000,000 National Link
Native American Business Development Institute (NABDI) Feasibility Study Program NABDI 07/09/2018

The Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), through its Native American Business Development Institute (NABDI), is soliciting proposals from federally recognized American Indian Tribes and Alaska federally recognized Tribal entities for technical assistance funding to hire consultants to perform feasibility studies of economic development opportunities. These feasibility studies will empower American Indian Tribes/Alaska federally recognized Tribal entities and Tribal businesses to make informed decisions regarding their economic futures. Feasibility studies may concern the viability of an economic development project or business or the practicality of a technology a Tribe or entity may choose to pursue. 

economy, business, development, infrastructure, growth, technology, energy $1,000-$100,000. National Link
2017 National Conservation Innovation Grants APF DOI, FWS

Last Known Deadline 1/9/2017. Deadline for 2019 Unknown. The Coastal Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides technical and financial assistance to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. The Coastal Program is not a conventional grants program, in that it does not solicit projects through a request for proposals. Instead project work plans are developed strategically, in coordination with partners, and with substantial involvement from Service field staff. Projects must advance our mission, promote biological diversity, and be based upon sound scientific biological principles. The Coastal Program - Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding is available to coastal areas within the U.S. portion of the Great Lakes basin which includes parts of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.

Conservation, Water, Wildlife, Coastal, Anishnaabeg, marine resources, water health, biodiversity, habitat, restoration, management, $1,000-$200,000 Northeast, Great Lakes 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
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

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