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 "12/31/2021" 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 Amount Geography Website
Clean School Bus Rebates EPA 08/19/2022

Applications Due: August 19, 2022. EPA’s new Clean School Bus Program is providing $500 million in funding to replace existing school buses with zero-emission and low-emission models. Beginning June 8 through August 10, EPA will be hosting a series of webinars on who is eligible, who is prioritized, and how to apply for the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates. Learn more and apply here.

Clean energy, transportation, zero-emission, education Varies. National Link
Nutrition Security for Indigenous Youth Newman's Own Foundation 08/26/2022

Applications Due: August 26, 2022. In collaboration with Tahoma Peak Solutions, a Native woman-owned firm focused on empowering and building up communities in Indian Country, Newman’s Own Foundation has issued a request for proposals built on the strengths of Native communities to enhance nutrition security for Native youth. Examples of projects include but are not limited to: coalition building and goal setting; advocacy, education, and relationship building with key stakeholders and policy makers; gardens at youth centers and schools; youth culture camps focusing on traditional foods and/or gardening; educational sessions on traditional food cultures, harvesting, processing, and foodways; internship programs that develop Native youth leadership; support for Native youth attendance at relevant conferences or convenings; development of related programming at meetings or conferences; and films, storytelling, and art related to Native youth and food. The deadline to submit the eligibility quiz is August 26, 2022, with applications due September 15, 2022. Learn more and apply here.

Agriculture, food security, traditional foods, youth $20,000 to $50,000 National Link
Restoring Tribal Priority Fish Passage through Barrier Removal Grants NOAA Fisheries 08/29/2022

Applications Due: August 29, 2022. $12 million in funding is available to implement fish passage work and build tribal organizational capacity in FY2022 under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act). NOAA received Tribal input to inform this specific funding opportunity, which will support Tribes, Tribal commissions, and Tribal consortia in building Tribal organizational capacity and implementing projects that reopen migratory pathways and restore access to healthy habitat for Tribally-important species. NOAA will accept proposals between $300,000 and $5 million. Learn more and apply here.

Tribally-important species, dam removals, sustainable fisheries, endangered species, conservation, watershed health $300,000 - $5,000,000 National Link
Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience NOAA 09/06/2022

Applications Due: September 6, 2022. The principal objective of this solicitation is to support $85 million of transformational projects that restore marine, estuarine, coastal, or Great Lakes ecosystems, using approaches that enhance community and ecosystem resilience to climate hazards. Funding will prioritize habitat restoration actions that: demonstrate significant impacts; rebuild productive and sustainable fisheries; contribute to the recovery and conservation of threatened and endangered species; promote climate-resilient ecosystems, especially in tribal or underserved communities; and improve economic vitality, including local employment. Learn more and apply here.

Coastal restoration, marine areas, estuaries, fisheries, conservation, climate resilience $1,000,000 - $15,000,000 National Link
National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program USDA 09/09/2022

Applications Due: September 9, 2022. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing the availability of up to $17 million in funds in the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program (NADPRP) to support projects in topic areas including, but not limited to: Develop, enhance, and exercise state and Tribal animal disease outbreak emergency response plans; Support livestock and poultry biosecurity; enhance animal disease traceability for a disease outbreak; Support outreach and education on animal disease prevention, preparedness, and response topics. Learn more and apply here.

Agriculture, livestock disease preparedness, education Varies. National Link
Tribal Engagement in Regional Ocean Partnership Priorities NOAA 09/13/2022

Applications Due: September 13, 2022. NOAA announced the availability of approximately $1 million for federally-recognized Tribes to support tribal participation in or engagement with existing regional ocean partnerships, with funding provided through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This Tribal funding complements a separate funding program for established regional ocean partnerships, which seeks to enhance and sustain the efforts of the established partnerships to coordinate inter-state and inter-Tribal management of ocean and coastal management issues. This Tribal engagement funding opportunity focuses on encouraging or enhancing Tribal participation with established regional ocean partnerships, and/or Tribal activities related to partnership priority actions. Learn more and apply here.

Ocean and coastal management, Tribal leadership, regional ocean partnerships $50,000 - $200,000 National Link
Coastal Habitat Restoration and Resilience Grants for Underserved Communities NOAA 09/30/2022

Applications Due: September 30, 2022. The principal objective of this solicitation is to support $10 million of opportunities for underserved communities, tribes, and/or tribal entities to meaningfully engage in coastal habitat restoration activities. Through this funding opportunity, NOAA intends to support capacity building and restoration project activities that have the greatest potential to lead to habitat restoration that enhances resilience of underserved communities in marine, estuarine, coastal, and Great Lakes areas. Learn more and apply here.

Coastal habitat restoration, capacity building, equity, environmental justice $75,000 - $1,000,000 National Link
Marine Debris Removal NOAA 09/30/2022

Applications Due: September 30, 2022. The overall objective of this $28 million funding opportunity is to make tangible, beneficial impacts to coastal and marine habitats and communities across a broad geographic scale, through a variety of marine debris removal methods. While there are a number of effective ways to address the sources and impacts of marine debris, this funding opportunity focuses on two distinct priorities aimed at making the largest measurable impact: 1) the development of large scale and high-value marine debris removal programs (hereafter “partnerships”) that can be responsive to local and regional marine debris removal needs, with a focus on large marine debris; and 2) the implementation of projects that use proven interception technologies that capture marine debris at or close to known marine debris sources or pathways. Learn more and apply here.

Marine conservation, debris removal, technological solutions, innovation, coastal restoration $100,000 - $15,000,000 National Link
Tribal Energy Plan Grant Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund 10/07/2022

Applications Due: October 7, 2022. The Tribal Energy Plan Grant program is open until funding is fully subscribed. Applicants may apply for funding up to $25,000 for up to one year. The development of Tribal Energy Plans are intended to help tribal communities quickly and efficiently triage the known practical and impactful strategies to reduce greenhouse gas, reduce energy costs, and operate more sustainably. The grants can be used to compensate the planning team for their time, contract the services of consultants or other third-party experts, and cover the costs of public meetings and other methods soliciting public input. Learn more and apply here.

Climate resilience, mitigation, research, adaptation, capacity building Varies. California Link
Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant NOAA Fisheries 10/31/2022

Applications Due: October 31, 2022. NOAA Fisheries is accepting applications for the Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Competition. This funding will support the promotion, development and marketing of U.S. fisheries. Awards maximum is $300,000. Learn more and apply here.

Fisheries development, aquaculture, community participation, sustainability Up to $300,000 National Link
National Fish Passage Program DOI, FWS 12/30/2022

Applications Due: December 30, 2022. The National Fish Passage Program (NFPP) is a voluntary program that provides direct technical and financial assistance to partners. NFPP aims to maintain or increase fish populations in order to improve ecosystem resiliency and to provide quality fishing experiences for the American people. Example project types include dam removals, culvert replacements, and the installation of fishways. Learn more and apply here.

Habitat restoration, fish passage, dam removals, infrastructure modernization $500 - $2,000,000 National Link
Business and Industry Loan Guarantees USDA 12/31/2022

Rolling Deadline. This program bolsters the availability of private credit by guaranteeing loans for rural businesses.

Rural areas, business development, credit, local economy Up to $25 million Rural Areas Link
Climate Action Fund Grant Rainforest Action Network 12/31/2022

Rolling Deadline. The Climate Action Fund (CAF) was established in 2009 to award small grants to frontline community groups that are fighting to prevent fossil fuels from being extracted and/or the construction of large point sources of greenhouse gas emissions. CAF is a grassroots alternative to carbon offset programs. Instead of purchasing carbon credits, funds will be used to empower frontline communities to keep fossil fuels in the ground where they belong. Grants generally do not exceed $2,500. Learn more and apply here.

Climate action, social justice, community involvement, activism Up to $2,500 North and South America Link
Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program USDA 12/31/2022

Rolling Deadline. This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.

housing, infrastructure, facilities, rural Grants and Loans available. Award amount varies. United States Link
DOE Office of Indian Energy : On-Request Technical Assistance DOE 12/31/2022

Rolling Deadline. Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages can apply annually to receive on-request technical assistance with energy planning; housing, building energy efficiency, and resilience; project development; village power; and policy and regulation. Assistance is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy and its national laboratories, along with other partnering organizations, at no cost.

sustainability, climate change, energy, emissions, infrastructure, development, planning, policy, technical assistance Varies. National Link
Local Governments Reimbursement Program EPA 12/31/2022

Rolling Deadline. In the event of a release (or threatened release) of hazardous substances, EPA may reimburse local governments for expenses related to the release and associated emergency response measures. The Local Governments Reimbursement Program provides a "safety net" of up to $25,000 per incident to local governments that do not have funds available to pay for response actions.

Emergency Management, Disaster, Adaptation, Health, Natural Resources Up to $25,000 per incident Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) NSF 12/31/2022

Rolling Deadline. 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
Potlatch Resiliency Fund Potlatch Fund 12/31/2022

Rolling Deadline. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Native communities, the Potlatch Resiliency Fund seeks to protect our way of life by funding resiliency actions that create hope, social connection, adaption, flexibility and purpose. This fund will provide grants that support general operating funds, projects, and artists. For more information and to apply, click here.

Resilience, COVID-19, art, community involvement Grants will be awarded in two amounts: $10,000 and $15,000, based on funding eligibility. Oregon, Washington, Idaho, or Montana Link
Supporting Economic Development in Indigenous Communities. U.S. Economic Development Administration. EDA 12/31/2022

Rolling Deadline. Through the Indigenous Communities program, EDA is allocating $100 million in American Rescue Plan funding specifically for Indigenous communities, which were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. EDA will support these important partners to develop and execute economic development projects that they need to recover from the pandemic and build economies for the future. A wide range of technical, planning, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and public works and infrastructure projects are eligible for funding under this program. Indigenous communities are also eligible and encouraged to apply under all of EDA’s other programs. For more information on how to apply, visit: https://eda.gov/arpa/indigenous/.

Tribal economic development, COVID-19, infrastructure, entrepreneurship, workforce development, public works National Link
A Cooperative Agreement for Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Competition NOAA

Deadline passed. Most recent deadline: 05/24/2021. The NOAA Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Program (CAMP) supports research, programs, projects and other activities related to NOAA’s mission, primarily through collaborations among scientists and professionals in areas of mutual interest across the full spectrum of NOAA climate sciences. This cooperative agreement will focus on the following four priority areas: 1) Improved scientific understanding of the changing climate system and its impacts; 2) Scientific assessments of current and future states of the climate system that identify potential impacts and inform science, service, and stewardship decisions; 3) Mitigation and adaptation efforts supported by sustained, reliable, and timely climate services; 4) A climate-literate public that understands its vulnerabilities to a changing climate and makes informed decisions. Eligible applicants must be academic institutions of higher learning which offer doctoral degrees in NOAA-related sciences; consortia of academic institutions of higher learning which offer doctoral degrees in NOAA-related sciences; or non-profit research institutions. Multi-institution applications will not be accepted.

climate, mitigation, adaptation $30,000,000 - $50,000,000 National Link
FY 2021 Energizing Insular Communities Grant Program DOI

Deadline passed. Most recent deadline: 6/30/2021. The Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) is requesting proposals for its Energizing Insular Communities (EIC) Program which provides grant funding for sustainable energy strategies that mitigate climate change, reduce reliance and expenditures on imported fuels, develop and utilize domestic energy sources, and improve the performance of energy infrastructure and overall energy efficiency in the territories.

Energy efficiency, energy infrastructure, sustainability, climate change, rural $8,500,000 National Link
MET Mini Grant Program NOAA, NMFS

Deadline passed. Most recent deadline: 2/21/2021. Funding Opportunity #: NOAA-NMFS-PIRO-2018-2005476. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA/NMFS) is soliciting competitive applications for the 2018 Pacific Islands Region Marine Education and Training (MET) Mini-Grant Program. Projects are being solicited to improve communication, education, and training on marine resource issues throughout the region and increase scientific education for marine-related professions among coastal community residents, including indigenous Pacific islanders, Native Hawaiians and other underrepresented groups in the region.

communication, education, training, marine resources up to $15,000 Pacific Islands/Hawaii, West Coast Link
Rural Business Development Grants USDA

Deadline passed. Application deadlines vary by state. Check with your local program staff. RBDG is a competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas that have fewer than 50 employees and less than $1 million in gross revenues. Programmatic activities are separated into enterprise or opportunity type grant activities.

small business, rural business, family-owned, private business, rural communities Grants range from $10,000 up to $500,000. United States Link
Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant Program USDA

Deadline passed. Most recent deadline: 03/31/2019. The Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program provides funding for rural projects through local utility organizations. USDA provides zero-interest loans to local utilities which they, in turn, pass through to local businesses (ultimate recipients) for projects that will create and retain employment in rural areas. The ultimate recipients repay the lending utility directly. The utility is responsible for repayment to USDA.

Economic Development, Rural Development, Grants and Loans Up to $300,000 in grants may be requested to establish the RLF Up to 10 percent of grant funds may be applied toward operating expenses over the life of the RLF Up to $2 million in loans may be requested National Link
Strengthening Partnerships and Engaging Networks The Gulf Research Program

Deadline passed. Most recent deadline: 7/20/2021. The Gulf Research Program (GRP) is seeking projects from Communities of Practice (CoP) that work in the area of climate adaptation or disaster resilience to build the knowledge base and capacity of their members to apply an equity lens to their activities in order to address the needs and challenges of communities that are disproportionately at risk from climate hazards or other disasters.

climate hazards, communities Up to $1.0 million Link
The Employees Community Fund (ECF) of The Boeing Company Boeing

Deadline passed. Application deadlines dependent on state requirements. Qualifying charitable or educational organizations can apply for grants from the Employees Community Fund (ECF) of The Boeing Company, which has been empowering employees to pool their tax-deductible donations for greater impact for more than 60 years. Employee advisory boards work to locally distribute combined employee donations, which are made through recurring payroll deductions or one-time gifts, to nonprofits in their community. Boeing pays all administrative costs so 100 percent of every employee dollar helps strengthen local communities. ECF grants have gone toward community projects such as aiding the homeless, stocking food banks, helping at-risk children succeed in school, providing job training for the unemployed, funding critical health services, supporting veterans programs and more.

climate change, environmental protection, conservation, community, human health, social justice Varies. United States, International Link
Tribal Clean Air Act EPA

Deadline passed. Most recent deadline: 2/19/2021. EPA Region 9 anticipates awarding approximately 30 grants to federally-recognized tribes within the Region 9 geographic area for funding tribal air pollution control programs, air quality education and assessment projects, and the development of tribal air program capacity.

clean air, air pollution, education It is expected that the awards will range from $50,000 to $120,000. Pacific Southwest Link
University of Arizona Haury Tribal Resilience Initiative Recruitment Grants. University of Arizona

Deadline passed. Deadline for 2022 unknown. The Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice in 2020 announced its new Tribal Resilience Initiative (TRI). Special consideration will be given to applications to support hiring of scholars (1) whose work addresses the severe water access challenges that face Native American and Indigenous communities, especially those facing Native American communities within Arizona; and (2) to scholars who have significant expertise or experience that relates to tribal customs and governance, and to traditional knowledge, and ways of approaching resilience challenges of Native American and Indigenous communities that respect both. The Haury Program will award up to ten one-time grants in Spring of 2021 to support the recruitment of scholars whose teaching, scholarship, or outreach centers on matters relevant to Native American and Indigenous resilience. Each one-time award will be for $18,000 to be used to support the position, or to support a research assistant for the awardee.

Scholars, water, tribal governance, traditional knowledge $18,000 National Link
Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity FY 2022 USDA Forest Service

Deadline passed. Most recent deadline: January 19, 2022. Wood Innovations Grants are making a difference across the country. From funding for advanced computer numerical control systems that can produce state-of-the-art prefabricated mass timber building materials, to renewable energy systems that run on wood chips, these grants are helping address critical issues like climate change and helping sustain local economies. Learn more and apply here.

wood energy, wood products, hazardous fuels reduction, forest health, forest management, economic health, environmental health The maximum for each award is $250,000. National Link
1994 Tribal College Extension Special Emphasis (TCEP-SE) USDA, NIFA

Deadline passed. Most recent deadline: 4/30/2020. The purpose of the TCEP is to enable 1994 institutions to deliver science-based, culturally relevant extension education programs designed to address public needs and improve quality of life. The TCEP is intended to be a component of the applicant 1994 institution's land-grant roadmap or strategic planning process. To the extent practicable, priorities should reflect NIFA's national critical needs areas: 1) Development of sustainable energy; 2) Increased global food security; 3) Adaptation of agriculture and natural resources to global climate change; 4) Reduction of childhood and adolescent obesity; and 5) Improved food safety.

tribal college extension program, sustainable energy, global food security, adaptation, agriculture, natural resources, climate change, food safety $40,000-$200,000 National Link

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