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 Amount Geography Website
The Employees Community Fund (ECF) of The Boeing Company Boeing

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. UNites States, International Link
The George Gund Foundation Grants The George Gund Foundation

Deadline Passed as of 3/15/2018. Deadline for 2019 Unknown. Gund is interested in using cities to address climate change, giving to support clean energy, green business, smart growth and city sustainability. The foundation has a very strong focus on Cleveland, but still gives quite a bit to national or regional projects that share its interests. Groups in the region should take definitely note, but those outside shouldn't necessarily rule it out.

climate change, adaptation, mitigation, conservation, planning, policy, sustainability Varies. National Link
WaterSMART Grants: Water Marketing Strategy Grants DOI

Deadline Passed 07/17/2018. Deadline Unknown for 2019. The objective of this FOA is to invite states, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation to develop a water marketing strategy to increase water supply reliability. Applicants under this FOA may request funding to develop a water marketing strategy (Project) to establish or expand water markets or water marketing.

water, health, restoration, water rights, jurisdiction, government, plannign, policy, sustainability, access, conservation, adaptation, mitigation Up to $400,000. Western United States. Link
WaterSMART: Cooperative Watershed Management Program (CWMP) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Bureau of Reclamation (BOR)

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

Watershed Restoration, Planning $100,000 West Link
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
"Supporting Resilient Coastal Communities in a Changing Climate" Competition NOAA, COCA

DEadline oassed as of OCtober 24, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown.The Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA) program addresses the needs of decision-makers dealing with pressing climate-related issues in coastal and marine environments. The program is designed to support interdisciplinary teams of researchers in the development and transition of climate-related research and information to advance decision-making in coastal communities and coastal and marine ecosystems. For the FY17 competition, we define “coastal communities” as one or more coastal counties, cities, towns, neighborhoods, tribes, etc. Tribes or indigenous communities do not need to be federally recognized in order to be eligible for this funding opportunity. Outcomes of COCA projects inform the response and coping capacity of decision-making and management communities to climate variability and change.

climate resources, climate education, research, coastal resource management, sustainability, restoration COCA intends to support projects up to $300,000 for up to two years. National Link
16th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet - Safe and Sustainable Water Resources EPA

Deadline Passed 12/13/2018. Deadline Unknown for 2019. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – as part of its People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Award Program – is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, design, and demonstrate solutions to real world challenges. The P3 competition highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative technology-based projects that achieve the mutual goals of improved quality of life, economic prosperity, and protection of the planet – people, prosperity, and the planet. The EPA offers the P3 competition to respond to the needs of people in the United States (U.S.)—e.g., those in small, rural, tribal, and disadvantaged communities. Please see the People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Student Design Competition website for more details about this program. Proposed projects must embody the P3 approach, which is that they have the intention and capability to simultaneously improve the quality of people’s lives, provide economic benefits, and protect the environment.

research, development, design, innovative technology, quality of life, economics, planet, students Approximately $800,000 total for all Phase I & II grant awards National Link
2015 Tribal Cooperative Landscape Conservation Program BIA, DOI

RFP closed for FY 2015. No current news for 2016. The Tribal Cooperative Landscape Conservation Program will provide funding to support tribal projects to address climate change adaption and ocean and coastal management planning. In FY 2015, $8 million will be available for tribes to implement projects that address climage change impacts through vulnerability analysis, adaption planning, and increased monitoring cycles for climate change management, as well as to projects that ensure ocean and coastal resource health, resiliency, community safety and economic security for present and future generations.

Adaptation planning, Ocean and Coastal Management planning, Vulnerability analysis, Monitoring, Community Resilience up to $250,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
2016 Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program - Advancing Predictive Capabilities to Evaluate Natural and Nature-based Features NOAA

RFP Closed. NOAA announced funding to evaluate and quantify the ability of coastal natural and nature-based features to mitigate the effects of sea level rise, storm surge, flooding, and wave run-up on coastal ecosystems and communities. Proposals should model the impacts of sea level rise and quantify the vulnerability and resilience of communities to inundation and sea level rise under various deployment levels of nature-based ecosystems, which include forests, wetlands, floodplains, dune systems, seagrasses, barrier islands, and reefs.

Mitigation, Natural Hazards, Seal level rise, vulnerability and resilience. $100,000-$300,000 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
2017 Capacity Building Grants Competition Climate Resilience Fund (CRF)

Deadline Passed as of 12/1/2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. This competition targets organizations working in the US Atlantic coastal regions stretching from New Jersey to Georgia on issues related to preparedness for and adaptation to sea-level rise and associated impacts resulting from anthropogenic climate change. The 2017 Capacity Building Grants Competition aims to enhance the ability of decision-makers to develop and implement strategies to address anticipated effects of increased climate variability and change. Grants will be provided to successful applicants engaged in climate services development and delivery to build climate resilience of socio-ecological systems within the target geography.

climate change, adaptation, planning, policy, management, climate science, mitigation, legislation, implementation, ecology, community $75K-$150K. Georgia, New Jersey, Atlantic Coast, Atlantic US 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
2018 Coordination and Collaboration in the Resilience Ecosystem (RFP) Climate Resilience Fund (CRF)

Deadline Passed as of 3/23/2018. Deadline Unknown for 2019. The CRF is a philanthropic collaborative working to advance a positive vision of a climate resilient society and to mobilize the resources for achieving it. CRF recently hosted a two-day workshop that gathered approximately 60 organizational representatives from across the U.S. to discuss the current and forthcoming effects of a changing climate. This RFP represents an extension of this opportunity to organizations and individuals who were not in attendance at the Resilience Ecosystem Workshop to either partner on projects that were conceived there, or to propose additional ideas that meet the project criteria.

The overall focus for this grant competition is on coordination of climate adaptation and resilience services. Grants will be made available to qualifying organizations seeking support for collaborative projects that build upon existing resources that support climate change adaptation and resilience activities and outcomes. The goal for this competition is to support projects that address recognized goals and gaps in the Resilience Ecosystem (please refer to the RE Workshop webpage to view the summary report to explore the goals and gaps identified).

climate resilience, climate adaptation, collaboration up to $25,000 National Link
2018 Environmental Education Local Grant Program EPA

Deadline Passed as of 3/15/2018. Deadline Unknown for 2019. 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
2018 MET Mini Grant Program NOAA, NMFS

Deadline Passed as of 2/21/2018. Deadline for 2019 Unknown. 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
2018 Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP) The National Park Service

Deadline Passed 09/14/2018. Deadline Unknown for 2019. The ORLP is a nationally competitive grant program funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The ORLP offers nationally competitive grants specifically to help create and improve state and locally-owned park and other outdoor recreation areas in ways that will help the public to access or re-connect with the outdoors, particularly in city neighborhoods that lack parks and recreational opportunities. Selected projects will help demonstrate how partners at all levels can work collaboratively to leverage investment and support close-to-home recreation opportunities that will help people access publicly-owned lands. The 2018 ORLP program targets low income neighborhoods with a new emphasis on the potential economic benefits of a project, particularly in terms of short and long-term job creation.

land water conservation, parks and recreation, outdoors, publicly-owned lands $250,000-$750,000 50, 000 or more people Link
2018 Responsive Grants Program Sierra Health Foundation

Deadline Passed as of 3/19/2018. Deadline Unknown for 2019. Through the Responsive Grants Program, Sierra Health Foundation will invest in communities and organizations that promote health and racial equity to address health disparities and the social determinants of health. Sierra Health Foundation has a broad definition of health, believing there is much more to health than health care. Health is influenced by many factors, including socioeconomic conditions, environment, education, income, housing, neighborhood safety and other drivers of health outcomes – factors that have come to be known as the Social Determinants of Health. Where we live, work and play has a significant influence on our health. Health equity means achieving the highest possible standard of health for all people and giving special attention to the needs of those at greatest risk of poor health, based on social conditions. Racial equity “is the condition that would be achieved if one’s racial identity no longer predicted, in a statistical sense, how one fares.

health equity, racial equity, quality of life, education, environment, sustainability Up to $15,000 Northern California, California, Siskiyou Link
2018 Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity Department of Agriculture, Forest Service

Deadline Passed as of 1/22/2018. Deadline for 2019 Unknown. The U.S. Forest Service requests proposals to substantially expand and accelerate wood energy and wood products markets throughout the United States to support forest management needs on National Forest System and other forest lands. This Request for Proposals focuses on the following priorities to: Reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health on National Forest System and other forest lands. Reduce costs of forest management on all land types. Promote economic and environmental health of communities. Funding will be awarded in two separate categories. Grant Category 1: Expansion of Wood Energy Markets - The intent of this category is to: 1. Stimulate, expand, or support wood energy markets that depend on forest residues or forest byproducts generated from all land types. Projects can include, but are not limited to: a. Develop a cluster of wood energy projects in a geographic area or specific sector (e.g., prisons, hospitals, universities, manufacturing sector, or industrial sector). b. Overcome market barriers and stimulate expansion of wood energy in the commercial sector. 2. Complete requirements, such as engineering designs, cost analyses, and permitting, necessary in the later stages of wood energy project development to secure financing. Grant Category 2: Expansion of Wood Products Markets - The intent of this category is to promote markets that create or expand the demand for non-energy based wood products. Preference will be given to projects that support commercial building markets or other markets that use innovative wood products. Wood energy projects will not be considered under this category because those projects can apply for funding under Grant Category 1. Demonstration projects and applied research will be considered, but applicants are strongly encouraged to first consult with their designed Forest Service Regional Biomass Coordinator to determine whether such projects will be competitive.

wood energy, forest health, environmental health, economic health, engineering $10,000-$250,000 National Link
2019 Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program Candidate USFWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will partner with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to administer the 2019 FWS Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program (DFP) for undergraduate and recently accepted graduate students who are in interested in a conservation career. Expected fellowship dates: May 20, 2019 to August 16, 2019. 

Conservation, Fellowship, Natural Resources Management Fellowship National Link
Abandoned Mine Reclamation (AMLR) Program DOI

Deadline unknown. The Office of Surface Mining awards grants to States and Tribes to support the operation of APPROVED State and Tribal abanodned mine land (AML) reclamation programs. Approved programs use grant funds for mine site reclamation projects on eligible lands, which are lands and waters mined or affected by coal mining processess that occurred prior to August 7, 1977 as well as certain post-1977 and noncoal mining activity.

Pollution Prevention, Hazardous Waste Disposal $260,000-$62,000,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
Accelerate conservation adoption in the Western Lake Erie Basin Department of Agriculture, Kentucky State Office

Deadline Passed 07/15/2018. Deadline Unknown for 2019. The purpose of this announcement is to advertise opportunities to parties who are interested in partnering with NRCS to accelerate conservation adoption in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB), in order to reduce nutrient runoff from agricultural lands and improve water quality in the WLEB. Proposals should address the key conservation objectives and focus areas described below. NRCS will accept applications under this notice for single or multiyear applications (up to three years) submitted by eligible entities based in Indiana or with substantial operations in Indiana.

Western Lake Erie Basin, conservation, partnership, agricultural runoff, water quality $75,000-$100,000 Indiana Link
Accelerated implementation of key conservation objectives Department of Agriculture, NRCS

Deadline Passed 5/07/2018. Deadline for 2019 Unknown. Funding Opportunity #: USDA-NRCS-OK-18-01. The NRCS - Oklahoma State Office, an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is seeking support from and opportunities to partner with likeminded 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. Proposals will be accepted from Oklahoma. NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2018 will be approximately $2,500,000. Proposals are requested from eligible entities, non-profits, governmental or non-governmental organizations, and institutions of higher learning for competitive consideration of awards for projects between one and three years in duration. This notice identifies the objectives, eligibility criteria, and application instructions. Applications will be screened for completeness and compliance with the provisions of this notice.

natural resources, conservation, partnerships, implementation $25,000-$2,500,000 Oklahoma Link
ACEP Agricultural Land Easements USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Oregon

Deadline passed as of April 24, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. Agricultural Land Easements protect the long-term viability of the nation’s food supply by preventing conversion of productive working lands to non-agricultural uses. Land protected by agricultural land easements provides additional public benefits, including environmental quality, historic preservation, wildlife habitat and protection of open space.Wetland Reserve Easements provide habitat for fish and wildlife, including threatened and endangered species, improve water quality by filtering sediments and chemicals, reduce flooding, recharge groundwater, protect biological diversity and provide opportunities for educational, scientific and limited recreational activities.

Agriculture, land use, protection, restoration, management, conservation, climate science, recreation, hunting, fishing, gathering Under the Agricultural Land component, NRCS may contribute up to 50 percent of the fair market value of the agricultural land easement. Oregon, National Link
ACEP Wetland Reserve Easements USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Oregon

Under the Wetlands Reserve Easements (WRE) component, NRCS helps to restore, protect and enhance enrolled wetlands. To enroll land through wetland reserve easements, landowners may apply at any time at the local USDA Service Center

Wetlands, Restoration Where NRCS determines that grasslands of special environmental significance will be protected, NRCS may contribute up to 75 percent of the fair market value of the agricultural land easement. Oregon 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
AFRI Foundational: Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities USDA, NIFA

Deadline passed as of August 31, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. This AFRI Foundational Program Area of Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities (AERC) supports projects involving rigorous research and analysis that improves the sustainability of agricultural and related activities in rural areas, protects the environment, enhances quality of life, and alleviates poverty. Topical issues include, but are not limited to, the interactions between agriculture, environment and communities in rural areas; demographic changes and impacts; consumer preferences or behavior; decision-making under uncertainty; market structure and performance; policy design and impact; or agricultures impact on the environment. The AERC Program Area primarily supports social and behavioral science disciplines such as economics, sociology, political science, history, geography and others. Interdisciplinary efforts involving social and nonsocial science disciplines are also invited. Domestic and international partnerships that leverage resources and are mutually beneficial to the applicant, other U.S. states, or other countries are encouraged.

sustainability, poverty, agriculture, environment, rural communities Award amount varies. Total program funding $17,000,000. United States Link
AgrAbility - Assistive Technology Program for Farmers with Disabilities USDA

Last deadline: 2/15/2017. Unknown for 2018. The AgrAbility program increases the likelihood that farmers, ranchers, farm workers and farm family members with disabilities will experience success in agricultural production. The program supports projects between State Cooperative Extension System and private, non-profit disability organizations who work in partnership to provide agricultural education and assistance directed at accommodating disability in farm operations for individuals with disabilities, and their families, who engage in farming and farm-related occupations.

agriculture, equity, inclusion, social justice, disability services $150,000 - $180,000 National Link
Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants BoR, DOI

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

Water Conservation, Agriculture varies Northwest, Southwest, California Link
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area USDA, NAIF

Deadline passed as of November 17, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. This AFRI Challenge Area focuses on the priority to mitigate and adapt to climate variability and change. It supports activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration in agricultural and forest production systems, and prepare the nation's agriculture and forests to adapt to variable climates. The long-term outcome for this program is to reduce the use of energy, nitrogen fertilizer, and water by ten percent and increase carbon sequestration by fifteen percent through resilient agriculture and forest production systems. 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.

Climate Mitigation, Agriculture, Climate Adaptation, reduce climate impacts, Award varies. $8,400,00 total program funding. Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area USDA, NIFA

Deadline passed as of August 19, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. This Challenge Area Focuses on the societal challenge to end obesity among children, the number one nutrition-related problem in the US. Food is an integral part of the process that leads to obesity and USDA has a unique responsibility for the food system in the United States. This program is designed to achieve the long-term outcome of reducing the prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents 2-19 years. The Childhood Obesity Prevention Program supports Multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants.

Health, Children's Health, Obesity $6,000,000 total program funding Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link

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