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
Decision, Risk and Management Sciences (DRMS) National Science Foundation

Deadline Passed 08/19/2019. Deadline Unknown for 2020. The Decision, Risk and Management Sciences program supports scientific research directed at increasing the understanding and effectiveness of decision making by individuals, groups, organizations, and society. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, doctoral dissertation research improvement grants (DDRIGs), and workshops are funded in the areas of judgment and decision making; decision analysis and decision aids; risk analysis, perception, and communication; societal and public policy decision making; management science and organizational design. The program also supports small grants that are time-critical (Rapid Response Research - RAPID) and small grants that are high-risk and of a potentially transformative nature (EArly-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research - EAGER).

research, decision making, public policy, science Varies National Link
Demonstration Projects to End Child Hunger USDA

The purpose of the demonstration projects is to test innovative strategies to end childhood hunger, including alternative models for service delivery and benefit levels that promote the reduction or elimination of childhood hunger and food insecurity. Projects may include enhanced SNAP benefits for eligible households with children; enhanced benefits or innovative program delivery models in school meals, afterschool snacks programs, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program; and other targeted Federal, State or local assistance, including refundable tax credits, emergency housing, employment and training, or family preservation services, for households with children who are experiencing food insecurity.

Health, Hunger varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Indian Lands DOE, Office of Indian Energy

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

Energy efficiency, Renewable energy, Energy, clean energy, community, development Award amount varies. Indian Lands Link
DERA Tribal Grant Program EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) is now soliciting proposals from tribal applicants for projects that reduce emissions from older diesel engines. The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is $1 million and will be funded through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). This is the first time EPA has offered a separate Tribal Request for Proposals (RFP), and this is in response from feedback from tribal communities

Emissions Reduction, Mitigation, Energy efficiency Varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative - Landscape Conservation Planning and Design (USFWS) USFWS

The Desert LCC is embarking on a Climate-Smart Landscape Conservation Planning and Design project that will: produce spatially explicit data and information about focal resources, chosen by the Desert LCC members; seek to understand the effects of climate change and other landscape stressors on natural resources; integrate social and economic information to understand what these resources might look like in the future; and result in collaborative adaptation responses that are useful and implementable by our partners.

Habitat Conservation, design, Planning $270,000 Desert Link
Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Tribal Grant Program DERA, EPA

This year the National Clean Diesel Campaign will issue a stand alone Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Tribal Competition Request for Proposals (RFP) for a total of up to $1 million. Proposals must be submitted electronically via www.grants.gov no later than 4 p.m. ET on July 15, 2015.

Diesel Emissions Reduction/Control, Carbon footprint up to $1,000,000 National Link
Disaster Assistance for State Units on Aging (SUAs) and Tribal Organizations in Major Disasters HHS

Deadline Passed 09/09/2019. Deadline Unknown for 2020. Grants awarded under this announcement are to provide disaster reimbursement and assistance funds to those State Units on Aging (SUAs), and federally recognized Tribal Organizations who are currently receiving a grant under Title VI of the Older Americans Act (OAA), as amended. These funds only become available when the President of the United States declares a Major Disaster and may only be used in those areas designated in the Major Disaster Declaration issued by the President of the United States under the Robert T. Stafford Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. Eligible SUAs and Title VI Tribal grantees should discuss all disaster applications with ACL Regional staff before submitting a formal application. The amount of funds requested should be discussed with Regional staff before the application is completed. Providing a draft of the narrative justification for the application to the Regional Office will help expedite the processing of an award. SUAs, and federally recognized Tribal Organizations currently receiving a grant under Title VI of the OAA must submit proposals electronically via http://www.grants.gov. At http//www.grants.gov, you will be able to download a copy of the application packet, complete it off-line, and then upload and submit the application via the Grants.gov website. Statutory Authority Title III of the Older Americans Act (OAA) (42 U.S.C. 3030), as amended by the Older American Act Amendments of 2016, P.L. 114-144

Disaster Assistance up to $450,000 Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, National, Alaska Link
Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants USDA

Past deadline: May 15, 2019. The DLT Program provides financial assistance to enable and improve distance learning and telemedicine services in rural areas. DLT grant funds support the use of telecommunications-enabled information, audio and video equipment, and related advanced technologies by students, teachers, medical professionals, and rural residents. These grants are intended to increase rural access to education, training, and health care resources that are otherwise unavailable or limited in scope.

telecommunications, rural, telemedicine $500,000-$50,000 National Link
DOE Alaska START Program for Community Energy Planning and Projects (DOE)

The US Dept of Energy Office of Indian Energy is accepting applications for the third round of the Alaska Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program to assist Alaska Native corporations and federally recognized Alaska Native governments with accelerating clean energy projects.

Planning, Development, Sustainability Unknown Alaska 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
DOE START Program DOE, Office of Indian Energy

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

Energy, Development, Community, Technology, Infrastructure Unklnown National, Indian Tribes, Alaska Link
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation NGO

This foundation supports environmental action according to a four part main strategy (see weblink for more).The foundation’s Environmental Program strives to meet its main strategies through grant awards. The Environment Program awards grants through invited proposals and the occasional funding competition. Funding opportunities may also be available through organizations administering re-granting programs supported by the foundation.

Conservation, Clean Energy Varies Tri-State Area, Northeast Link
Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Tribal Set-Aside Program EPA

Most types of projects that improve the health of the public being served by the drinking water system are eligible for funding. Funds may also be used to conduct project feasibility studies, engineering design work, and for project administration.

Water, Health, Research Varies Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Drought Response Program: Drought Contingency Planning Grants DOI, Bureau of Reclamation, WaterSMART

Last deadline: 2/14/2017. Deadline for 2018 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). Through this FOA, Reclamation seeks to support collaborative planning efforts that use a proactive approach to build long-term resiliency to drought. Drought Contingency Plans developed under this program are required to include participation by multiple stakeholders to encourage more comprehensive plans that address issues important to different sectors (e.g., agricultural, municipal, and environmental). Participation by multiple stakeholders will also broaden support for mitigation and response actions identified in the plans. In addition, Drought Contingency Plans developed under this FOA must include consideration of climate change impacts to water supplies, in order to support long term resiliency to climate change.

climate change, drought, mitigation, adaptation, infrastructure, planning, policy, Funding Group I: up to $300,000 for projects that can be completed within two years. Funding Group II: up to $750,000 for larger projects that can be completed within three years. National Link
Ecolab Foundation Grants EcoLab Foundation

Deadline Passed for 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. Focus Areas of Giving- Youth and Education: programs that promote youth development, particularly for youth at-risk, Civic & Community Development: affordable housing, work readiness, crisis assistance and hunger relief, Environment & Conservation: hands-on environmental learning programs, Arts & Culture: arts education for children and youth as well as support for museums and the performing arts.

climate change, conservation, social justice, civic engagement, housing, shelter, food justice, adaptation, mitigation Varies. Nationalo, regional Link
Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program

Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise (EESLR) Program proposals serve to enhance the management of regional and local ecosystem effects of sea level rise and coastal inundation through targeted research on key technologies, natural and nature-based infrastructure, physical and biological processes, and model evaluation. Integrating dynamic physical and biological processes with sea level rise and coastal inundation, this program strives to improve the prediction of coastal ecosystem effects to enable enhanced coastal resiliency.

Conservation, Mitigation, preparation, Coastal, Research, Infrastructure, Modeling estimated $150,000-$200,000 (program grossing $800,000) Alaska, Coastal, Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Coastal Link
Economic Development Administration FY2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity EDA

The Economic Development Administration intends to award investments in regions experiencing severe economic distress as a result of natural disasters, which are often exacerbated by climate change. The program supports development and implementation of regionally based, long-term economic development strategies in response to Federally Declared disasters. This opportunity stems from a $200 million investment to support communities that received a major disaster designation in Fiscal year 2011 (between October 1, 2010 and September 30, 2011). Applicants must demonstrate a clear nexus between the proposed project work and disaster recovery/resilience efforts.

Disaster Relief, Infrastructure Varies Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Alaska, National Link
Economic Development Assistance Programs EDA

EDA’s programs provide economically distressed communities and regions with comprehensive and flexible resources to address a wide variety of economic needs and are designed to lead to the creation or retention of jobs and enhanced private investment. EDA’s programs support local and regional economic development efforts to establish a foundation for vibrant economies throughout the United States. Through these programs, EDA supports bottom-up strategies that build on regional assets to spur economic growth and resiliency. EDA encourages its partners throughout the country to develop initiatives that present new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities. Note that the deadline is 9/13/13, however the program also has a rolling set of deadlines.

Economic development Varies Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
ECOSOLUTION GRANT Captain PLanet Foundation

Deadline passed as of January 31, 2017. Deadline for 2018 unknown. ecoSolution Grants are intended to support solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes. ecoSolution Grants are available to educators working with youth in the United States (international projects are by invitation only).

climate impacts, adaptaion, mitigation, solution, youth, student $500-2500. United States Link
ECOTECH GRANTS Captain Planet Foundation

Deadline passed as of December 30, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown. ecoSolution Grants (previously called “Small Grants”) have been the defining basis of Captain Planet Foundation’s work over the last 25 years. In that time, we’ve funded over 2,100 projects that have impacted 1.2 million youth around the world – actively fulfilling our mission to build the next generation of environmental stewards and change-agents. ecoSolution Grants are intended to support solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes.

technology, climate impacts, environmental education, conservation, management, climate science $500-2500. United States Link
Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish (ELAP) USDA, FSA

ELAP provides financial assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish for losses due to disease, certain adverse weather events or loss conditions, including blizzards and wildfires, as determined by the Secretary. ELAP assistance is provided for losses not covered by other disaster assistance programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, such as losses not covered by the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).

emergency assistance, disaster resources, extreme weather events National Link
Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants USDA

Applications accepted continuously. This program provides grants to assist rural communities that have had a significant decline in quantity or quality of drinking water. Grant may fund waterline extensions from existing systems, construction of new water lines; repairs to existing systems, construction of new wells, reservoirs, transmission lines, treatment plants, and other water sources. . Priority is given to areas with less than 5,000 people, low-income areas, and communities facing imminent decline and shortage of water.

Water, Natural Resources, Health, Emergency Individual awards range from 150,000 to $500,000 depending on the severity of decline in quantity or quality of water. Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) USDA

he Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) helps the owners of non-industrial private forests restore forest health damaged by natural disasters. The EFRP does this by authorizing payments to owners of private forests to restore disaster damaged forests.

The local FSA County Committee implements EFRP for all disasters with the exceptions of drought and insect infestations. In the case of drought or an insect infestation, the national FSA office authorizes EFRP implementation.

forest restoration, forest management, private forests, non-industrial forests, natural disasters, forest health National Link
Emergency Watershed Protection Program USDA

Applications accepted continuously. The Emergency Watershed Protection Program responds to emergencies created by natural disasters. The program is designed to help people and conserve natural resources by relieving imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, wind­storms, and other natural occurrences. All projects undertaken, with the exception of the purchase of floodplain easements, must have a project sponsor.

Water, Natural Resources, Adaptation, Disaster, Emergency Management, Health Varies Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Energy and Mineral Development Program BIA

Deadline Passed 1/25/2019. Deadline Unknown for 2020. The goal of the EMDP is to assist tribes by helping to expand tribal knowledge of energy and mineral resources on their lands and to bring tribal energy and mineral projects to the point where the economic benefits can be realized from the targeted resource in an economically efficient and environmentally sound manner.

emissions, energy, footprint, sustainability, infrastructure, conservation, management, development, minerals, mining Up to $100,000. National Link
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants DOE

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

Energy, Regulation, Adaptation, Mitigation, Research Individual awards usually range between $50,000 and $200,000 per year, with some exceptions for larger awards. Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Energy Infrastructure Deployment on Tribal Lands- 2019 Department of Energy, Office of Indian Energy

Deadline Passed 05/01/2019. Deadline Unknown for 2020. Specifically, DOE’s Office of Indian Energy is soliciting applications from Indian Tribes, which include Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations, Intertribal Organizations, and Tribal Energy Development Organizations to:

(1) install energy generating system(s) and/or energy efficiency measure(s) for Tribal Building(s) (Topic Area 1); or,

(2) deploy community-scale energy generating system(s) on Tribal Lands (Topic Area 2); or,

(3) install energy system(s) for autonomous operation (independent of the traditional centralized electric power grid) to power a single or multiple essential tribal facilities during emergency situations or for tribal community resilience (Topic Area 3).

energy, tribal lands, tribal energy development. management, conservation, natural resources $50,000-$1,000,000 National Link
Engaging Colorado Front Range Youth and Local Communities at Rocky Mountain National Park through Conservation Projects DOI, NPS

Deadline Passed 05/30/2018. Deadline Unknown for 2019.  FOA#: P18AS00074. The principal purpose of the resulting agreements is to educate youth, promote community engagement, and cultivate the next generation of conservation professionals to promote a stewardship legacy at Rocky Mountain National Park. The project will provide opportunities for under-represented youth to learn about the environment by spending time working on conservation projects such as trail rehabilitation, historic rock wall repairs, conducting invasive plant removal, designing visitor wayside exhibits and trailhead information kiosks in the National Parks. The National Park Service will promote the public purpose of the agreement by engaging young adults in community-based work and offering internships and training, all of which provide exposure to the importance of parks and the conservation of our public lands. In the process, participants will add value to NPS by helping our staff and partners cultivate strong relationships with the youth and emerging adult demographics as project participants in our community-based projects. This agreement serves a public purpose by promoting and stimulating education, job training, development of responsible citizenship, productive community involvement, and furthering the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of our National natural and cultural resources. The projects awarded under this cooperative agreement will motivate youth and young adults to be involved with the natural, cultural and historical resource protection of their communities and would restore trust with the local communities.

youth, engagement, conservation, stewardship, education, community $10,000-$350,000 Colorado Link
Environmental Education Local Grants Program (EPA) United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Environmental Education.

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

Environmental Education, Education Development, Deadline Unknown for 2017. The total funding for this competitive opportunity is approximately $2,730,000 nationwide. EPA expects to award three grants from each of the EPA’s 10 Regional Offices, for a total of approximately 30 grants nationwide. The award amount for each of these grants will be approximately, but no more than, $91,000 in federal funds. The award amounts and the number of awards are subject to the availability of funds, the quality and quantity of proposals received, and other applicable considerations. United States, U.S. Territories, the majority of the educational activities must take place in the United States; or in the United States and Canada or Mexico; or in the U.S. Territories. Link
Environmental Education Model Grants Program - Solicitation Notice for 2014 (US EPA) US EPA

There will be no RFP for FY 2016. Under this solicitation EPA is seeking grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education (EE) projects that promote environmental stewardship and help develop informed, knowledgeable and responsible citizens. EPA expects to award EE grants in order to provide financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques and that will serve as models that can be replicated in a variety of settings.

Education, environmental stewardship, Development up to $192,200 National, (tribal ed.) Link

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