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  • Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Indian Lands (DOE)
    Through this funding opportunity, the Tribal Energy Program, in cooperation with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, will help Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia: (1) Install clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings, and (2) Deploy clean energy systems on a community scale. Funding Opp. # DE-FOA-0001021. Deadline: 10/2/14.

  • Tribal Climate Change Funding Guide
    The Pacific Northwest Tribal Climate Change Project at the University of Oregon and the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 Tribal Program Office developed this guide collaboratively. They anticipate regular updates to this guide, so please check back often. If you have questions about the guide or suggestions for additional funding programs to be included, please email Kathy Lynn (

  • Alaska Renewable Energy Fund Solicits Grant Applications for Renewable Energy Projects (Alaska Energy Authority)
    The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) is soliciting competitive applications from qualified applicants for the purpose of recommending grants for renewable energy projects to be funded by the Alaska State Legislature Eligible Entities. Eligibility: includes tribal councils and housing authorities. Deadline: 9/22/14.

  • National Fire Plan-Wildland Urban Interface Community Fire Assistance 2014 (US Fish and Wildlife Service)
    The intent of these fuels reduction projects are to provide defensible space from wildland fires in and around communities on or adjacent to National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska. This grant opportunity and its activities will assist in the mitigation of potential impacts of wildfire spread from National Wildlife Refuge System lands onto local community and private lands. Eligibility includes Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments) and Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized). Funding opp. # F14AS00332. Deadline: 9/5/14

  • Air, Climate And Energy (ACE) Centers: Science Supporting Solutions (USEPA)
    The Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development, National Center for Environmental Research, in cooperation with the EPA Air, Climate, and Energy Research Program, announces an extramural funding competition seeking applications for ACE Centers. EPA is interested in supporting research on the development of sound science to systematically inform policy makers at the state and local levels regarding the development of innovative approaches. Such approaches will enable effective implementation of air pollution control strategies to achieve the greatest public health benefits by reducing exposure to harmful air pollution. Eligibility includes Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments. Funding opportunity # EPA-G2014-STAR-J1. Deadline: 9/4/14.

  • FY 2015 Tribal Wildlife Grants (USFWS)
    Eligible projects include those to develop or implement programs that benefit wildlife and their habitat, including species of Native American cultural or traditional importance and species that are not hunted or fished. Eligibility: Federally recognized tribal governments. Deadline: 9/2/14.

  • 2015 National Fish Habitat Partnership (Desert Fish Habitat Partnership)
    The Desert Fish Habitat Partnership (DFHP) is requesting submission of project proposals for the 2015 National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP) funding cycle and other potential funding sources. The purpose of DFHP is to conserve aquatic habitat for desert fishes by protecting, restoring and enhancing these unique habitats in cooperation with, and in support of, state fish and wildlife agencies, federal agencies, tribes, conservation organizations, local partners, and other stakeholders. Projects should directly address the habitat needs of desert fish, specifically those identified in the DFHP Framework for Strategic Conservation of Desert Fish. Eligibility includes tribes. Deadline: 9/1/14.

  • Tribal Energy and Mineral Development Grants (BIA)
    Bureau of Indian Affairs is soliciting grant proposals for projects that assess, evaluate, or otherwise promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. Proposals must be used by an Indian tribe for the development of a tribal energy and mineral resource inventory, a tribal energy and mineral resource on Indian land, or for the development of a report necessary to the development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. DEMD will always attempt to support a diversity of project types, whether it be the type of commodity to be studied, such as conventional energy, renewable energy or minerals, or the type of evaluation technique being applied, such as assessment studies, feasibility studies, or economic analysis. DEMD will also support r enewable energy projects of various scales, including community scale or industrial scale projects. Eligibility: Federally-recognized Indian tribes and tribal energy resource development organizations. Funding opportunity #: BIA-14-FA0001. Deadline: 8/25/14.

  • American Indian Tribal Portal (US EPA)
    Provides information about tribal grant resources.

  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: A Guide to Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Opportunities for Local and Tribal Governments (US EPA)
    16-page guide provides an overview of funding sources in ARRA that local and tribal governments can use to implement clean energy programs and EPA resources that can support clean energy efforts. The guide covers funding and resources for energy, energy in water treatment, schools, affordable housing, transportation, and green jobs. Feb 2009.

  • Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities Initiative (Honor the Earth)
    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. In conjunction with the Tides Foundation, Honor the Earth will award between $1K and $5K to Tribal non-profit organizations. The proposed project must address two goals: 1) supporting and forwarding development of culturally-based, indigenous solutions to climate change based on re-localizing food and energy economies, and 2) fostering restoration of traditional knowledge as a key adaptation and mitigation strategy to ensure a safe and healthy future for the next seven generations. Projects will be funded in two project areas: 1) Implementing renewable energy and energy efficiency/weatherization improvements, and 2) creating food security utilizing indigenous varieties and organic production. Tribal non-profit organizations (with 501(c)(3) status) in the US and Canada are eligible. Check website for funding cycles.

  • Campus Ecology Fellowship Program (National Wildlife Federation)
    The National Wildlife Federation offers fellowships to undergraduate and graduate students to confront global warming on their campuses and help to educate and engage the campus community on global warming impacts and solutions. Go to website for more information.

  • Coastal Program (US Fish and Wildlife Service)
    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, projects are developed strategically, in coordination with partners, and with substantial involvement from Service field biologists. Eligibility includes Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) and Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments). For application instructions, contact the local Coastal Program office. For Office contact information, visit:

  • Conservation Innovation Grants (USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service)
    This program is designed to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation technologies and approaches, while leveraging federal investment in environmental enhancement in conjunction with agricultural production. The CIG program does not fund research projects, rather it is used to apply or demonstrate previously proven conservation approaches that have a high likelihood of success. The CIG program funds projects that target innovative, on-the-ground conservation, such as pilot projects and field demonstrations. A proposed project must encompass the development, testing, evaluation, and monitoring of: 1) conservation adoption approaches or incentive systems; 2) promising conservation technologies, practices, systems, procedures, or approaches; or 3) environmental soundness with goals of environmental protection and natural resources enhancement. Program has offered climate-related funding opportunities in the past. Eligibility: State, local, or Tribal governments; non-governmental organizations; or individuals.

  • FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) (US Dept of Homeland Security)
    FEMA HMA programs present a critical opportunity to reduce risk to individuals and property from natural hazards while simultaneously reducing reliance on Federal disaster funds. Grants are provided to eligible applicants (States/Tribes/Territories) that, in turn, provide subgrants to local governments and communities. See website for information about the grant programs.

    Searchable database of all discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies.

  • Landscape Conservation Cooperatives – LCCs (Dept. of Interior)
    LCCs are a network of partnerships working for the sustainability of America's land, water, wildlife, and cultural resources. Partnerships include federal, state, and local governments, tribes, universities, NGOs, landowners, as well as other stakeholders. These cooperatives (21 in total, representing different geographic areas of the country) build upon existing science and conservation efforts that preserve water and land resources, as well as cultural partnerships. Periodically, LCCs offer grants that support their core functions.

  • NRCS Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program (US Dept. of Agriculture--Natural Resources Conservation Service)
    The purpose of the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program is to undertake emergency measures, including the purchase of flood plain easements, for runoff retardation and soil erosion prevention to safeguard lives and property from floods, drought, and the products of erosion on any watershed whenever fire, flood or any other natural occurrence is causing or has caused a sudden impairment of the watershed. See website for more information.

  • Seventh Generation Fund
    The Seventh Generation Fund is an Indigenous non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and maintaining the uniqueness of Native peoples throughout the Americas. It offers an integrated program of advocacy, small grants, training and technical assistance, media experience and fiscal management, lending its support and extensive expertise to Indigenous grassroots communities. Its Sustainable Communities Program Area provides seed money, organizational support and technical training to Native grassroots community-based projects striving for holistic community health and renewal. It supports traditional agricultural methods, renewable forms of energy and sustainable strategies for development that preserve or restore traditional life-ways for future generations.

  • Tribal Energy Program (US Dept. of Energy)
    Provides links to funding opportunities with various government entities.

  • US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grant and Partnership Programs that can Address Invasive Species Research, Technical Assistance, Prevention and Control Federal Fiscal Year 2012 (USDA)
    This workbook contains basic information on programs in USDA that could be used to fund and support invasive species related projects. This list should be a helpful place to start a search for sources of technical and financial resources for invasive species activities but may not include all potential invasive species funding opportunities. USDA contacts for program support listed in the document are current at the time of publication. The contacts listed in the "other grant information" section can assist you in determining which opportunities may fit best with your needs.

  • US Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development

Foundation Support:    [Top]
  • The Foundation Center
    The Foundation Center is a national nonprofit service organization recognized as the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers, supporting them with tools they can use and information they can trust. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants; issues a wide variety of print, electronic, and online information resources; conducts and publishes research on trends in foundation growth, giving, and practice; and offers an array of free and affordable educational programs. ©2010 Foundation Center.

The following foundations support climate change efforts-many of these are geographically focused. See their websites for more information.
  • Alaska Conservation Foundation
    Grant programs: Energy: Coal, Renewables, & Efficiency; Circumpolar Arctic; Alaska's Oceans
    Geographic focus: Alaska

  • Bullitt Foundation
    Grant programs: Energy, Industry, and Technology; Ecosystem Services
    Geographic focus: Pacific Northwest

  • Compton Foundation
    Grant program: Environment and Sustainability-management and use of fresh water in western US; reducing US contribution to the global climate crisis; promoting community-based strategies to support healthy ecosystems and thriving rural communities.
    Geographic focus: Prioritizes in this order: Pacific Coast, Western, national

  • Energy Foundation
    Works to reduce carbon emissions from the electric and gas utility industry by advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy.
    Grant programs: Power, Buildings, Transportation, Climate

  • Joyce Foundation
    Grant Program: Environment-Climate Change and Coal
    Geographic focus: Great Lakes area

  • John Merck Foundation
    Grant program: Environment
    Geographic focus: Northeast, national

  • Kresge Foundation
    Grant program: Environment-reduce greenhouse gas emissions, accelerate renewable energy technologies, and support efforts to help society adapt to the impacts of climate change, Green Building Initiative.

  • Oak Foundation
    Grant program: Environment Climate Change Programme-Renewable energy and energy efficiency in the power and transport sectors through education, research, and policy change
    Geographic focus: Europe, Canada, Northeastern US

  • Rockefeller Brothers Fund
    Grant programs: Sustainable development, Cross-Programmatic Initiative: Energy

  • Rockefeller Foundation
    Grant program: Climate Change Resilience-building climate change resilience for poor and vulnerable people globally

  • Surdna Foundation
    Grant program: Environment-build support for programs to stabilize climate change at the local, state and national level; improve transportation systems and patterns of land use across metropolitan areas, working landscapes, and intact ecosystems; safeguard the biological diversity and productivity of U.S. domestic oceans.

  • WestWind Foundation
    Grant program: Environment-Southeast Climate Initiative; protection of forested ecosystems

  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
    Grant program: Environment- Protect the great ecosystems of the North American West, slow global climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, address environmental problems that disproportionately affect disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Program pursues these goals by supporting public policy development and advocacy. It also engages influential groups that care about the environment but have not always been part of the traditional environmental movement, such as hunters, anglers, ranchers, Latinos, and Native Americans.
    Geographic focus: West

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