|Funding Opportunities: [Top]
- 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 (email@example.com).
- Conservation Innovation Grants (Natural Resources Conservation Service)
Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) is a voluntary program intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative
conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in
conjunction with agricultural production. Under CIG, Environmental Quality Incentives Program funds are used to award competitive
grants to non-Federal governmental or nongovernmental organizations, Tribes, or individuals. State competitions are available,
deadlines vary, check website:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities (USDA Rural Utilities Service)
Competitive grants to assist communities with extremely high energy costs. The grant funds may be used to acquire, construct, or improve energy
generation, transmission, or distribution facilities serving communities with average annual residential expenditure for home energy exceeding
275 percent of the national average. On-grid and off-grid renewable energy projects and implementation of energy efficiency, and energy
conservation projects are also eligible. Eligibility includes Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Indian housing
authorities, and Native American tribal organizations. Funding opportunity #: RD-RUS-HECG2014.Deadline: 8/1/14.
- 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
- 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 following foundations support climate change efforts-many of these are geographically focused. See their websites
for more information.
- 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.
- 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