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- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Indoor Air Quality and Climate Change (US EPA)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking
applications proposing research to improve understanding of the effects of climate change on indoor air quality and the
resulting health effects. EPA is interested in supporting research that will explore the anticipated effects of climate
change on indoor air quality directly through a variety of mechanisms, and indirectly through adaptations in building
use and design. Eligibility includes Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments. EPA-G2014-STAR-A1. Deadline: 1/23/14
- AmeriCorps State and National Grants FY 2014 (Corporation for National and Community Service)
The AmeriCorps State and National Grants provide funding to engage AmeriCorps members in service interventions strengthen
communities. Focus areas for the grants include: Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental
Stewardship, Healthy Futures, and Veterans and Military Families. Grants may be used to provide support for direct
services that contribute to increased energy and water efficiency, renewable energy use, or improving at-risk ecosystems.
Eligibility includes Tribes. Deadlines: Notice of Intent: 12/11/13; Application: 1/8/14.
- Environmental Solutions for Communities Grants Program (Wells Fargo and National Fish & Wildlife Foundation)
Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation seek to promote sustainable communities through Environmental
Solutions for Communities by supporting highly-visible projects that link economic development and community well-being to
the stewardship and health of the environment. Funding priorities include ‘greening’ traditional infrastructure and public
projects such as storm water management and flood control, urban forestry, and education and training of community leaders
on sustainable practices. Eligibility includes Tribes. Deadline: 12/16/13.
- 2013 Tribal Climate Change Adaptation Grant Program (BIA)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has up to $600,000 available in fiscal year 2013/2014 available for competitive grants
for tribal adaptation, training, and tribal travel support to participate in technical training, workshops, forums and
cooperatives. CATEGORY I- Design and host training for Tribal adaptation planning. Open to Tribes, tribal colleges or
non-governmental organizations with the support of a tribe. Design a series of tribal workshops (in person or web –based)
to support tribal leaders/climate change coordinators/planners to gain the skills needed to guide a tribal government
level climate adaptation plan. CATEGORY 2- Development of tribal government climate adaptation plans, vulnerability
assessments or data analysis that supports multiple tribes. Open to Tribes or 638 eligible tribal consortiums. CATEGORY 3-
Tribal travel grants. Travel support to attend technical workshops or to participate in cooperative climate change
adaptation efforts, including Landscape Conservation Cooperatives and other similar adaptation management forums. Open
to Tribes and 638 eligible tribal consortiums. Deadline: 11/29/13.
2013 BIA Climate Change Grant Program
- 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.
- Climate Adaptation Fund (Wildlife Conservation Society)
In FY2012, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) provided 1-2 year grants ranging from $50K to $250K. The grants required
a 1:1 match with a maximum of 50% of match funding from in-kind sources. WCS funded on-the-ground projects that focused
on implementing conservation actions for climate adaptation at a landscape scale. WCS has not yet received funding for
FY2013; however, WCS has provided funding in the past and interested applicants should check with the website for future
updates. The link below offers information regarding the FY2012 funding opportunity, along with a link to the FY2012 RFP.
Eligibility: U.S.-based (all 50 states and 6 territories) non-profit organizations with approved IRS 501(c)(3) status.
Public agencies, tribal governments, and universities may partner with eligible non-profits to submit proposals.
- Climate Solutions University
CSU aids local rural communities, connected through a peer learning network, by offering training, expertise, and support
in climate adaptation planning. CSU is offering two distance-learning programs in 2013; the Climate Adaptation Plan
Development Program and the Climate Adaptation Plan Implementation Program. The development program results in a local
climate adaptation plan (focusing on forest and water resource resilience). The implementation plan supports participants
in moving the plan into action. Each program has 8 positions available. Each participating community receives $100K in
training, mentoring, and access to tools/resources; however, communities must commit a cost-share in the form of staff time and
related resources. Tribes are eligible.
- 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