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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 (

  • FY 2014 Economic Development Assistance Programs (Economic Development Administration—Dept. of Commerce)
    Under this FFO, EDA solicits applications from applicants in rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. EDA’s investment priorities are: Collaborative Regional Innovation, Public/Private Partnerships, National Strategic Priorities, Global Competitiveness, Environmentally-Sustainable Development, and Economically Distressed and Underserved Communities. Eligibility includes Indian Tribes or a consortium of Indian Tribes. Funding Opp. #: EDAP2014. Multiple funding cycle deadlines: 3/14/14; 6/13/14; 10/17/14.

  • Great Lakes Restoration Initiative -- Partners for Fish and Wildlife 2014 (USFWS)
    Using funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) Program anticipates funding wetland and associated upland habitat restoration and enhancement projects for conservation of native Great Lakes fish and wildlife populations, particularly migratory birds. Restoration projects will be completed on privately owned (nonfederal/nonstate) lands. Emphasis will be placed on, but not limited to, completing projects within the watersheds of Great Lakes Areas of Concern. Eligibility includes Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) and Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments). F14AS00025. Deadline: 9/30/14.

  • FY14 Region 2 Wetland Program Development Grants (USEPA)
    The EPA is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants to build or refine state/tribal/local government wetland programs. Comprehensive wetland programs help enable states/tribes/local governments to more effectively protect, restore, and manage their wetland resources. Eligibility includes federally recognized tribes and intertribal consortia. Funding opportunity # EPA-REG2-14-WPDG. Deadline 5/2/14.

  • FY14 Region 5 Wetland Program Development Grants (USEPA)
    Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs) provide eligible applicants an opportunity to conduct and promote the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution. All proposals submitted under this RFP must be for projects that build or refine state/tribal/local government wetland programs. Eligibility includes federally recognized tribes and intertribal consortia. Funding opportunity # EPA-R5-WPDG-2014. Deadline 4/30/14.

  • BIA Climate Change Grants (BIA Office of Trust Services)
    The Bureau of Indian Affairs expects to have at least $600,000 in available funding for tribes as they address climate change impacts in 2014. The competitive grants will support cooperation and efficiency; proposals that support multiple tribes, tribal programs and communities will receive higher priority. Funding will be considered for proposals that address any of the following four categories. 1) Provide, design and host training for tribal adaptation training/workshops; 2) Development of tribal government climate adaptation plans, vulnerability assessments or data analysis; 3) Tribal travel grants; 4) Travel support for Tribal Representation on National Ocean Policy Regional Planning Bodies. Questions can be referred to Regional POCs or Mr. Sean J. Hart, BIA Climate Change Coordinator, Eligibility: federally recognized tribes and inter-tribal organizations with 638 contracting authorization. Deadline: 4/30/14.

  • AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants FY 2014 (Corporation for National and Community Service)
    The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in economic opportunity, education, veterans and military families, and disaster services in Native American communities. Through this grant competition, CNCS will continue to focus on national service programs that: Improve academic outcomes for children, youth, and young adults - reflecting the extensive experience and past success of national service programs in education; Serve veterans and military families or engage veterans and military families in service; Increase community resiliency through disaster preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation; and Increase economic opportunities for communities and AmeriCorps members. Eligibility: Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments) and Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized). Funding opportunity #CNCS-GRANT-02212014. Deadline: 4/30/14.

  • 2014 Healthy Communities Grant Program (USEPA)
    This is EPA New England’s main competitive grant program to work directly with communities to reduce environmental risks, protect and improve human health and improve the quality of life. The Healthy Communities Grant Program will achieve this through identifying and funding projects that: Target resources to benefit communities at risk [areas at risk from climate change impacts, areas impacted by stormwater run-off, environmental justice areas of potential concern, urban areas and sensitive populations (e.g. children, elderly, tribes, and others at increased risk)]; Assess, understand, and reduce environmental and human health risks; Increase collaboration through community-based projects; Build institutional and community capacity to understand and solve environmental and human health problems; Advance emergency preparedness and resilience.; Achieve measurable environmental and human health benefits. Eligibility includes Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments. Deadline: 4/24/14.

  • Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grants to Support Great Lakes Tribal Aquatic Invasive Species
    Under FY14 appropriations to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service anticipates providing grants to support development and implementation of Great Lakes Tribal Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plans. Two-year grant awards will be used by tribes for activities that directly relate to the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes and Great Lakes Basin. Eligibility: Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized). Funding Opportunity #F14AS00077. Deadline: 4/21/14.

  • FY14 Region 07 Wetland Program Development Grants (USEPA)
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants to build or refine state/tribal/local government wetland programs as described in Section I of the announcement. Eligibility includes tribes and intertribal consortia. Funding opportunity # EPA-R7-WWPD-14-001. Deadline: 4/18/14.

  • Science Applications Landscape Conservation Support (US Fish and Wildlife Service)
    This opportunity seeks to find a Cooperator through a Cooperative Agreement to work with the Service and its partners to advance implementation of SHC for the benefit of wildlife and other natural resources for the American people. Eligibility includes Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) and Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments). Funding opportunity #F14AS00114.Deadline: 4/17/14.

  • FY 2014 and FY 2015 National Wetland Program Development Grants (USEPA)
    EPA is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants for projects that develop or refine state/tribal/local government wetland programs as a whole, or individual components of those programs. Comprehensive wetland programs enable state/tribes/local governments to more effectively protect, restore, and manage their wetland resources. Eligibility includes intertribal consortia. Funding Opportunity #EPA-OW-OWOW-14-02. Deadline: 4/17/14.

  • Alaska Native Organization Co-Management Funding Program (NOAA)
    The National Marine Fisheries Service recognizes the unique importance of marine mammals to Alaska Native Organizations (ANOs) and values ongoing efforts by Alaska Native Tribes and ANOs to conserve and protect subsistence species under NMFS' jurisdiction. Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 1388, NMFS may provide Federal assistance to ANOs to conserve marine mammals and to promote co-management of Alaska Native subsistence use of such mammals under NMFS' jurisdiction. This assistance, provided in the form of cooperative agreements, may be used to support conservation of marine mammals utilized for subsistence purposes by Alaska Natives. Eligible ANO applicants must have an existing marine mammal agreement for co-management with NMFS and be in "good standing" with NMFS. Funding Opp. #NOAA-NMFS-AK-2014-2003984. Deadline: 4/17/14.

  • FY 2014 Coastal Resilience Networks
    The purpose of this notice is to solicit grant proposals from eligible organizations to implement activities that enhance resilience of coastal communities to natural hazard and climate risks through a local, regional, or national network. Proposals submitted in response to this announcement shall provide beneficial public outcomes for coastal communities related to addressing existing and future risks to the natural environment, infrastructure, local economies, and vulnerable populations. Eligibility includes Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments) and Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized). The funding applicants must conduct projects in one or more of the following three U.S. regions: the U.S. Flag Pacific Islands (Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), Gulf of Mexico Coast (Alabama, Gulf Coast of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas) and West Coast (California, Oregon, and Washington). Funding opportunity # NOAA-NOS-CSC-2014-2003982.Deadline: 4/11/14.

  • FY 2014 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide Funding Opportunity (DOE)
    DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office supports a broad research, development, and deployment technology portfolio focused on reducing the cost and improving the performance of a mix of near- and long-term vehicle technologies. Specifically, activities are aimed at improving vehicle technologies such as electric vehicles, powertrains, fuel, tires, and auxiliary systems. This Funding Opportunity Announcement contains a total of 14 areas of interest in the general areas of advanced light-weighting; advanced battery development; power electronics; advanced heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems; and fuels and lubricants. Funding Opportunity #DE-FOA-0000991.Eligibility includes federally recognized tribes. Deadline: 4/1/14.

  • Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants (BOR)
    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. Eligibility includes Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized). Funding Opp.#R14AS00021. Deadline: 3/24/14.

  • 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.

  • 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 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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