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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 (

  • Environmental Justice Small Grants Program (US EPA)
    Under this RFA, EPA will award grants that support activities designed to empower and educate communities to understand environmental and public health issues and to identify ways to address these issues at the local level. The Environmental Protection Agency also recognizes that affected communities often face disproportionate impacts from a changing climate. As a result, the fiscal year 2015 program will have a special emphasis on proposals supporting community-based preparedness and resilience efforts (community climate resiliency). EPA anticipates awarding up to 25% of fiscal year 2015 awards to fund projects that support community climate resiliency. Funding Eligibility includes federally recognized tribal governments, and tribal organizations. Opportunity # EPA-OECA-OEJ-15-01. Deadline: 12/15/14.

  • 2015 Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program (NOAA)
    NOAA/NOS/NCCOS/CSCOR is soliciting proposals under the Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise (EESLR) Program to improve 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. The overall goal of EESLR is to integrate dynamic physical and biological processes with sea level rise and coastal inundation to improve the prediction of coastal ecosystem effects to enable enhanced coastal resiliency. Eligibility includes Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) and Native American tribal organizations. Funding opportunity #NOAA-NOS-NCCOS-2015-2004198. Deadline: 11/18/14.

  • FY 2015 Species Recovery Grants to Tribes (NOAA)
    The principal objective of the Species Recovery Grants to Tribes Program is to support recovery efforts that directly benefit threatened or endangered species, species proposed for listing, recently de-listed species, or candidate species under the jurisdiction of the NMFS or under the joint jurisdiction of NMFS and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Recovery efforts may involve management, research, monitoring, and outreach activities or any combination thereof. Eligibility: federally recognized tribes and organizations of federally recognized tribes that have delegated authority to represent a federally recognized tribe on matters relating to ESA listed, candidate, or proposed species. Funding opportunity #NOAA-NMFS-PRPO-2015-2004185. Deadline: 11/7/14.

  • Climate Action Champions (US Dept of Energy)
    The Climate Action Champions competition will recognize local, regional, and tribal government entities that are leading emissions reductions and climate resilience efforts. DOE will work with other Federal partners to provide recognized entities with additional opportunities for financial and technical assistance, as well as facilitated peer-to-peer networking opportunities and mentorship, to support and advance their greenhouse gas emissions reduction and climate resilience objectives. This initiative will have the added objective of aligning assets at the Federal level and marshalling private, public, and philanthropic dollars at the local level. The designated Climate Action Champions will have the opportunity to access existing Federal technical assistance programs and be eligible to compete, through submission of a full application, for Climate Action Champion targeted technical and financial assistance programs from DOE and other participating agencies that support their efforts to address climate resilience and greenhouse gas emissions reduction in their communities. DE-FOA-0001189. Deadline: 10/27/14

  • 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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Last updated: October 27, 2014