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Climate Change Resources

Funding Opportunities:
NOTE: More Funding Opportunities can be found at the Tribes & Climate Change website: http://www7.nau.edu/itep/main/tcc/Resources/funding
Also, see the Tribal Climate Change Guide maintained by the Pacific Northwest Tribal Climate Change Project at the Univ. of Oregon: http://tribalclimateguide.uoregon.edu/

California Climate Investments
The California Climate Investments cap-and-trade program creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are made in disadvantaged communities and low-income communities and households. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: accepted on a rolling basis.

Potlatch Resiliency Fund
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Native communities, the Potlatch Resiliency Fund seeks to protect our way of life by funding resiliency actions that create hope, social connection, adaption, flexibility and purpose. This fund will provide grants that support general operating funds, projects, and artists. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: accepted on a rolling basis.

Rainforest Action Network Climate Action Grant
The Climate Action Fund (CAF) was established in 2009 to award small grants to frontline community groups that are fighting to prevent fossil fuels from being extracted and/or the construction of large point sources of greenhouse gas emissions. CAF is a grassroots alternative to carbon offset programs. Instead of purchasing carbon credits, funds will be used to empower frontline communities to keep fossil fuels in the ground where they belong. Grants generally do not exceed $2,500. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: accepted on a rolling basis.

March 2022:


NASA: Earth Science Applications in Equity & Environmental Justice
Proposals are being solicited to advance progress on equity and environmental justice domestically through the application of Earth science, geospatial, and socioeconomic information. With this program element, NASA is especially interested in proposals from or partnered with non-federal domestic organizations, community-based non-profit institutions, Tribal governments, local governments, and academic institutions active in addressing EEJ issues that would benefit from the insights offered by NASA Earth science information. For more information and to apply, click here. Please send questions to Amber McCullum at amberjean.mccullum@nasa.gov Application deadline: March 18, 2022.

USDA: Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loans and Grants
The program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. Agricultural producers may also apply for new energy efficient equipment and new system loans for agricultural production and processing. Applications can be for grants of $20,000 or less, or a loan/grant combination of $20,000 or less. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: March 31, 2022.

April 2022:


Alaska Native-Service and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions Education Competitive Grants Program
The purpose of this program is to promote and strengthen the ability of Alaska Native-Serving Institutions and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions to carry out education, applied research, and related community development programs in food and agricultural sciences-related disciplines. Priority will be given to those projects that enhance educational equity for underrepresented students; strengthen institutional educational capacities; prepare students for careers related to the food, agricultural, and natural resource systems of the United States; and maximize the development and use of resources to improve food and agricultural sciences teaching programs. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: April 8, 2022.

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS): Climate Adaptation Fund
In response to the ever-increasing urgency of climate change, WCS’s Climate Adaptation Fund shifted its funding priorities to advance learning and increase the pace and scale of impact in adaptation for wildlife and ecosystems. In 2022, the Fund will award up to $2.5 million in grants across two grant categories: adaptation implementation and adaptation mainstreaming. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: April 8, 2022.

USDA Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities: First Funding Pool
Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities pilot projects must focus on the on-farm, on-ranch or forest production of climate-smart commodities and associated reductions of greenhouse gas emissions and/or carbon sequestration. Proposals from $5 million to $100 million are in the first funding pool and should include large-scale pilot projects that emphasize the greenhouse gas benefits of climate-smart commodity production and include direct, meaningful benefits to a representative cross-section of production agriculture, including small and/or historically underserved producers. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: April 8, 2022.

EPA: FY 2023 Pollution Prevention Grant Program
EPA anticipates awarding approximately $9.38 million in total federal pollution prevention grant funding over a two-year funding cycle ($4.69 million in FY 2022 funds and $4.69 million in FY 2023 funds). Individual grant awards could be up to $800,000 for the two-year funding period or $400,000 funded per year. Cost share/match requirement is fifty percent. Federally-recognized tribes and intertribal consortia that receive a P2 grant award and place the approved workplan into a performance partnership agreement will have their cost share/match requirement reduced from fifty percent to zero. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: April 11, 2022.

EPA: FY 2023 Pollution Prevention Grant Program Funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
Through funds provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, EPA anticipates awarding approximately $13.9 million in total federal pollution prevention grant funding to support a two-year P2 grant agreement (FY 2022 and FY 2023). Grants will be fully funded at the initial award with a maximum individual award ceiling of $350,000. There will be NO cost share/match requirements and assistance agreements are ineligible for inclusion into performance partnership grant agreements. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: April 11, 2022.

Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)
$225 million is available nationally for projects that address natural resource issues on agricultural land. This year’s funding includes updates that encourage projects to address climate change, benefit historically underserved farmers, and support urban agriculture. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: April 13, 2022.

Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP)
ETIPP is accepting applications through April 15 and has an informational webinar on Feb 16. Competitively selected communities receive technical assistance from the ETIPP network, working collaboratively with DOE and national laboratories and regional partner organizations on strategic energy planning and analysis to investigate solutions that address their specific challenges and goals. Spark Northwest is available to support rural communities and tribal governments with their applications. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: April 16, 2022.

Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE)
The USDA has opened up grant applications to the RISE program, which seeks to increase equity in rural America by offering grants of up to $2 million to consortiums of local governments, investors, industry, institutions of higher education, and other public and private entities that create projects in distressed communities. Communities that have traditionally had high concentrations of employment in fossil fueled energy production and are transitioning away from this are encouraged to apply. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: April 19, 2022.

Rural Energy Pilot Program (REPP)
The USDA has opened up grant applications for communities to further develop renewable energy through REPP. Funds can be used to support community energy planning, community efficiency and weatherization, installing and equipping community scale renewable energy. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: April 19, 2022.

Drivers and Environmental Impacts of Energy Transitions in Underserved Communities Request for Applications (RFA)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing community-engaged research that will address the drivers and environmental impacts of energy transitions in underserved communities. For purposes of this competition and the evaluation of applications, “underserved communities” refers to populations sharing a particular characteristic, as well as geographic communities, that have been systematically denied a full opportunity to participate in aspects of economic, social, and civic life, including people of color, low income, rural, tribal, indigenous, and other populations that may be disproportionately impacted by environmental harms and risks. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: April 28, 2022.

May 2022:


USDA Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities: Second Funding Pool
Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities pilot projects must focus on the on-farm, on-ranch or forest production of climate-smart commodities and associated reductions of greenhouse gas emissions and/or carbon sequestration. Proposals from $250,000 to $4,999,999 are in the second funding pool and are limited to particularly innovative pilot projects. These projects should place an emphasis on: enrollment of small and/or underserved producers; and/or monitoring, reporting and verification activities developed at minority-serving institutions. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: May 27, 2022.

No-Cost Technical Assistance Opportunities:


California Climate Investments Grants
CA’s tribal governments can receive funds to help fight climate change while addressing community needs for clean transportation, clean air, land conservation, agricultural equipment, and more. For more information visit:
http://www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov/funding-for-tribal-governments

On-Request Technical Assistance from DOE Office of Indian Energy
Who provide federally recognized Indian tribes, including Alaska Native villages, tribal energy resource development organizations, and other organized tribal groups and communities, with technical assistance to advance tribal energy projects at no cost. Technical experts from DOE and its national laboratories, along with other partnering organizations, provide support to assist Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages with energy planning, housing and building energy efficiency, project development, policy and regulation, resilience, and village power. For more information visit:
https://www.energy.gov/indianenergy/technical-assistance

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.
www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/cig

Grants.gov
Searchable database of all discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies.
www.grants.gov/applicants/find_grant_opportunities.jsp

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.
www.fws.gov/science/SHC/lcc.html

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.
http://7genfund.org/index.php

Tribal Energy Program (US Dept. of Energy)
Provides links to funding opportunities with various government entities.
http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/tribalenergy/

EPA Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities Program
EPA's Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Communities Program helps communities, states, tribes and others understand risks associated with contaminated or potentially contaminated properties, called brownfields, and learn how to assess, safely clean up and sustainably reuse them. EPA funds three organizations—Kansas State University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the Center for Creative Land Recycling—to serve as independent sources of technical assistance. Each of these TABs has an extensive network of partners, contractors and other contacts that provides services across the country. They help communities tackle a variety of challenges related to identifying, assessing, cleaning up and redeveloping brownfields. The technical assistance comes at no cost to communities. Applications Due: Not Applicable. Eligible Entities: State, local and tribal governments.
For more information, visit the technical assistance description.

On Request Technical Assistance from DOE Office of Indian Energy
The DOE Office of Indian Energy provides federally recognized Indian tribes, including Alaska Native villages, tribal energy resource development organizations, and other organized tribal groups and communities, with technical assistance to advance tribal energy projects at no cost. Technical experts from DOE and its national laboratories, along with other partnering organizations, provide support to assist Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages with energy planning, housing and building energy efficiency, project development, policy and regulation, resilience, and village power. Applications Due: Not Applicable. Eligible Entities: Tribal governments
For more information, visit the technical assistance description.

NREL Solar Technical Assistance Team
The Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) Network gathers NREL solar technology and deployment experts to provide unbiased information on solar policies and issues for state and local government decision makers. The expert assistance is intended to support legislators, regulators, state agencies, and their staff members in making informed decisions about solar projects and policies. The STAT Network is a project of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office that is implemented in partnership with NREL. Applications Due: Not Applicable. Eligible Entities: State and local governments.
For more information, visit the technical assistance description.

NREL Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance Team
The Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance Team is a network of energy efficiency policy and implementation experts who provide timely, unbiased expertise to assist policymakers and regulators in making informed decisions about energy efficiency programs and policies. Requests for technical assistance must be submitted by state officials, including state legislative or regulatory bodies and their staff members. Applications Due: Not Applicable. Eligible Entities: State and local governments.
For more information, visit the technical assistance description.