Climate Change Resources

The funding opportunities provided here may assist tribes in addressing climate change through a broad range of sectors. Also, see the Tribal Climate Change Funding and Program Guide maintained by the Pacific Northwest Tribal Climate Change Project at the University of Oregon:

Funding Opportunities:

Tribal Resilience and Ocean and Coastal Management and Planning
The BIA's Tribal Resilience Program is pleased to announce the availability of funding for tribal projects that support tribal resilience as tribes incorporate the science (including Traditional Knowledge) and technical information to prepare for extreme events and harmful environmental trends that impact tribal treaty and trust resources, economies, infrastructure, and human health and welfare. See the solicitation on, as Funding Opportunity Number: BIA 1800-0001. Eligibility is limited to not-for-profit, non-governmental tribal organizations and associations, and tribally-controlled colleges and universities (TCUs) , collectively referred to as “tribal organization(s)” in the announcement. Deadline: 07/12/2018.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs-Tribal Resilience Program, held a webinar to answer questions about the two notices of funding, please visit to listen to the archived webinar.

Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF)
Based on the OFRF report, 2016 National Organic Research Agenda (NORA), this year’s priority areas for research projects include soil health, innovative weed control, organic insect pest management , livestock health, social science research on the marketing, policy, and economic barriers to successful organic production and barriers to transition, and emerging issues related to environmental, economic, or social challenges for organic growers. Submissions must meet one or more of the six priority areas. We encourage applicants to download the report for more details. It is important to note the new early release date of July 15,2018 for the Letters of Intent. Otherwise, the timeline is the same as previous years. Those invited to submit full proposals will be notified in the fall. Grant funding will be announced in spring 2019. Deadline: 07/15/2018.

DOI WaterSMART Grants: Water Marketing Strategy Grants
Through the WaterSMART Water Marketing Strategy Grants, Reclamation provides cost-shared financial assistance to states, tribes, and local governments to develop water marketing strategies to establish or expand water markets or water marketing activities between willing participants, in compliance with state and Federal laws. This FOA supports collaborative planning efforts to develop water markets that will proactively address water supply reliability and increase water management flexibility. Water markets between willing buyers and sellers can be used to help water users meet demands efficiently in times of shortage, thereby helping to prevent water conflicts. By encouraging collaboration and input to the planning process from a range of stakeholders, this FOA will expand the lines of communication between Reclamation and local communities, and among the community stakeholders themselves, restoring community trust. Eligible Entities: States, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the Western United States or United States Territories as identified in the Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902, as amended. Deadline: 07/17/2018.

Tribal Healthy Homes Grant
HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes Tribal Healthy Homes Production (HHP) Grant provides $12 million, grant amounts are minimum $500,000 to maximum $1,000,000. The purpose of the HHP program is to assist American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments to identify and remediate housing related health and safety hazards. This program will assist American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments to develop comprehensive programs to identify and remediate housing issues that contribute to health and safety issues in urban and tribal communities Deadline: 07/18/2018.
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DOT BUILD Transportation Program
The Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program replaces the pre-existing Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. As the Administration looks to enhance America’s infrastructure, FY 2018 BUILD Transportation grants are for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. BUILD funding can support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation. Projects for BUILD will be evaluated based on merit criteria that include safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, environmental protection, state of good repair, innovation, partnership, and additional non-Federal revenue for future transportation infrastructure investments. Eligible Entities: State, local and tribal governments, with emphasis on rural areas. Deadline: 07/19/2018.

EPA Announces WIFIA Funding for Water Infrastructure Projects
EPA has announced the availability of approximately $5.5 billion in credit that could finance over $11 billion in water infrastructure projects through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. Prospective borrowers seeking WIFIA credit assistance must submit a letter of interest by July 31, 2018 . EPA’s WIFIA program will host webinars and information sessions for prospective borrowers to foster a greater understanding of the WIFIA program requirements and pave the way for successful applications to the program. A WIFIA Letter of Interest Submission and Selection Process Question and Answer Session has been scheduled for May 30, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (ET). Deadline: 07/31/2018.
To register, please visit

DOI WaterSMART Grants: Small-Scale Water Efficiency Project
Through Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects, Reclamation provides assistance to states, tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other entities with water or power delivery authority to undertake specific small-scale water efficiency projects that have been prioritized through planning efforts led by the applicant. This Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects FOA supports specific small-scale water efficiency projects that have been prioritized through planning efforts led by the applicant. These projects conserve and use water more efficiently; mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict; and accomplish other benefits that contribute to water supply reliability in the western United States. Eligible Entities: States, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the Western United States or United States Territories as identified in the Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902, as amended. Deadline: 07/31/2018.

Power Resources Office Request for Proposals for Strategic Energy Initiatives
Issued by the Power Resources Office (PRO) using appropriated funding, this Request for Proposal (RFP), solicits strategic energy project proposals from Reclamation regional, area, and facility offices (collectively, the regions); and the Denver Technical Service Center (TSC). Through this RFP, the PRO aims to leverage Bureau expertise and increase regional participation in advancing the Department’s Memorandum of Understanding for Hydropower and Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2018-2022 to better manage water resources across Reclamation.

To that end, all project proposals must seek to accomplish one, or both, of the following:
  1. Analyze or demonstrate innovative and cost-effective solutions that can strengthen hydropower generation or energy efficiency at Reclamation projects where outcomes or lessons learned can be used to deliver a greater, Reclamation-wide benefit.
  2. Assist Tribes in the development of sustainable energy resources to enhance the management of water resources.
Deadline: 08/17/2018.
Per the RFP, proposals are due to the PRO (Clark Bishop, by August 17, 2018. The PRO anticipates notifying successful applicants by September 7, 2018.

EPA Tribal Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program
EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets located in areas designated as having poor air quality. Further, priority for funding will be given to projects which result in outcomes that benefit affected communities, those that engage affected communities with respect to the design and performance of the project, and those which can demonstrate the ability to promote and continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project has ended. Eligible Entities: Tribal governments and Alaska Native Villages which have jurisdiction over transportation or air quality. Deadline: 09/06/2018.
For more information, visit the Clean Diesel Tribal Grants web page.

DOI National Park Service: Land and Water Conservation Fund Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program
This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is to advise States, local units of government, and federally-recognized Indian Tribes of the availability of funds for grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund’s (LWCF) Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) Program. The purpose of the LWCF ORLP is to provide grants to acquire and/or develop public lands for outdoor recreation purposes consistent with the purposes of the LWCF, but with the further specific goals of funding projects that:
  • Are located within or serve jurisdictions delineated by the Census Bureau from the 2010 Census as “urbanized areas,” that is, areas with a population of 50,000 or more people and consisting of densely settled territory.
  • Are located in or are directly accessible to neighborhoods or communities that are underserved in terms of parks and recreation resources and where there are significant populations of people who are economically disadvantaged.
Eligible Entities: State and local government agencies and federally recognized Indian tribes Deadline: 09/14/2018.

Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (NSF)
The goal of research funded under the interdisciplinary P2C2 solicitation is to utilize key geological, chemical, atmospheric (gas in ice cores), and biological records of climate system variability to provide insights into the mechanisms and rate of change that characterized Earth's past climate variability, the sensitivity of Earth's climate system to changes in forcing, and the response of key components of the Earth system to these changes. Funding opportunity #: 17-582. Eligibility is unrestricted.

No-Cost Technical Assistance Opportunities:

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.
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.

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.

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.