Resources:


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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/

Alaska CASC to Award Scholarships to Inaugural Climate Scholars Program
The Alaska CASC is awarding scholarships for student to participate in the new University of Alaska Fairbanks’ (UAF) Climate Scholar Program. This program provides undergraduate students at UAF with the opportunity to work with scientists and other experts to study climate change in Alaska. Scholars will study on the front lines of climate change outside of the classroom, where the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet. Experts on permafrost, glaciers, sea ice and more will lead scholars through work in Arctic biology, engineering, geophysics, supercomputing, and Alaska Native studies. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: evaluated on an on-going basis.

University of Arizona Haury Tribal Resilience Initiative Recruitment Grants
The Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice in 2020 announced its new Tribal Resilience Initiative. The Haury Program will award up to ten one-time grants in Spring of 2021 to support the recruitment of scholars whose teaching, scholarship, or outreach centers on matters relevant to Native American and Indigenous resilience. Each one-time award will be for $18,000 to be used to support the position, or to support a research assistant for the awardee. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: evaluated on a rolling-basis.

March 2021:


Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellowship
The RAY Diversity Fellowship is a two-year (1 year with 1-year renewal), full-time position with partner conservation and clean energy organizations with the goal of increasing and facilitating environmentally-related career pathways for emerging leaders of color. Fellowship positions will be posted on a rolling basis through March 15. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: March 26, 2021.

Water is Life Fund Grant Applications
The Water is Life Fund is a grant program focused on high-impact solutions to the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene access crisis in the United States, US territories, and sovereign tribal nations within US borders. Initiatives of interest should be unique, community-led, and long-lasting. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: March 31, 2021.

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loans & 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. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: March 31, 2021.

April 2021:


Northeastern States Research Cooperative (NSRC) – Indigenous Knowledge Forest Fund
NSRC announces an Indigenous Forest Knowledge Fund and associated Request for Proposals. The NSRC recognizes and respects the deep, primary knowledge of Tribal Nations in the Northern Forest region and announces the NSRC Indigenous Forest Knowledge Fund to support: 1) the education, mentorship, and training of Indigenous youth in applied forest research and/or Traditional Ecological Knowledge about forest systems; 2) new applied forest research that advances Tribal priorities; and 3) the synthesis and translation of forest research and/or Traditional knowledge to advance communications, outreach, and economic programs for Tribal nations and Indigenous communities. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: April 2, 2021.

National Coastal Resilience Fund: Increasing the Nation's Natural Defenses
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is pleased to announce the 2021 National Coastal Resilience Fund Request for Proposals (RFP). NFWF will make investments in planning, design, and restoration of natural and nature-based solutions to help protect coastal communities from the impacts of storms, floods, and other natural hazards and enable them to recover more quickly and enhance habitats for fish and wildlife. For more information and to apply, click here. Pre-proposal application deadline: April 7, 2021.

Bureau of Indian Affairs – Tribal Resilience Program
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is pleased to announce the availability of funding through the Tribal Climate Resilience Program (Program). The Program will provide funding for activities that support Tribal adaptation and resilience planning, ocean and coastal management planning, and relocation, managed retreat, or protect-in place planning and design activities for coastal and riverine communities. The Program aims to support Tribal Nations that are working toward climate adaptation planning and need information for management decisions that affect tribal trust and treaty resources, economies, infrastructure, and human health and welfare. The solicitation is for federally-recognized Tribal Nations and Tribal organizations* (as defined by 25 U.S.C. Section 5304(1)). Other entities may participate as sub-grantees. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: April 23, 2021.

Landscape Conservation Catalyst Fund
The Network for Landscape Conservation is pleased to announce the 2021 funding round of the Landscape Conservation Catalyst Fund. The Fund strives to accelerate the pace and practice of landscape conservation across the United States by making strategic investments in strengthening the collaborative capacity and process of place-based, community-grounded Landscape Conservation Partnerships. The Fund invites Partnerships that are led by Indigenous peoples, organizations, and communities to apply. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: April 23, 2021.

2021 Wildlife Conservation Society Climate Adaptation Fund
The Fund strives to increase the pace and scale of impact in adaptation for wildlife and ecosystems by increasing innovation, accelerating learning, and mainstreaming proven adaptation approaches. The Fund will provide up to $2.5 million in competitive grants in 2021. Awards will be made to non-profit conservation organizations applying for adaptation implementation and adaptation mainstreaming projects. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: April 28, 2021.

May 2021:


National Park Service’s Tribal Heritage Grants Program (THG)
National Park Service’s Tribal Heritage Grants Program focuses on protecting oral histories, plant and animal species important in tradition, sacred and historic places, and enabling the establishment of tribal historic preservation offices. The THG Program is funded by the Historic Preservation Fund and is administered by the NPS. Congress has appropriated $500,000 for the THG Program for FY2020. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: May 5, 2021.

FY2021 Environmental Justice Small Grant Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the availability of up to $6 million in grant funding. Special consideration will be given to the following focus areas: 1) addressing COVID-19 concerns faced by low-income communities and communities of color 2) climate change and natural disaster resiliency outreach and planning 3) new applicants to either opportunity 4) port initiative to assist people living and working near ports across the country 5) small non-profits. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: May 7, 2021.

Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the availability of $3.2 million in grant funding. This funding announcement prioritizes projects focused on COVID-19 impacts, as well as climate and disaster resiliency. The EJCPS Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding to support community-based organizations in their efforts to collaborate and partner with local stakeholder groups as they develop community-driven solutions that address environmental and/or public health issues for underserved communities. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: May 7, 2021.

CAL FIRE Fire Prevention Grants Program
CAL FIRE’s Fire Prevention Grants Program provides funding for projects and activities that address the risk of wildfire, reduce wildfire potential, and increase community resiliency. Funded activities include hazardous fuel reduction, wildfire prevention planning, and wildfire prevention education with an emphasis on improving public health and safety while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: May 19, 2021.

Association on American Indian Affairs Scholarships
Scholarships are available to undergraduate and graduate Native American students who are citizens/members of their Tribal Nation – whether or not their Nation is acknowledged by the federal government. The Association’s scholarships are provided to students twice a year until the student earns a degree, as long as they maintain a 2.5 GPA and attend full time. For more information and to apply, click here. Application deadline: May 31, 2021.

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.