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:


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. Deadline: 10/22/2018.

Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship
The Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship focuses specifically on supporting indigenous peoples and elevating their voices in the dialogue around climate resilience and/or conservation. The fellowship offers individualized support to fellows in an effort to enhance and expand leadership, as well as to provide learning opportunities and connections for personal and professional development. The fellowship strives to connect fellows to CI field offices, in order to support CI projects and programs and align with CI’s priority geographies. Deadline: 11/02/2018.

Indigenous Women’s Fellowship
Conservation International invites interested indigenous women leaders to apply for the 2019-2020 Indigenous Women’s Fellowship. This fellowship builds on previous fellowship initiatives and focuses specifically on advancing indigenous women’s leadership in the climate and conservation space. Deadline: 11/02/2018.

Emerging Indigenous Leaders Fellowship
Conservation International invites interested indigenous and traditional peoples organizations to nominate candidates for the 2019-2020 Emerging Indigenous Leaders Fellowship Deadline: 11/02/2018.

Climate Program Office FY 2019 (NOAA)
NOAA is focused on providing the essential and highest quality environmental information vital to our Nation’s safety, prosperity and resilience. Toward this goal, the agency conducts and supports weather and climate research, oceanic and atmospheric observations, modeling, information management, assessments, interdisciplinary decision-support research, outreach, education, and partnership development. Eligible entities: Native American tribal governments, institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, state, commercial and international organizations. Deadline: 11/20/2018.
Funding opportunity number: NOAA-OAR-CPO-2019-2005530 at


Flood Mitigation Assistance Program (FMA)
The FMA Grant Program makes available Federal funds to State, Local and Tribal Governments to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In FY18, the FMA Program will prioritize proposals that address community flood risk by setting aside $70 million for this purpose. FMA will seek to fund two types of community flood mitigation activities: Advance Assistance for flood mitigation design and development of community flood mitigation projects and mitigation projects that address community flood risk for the purpose of reducing NFIP flood claim payments. Applicants must submit applications via the Mitigation eGrants system on the FMA Grants Portal: Applicants may submit a maximum of 1 advanced assistance and 1 community mitigation project sub-application. Eligible entities: Native American Tribal governments (Federally recognized), state governments and others. Deadline: 01/31/2019.
Funding opportunity number: DHS-18-MT-029-000-99 at

Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program (PDM)
The PDM program makes available Federal funds to State, Local and Tribal Governments to implement and sustain cost-effective measures designed to reduce the risk to individuals and property from natural hazards, while also reducing reliance on Federal funding from future disasters.
FEMA will provide allocations of $575,000 as required by the Stafford Act to states and territories; and a tribal set aside of $15 million for allocations up to $575,000 for Native American Indian tribal governments to support overall mitigation planning and projects. The remaining PDM funds will be awarded on a competitive basis with a focus on multi-state/tribal mitigation initiatives.
Applicants must submit applications via the Mitigation eGrants system on the FEMA Grants Portal: Applicants may submit a maximum of 9 project sub-applications notwithstanding any project(s) submitted for the state/territory allocation or tribal set aside. In addition, any state or tribe willing to serve as the applicant for a multi-state or tribal activity may submit one additional plan or project sub application. Eligible entities: Native American Tribal governments (federally recognized), state governments, and others. Deadline 01/31/2019.
Funding opportunity number: DHS-18-MT-047-000-99 at

National Clean Diesel Campaign (EPA: Office of Transportation & Air Quality)
EPA is soliciting applications nationwide for Tribal projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets located in areas designated as having poor air quality. EPA anticipates $2 million will be awarded to eligible Tribal applicants. EPA will hold two upcoming webinars about the FY 2018 Tribal DERA RFA. The first will be on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. (ET). The second will be on Thursday, February 21, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. (ET). Deadline to apply 04/03/2019.
Webinar information and links are available at

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.