Tribal Climate Resilience 

Funding for:

What does this funding get me?

Section 80001 of the IRA appropriates $220 million to the Bureau of Indian Affairs that can be used to help sustain ecosystems and natural and cultural resources, economies, infrastructure, human health, and safety, support climate preparedness and resilience for all Federally-recognized Tribal Nations through technical and financial assistance, access to scientific resources, and educational opportunities.

Am I eligible?

Federally-recognized Tribal Governments and Native American Organizations (including cooperatives, corporations, partnerships, associations) are eligible. 

How can I access the money?

Visit the Tribal Climate Resilience Annual Awards Program page on the BIA website for all the details and additional resources. You can also monitor funding opportunities on Grants.gov and see more resources on the main BIA Tribal Climate Resilience webpage.

What is the timeline?

Awards are made on an annual basis and funds remain available until expended by the contractor/grantee. The timing of payments will be negotiated with the Tribe or other awardee.

What other incentives could I use to help me accomplish my goals?

You can view funding announcements at the BIA Tribal Climate Resilience webpage.

Check the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) for additional incentives that may be offered by your state, local government, or utility, as well as important federal, state, and local policies. For questions regarding DSIRE, contact Justin Lindemann (NC Clean Energy Technology Center) at jplindem@ncsu.edu.

Where can I get more information?

  • An overview of the funding opportunity can be found at SAM.gov.
  • Visit the Tribal Climate Resilience Annual Awards Program page on the BIA website for all the details on this program.
  • More information and resources can be found on BIA’s main climate resilience web page
  • You can view a map with information on Tribes and Tribal organizations previously funded projects on the Tribal Climate Resilience Awards Dashboard.
  • You may be able to get technical assistance with this program from the EPA’s Region 4 Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center (EJ TCTAC), also called Resource for Assistance and Community Training in Region 4 on Environmental Justice (REACT4EJ), which provides technical assistance to residents, community organizations, and Federally recognized tribal nations in Region 4 states including North and South Carolina. REACT4EJ can assist in developing capabilities and identifying resources for understanding or resolving EJ circumstances. Visit REACT4EJ.org to learn more and connect with their team.
  • As you look at current federal funding opportunities and those anticipated in 2024, SSDN’s Local Infrastructure Hub (LIH) program has resources that may be able to help!  The LIH program supports local governments and community-based organizations that are working on cross-cutting projects at the intersection of addressing climate impacts and promoting racial wealth equity.  Learn more on the LIH website or through this one-pager.  The application for LIH support is a light lift and is linked HERE! Reach out to Nick Deffley if you have questions about eligibility or need guidance.
  • For specific questions about this program or for more assistance, contact Jessica Finkel at info@energyfundsforall.org.