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Climate Change / Tribal Climate Resilience Program

The BIA Tribal Climate Resilience Program goal is the mainstreaming of climate considerations at the project level through leadership engagement, delivery of data and tools, training and tribal capacity building. Direct funding supports tribes, tribal consortia, and authorized tribal organizations to plan for climate resilience through competitive awards for tribally designed climate training, adaptation planning, vulnerability assessments, supplemental monitoring, capacity building, and youth engagement. The ocean and coastal management effort supports planning, science and tools, and capacity for coastal tribe's ocean management. Ocean and coastal proposals need not address only climate related concerns.

Mainstreaming climate change considerations into all Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) activities, and supporting federally-recognized Tribal Nations to do the same, is a high priority for the administration and the Department of the Interior (DOI).  Climate change will bring new challenges to Indian Country and Alaska Native Villages.  The President's Climate Action Plan identified the BIA as the lead agency to support tribes as they address this challenge.

To find federal-wide Tribes and Climate Resources, please visit the new tool:
Tribal Climate Resilience Resource Guide (Tool)


FY 2016 Announcements for Climate Funding and Student Contests are listed in the following sections, followed by Quick Links to Key Resources, and Prior Year Summaries:


Summer 2016 K-12 BIA/BIE Tribal Student Climate Change Photo Contest
and 2015 Summer and Fall Contest Winners and 2016 Spring Photos Entries

2015 Summer and Fall Contest Winners
·   For K-12 Students! Tribal Climate Change Photo Contest (PDF flyer)
DUE August 26th (2016 Summer Contest) 
Using a classroom or cell phone camera, take a picture of things of value in your tribal community that climate change might affect, include a climate caption, and submit the photo or questions by e-mail to: bia_climate_photo_contest@bia.gov or by teacher's class instructions. Categories: K-5, 6-8, & 9-12.
·   2015 Summer and Fall Tribal Student Photo Contest Award Winners (pdf)
·   2016 Spring Contest Entries (pdf) - submitted by April 30, 2016


Program to Address Climate Science Needs for Improved Climate Change Adaptation
Tribal Climate Science Liaisons

·   New! Funding Opportunity Number: BIA-CLIMATE-16000-0001-0030 (grants.gov)
NEW Solicitation - Due August 19, 2016: The BIA has posted a solicitation to fund the identification and hiring of up to three additional regional tribal climate science liaisons to include the North Central, Midwest, and / or a combined Northeast/Southeast regions.

·   [ARCHIVED from 2/12/16] Funding Opportunity Number: BIA-climate-16-0001 (grants.gov)
Awards being processed: Applications received by the closing date: Feb. 12, 2016, 5PM EST have been reviewed for cooperative agreements between BIA and tribal organizations to hire some regional tribal climate science liaisons to address tribal climate science needs through extension work with tribes, research, and coordination. For regions not yet selected, please see the NEW! solicitation that precedes this notice. Please choose the direct access solicitation link above this description for further information about the original, now ARCHIVED, solicitation.


FY 2016 Tribal Climate Resilience Program Funding Announcement
Adaptation & Ocean/Coastal Planning, Travel Support, Youth Funding, and
Capacity Building (New!)

·   FY16 Application Kit (pdf) - Notice of Funding (proposal requirements)
·   [Optional] Proposal Cover Sheet (fillable pdf) - to aid in correct filing!
·   Original FY16 Funding Announcement Letter sent to Tribal Leaders (pdf)
·   Indian Affairs Climate Funding News Release posted 3/23/16 (pdf)
·   BIA Regional Climate Contacts (pdf)
·   Overview Webinar with Q&A (YouTube) - Download slides (pdf)

Awards being processed: Funding of more than $6.5M will be awarded to federally-recognized Tribes and Alaska Native communities (and organizations with 638-contracting authority) for proposals submitted by the 9PM EDT May 23, 2016 due date for tribal climate change adaptation, ocean and coastal management planning, and youth climate opportunities. On July 1st, phase one review was completed - each proposal was read by three diverse reviewers who evaluated the proposal independently based on preset criteria to ensure fair-mindedness. By August, final funding levels will determine award cutoffs, at which time, awards will be announced and award/no-award letters sent to tribal leaders.

If you have questions or feedback about the proposal or review process, please submit it by email to climate.funding@bia.gov.


 SELECT QUICK LINKS TO KEY RESOURCES


FY 2015 Tribal Cooperative Landscape Conservation Program
Adaptation and Coastal Management Funding

·   Awards Summary of Climate Adaptation and Ocean and Coastal Management Planning  (pdf)
Funding of more than $11M has been awarded to federally-recognized Tribes and Alaska Native Villages for climate adaptation and coastal planning and related travel support for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 proposals submitted by April 2015.
·   Original FY15 Application Kit to submit on or before 4/24/15 (pdf)


FY 2015 Tribal Cooperative Landscape Conservation Program
Internships and Youth Engagement Funding

·   Awards Summary of Internships and Youth Engagement  (pdf)
Funding of more than $1M has been awarded to federally-recognized Tribes and Alaska Native Villages for Management and Research Internships and Youth Engagement for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 proposals submitted by June 2015.
·   Original FY15 Application Kit to submit on or before 6/22/15 (pdf)


FY 2014 Tribal Climate Change Adaptation Program Awards 

·   Adaptation Awards for Planning, Training and Capacity Building  (pdf)
List of projects and travel support funding awarded to tribes in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014.


FY 2013 Tribal Climate Change Adaptation Program Awards 

·   Adaptation Awards for Planning, Training and Capacity Building  (pdf)
List of projects and travel support funding awarded to tribes in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013.


FY 2011 Tribal Climate Change Adaptation Program Awards 

·   Adaptation Awards for Planning, Training and Capacity Building  (pdf)
List of projects and travel support funding awarded to tribes in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011.