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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. [Download and Share TCR Program Brochure]

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:


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)

Apply by 9PM E.D.T. May 23, 2016! Funding of more than $6.5M will be awarded to federally-recognized Tribes and Alaska Native communities (and organizations with 638-contracting authority) for tribal climate change adaptation, ocean and coastal management planning, and youth internships focused on climate adaptation. A new Category 9, Capacity Building, has been establish this year to support tribes that have not successfully applied nor have capacity to apply in FY16 for Categories 2 or 4 to fund part-time staff to identify tribal climate adaptation needs now to better prepare the tribe to apply in FY17 or future years. All proposals must include a supporting tribal resolution(s). BIA will review and fund proposals that are selected based on the stated evaluation process, which have been received by 9:00PM EDT on 5/23/2016.

Submit proposals or questions by e-mail to: climate.funding@bia.gov or by mail per the instructions.
If possible, please complete and attach the Proposal Cover Sheet to avoid errors on our part.


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

2015 Summer and Fall Contest Winners
·   Join! the Tribal Climate Change Photo Contest (PDF flyer)
DUE April 30th (2016 Spring Contest) or August 26th (2016 Summer Contest) 
Using a classroom or cell phone camera, take a picture of things of value in your 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)


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

·   Funding Opportunity Number: BIA-climate-16-0001 at http://www.grants.gov
Under Review! Applications received by closing date: Feb. 12, 2016, 5PM EST
Proposals are now under review for cooperative agreements between BIA and tribal organizations to hire 5-7 tribal climate science liaisons to address tribal climate science needs through extension work with tribes, research, and coordination. Please choose the direct access solicitation link above this description for further information from the now ARCHIVED solicitation.


 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.