Current Projects

Racial Equity Justice40

Through the Racial Equity Justice40 project, First Nations is catalyzing a critical mass of tribes and Native-led nonprofit organizations to conduct and operationalize climate change plans and amplify the power of traditional ecological knowledge. Their experiences will lead the way toward new models for addressing climate change and the vulnerabilities and fragility of the economic and social systems on which we rely.

Grants made through this $5 million grant project will also help tribes and Native-led nonprofit organizations create or advance green jobs and better participate in and benefit from the Biden Administration’s Justice40 Initiative, which intends to allocate 40% of the overall funding for climate investments to disadvantaged communities.

Additional objectives of the project include partnering with federal agencies to expand capacity, efforts, and research on climate change planning and implementation, and creating opportunities for capacity building, training, technical assistance and professional development for tribes and Native nonprofits focusing on climate justice and resilience.

The Racial Equity Justice40 project is made possible with support from the Bezos Earth Fund, a $10 billion commitment launched in 2020 to fund scientists, activists, NGOs, and private-sector entities that are taking critical action to combat the climate crisis, preserve and protect the natural world, and support climate justice.

Check back for updates on this project, including information on the 2022 grant application process.

Grant Opportunities

Climate Resiliency in Indian Country Grant

First Nations is now accepting applications for Native-led projects related to the development or implementation of climate resiliency planning and implementation. First Nations expects to award 10 grants up to $100,000 each to support Native-led organizations working to promote climate resiliency in Native communities in line with the Justice40 initiative.

Apply by June 1, 2022

Regional Dialogues on Climate Resiliency Grant

First Nations is now accepting applications for Native-led organization proposals related to planning and hosting state- or regional-focused climate resiliency conversations. First Nations expects to award 10 grants averaging $50,000 each to Native-led organizations to host conversations on climate resiliency and the Justice40 initiative Native communities.

Apply by June 1, 2022