Climate Resiliency in Indian Country Grant

Application Deadline:

June 1, 2022, 5pm Mountain Time

General Information

Native American communities have sustainably managed their lands for thousands of years, cultivating, adapting, and transferring traditional ecological knowledge over many generations. This expansive reservoir of knowledge and deep connection to land keep Native communities strong and encourage the land to be productive. Such relationships benefit the natural world that we depend on, and acknowledge the importance of being in harmony with and having true connection with places. First Nations recognizes Native communities’ ability to steward their land to ensure their sustainable, economic, spiritual and cultural well-being. In response, First Nations created its Stewarding Native Lands program to provide financial and technical assistance to support Native ecological stewardship and improve Native control of and access to ancestral lands and resources.

Grant Overview

As the world confronts climate change and its disastrous effects, many institutions now look to Indigenous knowledge and practices to mitigate and adapt to these changes. Despite this, Native communities remain some of the most vulnerable to extreme weather events due to the lack of access to resources and infrastructure.

This grant aims to support 10 Native-led organizations working to promote climate resiliency in Native communities in line with the Justice40 initiative.

First Nations is now accepting applications under our Stewarding Native Lands program for Native-led projects related to the development or implementation of climate resiliency planning. First Nations expects to award 10 grants up to $100,000 each to eligible tribes and organizations. Organizations that have not been formalized as a nonprofit are encouraged to apply through a fiscal sponsor.

The Climate Resiliency in Indian Country Grant is separate from the Regional Dialogues on Climate Resiliency Grant. Tribes and Organizations can, and are encouraged to, apply for one or both opportunities if they have interest and capacity. Review processes for each grant opportunity are distinct.

Grant support is made possible through funding from the Bezos Earth Fund.

Grant Period

The grant period for this funding opportunity is July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023.

Grant Award Ceilings

Total requests for project budgets within this funding opportunity should not exceed $100,000.

Grant Submission Deadlines

The proposal-selection process is a one stage competitive process. All applicants must complete the First Nations online grant application, including submission of necessary attachments.

Full proposals will be due June 1, 2022, at 5pm MT

First Nations recognizes that some of our most rural and remote applicants may have limited access to high-speed internet. Any exceptions to use of the online system must be requested at least two weeks in advance of the application deadline by submitting an email request to grantmaking@firstnations.org. Please include your name, organization, contact information and the name of the funding opportunity for which you are applying. If you do not have access to email, you can call our office at (303) 774-7836 and ask to speak with a member of the Grantmaking Department.

Download instructions for First Nations’ Online Application System here. Access First Nations’ Online Application system here.

Unfortunately, First Nations cannot make any emergency exceptions to application deadlines. Partial applications, incomplete applications due to user error, or faxed/emailed/mailed applications will not be considered unless they have received prior approval.

Please allow yourself enough time to submit a complete application before the deadline, as the system will shut down automatically at 5 pm Mountain Time on June 1, 2022, and no data may be entered thereafter. We do not accept partial, faxed, emailed or mailed applications. Applications that are not received on time due to user error will not be considered.

Download a PDF of this RFP here


  • Types of eligible applicants include, but are not limited to:
  • Federal and State Recognized Tribal Governments and Departments
  • Native-controlled 501(c)(3) nonprofits
  • Native-controlled community organizations with fiscal sponsorship
  • Native §7871 Organizations

Please refer to the FAQ section for further insight regarding applicant eligibility.


Application & Required Attachments

Proposal Requirements:

  • A brief history of the organization, its mission and previous work.
  • A concise description of the proposed project and how it will directly contribute to climate resiliency in line with the Justice40 initiative.
  • A summary of project activities and how they will be implemented.
  • Up to three specific and measurable objectives to be accomplished during the project year.
  • An estimated budget for the proposed project.
  • Information on additional funding sources your project is utilizing (if any).
  • A timeline of your project activities.

The following required attachments must be uploaded during the online submission process:

Tax-Status Documentation. A copy of the organization or fiscal sponsor’s IRS Determination Letter if the applicant is a 501(c)(3) organization or a community organization using a fiscal sponsor. Tribal programs and governments may submit proof that they are a federal- or state-recognized tribe. This document should be uploaded as a PDF file.

Description of Board of Directors. Native-controlled nonprofits should submit a list of their Board of Directors, with tribal affiliation of each director where applicable. Community organizations with fiscal sponsors should submit a list of their leadership team, with tribal affiliation of each team member where applicable. Tribal programs and governments should submit a list of their Tribal Council in lieu of a Board of Directors. This document should be uploaded as a PDF file.

Description of Key Leadership Staff. Native-controlled nonprofits and community organizations with fiscal sponsors should submit a list of key staff who will be responsible for overseeing and implementing the proposed project. Tribal programs and governments should submit a list of key staff responsible for overseeing and implementing the proposed project. This document should be uploaded as a PDF file.

Budget. (Download Suggested Budget Form) An estimated budget for the proposed project with a detailed cost breakdown that is reasonable and directly related to proposed grant activities. This form must be uploaded as an Excel file.

Timeline. (Download Suggested Timeline Form) A detailed project timeline that documents important project activities for each identified objective. Include staff who will be responsible for the implementation of the project and when each activity will be completed. The form provided is in Excel format and it must be uploaded as an Excel file or PDF file.

All applicants must complete a full proposal in the First Nations online grant application portal, including submission of necessary attachments, no later than June 1, 2022, at 5pm MT.

Selection Criteria


Selected grantees under this opportunity must use funding to support projects that will increase climate resiliency (through the development or implementation of a climate resiliency plan) in Native communities. Examples of allowable projects under this funding opportunity include, but are not limited to:

  • Climate risk assessments
  • Implementing climate resiliency plans
  • Emergency response/preparedness
  • Climate proofing infrastructure and services
  • Multi-level early warning systems
  • Climate risk governance and capacity building

Examples of unallowable activities under this funding opportunity include:

  • Purchase of Real Estate
  • Scholarships or tuition assistance
  • Films, television and/or radio programs
  • Endowments
  • Development campaigns
  • Funding for individuals
  • Support of lobbying activities
  • Support of litigation
Grant Requirements

Grant Expectations and Requirements

Evaluation & Reporting: SNL grantees will be required to submit one mid-grant progress report and one final report. These reports will enable First Nations to (1) tell grantee stories, including accomplishments, challenges, impact, and programming practices; and (2) measure the impact of funding support on grantee programs.



First Nations Development Institute will hold one informational webinar to discuss the call for proposals and address any questions for both the Climate Resiliency in Indian Country Grant  and the Regional Dialogues on Climate Resiliency Grant.

May 10, 2022, 11 am Mountain Time. Register here.

This Q&A session will provide an opportunity for applicants to ask questions about the application, selection criteria, guidelines, or other related topics. Participation is NOT mandatory; however, applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in the webinar.

First Nations has compiled several free resources related to the grant writing process. Whether you are a small organization new to grants or an organization with extensive experience, these resources will help with development of your application to First Nations.

Please click here to access First Nations’ free grantseeker resources.

 Additional Questions

Should you have any additional questions about the call for applications or this specific funding opportunity, please contact Abbi Han by email at ahan@firstnations.org or by phone at 505-226-5223.