Tribal Climate Resilience


The Cooperative Landscape Conservation (CLC) program provides funds and technical support to enable tribal governments and trust land managers to better understand potential impacts and vulnerabilities of communities, ecosystems and built systems to climate-related change, to enable them to develop information and tools to support planning and decision making, to implement strategies that improve the preparedness and resilience of communities in the face of a changing climate and address the potential for increased peak weather events. The program also enables tribal participation in ocean and coastal planning.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Indian Education, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2020 The Indian Affairs fulfilled its program objectives by awarding approximately 160 Federal Assistance Awards and Grants in FY2020.
Fiscal Year 2021 IA issued 139 new awards and modifications to existing awards to 97 recipients.
Fiscal Year 2022 Awards 6 grants to entities to complete the goals and objectives of the program.
Snyder Act of 1921, as amended, 25 U.S.C. § 13. For FY14 (2 year funding) P.L. 113-76, and FY15 (two year funding) P.L. 113-164
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Direct Support Awards: Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, Native American Organizations authorized by Indian tribal governments and Native American non-profit organizations, federally/tribally chartered tribal colleges and universities. Providers of Training and Technical Support Awards: Native American Organizations authorized by Indian tribal governments, federally/tribally chartered tribal colleges and universities, Native American tribal and non-profit organizations, and public universities. (Contact BIA Central Office for details)
Beneficiary Eligibility
Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and consortia, tribal and public colleges and universities, and Native American organizations.
For direct award grants, the initial proposal must be accompanied by a copy of the authorizing resolution from the Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government to be supported. Additional requirement for other than federally recognized tribes, establishment credentials (charter, incorporation or other applicable).
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Informal pre-application conference is recommended. Technical assistance in preparing the application is available upon request.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Initial applications for financial assistance must contain the information specified in 25 CFR, Part 900, Subpart C, "Contract Proposal Contents." Completed applications should be submitted to the BIA Headquarters office. Requests for technical services can be made through the BIA Regional Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Award Procedure
Awards are made by the Deputy Bureau Director, Office of Trust Services, Central Office, based on the prioritization of all applications received through a thorough evaluation and scoring by a review team. Awards are usually made shortly after the review (see announcement for specific details). Any awards are subject to the availability of the congressional appropriations.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
See the announcement for details or contact the Central Office or Regional Offices for application deadlines for particular program support categories.
Not applicable.
Funds are appropriated for use in non-recurring projects/activities on a year-to-year basis and are not intended to provide perennial support for tribal programs. For training programs, non-competitive renewal for additional sessions is at the option of the Bureau.
How are proposals selected?
There are 4 broad categories for award, each with selection criteria. Category 1: Design and delivery of technical training, forums or workshops to improve tribal staff and trust manager's capacity to address climate adaptation management, preparedness or resilience (category 1 criteria: adult/youth education experience (required), training design, budget, delivery capacity). Category 2: Climate adaptation planning, vulnerability assessments, monitoring for climate change indicators, and ocean and coastal planning (category 2 criteria: Project design, implementation and feasibility, budget, builds tribal capacity, value, objectives and outcomes). Category 3: Travel support for participation in technical sessions (category 3 criteria: alignment of technical session with tribal adaptation management, value, and for ocean and coastal tribes, location), and support for participation in regional and cooperative ocean and coastal planning. Category 4: technical support, providing technical support to tribes for climate adaptation management (criteria, organization capacity, experience, existing constituency). See announcements for details.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used in a variety of ways to strengthen the capabilities of Indian tribes and Alaska Native Villages, consortia, and organizations to support climate resilience and preparedness in community and program level planning, training, technical support, development of tools, monitoring, response and associated needs.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Financial records must be retained for 3 years from the date of submission of the single audit report. Procurement records must be retained for 3 years from the date of final payment. Property records must be retained for 3 years from the date of disposition, replacement, or transfer. Records pertaining to any litigation, audit exceptions or claims must be retained until the dispute has been resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are made on an annual basis and the funds remain available until expended by the contractor/grantee. Payments may be made in advance or by way of reimbursement. The timing of the payments will be negotiated with the Indian tribe, or awardee. Contact the headquarters or regional office for more information.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Offices. Applications should be filed with Bureau of Indian Affairs' Headquarters but proposals will be accepted at any BIA Regional Office as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Sean J. Hart
Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1849 C Street, NW, MS 4635 MIB
Washington, DC 20240 US
Phone: (202)513-0337
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 22$1,558,308.00; FY 23 est $6,723,829.00; FY 24 est $7,000,000.00; FY 21$15,898,184.00; FY 20$14,561,394.00; FY 19$15,089,725.00; FY 18$6,823,358.00; FY 17 FY 15 FY 16 - CFDA 15.156 will use BIL money for the two main programs: Relocation and Adaptation. Budget Fiscal Year 2024 estimate based on prior year appropriations and expenditures.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not Available
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Program guidelines for grants are available in the Request for Proposals announcement. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2021 Relocation Coordinator - Native Village of Shaktoolik; Relocation Coordinator - Native Village of Akiak; Relocation Coordinator - Native Village of Newtok; Relocation Coordinator - Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe; Relocation Coordinator - Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe; Relocation Coordinator - Karuk Tribe; Adaptation – projects are under review.
Fiscal Year 2023 Funded projects will provide Tribes with the resources needed to meet the objectives of this program.


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