BIA Tribal Resilience Program

The Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) launched the Tribal Climate Resilience Partnership and Technical Assistance Program in 2014 to help tribes prepare for climate change.Direct funding supports federally-recognized Tribes and Alaska Native communities in climate resilience planning through competitive awards for climate training, adaptation planning, vulnerability assessments, supplemental monitoring, capacity building, and ocean and coastal management planning. On April 10, 2019 the BIA announced new funding availability and grant proposal requirements for 2019. Proposals are due by June 10, 2019.   

Purpose: The Tribal Resilience program funding supports tribes in climate change resilience planning, and ocean and coastal management and planning. Funded projects will address “vulnerability to extreme events and harmful environmental trends” through training, adaptation planning and data development, and travel to attend capacity building trainings and technical workshops. Projects will incorporate science (including Traditional Knowledge) and technical information to help address climate and extreme weather event vulnerabilities. Funding will also be allocated to support tribal participation in ocean and coastal (including the Great Lakes) cooperative planning and projects for resource health, resiliency, community safety, and economic security.

Eligible Uses: There are five total award categories, three of which are focused on climate adaptation planning: 

Adaptation Planning 

Category 1.  Trainings and Workshops (maximum: $150,000)

Category 2.  Adaptation Planning (max: $150,000)

Category 3.  Travel Support for Adaptation Planning (max: $15,000)

Ocean and Coastal Management Planning 

Category 4.  Ocean and Coastal Management Planning: ($150,000)   

Category 5.  Travel Support - Ocean & Coastal: ($15,000)

Potential Adaptation Uses: Category 1 awards “support tribal organizations to design and host tribal training(s) or workshop(s) that will assist tribal leaders, program coordinators, planners, and managers in developing the skills necessary to address extreme events and harmful environmental trends by developing tribal adaptation plans, or management options, through in-person and webinar trainings and workshops.”

Category 2 awards “are designed to support tribal organizations (as they assist tribal governments) in the development of adaptation plans, vulnerability assessments, and development of data analysis efforts (including supplementary monitoring) to address extreme events and harmful environmental trends that impact tribal treaty and trust resources, economies, infrastructure, and human health and welfare.” 

Eligible Grantees: Federally-recognized tribal not-for-profit and tribal non-governmental organizations and associations only are eligible for this funding.   

Process and Requirements: A complete application must contain mandatory components including a proposal document and budget to be completed and submitted by the tribal organization.  The tribe must be currently registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) with BIA. In addition, Federal law mandates that all entities applying for Federal financial assistance must have a valid Dun & Bradstreet Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number. 

Nearly $20 million in tribal climate resilience funds was provided by the Obama Administration in the program's first two years. In 2016 grants were used to support climate change trainings benefitting 83 tribes, regional workshops to support peer collaboration, and the development of a water resources vulnerability assessment process and guidebook for the Great Plains Tribal Water alliance. Funding of $12.7 million was awarded for fiscal years 2017 and 2018 for 138 projects.


In June 2017, the name of this program was changed to the BIA Tribal Resilience Program (TRP) and the description of the program was condensed. To access the website before the program description was changed, please visit an archived page here:


Publication Date: July 16, 2014

Related Organizations:

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs


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