Climate Resilience in Alaskan Communities: Catalog of Federal Programs

Produced under the Obama Administration, this catalog profiles 62 federal funding programs that can support communities of Alaska in improving their climate resilience. For each program, it lists the program’s purpose, funding level, allowable applications, and who may qualify as an eligible applicant. Resources are emphasized that are useful to tribal and native Alaskan communities. The programs described in the catalog are wide ranging, including grants such as FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program and the NIH/NIEHS “Research to Action” program aimed at helping communities assess their local environmental threats.

The programs are organized in the report by their purpose, resulting in four broad groups: information gathering, capacity building, on-site measures, and relocation. In addition to descriptions of programs, the report includes a Quick Reference Program Matrix that allows users to identify programs that may meet their needs. Many programs make funding available for multiple different purposes. For example, the Native American Housing and Self-Determination Act is identified as a grant that can support information gathering activities including risk assessments and monitoring, capacity building activities including technical training and environmental education, and relocation activities including site evaluation, development, and infrastructure, among others. The narrative provides more details, including that funds from this program can “be used for a variety of activities including new construction, rehabilitation, acquisition, housing services, and crime prevention.”

The catalog includes several funding programs that are dedicated to projects related to to environmental justice. For instance, it profiles an EPA program called the Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (CPS) Cooperative Agreement Program. The CPS program awards up to $120,000 to environmental justice NGOs, tribal governments, or tribal organization for projects related to local environmental or public health issues. A description of the EPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grants Program is included also, which provides funding a wide variety of organizations, including tribal governments and faith-based organizations, for efforts related to addressing environmental concerns on the local level.

The catalog lists programs within the following organizations:

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Economic Development Authority (within the Department of Commerce)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Department of the Interior (DOI)
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
  • Department of Transportation
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Federal Transit Administration
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE)

This catalog was created by the Coastal Erosion Working Group, a part of the Arctic Executive Steering Committee (AESC). The AESC is dedicated to addressing the threat that coastal erosion and flooding pose to Alaskan communities.


Publication Date: June 1, 2015

Related Organizations:

  • Executive Office of the President of the United States


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  • Funding program

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