October 26, 2018
Climate Ready Tribes Funding Opportunities
Request for Applications
Applications due Wednesday, November 28, 2018
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB), with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is pleased to announce a call for applications for two new Climate Ready Tribes (CRT) Initiative funding opportunities.

  • Reduce climate-related morbidity and mortality in Tribal Nations and communities;
  • Build capacity to identify and assess climate-related health threats to Tribes;
  • Build climate and health adaptation capacity within Tribal governments;
  • Increase collaboration and data sharing among the Tribes, the federal government, state/local governments, and other partners on issues of climate and health; and,
  • Increase communication and information sharing about the health effects of climate change.


NIHB will offer a CRT Initiative Award of up to $50,000 to up to three Tribes to conduct local work related to Tribal climate health. This can include improving and maintaining partnerships, identifying best practices, and implementing evidence-based programs and services.

NIHB will also offer a CRT Initiative Mini-Award for Climate and Health Communication of up to $5000 to up to three Tribes to conduct low-cost, local work including climate health outreach, educational, or training activities.

The project period for both projects will run from approximately January 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019, with some additional reporting requirements due in July for the Tribes who receive the larger award.


The CRT Initiative Award provides a significantly larger amount of funding. As such, there are more requirements for awardees, including attending and presenting at NIHB's National Tribal Public Health Summit (or an approved replacement). Possible activities funded include creating a climate adaptation plan or strategy, providing training to health agency personnel or other Tribal stakeholders on climate change topics, collaborating and holding meetings/workshops with community members and stakeholders, planning or implementing a specific intervention, or developing and implementing an educational campaign on climate and health.

The CRT Initiative Mini-Award for Climate and Health Communication offers a small amount of funding to conduct low-cost, local work, such as creating brochures/posters, writing newsletters, exhibiting at a health fair, conducting internal training for staff, or hosting a meeting with community partners or community members to discuss climate change and health in some capacity. This opportunity may be a better fit for Tribes who are interested in smaller projects, or do not have staff/time to conduct larger and more complex projects right now.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?  Federally-recognized American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes are eligible to apply. Applicants must have the staffing and capacity to complete their proposed projects and agree to fulfill all expectations for participation. Additional eligibility requirements are outlined on the applications.

WHAT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE (TA) IS PROVIDED?  NIHB will provide monitoring and support throughout the project period and can also provide relevant and reasonable TA as needed or requested. Additionally, check-in calls will be regular opportunities to meet with NIHB and discuss progress and needs. NIHB will also provide additional support to all awardees by facilitating connections and learning through hosting activities such as learning community webinars.
Applicants may apply for either or both of the funding opportunities. Please refer to each RFA for more details.

TO APPLY: The request for applications (RFAs) can be downloaded, completed as a Word document, and then turned into a PDF for submission. Completed applications are due to NIHB via email by  Wednesday, November 28, 2018, by 11:59pm Eastern Time.  
NIHB and CDC staff will host a
Pre-Application Webinar
for Both CRT Funding Opportunities

Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 4:00 PM ET
Additional questions about this RFA may be directed to
Angelica Al Janabi,  [email protected] , 202-507-4074. 

NIHB and CDC staff will not answer any questions or provide any information that may provide an unfair advantage to any applicants.