Tribal Relations


NOAA's Tribal Relations Team

NOAA is committed to developing policies and procedures that improve its relations and cooperative activities with Federally-recognized Indian tribes on a government-to-government basis.  NOAA’s Tribal Relations Team works to ensure an accountable process for meaningful and timely consultations on policies with tribal implications.  Please click here for a list of NOAA's Tribal Team Members [PDF].


Grant Opportunities

EPA Funding and Technical Assistance Opportunities

1. FY17 and FY18 Tribal Wetland Program Development Grants, Environmental Protection Agency

Full details here

Applications close June 5, 2017.

Funding range: $25,000 to $300,000

The goals of the EPA?s wetland program include increasing the quantity and quality of wetlands in the U.S. by conserving and restoring wetland acreage and improving wetland condition. In pursuing these goals, the EPA seeks to develop the capacity of all levels of government to develop and refine effective, comprehensive programs for wetland protection and management. Wetland Program Development Grants provide tribes and intertribal consortia (hereafter referred to as applicants or recipients) an opportunity to develop and refine comprehensive tribal wetland programs. The EPA anticipates approximately $2,644,800 in federal funding ($1,191,800 expected from FY17 and $1,453,000 expected from FY18) to be available for assistance agreements under this announcement to fund approximately 4 to 25 awards depending on funding availability and other applicable considerations.


2. Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program FY 2017, Environmental Protection Agency

Full details here

Applications close July 20, 2017.

Award Ceiling: $2,500,000

EPA?s Office of Transportation and Air Quality is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating at or servicing goods movement facilities located in areas designated as having poor air quality. Further, priority for funding may be given to projects which result in outcomes that benefit affected communities, those that engage affected communities with respect to the design and performance of the project, and those which can demonstrate the ability to promote and continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project has ended. Eligible entities include regional, state, or local agencies, tribal governments (or intertribal consortia) and native villages, or port authorities, which have jurisdiction over transportation or air quality, and nonprofit organizations or institutions that: a) represent or provide pollution reduction or educational services to persons or organizations that own or operate diesel fleets or b) have, as their principal purpose, the promotion of transportation or air quality.


3. National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program, Fish and Wildlife Service

Full details here

Applications close June 30, 2017.

Award Ceiling: $1,000,000

The National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant (NCWCG) Program annually provides grants of up to $1 million to coastal and Great Lakes states, as well as U.S. territories to protect, restore and enhance coastal wetland ecosystems and associated uplands. The primary goal of the NCWCG Program is the long-term conservation of coastal wetland ecosystems. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expects that approximately $17 million will be available for grants through the NCWCG Program in FY 2018. Awards typically range from $125,000 (there is no specific minimum) to a maximum of $1,000,000. Eligible applicants are any State agency or entity designated as eligible by the Governor of a coastal State. It is usually a State natural resource or fish and wildlife agency.

4. FY 2017 Economic Development Assistance Programs, Department of Commerce

Full details here

There are no submission deadlines under this opportunity.

Funding range: $100,000 to $3,000,000

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) solicits applications from applicants in rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA?s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities. EDA provides strategic investments on a competitive- merit-basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States. There are no submission deadlines under this opportunity. Proposals and applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the publication of a new Economic Development Assistance Program Federal Funding Opportunity announcement.


NOAA Fisheries Releases National Climate Science Strategy

NOAA Fisheries' has released a National Climate Science Strategy. The purpose of the strategy is to increase the production, delivery, and use of climate-related information in fulfilling NOAA Fisheries’ mission. This and the full report are posted online at The Strategy is part of NOAA Fisheries proactive approach to collect and provide information to resource managers and affected sectors to help them better prepare for and respond to changing climate and ocean conditions. Implementation will help reduce impacts to and increase resilience of marine resources and the many people, businesses and communities that depend on them. While the strategy is focused on strengthening the NOAA Fisheries science enterprise needed to prepare for and respond to a changing climate, NOAA Fisheries depends on many science partners inside and outside of the agency to meet these needs. Input, engagement, and support for the Strategy from science and non-science sectors is critical to its success. In 2015-16, Science Centers and Regional Offices will lead development of Regional Action Plans to implement the Strategy at the regional level over the next 3-5 years. We are committed to working with science and management partners in development of these Regional Action Plans. For more information, please contact Roger Griffis, Climate Change Coordinator at 301-427-8134 or


Tribal Resource Guide to the Department of Commerce

The U.S. Department of Commerce is pleased to make available the Tribal Resource Guide to the Department of Commerce.  This guide is an important first step in revamping the Department’s work with tribes to spur even greater collaboration with tribes and native business enterprises. In addition, the guide introduces the Secretary's new Senior Advisor for Native American Affairs,  the policy of the Department regarding tribes (which include references to the United States’ trust responsibility to the tribes and native peoples of the United States and the advances tribes have made in the Self-Determination Era), and includes contact information for each of the bureaus’ tribal liaisons in order to make it easier for tribes to interact with the Department. In addition this guide includes working links to other resources (web pages, our tribal consultation policy, etc.) within NOAA and the Department.