Call for Proposals: Gathering Input from Tribal Communities to Shape the Next National Climate Assessment

The National Climate Assessment is an ongoing project of the US Global Change Research Program (US GCRP) to document and summarize the impacts of climate on the United States, both current and future. The 3rd Climate Assessment was completed in 2014 and included a chapter specifically on issues faced by tribes (Indigenous Peoples, Lands and Resources Chapter,


Planning has begun for the 4th National Climate Assessment. The BIA Tribal Climate Resilience Program (TCRP) goal is to support federally-recognized tribes working towards climate resilience. In keeping with this mission, BIA has partnered with College of Menominee Nation and Salish Kootenai College to engage Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU’s), Tribal and Inter-tribal organizations (non-profits), and other academic institutions that have existing relationships with tribal communities to facilitate tribal community discussions that will help shape the next Indigenous Peoples Chapter and Regional Chapters. Individual grants of up to $2,000 are available to each organization to hold one or more listening sessions in their community and provide a synthesis of the findings by December 2, 2016.


In order to apply for the funding, a representative of the organization must send a brief proposal (1-2 pages) outlining the following:

  • ·         Target audience(s) (which segments of the tribal community will be contacted) and format (informal listening session, focus groups, surveys etc).
  • ·         General focus of the community discussion. Discussions that include many resources/sectors are preferred. While the types of questions and the manner of outreach will be left up to the individual tribal college teams, the following provides some general guides/questions to help direct the outreach discussion.

o   What content/information would your tribal communities find the most beneficial to address climate change?

o   What types of adaptation strategies are important (or becoming more important)to address climate change impacts (e.g., is your community doing anything differently because of changes in the climate or weather?)

o   What additional resources would be most helpful in preparing robust, culturally appropriate adaptation strategies?

  • ·         Personnel involved (who/how many tribal college faculty, students and other staff will be preparing the discussion sessions and synthesizing the information?).
  • ·         Process of compiling the data, including a brief description of internal processes that will be used to guarantee screening of sensitive or culturally proscribed information. Also a description of what will be provided (recordings, video, transcriptions, written summaries, etc.).
  • ·         This will be a fixed amount sub-award in conformance with 2CFR 200.45. No budget is necessary. Each organization is responsible to ensure that funds are used in the best way to accomplish their submitted scope of work.

Please email a brief description of the proposed project that includes details on all of the above by the Deadline, October 14, 2016 to:

Adrian Leighton

Salish Kootenai College

For questions and more information: (406) 885-2787


It is anticipated that decisions on funding, and allocation of funds will be sent within two weeks of application. Reminder: Synthesis of the findings due December 2, 2016.

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