BIA to award another $8M in Tribal Climate Resilience grants

An aerial view of Kivalina, a Native village in Alaska that needs to be relocated due to rising sea levels. Photo from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers via Wikipedia

The Bureau of Indian Affairs will be awarding another $8 million in grants as part of the new Tribal Climate Resilience Program.

The BIA established the program last summer. The first round of grants went out in February to help tribes in Alaska, California, Washington and other states address climate change and promote ocean and coastal management.

"No one is impacted by climate change more than Native communities in Alaska, but we have also seen serious problems developing for tribal communities across the West and on both coasts. We must act to help protect these communities,” Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn, the head of the BIA, said in a press release.

A notice that was published in the Federal Register today opens another $8 million in grants. Each award is limited to a maximum of $250,000.

Federal Register Notice:
Availability of Funds for Climate Change Adaptation and Coastal Management to Federally Recognized Indian Tribes (March 3, 2015)

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