California Native American Tribal Relations: Funding Opportunities

The California Environmental Protection Agency and its Boards, Departments and Offices offer various funding opportunities that are eligible to California Native American Tribal governments.

In addition to the information provided below, each of our boards and departments has a financial assistance websites. Please also visit:

CA Air Resources Board (CARB)

California Climate Investments. Tribal governments can receive funds to reduce climate pollution through clean transportation, agricultural equipment, clean air initiatives, land conservation projects, and more.

Overview of Major California Air Pollution Incentives The CARB programs are designed to help individuals or businesses replace or upgrade old, polluting, cars and trucks with cleaner alternatives or emission control devices. The attached table describes a variety of programs and provides contact information for each. The programs listed on CARB’s “Overview of Major California Air Pollution Incentives, Grants, and Credit Programs” webpage are on-going. However, funding levels for these programs may vary from region to region, or from one provider to another, and most operate on a first come, first served basis.


The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) CalRecycle offers funding opportunities authorized by legislation to assist public and private entities in the safe and effective management of the waste stream. The following grant opportunities are also available to California Native American Tribes.

For more information and/or assistance in understanding the financial and technical assistance opportunities available to Tribes, please contact CalRecycle Tribal Liaison, Tracey Harper at or (916) 341-6531.

State Water Board

Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program. The State Water Board provides financial assistance through various State and federal loan and grant programs to help local agencies, businesses, and individuals meet the costs of water pollution control, development of locally available sustainable water supplies, and cleanup. This is funding made available for local and regional projects.

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program. Established by an amendment to the federal Safe Drinking Water Act in 1996, the State Water Board provides financial assistance through low-interest loans, additional subsidy (principal forgiveness), and technical assistance to public water systems for infrastructure improvements to correct system deficiencies and improve drinking water quality for the health, safety, and welfare of all Californians. The Program helps water systems improve drinking water quality for all Californians.

Department of Pesticide Regulation

 The Department of Pesticide Regulation’s (DPR) Pest Management Research Grants Program was established to prevent unanticipated impacts of pesticide use on public health and the environment by funding development of integrated pest management (IPM) systems. DPR’s Pest Management Alliance Grant Program, established in 1997, provides funding for projects that increase implementation and adoption of proven, effective integrated pest management (IPM) practices that reduce pesticide risks to human health and the environment.

Contact the Tribal Liaison listed under Contacts if you have questions or need financial assistance coordinator contacts

Other Funding Opportunities

CA Energy Commission (CEC)

The California Energy Commission offers a variety of funding opportunities to advance the state’s transition to clean energy and transportation through innovation, efficiency, and the development and deployment of advanced technologies.

  • Tribal Government Challenge Planning Grant Program. Funded by the California Energy Commission (CEC) and administered by the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC), the Tribal Government Challenge Planning Grant Program will provide funds for California Tribes to conduct planning to identify solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve clean energy access, and advance climate adaptation and resiliency on Tribal lands and in Tribal communities. Application deadline: June 2, 2020.

CA Public Utilities Commission

Tribal Technical Assistance Grant Program California Tribes interested in technical assistance to improved communications (for example, voice and broadband) to serve Tribal communities can apply for the Commission’s Tribal Technical Assistance grants to develop market studies, feasibility studies and business plans. The California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) has funds available to support Tribal broadband needs and increase access. Grants may be applied on reservations, trust lands, and surrounding areas. Grants shall not exceed $150,000 per Tribe, per fiscal year. The aggregate amount available for awards (to all Tribes) shall not exceed $5,000,000 or until funds are replenished and/or exhausted. Applications may be submitted at any time. However, the Commission will consider applications submitted until the funding is exhausted.

CA Office of Emergency Services (CalOES)

The ​CalOES Grants Management Section is responsible for administering more than $2 billion in funds for homeland security, emergency management, justice programs and victim services, a majority of which are distributed to local and regional entities to enable the most effective prevention, detection, response and recovery efforts. Building partnerships with Tribal governments is essential in California emergency management​ planning, response and recovery.  Effective relationships with Tribes are a necessary step in working together to build more resilient and better prepared communities.

CA Financing Coordinating Committee

The California Financing Coordinating Committee (CFCC) was formed in 1998 and is a state/federal committee made up of eight funding members: five state and three federal entities. CFCC representatives facilitate and expedite the completion of various types of infrastructure projects helping customers combine the resources of different agencies. Project information is shared between representatives so additional resources can be identified.

CFCC representatives conduct free funding fairs statewide each year to educate the public and potential customers about the different member agencies and the financial and technical resources available. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the fairs will be held virtually until further notice.