Tribal Capacity Building Pilot Program

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The Tribal Capacity Building Pilot Program provides funding and technical assistance to California Native American tribes, enhancing their staff capacity to advance tribes’ climate-related work. The goal of the Pilot Program is to help tribes develop long-term capacity to secure funding and implement tribal-led climate solutions.


California Native American tribes (federally recognized and non-federally recognized) can receive up to $250,000 to fund staff salaries and activities that advance tribe’s climate-related work over a two-year grant term. These activities may include planning, securing funding for, and implementing projects related to climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience.

Tribes will work with a technical assistance provider and receive no-cost, flexible support that will respond to each tribe’s needs. The capacity building and technical assistance services offered include, but are not limited to, the following:

Technical Assistance

  • Grant application assistance
  • Grant management support
  • Planning support
  • Implementation assistance

Capacity Building

  • Trainings & workshops
  • Staff development
  • Economic development

Relationship Building

  • Peer learning
  • Partnership building

More information can be found in the Program Guidelines.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Tribal Government

California Native American Tribes: Native American tribes listed on the Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) Contact List per Chapter 905 of the Statutes of 2004 (Pub. Resources Code, § 21073). A non-federally recognized tribe is eligible to apply if they are registered with the California Secretary of State as a nonprofit, a for-profit corporation, or a limited liability company.

Eligible Geographies:

Program activities must be located within the boundaries of the State of California.

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
April 24, 2024
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
2 years

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
4 – 6
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$150,000 – $250,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • Federal and State

Funding Source Notes:

Funded through FY 19-20 Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities continuously appropriated funds that the Strategic Growth Council allocated for technical assistance to local communities. It is part of California Climate Investments and furthers the purposes of AB 32 (Chapter 488, Statutes of 2006) and SB 32 (Chapter 249, Statutes of 2016) by investing in tribal projects related to climate that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Reimbursement & Advanced Payment

SGC has statutory authority to offer advanced payment to grantees that are registered as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in accordance with AB 590 (Hart, 2023). Advanced payments can total up to 25% of the full grant award. At this time, SGC is only able to provide advanced payment to 501(c)(3) nonprofit grantees of the Tribal Capacity Building Pilot Program.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Nancy Cheng, 1-916-324-9775,