National Indian Health Board: Climate Ready Tribes
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB), with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), offers the Climate Ready Tribes (CRT) Initiative. The goals of CRT are to:
- Reduce climate-related morbidity and mortality in Tribal Nations and communities
- Build capacity to identify and assess climate-related health threats to Tribes
- Build climate and health adaptation capacity within Tribal governments
- Increase collaboration and data sharing among the Tribes, the federal government, state/local governments, and other partners on issues of climate and health
- Increase communication and information sharing about the health effects of climate change
Two new CRT Initiative funding opportunities are available:
1. The CRT Initiative Award will support Tribes to conduct local work related to Tribal climate health. This can include improving and maintaining partnerships, identifying best practices, and implementing evidence-based programs and services. Awardees must attend and present at NIHB’s National Tribal Public Health Summit (or an approved replacement). Possible activities funded include creating a climate adaptation plan or strategy, providing training to health agency personnel or other Tribal stakeholders on climate change topics, collaborating and holding meetings/workshops with community members and stakeholders, planning or implementing a specific intervention, or developing and implementing an educational campaign on climate and health.
2. The CRT Initiative Mini-Award for Climate and Health Communication will support Tribes to conduct low-cost, local work including climate health outreach, educational, or training activities. This award offers a small amount of funding to conduct low-cost, local work, such as creating brochures/posters, writing newsletters, exhibiting at a health fair, conducting internal training for staff, or hosting a meeting with community partners or community members to discuss climate change and health in some capacity. This opportunity may be a better fit for Tribes who are interested in smaller projects or do not have staff/time to conduct larger and more complex projects right now.
Amount: Dependent on award, as follows:
- CRT Initiative Award: Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to up to three Tribes.
- CRT Initiative Mini-Award: Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to up to three Tribes.
Eligibility: Federally-recognized American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes are eligible to apply.
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