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The Department of Commerce and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today announced $2 million in funding for projects to support tribal drought resilience in the western United States. 

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The funding will help tribal nations address current and future drought risk on tribal lands within five NIDIS Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) regions: California-Nevada, Intermountain West, Missouri River Basin, Pacific Northwest and Southern Plains. 

Proposals may request funding of up to $700,000 total to be disseminated in the first year and expended over three years in the form of cooperative agreements. A total of 3-5 projects may be funded depending on the project budget requested, according to a statement. 

“Drought poses a threat to the culture, economy, health and food availability of tribal nations,” Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said in a statement. “As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, a key pillar of Bidenomics, enhancing drought resilience with tribal partners in the West is a crucial step in building a Climate-Ready Nation and resilient communities.”

Applications should be developed by or in full partnership with tribal nations to fund the implementation of activities that address current and future drought risk in the context of a changing climate on tribal lands across the Western U.S.

Letters of Intent are due on Thursday, November 2, 2023. The deadline for application submission is Thursday, February 15, 2024.

For more information and to apply, visit the NOAA website.