Tribal Capacity Building Pilot Program The Tribal Capacity Building Pilot Program provides funding and technical assistance to tribes to support their climate-related work.

About The Tribal Capacity Building Pilot Program

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.

The Pilot Program's key objectives are to:

  1. Build Tribal Staff Capacity to Advance and Sustain Climate Action
  2. Secure Funding to Develop and Implement Tribal-led Climate Projects
  3. Enhance Peer Learning Relationships Among Tribes

Pilot Round Tribal Grantees

The Tribal Capacity Building Program Pilot Round grantees represent both federally recognized and non-federally recognized tribes across the State of California. The six grantees are as follows (in alphabetical order):

  1. Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of Trinidad Rancheria
    Region: North Coast
  2. Confederated Villages of Lisjan Nation
    Region: Bay Area
  3. Esselen Tribe of Monterey County
    Region: Central Coast
  4. Mooretown Rancheria of Concow-Maidu Indians of California
    Region: Northern Sierras
  5. Winnemem Wintu
    Region: North State
  6. yak tityu tityu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash Tribe
    Region: Central Coast

Program Funding

A total of $1.45 million was awarded to the six Tribal Capacity Building Pilot Program grantees, with each receiving up to $250,000 to fund staff salaries and activities that advance each 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.

Technical Assistance Services Offered

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:

Circular diagram showing all of the technical assistance resources available to Tribal Capacity Building Pilot Program grantees. Items are given in the lists below.

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


Find application and guideline resources from previous funding rounds.

  1. October 26, 2023
    Pilot Program Grant Guidelines adopted by Council
  2. November 28, 2023
    Application Workshop
  3. December 5, 2023
    RFQ Webinar 2
  4. February 5, 2024
    Applications due by 5:00 p.m. PT
  5. February 8, 2024
    TA Proposals due by 5:00 p.m. PT
  6. April 24 2024
    Pilot Round Awards adopted by Council

Learn more about CACE

SGC’s Community Assistance for Climate Equity Program (CACE) provides technical assistance and capacity building services to help under-resourced communities access critical funding resources, implement high-impact projects, and enact community-led initiatives.