Small Grants Program

Funding for statewide and regional non-profit organizations that serve Alaska Native Peoples

Program Description

Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy has awarded small grants to four statewide and regional non-profit organizations to enhance capacity for resilience and climate adaptation in Alaska Native communities. The US Arctic Research Commission is collaborating in the effort by funding one of the four awardees. 

Program Objectives

  • Enhance capacity for resilience and adaptation
  • Develop leadership for addressing climate challenges
  • Increase awareness of ACCAP products and services
  • Build relationships and mutual learning
  • Provide access to the most relevant scientific information in an understandable format

Organizations Funded in 2022

  • Chugach Regional Resources Commission will be using the small grant award to support the assessment of climate change effects on marine ecosystems, marine mammals, and Tribal users. This information will help update resource management plans and other climate adaptation needs.
  • Copper River Native Association will be using the award to hire a Climate Change Coordinator who will focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation activities, as well as projects that improve the climate resilience and preparedness of Copper River Valley communities.
  • Kodiak Area Native Association will be using the award to support the development of a locally based and regionally-driven Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy that focuses on areas such as energy, fisheries, agriculture, food security, broadband, mariculture, and tourism.  They will also use the support to continue an ongoing water quality monitoring program.
  • Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council will use the award to support a Tribal Climate Resilience Coordinator, who will be working on enhancing the resilience of Yukon River Watershed tribal communities by developing capacity to proactively adapt to changing water resources.

Climate tools

Learn more about how your region is changing and how you can adapt.

Alaska Community Wind Data– See hourly wind data recorded between 1980-2015 for 67 Alaska communities.

Alaska Garden Helper – How might growing conditions change in your part of Alaska in the coming decades? Choose an Alaska community and see how its growing season has changed since 1980, and how it might change, out to 2099.

Alaska Wildfire Explorer – Are you interested in Alaska wildfires within the larger forest ecosystem? This tool is a map of Alaska with several fire-related data layers—simply choose the layers you want to see.

Community Climate Charts – What’s happening with climate in your Northern community? See temperature and precipitation projections 2010–2099 for over 3800 communities in Alaska and western Canada.

Community Permafrost Data – How vulnerable is your Alaska community to permafrost change? Explore permafrost risks and hazards for 187 Alaska communities within the categories of massive ice, thaw susceptibility, existing infrastructure, permafrost occurrence, and temperature.

Fire Tally – How much of Alaska has burned since 2004? The charts in this tool compare the current year’s daily tally of acres burned to high fire years (> 1 million acres burned) since daily tally records began in 2004.

Historic Sea Ice Atlas – See a map of data collected between the mid-1800s and today, to discover how ice extent and concentration have changed—“snapshots” as well as historical trends in Arctic sea ice cover and extent.

Northern Climate Reports – Higher temperatures, thawing permafrost, and wildfire are changing landscapes across Northern ecosystems. This tool uses climate data to show how these phenomena are pointing to a variety of possible futures for a warming North.

Statewide Temperature Index – This tool presents a statewide temperature index, a simple indicator that balances accessible information on temperature variation with the complexity of Alaska’s climate.

Weather & Climate Highlights Map – Weather and climate events in Alaska and surrounding waters, 2007–present