The California Energy Commission’s Tribal Program helps the organization conduct effective government-to-government cooperation, collaboration, communication, and other activities with California Native American tribes.

The program has many functions, including:

  • Ensuring effective consultation between the Energy Commission and tribes to advance the Energy Commission’s mission and provide meaningful tribal input into the development of regulations, rules, policies, plans, and activities that may affect them.
  • Conducting outreach to tribes on topics such as California offshore wind energy planning, tribal energy funding, and tribal cultural resources assessments.
  • Conducting tribal cultural resources assessments such as climate change assessments related to traditional ecological knowledge and studies on cultural landscapes.
  • Assisting in administering energy research and project funding opportunities eligible to tribes.
  • Hosting or sponsoring tribal energy events to promote collaboration and relationship building between the Energy Commission and tribal leaders and their staff.

Tribal Research Grant Program

This funding opportunity was released on September 1, 2023. Applications are due November 17, 2023 by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

For information on this solicitation, please visit the solicitation’s funding page at California’s Fifth Climate Change Assessment Tribal Research Grant Program.

CEC and OPR staff are hosting a Pre-Application Workshop on September 14, 2023 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to answer questions about the solicitation and application process.

Additionally, CEC and OPR staff will host a series of Office Hours on Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. starting September 21, 2023 and continuing through October 19, 2023 to answer questions about the Tribal Research Program and Tribal Research Grant Program.

Please register for the Pre-Application Workshop and Office Hours to learn more.

We encourage prospective applicants to participate in the Pre-Application Workshop and Office Hours, but it is not required.

Through California’s Fifth Climate Change Assessment Tribal Research Grant Program, the state is investing in tribally led climate change research initiatives.  This effort is supported by a collaborative multi-agency team to leverage existing expertise and roles across state agencies, including the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, California Natural Resources Agency, California Energy Commission, and California Strategic Growth Council.

Funding through the Tribal Research Grant Program is available to support tribally led projects focused on climate research, Indigenous Knowledge(s), and similar projects deemed a priority by California Tribes.

The Tribal Research Grant Program draft solicitation is available for review.  We are accepting feedback during the public comment period which is open through February 1, 2023.  Please submit questions and comments to Quenby Lum and Gabriel Roark at

Additional program information can be found in the links and resources below.

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