TCUs Invited to Climate Change Grant Information Session

Hosted by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the May 7 online event will share information about grant opportunities from six federal agencies

By Native Science Report news staff

Photo: US Department of Energy

Tribal college and university faculty, administrators and students interested in applying for grants related to climate change can join a May 7 information session highlighting relevant upcoming grants from six different agencies. 

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture set up the information session to make it easier for tribal colleges and Indigenous communities to consider whether suitable grants could cover the projects on their wish lists. 

Presenters during 1.5-hour the Zoom session scheduled from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern time include (listed alphabetically by agency):

  • Department of Energy: Caleb Woodall, a program manager for a division of the agency’s University Training and Research Program, has expertise in sustainability and carbon management. Also participating is Stephanie Bostwick, who helps tribal colleges and universities navigate federal energy programs, funding and financing. She has worked with tribal nations on resilience and energy sovereignty, energy efficiency and renewable energy microgrids. 
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Caroline Montgomery works on building STEM capacity at Indigenous-serving higher education institutions, including by providing direct support to Indigenous students and supporting culturally based learning experiences that weave NASA’s mission with Indigenous Knowledge. 
  • National Science Foundation: Lina C. Patino is a supervisory program director in NSF’s division for Research, Innovation, Synergies, and Education (RISE). Her work generally focuses on programs to support talent development in the geosciences and spans research experience for undergraduates, graduate student preparation and postdoctoral fellowships. 
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service: Lynn Knight serves as the national lead of the Climate Hubs, supporting efforts to develop and deliver science-based, region-specific information and technologies to agricultural and natural resource managers and communities. She provides guidance to help implement climate-informed decisions. 
  • USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture: Rachel Melnick serves as the division director for global climate change in NIFA’s Institute of Bioenergy, Climate and Environment. She provides leadership and oversight for the division’s research, education and extension activities. 
  • USDA Office of Tribal Relations: Lawrence Shorty (Navajo) helped pioneer a Native American resurgence in tobacco seed collection, seed sharing and ceremonial tobacco growing. He has published extensively on how Native tobacco growing intersects with substance abuse prevention, public health and agriculture. 

Those interested in participating in the online information session can request a Zoom link from Erin Riley, NIFA’s national program leader in the division of Community and Education, at

The meeting will start May 7 at 2 p.m. Eastern time, which is 1 p.m. Central time, noon Mountain time, and 11 a.m. Pacific time.

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