Nearly $54.5 million of the Mitigation Trust were allocated to federally-recognized Tribes nationwide. Tribes may submit funding requests annually. In order to apply for the VW Tribal allocation, Tribes must file to become Beneficiaries of the Trust. Beneficiary certification is due at the time of the first funding request.

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) has been selected as the Technical Assistance Provider for tribes. To request ITEP assistance in accessing this funding opportunity, contact ITEP at or email Andy Bessler at

AEA is also available to assist Tribes interested in accessing these funds for DERA-eligible projects. Please contact Betsy McGregor at AEA or email if you have questions or to request assistance.

Material Modifications to the Tribal Environmental Trust

On November 16, 2018, the terms of the Tribal Trust was modified and a formula-based allocation of funds was developed for circumstances of over-subscription of funds.

Notice of Second Funding Cycle

Tribal Trust Second Funding Factsheet