Most tribal environmental programs are built and sustained with grants or other outside funding sources. Directors and Program Managers are driven by the need to find and maintain funding, resulting in a revolving door of somewhat unrelated projects, environmental programs that end prematurely, and overall scattered efforts. Even programs that are tribally-funded can become repetitive rather than producing evolving, growing government services. This is completely understandable because tribal programs are often under-resourced and staff are overwhelmed with a multitude of tasks, reporting requirements, and unpredictable issues that inevitably arise on a weekly basis. The solution is developing an effective, comprehensive strategic plan that is “living” document, resulting in indispensable environmental programs with diversified portfolios of support. During this session attendees will learn basic steps and considerations for how to develop strategic plans that maintain, grow, and evolve important environmental programs. These strategies involve gaining community buy-in, alternative revenue streams, workforce development, marketing, and more. The presenters will share case studies from various tribes, including a detailed description on how the Rincon tribe is turning their EPA-Tribal Environmental Plan (ETEP) into the ideal strategic plan.