The Climate Smart Communities Initiative (CSCI) is a national effort designed to increase the capacity of communities across the country to proactively address climate-related impacts, with a central commitment to prioritizing the needs of communities that are on the front lines of the climate crisis. 

The four-year initiative will provide direct support to communities through a competitive grantmaking program, and offer other resources, including a dynamic training program for community leaders and resilience practitioners; an online registry to help match interested communities with qualified practitioners; and a Knowledge Sharing Platform.  

The competitive grantmaking program will begin in 2024 and continue through at least 2027. The grants will be aimed at enabling eligible communities to work with a trained climate resilience practitioner, and develop or advance a climate resilience plan or project using the Steps to Resilience (StR) framework.    

The CSCI is being managed by a consortium of partners, including the Climate Resilience Fund (CRF), EcoAdapt, Fernleaf, Geos Institute, and ICF, working closely with the NOAA Climate Program Office

For more information about the resources available to communities and practitioners through the CSCI, please visit

For more information about other current and future funding opportunities, you can also visit the Inflation Reduction Act website.