Many of the strategies for increasing climate resilience come with a price tag. Increasingly, funding for local climate adaptation and resilience projects must draw on a range of public and private financing. For instance, groups may apply for federal grant funding, work through public/private partnerships, and/or fund projects through local taxes. 

In the United States, a range of government entities and private foundations offer financial and technical resources to advance local adaptation and mitigation efforts. For your convenience, we've listed some of them here. For information on any program, please follow the external link to learn more.

  • Building U.S. Communities’ and Businesses’ Resilience to Extreme Events 

    The Communication, Education, and Engagement (CEE) division of NOAA's Climate Program Office offers grants to support activities that increase coordination and collaboration within the Resilience Ecosystem. The Resilience Ecosystem comprises all agencies, organizations, and individuals focused on helping local governments, communities, and businesses in the U.S. adapt and build resilience to climate-related impacts and extreme events. See NOAA's Program Information Sheet for more details on goals, priorities, and available funding. Additional details on the application procedure can be found in the Federal Funding Opportunity Announcement.

    Optional Letters of Intent (LOIs) for this competition are due to David Herring ( by 5 pm ET on Monday, Sept. 10. Final Proposals are due by 5 pm ET on Nov. 20, 2018.

    Additional Information on Building U.S. Communities’ and Businesses’ Resilience to Extreme Events Competition:

    • The summary report from the January 2018 Resilience Ecosystem Workshop may offer helpful additional perspectives for people considering submitting to this competition.
    • The CPO CEE Division and the Climate Resilience Fund (CRF) aim to align and synergize their annual grant opportunities. Though each grant proposal process stands alone and is managed separately, the overall goals and objectives and evaluation criteria are largely the same. Winning applicants of the CPO CEE FY19 FFO will be encouraged to pursue the opportunity to add to, extend, enhance, or scale up their CPO CEE-funded projects by applying to CRF's annual Coordination and Collaboration in the Resilience Ecosystem Request for Proposals (RFP) in early 2019. Check the CRF website for more details about that opportunity.
  • EPA Smart Growth Grants and Other Funding

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Sustainable Communities occasionally offers grants to support activities that improve the quality of development and protect human health and the environment.

  • FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Preparedness (Non-Disaster) Grants

    FEMA provides state and local governments with preparedness program funding to enhance the capacity of their emergency responders to prevent, respond to, and recover from a range of hazards.

  • FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance

    FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs provide funding to protect life and property from future natural disasters.

  • Drought Recovery Information

    This page from the National Integrated Drought Information System describes support that may be available through federal agencies for both short- and long-term impacts of drought. Links lead to information regarding financial and technical assistance, disaster assistance programs, economic injury loans, and assistance in implementing conservation practices.

  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

    NRCS offers voluntary programs to eligible landowners and agricultural producers to provide financial and technical assistance to help manage natural resources in a sustainable manner. Programs include:

    • The Agricultural Management Assistance Program helps agricultural producers use conservation to manage risk and address natural resource issues through natural resources conservation.
    • Conservation Innovation Grants offer funding opportunities at the state level to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies that leverage federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection.
    • The Conservation Stewardship Program helps agricultural producers maintain and improve their existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities to address priority resources concerns. Participants earn CSP payments for conservation performance—the higher the performance, the higher the payment.
    • The Environmental Quality Incentives Program provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in order to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits, such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation, or improved or created wildlife habitat.
  • Federal Funding Compendium for Urban Heat Adaptation – Published December 2013

    The Georgetown Climate Center produced an in-depth document that collected and analyzed information relating to 44 separate federal programs that could support cities and states in reducing the impacts of urban heat. While federal funding sources are often dependent on appropriations, this list may be useful for finding federal funding opportunities for climate-related work.

  • Tribal Climate Change Guide to Funding, Science, Programs and Adaptation Plans

    This sortable spreadsheet can help tribes find potential funding sources and other resources. Maintained by University of Oregon.

  • Massachusetts’ Storm-Smart Coasts Initiative

    This Massachusetts-only grant program provides financial and technical resources to advance innovative local efforts to increase awareness of climate impacts, identify vulnerabilities and risks, and implement measures to increase community resilience.

  • Kresge Environment Program

    The Kresge Foundation Environment Program seeks to help communities build resilience in the face of climate change. They invest in climate resilience through two primary strategies:

    1. Accelerating place-based innovation through support to efforts that are anchored in cities and have a strong potential to serve as models.
    2. Building the climate-resilience field by supporting activities to disseminate and bring to scale promising climate-resilience approaches.
  • PG&E (California) Resilient Communities Grant Program

    In an effort to promote local resilience to climate change, PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric Company) is investing $1 million over five years through the Better Together Resilient Communities grant program. In 2017, PG&E will award two individual $100,000 grants through a competitive process. The 2017 program focuses on wildfires: PG&E is requesting grant proposals that will build healthy and resilient forests and watersheds to help communities prevent and prepare for increasing wildfire risk. Applications are due on May 12, 2017. 

  • Quadratec Cares 'Energize The Environment' Grant Program

    This program offers two $3,500 grants per year, one each in the spring and fall, to an individual or group implementing a program designed to benefit the environment. Examples of projects the program may fund include trail building or restoration, community environmental educational projects, and youth educational engagement events. Proposers write and submit a 1000-1600 word essay to apply for the grantsEntries for the fall grant are due on June 30th; entries for the spring grant are due October 30th. Learn more about the program »

  • Wildlife Conservation Society's Climate Adaptation Fund

    This fund supports projects that demonstrate effective interventions for wildlife adaptation to climate change.

  • Climate Solutions University

    The Climate Solutions University aids rural communities by offering training, expertise, and support in climate adaptation planning through a peer-learning network. In the past, the organization has offered two distance-learning programs: the Climate Adaptation Plan Development Program focuses on forest and water resource resilience, and the  Climate Adaptation Plan Implementation Program supports participants in moving the plan into action. 

  • Open Space Institute Resilient Landscape Initiative

    The Resilient Landscapes Initiative, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, offers two types of grants for specified locations in the eastern United States. The group’s Capital Grants help land trusts and public agencies increase the conservation of resilient landscapes in areas that represent critical climate priorities. The group’s Catalyst Grants help land trusts and public agencies build the knowledge base of key audiences and advance the practical application of climate science.

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