California Resilience Challenge Announces Statewide Request for Proposals for Climate Adaptation Projects
The Bay Area Council Foundation this week (Aug. 1) launched the official request for proposals for the California Resilience Challenge 2023 Grant Program, a statewide initiative to support innovative climate adaptation planning projects that strengthen local resilience to wildfire, drought, flood, and extreme heat events in under-resourced communities. Recipients will receive grant awards of up to $200,000 to advance climate adaptation planning projects.
The California Resilience Challenge 2022 Grant Program will provide resources to local communities throughout the state, including community-based organizations, cities, counties, California Native American tribes, special districts, and other local and regional jurisdictions representing under-resourced communities. By emphasizing local solutions to the global problem of climate change, communities can create scalable plans and infrastructure to meet their immediate and long-term climate adaptation needs.
Since 2020, the California Resilience Challenge has awarded over $5 million in climate resilience grants to 32 communities across the state—a success made possible by the Challenge’s unique collaboration between businesses, utilities, non-profits, tribal entities, community-based organizations, and the Governor’s Office of Planning & Research.
The California Resilience Challenge is an initiative of the Bay Area Council Foundation. The 2023 Steering Committee includes representatives from Valley Water, PG&E, and Southern California Edison. Additional funders include JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, and Wareham Development.