CIRCA Matching Funds Program - Connecticut

This funding program from the Connecticut Institute for Resilience & Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) provides up to $100,000 to Connecticut municipalities, universities, and other organizations for projects assisting Connecticut towns and cities climate change adaptation and resilience.

This funding program is a matching program. To be eligible for funding, applicants must have a commitment of primary funding within 6 months of the CIRCA award announcement, or have received a waiver from the CIRCA Executive Steering Committee. Applicants can request up to 25% of the primary funder’s contribution for CIRCA Matching Funds. The primary source of funding cannot be a Connecticut municipality or the State of Connecticut. Proposals are reviewed every two months and funding is ongoing. 

Preferred projects foster transferrable lessons, involve collaboration with CIRCA, and address one or more of the following priority areas:

  • Improving scientific understandings of climate impacts on coastal and inland floodplains
  • Developing and deploying best practices for climate resilience
  • Undertaking projects to improve natural and built environment sustainability along Connecticut’s coast and waterways
  • Improving public climate-literacy
  • Fostering sustainable communities that can adapt to impacts and hazard of climate change, including the climate literacy of the public
  • Reducing loss of life and property, ecological damage, and social disruption from high-impact climate events

To request funds, applicants complete an online request form and submit two additional attachments: 1) a one to two page budget and workplan, and 2) a one to two page project description.

Some prior recipients of CIRCA funding include:

  • The Kent Land Trust: Creation of a Strategic Workplan to Identify Parcels Enhancing Climate Resilience
  • Lower Connecticut River Valley Regional Council of Governments: Regional Long Term Recovery-Land Use Resiliency Plan
  • Wei Zhang and Research Team from the University of Connecticut: Resilient Coastal Communities under Wind and Flood Hazards
  • Stephen Swallow and Research Team from the University of Connecticut: Public Support for Adaptation to Sea Level Rise
  • Clean Water Fund: Execution of EASE Program (“Education and Action for Secure Energy”) to provide education and technical assistance for municipalities planning for energy security and resilience


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