Strong, Prosperous, And Resilient Communities Challenge - SPARCC

The Strong, Prosperous, And Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) is an initiative of Enterprise Community Partners, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the Low Income Investment Fund, and the Natural Resources Defense Council that supports equitable and resilient regional development policies and investments. SPARCC supports innovative, local efforts in six major cities throughout the country (Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Memphis, and the San Francisco Bay Area) to help change the way metropolitan regions grow, invest, build, and prepare for climate change. Other cities, communities, and regions can learn from and adapt the SPARCC integrated, cross-sector approaches that reduce race- and place-based disparities in health risks and climate vulnerability. 

SPARCC provides grant funding, technical assistance, and a peer-learning network that bring together residents, public and private sectors, and government to ensure new infrastructure investments benefit low-income people and communities of color. SPARCC supports local efforts to create system changes for social equity and climate resilience through five strategies: data collection and analysis, capital deployment, learning network, policy reform, and communications and influence.

More than 250 organizations are a part of SPARCC’s regional collaboratives, working on projects such as the preservation and construction of affordable housing, equitable transit-oriented development, community-led green infrastructure, arts and culture-based community engagement, and ensuring those most impacted are part of decision-making processes, among many others.

SPARCC also supports equitable inclusion in policy, capital investment, and national conversations through such things as, among others, hosting interactive events to discuss housing and displacement issues and strategies that connect capital investment with community needs; development of the SPARCC Capital Screen tool to promote equity in projects seeking funding; and partnering with UC Berkeley’s Urban Displacement Project to map regional displacement risk for SPARCC sites.



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