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Paying for Climate Adaptation in California: A Primer for Practitioners

October 2018

This guide provides information for local, state and regional practitioners in California on how to pay for the investments needed to prepare for the impacts of climate change. It provides an analysis of the legal context for funding and financing adaptation investments in California and catalogues different sources of funding that could be used to pay for adaptation. The report also provides equity principles that could be used for directing investments in climate resilience. 

Related Organizations: Resources Legacy Fund, California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR)

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Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Parks - Grant Opportunity

June 20, 2018

Through the Great Urban Parks Campaign, the National Recreation and Park Association is offering grant funding totaling $2,000,000 to 10-12 communities in the U.S. to support green stormwater infrastructure projects in parks. The intention of the program is to improve environmental and social conditions in underserved communities through promoting and advancing green infrastructure stormwater management projects within parks. Applications were due August 3, 2018.

Related Organizations: National Recreation and Park Association

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California Coastal Conservancy Climate Ready Grant Program

2014 - 2018

The California Coastal Conservancy’s Climate Ready program focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting coastal resources, and preparing communities along the California coast and within the San Francisco Bay for the current and future impacts of climate change. Climate Ready grants fund nature-based solutions for climate adaptation. These grants also seek to support projects located in and benefiting disadvantaged communities. The Coastal Conservancy has $3. 8 million available for the 5th round of funding in 2018.

Related Organizations: California State Coastal Conservancy

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Financing Climate Resilience: Mobilizing Resources and Incentives to Protect Boston from Climate Risks

April 2018

Financing Climate Resilience was developed by the University of Massachusetts Sustainable Solutions Lab to help the City of Boston identify proactive strategies for financing investments in flood protection and other climate-related risks. The report details the scale of the climate resilience investments needed to reduce climate risks in Boston, estimating that between $1 and $2. 4 billion in investment will be needed in the medium-term to protect the City from climate change impacts. The report examines a range of financing mechanisms that the City could use including bonds, taxes, resilience fees (e.

Related Organizations: University of Massachusetts, Boston, Boston Green Ribbon Commission

Authors or Affiliated Users: David Levy, Rebecca Herst

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Agricultural Climate Resiliency and Efficiencies (ACRE) Program for Massachusetts

March 2018

The Agricultural Climate Resiliency & Efficiencies (ACRE) was created as part of the implementation of Governor Baker’s Executive Order 569, which focuses reducing carbon emissions and building a more climate resilient Massachusetts. The program advances that goal - as well as more specific goals identified in the Massachusetts Local Action Food Plan - by providing grants to producers to implement practices that improve their farms’ resiliency. $500,000 in grants have gone to 16 Massachusetts farms to install practices that help mitigate and adapt to climate impacts.

Related Organizations: Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

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PG&E Better Together Resilient Communities Grant Program

March 1, 2018

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) PG&E is offering a $1 million Better Together Resilient Communities grant program to help California communities better prepare for, withstand, and recover from extreme weather events and other risks related to climate change. PG&E will invest $1 million over five years – or $200,000 per year – in shareholder-funded grants. In 2018, PG&E has requested grant proposals that will help communities prepare for increased frequency and severity of extreme heat events. Eligible projects include research, planning or demonstration projects that better prepare communities for a future with more extreme heat events. 

Related Organizations: Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

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Owning the Benefits of Solar+Storage: New Ownership and Investment Models for Affordable Housing and Community Facilities

February 2018

This policy paper examines five models for financing solar PV coupled with battery storage (solar + storage) with the aim of identifying solutions for increasing access to renewable energy in affordable housing and community facilities serving low- to moderate-income (LMI) communities. Solar + storage can reduce utility bills, increase the resilience of power systems, and, in some cases, can lead to revenue from grid services. For these reasons, solar + storage is seen as an equity strategy that can benefit LMI communities.

Related Organizations: Clean Energy Group

Authors or Affiliated Users: Robert Sanders, Lew Milford

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USGS - Northwest Climate Science Center Funding Opportunity

February 5, 2018

The U. S. DOI/USGS Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) has announced 2018 funding available for Principal Investigators (PIs) from the NW CSC University Consortium (University of Washington, Boise State Univ. , Univ. of Montana, Washington State Univ. , and Western Washington Univ. ) as well as all USGS PIs. Funded projects will address the goals identified in the NW CSC Science Agenda for 2018-23, through scientific research or data synthesis on climate impacts on endangered species, regional adaptation and management, and social systems.

Related Organizations: Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center

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Caltrans Grant Application Guide: California SB 1 - Adaptation Planning grants

January 5, 2018

California Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, was signed into law on April 28, 2017, to invest $54  billion over the next 10 years to repair roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California.  The new SB 1 planning grant funds include $20 million over three years for Adaptation Planning Grants to local and regional agencies for climate change adaptation planning. $7 million dollars are available for the FY 2017-18 grant cycle. 

 

Related Organizations: California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

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New York State Climate Smart Communities Grant Program

2018

The New York State Climate Smart Communities Grant Program, administered by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, was established in 2016 and provides a matching grant to towns, villages, counties, and boroughs of New York City to implement projects related to climate change adaptation or mitigation or, more specifically, to work towards Climate Smart Communities Certification by undertaking eligible planning actions. Although all municipalities in the state are eligible to apply for these grants, Climate Smart Communities receive extra points in the application process (dependent on their certification level) in order to financially incentivize participation in the program.

Related Organizations: New York City Department of Environmental Protection

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