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New York City Participatory Budgeting and Rulebook

2011

In 2011, four New York City Council Members partnered with several community-based organizations and launched a Participatory Budgeting process to allow residents to vote to allocate a portion of the council’s capital discretionary funds. The Participatory Budgeting New York City (PBNYC) process involved the city allocating funds to finance physical infrastructure projects, such as schools, parks, and public housing that benefit the public, that cost at least $50,000 and have a lifespan of at least five years. Residents were able to visit the website to review eligible projects and then submit an idea for consideration. The process gave residents the opportunity to vote during a nine-day Vote week for the city’s fiscal budget and implemented by city agencies. PBNYC is one of the largest and the fastest-growing participatory budgeting process in the United States which also ensures that low-income people and people of color can participate in the process. Currently, the majority of participants, around 57%, are identified as people of color. 

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USFWS Coastal Program - Ecosystem adaptation grants

November 3, 2016

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced funding to provide direct technical assistance and financial assistance to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands, with a priority on climate adaptation and mitigation. FWS will favor conservation activities and projects that incorporate ecosystem adaptation.  Total funding for this program is $14,000,000 with an award ceiling of $500,000. Applications due September 30, 2017.

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Climate Resilient and Equitable Water Systems Capital Scan

June 2017

The Kresge Foundation’s Environment Program has developed a strategy to address climate change impacts on water systems while prioritizing the needs of low-income communities. The report describes a set of integrated strategies for how grants and investments can best support climate-resilient and equitable water systems. Recommendations are focused on scaling up green infrastructure, water efficiency, and climate planning to address flooding, storm damage and drought impacts. 

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Impact Investing for Coastal Conservation: Bridging the Gap

This paper provides a framework for conservation financing in coastal areas that could leverage private sector interests with conservation needs. A few examples of successfully implemented private investments in conservation initiatives are included. Conservation investing is a subset of impact investing, and is defined as “investments in companies, funds, and organizations with the goal of generating a financial return and beneficial environmental impact. ” The paper describes the opportunities and challenges surrounding using private investment capital for natural and nature-based shoreline management approaches such as habitat restoration, conservation, and coastal resilience strategies.

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California Senate Bill 1 (SB-1): Transportation Funding

May 1, 2017

In May 2017 California approved Senate Bill 1 which allocated $52.3 billion for a new Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program, up to $20 billion of which was designated to support climate change adaptation planning at a local or regional level. While the law primarily focuses on reducing emissions, it also addresses the need for adaptation by requiring agencies and localities receiving funding to implement adaptive efforts, where cost-effective and feasible.

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Delaware Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Program

February 19, 2017

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Division of Energy and Climate is offering Sustainable Communities Planning Grants for municipalities, county governments and their academic and non-profit partners. These competitive grants support planning and climate vulnerability assessment projects that improve a community’s economy, environment and public health. Grants of up to $80,000 are available to counties or towns with populations of 5,000 residents or more, and grants of up to $40,000 are available to towns with populations of fewer than 5,000 residents.

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EPA Climate Change Research Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funds climate change research grants to “improve knowledge of the health and environment effects of climate change, and provide sustainable solutions for communities to effectively manage and reduce the impacts of a changing climate.”

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Resilient Communities Program (NFWF)

February 13, 2017

Wells Fargo and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) launched the Resilient Communities Program in 2017 to help communities plan for and implement resiliency projects, support green infrastructure, and invest in natural ecosystems. Grants will be offered once a year to support priority projects in states and communities associated with Wells Fargo operations. This four-year initiative is supported through a $10 million contribution from Wells Fargo meant to leverage other private and public funds with an expected total investment of more than $20 million.

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California Transformative Climate Communities Program

February 9, 2017

California Assembly Bill 2722 established the Transformative Climate Communities Program, to be administered by the Strategic Growth Council (SGC). The forthcoming Program will accelerate greenhouse gas reduction and advance local climate action in disadvantaged communities through an integrated, community-based approach. The Program intends to help realize the State’s vision of “Vibrant Communities and Landscapes,” demonstrating how meaningful community engagement coupled with strategic investments in transportation, housing, food, energy, natural resources, and waste can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution, while also addressing growing equity issues and enhancing economic opportunity and community resilience.

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FHWA Emergency Relief Program and Resilience

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) developed this document to clarify that program funds provided through the Emergency Relief (ER) Program may be used to rebuild more resiliently in ways that will prevent damage from future extreme weather events. The FHWA-ER program provides funding for the repair or reconstruction of Federal-aid highways that have experienced major damage from natural disasters or other externally-caused catastrophic failures.

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