According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Center for Environmental Information, 2017 brought us brought us 16 weather-related calamities whose losses totaled over $1 billion each. There were 10 times as many requests for disaster aid from FEMA as there were in the previous year. The scientific community has long feared that this may become status quo. Municipalities are recognizing the need to prepare for and protect themselves against more severe conditions. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in partnership with Wells Fargo, is offering the Resilient Communities program to help localities increase resiliency in order to better withstand future natural disasters.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Wells Fargo and Company Resilient Communities Program
The purpose of the Resilient Communities program is to enhance local capacity to prepare for future environmental challenges concerning water quantity and quality issues, forest conservation, and sea level rise. It places special emphasis on helping underserved, low-, and moderate-income communities plan for resiliency and green infrastructure. Funding supports the following two categories:
- Adaptation through regional conservation projects: This category funds conservation projects that help prepare for fire in the western region, floods and droughts in the central region, and sea-level rise in the eastern region. Refer to page 1 of the Request for Proposals for regional definitions.
- Community capacity building and demonstration projects: This category supports projects in more than one city that help communities understand, organize, and take action to increase resilience brought about by enhanced natural features. Projects must center on advancing green infrastructure in mulitfamily affordable housing and/or support organizations that use green infrastructure to help cities plan for enhanced resilience. Refer to page 3 in the Request for Proposals
for specific details.
Selected Past Recipients
- Playa Lakes Joint Venture, NM: will help restore a portion of the Ogallala Aquifer to protect the community's water supply.
- Pinelands Preservation Alliance, NJ: will facilitate dune formation along 66 miles of beach front so they can serve as a buffer against storms and sea level rise.
- The Miami Science Museum, FL: will join forces with municipalities and schools to restore wetlands and dune habitat as one of 100 planned climate adaptations sites in the Miami area.
- The National League of Cities: will conduct demonstration projects and extend its Leadership in Community Resilience program by providing pass-through grants to seven additional cities.
- The Terra Fuego Resource Foundation, CA: will reduce wildfire risks by using planned burns in an additional 486 acres beyond what was already slated for wildfire management near Sequoia National Park.
Applying for the Resilient Communities Program
Eligible applicants are Native American tribes, local governments, and nonprofits. The deadline for pre-proposals is February 15, 2018. Registered applicants will first be asked to take an eligibility quiz, then be directed to the online pre-proposal. Those submitting successful pre-proposals will be invited to submit full proposals due on May 10, 2018.
- Visit the National Fish and Wildlife grant page to learn what other funding they provide for conservation programs: Learn more.
- Vox has gathered statistics, charts, and links regarding natural disaster and climate-related records that we wish we had not broken in 2017: Learn more.