U.S. Climate Funding Opportunities

Many of the strategies for increasing climate resilience come with a price tag. In the United States, a range of government entities and private foundations offer financial and technical resources to advance local adaptation and mitigation efforts. At the global scale, The World Bank and other organizations support financial strategies to build resilience. For your convenience, we have gathered information and links describing funding opportunities that may be relevant for building climate resilience. Please follow the external links to learn about any program.

NOAA 2015 Regional Coastal Resilience Grant Program

The Regional Coastal Resilience Grant program will support regional approaches to undertake activities that build resilience of coastal regions, communities, and economic sectors to the negative impacts from extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, regional organizations, private (for profit) entities, and local, state, and tribal governments. Up to $5 million will be available; award amounts will range from $500,000 to $1 million. Proposals are due by July 24, 2015.
Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities

The EPA’s Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities provides quick, targeted technical assistance to selected communities using a variety of tools that have demonstrated results and widespread application.

Partnership for Sustainable Communities

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) work together to help communities nationwide improve access to affordable housing, increase transportation options, and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment. The site’s map of grants shows information on awards already made through Partnership programs.

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Preparedness (Non-Disaster) Grants

FEMA provides state and local governments with preparedness program funding to enhance the capacity of their emergency responders to prevent, respond to, and recover from a range of hazards.

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs provide funding to protect life and property from future natural disasters.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) assists in implementing long-term hazard mitigation measures following a major disaster.

Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) provides funds for hazard mitigation planning and projects on an annual basis.

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) provides funds for projects to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to buildings that are insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on an annual basis.

FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance

Disaster survivors can find step-by-step instructions for preparing to apply for assistance, completing an application for assistance, and following up after receiving disaster assistance.

Drought Recovery Information

This page describes support that may be available through federal agencies for both short- and long-term impacts of drought. Links lead to information regarding financial and technical assistance, disaster assistance programs, economic injury loans, and assistance in implementing conservation practices.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

NRCS offers voluntary programs to eligible landowners and agricultural producers to provide financial and technical assistance to help manage natural resources in a sustainable manner. Programs include:
The Agricultural Management Assistance Program helps agricultural producers use conservation to manage risk and address natural resource issues through natural resources conservation.
Conservation Innovation Grants offer funding opportunities at the state level to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies that leverage federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection.
The Conservation Stewardship Program helps agricultural producers maintain and improve their existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities to address priority resources concerns. Participants earn CSP payments for conservation performance?the higher the performance, the higher the payment.
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in order to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits, such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation, or improved or created wildlife habitat.

Massachusetts Storm-Smart Coasts Initiative

This Massachusetts-only grant program provides financial and technical resources to advance innovative local efforts to increase awareness of climate impacts, identify vulnerabilities and risks, and implement measures to increase community resilience.

100 Resilient Cities Challenge

Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, 100 Resilient Cities offers periodic competitions in which cities apply to receive resources for building resilience.

Kresge Environment Program

The Kresge Foundation Environment Program seeks to help communities build resilience in the face of climate change. They invest in climate resilience through two primary strategies:
Accelerating place-based innovation through support to efforts that are anchored in cities and have a strong potential to serve as models.

Building the climate-resilience field by supporting activities to disseminate and bring to scale promising climate-resilience approaches.

Wildlife Conservation Society’s Climate Adaptation Fund

This fund supports projects that demonstrate effective interventions for wildlife adaptation to climate change.

Open Space Institute Resilient Landscape Initiative

The Resilient Landscapes Initiative, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, offers two types of grants for specified locations in the eastern United States. The group?s Capital Grants help land trusts and public agencies increase the conservation of resilient landscapes in areas that represent critical climate priorities. The group?s Catalyst Grants help land trusts and public agencies build the knowledge base of key audiences and advance the practical application of climate science.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

The UNFCCC?s adaptation funding interface provides summaries of funding options including a description of the funding mechanism, example projects, contact information, and relevant weblinks for further information.

The World Bank Climate Finance Options

This site offers links to sources of funding for climate adaptation projects as well as for mitigation projects that reduce impacts of climate change. Users can search for available funds by Financing Mechanism, Sector, Funding Source, or Focus Area.

The World Bank?Financing and Risk Management Site

The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) aims to reduce poverty in middle-income countries and creditworthy poorer countries by promoting sustainable development through loans, guarantees, risk management products, and analytical and advisory services. This page provides information on loan charges, cases studies that show how financial solutions help member countries address development challenges, and training programs to create tailored financing and risk management packages.

Accessing Resources Under the Special Climate Change Fund

The Special Climate Change Fund supports implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The fund also contributes to the achievement of the World Summit on Sustainable Development and the Millennium Development Goals, and contributes to the integration of climate change considerations into development activities.

The Adaptation Fund

The Adaptation Fund finances projects and programs to help developing countries adapt to the negative effects of climate change.

Terra Viva Grants Directory


Grants Directory

This free information service is a compilation of international grant funding sources for agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources in the developing world. The service describes grants that are available to individuals and organizations through international organizations, national government organizations, foundations, and NGOs.

Rockefeller Foundation Climate Change Resilience Grants and Grantees

The Foundation works to achieve its goal of creating meaningful and measurable impact for poor and vulnerable communities through smart globalization. Funded projects commit to nurturing innovation, pioneering new fields, expanding access to and distribution of resources, and, ultimately, generating sustainable impact on individuals, institutions, and communities within the context of the foundation?s active initiatives.

Financing for Climate

The World Bank Group promotes financial strategies that can help reduce the impacts and causes of climate change. This page offers information on the Context, Strategies, and Results of climate financing and summaries of recent projects and programs.

Climate Finance Tracking

Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), which play a key role in mobilizing and leveraging resources for climate action?are in the process of harmonizing their climate finance tracking systems. Their goal is to track and report financial flows that support climate change mitigation and adaptation as a way to build trust and accountability with regard to climate finance commitments. This page describes funding trends and provides links to efforts to track climate funds.