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California Resilience Challenge (CRC) Grant

Grants to California Public Entities
for Climate Change Readiness Projects

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Central Valley Community Foundation (CVCF) - California Resilience Challenge (CRC)

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Grants to California public entities for projects to prepare local communities for the effects of climate change. Funding is intended for projects to improve the local area's ability to respond to climate impacts such as water- and heat-related natural disasters. Preference will be given to projects that will lead to the implementation of resiliency infrastructure.

Eligible projects will consist of planning projects that are targeted at improving local or regional resilience to one or more of the following four climate challenges:

  • Drought
  • Flooding, including from sea-level rise
  • Extreme heat
  • Wildfire

Activities eligible for funding are those related to climate resilience planning. The focus of CRC is on the use of its grants to leverage planning efforts across the state.

Examples of eligible activities include:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Public consultation, planning, and economic analysis
  • Funding/financing analysis
  • Conceptual drawings and design
  • Data and geospatial analysis

Examples of eligible expenses include:

  • Staff time
  • Consultant time
  • Community/stakeholder meetings and advisory groups (e.g. stipends, catering)
  • Project-specific staffing
  • Travel costs

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187653

Estimated Size of Grant:

It is CRC’s expectation that individual grants will be awarded for between $100,000 and $200,000, but CRC reserves the right to make smaller or larger grants, and the right to award less than the maximum amount of its Grant Fund.

Term of Contract:

Selected proposals will be for specific planning projects that will commence on or before December 31, 2020 and are to be completed by December 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Local California public entities are eligible to apply for a CRC grant. Eligible entities consist of the following:
- California incorporated cities, whether or not charter cities
- California counties
- Local agencies and districts at the county level
- Joint Powers Authorities
- Special Districts such as, but not limited to, Geologic Hazard and Abatement Districts, Community Facilities Districts, Utility Districts and others
- California Native American Tribes1
- Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)
- Councils of Governments (COGs)

Collaborations between public entities and non-profits are welcomed, but a lead agency should be clearly identified.

State-level entities, including the State of California and its departments, commissions and agencies, interstate compact entities, are not eligible for this program focused on local efforts.

The following activities are not eligible for CRC grants:
- Projects not related to climate resilience planning
- Projects that do not improve local resilience against at least one of the four climate challenges: drought, flooding (including sea level rise), extreme heat and wildfire
- Projects that may inadvertently cause maladaptation or increase GHG emissions
- Engineering plans and design specification work
- Construction projects or capital costs, such as the building of a facility

Pre-proposal Conference:

A call to discuss expectations for RFP and Q&A will be held on Friday, December 13 at 10:00 AM.

Details and RSVP at

Pre-Application Information:

RFP Timeline:
- December 2, 2019: RFP opens
- February 7, 2020: RFP closes at 5:00 PM
- February and March 2020: Proposals reviewed and evaluated
- April 2020: Grant awards announced

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please submit your application package to with “Resilience Proposal” in the subject line.

For questions, contact:
Adrian Covert
Vice President of Public Policy, Bay Area Council

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