In California, $2 million is available annually for restoration and conservation projects focused on boosting resilience to projected climate impacts via the Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program.
The Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program was created by AB109, which amended the Budget Act of 2017 to provide local assistance through the Wildlife Conservation Board.
These projects must be consistent with California’s climate adaptation strategy (Safeguarding California Plan), contribute to the carbon sequestration goals of AB 32, and support WCB’s Strategic Plan. In addition, projects will be consistent with other statewide plans and priorities, including the California Water Action Plan and California State Wildlife Action Plan 2015 Update.
Program funding is directed toward projects that:
- Protect and restore ecosystems on natural and working lands to provide climate change adaptation and resilience for wildlife;
- Assist natural and working lands managers in implementing practices that provide climate adaptation and resilience; and
- Increase carbon sequestration in natural and working lands, and provide additional social, economic, and environmental benefits, or “co-benefits”.
- Public Agency
- Tribal Government
Eligible Geographies: Statewide
Matching Funding Requirement:
Cost share is not required but may be beneficial, in particular to complete a larger project. Applications with higher proportions of secured cost share contribution towards total project cost will score more points through the “Cost Share” application evaluation criterion.
Photo of stream in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains via Pixabay.