On January 19, 2023, the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), through the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program (ICARP), received $25 million in Fiscal Year 2021-22 to fund the Regional Resilience Planning Grant Program (RRGP).
The Regional Resilience Planning & Implementation Grant Program (RRGP) will help address local, regional, and tribal climate resilience needs and build a pipeline of climate resilient planning and implementation projects at the regional scale.
The RRGP supports projects that improve regional climate resilience and reduce climate risks from wildfire, sea level rise, drought, flood, increasing temperatures, and extreme heat events
Available to local, regional, and tribal governments, the RRGP will support regions in advancing climate resilience through three major activities: capacity-building, planning, and project implementation.
The RRGP’s goals are to fill regional planning needs, provide communities with resources to identify climate resilience priorities, and help implement climate-resilient projects across the state.
Additionally, the RRGP aims to advance ICARP’s statutory mission to develop a cohesive, equitable, and integrated response to the impacts of climate change through direct funding support for local, regional, and tribal adaptation planning across California.
The ICARP’s RRGP aims to: (1) Support regional projects aligned with ICARP priorities that improve regional climate resilience and reduce climate risks from wildfire, sea level rise, drought, flood, increasing temperatures, and extreme heat events. (2) Support projects or actions that address the greatest climate risks in the region, particularly in the most vulnerable communities. (3) Fill the gaps in climate resilience funding and support sustainable and cohesive climate resilient projects with regional collaborations. (4) Support equitable outcomes.
The RRGP will award funds based on project type (planning and implementation) and consider their respective capacity-building efforts. The RRGP aims to award funds to applications that encourage diverse regional-scale partnerships and collaboration. Planning grants will range from $150,000 to $650,000 and implementation grants will range from $1 million to $4 million. Letters of intent are required.
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