As the field of climate adaptation continues to evolve, so too does our understanding of how to secure investments that support climate adaptation strategies and resilient communities. Many local jurisdictions across California have started incorporating climate change considerations into local planning efforts, however many jurisdictions face significant barriers to implementation due to financing and funding challenges. Given the relative newness of the field of practice, there are a limited number of guidance resources currently available.
In an effort to support this emergent area, the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, through the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resilience Program (ICARP), developed a climate adaptation finance book, authored by Jesse M. Keenan from Harvard University. Climate Adaptation Finance and Investment in California is available as both an e-book and as a PDF.
Additionally, research projects funded through California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment provide further insight into the local government barriers to implementation – including financing and funding.
These reports are available at www.ClimateAssessment.ca.gov.
State Funding Opportunities
The California Grants Portal (a project by the California State Library) is an access portal to all grants and loans offered on a competitive or first-come basis by California state agencies. Search the portal for program overviews, timelines, application information and guidance, and more at https://www.grants.ca.gov/ .
Federal Funding Opportunities
The Federal Grant Administrator at the Office of Planning and Research provides technical assistance on how to find, apply and manage federal grants, identifies new funding opportunities and facilitates trainings to encourage and improve the ability of interested parties to pursue and manage federal grants. Apply for federal grants, view resources, and sign up for updates at https://www.opr.ca.gov/sch/federal-grants/.
Find and apply for federal grants at Grants.Gov, managed by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services.
Other Grant Aggregation Sites
There are a number of grant aggregation sites that provide information on open grant applications from federal and state agencies, as well as philanthropic and private grant makers. Here are a few sites to help you find grants that support a broad array of climate adaptation and mitigation projects and plans.
- Funding Wizard
The Funding Wizard, hosted and maintained by the California Air Resources Board, is a searchable database of grants, rebates and incentives to help you find funding opportunities in categories such as energy, air quality and climate change mitigation and adaptation, transportation, urban development, waste management, water and more.
UpLiftCA was created by The Greenlining Institute in partnership with the California Climate Equity Coalition, led by the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Coalition for Clean Air, The Greenlining Institute, Public Advocates and SCOPE.
Funding Navigation for California Communities offers funding opportunities for local governments and communities across California and are categorized into eight “Project Types.” Prospective applicants can receive direct assistance on a first-come, first-served basis from the site's technical assistance team in pursuing these funding opportunities. The site is hosted and managed by the Local Government Commission.
California Climate Investments is a statewide initiative that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities. Administering state agencies develop and implement a suite of grant and incentive programs within or across three priority areas: Transportation and Sustainable Communities, Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency, and Natural Resources and Waste Diversion. Many programs also allow activities resulting in climate adaptation benefits; applicants can check each program's grant criteria and eligible activities to evaluate whether a grant can be used to achieve local adaptation priorities.