Resilience Tools and Resources

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Cleveland Neighborhood ProgressCleveland Neighborhood Process is leading the revitalization of Cleveland's neighborhoods. Published Cleveland Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity Plan, which details current and anticipated effects of climate change in the Midwest. Also offers grants for projects and/or programs that promote climate-related resilience in Cleveland.

City11327 Shaker Blvd. Suite 500W
Cleveland, OH 44104
Los Angeles County Community Disaster Resilience (LACCDR)A collaborative effort that aims to promote both individual and community resilience in the face of public health emergencies. Currently has sixteen community coalitions throughout the LA County in the process of developing toolkits to help build resilience in their respective communities.

CityVarious locations throughout LA CountyFree
Oakland Climate Action Coalition (OCAC)Cross-sector collaboration striving to lead Oakland’s response to climate change—both mitigation and adaptation—through sustainable, equitable, community-based economic development. Tools include an interactive guide for Oakland residents about steps they can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for and protect from potential impacts of climate change.

Climate AccessGlobal network of climate and clean energy communicators, serving more than 2,000 members in 57 countries. Members are connected to a diverse group of experts, cutting-edge research, and proven techniques for mobilizing audiences to reduce emissions, prepare for impacts and support climate policies.

Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE)Tool for people working on climate change adaptation that shares information, data, and best practices. Goal is to encourage the adoption and evolution of policy, science and management approaches to climate change adaptation by developing the community and an online platform for cross-sector and cross disciplinary information sharing on adaptation.GlobalN/AFree
"Gender, Climate Change, and Community Based Adaptation" guidebookGuidebook presents a wealth of experiences and examples taken from the UNDP-GEF Community-Based Adaptation Programme that are being piloted throughout the world. Useful for community-based practitioners who wish to review successful cases of gender mainstreaming in community-based adaptation projects.

Global Initiative on Community-Based Adaptation (GICBA)Virtual network that enables sharing of project experiences, tools and methods and to catalyze discussion around important issues. Resources include case studies of community-based adaptation, articles highlighting best practice, information on upcoming conferences, and community sharing global experiences and ways to achieve community-based adaptation.GlobalN/AFree
University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) Country IndexSummarizes a country's vulnerability to climate change and other global challenges in combination with its readiness to improve resilience. Aims to help businesses and the public sector better prioritize investments for a more efficient response to the immediate global challenges ahead.GlobalN/AFree
Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program (PDM) with FEMAProgram designed to assist communities in implementing a sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program. Goal is to reduce overall risk to the population and structures from future hazard events, while also reducing reliance on Federal funding in future disasters.Regional, state, and localN/AEligible applicants include:
U.S. Territories
Federally-recognized tribes
Local governments
Handbook of Drought Indicators and Indices‘Living document’ publication part of the Integrated Drought Management Tools and Guidelines Series’, compiled by the Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP), that will be updated based on the experiences of its readers. Resource guide that addresses the needs of practitioners and policymakers.GlobalN/AFree
Regional Resiliency Assessment Program (RRAP)Cooperative assessment of critical infrastructure within a designated geographic area and a regional analysis of the surrounding infrastructure to address a range of infrastructure resilience issues that could have regionally and nationally significant consequences.RegionalN/AThe results of this assessment are reported in a Resiliency Assessment report with key findings. To access a report, please contact [email protected].
Threshold Foundation: Thriving Resilient Communities (TRC) GrantFoundation and community of nearly 300 individuals who mobilize money, people and power to create a more just, joyful and sustainable world. TRC Grant funds collaborative tools and approaches that build leadership and capacity for communities to address their own strategic needs in the face of energy, climate, economic, and social changes.N/AN/AInformation about community resilience is free for the public. However, in 2017, all Funding Circles will issue invitation-only requests for proposals begin in February for selected organizations to apply for grants.
Adaptation Clearinghouse (Georgetown Climate Center)Resources that help policymakers at all levels of governments reduce or avoid the impacts of climate change to communities in the United States. The Adaptation Clearinghouse tends to focus on climate change impacts that adversely affect people and our built environment.NationalN/AFree
Community and Regional Resilience Institute (CARRI)Assists communities in understanding their vulnerability, taking positive collective actions to limit the impact of disruptive crisis, and recovering rapidly from disaster of all kinds. Goal is to strengthen any community or region’s ability to prepare for, respond to, and rapidly recover from significant human caused or natural disasters.National1800 M St. NW, Suite 400-N
Washington, DC 20036
Climate Adaptation for Coastal Communities Training (Office of Coastal Management)Instructor-led training sponsored by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration that teaches how to recognize climate change/variability, identify methods to integrate adaptation strategies, examine methods for conducting assessments, and apply climate communication research. Participants finish the course with 18 hours of certification maintenance credits through the American Institute of Certified Planners and 12 hours of Certified Floodplain Manager professional certifications.NationalVariousThis course is designed for program administrators, land use planners, public works staff members, floodplain managers, hazard mitigation planners, emergency managers, community groups, members of civic organizations, and coastal resource managers. Class fee ranges, but is typically $195 per participant.
Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT)A climate risk assessment and planning application for water, wastewater, and storm utilities. Evaluates potential impacts on water utilities and identifies adaptation options using both traditional risk assessment and scenario based methods. Provides list of drinking water and wastewater utility assets that could be impacted by climate change and series of risk reduction/cost reports to facilitate long term planning.NationalN/AFree
College/Underserved Community Partnership ProgramThe Environmental Protection Agency facilitates partnerships between small/underserved communities and geographically close colleges/universities to provide free technical support to communities. Students are able to gain practical experience while taking action on environmental concerns.NationalN/AThis program is open to students attending the 34 partnering schools
FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grant ProgramProgram provides financial resources to assist states, tribal governments, territories, and local governments in their efforts to implement a sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program. Goal is to reduce overall risk to the population adn structures from future hazard events, while also reducing reliance on Federal funding in future disasters. Awards grants and provides opportunities for raising public awareness about reducing future losses before disaster strikes.NationalN/AStates, U.S. territories, federally-recognized tribes, and local governments are eligible to apply
Kresge Foundation Environment ProgramWorks to expand opportunities in America's cities through grantmaking and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development.NationalThe Kresge Foundation
3215 W. Big Beaver Road
Troy, Michigan 48084
While information on their website is free for the public, only U.S. 501(c)(3) organizations and government entities are eligible for grand funding.
Local Government Climate Adaptation Training (EPA)30-minute training module created by EPA's Local Government Advisory Committee that discusses a range of topics regarding local and community government responses to climate change. This training goes over the basics of climate change, discusses the vulnerabilities of local communities, and ends with key takeaways and resources.NationalN/AFree
Community Resilience Planning Guide by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (Agency of U.S. Department of Commerce)Provides a practical and flexible approach to help communities improve their resilience by setting priorities and allocating resources to manage risks for their prevailing hazards. Helps communities integrate resilience plans into economic development, zoning, mitigation, and local planning activities.NationalN/AFree
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Regional Coastal Resilience GrantsProvides up to $9 million in competitive grant awards through the Regional Coastal Resilience Grants Program. Awards are made for project proposals that advance resilience strategies, often through ocean and land use planning, disaster preparedness projects, environmental restoration, hazard mitigation planning, or other planning efforts. Awards range from $500,000 to $1 milion for projects lasting up to 36 months.NationalN/AEligible applicants include nonprofits, institutions of higher education, regional organizations, private (for profit) entities, and local, state, and tribal governments
North American Symposium on Climate AdaptationFocuses on "fostering resilience and the regional capacity to adapt". Showcases experiences from research, field projects, and best practices in climate change adaptation and resilience among countries in the region while integrating climate science with socio-economic policies in the public and private sectors.NationalNew York CityThis conference is open to the public; however, there is a fee for participants that ranges from $175-350. Organizations or individuals unable to pay the fee are encouraged to contact the Secretariat.
Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities (by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Agriculture)Deals specifically with rural communities and the federal resources available to assist with the promotion economic competitiveness, protection healthy environments, and enhancement of quality of life. It provides key information on funding and technical assistance opportunities from the four organizations that make up Partnership for Sustainable Communities.NationalN/AFree
Leveraging the Partnership: Department of Transportation, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Environmental Protection Agency Programs for Sustainable CommunitiesGuide to federal programs that helps communities identify resources available to support efforts to promote livable and sustainable communities. This partnership has pledged to ensure that housing and transportation goals are met while simultaneously protecting the environment, promoting equitable development, and addressing the results of climate change.NationalN/AFree
Resilient America (National Academy of Science)Roundtable that works to convene experts from academic, public, and private sectors to design or catalyze activities that build or enhance communities' resilience to extreme events. Work is founded on four key actions that communities can take to bolster their resilience: understand and communicate risk; identify measures of community resilience; share information and data to enhance or improve decision making for building more resilient communities; and build or strenthen partnerships and coalitions within and among communities to build resilience.National500 Fifth St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
State and Local Adaptation PlansThis map, created by the Georgetown Climate Center, highlights the status of various state adaptation efforts. Users can also see individual state profile pages, which detail each state's adaptation work and links to local adaptation plans and resources.NationalN/AFree
The State of Campus Resilience in the Face of a Changing ClimatePublished in Society for College and University Planning's Planning for Higher Education Journal. Discusses the current state of resilience planning at campuses in the face of climate change and shares some resilience planning barriers, opportunities, and recommendations for campus leaders.NationalN/AFree
U.S. Climate Resilience ToolkitWebsite designed to help people find and use tools, information, and subject matter expertise to build climate resilience. Offers information from across the U.S. government in one easy-to-use location. Goal is to improve people's ability to understand and manage their climate-related risks and opportunities, and to help them make their communities and businesses more resilient to extreme events.NationalN/AFree
Cities Impact & Adaptation ToolClimate adaptation planning support tool at city level and provides demographic, socioeconomic, climate datas. It identifies custom network of peers whose climate reflects what yours might look like in the future. Includes database of adaptation strategies pulled from existing climate action plans from across the country.RegionGreat LakesFree
Coastal County SnapshotsOnline tool provides easy-to-understand charts/graphs to describe complex coastal data. Users choose county of interest and website creates educational tool for governing bodies/citizen groups. Topics include flood exposure, wetland benefits, Great Lakes jobs. Assess county's exposure/resilience to flooding.RegionGreat LakesFree
Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning GuideGuide on how coastal communities are currently using science-based information to address coastal hazards, shore erosion, and lake-level fluctuations. Features local stories, case studies, maps/data/tools focused on Great Lakes region, notable people/organizations in the region, events/funding sources, climate/environment information on Great Lakes, and library of legal/regulatory documents, best practices, and comprehensive plans.RegionGreat LakesFree
Communities for Resilience by by Rooted in ResilienceBrings deep grassroots leadership and expertise to community planning. Provides a Community Resilience Toolkit that is currently being used by leaders worldwide to strengthen their communities in the face of worsening climate change, rising food, and energy prices, and lingering economic recession.RegionalBay AreaFree
Resilient Landscapes Initiative by Open Space InstituteSeeks to protect resilient landscapes with diversity that is likely support a variety of plants and animals tomorrow. Provides $12 million in grants to assist land trusts and public agencies to conserve critical resilient landscapes. Catalyst grants provide organizations with opportunity to build knowledge of key audiences and advance application of climate science.RegionalNortheast, Mid-Atlantic, SoutheastGrants are awarded to projects within select Resilient Landscapes that permanently protect habitats through the acquisition of lad or conservation easements.
Partnership for Resilience and Empowered Planning (PREP) by Southeast Sustainability Directors NetworkMain goal is to prepare participating Municipal Sustainability Directors to assist communities in resilience planning, especially with regard to extreme weather events. Includes step by step guidance for community leaders on how to implement resilience in their community. Also created the online Community Resilience Planning Handbook for communities across the Southeast.RegionalSoutheastFree
California Adaptation ForumThe California Adaptation Forum is an annual forum that connects participants with a diverse audience of hundreds of local, regional, and state leaders who are committed to addressing California's adaptation needs. This event with government, business, and community leaders features breakout sessions on essential adaptation topics that reflect the diverse needs and challenges facing California and regional project tours of current adaptation effortsStateCaliforniaThis forum is open to all participants; however, registration fees range from $175-$475.
Connectiut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA)CIRCA, affiliated with the University of Connecticut, is a multi-disciplinary center that brings together experts from a range of fields to provide practical solutions to problems arising as a result of a changing climate. Its mission is to increase the resiliency and sustainability of vulnerable communities along Connecticut's coast and inland waterways to the growing impacts of climate change on the natural, built, and human environment. It also provides grants of up to $200,000 for municipal governments and councils of government for initiatives that advance
Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of MaineThis center serves to understand and solve societal problems related to the growing challenge of improving human well-being while at the same time protecting the environment. They undertake stakeholder-engaged, solutions-driven interdisciplinary research projects that help various groups around Maine, including wild bleubery growers using native bees to create more resilient strategies to tribal communities preparing for the expected arrival of an invasive forest pest. They also host the annual Maine Sustainability & Water Conference.StateMaineFree
The Climate Futures Framework by the Climate Change Institute (CCI)The Climate Futures Framework is a mechanism and emerging platform for assessing and quantifying climate change, vulnerability, impacts, and opportunities based on classic IPCC and past climate analog change predictions presented in the form of locale-specific plausible scenarios that go beyong standard linear climate predictions.StateMaineFree
Massachusetts Coastal Resilience Grant ProgramSponsored by Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, this grant provides financial aid and technical support for local efforts to increase awareness and understanding of climate impacts, identify and map vulnerabilities, conduct adaptation planning, redesign vulnerable public facilities and infrastructure, and implemenet non-structural (or green infrastructure) approaches that enhance natural resources and provide storm damage protection.StateMassachusettsThis grant progarm is open to the 78 municipalities located within the Massachusetts coastal zone, as well as certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with vulnerable coastal property that is open and accessible to the public. Eligible projects must fall under categories specified on website.
Rhode Island Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (Beach SAMP)This resource provides a how-to guide on incorporating natural hazards planning and climate change adaptation into local comprehensive plans, a catalog of action businesses can take to be more resilient to storms/flooding/sea level rise, and offers a report on what coastal property owners, renters, builders, and buyers should know about Rhode Island shoreline. It also seeks to collect new data about the shoreline and help coastal communities use it in their planning to protect people and property from harm, and to adapt to change over time.StateRhode IslandFree
Rhode Island Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (Beach SAMP) | STORMTOOLSSTORMTOOLS is a web-based tool to examine the impact of storm surge & sea level rises. It also includes statewide maps that illustrate how salt marshes may migrate as sea level changes, Shoreline Change Maps (statewide maps illustrating coastal erosion), and Climate Central – Surging Seas (online tool to help assess the socioeconomic impacts of different sea level rise scenarios in Rhode Island).StateRhode IslandFree
Carolinas Climate Resilience ConferenceThis conference is organized by the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments, which works to integrate climate science into decision making process. This conference aims to support on the ground climate resilience efforts by providing managers with discuss resources/tools, contribute to development of climate information network for the Carolinas, and provide platform to share experiences with local initiatives. Sessions include updates about climate science, communicating climate in Carolinas, case studies of local adaptation underway, climate connections with tourism/public health/recreation/natural resources/etc.StateSouth CarolinaCommunity leaders, government agency personnel, NGOs, engineers, faith-based groups, planners, policy-makers, private sector, researchers, resource managers, and scientists are encouraged to attend.
New England Design and Resiliency TeamsA collaborative effort to help the New England Municipal Sustainability Network (NEMSN) create Design and Resilience Teams to help Provincetown, RI and Belchertown, MA identify strategic and paradigm shifting resiliency opportunities and to catalyze action.RegionalNew EnglandFree
Resilient MichiganResilient Michigan, also known as Planning for Resilient Communities, is a multi-jurisdictional planning assistance program developed by the Land Information Access Association. The overall purpose of this program is to foster and support community-wide planning efforts that lead to the adoption of significant revisions to existing master plans to promote community resilience in the face of economic changes and increasing climate variability.StateMichiganFree
Resilient MontanaResilient Montana is a state-level, collaborative program that aims to shift the culture of Montana communities to resilient thinking. The program creates and relies on an interagency resiliency team across state agencies and the public and private sector that works one-on-one with communities to help them identify the local impacts of severe manmade and natural events, brainstorm more resilient ways of minimizing or avoiding those impacts during future events, and execute projects aimed at strengthening local independence, stability, and a sense of community.StateMontanaFree
Sonoran Institute Resilient Communities Starter KitThe Resilient Communities Starter Kit is a road map for making communities more resilient to shifting climates and changing environments. It addresses activities and actions that help prepare for climate-related impacts such as increased wildfire, drought, excessive heat, urban heat islands, and other extreme weather events.RegionalIntermountain WestFree
Michigan Green CommunitiesMichigan Green Communities is a statewide network of local government and university staff that collaborate with one another, through peer learning and information sharing, to promote innovative solutions and move sustainability initiatives forward at the local, regional, and state level. MGC network members collaboratively learn and share with one another through webinars, monthly newsletters, face-to-face events, and the annual MGC Challenge.StateMichiganFree
Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) FrameworkThis framework is a five-steop process that allows health officials to deveop strategies and programs to help communities prepare for the health effects of climate change. Part of this effort involves incorporating complex atmospheric data into public health planning and response activities. Combining atmospheric data and projections with epidemiologic analysis allows health officials to more efficiently anticipate, prepare for, and respond to a range of climate sensitive health impacts.NationalN/AFree
Climate Change Adaptation and Ecology Program by the Nature ConservancyThe Climate Change Ecology and Adaptation program provides land and water managers with information about climate change in New Mexico's past, present, and future. The program focuses on assessing the impacts of climate change on the state's biodiversity and identifying local level adaptation strategies that can help build ecological resilience.StateNew MexicoFree
Washington Coastal Hazards Resilience NetworkThe Washington Coastal Hazards Resilience Network is dedicated to improving regional coordination and collaboration through effective partnerships among hazards and climate change practitioners to make Washington's coastal communities more resilient to natural hazards.StateWashingtonThe information on this website is free. However, network membership is limited to local, state, federal, and tribal agencies; NGOs, private sector, and academia.
Resilient Cities 2017Resilient Cities – The Annual Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation – is the global platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation, hosted in Bonn, Germany. Its goal is connecting local government leaders and climate change adaptation experts to discuss adaptation changes facing urban environments around the globe and forging partnerships that could have lasting impacts for cities.GlobalN/A