Wells Fargo and The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF ) have partnered to create the Resilient Communities program. For more information on their recently announced request for proposals, please visit the program website. This grant program focuses on helping communities prepare for future impacts associated with sea-level rise, sustain appropriate water quantity and quality and enhance forest conservation.
Pre-Proposals are due February 19, 2019 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Contact Katie Lund to find out how CIRCA can support an application from Connecticut. If you have questions or if would like to request more information about the grant itself, please contact Program Coordinator, Chloe Elberty.
Through improvements to natural features and enhanced community capacity, the program will help communities prepare for future impacts associated with sea-level rise, sustain appropriate water quantity and quality and enhance forest conservation. By taking advantage of natural features like wetlands, resilient shorelines, urban tree canopies, natural forests and healthy upstream watersheds, communities can accrue quality of life benefits today, enhance fish and wildlife resources and help prepare for foreseeable resilience challenges.
The program places special emphasis on equity, social inclusion and helping traditionally low- and moderate-income communities build capacity for resilience planning and investments in “greener” infrastructure. It also emphasizes supporting American Indian/Alaska Native communities and Indigenous Peoples whose livelihoods and economies rely on their self-determined management of water, land and other natural resources and infrastructure that will be impacted increasingly by sea level rise, drought, flooding and fires. These communities can be especially vulnerable and this program aims to help prepare, strengthen and bounce back more quickly after an impact/disaster. Wells Fargo and NFWF will invest in these two focus areas:
- Category 1: Adaptation through Regional Conservation Projects
- Category 2: Community Capacity Building and Demonstration Projects