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NOAA Climate Resilience Regional Challenge

NOAA Climate Resilience Regional Challenge

Resource List

The Climate Resilience Regional Challenge offers approximately $575 million in grants for projects designed to build the resilience of coastal communities when faced with extreme weather and other impacts from climate change. Use the following definitions and resources to gain insight regarding the key priorities of this funding competition.

Equity and Inclusion

Applicants should work with members of marginalized, underserved, and underrepresented communities to ensure they benefit from the efforts.

Community Engagement for Equity and Inclusion

Applicants should engage community members, especially members of marginalized, underserved, and underrepresented communities.

  • A Seat at the Table

    This online learning resource helps coastal resilience planners incorporate the needs and perspectives of socially vulnerable populations by using inclusive, community-driven processes.

  • Citizen Participation and Equitable Engagement Toolkit

    This resource helps disaster recovery grantees (from Housing of Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program) develop an enhanced citizen participation process, particularly for low- and moderate-income residents.

  • Guidelines for Excellence: Community Engagement

    This publication was created for environmental educators who want to partner with communities to strengthen overall environmental quality, social equity, and shared prosperity (172 pages).

  • The Spectrum of Community Engagement to Ownership

    Use this spectrum to assess and revolutionize community engagement efforts and advance community-driven solutions (14 pages).

Risk Communication for Equity and Inclusion

Applicants may wish to consider how to communicate risk with marginalized, underserved, and underrepresented communities.

Regional Coordination and Collaboration

Proposals should be driven by an integrated, achievable, and ambitious vision developed by the regional partners and the people they serve.

  • Building Climate Resilience in Cities Worldwide

    Practical guide for cities working to enhance their climate resilience in cooperation with the private sector. Documents best practices and principles for stronger public-private cooperation, and evaluates various approaches (81 pages).

  • Introduction to Regional Adaptation Collaboratives and Regional Collaborative Formation Toolkit

    Explore what a regional adaptation collaborative is, and review relevant case studies. Additional information includes how to start a regional collaborative and get it right.

  • Lessons in Regional Resilience

    Lessons learned from regional climate collaboratives, which bring together local governments and other stakeholders to coordinate climate change initiatives at a regional level. Describes regional collaborative characteristics, key benefits, and strategies for long-term sustainability (32 pages).

  • Regional Governance for Climate Action

    Provides practical insights for new and established organizations by examining what it means to be a formal entity, the various forms a collaborative can take, and how defining the stakeholders, goals, and strategy can drive the structure and membership of a collaborative (26 pages).

Risk Reduction

Building resilience requires implementing adaptation actions that reduce risk to coastal populations, infrastructure, economies, and ecosystems from the effects of drought, extreme heat, sea level rise, floods, and wildfires, and other weather and climate hazards.

  • Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation

    Use to assess local exposure (risk) to climate-related hazards. Designed to work with the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, which integrates climate maps and data; non-climate data, including building codes and economic justice and social vulnerability information; and federal grant funding opportunities.

  • Coastal Inundation Topics Page

    Visit this NOAA page to access the most current information about climate change, its impacts, and future flooding. Provides links to climate data, visualization tools, communication resources, and suggested steps for addressing climate impacts.

  • Fifth National Climate Assessment

    This authoritative report on climate change impacts, risks, and responses provides the scientific foundation to support informed decision-making across the United States.

  • Sea Level Rise Technical Report (2022)

    Provides the most up-to-date sea level rise projections available for all U.S. states and territories. Offers projections out to the year 2150, and an application guide for coastal communities (111 pages).

  • U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

    A place to find the tools, information, and subject matter expertise needed to build climate resilience. Offers information from across the federal government.

Enduring Capacity

Sustaining a level of community readiness that promotes continuous adaptation to the impacts of weather and climate, including developing and maintaining specific workforce capabilities and capacities.