The shareholder-funded initiative will invest $1 million over five years — or $200,000 per year — to support local planning efforts to help better prepare for, withstand, and recover from extreme events and other risks related to climate change, such as sea level rise, flooding, land subsidence, heat waves, drought and wildfires.
Beginning in 2017, PG&E will award two grants of $100,000 through a competitive process. A panel of community and sustainability leaders, including members of PG&E’s Sustainability Advisory Council, will select the winning applications from across Northern and Central California.
Strategies and solutions resulting from the grants will be made publicly available to help all communities, and encourage local and regional partnerships.
"Extreme weather and a changing climate are not just felt in places like Antarctica or Alaska. Instead, people across California — in cities big and small — experience it every day. Drought. Floods. Wildfire. Extreme heat. These are real life occurrences and they disrupt real lives — particularly the lives of our most vulnerable citizens. The League of California Cities welcomes the launch of the Resilient Communities grant program and looks forward to working with PG&E to help engage local governments throughout Northern and Central California," said League Executive Director Chris McKenzie.
Grant Criteria and Eligibility
Grant proposals will be assessed according to the following criteria:
- Replicability: the extent to which others can learn from and adopt the strategies and solutions.
- Partnerships: the extent to which the grant proposal reflects a multi-organizational and collaborative effort.
- Disadvantaged communities: the extent to which the grant proposal and partnership focuses on disadvantaged communities and identified needs.
To be eligible, applicants must be a governmental organization, educational institution or 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All applicants must have a local government within PG&E’s service area as a partner.