Financing Climate Adaptation
One of the biggest challenges communities face is finding adequate funding and technical expertise related to climate change adaptation. Fortunately, there are many programs designed to offer both financial and technical assistance to municipalities.
The best way to stay on top of federal grants is through the grants portal
where you can search and sign up for regular updates. Below is a selection of some programs highlighted for their potential to be applied to climate change adaptation work:
- Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration provides investments in public works and economic development facilities, planning grants and technical assistance grants that can help local governments achieve their climate adaptation goals.
- Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration has special federal aid funding available that includes emergency relief and discretionary programs that can be relevant to local governments. Additionally, the environment planning and realty program has several funding opportunities, such as Transportation, Community and System Preservation (TCSP), that can be used for climate change adaptation related work.
- The Environmental Protection Agency has a number of programs that provide funding to local governments, including Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE), Environmental Justice and Water Grants .
- The Federal Emergency Management Administration has a number of programs that can help local governments and individuals be better prepared for future floods and disasters. These include, but are not limited to Flood Mitigation Assistance Program (FMA), Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program (PDM).
- Department of Housing and Urban Development can help local governments achieve their climate change adaptation goals through its Capacity Building for Sustainable Communities Program, Choice Neighborhoods Initiative – Planning Grants and HUD Rehabilitation Mortgage Insurance.
- Department of Agriculture offers funding through several different branches including the Farm Services Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Rural Development program.
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Content Last Updated November 2013