California’s Adaptation and Resilience Funding Landscape

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) enlisted CLEE to conduct initial assessments of two climate adaptation and resilience grant programs administered by the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program (ICARP): The Regional Resilience Planning and Implementation Grant Program and the Adaptation Planning Grant Program. Both programs were established in the 2021 Budget Act and recently completed their first rounds of funding. Given the early stage of each program, these evaluations focus on program development, accessibility, and demand and provide a preliminary overview of awarded projects from the first round of each program. Finally, CLEE’s analysis places these programs within the broader context of the State’s climate adaptation and resilience initiatives. 

The Regional Resilience Planning and Implementation Grant Program (RRGP) advances climate resilience in California by fostering collaboration in planning, project implementation, and capacity building. RRGP funds the planning and implementation of projects that advance climate resilience via regional-scale approaches, with an emphasis on projects that address multiple risks and build resilience in vulnerable communities.

The Adaptation Planning Grant Program (APGP) addresses local, regional, and tribal planning needs by supporting communities statewide in developing adaptation projects that address climate risks and strengthen resilience. APGP funds climate adaptation planning that addresses cross-sector issues intersecting with multiple climate risks.

CLEE is currently developing a policy memo that builds on the evaluation work done for RRGP and APGP. The memo will be available in early Fall 2024.



Contact Hanna Payne, Kasia Dahlbeck, Shruti Sarode, or Louise Bedsworth for more information.