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For the first round of grant funding, we assisted 16 communities with grant assistance and achieved more than $700,000 in grant funding. This year we helped 11 communities submit funding applications, totaling more than $4M in grants. The newest grant applications focus on a diverse range of projects, including: development of public electric vehicle charging stations, a study of smart sewer feasibility, a microgrid feasibility study, green infrastructure master planning, and flood resiliency via assessment and redesign of infrastructure.
We organize and orchestrate workshops to bring together community stakeholders to identify common and locally-unique climate change vulnerabilities and strengths, and then develop prioritization for implementation of projects. Common topics include: flooding associated with increased storm intensity and vulnerability assessments of roadway, bridges, and culverts. Unique challenges identified include: drought, lack of an expansive drinking water distribution system, fire protection (especially from forest fires), lack of backup power for critical infrastructure, and green power solutions. While many communities have identified infrastructure as a key climate change strength or vulnerability, priorities for climate change risks and resiliency also targeted societal and environmental sectors.
Solutions routinely include green infrastructure, low-impact design, and other nature-based solutions that will be integrated with hard-infrastructure improvements to establish approaches that will be robust in the face of natural hazards and climate-change scenarios. Awarded projects include: