The Coastal Conservancy’s Climate Ready Program is helping natural resources and human communities along California’s coast and San Francisco Bay adapt to the impacts of climate change. GMA knows the ins and outs of this program and is available to help develop an award winning proposal.
The Conservancy is also working to capture greenhouse gases from the atmosphere through the conservation of natural and working lands. The Conservancy seeks to support multi-benefit projects that use natural systems to assist communities in adapting to the impacts of climate change.
The Conservancy is accepting applications for the sixth round of Climate Ready grants. The application period is open from April 25th, 2019 to July 1st, 2019.
The Climate Ready Round 6 Announcement describes the grant program, its priorities, evaluation criteria, and other important information. The grant application consists of a cover sheet and project description. The Conservancy held an informational webinar on May 10th – the recording can be found here, and slides are available here. This round of Climate Ready is funded by the Cap-and-Trade program. To find other opportunities for Cap-and-Trade funding, please visit the California Climate Investments page.
Through its Climate Ready Grant rounds, the Conservancy has awarded $10.7 million for 57 projects; click here for a list of projects funded. In addition, the Conservancy is working on dozens of other Climate Ready Projects; examples of these projects are provided below.
Sea Level Rise Adaptation Planning
Rangeland and Agricultural Adaptation
The Climate Ready Program supports projects that achieve the following purposes:
Safeguard coastal communities (reduce future risks from climate change).
Use nature-based solutions that provide co-benefits for people, wildlife, and the economy.
Promote collaboration among various stakeholders and multiple sectors. Establish and expand non-traditional alliances to accelerate effective problem-solving between and among public and private resource managers, scientists, and decision-makers.
Reduces GHG emissions or enhances the ability of natural systems to sequester greenhouse gases.
Address the needs of low-income and other underserved coastal populations that will be highly impacted by climate change.
Promote on-the-ground demonstration projects that implement innovative approaches or enhance understanding of effective coastal management strategies and will potentially lead to broader change to policies, regulations, or to duplicating the effort elsewhere.
Incorporates outreach or educational component.
The Climate Ready Program endorses the following strategies in planning for climate change:
Incorporate the best available science by utilizing peer-reviewed and well-documented climate science, climate adaptation strategies, sea level rise projections, and management practices.
Focus on future climatic and ecological conditions for coastal communities rather than the past.
Maximize short and long term public benefits and capitalize on the inherent abilities for natural coastal systems to adapt to change.
Design actions from a landscape, ecosystem, and watershed perspective on a regional scale.
Account for a high degree of uncertainty by developing and implementing strategies that provide the greatest benefits across a range of possible future climate and sea level rise scenarios.