Local and Regional Hubs Program

Connect with other ASAP members, grow the ASAP network, and work together to advance the adaptation field from wherever you live and work!

As adaptation professionals we understand that all adaptation is local: that the climate, politics, geology, culture, history, and economy of a place shape its needs and opportunities. And we know there’s nothing quite like connecting with a colleague who deeply understands the place where you live and work. With this in mind, the ASAP Hubs program builds the capacity of ASAP members to connect and advance adaptation work in place -- while strengthening the entire ASAP network -- through three opportunities:

  1. Microgrants that support members’ collaborative, place-based projects. 
  2. A living list of adaptation networks, collaboratives, and other similar groups that increases local and regional connectivity, exposure, and resource-sharing.
  3. A community events fund that supports informal, local networking events organized by ASAP members.


ASAP’s Place-Based Microgrants are grants of up to $3,000 that catalyze members’ collaborative adaptation projects and stimulate grassroots involvement in the ASAP network. Projects are designed to:


Build connections between peers

Building relationships to support personal resilience, learning, collaboration and professional development


Increase local capacity for adaptation work

Helping place-based communities improve and incorporate adaptation work & supporting strategic partnerships to fuel growth and innovation


Build local knowledge bases

Supporting better work in place and peer learning across contexts


Better define the adaptation field

Clarifying what qualifies as adaptation work by learning from local lived experience of adaptation professionals & implementing common standards by taking them to scale locally


Advance the dialogue on adaptation

Learning from how people in different places talk about adaptation work to support a common language for practitioners

2020-2021 Local and Regional Hubs Microgrant Projects

ASAP is supporting three projects to catalyze members’ collaborative, place-based climate change adaptation work and stimulate grassroots involvement in the ASAP network.


 Asheville Climate Equity Dialogue

Geoffrey Habron, Ph.D, Department of Earth, Environmental, and Sustainability Sciences, Furman University.

ASAP members in Asheville will develop opportunities to engage local residents in a climate equity dialogue to enhance Asheville's Climate Resilience Assessment Plan. Through six interactive dialogue and engagement sessions, this project will connect community leaders and ASAP experts to enhance local peer connection and create the space to increase the diversity of voices involved in climate action deliberations.

Project Team: Geoffrey Habron (Furman University), Jennifer Runkle (NC State, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information), Jim Fox and Aashka Patel (NEMAC + FernLeaf), Ned Gardiner (NOAA Climate Program Office), Megan Odom (The Collider).

Baldwin Hills Conservancy Resilience Hub - Los Angeles

Woodrow Covington, Grants & Proposals Manager, Climate Resolve

Climate Resolve and SLATE-Z will collaborate to produce a detailed study on a resilience hub for the Baldwin Hills Conservancy in LA. The study will examine community risks and suggest actionable solutions, analyze resilience hub best practices, and cover topics such as independent energy sources, water supply, and information dissemination.


Southwest Practitioners Adaptation Network

Amanda Leinberger, Southwest Practitioners Adaptation Network, University of Arizona

ASAP members in the Southwest will develop a network visualization tool and website for the Southwest Practitioners Adaptation Network (SPAN), increasing member connectivity and allowing for better access to resources, expertise, and events. Improving this critical network infrastructure will catalyze SPAN’s member engagement across the Southwest and enhance connections to the ASAP network regionally and nationally.

Project Team: Kathy Jacobs and Amanda Leinberger (Center for Adaptation Science and Solutions), Carolyn Enquist (SW Climate Adaptation Science Center), Ladd Keith (U. Arizona Extreme Heat Network), Emile Elias (USDA Southwest Climate Hub), Benét Duncan (Western Water Assessment).

Thank you to our Hubs Microgrant Selection Committee members!

Living List of Local and Regional Adaptation Networks

Tap into the robust ecosystem of climate adaptation and resilience networks, collaboratives, and other similar groups to find the support you need close to home.


Are you part of a local or regional adaptation network, collaborative, or group that’s not yet listed here?

Submit it for inclusion by filling out this form.

ASAP Community Events Fund

The ASAP Community Events Fund is a dedicated pool of funds for local, informal networking events organized by ASAP members. Due to the pandemic, we are not currently accepting requests for in-person events, but will consider requests for virtual events that serve a single location. ASAP members may request funding for up to 3 events per year in a given location totaling up to $200 for the year. To request funding, email ASAP Program Coordinator Breana Nehls. Please include your name, email address, phone number, event location, and a short (200 word) event description.

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