Ready-to-Fund Resilience

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ASAP Ready to Fund

Getting projects funded is ASAP members’ #1 challenge. ASAP is partnering with Climate Resilience Consulting to help U.S. communities design climate resilience projects that are ready to receive funding and finance.  We’re moving beyond lists of funding resources and market mechanisms to get more projects implemented and increase the climate resilience of communities across the U.S.

About the Toolkit
The toolkit is designed as a self-guided resource for local government staff and the technical assistance providers who support them to:
  • More effectively operate within the resilience funding and finance system.
  • Better prepare themselves to receive funding and finance for climate resilience-building.
  • Create equity through resilience funding and finance.

The Toolkit walks users through ten characteristics to integrate into climate resilience projects to ensure they’re ready to receive the funding and finance needed for success. It provides tips for overcoming challenges such as lack of resources, funding, or political will and a mismatch between older plans and community needs. Submit any questions or suggestions via this form or reach out directly to Rachel Jacobson at rjacobson@adaptpros.org.

Ready to-Fund Resilience Training

Join the American Society of Adaptation Professionals and Climate Resilience Consulting for a mini Ready-to-Fund Resilience Training for local government staff and technical assistance providers. The training will include two live sessions with a self-guided session in between.

Training price:
  • Local Government Staff: Free
  • Others (ASAP Members): $30
  • Others (Non-Members): $45
Registration closes July 18!
Learn With Peers
ASAP's Funding and Finance Peer Learning Group, supported by CRC, meets monthly on the fourth Monday at 12 p.m. ET to advance the conversation on strategies to help communities get their climate resilience projects funded. Register here!

ASAP Peer Learning Groups are for climate adaptation professionals from all sectors, industries, and backgrounds. Join ASAP today to access all of our member benefits, or register for just one meeting to try it out.

Thank you to the Ready-to-Fund Resilience Expert Group!

We worked with national leaders in the nonprofit, government, philanthropic, private, and academic sectors with experience ranging from credit ratings, green banks, and mutual aid to municipal bonds, government grants, and municipal governance. Together, the expert group illuminated barriers to effective resilience funding and finance, uncovered important characteristics of fundable resilience projects, and identified key actions that practitioners should take to ensure fundability.

 

Kristin Baja, Climate Resilience Programs Director at the Urban Sustainability Directors Network

 

 

Lisa Churchill, Founder at Climate Advisory LLC

 

 

 

 

Grace Earle, Senior Associate at the Global Impact Investing Network

 

 

 

Beth Gibbons, Executive Director at the American Society of Adaptation Professionals

 

 

 

Fatima Luna, Environmental and Sustainability Advisor, City of Tucson

 

 

 

Paula Pagniez, Americas Lead for the Climate and Resilience Hub at Willis Tower Watson

 

 

 

Stacy Swann, CEO and Founding Partner at Climate Finance Advisors

 

 

 

Vernon Walker, Senior Program Manager at the Better Future Project

 

Kalila Barnett, Senior Program Officer, Climate Resilience, at the Barr Foundation

 

 

 

Donta Council, Research Adviser at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

 

 

Brandy Espinola, Climate Resilience and Sustainability Program Manager at the Environmental Finance Center

 

 

Jason Lee, Associate Director at Quantified Venture

 

 

Omar Muhammad, Executive Director at the Lowcountry Alliance for Model Communities

 

Ujala Qadir, Head of Programme Design at the Climate Bonds Initiative

 

 

Stewart Sarkozy-Bancozy, Senior Advisor North America / Global Strategic Partnerships and Development Director at the Resilient Cities Network (GRCN) and Founder & Chief Precoverist at Precovery Labs

 

 

Facilitator: Joyce Coffee, CEO, Climate Resilience Consulting

 

Coordination and Collaboration in the Resilience Ecosystem (CCRE) Program

This project was the 2021 grant recipient of the Coordination and Collaboration in the Resilience Ecosystem (CCRE)’s “Defining Characteristics for Finance-Ready Resilience Plans and Projects” strategic investment. It was funded by a grant from the Climate Resilience Fund, made possible in part by a NOAA cooperative agreement. ASAP is proud to be a part of this group of projects and parallel work to add value to the US Climate Resilience Toolkit (CRT) Steps to Resilience. Learn more about CCRE here.