Ready-to-Fund Resilience


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.

ASAP Ready to Fund

We can’t wait to share our Ready-to-Fund Resilience Guidebook and Training with you in early 2022! 

  • The Guide and Training will help small and medium sized local governments in the U.S. - and organizations that provide technical assistance to them - integrate key characteristics into their climate resilience projects to make them fundable.
  • The Guide and Training will build on existing literature and case studies on resilience finance and investment, benefit from insight from a cross-sector group of experts, and center racial justice in content and development.

Meet the Ready-to-Fund Resilience Expert Group

We’re working 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 is illuminating barriers to effective resilience funding and finance, uncovering important characteristics of fundable resilience projects, and identifying key actions that practitioners should take to ensure fundability.

This group will transition to a climate resilience funding and finance peer learning space beginning in February 2022. Check back soon for upcoming meeting information.


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 is 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 is funded by a grant from the Climate Resilience Fund. 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.