Kresge Foundation Awards $8 Million to Bolster Climate Resilience

The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, has announced grants totaling nearly $8 million in support of efforts to develop more effective climate resilience frameworks in twelve low-income urban communities.

Awarded through the foundation's Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity Initiative, the grants of $660,000 each over three years will bolster the capacity of community-based nonprofit organizations working to influence local and regional climate resilience planning, policy development, and implementation efforts in ways that better reflect the needs of underrepresented people. The twelve organizations received planning grants in 2014 to outline strategies aimed at effecting more robust energy efficiency policies, disaster-preparedness plans, and carbon-reduction initiatives. The nonprofits will use the new funds to generate support for climate resilience plans that are equitable, elevate the influence of community-based organizations and leaders in the climate resilience field, and develop new understandings and approaches to climate resilience policy and planning, with equity concerns at the forefront.

The grantee organizations are Align (New York City), the Asian Pacific Environment Network (Oakland), Centro por la Justicia / Southwest Workers Union (San Antonio), Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (Cleveland), the Environmental Health Coalition (National City, California), the Fifth Avenue Committee (Brooklyn), Ironbound Community Corp. (Newark), the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (Los Angeles), the Native American Youth and Family Center (Portland, Oregon), Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (East Boston), the Tides Center / Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability (Fresno), and West Harlem Environmental Action (New York City).

"We are committed to strengthening the climate resilience field by supporting effective organizations that can create new models and strategies that benefit low-income communities," said Lois DeBacker, managing director of the foundation's Environment Program. "Climate change disproportionately impacts those with the least means to adapt or respond to it. Similarly, the benefits of clean energy technologies often don't reach low-income communities. With efforts to address these equity issues, we can help ensure that these communities are not left behind."