The final cohort of participating cities will be selected based on a city's demonstrated commitment to building resilience to the complex challenges of the twenty-first century — namely, urbanization, globalization, and climate change — along with strong mayoral leadership and commitment to the 100RC initiative. Since 2013, sixty-seven cities have been selected through two challenge rounds. Applications for the final round will be accepted through November 24, and the winning cities will be announced in April 2016. Each city in the 100RC network receives financial and logistical guidance for establishing a chief resilience officer position responsible for leading its resilience efforts; technical assistance in support of the development of a robust resilience strategy; access to solutions, service providers, and partners from the private, public, and NGO sectors; and membership in a global network of participating cities to facilitate knowledge sharing.
The foundation's latest commitment brings its total support for RC100 to $164 million. Overall, the foundation has dedicated more than $500 million to resilience-building efforts.
"What we're learning through the first two rounds of the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge is that not every disruption must become a disaster for cities," said Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin. "We can build our cities to be resilient — to be better prepared for, to withstand, an event to transform and grow in the face of these shocks and stresses. And through those same investments, cities not only become future-proof, they become better places to live and work right now. We're excited to welcome the final thirty-three cities to join us in this work."