The 2021 application deadline for the Resilience Hubs grant program is now closed.
Communities across California face growing threats from the projected changes in the state’s climate. These risks include extreme weather events such as coastal and inland flooding, heat waves, wildfires, and more powerful storms, as well as slow onset stresses like sea level rise and rising average temperatures.
Some California communities may lack a safe gathering place or access to critical services if impacted by a climate-driven extreme weather event or other local emergency or disruption. These events can have a disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations, including environmental and social justice communities, who may have fewer resources to address disruptive events.
Through the Resilience Hubs grant program, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is requesting grant proposals to help communities build a network of local resilience hubs. These projects can provide a physical space or set of resources that supports community resilience—such as access to power, shelter, and information—to climate-driven extreme weather events, including wildfires, as well as future Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events. Once developed, the hubs can also be accessed year-round to build and sustain community adaptive capacity in a trusted location.
The program awarded $25,000 each to four Feasibility Projects to fund an assessment of resilience hub needs and/or conceptual ideas for a resilience hub. Grant recipients are the following organizations:
Additionally, the program awarded $100,000 each to three Design and Build Projects toward the design and/or creation of a resilience hub to the following grant recipients. Through these projects, the organizations will either plan and design new physical spaces or mobile resources, or retrofit existing buildings or structures to support community resilience.
Albany CERT Inc. is an all-volunteer organization focused on the safety of City of Albany residents, especially during emergency situations. The organization will conduct outreach to collect community input on potential locations for resilience hubs, components and resources for hubs, and opportunities for training citizens on disaster preparation.
Blue Lake Rancheria will conduct a feasibility study of a Food-Anchored Resilience Hub at the site's Tribal Convenience Store and identify strategies to ensure access to food and other emergency items for identified vulnerable populations.
Working directly with community members, Cooperation Humboldt will conduct analyses to determine the site for a resilience hub and what functions it will provide to serve highest priority needs.
The County of Santa Barbara will use community input and data to identify a site and conceptual design for a pilot resilience hub to serve indigenous migrant communities and develop a design toolkit to further the practice throughout the County.
The City of Richmond will install portable solar panels at two existing community centers to create "power hubs" for residents to use electricity and WiFi during outages and emergencies. The clean electricity will be available for both outdoor and indoor use at the centers.
The Hopland Band of Pomo Indians' 'Pomo Inter-Tribal Resiliency Hub' will provide year-round workshops on climate adaptation, including demonstration projects on rainwater catchment systems, greywater systems, firesafe landscaping, aquaponics, and emergency response.
The LEAP Institute will build 16 Mobile Resilience Hubs, using the grant funding complemented by additional funding, and will provide training to community members to build and operate resilience hubs.
Suitable approaches for resilience hub proposals may include, but are not limited to, conducting a feasibility analysis to assess resilience hub needs through local engagement, planning and design of physical spaces or mobile resources that will provide community resilience benefit, or retrofits of existing buildings or structures to support community resilience.
Recognizing the varying needs and levels of project planning across communities, PG&E will issue a total of $400,000 in grant awards in 2021 at both the $25,000 and $100,000 level, depending on the applications we receive:
Priority will be given to projects that address the needs of disadvantaged and/or vulnerable communities. These grants are intended to serve as seed funding to support resilience hub facility planning and design. Communities may need to pursue other sources of funding to cover the full cost of the hub.
This funding will be distributed through a competitive solicitation and bid process to eligible nonprofit or government organizations (including tribal governments) within PG&E’s service territory. Applicants must be prepared to provide documentation to demonstrate they meet PG&E’s criteria for eligibility.
Applicants should apply for either a Feasibility Project or a Design and Build Project based on the proposed activities and existing information regarding the need and feasibility of a resilience hub in your community. If you need to begin with assessing the need for or feasibility of your hub idea, you can apply for a Feasibility Project in this cycle and then apply for a Design and Build Project in a future cycle.
A resilience hub provides a physical space or set of resources that support resilience in communities—including access to power, shelter, or information—during climate-driven major weather events and other extreme events, while helping to build and sustain year-round community adaptive capacity, especially for vulnerable communities.
Look to resources and case studies such as, Resilience-Hub.org, NorCal Resilience Hubs Initiative, and CREW Climate Resilience Hubs or draw ideas from other similar resilience hubs programs in Boston, MA, Seattle, WA, and Maryland. Find some inspiration and just remember that each program has different goals and may have a specific definition for “hub”—make sure your proposal meets the criteria for this grant program.
You may also be interested in the Better Together Resilient Communities (BTRC) grant program, which is sponsored by The PG&E Corporation Foundation (Foundation), an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, separate from PG&E and sponsored by PG&E’s shareholders.
The Foundation’s BTRC program is independent from PG&E’s Resilience Hubs grant program. You can apply for a Resilience Hub grant and a BTRC in the same grant cycle/year.
Learn more about the BTRC program.
PG&E offers a variety of other grant, rebate, and incentive programs that you may apply for to support resilience in your community. Below are some examples of additional PG&E resilience resources.
Community Resilience Guide: Helps communities understand their options to increase energy resiliency.
Community Microgrid Enablement Program: Helps communities plan and implement their own microgrid projects.
Self-Generation Incentive Program: Offers financial incentives for non-residential customers installing battery storage or generation equipment.
Savings by Design Program: Offers assistance to analyze your building's energy design to help it rise above the standard.
Custom Retrofits: Learn how you can install high-efficiency equipment and systems to help reduce your peak demand in kilowatts (kW) and annual energy use (kWh and therm) and receive cash incentive payments.
Back-Up Electric Generation: Learn how backup electric generators can operate as a stand-alone power source and some require interconnection to PG&E’s electric grid.
A variety of other PG&E programs may support aspects of your project idea.