Announcing the 2020 Better Together Resilient Communities Grant Recipients:

Building local climate resilience

From extreme weather to rising sea levels, the threat that climate change poses to communities across California is becoming all too apparent. In an effort to promote local resilience to climate change, PG&E plans to invest $2 million over five years in shareholder-funded grants through the Better Together Resilient Communities grant program to support local climate resilience initiatives.

Through the Resilient Communities grant program, PG&E is requesting grant proposals of $100,000 to fund four projects in 2020 that build community capacity to reduce flood risk and support healthy and resilient coastlines and wetlands. Priority will be given to projects located in demonstrated past or projected flood risk areas and to those that address the needs of environmental and social justice communities.

Eligibility and evaluation criteria

To be eligible for these grants, applicants must:

  • Be a governmental organization, educational institution or 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
  • Include a local or tribal government within PG&E's Northern and Central California service area as a partner

To assess grant proposals, PG&E will use the following criteria:

  • Flood-Specific Demonstrated Need: the extent to which the proposal demonstrates a high threat of flooding in the proposed project area. Projects located in current and/or projected flood risk areas will be given priority. Flood risk may be demonstrated by past exposure (e.g., past flood impacts), current flood zone designation (e.g., FEMA flood zone), and/or projections indicating future changes (e.g., climate driven) in flood risk.
  • Enhanced community capacity: the extent to which the proposal will build community capacity to reduce flood risk and increase community resilience beyond the life of the grant
  • Demonstrated partnership: the extent to which the proposal reflects a collaborative effort among multiple organizations or stakeholders that brings together a sustainable local network to address preparedness and resilience within the community
  • Replicability: the extent to which the proposal identifies how others will be able to learn from and adopt resulting strategies and solutions
  • Assistance to environmental and social justice communities: the extent to which the proposal is community-focused and addresses climate resilience needs relevant to environmental and social justice populations, including designated disadvantaged communities
  • Measurable impact: the extent to which the proposal includes practical, measurable and innovative ways to address flood risk and community resilience to flooding and support healthy and resilient coastlines and wetlands

Background materials

The following materials are available for your reference:


The deadline for applications is Monday, Septembr 07, 2020. Applications (PDF, 215 KB) should be submitted to Applicants are encouraged to transfer questions from this PDF to a Word document or contact PG&E at the email address below to request a digital Word version of this application.

Contact information

Email any questions to Please include "Better Together Resilient Communities grant program" in the subject line.