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 is investing $1 million over five years through the Better Together Resilient Communities grant program to support local climate resilience initiatives.

2017 grant winners
In 2017, PG&E will award $100,000 each to the University of California, Merced, and the Karuk Tribe of California for projects designed to help communities prevent and prepare for increasing wildfire risk through building healthy and resilient forests and watersheds.

The results of the grants will be made publicly available to help communities better understand, plan for and respond to climate change risks and encourage partnership with others.

About the projects
The University of California, Merced, project will accelerate the pace and scale of forest restoration in Calaveras County by enabling partnerships focusing on lands that are a high priority for improving drought resiliency and reducing high-intensity wildfire risk, while enhancing both forest health and water-related benefits.

Goals include:

  • Developing much-needed analysis and tools for assessing relative drought vulnerability and resilience of forested areas based on existing research.
  • Working with local land managers and stakeholders to refine these tools and build capacity to apply them in a central-Sierra forest as a testbed.
  • Working with local stakeholders to carry out and communicate assessments of drought vulnerability, wildfire risk and forest-restoration benefits with the aim of engaging broader support for investments in forests as natural capital and green infrastructure.

The Karuk Tribe will develop a plan for addressing critical infrastructure needs and protections in preparation for implementation of prescribed burns in Humboldt County, working with the U.S. Forest Service and others.

Goals include:

  • Identifying areas for prescribed burns as part of the Tribe’s Climate Adaptation Plan.
  • Promoting community resilience to wildfires and climate change at both regional and community levels.
  • Strengthening the region’s capacity to respond to wildfires in support of local communities in the Mid-Klamath River Basin.

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 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:

  • Demonstrated partnership: the extent to which the proposal reflects a collaborative effort among multiple organizations
  • Replicability: the extent to which the proposal identifies how others will be able to learn from and adopt resulting strategies and solutions
  • Assistance to disadvantaged communities: the extent to which the proposal addresses the identified needs of disadvantaged communities
  • Measurable impact: the extent to which the proposal includes practical, measurable and innovative ways to address community needs and climate risks

2018 Grant Program timeline
Please check back for details on the 2018 grant application process and project timeline.

Background materials
In developing applications, PG&E encouraged organizations to consider the following background information:

Contact information
All questions should be directed to Please include "Resilient Communities grant program" in the subject line.