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.

Program overview and 2017 focus on wildfires
In 2017, PG&E will award two individual $100,000 grants―$200,000 in total―through a competitive process.

PG&E requested grant proposals that will build healthy and resilient forests and watersheds to help communities prevent and prepare for increasing wildfire risk. Eligible projects included research, planning or demonstration projects to better prepare communities for a future with more frequent and extreme wildfires.

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.

How to apply
The application period for 2017 is now closed.

Review additional background on the program, including a sample version of the grant application.

PG&E encouraged applicants to demonstrate how the grant funding will support locally-driven efforts to build greater climate resilience and engage and inform stakeholders―both within and beyond the local community. Grantees will be expected to work with PG&E to share results publicly with key constituents and stakeholders to promote replicability and lessons learned.

PG&E also encouraged applicants to include identified in-kind matching funds or services that will contribute to the overall magnitude and success of the project.

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

Grant Program timeline
The grant application process and project timeline is as follows:

  • Request for Proposals opens: March 1, 2017
  • Final applications due: May 12, 2017
  • Awards announced: Summer 2017
  • Grant awardee Final Report: August 2018

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.