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$865,000 is up for grabs for local community groups

Community organizations working on the front lines of climate change can apply for the Neighborhood Climate Resilience Grant Program and receive funds to support their mission.

Rows of plants in front of colorful murals.

The mayor announced the program at Sankofa Community Orchard.

On Tuesday, June 6, the city announced a new program to support local groups that are on the front lines of fighting climate change — the Neighborhood Climate Resilience Grant Program.

The new program is in line with the RVAgreen 2050 Climate Equity Action Plan, which City Council committed to in February. That plan includes a pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030 and reach net zero emissions by 2050.

The city has allocated $865,000 in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds towards the grant program. Here’s the exciting part — distributing those funds to community groups.

Have a worthy organization in mind? Here are the eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19)
  • Needs to provide services to “residents and neighbors of the City of Richmond” — and those services should be in the areas of climate change, action, and resilience
  • Show a connection between their work and the Climate Equity Action Plan

Groups can use funds in a variety of ways, including job and workforce training, building green spaces and recreational facilities, conducting neighborhood cleanups, and supporting food banks, just to name a few possibilities. There’s no ceiling or floor for the amount of funds each group can receive.
If you’re filling out the application, be ready to discuss (among other things):

  • The community you serve
  • The amount of funds you’re asking for and how they’ll be used
  • The date your resilience solution will be implemented or completed

The deadline to submit via email is Friday, Aug. 4.