Accelerating Climate Resiliency Grant Program

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Accelerating Climate Resiliency Grant Program

Accelerating Climate Resiliency Grant Program

MAPC is working in partnership with the Barr Foundation to accelerate climate resilience in the region by helping municipalities advance strategies that protect people, places, and communities from the impacts of climate change.

The intent is to fund actionable resilience interventions that facilitate long-term, innovative changes leading to greater readiness for climate change. In particular, MAPC seeks to elevate projects that will advance climate equity, regional coordination, and social cohesion.

Program Priorities

We're supporting projects in the following categories:

  1. Nature-based solutions for climate resilience
  2. Municipal climate resiliency policy
  3. Innovative financing or infrastructure investment program models
  4. Climate coalitions or convenings
  5. Contributions to social resiliency or cohesion
  6. Projects that combine climate adaptation with climate mitigation
  7. Local food system or agricultural resiliency measures
  8. District-scale climate resiliency pilots
  9. Public outreach, marketing, and artistic, cultural, or creative projects


Please contact Senior Regional Land Use Planner Ella Wise at

October 20, 2013. Weston, MA.
Weston Reservoir.
Metropolitan Area Planning Council.
© 2013 Marilyn Humphries


First Round of FY2021 ACR Awards

Eleven grantees received funding for their climate resiliency projects! MAPC and the Barr Foundation awarded a total of over $700,000 in the first round of FY2021 grants. Learn more about the projects farther down on this page.

Funded Projects: First Round of FY2021

Beverly Strategic Tree Planting Initiative

Partners: Karen and Thomas Blair-Urban Horticultural Consultants 

Grant Amount: $75,000 one-year grant

Cambridge: Charles River Floating Wetland Phase II Expansion

Project Partners: Charles River Conservancy, MIT Sea Grant, Cambridge Public Schools, Cambridge Dept. of Public Works

Grant Amount: $52,250 one-year grant

Canton Resilience @ Home

Partners: Canton Housing Authority, Neponset River Watershed Association, MA Audubon, Canton Public Schools

Grant Amount: $42,817 one-year grant

Chelsea Energy Resilience: Neighborhood Grid

Project Partners: Greenroots, Inc., The Neighborhood Developers

Grant Amount: $142,500 two-year grant

Framingham: Lake Waushakum Resiliency Design

Partners: Framingham Parks & Recreation Commission, Town of Ashland, Coburnville-Tripoli Neighborhood Association, Waushakum Pond Association, Downtown Framingham, Inc.

Grant Amount: $52,500 one-year grant

Malden River Works for Waterfront Equity and Resilience

Partners: Mystic River Watershed Association, MIT (Urban Studies and Center for Environmental Health), and the Malden Riverworks Steering Committee

Grant Amount: $52,500 one-year grant

Growing Food and Social Resilience in Natick

Project Partners:  Natick Housing Authority, Natick Service Council, Natick Community Organic Farm, Keefe Tech High School

Grant Amount: $141,793 two-year capital grant

Somerville: Solutions to Build a Heat Healthy Community

Project Partners:  Somerville Health and Human Services, Council on Aging, Shape Up Somerville

Grant Amount: $52,250 one-year grant

Wenham: Development Regulations for Climate Resilience

Grant Amount: $49,875 one-year grant

Winchester Sustainability Director: Rapid Implementation of Winchester's Climate Action Plan

Partners: Winchester Climate Action Advisory Committee

Grant Amount: $52,500 one-year grant for capacity-building

Woburn Senior Center Community Garden

Grant Amount: $29,376 one-year grant

Funded Projects: FY2020

Strengthening Social and Climate Resilience in East Boston

Grantees: Boston Public Health Commission & The Harborkeepers

Grant Amount: $44,995


Tree Box Installations for Stormwater Management in Braintree

Grantee: Braintree Department of Public Works

Grant Amount: $38,755

Tree Box Braintree

Sustainable Landscaping in Concord

Grantee: Concord Sustainability Division

Grant Amount: $26,000

Attachment - Concord Sustainable Landscaping Project Photos

Snug Harbor Resilience Master Plan in Duxbury

Grantee: Duxbury Planning Department

Grant Amount: $24,800


Youth Stewardship of Northern Strand Green Infrastructure Sites in Everett

Grantee: Everett Office of Planning and Development

Grant Amount: $30,000

Jon Norton Community Rain Garden in Everett

Integrating Land Use Planning and Water Conservation in Ipswich

Grantees: Ipswich Utilities Department & Ipswich River Watershed Assocation

Grant Amount: $19,550

Community Gardens at Public Housing in Medford

Grantees: Medford Planning Department, Mass In Motion, and Affordable Housing

Grant Amount: $31,105

Medford Garden Beds

Burke-Memorial Elementary School Rain Garden in Medway

Town of Medway

Grant Amount:

Medway Burke Rain Garden

Equity and Climate Resiliency in Needham

Grantees: Needham Public Health Division and Green Needham

Grant Amount: $26,089

Workshop Three - 2 - November 2019

Long Beach Living Shoreline Project in Rockport

Grantee: Rockport Department of Public Works

Grant Amount: $32,500

Rockport Long BEach and Saratoga Creek

Peggoty Beach Managed Retreat Feasibility Study in Scituate

Grantee: Scituate Department of Planning and Development

Grant Amount: $35,000

Rockport Long BEach and Saratoga Creek