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 impact of climate change.

The intent is to fund near-term interventions through local policy advances, analyses, and actions that drive long-term transformations. In particular, MAPC seeks to leverage projects with investments targeted to advancing climate equity and social cohesion.

NEW! Invitation for Proposals: FY2021 Grants


One-year grants from $15,000 to $55,000 for programs and capacity building; two-year grants from $55,000 to $150,000 for construction and capital improvement projects.


This grant is applicable to the 101 cities and towns in the MAPC region. Regional collaboration and partnerships are encouraged and preferred.

  • Invitation for Proposals released July 15, 2020
  • Zoom Info Session: July 22, 2020
  • Proposals will be due by August 31, 2020

Grants up to $150,000 for climate resilience construction projects: projects must be completed within two years of the grant award.

Smaller grants: projects must be completed within one year of the grant award


When preparing an application, consider using this grant as a match for other local, state, or federal grant programs (such as EEA's MVP Action Grant).

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

Program Priorities

All proposals should target at least one of the seven funding priority areas:

  1.  Strategies that advance nature-based solutions for climate resilience
  2. Municipal climate resiliency regulations, zoning, financing, or infrastructure
  3. Support climate coalitions or convening
  4. Initiatives to boost social resiliency - particularly among at-risk or vulnerable populations and/or neighborhoods
  5. Local food system or community agriculture and resiliency measures
  6. District-scale resilience pilots
  7. Public outreach, marketing, and arts & culture


Please contact Senior Environmental Planner Darci Schofield at or 617-933-0794.

Grant Materials and Updates




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