CRF was created to advance a positive vision of a climate resilient nation and to mobilize the resources for achieving it. We aim to do this by engaging partners in the philanthropic, nonprofit NGO and academic communities, and the federal government to coordinate strategic investments in climate adaptation and resilience services and outcomes.
The inception of CRF is rooted in the broad recognition of two trends. One, the rapid onset of climate change effects and impacts, which have emerged decades before most experts predicted as recently as 15 years ago. Two, the concurrent increased interest in climate adaptation and resilience among key decision-makers paired with the relative inadequacy of our collective capacity to address climate impacts proactively.
The idea for CRF began with the identification of what is now an increasingly well-recognized conundrum. Namely, the development and availability of climate services has expanded rapidly in recent years. However, local and regional decision-makers are still finding it difficult to identify and access services that meet their needs or are unable to translate climate forecasts into their decision and policy-making processes.
CRF currently focuses on two categories of investment: Coordination and Capacity-Building investments.
CRF facilitates investments in climate services coordination, collaboration and capacity. We define climate services broadly to include multiple climate resilience planning guidance, adaptation trainings, policy guidance, communications, and other resources that enable local decision-makers and practitioners to better understand, anticipate, prepare for and adapt to forthcoming impacts of anthropogenic climate change.
Coordination grants focus on advancing coordination (including access to and use) of science-based climate services for the US. Grants sourced through this category will facilitate collaborative undertakings by organizations engaged in providing climate services to communities, resource managers, and other practitioners working at local and regional levels.
Because science in a foundational element to climate adaptation and resilience, this category includes efforts to champion and facilitate the use of science in decision-making. This includes efforts to address the deficit in public support for political leadership on environmental issues broadly as well as for climate action. CRF will solicit ideas and concepts for this category directly or through announcements on our website and through social media and email list-serves.
Capacity-building grants focus on the need to build our collective capacity to facilitate the use of climate services tools and resources by decision-makers in communities, for resource managers, and other practitioners. CRF aims to make capacity-building grants available on a competitive basis to boundary organizations and regional collaboratives on an annual basis. This grantmaking category will target regions or issues that are of shared interest to members of the CRF’s Partners Alliance. As such the topical and geographic focus of grants made in this category will likely vary from year to year.
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