BOSTON – A dozen projects to work advancing local climate change resilience, thanks to a new round of “Accelerating Climate Resiliency” grant funding announced this week by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in Boston.
The grants range in size from $12,000 to $50,000 per project and are designed to drive long-term transformative change by investing in impactful, short-term local projects. More than $400,000 was awarded in this round.
This is the third round of funding distributed through the program, part of a partnership between The Barr Foundation and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in Boston.
The City of Marlborough received funding for a tree planting initiative.
Other grants awarded in this round will go to:
- Arlington: “Remembrance of Climate Futures” public art project
- Beverly: Community outreach campaign with Salem for retrofitting buildings
- Boston: Food Forest Coalition education campaign
- Braintree: Nature-basedclimate solutions in environmental justice communities
- Brookline: “Tech Buddies” program
- Chelsea: Social vulnerability assessment with Revere and Winthrop
- Medford: Conceptualization and community building for Equitable Resilience Hubs
- Revere: Creating a Regional Resiliency Working Group with Everett, Lynn, Malden & Saugus
- Salem: Mack Park Farm and Food Forest
- Stoughton: Community pollinator gardens
- Stow: Building a climate resilience coalition within MAPC’s Minuteman region, a group of 13 communities northwest of Boston.
Grant recipients will also participate in MAPC’s Resilience Community of Practice, a peer-to-peer learning group that will bring together grantees regularly to discuss challenges and barriers to implementation, and share lessons learned for collective problem-solving.
“MAPC is so pleased to offer this third round of Accelerating Climate Resiliency grants to help cities and towns prepare their communities for climate change,” said MAPC Deputy Director Rebecca Davis. “From installing green infrastructure to helping to address food insecurity and building multi-municipal climate coalitions, these communities are leading by example. Their collective efforts are advancing equity, creating best practices and models for others to adapt and adopt, and deepening our region’s resilience to climate change.”