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Request for Proposals: Partnership for Resilient Communities

Please Note: The Deadline for Submissions has Passed

About the Partnership for Resilient Communities

In 2016, The JPB Foundation awarded ISC with a multi-year grant to pilot the Partnership for Resilient Communities – with the goal of supporting community-based organizations (CBOs) to lead climate resilience-building initiatives that elevate the voices, priorities, and assets of the communities they represent. PRC partners directly with selected community-based organizations and their leaders, providing them with the knowledge and resources needed to channel their tenacity, experience, and wisdom toward community-identified climate resilience priorities and strategies.

Partnership for Resilient Communities partner organizations are led by people of color and serve historic, urban communities of color throughout the United States. These communities are often the most impacted by climate change and the least supported by climate resiliency initiatives. ISC provides capacity-building resources that bolster the leadership and influence of our PRC partners in the climate resilience field through strategic planning, policy promotion, green stormwater infrastructure and/or clean energy installations, and community education and engagement. Through the Partnership for Resilient Communities these partner organizations receive strategic, technical, and financial assistance; participate in peer-learning workshops; and engage in networking opportunities that connect them with the broader urban climate resilience field. In addition to these resources, ISC strategically shares our PRC partners’ models, success stories, promising practices, and lessons learned with other U.S. communities, funders, institutions, and governments so that the urban climate resilience field can benefit from our work. Seven partner organizations serving communities in Detroit, Baltimore, Baltimore County, Milwaukee, Kansas City, New Orleans, and Pittsburgh were funded during the PRC pilot phase.

Request for Proposals

This year ISC is growing the Partnership for Resilient Communities with a new round of funding that will allow us to add additional partners to the program’s cohort. This round of the PRC will include a six-month planning phase and a two-year implementation phase. This request for proposals is seeking 6-8 organizations to participate in the six-month planning phase, which will prepare them to advocate for and implement equitable climate resilience projects in their communities.

Scope of Work

Partnership for Resilient Communities planning phase grantees will have the opportunity to deepen their involvement and leadership in local climate resilience efforts, identify their capacity-building needs, and receive technical assistance to bolster their capacity and influence. Over the six-month planning phase grantees will also develop a multi-year implementation proposal including a work plan for infrastructure projects, community engagement, policy advocacy and adoption, and the development of economic opportunities that drive equitable climate resilience in their communities. A number of the plans developed during the planning phase will be selected for the PRC implementation phase.

During the planning phase grantees will:

  • Bring a team of 4-5 people to attend one in-person peer-learning event in winter 2020.
  • Engage in other peer learning, technical assistance and capacity-building opportunities to grow their leadership and influence in the climate resilience space.
  • Participate in monthly planning and project support calls.
  • Develop a two-year implementation plan that will be used as a basis for implementation grant application.

Grant support can be used to cover staff time, travel, community engagement/education, supplies and consultants. Grantees will be awarded $25,000 for the six-month period.


Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications to qualify for the grant:

  • Must be a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
  • Must have leadership of color in decision-making positions (executive leadership/board of directors) and staff who are representative of the community being served
  • Lead organization must be located in/serving an urban community of color that is impacted by climate change
  • Lead organization must have a minimum of 3 full-time staff members or a strong leadership and implementation structure in place (i.e. partnership among multiple organizations)
  • Lead organization’s yearly operating budget must fall between $225,000 and $3,500,000
  • *May use fiscal agent or sponsor for the planning grant but the FA fee is capped at 10% by ISC

**Organizations based in Baltimore, Detroit, Milwaukee, New Orleans and Kansas City are not eligible for this grant opportunity.**

**PLEASE NOTE: Organizations based in the broader urban areas of the MSA of these cities are eligible to apply for this opportunity, and, the goal of the PRC is to have deep impactful work across a broad geographic representation of the U.S.

Submission Instructions

Interested organizations must complete and submit the full PRC request for proposals and proposal package with required attachments to [email protected] by July 19, 2019 at 5:00 PM PST. After submitting your proposal, you will receive auto-instructions regarding next steps. Please limit the total length of your responses in the narrative section of the RFP to 10 pages. Proposal must have 1” margins and font size may be no smaller than 11pt. Any proposal exceeding the 10 page maximum will be disqualified.

A strong proposal will:

  • Demonstrate the need for your project.
  • Focus on historic, urban communities of color.
  • Effectively show support for the project from the target community.
  • Describe a willingness to engage in partnerships to further the project.
  • Reveal a strong understanding of the PRC’s requirement to build the influence of your organization and your community.
  • Indicate why and how your organization is best suited to execute the grant.

Special consideration will be given to proposals with strategies that foster economic opportunity in the communities served.

Next Steps


Download and Complete the RFP Package:
For additional information regarding the webinar and/or request for proposals
please review the RFP package.


View the Informational Webinar:
An informational webinar on the Partnership for Resilient Communities RFP was held on July 2, 2019. View webinar. Frequently Asked Questions Sheet.

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