Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time. It requires our collective attention to explore actions and solutions that avoid the most catastrophic of modeled scenarios.

The California Community Colleges’ work in climate action, currently outlined in Vision 2030, is informed by the strategic framework of the Governor’s Roadmap (2021). The climate action work outlined in the Vision 2030 framework advances community college engagement with the four fields of climate practice: facilities and operations, workforce and curriculum community engagements and benefits, and resource development.

The Board of Governors has been a bold proponent of climate action, energy conservation, and other sustainability measures and has established policies since 2013. Since that time, the Chancellor’s Office has continued to make policy adjustments and in 2019 the Board adopted the Climate Change and Sustainability Policy. The 2019 policy laid a strong foundation for community college districts to align and guide their local-level work. Most recently, in 2021, the Chancellor’s Office revised the climate change and sustainability policy to reflect the needs of colleges and the perspectives of a diverse set of stakeholders. Guided by the Climate Action and Sustainability Steering Committee, the Chancellor’s Office created a new framework, the Climate Action and Sustainability Framework. The updated framework established systemwide goals and targets and integrated a comprehensive approach to leverage both colleges’ physical and social impact footprint.

Grant Opportunities

The California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research Regional Resilience Planning and Implementation Grant Program funds local organizations that are planning and implementing projects that advance climate resilience and respond to the greatest climate risks within regions of California.

Total Amount Available

Planning: $12.5M

Implementation: $8.8M

Individual Grant Amounts

Planning: $150-$650K

Implementation: $800K - 3M


  • CA institutions of higher education are eligible as a “local public entity”
  • Must have 2 co-applicants. The second applicant can be a community-based organization (CBO), nonprofit.


To be announced fall 2023 (sign up for the ICARP newsletter or check back for updates)

Website and Resources

Regional Resilience Planning and Implementation Grant Program

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The California Office of Emergency Services’ Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides funding for communities to implement mitigation activities that reduce risk to life, property, and infrastructure from natural hazards including wildfire, earthquake, drought, extreme heat, flooding, and other natural hazards. HMGP funding can support the development of hazard mitigation planning, project scoping activities, and mitigation projects.

Total Amount Available

Funding is determined based upon declared disaster

Individual Grant Amount

No limit listed

Eligibility and Match Requirement

  • State agencies are eligible
  • Individual districts are eligible but must have a local government partner.
  • Planner cannot be part of implementation team
  • Match requirement is 25%


ongoing; Cal OES continuously accepts Notices of Intent for consideration


Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Hazard Mitigation Grants, Programs, and Funding Opportunities

Visit the California Grants Portal for a more comprehensive and up-to-date list of available grants.