February 17, 2015 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation, in partnership with the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, today announced the availability of $200,000 in grants to help local governments prepare for climate change.

The Building Regional Resilience to Climate Change grants will support projects that advance community efforts to prepare for climate change and put the “San Diego, 2050 is Calling. How Will We Answer?” report into action. The report, released in 2014 by Climate Education Partners and The San Diego Foundation, outlines challenges faced by the San Diego region, as well as a call to action for communities to work together and invest today in solutions to manage risks and prepare for a changing climate.

“Working together and investing today to address climate change will help to ensure a healthy environment and strong economy throughout the San Diego region.” San Diego Foundation Vice President of Community Impact Dr. Emily Young said. “The Building Regional Resilience grants are aimed at helping communities protect the health and well-being of today’s communities and future generations.”

Preference will be given to projects that stress working with more than one city/public agency to address shared challenges, leverage other sources of funding, engage community residents, have the opportunity to share lessons learned, and can be completed within 18 months. Grant guidelines are available at sdfoundation.org/Grants.

The partnership between The Foundation and The Collaborative reflects a broader effort by The San Diego Foundation to protect and enhance the region’s environment and quality of life through the framework of WELL (Work, Enjoy, Live and Learn ) in San Diego for a cohesive, vibrant region.

WELL collaborations and activities to address climate change are implemented with ongoing guidance from volunteers, as well as generous support from philanthropic partners such as the Kresge Foundation, Qualcomm Foundation, Marisla Foundation, Engel Family Fund, Bank of America, and Blasker-Miah-Rose Fund, as well as other individual donors and partner organizations.

An informational webinar for grant seekers will be held on Monday, March 2 from noon to 1 p.m. RSVP to Kim Fields atkimf@sdfoundation.org to receive log-in information. The application deadline is 12 p.m. (PST) Monday, April 20.

About The San Diego Foundation
Founded in 1975, The San Diego Foundation’s purpose is to promote and increase effective and responsible charitable giving. The Foundation manages more than $668 million in assets, more than half of which reside in permanent endowment funds that extend the impact of today’s gifts to future generations. Since its inception, The Foundation has granted more than $900 million to the San Diego region’s nonprofit community. For additional information, please visit The San Diego Foundation at sdfoundation.org.

About the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative
The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative is a network for public agencies that serve the San Diego region to share expertise, leverage resources, and advance comprehensive solutions to facilitate climate change planning. For additional information, please visit the Climate Collaborative at www.sdclimatecollaborative.org.

Vince Heald, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600, vheald@behmedia.com
Theresa Nakata, The San Diego Foundation, 619-235-2300, theresan@sdfoundation.org