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Neighborhood Climate Grant Program

Community Partners Receive Funds  

The Office of Sustainability launched the Neighborhood Climate Resilience Grant Program which is made possible through the American Rescue Plan Act. Richmond Based nonprofits shared plans to boost equity and sustainability in communities across the city and the City provided over $850,000. Our office received over 18 applications for this round, totaling over $1.3 million dollars in proposed projects. After a rigorous review, the first round of awardees include a range of exciting proposals. For example, Bridging the Gap will receive over $77,000 will help install rainwater collection systems and electric water pumps, all powered by solar panels, to improve irrigation in local community gardens. This will lead to more effective food systems, and produce more food in their respective communities, all while empowering and growing our local green workforce! Another awardee, the Community Climate Collaborative will be receiving $20,000 to study energy disparities in neighborhoods across our city. They will create a map of energy burdens and help us understand which families in our community. Initial awardees include:  

Bridging the Gap  

James River Association  

Church Hill Trees   

Richmond Tree Stewards  

Southside Releaf  

Chimborazo Native Food Project   

The Community Climate Collaborative   

Seva Truck RVA   

Happily, Natural Day  

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