FEMA Announces 2012 Community Resilience Innovation Challenge

Application Period Open for Funding to Increase Local Resiliency through Whole Community Approach

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has opened the application period for the Community Resilience Innovation Challenge. This new funding opportunity is designed to build local resilience across America through a Whole Community approach.

The opportunity is provided through the Rockefeller Foundation and FEMA and will be administered by the Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Foundation. The objective of the Challenge Award is to foster community resilience by identifying needs, mobilizing partners, and creating innovative, motivational, and effective solutions that can be grown, sustained, and replicated.

Selected projects will be funded up to a maximum of $35,000, with no financial match required. Applications are open to most local, state, and tribal agencies and governments, business entities, associations, and organizations and groups operating within the local jurisdiction where the project will be conducted. Submissions will be accepted through October 26.

Key assessment areas for the awards will be the applicants' demonstration that their approach to community resilience is innovative, collaborative with community stakeholders, sustainable, repeatable – in that the approach enables other communities to replicate their successful outcomes – and beneficial to the community in measurable ways.

Additional information on the Challenge program criteria and application process can be found at www.fema.gov and www.ResilienceChallenge.org.