Urban areas face more frequent and more intense disturbances associated with climate change, such as heat waves, drought, coastal flooding, extreme storms, and poor air quality. The impact on both urban residents and urban trees and forests is both chronic and dramatic, leading to reduced quality of life. Research has shown that increasing green space can keep cities cooler, control storm water, and capture air pollutants—while reducing stress, energy needs, and neighborhood crime rates. Through this grant program, cities across the country will be given the opportunity to strategically leverage the benefits of nature-based solutions while strengthening their ability to bounce back following a disaster.
The Bank of America Community Resilience Grant Program is designed to amplify the impact of green infrastructure projects within low-and moderate income (LMI) neighborhoods, often the most vulnerable places when disasters strike.