As part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s centennial in 2013, the organization launched its 100 Resilient Cities Challenge, a $100+ million effort to build urban resilience around the world. 100RC aims to help cities build the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses and systems to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience. The first cohort of 32 cities was selected in December 2013, and the 100RC team has been working with them closely ever since.
The application period for the next group of cities has just opened, and municipal government leaders, or local institutions that can demonstrate a strong and collaborative partnership with their municipal government, are invited to apply on behalf of their city. The finalists identified during the 2014 100RC Challenge will be eligible to receive:
- Funding in the form of a grant to hire a Chief Resilience Officer;
- Technical support to develop a holistic resilience strategy that reflects each city’s distinct needs;
- Access to an innovative platform of services to support strategy development and implementation. Platform partners come from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, and will offer tools in areas such as innovative finance, technology, infrastructure, land use, and community and social resilience; and,
- Membership in the 100 Resilient Cities network to share knowledge and practice with other member cities.
The Challenge application period continues until 10th September 2014. More information and how to apply can be found at the following link.