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Climate Action Funding and Technical Resources

This page provides information on potential funding sources and technical resources to help local governments in Washington State address climate change.

It is part of MRSC’s series on Climate Change.

Please contact us at with questions or comments about the resources on this page.


The concern about climate change has been widely recognized on a global, national, and regional level. State and local governments are addressing climate change in their plans and policies and taking action to reduce greenhouse gases.

In 2021, MRSC established the Local Climate Response Project to help local governments reduce greenhouse gas emissions, center equity in climate planning efforts, and adapt to and become more resilient to the effects of climate change. Out of this project grew a series of webpages, blogs, and webinars. 

This page focuses on general resources local governments may find helpful regarding climate change and local climate actions, as well as funding resources. 

Funding Resources for Climate Action

Below are funding resources for climate action planning and implementation from Washington State and elsewhere. 

Washington State Funding Resources

  • Department of Commerce 
    • Climate Program — Offers an overview of the program, including links to funding.
    • Energy Grants and Loan Programs — Includes information on the Washington State Energy Office's energy grants and loans programs.
    • Growth Management Grants — Includes grants for growth management plans and implementation projects, like housing action plans and transit-oriented development. 
  • Department of Ecology: Find a Grant or Loan — Includes information on the department's grants and loans related to air, climate, water, and shorelines. 
  • Department of Natural Resources 
  • Department of Transportation: Funding Programs — Provides information on federal and state funding programs, including carbon reduction; pedestrian and bicycle programs; and safe routes to school programs. 
  • Puget Sound Energy
    • Fleet Electrification — Assists public and private fleets in their transition to electric vehicles by offering savings on capital expenses, reducing operation and maintenance costs, and supporting sustainability goals.
    • Green Power Solar Grant — Offers funding for Puget Sound-based community-oriented solar projects as well as utility assistance support for low-income individuals.

Additional Funding Resources

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act — commonly known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill (BIL) — have opened up many avenues for competitive federal funding opportunities related to clean energy, infrastructure, and more. Below are several resources specific to these bills and the grants programs released under their programs.

From the White House:

From other federal agencies:

And finally, from national and local organizations:

Climate Action Technical Resources

From the local to the international level, climate impacts like extreme heat, wildfires, and flooding have been the focus of considerable attention by governments in recent years. Below are links to reports, studies, peer networks, and other technical assistance from nonprofits and research institutes in Washington State and beyond. 

Regional: Washington, Oregon, and California

  • California State Natural Resources Agency: Building Climate Resilience — Includes resources on climate action, including California’s climate adaptation strategy and climate programs and partnerships.
  • Climate Solutions — Based in Oregon and Washington, this nonprofit organization spearheads a regional approach to clean energy solutions. Includes a web broadcast series, research, and reports. 
  • GEOS Institute — Based in Oregon, this organization uses its technical and process expertise to help local leaders build climate resilience in their communities. Its Climate Ready Communities program helps small to medium-sized communities create climate resilience plans with an assisted do-it-yourself approach. The website offers a free guide to building climate resilience. 
  • Northwest Clean Energy Atlas — Explores the region's energy data use and provides detailed, up-to-date, and transparent system data to help inform decisions and track the progress of the clean energy transition.
  • Oregon State Department of Land Conservation and Development: Climate Change Resources —Includes climate change resources such as climate action plans, natural hazard mitigation plans, and regional scenario planning.
  • Puget Sound Climate Preparedness Collaborative — A regional network of local and tribal governments, regional agencies, and organizations is focused on peer learning and exchange of information, ideas, and opportunities related to climate preparedness. 
  • University of Washington
    • Carbon Leadership Forum — Focused on eliminating embodied carbon in buildings and infrastructure by inspiring innovation and spurring change through collective action.
    • Climate Impacts Group — This research group is widely recognized for scientific discovery, as an experienced developer of impartial and actionable science, and as a catalyst for building regional climate resilience. 
  • Washington State

National and International

Peer Networks for Climate Action

  • C40 Knowledge Hub — Provides a wealth of climate-related information from climate experts. Registered users gain the ability to track topics of interest and receive personalized recommendations based on their interests.
  • CivicWell — Works to build livable communities and local leadership via innovative programs and networking opportunities. Its climate change resources include community engagement tools, case studies, and local climate change adaptation reports. Also see CivicSpark.
  • Climate Mayors — A bipartisan peer-to-peer network of U.S. mayors demonstrating climate leadership through actions in their communities. Includes an electric vehicle collaborative and climate action compendium, a detailed inventory of municipal actions on climate change and other sustainability issues. Partnered with the C40 Knowledge Hub to produce Climate action and the Inflation Reduction Act: A guide for local government leaders (2022). 
  • Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy — The largest global alliance for city climate leadership, built upon the commitment of over 10,000 cities and local governments.
  • ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability — A global network of more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to advancing climate protection and sustainable development. 
  • Mayors Climate Protection Center — Facilitates the Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement.
  • MRSC: Climate Action Peer Network — MRSC convenes local government staff quarterly via Zoom to share best practices and information on local and state climate efforts. For more information and to be added to the email list for these meetings, please contact MRSC staff at
  • Urban Sustainability Directors Network — A network of local government professionals across the U.S. and Canada who share best practices focused on climate change mitigation, preparedness, and social equity.

Last Modified: February 23, 2024