Leadership in Community Resilience Program Application


The Sustainable Cities Institute (SCI) at the National League of Cities is accepting statements of interest from cities to participate in the 2018 Leadership in Community Resilience program. The first 10 pilot cities completed the program in 2017, and summaries of their work can be found on the SCI homepage. SCI will continue to support local resilience initiatives in 2018 by selecting 7 cities to participate in this year-long assistance program.

Resilience is a relatively new concept that is rapidly being embraced by the private sector and all levels of government as a holistic, proactive framework to mitigate risk, improve service reliability, manage critical infrastructure and adapt to changing conditions. 

Assistance will be delivered in three ways:

  • Policy & practice exchange where cities learn from each other and national experts.  
  • $10,000 grant to support a mayoral-level local resilience event. 
  • Invitation and travel support to the Resilient Cities Summit for mayor and one staff support (2018 date and location coming soon!). 
Application process
  1. Submit application by December 31, 2017.
  2. Selected cities will be notified by January 15, 2018.
  3. Program begins shortly thereafter and assistance continues throughout 2018. 



Q. What level of engagement and participation is expected throughout this yearlong resilience program? 

The 7 cities will share a Policy & Practice Exchange.  This peer network will allow elected leaders and/or city staff to engage with SCI, several partner organizations, and each other. Monthly webinars will be hosted for the whole group to help facilitate the exchange. This will allow you to develop relationships with your peers, discuss your goals, and share your challenges with the other cities. These webinars will also feature SCI partners who share a commitment to help cities achieve their resilience goals. In 2017, SCI and participating cities successfully partnered with the Urban Land Institute, ICLEI, Davey Tree, Arizona State University, STAR Communities, the Thriving Earth Exchange, and others to deliver more customized project support. 

Additionally, individual calls with primary city leads will be held monthly – at a minimum – to refine your project proposal, to plan and prepare for your event, and to evaluate its success, value, and impact.

Q. What topics will SCI consider as project themes?

  • Renewable energy
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Climate Adaptation
  • Land Use
  • Food Systems
  • Environmental Justice
  • Disaster mitigation
  • Staff Training & Capacity Building
  • You may find other topic ideas by looking at the 2017 pilot city projects 

Q. How much funding will be provided for each city and how can it be utilized to help strengthen and elevate local resilience initiatives? 

A $10,000 grant to support a mayoral level local resilience event. Depending on each community’s needs, funding may be used for a charrette process, public engagement workshop, staff training workshop, day of action, and more. NLC staff will travel to support, facilitate, and attend each event. We encourage cities to use funds to support of existing efforts or city priorities and eligable activities are listed below:

  • Regional Conference Support
  • Municipal Staff Training
  • Design Competition
  • Public Engagement Workshops

Q. Are there other opportunities for the resilience cohort to convene and expand their network of national experts working on climate resilience?

Invitation to the Resilient Cities Summit. Hosted in partnership with the Urban Land Institute and the US Green Building Council, this national summit convenes over 50 elected officials and resilience experts to share the strategies that can help cities build stronger, smarter, and better. Each city will receive an invitation and travel support for their mayor and lead staff contact to attend. (2018 date and location to be confirmed)