Municipal Resilience Program

What is the Municipal Resilience Program?


Resilient Rhody, Rhode Island’s first comprehensive climate resilience action strategy was released by Governor Raimondo in July 2018. The strategy identifies priority actions the state can take to build statewide resilience. Common throughout Resilient Rhody is the need to work collaboratively with and in support of municipalities statewide.  

The Municipal Resilience Program (MRP) provides direct support to cities and towns to complete a municipal-driven process that will bring together climate change information and local knowledge to identify top hazards, current challenges, and community strengths. This process will identify priority projects and strategies to improve the municipality’s resilience to all natural and climate-related hazards using a flexible, tested approach called Community Resilience Building (CRB).

Upon successful completion of the CRB process, municipalities will be designated as a “Resilient Rhody Municipality” which enables municipalities to apply for dedicated action grants to implement identified projects.


  • Understand connections between ongoing community issues, climate change and natural hazards, and local planning and actions in the municipality;
  • Understand how climate change will exacerbate or lead to new community issues, hazards and other challenges the municipality faces;
  • Identify infrastructural, societal, and environmental vulnerabilities and evaluate strengths that help make the community more resilient to climate change and natural hazards;
  • Explore nature-based solutions to build resiliency in the municipality;
  • Develop and prioritize actions and clearly delineate next steps for the municipality, local organizations, businesses, private citizens, neighborhoods, and community groups; and 
  • Implement identified actions and apply for available action grants.


What Does The Program Do?


MRP facilitators are trained to provide technical assistance to communities in completing the assessment and resiliency plan using the Community Resilience Building Framework. Towns and cities will be assigned a lead facilitator and workshop facilitators upon acceptance into the program. 

The MRP workshops are being delivered and funded with support from the Nature Conservancy (TNC).


A minimum of $1M in MRP Action Grants are available to each cohort for eligible projects in the year they participate. Eligible projects are required to be identified through the Community Resilience Building process, improve climate resilience, and a capital investment resulting in construction. MRP Action Grants are not available for research-related activities such as studies and strategic plans.

Grant eligibility must fall under Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank’s broad portfolio of programs and can include but not limited to, dam repair and removal, road elevation, hardening or elevation of pump stations, berms and levies, culvert repair, green stormwater infrastructure, back-up power and energy efficiency, watershed restoration, urban tree planting, and coastal erosion control.

Municipalities will be required to match grants with a 25% local project cost share.


Description of 2019 and 2020 Municipal Resilience Program Action Grants

- 2019 Cohort: 

Westerly, South Kingstown, Portsmouth, Barrington/Warren 

- 2020 Cohort:

Bristol, Woonsocket, Little Compton, Warwick, Pawtucket/Central Falls, Newport/Middletown

- 2021 Cohort:

Cumberland, East Providence, Jamestown, New Shoreham, North Kingstown, Providence, Tiverton

How can I learn more?


Little Compton
Pawtucket/Central Falls
South Kingstown

For more information about the MRP, please contact:  

Shaun O’Rourke
Director of Stormwater and Resilience
Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank
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