National League of Cities Announces 2020 Leadership in Community Resilience Program

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

The National League of Cities is currently accepting applications from member cities to participate in the 2020 Leadership in Community Resilience (LCR) program. The goal of LCR is to improve the capacity of local governments as they identify and achieve their climate resilience and disaster preparedness benchmarks.

The resilience concept is being embraced by all sectors of government as a holistic, proactive approach to mitigate risk, improve the reliability and capacity of city services and critical infrastructure, and adapt to changing conditions. City plans and programs designed to increase preparedness in advance of shocks can save lives and reduce recovery costs. These efforts can take many forms including community engagement, reducing resident vulnerability to climate impacts, or capacity building for staff and elected officials.

LCR supports city projects by focusing on planning, implementation, and peer-learning among cohort cities. Applicants should be able to achieve substantial completion of their proposed project in one year.

Program awardees will receive a $10,000 grant to support an implementation project or mayoral-level local resilience event. Funding may be used for a variety of uses such as a charrette process, community engagement workshops, staff or city council trainings, a regional summit and other related activities. NLC encourages cities to use these funds to support existing efforts or city priorities.

Only cities are eligible. City staff (preferably department or agency heads) or elected leaders may apply on behalf of their city or town.

Program Contact
If you have any questions about your application, please contact Anna Marandi at