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The Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) is pleased to release this application to provide in-kind legal and policy support for state and local adaptation projects. Please note the application deadline has been extended to Jan. 15.  If you have any difficulty with this form or would like to email your application, please contact Jessica Grannis at  

GCC provides support to state and local communities that are preparing for and responding to the impacts of climate change. We are seeking applications from government entities (or NGOs working with government entities) that need legal or policy support to identify or implement adaptation policies.  Examples of previous GCC projects include:

  • drafting model codes to implement adaptive land-use policies,
  • analyzing the authority of local governments to implement adaptive policies,
  • analyzing potential liability for implementing adaptive policies,
  • drafting model conservation easement language,
  • developing toolkits that identify a range of policy options for adapting to particular impacts and devising criteria to help decision-makers choose among options.

We are seeking projects that meet many or all of the following criteria, including projects:

  • that address impacts or sectors within GCC’s areas of expertise: coastal, urban heat, transportation, water supply, water quality, and/or stormwater and wastewater management;
  • with high likelihood of being implemented;
  • with high transferability of findings;
  • with high relevance to preparing for or avoiding impacts from a changing climate;
  • that assist especially vulnerable populations (e.g., low-income communities); and
  • that provide multiple co-benefits (e.g., projects that may also reduce greenhouse gas emissions or improve water quality, among other non-climate benefits).

Please use this form to tell us the current stage of your adaptation planning or implementation and what legal and policy needs you have. 

The GCC is a non-partisan center at Georgetown University Law Center.  Among other things, GCC works to distill, analyze, and communicate adaptation activities occurring at all levels of government, and we serve as a resource for those crafting new adaptation policies. Applicants seeking in-kind support under this application must agree to collaborate with GCC staff and student policy analysts.  For more information about GCC's adaptation work, visit  This assistance is made possible by the generous support of the Kresge Foundation.

We appreciate your interest in the GCC and look forward to hearing about your excellent work. We will be accepting applications through January 15, 2014, and will be announcing selected projects by the end of January.  If you have any questions about this application or our process for selecting projects, please contact Aaron Ray (; 202-403-8530) or Jessica Grannis at Depending on the complexity of the legal issues, projects may take between 6 months to one year to complete. 

Please describe government entity that will be benefited by the in-kind services, if this project is selected.

 Address, city, state, zip.

Briefly describe the current status of your adaptation process (e.g., have you convened a stakeholder group, have you begun or completed a plan, have you begun implementing your plan?).

Please describe the law or policy question(s) for which you are seeking GCC assistance.

Please describe the climate impact(s) or sector(s) this project addresses.

Please describe how this work will help the government entity implement an adaptation policy or policies.

Please describe the lessons that can be learned from this project that could help other states or communities adapt to climate impacts.

Please describe the government staff people (provide specific names, titles, and roles in adaptation planning process) who are supporting this work and who will agree to collaborate with GCC staff and students. You may also submit letters of support for your project to

Examples of co-benefits include reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving water quality, reducing water usage, or other environmental, economic, or social benefits that may be achieved through implementation of this project.

Disclaimer:  Any reports and/or work products produced as a result of selected projects will be for the applicant’s informational purposes only.  Users of the information produced should consult an expert in the state laws of their jurisdiction before using the information for any official purposes.