Capacity Building and Stakeholder Activation

The Farallon Strategies Team provides technical assistance, stakeholder activation, and other capacity building support to advance community climate, resilience, and equity goals. Our team has experience advising our clients on inclusive community engagement, focused stakeholder initiatives, partnership development, grant guidelines development, and grant writing support.

For inquiries, please contact Carolyn Yvellez

Project Descriptions

Strategic Growth Council’s Build Organize Optimize Strengthen Transform (BOOST) Program Round 2

Farallon Strategies is supporting the Institute for Local Government and the Strategic Growth Council in providing BOOST technical assistance that builds capacity to advance climate and equity goals of seven under-resourced cities. Farallon Strategies is working with the project team to deliver work plans for each of the seven cities and serve as advisors to the cities on adaptation and environmental justice (SB 379 and SB 1000 compliance), plan integration, and inclusive community engagement. In addition, Farallon Strategies provides grant application support which has provided millions of dollars in matching grants for the communities BOOST is serving.

Climate Crossroads: California’s Readiness to Act on Climate Resilience

Farallon Strategies worked with Resilient Cities Catalyst and the California Resilience Partnership to prepare a statewide landscape analysis to inform the State of California’s distribution of climate resilience funding. Emerging from the historic $3.7 billion for climate resilience signed into California’s State budget, this analysis provides recommendations that can help stakeholders maximize this generational opportunity to foster long-term resilience in the communities where these dollars are most needed. This report was developed through extensive data analysis, the perspectives of hundreds of climate resilience leaders and stakeholders via almost 100 sessions, a survey, and research. It includes six concrete recommendations that can inform grant programs and policy, and highlight where opportunities exist to make the greatest impact across California communities today, and into the future.

Pacific Gas & Electric Community Engagement Plan

Farallon Strategies is partnered with Interethnica to support the development and implementation of Pacific Gas & Electric’s Community Engagement Plan to inform their Climate Vulnerability Assessment. This work involves developing an advisory group composed of community based organizations to lead outreach in climate-vulnerable communities throughout PG&E’s service territory in order to understand how communities are experiencing the impacts of climate change as well as identify priority community resilience strategies. Farallon Strategies is focused on the development of a sustained partnership model that features ongoing financial support for community based organizations to maximize the impact and longevity of community collaborations.

Strategic Growth Council’s Transformative Climate Communities Technical Assistance Program

Farallon Strategies is supporting Estolano Advisors in providing technical assistance to Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) applicants. Based on our experience with urban planning and working with disadvantaged, low-income, and unincorporated communities in California, Farallon Strategies is supporting the development of work plans, refinement of project scopes and narratives, and confirming alignment with program guidelines. Our team coordinates across local jurisdictions, the project team, and state agencies to provide technical support and address project-specific concerns while concurrently providing recommendations to Strategic Growth Council on how to improve future rounds of the program.

Strategic Growth Council’s Regional Climate Collaboratives Technical Assistance Program

Farallon Strategies is supporting the Strategic Growth Council’s Regional Climate Collaborative program as implementation technical assistance providers. Our team conducted initial intake calls with each Regional Climate Collaborative (RCC) and surveyed RCC members to identify their technical assistance needs to meet the objectives outlined in their proposal. Based on these calls, our team is leading the development of peer learning and affinity group sessions that feature training that support RCCs in achieving the milestones set out in their respective work plans. Our team will facilitate monthly calls with each RCC that we are managing to track progress on the work plan, and delegate clear tasks to each RCC stakeholder.

Indigenous Led Climate Adaptation through Traditional Burning Research

Farallon Strategies is supporting a research, outreach, and capacity building effort led by the North Fork Mono Tribe to understand the barriers and needs for implementing cultural burning (a traditional method for wildfire resilience and resource regeneration) for Tribes in California, as well as highlight successes. Through surveys and interviews, the North Fork Mono Tribe and Farallon Strategies are gathering information and insights from Tribes throughout the state on their experience and priorities in cultural burning. This information is being aggregated sensitively to protect data confidentiality and compiled into a report to be shared among participants in order to facilitate better information and resource sharing for inter-Tribal learning on cultural burning efforts in the state.

City of Santa Cruz West Cliff Drive Roadmap

Farallon Strategies also provides strategic planning services to the City of Santa Cruz, as we support the development of a vision and plan for a safe, accessible, and resilient coastal zone along the City’s iconic West Cliff Drive. Through a comprehensive approach, we collaborate closely with City officials and stakeholders to understand their objectives and priorities for the future of this coastline. Our team conducts in-depth assessments of the area’s current state and future aspirations, allowing us to tailor a strategic plan that aligns with the unique needs of West Cliff Drive. We prioritize inclusivity and transparency in the planning process, ensuring that the voices of all community members are heard and integrated into the final strategy. Our strategic planning services aim to transform West Cliff Drive into a resilient, vibrant, and people-centered space that preserves its natural beauty and fosters a thriving community for residents and visitors.

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