Building on a landscape assessment and network support process from 2021, Farallon Strategies is continuing to foster understanding of the climate service landscape for America’s Service Commission members. Farallon Strategies is hosting a standing monthly Climate Working Group call, offers technical assistance “office hours” for commissions that have questions or need additional support and through this activity supports introductory conversations and foundational collaborative knowledge exchange and relationship building between the national service community and climate practitioners across the country. In 2023, the Farallon is continuing to support this working group as well as develop a “toolkit” to assist with development of statewide climate corps initiatives.
In 2022, Farallon Strategies helped the Michigan Service Commission (MCSC) develop a statewide climate corps strategy and shepherded that strategy through a $1.5 million funding solicitation / grantee selection process. Farallon Strategies worked with the Executive Director of MCSC to identify the appropriate pathway and timing to solicit interested grantees and provided stakeholder engagement (state and local), RFP development, and applicant review support.
Farallon Strategies is playing a key advisory and support role for CivicWell’s key program CivicSpark. The Farallon team is supporting program expansion efforts in Colorado and Washington states through direct outreach, communications support, and proposal development support. Additionally, the Farallon team is helping provide input and guidance for overall program strategy and refinement. In 2023, the Farallon Team is helping CivicSpark with a national planning grant to explore expansion across 10 southeastern states.
Farallon Strategies is supporting Volunteer Florida’s efforts to build understanding of service potential in different sectors. In 2022, Farallon Strategies implemented a series of landscape assessments of service need, activity, and organizational interest through surveys and interviews. Out of this process, Farallon Strategies led a stakeholder engagement process that resulted in 4 new AmeriCorps programs being awarded funding. In 2023, the Farallon team is continuing to provide the commission with sector assessment and applicant coaching services.
In 2022 and 2023, Farallon Strategies supported an effort by the Conservation Trust for North Carolina to develop a statewide resilience AmeriCorps strategy. Through stakeholder outreach and engagement and a resilience risk and response landscape assessment Farallon Strategies collated and categorized the existing capacity of and potential opportunity for resilience focused service support across the state, especially for the highest need communities. The Farallon team organized findings into a comprehensive set of recommendations on how best to structure a statewide resilience service initiative. Findings are being used to define and deploy a statewide resilience initiative and legislative proposal.
Farallon Strategies is helping EGLE’s Office of Climate and Energy to design and stand up a statewide climate corps cohort in early 2024. The Farallon Team is helping the Office of Climate and Energy in three areas: project focus and administration (defining key goals and needs for the planning process) stakeholder coordination support (serving as a program design bridge and advocate, and content support (helping to craft guiding language for member and partner recruitment and selection; communications needs; training content; and operational practices and budget).