Climate Ready

Climate change is here, and it poses many risks to the built and natural environment in San Mateo County. Rising temperatures and heatwaves, wildfires, extreme storms, sea level rise and coastal erosion are some of the challenges we face. Both the Climate Action Plan and the Adaptation Collaborative help us reduce our emissions, prepare for the effects of climate change, and coordinate decision making and knowledge sharing within the County.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Outreach & Project Funding for Community Organizations Serving San Mateo County

County of San Mateo is pleased to announce three Request for Quotes funding opportunities for community-based organizations (CBOs), non-governmental organizations, and faith-based organizations to support a variety of outreach and resilience planning projects, and to reduce heat and wildfire impacts on San Mateo County communities. We appreciate the expertise of community organizations and look forward to partnering with CBOs or other organizations on these projects. For details on the three Requests for Quotes, and to apply, please see information below.

1. On-Call Support for Outreach and Project Planning
2. Heat and Wildfire Community Preparedness Projects
3. Resilience Planning Stakeholder and Community Engagement

Questions and Answers: Part 1 and Part 2

Webinar for answering RFQs questions: slides and video recording

Funding available: $5,000 – $50,000 per organization

Who can apply? Community-based organizations (CBOs), nonprofits, faith organizations or associations that serve residents in San Mateo County and are tax-exempt organizations, such as under Sections 501(c)3, 501(c)4, or 501(c)6 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), or an organization that files a Form 990, Form 990 EZ, or Form 990-N with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or is a fiscally-sponsored project of a 501(c)3 nonprofit. In addition applicants must meet the minimum requirement of being an organization based in either one of the 9-County Bay Area (San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Solano County, Napa County, Sonoma County, Marin County, and San Francisco County) or one of the following Counties: Santa Cruz County, Monterey County, Mendocino County, San Benito County, Sacramento County, Yolo County, Merced County, Lake County, San Joaquin County and Stanislaus County.

Timeline:

  • February 4, 2021           Webinar for answering RFQs questions (View webinar slides and video recording)
  • February 16, 2021         Deadline for applications to RFQ #1 and #3
  • February 22, 2021         Deadline for applications to RFQ #2

Overview of Funding Opportunities

RFQ #1: On-Call Support for Outreach and Project Planning

Funding available: $5,000 – $50,000 per organization
Purpose: The County seeks to establish on-call contracts with CBOs to conduct outreach and engagement activities with hard-to-reach populations in San Mateo County, in order to more fully incorporate the views and perspectives of these populations in the Office of Sustainability and Planning and Building’s programs and projects.

Deadline for questions: February 9, 2021

Deadline to apply: February 16, 2021

RFQ #2: Heat and Wildfire Community Preparedness Projects

Funding available: $10,000 – $50,000 per organization
Purpose: The Office of Sustainability seeks to contract with CBOs to implement solutions to reduce the impacts of heat, smoke and poor air quality, wildfire, and/or Public Safety Power Shut Offs (PSPS) or heat-related power outages on our most at-risk communities.

Deadline for questions: February 11, 2021

Deadline to apply: February 22, 2021

RFQ #3: Resilience Planning Stakeholder and Community Engagement

Funding available: $10,000 – $50,000 per organization
Purpose: The Office of Sustainability seeks CBOs to assist with the development and outreach of the San Mateo County Multi-Jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan update and other resilience planning. The Plan focuses on ways for County unincorporated areas and Cities to plan for natural and human-caused hazards and disasters like earthquakes and climate impacts like flooding, fire, heat.

Deadline for questions: February 9, 2021

Deadline to apply: February 16, 2021

Supplemental Documents:

County of San Mateo Sample Contract Template (under $200,000)

Application Submittal 

Email Completed Application to: hdoress@smcgov.org and hpapendick@smcgov.org.   

Any Questions? 

If you have any questions about the contract program, guidelines, or application please email hdoress@smcgov.org and hpapendick@smcgov.org.  

The request for qualifications for the three opportunities is now closed. We are in the process of reviewing the proposals that were submitted. For RFQ #3, organizations have been notified and applications for RFQ #1 and #2 are still under review. Further details will be posted soon.

 

Climate Action Plans

The County has two Climate Action Plans currently in place – a Government Operations Climate Action Plan and a Community Climate Action Plan. At the Office of Sustainability, we’re responsible for the update and implementation of both Plans, ensuring that the County meets its GHG emissions reduction commitments.

The Plans present the history of our emissions since 2005 and charts our course for reducing those emissions between now and 2045. When finished, they will also feature a plan for how the unincorporated County can adapt to the effects of climate change.

View Community Climate Action Plan
View Government Operations Climate Action Plan

Adaptation Collaborative

The Adaptation Collaborative will help us better prepare the County in the face of a changing climate. This initiative will bring together non-profit and community-based organizations, local government, businesses, and other key partners to foster information sharing, expand our community’s understanding of climate-related risks and collectively find solutions to make San Mateo County climate ready. Learn More

Living up to Our Duty to Protect San Mateo County

Pollution, such as carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels, is warming our planet at an unprecedented rate and causing Earth’s climate to change in ways that are harmful to people and the environment. In San Mateo County, climate change could lead to:

Higher temperatures by mid-century, where 10 days of the year or more could feel hotter than 90°F

6 inches of sea level rise by 2030 and 1-2 feet by 2050. By 2100 our region could experience 6 feet or more of sea level rise and widespread coastal erosion

Increasing weather extremes, variability and intensity in rainfall, storm events, and droughts

Increasing wildfire risk with larger and faster spreading fires

  • Higher temperatures by mid-century, where 10 days of the year or more could feel hotter than 90°F

  • 6 inches of sea level rise by 2030 and 1-2 feet by 2050. By 2100 our region could experience 6 feet or more of sea level rise and widespread coastal erosion

  • Increasing weather extremes, variability and intensity in rainfall, storm events, and droughts

  • Increasing wildfire risk with larger and faster spreading fires