Can mitigation of chronic climate-related damages be considered a competitive grant objective? For example, preventing repeated exposure to rainwater flooding into sidewalk vent gratings, which gradually diminishes the useful life of assets.
No. Resilience projects must be designed to reduce damages and losses from extreme weather events and other disasters, not to protect assets from exposure to typical weather patterns and other environmental factors. If a project protects against a disaster, but also provides benefits in typical conditions, the application may present these and other ongoing benefits as reduced operations and maintenance costs over the project’s lifespan.