Thriving Resilient Communities

Our Mission and Strategy

Threshold’s Thriving Resilient Communities funding circle (TRC) funds collaborative tools and approaches that build leadership and capacity for communities to address their own strategic needs in the face of energy, climate, economic, and social challenges. Resilience is a community’s ability to adapt and thrive in changing conditions instead of collapsing during a shock. Resilience is not just about “bouncing back” from a shock. Instead, it is about “bouncing forward” to eliminate the inequities and unsustainable resource use that are the root causes of the many crises we face. The resilient community movement includes initiatives that use a variety of names such as Healthy, Just, Livable, Local, Peace, Resilient, Sustainable, Thrive, and Transition.

We fund regional and national network hubs in the US with systemic approaches that promote inclusive economic models and social justice.  We also involve our allies, including our grantees in the grantmaking process.

Systemic approaches build resilience in several ways:

  • Multi-stakeholder: involving multiple issues, or "stakes," such as food/water/justice as opposed to just food.
  • Multi-cultural: working together across differences such as class, race, age and gender
  • Multi-scale: networking many communities to create large-scale influence within and across regions

Check Out More About Our Work!

Thriving Resilient Communities: Overview of Involvement Opportunities

The Thriving and Resilient Community Collaboratory

Interviews With Grant Recipients

Interview with Susan Silber, Northern California Resilience Network, March 2018

2018 Grantmaking Cycle

Each year, Threshold Funding Circles will have a single, 6-month grantmaking cycle from February to August. Guidelines and the 2018 calendar are below. Please note that as of February 16, 2018, all RFP invitations have been sent out.


We only fund US-based organizations with 501(c)3 statuses. 

2018 Threshold Grantmaking Calendar

December 1, 2017

Funding Circles post 2018 grant guidelines online

February 16, 2018

Request for Proposal (RFP) invitations sent to selected organizations

March 23, 2018

Proposal submissions due by 5pm Pacific

May 4, 2018

Evaluation invites/declines sent to all proposal applicants

July 31, 2018

2018 Final grant decisions made and announced

August 17, 2018

2018 Grant award checks mailed




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