Community Navigator Program


About the Program

Coalitions and Collaboratives (COCO) is partnering with the US Forest Service and a team of national and regional nonprofits to deliver Community Navigator services. Community Navigators support community-based partners to access federal funding opportunities, create partnerships, and build capacity for wildfire risk mitigation and climate resilience. Our goal is to connect communities with the right resources for building climate resilience when and where they need it most.

Our CNP Vision – A future where communities, cultures, and ecosystems live in vibrant harmony.

Our CNP Mission To take a collective and adaptive approach that promotes climate resiliency through multi-cultural solidarity. We build bridges so that communities are resources with climate information.


Our Community Navigator Partners

Watershed Research and Training Center

The Watershed Research and Training Center is a nonprofit organization located in the heart of Trinity County, California. WRTC operates at the local, state, and national scales to steward our landscape, create and sustain quality jobs, and connect people to the landscape and each other. As part of this work, we steward the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, which supports, trains, resources, and connects people and communities working on wildfire resilience.

Hispanic Access Foundation

Hispanic Access Foundation establishes bridges of access that provide a path for the development and rise of Latino leaders and elevates their voices in areas where they are underrepresented. Their program will serve as a bridge between 1,200+ Latino-serving community-based/Spanish-speaking organizations, and those at high risk of wildfires and extreme climate change, and the U.S. Forest Service.

Federation of Southern Cooperatives

The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund is a 57-year-old regional cooperative and rural economic development organization serving a membership of Black farmers, landowners, cooperatives, and other low-income rural people in the South with coop development, land retention, and advocacy.

First Nations Development Institute

The First Nations Development Institute’s mission is to strengthen American Indian economies to support healthy Native communities by investing in and creating innovative institutions and models that strengthen asset control and support economic development for American Indian people and their communities.

American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association

Founded in 1998, AIANTA was established by tribes for tribes to address inequities in the tourism system. AIANTA’s mission is to define, introduce, grow and sustain American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tourism that honors traditions and values.

CNP Services

Community support
Identifying opportunities for communities to engage with a wide variety of new and existing funding programs
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Providing guidance to community groups on completing high-quality grant proposals and partnership arrangements. Supporting post-award financial and reporting compliance mentorship.
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Building capacity within underserved communities to find funding and navigate programs and partnerships that can support adaptation and resilience.

CNP Financial Support

CNP Scholarship Program – Available until funds are exhausted
Coalitions & Collaboratives’ CNP Scholarship Program provides scholarships up to $2,000 for staff operating in organizations that primarily serve historically underserved communities to pursue professional development opportunities. Scholarship funds can cover tuition, travel, and lodging fees associated with trainings. Learn more here.


Community Catalyst Fund – Applications are due June 6, 2024
The Community Catalyst Fund aims to strengthen community-serving organizations with increasing capacity towards climate resilience. Awards range from $10,000 to $150,000, providing substantial support for initiatives focused on leading communities to climate resilience. This funding opportunity is designed to accommodate projects of various sizes and scopes, including: capacity building through training, development and staffing; navigation program delivery; knowledge sharing through stories and resource exchange. See RFA for more information.

A recording to the Community Catalyst Fund Q&A session held April 30, 2024 can be found here (passcode: U11Nph+&)

Get Involved

Calendar of Events
Our CNP Calendar of Events captures upcoming application deadlines, trainings, events, and more to keep you on track and ready for the next opportunity.

CNP Newsletter
To stay in touch about Community Navigators and future happenings, sign up for our monthly newsletter.

Request Navigator Assistance
Fill out a CNP request form if you need a brainstorming session, have questions about funding opportunities, need additional resources, or would like another set of eyes to review your application.

Provide Feedback
Have you worked with a Community Navigator and want to share feedback? We’d love to hear feedback on support services you’ve received from the Community Navigator Program. Your response will be used to improve our future services. We truly appreciate your insight and your time.

Information gathered via the CNP request form and feedback form is used by our staff to better assist communities. Data collected is not used by the USDA Forest Service or any other government agency.

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