Skip navigation

Disaster Resilience Fellowship

Do you have an idea that will help your neighborhood better prepare or recover from a natural disaster?

The Disaster Resilience Fellowship lasts up to 12 months. It will support and fund CLEAR and CERT program graduates on a rolling basis, either individually or in teams, to pursue local projects, costing up to $1,500. The projects will improve disaster preparedness/recovery and address other neighborhood concerns in Overtown, South Dade, Hialeah, Little Haiti, and Miami Gardens. Participants will receive support and technical assistance to complete their projects from Catalyst Miami.

To apply: Zelalem Adefris 

Participants will be required to:

  • Explore how their projects could influence local emergency preparedness/resilience
  • Submit an application, project proposal, and a proposed budget
  • Track at least three key metrics related to their projects during their project
  • Have regular check-ins (every month at minimum) with Catalyst Miami’s Climate Resilience Program Manager
  • Evaluate the fellowship program at the completion of their 12-month fellowship
  • Communicate with Catalyst Miami detailing the project, lessons learned, metrics tracked, and how funds were spent for reporting purposes

Some examples of fellowship projects are:

  • Hosting events to organize residents around a particular policy
  • Creating a community emergency preparedness plan
  • Building a neighborhood meeting place that can be used as a meet-up point during disasters
  • Creating and managing a resilient community food garden
  • Creating a neighborhood communications system


Fellowship awards are limited; selection criteria will depend on availability of funds, project feasibility, need for the project, and other factors. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.