NOAA Regional Coastal Resilience Grants

As of March 2016, NOAA’s National Ocean Service is providing up to $9 million in competitive grant awards through the Regional Coastal Resilience Grants program. These grants are being used to fund projects that are helping coastal communities prepare for and recover from extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions. Awards were made for project proposals that advance resilience strategies, often through land and ocean use planning, disaster preparedness projects, environmental restoration, hazard mitigation planning, or other regional, state, or community planning efforts.

Twelve projects were chosen (six use federal funds from 2015; six more were funded from the 2016 budget). The federal funding total is $9 million with an additional $5 million in matching support. Award amounts range from $500,000 to $1 million for projects lasting up to 36 months. Direct impacts from the chosen projects will be felt in over 200 coastal communities in 19 states. 

This resource was featured in the February 10, 2017, ASAP Newsletter.

"NOAA's Coastal Resilience Grants Program will support two categories of activities: strengthening coastal communities and habitat restoration. Strengthening Coastal Communities activities will improve capacity of multiple coastal jurisdictions to prepare and plan for, absorb impacts of, recover from and/or adapt to extreme weather events and climate-related hazards. Habitat restoration activities will restore habitat to strengthen the resilience of coastal ecosystems and decrease the vulnerability of coastal communities to extreme weather events and climate-related hazards."

While the selected projects incorporate a variety of approaches, a few themes are prevalent: 

  • prioritizing efforts based on where communities are most vulnerable;  
  • incorporating climate change data and information into existing community plans and policies; and 
  • using natural and nature-based solutions to control flooding and provide ecosystem benefits.

Some of the projects chosen for the coastal resilience grants include: 

Improving Risk Communication and Leveraging Existing Programs in Washington State to Build Capacity and Enhance Resilience in Coastal Communities Communities in Washington State face significant risk from the impacts of sea level rise, storm surges, and shoreline erosion. Washington Sea Grant will lead a partnership of state and local managers, conservation groups, and academic scientists to enhance coastal community resilience through cutting-edge science, community pilot projects, and revised state guidance and restoration project design. 

Project ARRK: Adaptation and Regional Resiliency Kit The City of Virginia Beach will prioritize and implement adaptation strategies such as the relocation or construction of infrastructure to address sea level rise impacts on land use and development.

Utilizing Regional Collaboration to Implement the National Disaster Recovery Framework in South Atlantic Coastal Communities The disaster recovery process provides an opportunity to build long-term resilience to future hurricanes, flooding, and other hazards. Working across the four southeastern states, and in partnership with industry, regional organizations, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and NOAA, over 30 coastal communities will build upon the foundation laid out by the Governors' South Atlantic Alliance, strengthening the region's ability to recover from the next coastal disaster in ways that protect the economy and the environment.




Publication Date: March 2016

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