U.S. DOI Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program is supporting projects that reduce communities’ vulnerability to the growing risks from coastal storms, sea level rise, flooding, erosion and associated threats through strengthening natural ecosystems that also benefit fish and wildlife. The program is funded by the 2013 Hurricane Disaster Relief Appropriations Act.

In August 2013, the Interior Department selected the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to administer the Program which will award more than $100 million in grants throughout the region affected by Hurricane Sandy including Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and West Virginia - the states that officially declared a natural disaster as a result of the storm event.

Grants will be awarded to projects that assess, restore, enhance or create wetlands, beaches and other natural systems to help better protect communities and to mitigate the impacts of future storms and naturally occurring events on fish and wildlife species and habitats.

The Program will provide funding for the following types of projects:

Project Planning and Design:

Recognizing that more technically complicated restoration and protection projects often require a phase of planning, design and permitting, applicants may request funding up to $250,000 to support this phase of project development for on-the-ground projects.

Coastal Resiliency Assessments:

DOI will invest in mapping, analysis, assessments, resiliency planning, and natural resource prioritizations that advance our knowledge of the effects of climate change, sea level rise, and storm events on coastal natural ecosystems and communities.

Restoration and Resiliency Projects:

Grant requests ranging from $250,000 to $5 million will be considered for projects that restore, enhance or create naturally functioning habitats or ecological systems for the benefit of communities and fish and wildlife species.


Program implementation is being closely coordinated with several Department of the Interior (DOI) bureaus including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


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Publication Date: 2013

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